Ikea to use EVs for last-mile home deliveries in five cities by 2020
Ikea has pledged to only use electric vehicles (EVs) for all its last-mile home deliveries in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020, after announcing a 2025 target of using zero-emission vehicles to make all of its last-mile deliveries worldwide last year.
Blockchain platform hosts first capacity market trade
EDF Energy and UK Power Reserve have completed the first exchange of a capacity market obligation using the blockchain-based energy trading platform being developed by Electron.
Golden solar 'sandwiches' and flying electric taxis: The best green innovations of the week
A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.
The Climate Coach: Transport
It will take you twenty minutes to get there - depending on traffic. Not an unusual statement wherever you live. People design cities and communities and yet often it is people that seem to be least considered as most of the space for movement is taken up by cars, vans and lorries. Pedestrians are pushed to the side and cyclists must brave traffic with a risk for their lives.
Lyft offsetting all its emissions as it pushes for 100% renewable energy
Ridesharing firm Lyft has announced that it is a "fully carbon-neutral company", while also agreeing to meet its entire electricity demand through renewable sources.
Business leaders call for post-Brexit vehicle emissions roadmap
A coalition of leaders from business, politics and civil society have today (11 September) called for "much greater clarity" on how vehicle emissions will be reduced post-Brexit, on the same day that the UK Government is hosting the world’s first zero emission vehicles summit in Birmingham.
UK's largest fleet operators pledge to electrify portfolios by 2028
Tesco and Network Rail are among a group of 16 major businesses and organisations that have today (6 September) committed to replace their van fleets with electric vehicles (EVs) by 2028.
Coventry unveils Go Electric Taxi scheme
Coventry City Council has launched what it claims is the UK's "most comprehensive" scheme for incentivising taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).
Mercedes-Benz unveils first all-electric show car
Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has revealed the concept for its first fully electric show car in a step towards its goal of bringing 10 all-electric vehicles (EVs) to the market by 2022.
Dyson's EV hub and Unilever's solar partnership: The sustainability success stories of the week
As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.
Volkswagen to launch electric car sharing initiative in Berlin
Volkswagen has announced that it will launch a car-sharing pool of 2,000 fully electric vehicles in Berlin, in the same week that new research revealed that Europe-wide sales of new electric vehicles (EVs) grew by more than 40% in the first half of 2018.
E.ON launches renewable energy tariff offering '850 free miles' to EV drivers
Energy giant E.ON has become the latest electricity supplier to launch a renewable energy tariff aimed at electric vehicle (EV) drivers, offering customers who charge their vehicles at home a £30 discount on their annual bill.
London City Corporation launches capital's low-emission parking tariff
The City of London Corporation has announced that it will launch what it claims is the capital's first "environmentally-friendly" parking tariff, offering discounted parking rates for electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid drivers in a bid to incentivise sustainable travel.
Lidl to install Ireland's largest network of supermarket-based EV chargers
Budget supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it will install electric vehicle (EV) chargers at 20 of its stores across Ireland over the next six months, in a bid to host the nation's largest supermarket-based network of chargepoints.
Blockchain start-up joins coalition of automakers to develop autonomous EVs
A global consortium of automakers, including BMW, Ford and Renault, have announced that they will work with blockchain start-up The DAV Foundation in a bid to make networks of fully autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) commonplace by 2021.
Upgrade home electricity supply systems to unlock low-carbon technologies, says REA
The single "phase" electricity supply system, which has been the norm in UK homes since before the Second World War, should be scrapped for new homes, a report has urged.
UK's largest EV charging firm to install chargepoints at 4,000 hotels
The UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Chargemaster, has announced it will host a new network of 4,000 EV chargepoints at British hotels and B&Bs as part of a partnership with motoring organisation the AA.
Toyota to operate autonomous, zero-emission vehicles at 2020 Olympic Games
Toyota will provide more than 3,000 passenger vehicles for use at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo and will use the events to showcase its latest innovations in zero-emissions and autonomous vehicles.
UPS to bolster London charging infrastructure with old electric vehicle batteries
EXCLUSIVE: UPS's sustainable development co-ordinator, Claire Thompson-Sage, has revealed that the logistics giant will incorporate batteries from its end-of-life electric vehicles (EVs) into its storage and charging network next year as it strives to create its first fully-electric fleet of delivery vans.
London, New York and Paris to spearhead new electric vehicle accelerator
The Climate Group and C40 Cities have launched a new initiative to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles (EV), with cities including London, New York and Paris all agreeing to support the new programme.
Road to Zero: Green economy reacts as Government unveils EV strategy
While the Government's much-awaited Road to Zero strategy has been hailed by some members of the green economy as a "positive first step" towards the 2040 phase-out of diesel and petrol vehicles, critics have voiced disappointment that it did not commit to bringing the ban forward.
Everything you need to know about the Government’s Road to Zero strategy
The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Road to Zero strategy, detailing how a £1.5bn investment into electric vehicle (EV) research, development and infrastructure will help phase out petrol and diesel sales by 2040.
Available on demand: edie’s webinar on electric vehicles
Individuals and organisations looking to reap the maximum benefits from the electric vehicle transition are encouraged to tune into a free webinar today (4 July), featuring expert insight from UPS, the Cross River Partnership and UK Power Network Services.
BP takes over UK's largest public EV charging company
BP has announced that it has purchased the UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Chargemaster, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the growth of battery-powered cars.
On the Mission Possible sofa with Riversimple's Hugo Spowers and LowCVP's Jonathan Murray
The sixth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership's (LowCVP) policy and operations director Jonathan Murray joined by Riversimple's founder Hugo Spowers to discuss the transition to low-carbon vehicles.
China dwarfs Europe on EV investments, figures show
European carmakers have invested seven times more in electric vehicle production lines in China than at home, according to industry figures collected by Transport & Environment (T&E), a green campaign group.
United Utilities unveils 10-year green fleet plan
Water company United Utilities has announced plans to switch its entire fleet to go green within the next decade.
London Mayor to create Europe's largest electric bus fleet
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has ordered 68 fully-electric double-decker buses in a bid to create the largest fleet of its kind in Europe.
'Bold action’ required: UK mayors unite in calls for 2030 diesel and petrol phase-out
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has teamed up with the mayors of Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands to urge ministers to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade.
Five of the best: Faraday Battery Challenge grant winners
With the Government announcing £22m of funding for a host of "world-leading" battery storage projects, edie takes a look at five of the winning programmes that could accelerate the UK's burgeoning low-carbon economy.
Renault pledges €1bn of funding for EV research and manufacturing
French carmaker Renault has announced that it will pour more than €1bn of funding into electric vehicle (EV) research, design and manufacturing at four of its plants by 2022.
Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's electric vehicle webinar
Sustainability and energy representatives from UPS, the Cross River Partnership and UK Power Network Services are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on greening your business fleet, taking place on 4 July.
Switching to electric vehicles: edie launches free business guide
Organisations looking to deploy electric vehicles (EVs) in their fleet now have access to a comprehensive guide which breaks down all of the key information required to successfully make the EV transition.
edie's next webinar to focus on harnessing the electric vehicle revolution
Taking place on Wednesday 4 July, an exclusive one-hour webinar discussion will explore how businesses across the country are embracing the unstoppable rise of electric vehicles to reduce emissions, incentivise employees and cut costs.
edie Explains: Electric vehicles
This brand new edie Explains guide breaks down everything there is to know about deploying electric vehicles (EVs) across your business fleet.
London launches EV taskforce as vehicle demand swells
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a taskforce aimed at boosting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the city, just days after car sharing firm Zipcar introduced more than 300 Volkswagen e-Golfs to its platform to create the UK's largest pool of publicly available shared EVs.
Electrifying your fleet roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities
Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in Oxford for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UK Power Networks Services, to explore how challenges can be turned into opportunities when it comes to fleet electrification.
Diesel is not dead: BMW sees 'clean' diesel in its vehicle portfolio
EXCLUSIVE: BMW Group UK's i and iPerformance national corporate sales manager, Hannah Bishop, has claimed that the car manufacturer continues to see clean diesel as an important part of its vehicle mix, despite the Government's commitment to phasing out the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.
Achieving Mission Possible: The sustainability success stories of the week
As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.
UK to host world's first battery and rapid EV charging network
The world's first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is set to be installed in the UK at a cost of £1.6bn, as the result of a partnership announced today by the National Grid and Pivot Power.
What does ‘New Power’ mean for business?
I've attended a couple of events recently where some particularly strong themes were evident. Everything came back to fundamental shifts in power and the trend towards participation and collaboration - all intrinsically linked and it's since led me to reflect on what this all means for business.
Sustainability 'imagineered': The Disney-led resort powered by geothermal energy
edie's senior reporter Matt Mace travels to the outskirts of Paris to uncover how Villages Nature Paris tapped into geothermal energy to deliver on a holistic 10-step sustainability framework.
UPS to trial electric delivery fleet in UK and France
UPS announced on Wednesday (9 May) it will trial a pilot fleet of 35 fully electric delivery vehicles (EVs) in the English and French capitals, with a view to a wider rollout.
Audi aims for 800,000 electric and hybrid car sales in 2025
German carmaker Audi has outlined plans to sell 800,000 fully electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids in 2025.
Heathrow to host 200-strong electric Jaguar I-Pace fleet
Heathrow has signed a deal that will see 200 Jaguar all-electric I-Pace vehicles made available to passengers travelling to and from the Airport.
Ministers' £400m plan for electric car charging infrastructure delayed
A £400m government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed, in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution in UK cities.
Sainsbury's trials UK's first e-bike grocery delivery service
Sainsbury's has become the first UK supermarket to integrate electric cargo bikes into its delivery service, with the company set to trial five zero-emission bikes across South London.
OVO launches domestic V2G electric vehicle charger
Customers of Ovo Energy who own electric vehicles (EVs) "will never need to pay for a mile of driving again," following the launch of a new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology by the supplier.
Accelerating the shift: 10 industry game-changers for low-carbon vehicles
This insight report, produced in partnership with UK Power Networks Services, investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving green mobility.
Accelerating the shift: New edie report explores low-carbon vehicle game-changers
With Britain's electric vehicle (EV) revolution continuing to gather pace, edie has today (18 April) launched a new insight report which investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving green mobility.
Just Eat rolls out discounts on low-carbon deliveries for restaurant partners
Just Eat are rolling out discounts on low-carbon vehicles and renewable energy contracts to encourage its 28,500 restaurant partners to lower emissions across the UK.
Intelligent highways and underground bins: the best green innovations of the week
A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.
Peugeot and Vauxhall owner PSA forms electric vehicle business unit
French car manufacturing giant Groupe PSA has created a new EV-focused business section as part of the company's plan to offer electric models across its entire portfolio by 2025.
Cross-sector electric vehicle project targets energy-neutral office buildings
Companies from the energy, transport and technology sectors have joined forces to explore how electric vehicles (EVs) can facilitate energy storage solutions that link up to onsite renewable installations and building energy management systems (BEMS) on office buildings.
EDF to invest €8bn in energy storage leadership bid
EDF has turned its focus to the global energy storage market with a goal to develop 10GW storage around the world by 2035.
UPS's London delivery fleet powered by 'world-first' smart charging system
Delivery firm UPS will have its central London delivery fleet powered by a new EV smart charging system, amid a flurry of major milestones for charge point installations.
5G to deliver £6bn opportunity for smart, resource-efficient UK cities, says O2
The next generation of mobile connectivity, or 5G, will enable councils to generate £2.8bn annually through smart lighting and refuse collection, according to a new report from O2 outlining a £6bn opportunity of the UK economy.
UK's largest EV charging site installation powers logistics fleet
A leading electric vehicle charging manufacturer has completed the UK's largest single-site charge point installation at a logistics depot in London.
Air-cleaning moss tyres to blockchain: best green innovations of the car industry
Car manufacturers continue to look to the horizon to deliver solutions that can integrate into future cities and energy systems. With a focus on the Geneva Motor Show, edie rounds-up the latest announcements making waves through the transport and energy sectors.
Top 10 sustainability stories of February 2018
It was a month of big plastic pledges, electric vehicle (EV) excitement and the launch of Mission Possible. Take a look back at February's biggest sustainability stories in this brand-new round-up.
Opening the road to electrification is not as simple as the flick of a switch
Energy companies, the auto industry and businesses need to advance together, supported by government.
Systemic thinking is vital to tackle today’s non-linear challenges
When we first started analysing developments and signals of change to gather insights for our Future of Sustainability 2018 report, we were struck by the rapidity of recent changes, particularly in the climate system and in the vital ecosystems that support us.
Renault EVs and battery storage used for Portuguese 'smart island' project
Automaker Renault has agreed to partner with a Portuguese utility company to transform the island of Porto Santo into a "Smart Fossil Free Island" that combines electric vehicles (EV) with renewable energy.
BP Energy Outlook: Renewables will grow five-fold by 2040
Renewable energy sources and electric vehicles are expected to be some of the biggest forces shaping the global energy transition up to 2040, according to an annual report from BP.
'Important milestone': National Grid eyes up ultra-rapid motorway EV charging fleet
National Grid is exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system, according to reports.
MPs form group to raise profile of electric and driverless vehicle agenda
A new cross-party group of politicians has been set up to to raise awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of electric and driverless vehicles.
Auto giants launch EV-sharing platform in China
Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing (Didi) has partnered with 12 automakers, including Geely Auto and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, to launch a new app-based, electric-vehicle-sharing platform.
8 global sustainability trends to watch out for in 2018
Over the past 12 months, challenges around addressing sustainability issues have featured consistently in global headlines. Despite mixed political messages about our transition to a low-carbon future, the private sector has continued to drive sustainability up the business agenda; from Science Based Targets (SBTs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to increased investor scrutiny over non-financial reporting.
BP to install charging points for electric cars at UK petrol stations
BP will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the dramatic growth of battery-powered cars.
Energy storage research gets £42m Government funding
Developing a new generation of lighter and safer electric vehicle (EV) batteries is one of the first four projects be awarded funding from the Government backed Faraday Institution.
Northern smart grid project could deliver £500m energy savings
Northern Powergrid has launched an £83 million smart grid programme to future-proof its network in preparation for the rapid growth of low-carbon technologies.
UK Government injects £3m into vehicle-to-grid trials
A consortium of energy firms and network operators has received a £3m funding injection from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop the first large-scale UK trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging infrastructure.
Plastics: We're at war with the symptoms, not the cause
Theresa May's call to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste within the next 25 years is a step in the right direction, but also follows a growing trend that ignores the remedies needed in the value chain of the UK's resource efficiency ambitions.
Report: Global emissions to plateau in 2030, but Paris goals out of reach
New insight from business advisors McKinsey Energy Insights has suggested that "major shifts" in the energy landscape driven by renewables and electric vehicles (EVs) will see global emissions plateau in 2030, but progress is nowhere near close to the 2 degrees Paris Agreement target.
Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn
Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.
Ford receives 'hypocrisy award' despite $11bn EV rollout
Ford has announced it is going "all in" on the electric vehicle (EV) market with an $11bn plan to rollout 40 new vehicles, but that hasn't stopped Greenpeace for delivering a "2018 Hypocrisy Award" to the carmaker for an alleged stance on fuel efficiency standards.
Landmark sector deal to make UK 'world leader' in low-carbon mobility
A new automotive sector deal between the UK Government and industry players including Ford and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will see £52.8m invested in low-carbon vehicle projects.
World's largest automotive alliance launches $1bn fund for future driving innovations
The world's largest automotive alliance has today (10 January), announced a new corporate venture capital fund to provide up to $1bn in investment for innovative electrification, autonomous and connectivity projects.
London to gain additional 1,000 EV charge points
London's electric vehicle transition has moved a step closer with the news that the capital's leading charging network is ready to deploy an additional 1,000 charge points across the city.
Test bed: Deutsche Post DHL's emissions-neutral electric vehicle
In 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group set a goal to make its entire logistics fleet zero emissions by 2050. The company is now testing technology to create the world's first ever "emissions-neutral" vehicle fleet.
Innovate UK backs project to boost EV range to 400 miles
In order to place the UK as a centre of excellence for battery development, a project to boost the range of electric vehicles (EV) to 400 miles and above has received £7m in funding from Innovate UK.
Don’t look back in anger: Top sustainability trends in 2017
Some of us might look back on 2017 as another eventful, if somewhat discouraging year for sustainability. 2017 has seen the inauguration of Trump, which has led to the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and more recently, has led to removing climate change from the list of USA national security threats. Meanwhile, closer to home, Brexit brings fears that the 1,100 EU environmental laws will become watered down in the UK among the effort to ensure Britain remains a great trading nation. Amid all this, you would be forgiven for thinking that 2017 has been a dismal year for sustainability.
Make 2018 the year to green your fleet with edie's latest business guide
Organisations looking to reduce vehicle fuel use, emissions and costs now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know when it comes to greening your fleet.
edie Explains: Greening your fleet
What are the business benefits of transitioning to low-carbon vehicles? Which fuel types are the most efficient? And what role can technology play in changing driver behaviours? This free edie Explains guide provides everything you need to know when it comes to greening your fleet.
Electric van trials helped deliver Christmas presents to Londoners
Electric vans helped deliver an average of 80,000 parcels a week across London during the Christmas period, as the city's Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to combat rising air pollution in the capital.
UK firms urged to seize £14bn electric vehicle opportunity
UK businesses could make annual fuel savings of around £14bn if all of Britain's vans and HGVs switched to electric alternatives, according to a new report from Hitachi Capital.
Ford extends diesel scrappage scheme
Ford has announced that it is extending a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles to the first quarter of 2018, citing positive feedback from customers as the primary reason for the extension.
UK can deliver 12GW of battery storage with stronger policies, report finds
A new report estimates that 12GW of subsidy-free battery deployment could be possible in the UK by 2021, despite only 0.6 GW of capacity being installed and operational so far, but only if the Government learns from past failings in the solar market.
Autonomous network project to facilitate UK electric vehicle demand
As a survey reveals that almost half of British companies are currently unwilling to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), UK Power Networks has unveiled a new initiative that could save parts of the UK £270m by 2030 by channeling spare capacity towards charging use.
Renault's electric van to lower operational costs for London food redistribution charity
Efforts to reduce food waste across London will now also combat the city's rising air pollution levels, after Renault UK agreed to provide an electric van to a charity food redistribution scheme.
EVs could provide 11GW grid capacity by 2030, research claims
Electric vehicles (EV) could deliver more than 11GW of flexible capacity to the grid by 2030, according to new analysis from a leading energy technology firm.
Budget 2017: Chancellor takes action on air quality, electric vehicles and plastic waste
Chancellor Philip Hammond has today pledged to build an economy "fit for the future" by announcing new air quality funding, tax incentives for electric cars, and measures to combat plastic waste in his 2017 Autumn Budget.
Street lamp charging network to power EVs in central London
Electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities which draw on 100% renewable energy from street lamp posts are set to be placed on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea, creating the largest network of its kind in central London.
UK Government backs 'virtual power plant' platform and robotics research
Battery developers Moixa has secured government funding to expand its flexible energy platform that transforms third-party batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) into "virtual power plants", while the UK Government has also unveiled an £84m fund for robotics and energy innovation.
Renault unveils 'industry-first' autonomous driving safety feature
French car maker Renault has developed an "industry first" autonomous control system that can match professional test drivers on road obstacle avoidance scenarios, bringing the car makers self-driving vision closer to reality.
Car giants launch pan-European electric vehicle charging venture
A group of the world's largest car manufacturers, including Ford, BMW and Porsche, have joined forces to develop a network of high-power charging systems across Europe, to stimulate the growth of electric vehicles (EVs).
Five-year triumph: Ultra-low emission vehicle sales in UK surge by 1,800%
Propped up by new government policies and a wider range of models, the sales and registrations of Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK have grown by more than 1,800% since 2011.
Diesel tax loophole 'thwarting' Government's clean air strategy
Government efforts to improve air quality and phase-out the use of diesel vehicles are being undermined by a tax loophole that allows refrigerated lorries to use "red diesel" and pollute the highways.
Nissan joins Formula E to showcase 'intelligent mobility' updates
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed its participation in next season's all-electric racing series Formula E, while also launching two new commercial electric vehicles (EVs) at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Government launches proposals to boost charge points for electric vehicles
Large petrol retailers and motorway services will be required to install charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), as part of new legislation from the Government that also enables drivers of automated vehicles to gain insurance in the UK.