edie explains: Water retail competition
This edie explains: Water retail competition guide provides an in-depth summary of the government-led strategy which will allow all non- domestic water users to switch suppliers of water retail services.
Sustainability Matter: Consumer research report
Consumers have always bought from brands they trust. But new research shows buyer loyalty is no longer just about confidence in product or service quality – it’s about trust in a company’s approach to the environment.
UK resource governance for the 21st century
High and volatile resource prices have been identified as one of the key macroeconomic trends of the 21st century.
Ikea offers home energy storage systems alongside solar panels
Ikea has partnered with renewable energy firm Solarcentury to launch a new domestic battery storage solution that could help to double the amount of solar energy used by UK households and reduce electricity bills by 70%.
UK Power Networks outlines smart energy vision
The UK's largest electricity distributor has today (17 July) unveiled its intention to become a Distribution System Operator (DSO) as part of its vision to help deliver a smart, flexible energy system.
Report maps UK's 'uncertain' energy landscape post-Brexit
As Britain looks set to leave the EU's Single Market, business consultants have attempted to map out the numerous challenges facing the energy sector after Brexit, making the case for a transition phase to smooth the exit path.
Sainsbury's commits to 100% LED lighting by 2020
Sainsbury's has become the first supermarket in the UK to make a commitment to switch to 100% LED lighting by 2020.
'Unstoppable' renewables to reach new heights as costs tumble, report finds
Renewable energy sources will account for around three quarters of the expected $10trn global investment into power generating technologies between now and 2040, a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has claimed.
edie Energy Insights 2017
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: edie's latest report offers an insight into business energy procurement, planning and purchasing priorities from efficiencies to onsite generation.
DONG Energy turns to battery storage for Burbo Bank windfarm
Wind energy provider DONG Energy has announced plans to integrate a 2MW battery storage system into the Burbo Bank offshore windfarm to deliver frequency response to aid the National Grid in managing grid stability.
Windy weather brings new renewable energy record
Windy weather brought with it a new renewable record on Wednesday lunchtime as output from wind, solar, biomass and hydro peaked at 19.3GW - more than half of all demand.
'Spectacular' drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost
Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data - although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell.
Gorillaz dare to record new tracks in solar-powered studio
Virtual band Gorillaz will record new songs generated by renewable energy after teaming up with E.ON to establish a solar-powered music studio.
Aldersgate Group manifesto 2017: A healthy environment, a competitive economy
The Aldersgate Group's manifesto includes calls for the prompt publication of both a detailed Clean Growth Plan and 25-Year Plan for the Environment, and a strong Industrial Strategy which enables the green business community to flourish.
Whitbread now powered by 100% renewable electricity
Britain's biggest hospitality can now stake claim to being powered by 100% renewable sources after striking a deal for green electricity to be supplied to its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops across the country.
edie Live exhibitor focus: Total Gas & Power
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
In practice: Costa's new low-carbon coffee roastery
What makes Costa Coffee’s new £38m roastery in Basildon "one of the most sustainable buildings in the world"? This free case study provides an overview of all the low-carbon and resource-efficient features of the retailer's flagship sustainability project.
Power Forward: How the largest US companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change
The largest US companies are increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts while improving their bottom lines.
Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution
The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the industrial revolution on Friday, according to the National Grid.
edie Live Exhibitor Spotlight: Chauvin Arnoux
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
A guide to effective sustainability communications
Whether it's driving engaging with employees to maximise results, with stakeholders to translate progress, or with consumers to drive awareness and brand value, getting sustainability communications right is crucial, and getting it wrong can be disastrous.
Renewables cut Europe's carbon emissions by 10% in 2015, says EEA
A surge in the use of wind and solar energy helped Europe to cut its fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by about 10% in 2015, an authoritative new report has found.
Europe's energy giants set to overshoot Paris Agreement 'carbon budget'
Europe's major utilities companies are "locked" into high emission projects, placing €14bn of earnings at risk unless they realign strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a new CDP report has found.
P272: The new regulation that could prove vital for business energy efficiency
Large businesses are being urged to seize the opportunity of gaining a more detailed and accurate breakdown of their energy consumption as an important new regulation comes into effect on Saturday (1 April).
BAFTA and beer giant announce renewables purchasing plans
As BAFTA forms a partnership to help the television and film sector purchase renewable energy, the world's largest beer maker has announced a new commitment to secure 100% purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
The risks and rewards of brokers
As the non-domestic retail water market opens on April 1, brokers are anticipating a boom in business. edie sister title Utility Week has provided an in-depth guide to the utility broker market as it stands, and considers how it is likely to change after market opening.
edie Live exhibitor focus: Flexitricity
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
Record-breaking offshore wind construction in 2016
Offshore windfarm construction in the UK hit a record level last year, according to new figures.
How innovation can provide a breath of fresh air for the UK's pollution woes
As part of edie's innovation month of editorial content, Matt Mace turns the spotlight to air quality, speaking with experts, innovators and incumbents about how innovation and new technology can alleviate spiralling pollution levels across the country.
Carbon Trust: ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL
How your organisation can reduce its environmental impact through reuse, recycling or recovery
Sweet success? How the sugar tax will impact Britain's low-carbon commitments
Many of us will have made a healthy New Year's resolution, often tailored to running off a Christmas dinner or two and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets. In light of the UK's upcoming sugar tax, what impact could a sugar-reduced diet have on the environment and the sustainability of big food retailers?
UK wind energy surpasses coal generation for first time
The UK made history 2016, with new analysis revealing that energy from wind turbines dwarfed energy sourced from coal power stations for the first time ever.
New forecast system to boost efficiency and reduce costs of solar energy
Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed a forecasting system designed to boost energy generation from solar systems, which could boost the efficiency of the electricity system and help companies and households reduce costs.
Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement
The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
Christmas bonus for clean energy as wind power breaks 10,000MW record
A new record output for UK wind farms was reached yesterday (7 December), with more than 10,000MW of electricity generated by wind turbines for the first time.
Capgemini unveils 'industry-leading' science-based targets
IT services and consultancy firm Capgemini's UK operations have become the first in the sector to publish approved science-based targets (SBTs).
Cornwall to host pioneering local smart grid trial
British Gas owner Centrica has launched a £19m trial to develop a 'virtual energy market' in Cornwall that will allow local businesses to sell their flexible energy capacity to the grid and the wholesale energy market.
Britain's largest grid-scale battery 'could transform the energy grid'
An £18.4m grid-scale battery system in Bedfordshire has proved the technical and commercial viability of energy storage in Britain following an extensive two-year trial, according to the facility's operator.
Low-carbon sources claim majority share in UK energy mix
For the first time, more than half of the UK's electricity was generated from low-carbon sources in the third quarter of 2016, a stark contrast from five years ago when the figure stood at little over 25%.
COP22: Major firms lead low-carbon energy drive
The first week of COP22 in Marrakech rounded-off on energy day, with a range of companies demonstrating their commitment to a low-carbon future with pledges to source 100% renewable energy.
UK coal-powered electricity projected to fall by record amount
The amount of electricity generated from UK coal power stations is on track to fall by two-thirds this year, a decline which analysts said was so steep and fast it was unprecedented globally.
Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims
The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".
An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid
Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly.
Small businesses 'discontent' with renewable energy supplier options
Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are keen to make the switch to 100% renewable energy-powered operations, but many are not receiving enough support from energy suppliers in order to do so, a new survey has revealed.
Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation
Electricity generated by solar panels on fields and homes outstripped Britain's ageing coal power stations over the past six months in a historic first.
500 companies obtain UK's first energy label specifying renewable energy credentials
Independent renewable energy supplier SmartestEnergy has announced that 500 companies have been issued with energy labels that specify the source and carbon content of the electricity that they purchase.
Businesses match governments with bold climate pledges during Climate Week NYC
The level of climate ambition shown from businesses during Climate Week 2016 in New York City (NYC) is continuing to mount, with eight more companies making 100% renewable energy pledges and four firms committing to double the energy productivity of their operations.
Tesla is building the world's largest energy storage system
Electric car and energy storage company Tesla has won the contract to design and build the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, as part of an energy storage upgrade for the US city of Los Angeles.
General Motors joins RE100 pledge to source 100% renewables
Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has established new sustainability commitments to source all electricity across its global operations from 100% renewable sources by 2050, and will join the RE100 to mobilise the transition.
'Paradigm shift' to electric vehicles required to meet global climate targets
Zero-emission vehicles will need to hold a dominant automotive market share by 2035 for the Paris Agreement's global warming target of 1.5C to be truly achievable, research group Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has claimed.
A Resourceful Future – Expanding the UK Economy
This report by SUEZ reveals that more than £9bn could be added to the UK economy by integrating circular economy principles into the country’s emerging industrial strategy.
UK churches show faith in renewable energy suppliers
Figures released today (1 September) have revealed that 3,500 UK churches have switched electricity suppliers to those that will only source renewable electricity, while US architects have also demanded new legislative action on climate change.
National Grid brings 'exciting new chapter' for energy storage with auction launch
National Grid has awarded seven firms including Vattenfall, Low Carbon and EDF Energy Renewables four-year contracts to provide balancing services to the network in the UK's first 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction.
Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity
Westminster City Council is planning to collect all of the waste from Notting Hill Carnival and use it to generate electricity for the National Grid - all in time to have the streets clean for the Tuesday morning commute.
Policies, data and imports: tackling the trilemma of collaboration for Britain's retailers
In the wake of some key waste and resource efficiency issues being brought to light within the UK retail sector, edie's Matt Mace speaks to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) about how to drive collaboration in this highly-competitive market as a means to deliver low-carbon, resource-efficient ways of doing business.
Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?
It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?
Certified green energy supplier becomes first in UK to cover switching fees
Renewable energy supplier Bulb has become the first UK supplier to offer to pay-off exiting tariff fees to new customers and businesses who decide to switch suppliers, just a week after receiving new certification for its transparency towards environmental impacts.
UK's smart city transition 'essential' to combating rising energy demand
A surge in urban expansion, economic growth and the integration of new technology will lead to UK cities embracing renewable energy sources as part of a transition to smart cities, in order to cope with growing energy demand.
Business-led demand response could generate £8bn for UK
Businesses could provide electricity equivalent to output of six new power stations by flexing demand and utilising better-enhance onsite generation projects, a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has claimed.
Scotland the 'prime candidate' to implement energy storage systems
The UK should look to Scotland to implement new revenue streams that account for a "modernised" grid system, which should have energy storage at its heart, in order to unlock £2.4bn in savings.
Building Revolutions: Designing a circular economy for the built environment
The circular economy makes complete sense for short-lived consumer products, but can it really work for something as enduring and complex as a building? David Cheshire, sustainability director at engineering firm AECOM, provides an answer.
The Business End of Climate Change
In the first edition of this study, researchers look at five initiatives that companies have joined to limit climate change: Science Based Targets, EP100, RE100, Zero Deforestation and the Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi).
Apple quietly forms new energy company to sell excess renewable electricity
In a bid to stabilise its ongoing commitment to sourcing renewable energy, tech giant Apple has quietly formed its own energy subsidiary which could see the company sell excess electricity to end-users across the US.
London Docklands set for CHP boost under £1bn Royal Wharf project
The London Docklands area will see low-carbon energy supplied to power 20,000 of the capital's residents through the adoption of combined heat and power (CHP) technology as part of the £1bn Royal Wharf development.
Meet the E&E Award-winner: Energy Manager of the Year - Jude Hughes, NIBSC
Over the past seven years in her role as energy manager at NIBSC, Jude Hughes has achieved the following headline figures for this large and energy-intensive government research centre: a 17% reduction in carbon footprint, a 12% reduction in electricity consumption, a 20% reduction in gas consumption, and utilities cost savings amounting to £746,000. Meet the Energy Manager of the Year...
Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries
Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.
DONG Energy offers subsidised renewable electricity to UK businesses
Utility company DONG Energy will offer UK businesses the chance to purchase renewable electricity at a subsidised rate, by absorbing cost premiums to ensure that green energy prices are no higher than traditional "brown energy" sources.
Commission draws fire over support for British fossil fuel subsidies
New European Commission research has highlighted failings in the different state subsidies offered to electricity utilities across the EU, while giving qualified support to the 'market-based' model used in the United Kingdom.
Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018
The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.
National Grid to incentivise energy demand response during summer of excess
The National Grid will offer businesses money to shift their intensive power demand processes to periods of low demand as Britain prepares for a summer that will generate excess amounts of electricity.
Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances uses more energy than advertised, survey finds
Nearly one in five fridges, dishwashers, microwaves and other household gadgets guzzle more energy than advertised according to a three-year survey of Europe's home appliance industry.
UK's fastest energy storage system connects to grid
Energy giant E.ON has teamed up with a group of universities to create and connect a giant battery-based energy storage research facility to the grid, in a move that has created one of the largest and fastest energy storage facilities in the UK.
MPs launch fresh enquiry into UK's renewable heat and transport targets
The Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) of MPs has launched a new enquiry into the UK Government's progress - or apparent lack of it - on its self-imposed targets for meeting heat and transport demands from renewable energy sources.
Infrastructure Commission calls for raft of changes to UK energy policy
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK's future low-carbon energy system.
UK government moves to ease energy supply fears
The UK government has moved to allay fears of a coming electricity supply crunch by unexpectedly bringing forward key reforms to the energy market.
UK's low-carbon energy generation soared in 2015, but so did oil production
Low-carbon energy sources rose to account for 43% of the UK's electricity supply last year, but oil production saw its first significant increase this millennium, provisional figures released today (25 February) have revealed.
Energy firms slash green gas prices
Green energy providers Ecotricity and Good Energy have cut their gas bills by 7% and 7.2% respectively in the wake of falling wholesale prices.
Blustery Britain brings windfall for businesses with new demand response scheme
Days when Britain's renewable energy output is at its greatest could prove to be a money-spinner for energy-intensive businesses under a new automated 'demand turn-up' service being piloted by National Grid.
National Trust's 'environmental dating agency' slashes CO2 emissions
An 'environmental dating agency', which brings together like-minded companies at events and meetings to help them share energy-saving tips, has helped members save nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 over the past year.
Renault's EV batteries to be converted into energy storage systems
Old Renault electric vehicle (EV) batteries will be converted into energy storage units under a new partnership between the French carmaker and UK firm Connected Energy.
Swindon set to offer UK's first council solar bonds
Swindon Council is considering a new community solar project that would offer residents a 6% return on any investment for the next 20 years.
Demand response: paving the way for a lower carbon economy
As the gap between supply and demand of energy in the UK becomes ever narrower, Alastair Martin, chief strategy officer of 'demand response' company Flextricity, highlights the role of business in developing a robust, reliable demand side response (DSR) mechanism to fill in for failing power stations.
Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap
The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .
RE100 companies halfway to 100% renewable target
The 53 companies that have signed up to the RE100 pledge to source 100% renewable energy are on average, halfway to their goals, a new report by The Climate Group and CDP shows.
REA: Energy storage already financially viable for grid and homes
Domestic and grid-scale energy storage projects in the UK are already economically viable in certain circumstance as technology costs continue to fall, a new report from KPMG has found.
Solar still a good option despite subsidy cut and VAT hike, says industry
Solar panels still make financial sense for consumers despite a double whammy of subsidy cuts and a rise in VAT rates, the industry has said.
UK clean energy investment up 24% in 2015 on strength of offshore wind
The UK was "by far the strongest clean energy investment market in Europe" in 2015, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, with investment up 24% to $23.4bn.
Scotland urged to exploit 'virtual power plants' through demand response
Green groups, opposition parties and renewable energy industry bodies have unanimously called on the Scottish Government to embrace 'demand response' energy efficiency measures in favour of building more costly and dirty fossil fuel power stations.
National Grid: Downton Abbey set to cause 400MW Christmas surge
National Grid has predicted the last ever episode of Downton Abbey will cause a power demand pick-up of 400MW when it is aired on Christmas Day this year.
COP21 Monday review: Energy pledges hit the headlines
A packed first day of week two at COP21 saw businesses, nations and organisations take aim at the cause of two thirds of global emissions - energy generation.
Global Solar Council launched at COP21
A new international trade body has been launched for the solar industry today (7 December) at COP21 in Paris.
1/3 of Britain's power networks could be overloaded by electric vehicle charging
Almost one third of UK local power networks could be overloaded if electric vehicles (EVs) become a mainstream motoring choice, a new study has found.
COP21 Day 4 review: Blueprints in place for buildings of the future
Thursday at COP21 was Buildings Day, and it was marked by the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which aims to scale up the sector's attempts to decarbonise.
Global energy consulting sector grows to almost $15bn
The global energy and resources consulting market grew 6% to $14.7bn in 2014 despite slumping oil prices, a new report from consultancy firm Source has found.
Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.
Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015: Green budgets cut, RHI reform
"Going green should not cost the earth" proclaimed George Osborne in his Autumn Statement as the Chancellor confirmed plans to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and slash budgets for DECC and DEFRA.
GIB backs £10bn green projects in three years
In the last three years, the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has committed £2.3 billion to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of £10.1 billion, making it the most active investor in the UK's renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
Natural capital: the next generation of CSR?
With the World Forum on Natural Capital taking place this week, AECOM's Petrina Rowcroft explores how leading figures in the field are helping to shape the emerging dialogue around how we can better account for the value of natural capital.
Eden Project bids to power homes and 'biomes' with geothermal power
A tropical fish farm, medical facility and computer servers could be powered by "hot rocks" underneath the Eden project if plans to create one of the UK's only geothermal plants get underway.
European Parliament to become first carbon neutral EU institution
The European Parliament will become the first EU institution to be 100% carbon neutral as of 2016, thanks to a carbon offsetting programme.