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What is energy data optimisation? Why should a business optimise its energy data? What are the costs and challenges of energy data optimisation? This new edie Explains guide answers everything you need to know about the topic.

All three companies are aligning targets with the Paris Agreement pathways

Kingfisher, DS Smith and Turner & Townsend unveil science-based targets

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has had carbon reduction targets consistent with the required pace to limit global warming to the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while both packaging firm DS Smith and consultants Turner & Townsend have unveiled net-zero commitments.

The UK Government has confirmed that the Summit will take place between 11-13 June in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Climate change at the G7 Summit: Everything you need to know

World leaders are meeting in Cornwall this week (11-13 June) as part of the G7 Summit. The climate crisis is a key theme for policymakers going into the event, but how much prominence will it have as the world's largest economies attempt to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?

Heathrow is now calling on ministers to support the scaling up of SAF production by setting mandates that require a minimum of 10% SAF use by airlines by 2030

Heathrow Airport adds sustainable aviation fuels to decarbonise flights

Heathrow has incorporated aviation fuel made from waste oils and fats for the first time, as the UK's largest airport seeks to establish proof of concept for the widescale use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) in a bid to reduce emissions from flights.

Collaborative action from businesses and sweeping changes to policy - especially on taxes, incentives and international trade - will be needed to meet the CBI's vision

CBI: UK's green recovery could generate £700bn economic boost by 2030

The Confederation for British Industry (CBI) has launched a major new campaign uniting business in the push for a green recovery from Covid-19, claiming that this could bring £700bn of economic benefits for the UK this decade.

Collectively, the 57 local authorities represent more than 35% of the UK population and 28% of England’s land area

One-third of UK population represented by local authority net-zero commitments

Five more UK councils have joined a 'net-zero pledge', meaning that one-third of the UK population is now represented by councils aiming to reach net-zero emissions at least five years ahead of Central Government's 2050 commitment.

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O2 outlines plans to slash data centre emissions

Telecommunications giant O2 is set to cut emissions from its data centres by more than half a million kilograms within a year, after investing in natural cooling technologies and energy efficiency.

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edie kicks off new COP26 Primer report series with Clean Energy focus

As part of the brand-new Countdown to COP26 Festival of digital content and events, edie has this week launched a series of "Primer Reports" which provide need-to-know insights into the key themes of this year's crucial climate talks. First up: Clean Energy.

More than 80% of homes standing today will still be standing in 2050, the point by which the UK has committed to reaching net-zero

After Green Homes Grant failure, Government 'dodges' recommendations on energy-efficient homes

The Government has admitted that it did not consult stakeholders before launching the now-defunct Green Homes Grant scheme, in a document that MPs have said is evidence that it is shirking responsibility on domestic energy efficiency.

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edie launches new business guide on flexible energy for net-zero

edie has today (10 May) launched a free guide outlining the key considerations, challenges and opportunities for businesses looking to trial and deploy flexible energy solutions.

The investment into the Atlas factory will deliver net-zero emissions across Scope 1 and 2, Ibstock has confirmed. Scope 3 will be addressed at a later date

Ibstock outlines steps to create world's first net-zero carbon brick factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock has chosen its Atlas facility in the West Midlands as the location for what it claims will be the world's net-zero carbon brick factory.

The scheme had targeted 600,000 homes, but just 53,000 homes made successful applications before its closure

Green Homes Grant: Less than 10% of promised vouchers issued

Less than £200m of the £2bn of vouchers initially promised under the UK's Green Homes Grant Scheme has been issued, new official Government figures show.

Heineken is also joining the Business Ambition for 1.5C, the Race to Zero and the RE100 programme to accelerate decarbonisation and increase clean energy uptake

Heineken targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2040

Global brewer Heineken has unveiled a new corporate strategy to become carbon-neutral across its operations by 2030 and then across its entire value chain by 2040.

The commitment will support a broader $1.5trn sustainable finance goal that is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Bank of America commits $1trn to global sustainability initiatives

The Bank of America has increased an existing $300bn sustainable business initiatives fund to attempt to mobilise $1trn by 2030 for initiatives that will support the net-zero transition.

A further 80 solar farms are to be introduced across the Army’s estate in the next seven years

British Army to switch on first solar farm as part of net-zero aspiration

The British Army is progressing with the first of four solar photovoltaic farms, which will save more than £1m in energy costs and help the Army reach net-zero emissions by 2045.

Apple will share experience and knowledge gained from its own move to 100% renewable energy to support suppliers taking up clean energy

More than 100 Apple suppliers to switch to 100% renewables

Apple has revealed that more than 100 of its manufacturing partners across the supply chain have agreed to source 100% renewable electricity for the production of Apple products, a move that looks set to avoid more than 15 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Ministers face mounting pressure to clarify the Government's long-term plans for energy efficient, low-carbon homes

Green Homes Grant scheme to officially close this week, UK Government confirms

The UK Government has confirmed that it will axe its Green Homes Grant Scheme, which had £1.5bn of its £2bn funding pot withdrawn, on Wednesday (31 March).

British Land's portfolio is currently valued at around £14.8bn

British Land confirms approved science-based targets on journey to net-zero

Property development and investment giant British Land has had interim carbon reductions targets to help deliver net-zero emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Most of the new jobs would be in energy efficiency - but there are also major opportunities in energy generation and manufacturing

UK's net-zero transition will create up to 1.7 million green jobs this decade, report finds

If the UK Government adopts the Climate Change Committee's Sixth Carbon Budget advice and supports businesses accordingly, some 1.7 million new 'green-collar' jobs can be created by 2030.

Single-use plastics: The 2021 roadmap for sustainable business

It’s been one of the biggest sustainable business issues of the past decade: tackling the scourge of single-use plastics. But has the progress delivered in 2019 off the back of the so-called “Attenborough effect” been offset by the pandemic?

The Government believes the funding will cut more than 70,000 tonnes of carbon annually

Government commits £560m to decarbonise housing

The Government has issued £500m from the Green Homes Grant and £62m from a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to improve the energy efficiency of 50,000 UK households.

Households are responsible for an estimated 20% of the UK’s total climate emissions - largely due to fossil fuel heating and energy inefficiencies 

'Woefully inadequate': MPs slam Government's energy efficiency plans after Green Homes Grant fiasco

The UK will miss its long-term, legally binding climate targets unless the Government addresses energy efficiency in homes as a priority, MPs are warning.

Unite Students will launch detailed plans to reach net-zero later this year  

Unite Students set net-zero carbon goal for 2030

Real estate investment company Unite Students, which provides students with accommodation across the UK, has set a new sustainability commitment to reach net-zero carbon across its operations and construction by 2030.

The banks warn that a piecemeal, short-term approach would hinder the amount of finance that is funnelled into retrofitting efforts

Retrofit revolution can cut emissions and deliver £7.5bn energy savings for UK

Retrofitting the UK's building stock with low-carbon solutions could reduce national energy costs by £7.5bn a year, create more than 150,000 jobs over a 10-year period and cut carbon emissions by 20%, MPs have been told.

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Six top tips for super-charging energy efficiency on the road to net-zero

Last week, edie hosted a 45-minute masterclass on energy efficiency, featuring expert speakers from BEIS, BAM Nuttall and the Carbon Trust. Here, we round up their key takeaways.

UK100 estimates that more than three million jobs are expected to be created as part of a national shift to the green economy

Green recovery could deliver 1.2 million construction and manufacturing jobs

More than one million green manufacturing and construction jobs could be created in the UK, if the Government introduced enabling policies, new data has found.

SWR has committed to reducing the energy consumption of its building portfolio by 41% by 2024

LED retrofit reduces energy use by 21% for South Western Railway

South Western Railway (SWR) has delivered a 21% reduction in the energy consumption of its properties, following the installation of more than 16,000 LED light fittings across its properties.

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered. Image: Carbon Trust

Now available on demand: edie's 45-minute masterclass on energy efficiency

edie's online masterclass on energy efficiency, featuring expert speakers from BEIS, Bam Nuttall and the Carbon Trust, is now available to watch on-demand. 

One-fifth of net revenue will be reinvested back into The Big Issue

Big Issue launches climate solutions fund as CaixaBank issues €1bn SDG green bond

The Big Issue Group (TBIG) has partnered with Aberdeen Standard Investments to create a new climate solutions investment fund, while Spanish retail bank CaixaBank has issued a €1bn green bond in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

From 'right to repair' laws to new 'green' incentives for farmers, it has been a busy week for policy relating to energy and the environment in the UK

Six changes to UK green policy that you need to know about this week

The UK Government has announced several important changes to green policy packages this week. Here, edie rounds up the flurry announcements from BEIS, Defra and the Treasury.

each sector faces its own challenges and opportunities in embracing the green recovery

Sector by sector: What are the key ingredients to achieve a green recovery?

Over the past 12 months edie has collected data and spoken to leading sustainability and energy experts on how key UK sectors can achieve a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Here, edie summarises some key themes found in our detailed sector insight reports.

Dominic has worked within UK Parliament for five years now, helping the organisation to reduce energy and water consumption and cut emissions across its estate

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Dominic Pybus, UK Parliament

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: UK Parliament's energy manager Dominic Pybus.

Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.

The technology will remove up to 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions once it is completed in 2023. Copyright: Borealis

Borealis to cut emissions at Finnish facility through £15m energy efficiency upgrade

Chemicals giant Borealis has unveiled a new €17.6m (£15.1m) investment into regenerative thermal technology that will reduce facility emissions from heating while also saving around 60GWh of energy annually.

The B Corp standard is one of the most popular as a marker of a purpose-led brand

BrewDog announces B Corp certification

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is the latest company to achieve B Corp certification, highlighting the company's dedication to becoming a force for good and focusing on carbon offsetting and reduction.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for the public sector

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, the public sector.

The success of the transition would hinge on enabling policies and roadmaps, steered by the UK Government

UK can create 200,000 jobs through clean technology drive

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has claimed that the UK can reach 100% renewable electricity in the next 11 years, with clean technology uptake set to create 200,000 new jobs provided the Government can deliver enabling policies.

MPs suggested that around £320m of the fund would be made available moving forward

Billions to be slashed from Green Homes Grant budget

The Government is facing criticism for a decision to pull the majority of funding for the £2bn Green Homes Grant, less than a year after it was unveiled to improve household energy efficiency and play a key role in an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Retrofitting is seen as essential to the net-zero transition, but the Government's approach has been repeatedly criticised 

Green Homes Grant: Government admits that meeting 600,000 homes target could take a decade

When the Government launched its Green Homes Grant last year, it aimed to improve energy efficiency for 600,000 homes. But a BEIS minister has admitted that just 20,000 vouchers have been issued to date.

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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Winners revealed at glittering virtual ceremony

Willmott Dixon, the Midcounties Co-operative and Virgin Media were among the big winners of edie's 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at a fun-packed virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday afternoon (3 February).

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edie's next online masterclass to focus on industrial energy efficiency

edie's next online masterclass has been confirmed for Wednesday 10 March and will explore the role that energy efficiency will play on the road to net-zero for industrial business.

Major emissions sources for EY include office energy use, business travel and the supply chain

EY targets carbon negativity for 2021

After achieving an ambition to become carbon neutral in 2020 by upping investments in carbon offsetting, EY has committed to remove and offset more carbon than it emits globally this year.

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Bank of England's high-carbon financing a 'moral hazard', MPs warn

The Bank of England risks creating 'moral hazard' by continuing to finance high-carbon projects and companies and providing no-strings-attached financing to carbon intensives companies, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned.

New homes will be required to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31% by 2021 compared to current levels

Government unveils 'radical' energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

All homes and business facilities will be required to meet new energy efficiency standards that reduce energy consumption and lower bills by 2025, after the Government finally outlined responses to the Future Homes Standard.

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edie launches series of mini reports to help businesses spark an energy revolution

edie has launched a new series of summary reports developed from SPARK! - an exclusive virtual event where energy leaders explored the key challenges and opportunities of the net-zero transition.

Oliver joined M&S full-time in 2017, having previously undertaken contracted work for the retailer

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Oliver Knowles, M&S Property

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: M&S Property's R&D manager, Oliver Knowles.

The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that English and Scottish local authorities representing one-third of the population have committed to reaching net-zero community emissions by 2045

Councils not confident of reaching net-zero commitments

More than a third of councils in the UK are not confident that they'll be able to meet public commitments to reaching net-zero emissions, with a "black hole" of data hindering efforts on energy efficiency plans.

WHSmith will engage with suppliers to agree on a set of pathways to achieve net-zero for Scope 3 emissions by 2040

WHSmith targets net-zero emissions by 2025

Retailer WHSmith has unveiled a new five-year sustainability plan to reduce its operational emissions to zero by 2025, with the company set to engage with suppliers to help them become net-zero.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy was promised by the end of 2020 - but time is fast running out

Heat Strategy: Government urged to spend £65bn on energy-efficient homes by 2035

Representatives from more than 200 businesses, housing associations, local authorities and trade bodies are urging Ministers to ensure that the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy mobilises enough finance to address "major" barriers to decarbonisation.

Coordinated and collaborative action is needed on housing to meet net-zero

The extension to the Green Homes Grant scheme is a vital part of the government's recent ten-point green plan - improving the energy efficiency of homes and cutting emissions while stimulating jobs and ensuring wider health and financial benefits for communities.

Worldwide, investment in energy efficiency worldwide is likely to be down 9% year-on-year

IEA: Energy efficiency improvements for 2020 'the weakest in a decade'

Despite nations investing in retrofitting and businesses looking to make energy savings amid lockdown restrictions, global progress on energy efficiency has slowed in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (centre) presents the Ikea team with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Ikea's Greenwich store

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Built Environment Project of the Year, Ikea.

The latest draft text, obtained by EURACTIV, “significantly weakens the priority given to renewable hydrogen,”

Renewable or 'low-carbon'? EU countries face off over hydrogen

EU member states are fighting over which type of hydrogen to support, with two opposing camps facing off: those backing green hydrogen produced exclusively from renewable electricity, and those in favour of a broader "low-carbon" definition, which also includes nuclear power and decarbonised gases.

The 100-page report outlines the Government’s intention to “deliver an infrastructure revolution” that is tied to net-zero

National Infrastructure Strategy: Government to deliver 'revolution' tied to net-zero

The Government has launched its long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy, detailing how transport, industry, energy and the built environment will be transformed to reach net-zero, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak using his spending review to confirm a £12bn commitment to the net-zero transition in 2021-2022.

The targets will set up the required decarbonisation rate to allow Vodafone to eliminate Scope 3 emissions completely by 2040

Vodafone sets net-zero target for 2040

Vodafone has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2040 and will eliminate emissions from its activities and energy and halve scope 3 emissions by 2030.

City Hall estimates that the £10m will support the creation of 1,000 full-time equivalent roles.

Green New Deal: London launches £10m job-creation scheme for low-carbon sectors

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined plans to funnel £10m into the energy efficiency, low-carbon transport and skills sector as part of the capital's plans for a green Covid-19 recovery.

The £12bn plan will support up to 250,000 green jobs, with the Government aiming to secure three times as much investment from the private sector by 2030

'An ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution': Reaction to Boris Johnson's Ten Point net-zero plan

Green groups have welcomed a new Ten Point Llan from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and build towards the net-zero emissions target, but the lack of a clear roadmap is dampening an otherwise monumental green policy moment.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 7; Clean and Affordable Energy

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Bryt Energy, looks at how businesses and national policies can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 7: Clean and Affordable Energy.

With the US accounting for 14% of global emissions, the world’s largest economy will be a key driver in striving to reach required levels of global decarbonisation

US Election 2020: What does Joe Biden's win mean for the global climate emergency?

US President-elect Joe Biden is outlining that first steps of his transition plan after beating Donald Trump in the US election. While the latter is yet to concede the results, leadership under the Democrats will deliver a very different outlook on global efforts to combat the climate crisis.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for hospitality and leisure

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, hospitality and leisure.

Vodafone has vowed to power its European network - spanning 11 national markets - with 100% renewable electricity by the end of July 2021

Vodafone saves £10m in energy costs over three-year period

Vodafone has worked with facilities management firm Mitie to reduce its UK carbon footprint by 25,000 tonnes over a three-year period, with improvements to building-based energy use saving the technology firm around £10m.

Ainslie Macleod, associate director, Carbon Trust (far left) and compere Julia Bradbury present Whitbread's team with the award.

What makes a sustainability leader? A closer look at Premier Inn's award-winning battery storage project

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of our Energy Efficiency Project of the Year, Premier Inn.

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Institute (left) and compere Julia Bradbury present
Michael McGowan with the award.

What makes a sustainability leader? Get to know Ibstock Brick's Michael McGowan

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up first: Our Energy Management Leader of the Year, Ibstock's Michael McGowan.

BEIS believes its approach will create up to 130,000 jobs. Green groups are calling for long-term certainty that they will be protected

£2bn Green Homes Grant and £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open for applications

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has officially launched £3bn of initiatives aimed at improving the energy efficiency of housing and public sector buildings.

The strategy will also aim for the company’s supply chain partners to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2040

Willmott Dixon to become zero-carbon business by 2030

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has committed that all new build and refurbishment projects it delivers from 2030 onwards will be net-zero carbon in operation, as part of a new sustainability strategy that will see the company become zero-carbon in its own operations over the next decade.

The jobs would be created over a three-to-four-year period

Green recovery: 'Retrofit revolution' could create half a million UK jobs

More than 455,000 'white van' jobs could be created across the UK's property and construction sectors if the government increases funding for retrofit projects and green skills as part of its Covid-19 recovery package.

While climate tech still only accounts for 6% of the venture capital market, it’s representation has grown by more than 3750% in absolute terms since 2013

Climate technology investments growing five times faster than average market rates

Venture capital investment into climate-related technology is growing five times faster than the average rate of all other industry investments, with new analysis from PwC finding that corporate and investor demands for low-carbon innovation led to $16bn being invested in 2019.

The Government is ramping up spending on "greener" forms of housebuilding

Future Homes Task Force to ensure housebuilding is aligned to UK's net-zero target

A new cross-sector Future Homes Task Force is set to establish a multi-million-pound Delivery Hub to assist the built environment sector in improving the environmental footprint of new housebuilding.

PepsiCo currently powers facilities using a mix of renewable electricity of 18 countries, of which 9 are accounted for by 100% renewable electricity

PepsiCo targets 100% renewable electricity globally

PepsiCo has confirmed it has joined the Climate Group's RE100 initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity across its operations by 2030, a move that could reduce the manufacturing giant's carbon footprint by 2.5 million tonnes.

#SustyTalk: Lloyds Banking Group's James Wilde on financing the green recovery

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Lloyds Banking Group's head of sustainability James Wilde taking part in a virtual discussion on financing the green recovery, as well as providing an update on the bank's efforts to halve its emissions.

Heat pumps, district heat networks and off-grid properties will be key focuses of the review

Green Finance Institute assembles businesses for zero-carbon heat taskforce

The Green Finance Institute has convened representatives of dozens of businesses alongside experts from local authorities, policy and science for a new taskforce tasked with decarbonising heating systems in the UK.

The report recommends that all additional electricity generation capacity built from 2021 should be zero-carbon

Just 0.5% of global GDP needed to reach net-zero by 2050, report finds

By scaling up energy efficiency efforts and deploying renewable energy generation capacity far more rapidly, the world could "technically and economically" transition to net-zero by 2050 for the cost of less than 1% of global GDP annually through to mid-century.

The call to action comes as the EU is set to negotiate on the 2030 target, with the European Parliament's environment committee voting for a new EU-wide target of a 60% reduction by 2030

Business and investor giants urge EU to raise 2030 emissions target

More than 150 businesses and a group of investors with €33trn in assets under management have today (15 September) called on the European Union (EU) to back the ambitions set out in its Green Deal by committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

The report specifically calls for an overhaul on how the public engages with land and air transport, while encouraging them to eat healthier diets and gain access to more technologies to reduce household emissions

Choice and information: UK citizens' assembly outlines policy and lifestyle overhauls for net-zero transition

The first UK-wide citizens' assembly on climate change, Climate Assembly UK, has issued a list of recommendations as to how travel, diets, power generation and building use can be revamped to help society transition to net-emissions by 2050.

Signify will aim to double the revenue it earns from its “circular” products and services, now targeting 32% of all sales by 2025

Signify reaches carbon neutrality globally, revamps corporate goals for 2025

Global lighting firm Signify has revealed it has reached its ambition to be carbon neutral across its operations and is now pledging to "go beyond" that original target.

At a business level, the research found that the loss of three million working days could be prevented by meeting WHO guideline

UK could save £1.6bn and 17,000 deaths by improving air quality, report finds

Improving air quality in England in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines could deliver a £1.6bn benefit while preventing 17,000 premature deaths each year that are linked to air pollution.

Backsliding on existing negotiations could see the UK weaken existing environmental policies

Is Brexit at odds with the UK's net-zero emissions target?

The Government's Brexit negotiations could set the nation up to miss its net-zero commitments, with Boris Johnson's intention to renegade on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement sparking fresh concerns about law-bound efforts to combat the ecological and climate crises.

Almost three-quarters of a million jobs have been lost in the UK as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

Transition Agreements: Companies urged to future-proof job security as part of net-zero disruption

Companies should make Transition Agreements with existing unions to ensure that job security, training and potential redeployment are covered as part of the UK's net-zero transition.

Sharma visited Instagroup in Wokingham. Image: Gov.uk

'Crack on': Alok Sharma implores businesses to join £2bn Green Homes Grant

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has called on tradespeople across the UK to access the Government's new £2bn Green Homes Grants scheme to mobilise efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock.

The report also noted that the group achieved a 6.5% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of production during the reporting year from a 2015 baseline

Ibstock to pilot net-zero factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock has announced plans to pilot at least one net-zero factory, with the company outlining its intention to set a net-zero carbon goal for its operations in the near future.

The whitepaper confirms that MPs will respond to the consultation on the Future Homes Standard this autumn

Government faces backlash over 'zero-carbon-ready' homes proposal

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has today unveiled new proposals to streamline the planning process for housebuilders, in a bid to deliver homes that are "zero carbon ready", but environmental groups have warned that the shake-up to planning could neglect the natural environment.

Longer-term reforms are expected to be consulted on in 2021

UK Government extends Climate Change Agreement tax breaks

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is extending its Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme for businesses by two years, following a consultation which highlighted its popularity.

Credit Suisse's previous sustainable finance mechanisms have been tailored towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Credit Suisse cuts fossil fuel lending as part of £250bn green finance promise

Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has unveiled plans to provide more than £250bn in financing geared towards green bonds and the low-carbon economy over the next decade, as well as pledging to limit financing to the oil and gas sector.

Boris Johnson has vowed to 'build, build, build' - but what must happen now to ensure that government and the construction sector are 'building back better'?

Building back better: What role should construction and retrofit sectors play in the UK's green recovery?

EXCLUSIVE: The Treasury this month launched a £3bn package to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings while boosting employment post-pandemic. But what needs to happen now to ensure that the schemes it funds align with net-zero, and what about new buildings?

Other fashion brands targeting net-zero by 2050 include Zalando, Mango, Inditex, Kering and Nike

Hugo Boss to halve operational emissions within a decade

Hugo Boss has had its new emissions targets green-lit by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), including an ambition to reduce operational emissions by 51% by 2030.

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has verified the new targets

Capgemini targets net-zero operations and supply chain by 2030

IT services and consultancy firm Capgemini has pledged to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2025 and full net-zero alignment by 2030, after meeting one of its key emissions targets a decade ahead of schedule.

Apple has committed to sharing its approach and progress towards carbon neutrality through a roadmap that will be shared with other companies

Apple targets net-zero emissions across operations, value chain and products

Apple has announced major plans to become net-zero emissions across its business, supply chains and products by 2030, pledging to reduce emissions by 75% and develop carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25%.

Hull and the wider Humber region are seen as pivotal in the UK's transition to net-zero

University of Hull targets carbon neutrality by 2027

The University of Hull has pledged to achieve carbon-neutral operations within seven years, and will invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation technologies to meet this ambition.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Tesco's EV charging milestone and an offshore wind boom: 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.

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Vodafone on track for 100% renewable electricity in Europe in 2021

Vodafone has vowed to power its European network - spanning 11 national markets - with 100% renewable electricity by the end of July 2021.

The UK’s net-zero emissions target for 2050 will require every household to replace their heating system with lower carbon alternatives

Government urged to ratchet up spending into household energy efficiency

The UK Government has been urged to implement a Home Improvement Plan to facilitate more than £5bn in annual spending to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock to contribute to the net-zero target for 2050.

The study calls for investment to be unlocked to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes

Government urged to spend £5bn to unlock £100bn green recovery

A group of businesses, mayors and political leaders have called on the Conservative government to spend £5bn to deliver on its promised manifesto pledges in order to unlock £100bn in capital investment on energy efficiency and create more than 300,000 green jobs.

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edie launches top tips guide for smart grids

edie has published a new top tips guide, outlining 10 clear and concise pieces of advice for businesses looking to explore smart grid technology.

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Facebook to capture and donate wasted heat from Danish data centre

The installation of a "hyperscale" district heating system at Facebook's data centre in Odense, Denmark, has been completed, setting the firm up to donate 100,000MWh of energy annually.

The survey results come as the Treasury prepares to announce new plans on retrofitting

Survey: Energy professionals believe retrofitting is key to a green Covid-19 recovery

A survey of 350 UK-based energy professionals has found that 80% want the majority of the UK's Covid-19 recovery package funnelled into 'green' industries, with energy efficiency retrofits for housing cited as the most popular route to both economic recovery and net-zero.

Industry accounts for around 30% of global carbon emissions

UK among nations calling for low-carbon industrial transition to spur job growth

The UK has joined seven other nations in calling for industrial transitions to be delivered in a way that delivers new jobs and is in alignment with ongoing efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

Sunak's speech has been long-awaited, given that other nations, including Spain and Germany, have already outlined full Covid-19 recovery measures

Green Recovery: Treasury unveils £3bn package spotlighting energy efficiency and reskilling

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined the key details of a £3bn plan intended to create thousands of "green-collar" jobs, improve energy efficiency and conserve natural resources.

Policymakers have repeatedly faced calls to make energy efficiency a larger focus within climate strategies

IPPR and REA: Up to 1.6 million new jobs could be created though green Covid-19 recovery

A green recovery package prioritising jobs in energy efficiency and public transport could create 1.6 million new jobs in the UK, new IPPR research has concluded.

Retrofitting would spur progress towards key emissions targets while creating jobs and cutting NHS costs, the letter argues

UK's Covid-19 recovery package must mandate building retrofits, 100 businesses tell Ministers

EDF, Dimplex and Kingspan are among the cohort of 100+ businesses, investors and trade bodies calling for the UK's Covid-19 recovery package to contain legally-binding measures for addressing wasted energy and carbon emissions from housing.

45-Minute Masterclass: Accelerating the smart grid transition for your business

With distributed energy assets fast becoming a mainstream part of the UK power network, this live online masterclass will equip businesses with the insights and inspiration they need to decentralise, decarbonise and democratise their energy through smart grid technologies and systems.


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