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Ahead of the G20 summit in July, the German government feels it is its duty to remind fellow governments of their obligations to the Paris Agreement

Study: Backing fossil fuels is economically and politically irresponsible

A shift away from fossil fuels to renewables is needed at international level if the targets of the Paris climate deal are to be met. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue wants to set an example by bringing plenty new to the table.

The latest milestones are based on savings achieved by using the Intersleek range in comparison to each vessel’s previous hull coating system

AkzoNobel generates $3bn in fuel savings for the shipping industry

An innovative range of biocide-free marine coatings has enabled shipping vessels to achieve fuel savings totalling $3bn since the technology was first introduced 21 year ago.

From autinomous drones to virtual reality experiences, the sheer pace and acceleration of technological advances is having a huge impact on sustainable business

Sustainability megatrends: technological innovations for the earth

Continuing edie's megatrends series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, PwC's sustainability and climate Change partner Celine Herweijer explores how green innovations and technological breakthroughs are driving the fourth Industrial Revolution.

Around £20m is invested annually by the sector on efficiency programmes, which is on average 7% of participants annual average spend, the study found

Hospitality sector profiting from swift energy efficiency paybacks

A benchmarking tool which measures the energy performances of major hospitality businesses including McDonalds, Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero has revealed that energy efficiency schemes deliver much quicker profitability than opening new sites.

Even under a worst-case scenario of the outlined transition, the report still expects GDP to grow by 0.6%

Energy transition of 'exceptional scope' can unlock $10trn annually

Global energy-related carbon emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050, generating $10trn a year in benefits, if countries ramp-up national commitments to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, a new report has found.

For 2016, renewables supplied more than half of the global electricity demand growth, mainly through hydro technology, which accounted for half of this share

Emissions flat for third year running as economy boom continues

The decoupling trend between economic activity and emissions continued for a third straight year, after the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed that global energy-related carbon emissions remained flat in 2016.

Take the four steps to successful energy management

What does successful energy management look like? Is your focus on delivering cost savings, reducing your carbon footprint or securing future supply? What are the best energy efficiency options for you and your business? And how do you convince your key stakeholders to play their part?

As well as inquiries from New Zealand-based businesses, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has also tweeted to ask Musk to talk about a Ukrainian energy storage system

Elon Musk's 100-day pledge opens new avenues for energy storage schemes

Elon Musk's claim that he could solve South Australia's energy crisis in 100 days has spread optimism that battery storage could help countries balance their grids, with the Ukrainian Prime Minister also reaching out to the Tesla founder.

Alongside energy provided by one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe at Wolverhampton, JLR will now source 100% renewable electricity from EDF

Jaguar Land Rover continues energy efficiency drive amid business expansion

A increased investment in a range of energy efficiency and low-carbon initiatives, including an agreement to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, has seen Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) decouple energy consumption per vehicle produced from a business expansion and wider data capture.

The European Parliament has backed resolutions demanding a 40% binding efficiency target and is likely to call for greater ambition in the bill

Member states move to weaken EU energy efficiency targets

European Union (EU) member states have moved to weaken the bloc's 2030 energy efficiency goals, setting up tough negotiations with the European Parliament, which backs stronger legislation.

Although the discussions are still in the early stages, DeepMind believes that predictive machine learning could boost the use of renewables by more accurately predicting demand and supply

National Grid exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence to optimise renewables

The National Grid has confirmed that it is in the "earliest stages" of discussions exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which could potentially maximise the use of renewable energy by predicting peaks in demand across the UK.

The building was already operating to BREEAM Outstanding levels during its assessment phase, and could receive final stage certification at some point in the future

Costa fires up ultra-sustainable coffee roastery

Costa coffee has today (13 March) turned on the lights at its new £38m roastery, a facility which the company claims is "one of the most sustainable industrial buildings in the world".

A trial of heat meters in 227 council homes in Sheffield cut heating bills by approximately £238 per house in 2015, and the council is hoping to develop further ways to enhance savings

New 'observatory' to uncover energy-efficiency improvements in Sheffield

The University of Sheffield will enlist sensors, thermal cameras, drones and balloons to scan the surrounding city for ways to monitor environmental impacts, improve energy savings and reduce heat loss.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget speech this afternoon, but it contained little for sustainability professionals to get excited about

Budget 2017: Chancellor confirms electric vehicle funding, announces new recycling targets

BREAKING: Key proposals on the future of carbon pricing, renewable energy subsidies and air quality remain on the UK Government's 'to-do' list as Chancellor Philip Hammond offered relatively little for the green economy to get excited about in his 2017 Budget this afternoon.

The Government is set to launch a consultation this month which will call upon 800 businesses to provide evidence on the effectiveness of business energy-efficiency regulations

ESOS: Companies still non-compliant as Environment Agency turns to enforcement action

EXCLUSIVE: Compliance rates for the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) are below expected levels, with hundreds or possibly thousands of qualifying organisations still unaccounted for almost a year after the final deadline.

Rachel Ward (centre) picked up her Energy Manager of the Year accolade at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017

Meet the Energy Manager of the Year - London Metropolitan University's Rachel Ward

Ahead of her appearance at edie Live, London Metropolitan University's sustainability manager Rachel Ward discusses how she has been able to catalyse an on-campus transformation in energy efficiency performance.

Nestlé's head of environmental sustainability Andrew Griffiths confirmed that reducing peak demand had become an area of “real interest”

Rolls-Royce and Nestlé explore the benefits of flexible energy generation

Flexible energy generation, led by battery storage and demand response measures, is a route being "actively explored" by energy-intensive multinational firms Rolls-Royce and Nestlé, the energy managers of the respective companies confirmed earlier this week.

Land Securities has installed the first hydrogen fuel cell at the BREEAM rated Walkie-Talkie skyscraper (left) in London, which also has roof-mounted solar panels

Land Securities is world's first property firm to have science-based targets approved

The UK's largest listed commercial real estate company has today (2 March) announced the approval of its science-based target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.

The report calls on Government to reduce household energy bills and fuel poverty, create more than 100,000 jobs through efficiency measures and deliver one million homes

Green buildings primed to assist Government with national policies

The construction and property industry is "eager" to work with the UK Government to boost housebuilding standards, improve economic growth and help achieve binding carbon targets, but this will only be possible if an array of new policies are introduced.

Rachel Kyte hopes the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union will not affect the country's shift towards greater energy interconnectivity

Energy efficiency and flexible generation crucial to reach Paris goals, claims UN energy chief

Britain will need to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements, develop more energy interconnections and accelerate the transition to a flexible electricity grid if the country is to fulfil its ongoing climate change commitments, the chief executive of UN Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Rachel Kyte has said.

Air pollution causes 40,000 early deaths in the UK and costs the country £27.5bn a year, according to a government estimate

End UK tax incentives for diesel vehicles, ministers are urged

Ministers are coming under growing pressure to remove tax incentives for diesel cars and offer compensation to motorists so they can swap to more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Nottingham Castle, where the nearby council will benefit from two £200,000 funding grants

Councils benefit from multi-million pound clean air funding pot

Councils from Nottingham, East Herts and Bristol and South Gloucestershire are amongst those to benefit from this year's £3.7m Air Quality Grant programme, aimed at assisting local authorities in enhancing air quality levels in their areas.

From 1 April 2023, all existing tenancies will be subject to minimum energy performance standards, with F and G-rated building phased-out of British building stock

Commercial building energy efficiency guidance delivers 'vital clarity' for business

This week's publication of the Government's guidance about the new minimum efficiency standard for privately rented commercial buildings has been welcomed by the industry for providing "vital clarity" to businesses.

The AEE agreed with the decision that battery storage can support the grid and that the technology should be viable to receive income from grid transmissions

Tech giants rally behind US energy storage market

A US-based coalition featuring companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla as members has applauded the efforts of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to open-up US wholesale electricity markets to energy storage and demand response initiatives.

A “moderate” technology adoption across the globe could create $900bn in savings, while an “accelerated” system could pump $1.6trn into the economy

Technology growth can spur low-carbon energy system and save $1.6trn, says report

The rapid rise of technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) could save between $900bn to $1.6trn to the global economy by 2035, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

Downtown Warsaw. Optimally-designed smart buildings allow flexible connectivity to energy systems through efficient energy consumption, production and storage

Report: EU nations struggling to foster smart city transition

The majority of European Union (EU) members are showing "little progress" in developing smart built environment policies that encourage the uptake of energy storage or demand response initiatives, a new report has found.

Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

The fuel efficiency review was approved by the EPA during the last few weeks of the Obama Administration, well ahead of the 2018 deadline

Auto industry calls on Trump to review fuel efficiency standards

The chief executives from 18 major car manufacturers have called on President Donald Trump to review fuel efficiency standards and regulations that were set in place by the Obama administration more than a year ahead of schedule.

The disk-shaped hotel is set to save energy equal to the CO2 emissions from 50,000 cars driving 100 kilometers

Fuel cell technology to power Radisson Blu hotel

Global hotel chain Radisson Blu has partnered with energy supplier E.ON to install low-carbon fuel cells at its property in Frankfurt, which will generate a large share of the site's energy needs.

So far, 11 of WGBC’s 74 Green Building Councils including councils in Brazil, the US and the United Arab Emirates have signed up to the project to support the private sector

First batch of businesses offer support for net-zero building project

Three businesses have thrown their weight behind a new project aimed at achieving net zero emissions in the global building stock by 2050.

The survey arrives one month after Ford unveiled plans for a new fully-electric SUV, with an estimated driving range of at least 300 miles

Millennials view SUVs as leading choice for fuel-efficient vehicles

Fresh from the announcement that Ford is commercialising a fully-electric SUV, a survey sponsored by the motor giant has revealed that millennials are making purchasing decisions based on the efficiency of a vehicle.

Birmingham Town Hall. A series of workshops will provide Midlands businesses with specialist expertise about advanced thermal technologies and biological conversion processes

UK businesses to accelerate bioenergy opportunities through EU grant

A European Union (EU) funded project is set to support firms across the West Midlands to reap the economic and environmental benefits from bioenergy and thermal technologies.

Riversimple's founder Hugo Spowers (right) explains his hydrogen vehicle blueprints to BNEF's Michael Wilshire, CCC chair Lord Deben and motoring broadcaster Amanda Stretton

Vehicle manufacturers lack incentive to promote efficiency, says Riversimple

The decarbonisation of the transport sector hinges on the ability to "make efficiency profitable" rather than overcoming technological barriers, the founder of Welsh hydrogen car manufacturer Riversimple has claimed.

Keith Anderson (left) and Jonathon Porritt (right) discussed how to drive consumer engagement at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum

Big data will drive consumer demand for sustainability, claims ScottishPower Renewables

EXCLUSIVE: The decarbonisation of Britain's energy sector will require greater innovation and consumer engagement levels to ignite an increased demand for low-carbon products, systems and infrastructure - with big data well-equipped to instigate the transformation.

The Green Deal Finance Company was established to support the Green Deal scheme by buying up loans from providers; it currently has a loan book worth more than £40 million

Is the UK set for a Green Deal resurrection?

The Green Deal Finance Company and its assets have been bought by Aurium Capital Markets and Greenstone Finance for an undisclosed sum.

One year on from COP21, host nation France is keen to lead the climate movement and has introduced measures to ensure that it leaves a lasting green legacy

From green bonds to solar roads: France's low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation aimed at transforming the way it interacts with the environment.

Travis Perkins achieved an 11% reduction in emissions from electricity use in 2015

How Travis Perkins is exploiting big data to maximise energy savings

Off the back of another successful year of energy reduction, British builders' merchant Travis Perkins is placing an extra focus on data analysis in order to take its energy management strategy onto the next level, the group's energy manager has said.

The battery project will provide evidence on whether solar panels can supplement evening energy use and whether the technology can effectively reduce energy bills

London councils commence innovative solar battery project and LED retrofit

Councils across London are kick-starting the capital's 'smart city' transformation, with a new LED retrofit backed by the Green Investment Bank (GIB) and an innovative solar battery project set to commence.

FSB conducted a survey showing that 86% of its members were concerned about import dependence, while security of supply proved the biggest concern for most small businesses

Small businesses key to UK low-carbon transition, report claims

A tenth of UK small businesses now produce their own electricity, according to a new report which calls on the Government to make it easier for small firms to contribute to green energy generation.

New Years Eve fireworks fill the Edinburgh skyline as part of the city's Hogmanay festival

Can Scotland continue its climate lead in 2017?

New figures show that Scotland is leading the UK in reducing the climate impact of electricity generation, but green groups are calling for the country to go further and "blaze the trail" for global pollution-free power by instilling a national 50% renewable energy target.

Barclays claims that if all manufacturers worked to be as energy efficient as current sector leaders, this could create an industry worth £160bn to the wider economy by 2025

UK manufacturers could invest £2.5bn in clean energy by 2025, Barclays claims

British manufacturers could inject £2.56bn into the UK economy and cut energy consumption by nearly a third over the next decade by investing in clean technologies and efficiency measures, according to research from British multinational bank Barclays.

edie spoke to E.ON Energy Solution’s strategic account manager John Walsh, who explained what frameworks and technologies will forge the path for energy efficiency

Energy efficiency: Forging the path from compliance to competitive edge

Transforming an organisation's energy management approach from 'tick-box activity' to 'money-generating competitive edge' is easier said than done. But for E.ON Energy Solutions strategic account manager John Walsh, climbing up the pyramid is a worthwhile journey if you get it right.

The review was launched in June 2015 by Government after the Green Deal scheme was closed

Bonfield energy efficiency review calls for new framework

An independent review into energy efficiency and home renewable energy measures has called for greater consumer protection through a new framework and quality mark.

Construction of the plant will likely be completed by 2019 and is expected to create hundreds of jobs

GIB commits £35m to North Wales energy-from-waste-plant

Green Investment Bank has committed £35 million of senior debt to the construction of a new energy-waste-plant in North Wales.

P&G has published a sustainability report annually since 1999 but has updated it this year to include a more comprehensive overview of the good P&G is doing

Employee engagement helps P&G hit energy reduction goal four years early

Consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble (P&G) has revealed that a new energy engagement initiative at manufacturing sites has improved energy efficiency by 5% in the last 12 months, which has seen the company hit a 2020 goal for energy reduction four years early.

The paper notes that SMEs currently represent more than 99% of all UK businesses, employ more than 15 million people and account for 45% of the UK’s energy use

Reduce, generate and store: SMEs urged to capitalise on energy transition

UK SMEs can thrive in a low-carbon economy if they follow the mantra of 'reduce, generate and store' as a way to revamp energy costs during an era of "unprecedented disruption", a new whitepaper from financial solutions partner DLL has claimed.

Wind turbines near a canal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. At present, the EU's energy system remains centralised and dominated by large power plants

Europe eyes 'big bang' in power savings from industry and SMEs

While standards for toasters, fridges, and TV sets have so far grabbed the most attention, the biggest potential for power savings actually lies in integrating industries and small businesses to the electricity system, a senior EU official has said.

Scotland's incumbent water retailer Business Stream will manage the water services of the new multi-utility offering, while consultancy firm Utilitywise will oversee energy provision

New energy and water retail service offers businesses 'one-stop-shop' for utilities

UK organisations will soon be able to manage their electricity, gas and water use in one place thanks to a pioneering new partnership between non-domestic water supplier Business Stream and energy consultancy Utilitywise.

EEF wants the Government to make immediate announcements on a full phase-out strategy for coal power by 2025 and a plan for the uptake of carbon capture and storage

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.

Several green firms have made the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing sales over the latest three years

Ecotricity named one of Britain's most disruptive businesses

Green energy supplier Ecotricity has been identified as one of the UK's most disruptive companies in the inaugural Virgin Media Business Disrupter 10 league table.

While things look good for the EU in the short-term, the report warns that raised efforts were a necessity in reaching longer-term goals

European Union 2020 energy targets 'well within reach'

European Union (EU) Member States are collectively on course to meet 2020 targets for renewables, energy efficiency and emissions reductions, although a new report has warned that long-term objectives are at risk of falling short.

The document sets out the EU's planned transition to an energy efficient and low-carbon economy

EU winter package met with mixed green business reception

As the European Commission (EC) today (30 November) unveils its energy winter package aimed at helping to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, edie analyses the major talking points of the document's key proposals.

Zero Waste Scotland predicts that businesses could save £2.9bn per year through using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently

Scottish SMEs could save £19,000 per year through energy efficiency measures

Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are wasting £19,000 every year by neglecting simple energy efficiency improvements, according to Zero Waste Scotland.

Somerset House in London. High-efficiency gas boilers and a gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant has guaranteed Somerset House Trust annual savings of £235,000

Arts and culture sector realises 'intrinsic' value of sustainability

England's arts and culture sector has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use by 17% over the past year despite a growth in cultural activity, according to the industry's latest sustainability report.

(L-R): BT's Scott Balloch, M&S's Munish Datta, Land Securities' Caroline Hill, Covestro's Richard Northcote and panel chair Essex University professor Catherine Cameron

Communication skills crucial for energy managers to deliver efficiency programmes, say experts

Advances in technology have created a viable and economic business case for companies to implement energy efficiency programmes, but those programmes will only be successfully delivered if the business benefits are effectively translated to the boardroom and staff.

Will new Chancellor Philip Hammond dedicate any part of his first Autumn Statement to the green economy? Stay tuned to edie on Wednesday

Autumn Statement 2016: 10 green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's first budget announcement

From unveiling a low-carbon Industrial Strategy and confirming post-Brexit support for renewables through to enabling a smart, flexible energy system and providing more expenditure to prevent flooding - will new Chancellor Philip Hammond deliver on our green policy wishlist in his first Autumn Statement?

The telecoms business hopes to achieve these savings through utilising high-tech solutions and tackling emissions across its supply chain

Telefonica expects to save €90m through new energy efficiency measures

Multinational broadband and telecommunications provider Telefonica has announced its global Energy and Climate Change objectives for 2020, which will aim to introduce several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that will save the company around €90m.

Britain's industrial, services and domestic sectors saved more than £1.7bn between 2010 and 2015 thanks to energy efficiency measures

Energy efficiency: Vital for the Paris Agreement and Britain's economy

Energy efficiency investment will be "critical" to achieving the global emissions reduction targets set out in the Paris Agreement, and must be embedded in Britain's new Industrial Strategy to drive economic productivity.

The EAC finds the Treasury guilty of changing or cancelling several long-established projects at short notice, with little or no consultation with relevant businesses and industries

Treasury failing to take long-term environmental costs into account, MPs say

The Treasury has been lambasted by MPs for failing to adequately factor in long-term sustainability risks into its decisions, with the carbon capture and storage (CCS) and zero-carbon homes policies specifically cited as detrimental to both the economy and investor confidence.

The report praised past and existing UK Governments for creating strong policies for renewables, but noted that “unexpected” policy changes had stunted confidence in the sector

Green groups call for 'bold' Government action to ignite UK's low-carbon transition

The UK Government can embed a "world class" low-carbon environment that could mobilise significant investment streams, but only if current policy gaps and mixed legislative signals are addressed with "bold" action.

Policies to bring the world on to a 2C trajectory must be implemented as a matter of urgency if the Paris pledge is to be fulfilled, the IEA said

Paris climate deal at risk unless countries step up plans, says watchdog

The Paris agreement on climate change risks failure unless countries come forward with more ambitious and detailed plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the world's energy watchdog has warned.

Dalmia Cement joined Swiss Re in becoming the first companies to become members of both the RE100 and EP100 campaigns. Photo: UNClimateChange/flickr

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.

A roadmap produced by the ocean energy sector for the EU has identified the investment required for wave and tidal energy to provide 10% of the EU’s power demand by 2050

EU prepares £400m funding for maritime and ocean energy sectors

The European Union (EU) is set to provide around £412m to support sustainable shipbuilding and ocean energy projects across the continent.

Speaking at an event in Frankfurt, Carbon Trust chief executive Tom Delay suggested that current markets aren’t acting as a catalyst for low-carbon deployment

New business models required to move away from resource inefficiency, says Carbon Trust chief

Businesses must capitalise on the positive momentum of the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change by introducing new business models that place low-carbon energy and resource efficiency at the heart of operations.

Energy industry sources said the forecast for 2016 appeared to be broadly in line with expectations

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.

The programme will generate energy efficiency savings at Edinburgh live music venue Usher Hall

E.ON teams up with Edinburgh City Council to reduce public building energy costs

A £2.1m partnership between E.ON's energy efficiency business and Edinburgh City Council is set to reduce on-site energy costs by 24% at nine public buildings, as part of the city's overarching aim to reduce carbon emissions by more than 40% by 2020.

Smart Energy GB’s research reveals that more than eight in 10 think that the smart meter roll-out is important for the British economy

Business leaders recognise 'incredible opportunities' of smart energy technology

The vast majority of Britain's business leaders have given their backing to the rollout of smart technology across the country, according to new research.

The UK-GBC hopes to improve the health and productivity of the 25 regular office users, with an aim for at least a 10% improvement in staff satisfaction with the office environment

Green Building Council office refurb sets record for low-carbon impact

The central London headquarters of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), which played host to edie's latest podcast episode, has achieved the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for a UK office refurbishment.

M&S launched M&S Energy in 2008 in collaboration with energy company SSE

M&S Energy funds 26 community energy projects

The energy arm of British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (31 October) announced the winners of a £350,000 Community Energy Fund which supports a range of projects looking to install on-site clean technology systems.

IMO chiefs will now use the roadmap to decide what role the industry can play in supporting the Paris goals

Shipping industry to introduce global emissions strategy in 2018

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has approved a roadmap through to 2023 on the global adoption on an emissions reduction strategy, scheduled to come into force in 2018; although the Organisation has been criticised over delaying action.

Saint-Gobain's new LEED ‘Platinum’-rated offices in Pennsylvania, which has seen the productivity of its call centre staff double thanks to its green building design features

Green building design is a smart business move, finds report

A reduction in sick days, an improvement in productivity and increased collaboration between workers are among some of the key business benefits that are being realised through 'healthy' and 'green' office design and operation.

Most EU member states support raising the EU’s pollution standard 50% above the legal limit set down in the Euro 6 regulation

Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws

New European cars with petrol engines will be allowed to overshoot a limit on toxic particulates emissions by 50% under a draft EU regulation backed by the UK and most other EU states.

The technology will be used on future projects and the company hopes that other developers will follow in striving for carbon neutral projects

Hemel Hempstead set to welcome 'world's most sustainable residential tower'

The town of Hemel Hempstead is poised to welcome the world's "most sustainable residential tower" to its ranks in 2018, after Lumiere Developments unveiled the range of technologies it has turned to in order to create The Beacon.

Hunt believes the whole sector must continue to build trust, share best-practice sustainability approaches and prove that emerging technologies work in practice

Demand-response 'makes complete sense' for heavy industry

EXCLUSIVE: The business case for demand-response now makes "complete sense" and should be exploited alongside other emerging green technologies such as battery storage systems, one of Britain's largest construction materials suppliers has said.

The report reveals no “one-size fits all” solution exists, but that different city classes have the potential to expand green infrastructure and improve renewable energy costs effectively

Urban energy 'rethink' needed to ensure low-carbon transition, says IRENA

Cities have an "unprecedented" opportunity to transform and decarbonise energy systems and transition to greener city infrastructure, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

ISO 50001 is available to any business of any size, but its suitability will largely depend on the energy requirements of the business

edie launches free ISO 50001 guide for energy managers

Organisations and energy managers with an interest in the ISO 50001 energy management system now have access to a free comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to gain certification.

Panasonic is working with Schneider to develop a new energy management system for commercial buildings, and with Tesla to manufacture and produce solar PV cells in the US

Panasonic embraces the power of partnerships to drive green innovation

Japanese electronics firm Panasonic has ramped up its involvement in the low-carbon agenda, forming two new collaborative partnerships with automaker Tesla and energy management solutions provider Schneider electric to develop new solar PV cells and smart building technology.

A gas demand response mechanism will allow large gas consumers to bid to reduce the amount of gas they use during times of system stress in exchange for payment

Winter electricity blackouts now 'exceedingly unlikely'

The risk of power cuts this winter are now "exceedingly unlikely" thanks largely to £122m of contingency balancing reserve services helping to balance the electricity system, the National Grid has confirmed in its latest Winter Outlook report.

The past few months have seen a number of firms within the construction industry adopting a demand-response approach to energy management

Demand response offers 'positive PR' for business energy management

The author of a new report which investigates the benefits of using demand-response measures to strengthen Britain's energy system has told edie that businesses can "quite easily" use the technology to reduce energy bills and improve green credentials.

Employees in high-performing, green-certified buildings had 26% higher cognitive function test scores than those in similarly high-performing buildings that were not green-certified

Green buildings deliver better thinking and better health, study finds

Employees working in certified 'green' buildings are likely to have better cognitive abilities, fewer 'sick building' symptoms and higher sleep quality scores than those working in non-certified buildings, according to a new study conducted in the US.

Democratic candidate Clinton repeated her desire to turn the US into a “21st century renewable energy superpower”, while Trump claimed the US needed to look beyond renewables

Coal would last 'a thousand years' in Trump's US

With polling day just one month away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered two very different glimpses into the future of US energy policy.

Developed in collaboration with Dubai Municipality, the bulb will be rolled out across Dubai businesses in 2017

Philips develops 'world's most efficient' LED bulb for Dubai rollout

Philips Lighting has partnered with the Dubai Municipality to launch the "world's most sustainable LED lamp", which has been developed for residential and professional use across the city by 2017.

Toyota of Corvallis will generate around 300,000kWh of renewable electricity annually through solar photovoltaics, and also return unused energy back to a local power grid

Toyota set to unveil 'world's first' net zero energy automotive dealership

Motor giant Toyota is "on schedule" to unveil the world's first certified net-zero energy automotive dealership, after striking a deal with the architects of the building to collect data to ensure that the facility is producing more energy than it uses.

edie’s exclusive, interactive webinar titled 'Cutting Complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation' revealed the secrets to successful energy management

How can businesses change behaviours to drive energy efficiency?

UK energy managers can drive employee engagement with company-wide energy efficiency programmes through simple messages focused on the positive impacts of change and the effective internal dissemination of energy and environment management systems.

The average green building uses 25% less energy and 11% less water than a traditional structure

Laying the foundations for a more sustainable built environment

Kicking off edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) chief executive Terri Wills argues it is time to change our perspectives on the buildings we use every day, and start seeing them as an integral part of the solution to global warming.

Although sales and the use of electric vehicles are increasing, they still only make up 0.15% of Europe’s car fleet and only 1.2% of total passenger car sales in the EU

Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming.

Delegates from EEF, Tata Steel, npower Business Solutions and  Cebr claim that behaviour change should be advanced inline with technological enhancement

Carbon psychology: The £860m opportunity for UK energy management

Retail, manufacturing and administration firms would be the biggest beneficiaries of up to £860m in energy savings across Britain if a "carbon psychology" approach is taken to improve business energy management processes.

LRS's Gloucestershire based factory produces over 1.2 million bottles of drink each year

Lucozade Ribena Suntory strives to quench energy usage

Soft drinks firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) has introduced an energy management partnership in a bid to reduce its UK factory's annual energy consumption by 5%.

The report claims a “worst case scenario” could emerge where attacks result in infrastructure shutdowns, economic disruptions,potential loss of life and large-scale environmental damage

Cyber-attacks are 'core business risks' to energy systems, says World Energy Council

An uptake in digitisation through devices such as smart metres may be improving energy management, but it is also opening new avenues for cyber-attacks that could damage communities and the economy as threats cross "from the cyber realm to the physical world".

CWG’s latest CSR report details a series of energy-efficient, low-carbon innovations established by the developer to improve sustainability in the Canary Wharf area

Canary Wharf Group slashes emissions through technology and ISO frameworks

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has boosted its energy efficiency credentials during the past year through improved building energy performance and the implementation of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiency across the business.

The coalition suggests that a clear 2050 vision must be aligned with the EU’s 2030 energy and climate objectives

Building industry calls for EU-wide 2050 energy efficiency vision

A coalition of industry-leading businesses from the building sector including AkzoNobel, Philips Lighting and Siemens have urged the European Commission (EC) to implement continent-wide action to improve the energy efficiency of Europe's building stock.

New analysis has claimed that despite needing an upgrade, the current EU ETS is functioning with the “potential to deliver real emissions reductions”

Is 'imperfect' ETS a better option for aviation emissions than a voluntary ICAO draft?

As nations meet today (26 September) to edge a global aviation deal closer, new analysis has suggested that the European Union's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is still "superior" to the drafted proposal offered by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The storage facility will deliver primary control reserve power necessary to keep the 50 Hz grid frequency stable

BMW opens energy storage facility built from used EV batteries

German car manufacturer BMW has announced the completion of a new utility-scale energy storage facility, which uses 2,600 worn electric vehicle (EV) battery modules to stabilise the grid and reduce the impact of peak demand.

Smart Energy GB, which runs the national advertising campaign for the rollout, responded saying that the IoD statement contains “inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts”

IoD attacks 'complex and costly' smart meter rollout

The Institute of Directors has attacked the smart meter rollout for being too complex and costly, insisting the government "urgently review" the benefits of going ahead with the rollout which looks "very unlikely" to meet its 2020 target.

Cutting complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation is available to watch for free now

Cutting complexity: edie's energy efficiency webinar now available on demand

edie's latest free-to-watch webinar is now available to watch on demand, with representatives from Costa Coffee, Hilton Worldwide and E.ON providing expert insight and advice about cutting through the complexities of energy management.

An aerial view of Central Park in New York City, which is hosting a week-long series of climate events co-ordinated by The Climate Group

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.

Cutting complexity: Mapping energy efficiency in your organisation will take place on Thursday, 22 September at 2pm

Last chance to register for free energy efficiency webinar

Energy managers and sustainability professionals are being invited to tune into a free-to-watch live webinar on Thursday (22 September) which will focus on cutting through the complexities of energy management and successfully mapping energy efficiency within organisations large and small.

The CSR report highlights that Tarmac is making “good progress” towards its 2020 target of a 37% reduction in carbon emissions after reaching a 27% fall by the end of 2015

Tarmac lays the foundation for concrete energy reduction

Construction firm Tarmac has ramped up its energy efficiency efforts through the roll out of on-site technologies, the uptake of demand-response, and the development of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiencies across the business.

Providing private financing initiatives could encourage energy efficiency improvements for households and help the EU achieve its energy-saving target of 20% by 2020.

Could the 'Energy Efficiency Mortgage' solve Europe's green building challenge?

Energy and building sector professionals from across Europe have united to forge a ground-breaking new initiative which offers better borrowing rates on mortgages for homebuyers that commit to purchasing more energy-efficient homes or carrying out energy-saving retrofits within properties.

The front cover of Sky's Bigger Picture Performance report. The company remains on track to halve UK emissions by 2020

Sky fall: Telecoms giant sees carbon intensity plummet following energy efficiency drive

Global media company Sky Group has made strong progress with its carbon intensity reduction target after ramping up investment in energy-efficient buildings, according to its latest sustainability report.


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