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As faith in government continues to nosedive and with the triple threat of rising prices, interruption to energy supply and climate change, edie asks, is it going to be up to UK business to solve the energy crisis and keep the lights on?

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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?

Currently, around 6% of executive boards seats in top 100 UK-headquartered energy firms are held by women

Breaking barriers: Improving gender equality in the energy sector

EXCLUSIVE: Britain's energy industry is not moving fast enough to drive gender equality at a board and executive level, and there remains a misconception that women do not have the skills or technical abilities to become energy managers.

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.

10 ways to drive engagement with energy efficiency

edie brings you the second energy efficiency cheat sheet in association with E.ON, this time focusing on the top 10 ways to drive engagement and change behaviours around energy efficiency.

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.

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.

edie Explains Demand Response

This guide to demand response, produced in association with edie’s supporting partner Flexitricity, explores and explains demand response for energy and sustainability professionals.

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.

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.

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock (right)

How to be a Sustainability Leader: Awards Q&A with Energy Manager of the Year

As the deadline for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 approaches, we talk to last year's Energy Manager of the Year Jude Hughes to find out her secrets to success and top tips for Awards entrants.

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock

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...

To the victors come the spoils: The winners of the 2016 Environment & Energy Awards were unveiled at a glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham this evening

edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: Winners announced at glittering ceremony

Heineken UK, National Trust and The Crown Estate were among the big winners of edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in Birmingham earlier this evening (16 May)

The E&E Awards take place on the evening before edie Live opens (16 May), with a black-tie dinner and ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum

edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: The finalists

The judging is complete and the shortlist of finalists has been drawn up for edie's 2016 Environment & Energy Awards, which recognise excellence in on-site energy, water and resource management.

Individuals and organisations now have an extra week to enter the awards which celebrate those who are doing business better

Environment & Energy Awards: Deadline EXTENDED

Owing to popular demand, edie has extended the entry deadline for the 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards by one week, to Friday, 29 January.

Spending just 2% of your budget on employee engagement can generate savings of 10%

Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme

Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...

Ford expects to save 800GWh of energy a year from 2016

Ford factories save enough energy 'to power Oxford for a year'

US carmaker Ford has announced its European factories will have cut energy consumption by 25% in 2016 compared with 2011, saving around 800GWh a year.

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ESOS opportunity will empower energy managers, says Northern Rail

EXCLUSIVE: Implementing energy-saving initiatives highlighted by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) should be a 'no-brainer' for businesses, according to the energy and environment manager at Northern Rail.

Aston University has seen its emissions reductions slow down since 2012

Higher student fees influencing university emissions cuts

EXCLUSIVE: Increased tuition fees and competition among UK universities have created a generation of evermore demanding students which is complicating the sector's attempts to reduce emissions.

The Environment & Energy Awards give companies the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts and achievements in sustainability

Environment & Energy Awards 2015: Winners revealed

AkzoNobel, B&Q and Sainsbury's were among the big winners at the 16th annual Environment & Energy Awards 2015, announced at glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham last night (22 April).

Briefing: The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

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BPI recycling machine processing waste polythene

Packaging manufacturer BPI cuts waste by one third

Polythene maker BPI Group has announced that it has cut its packaging waste by one third in the past six years.

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Managing your energy: Five top tips for businesses

With increasing energy costs and legislation pushing energy management further up the corporate agenda, edie brings you five 'light-bulb moments' to improve energy efficiency and boost margins.

The exclusive white paper by edie and SB finds that those unaware of their organisations energy spend has fallen from 29% in 2012 to 16%

EXCLUSIVE: Energy spend unknown by 16% of those responsible for energy

Of those responsible for energy management, 16% do not know their organisations energy spend, despite 82% naming energy cost as the largest threat to operations.

The retail giant has committed to generating as much energy as it uses by 2020

IKEA mitigates energy costs and carbon footprint with Irish acquisition

As part of plans to invest £1.5bn in renewable energy projects before 2015, IKEA has agreed the purchase of an Irish wind farm - it's first in the country.

The retrofit boiler programme is expected to save more than £3m over the next three years

Retrofit boilers to reduce MOD's energy consumption by 18%

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has invested in more than 1,000 retrofit boilers that will reduce energy consumption across a number of its UK establishments.

EXCLUSIVE: Facilities managers seek greater 'meaning' from sustainability

Corporate sustainability must be "deconstructed" and turned into useful business language if facilities managers are to effectively drive this agenda forward, leading outsourcing firm MITIE has said.

EXCLUSIVE: BT puts carbon ranking success down to 'commercial rationale'

BT has cemented its position as the number one British company for carbon reporting in the UK by making a business case for sustainability, according to its director of energy and carbon Richard Tarboton.

L-r: compere Sue Perkins, David Merefield, Sainsbury's and edie and SB managing editor Will Parsons

Energy Efficiency Winner: Sainsbury's

Utilities are Sainsbury's single largest controllable cost after wages, which is why recognising best practice in energy efficiency is a critical part of the organisation's management strategy

Kingston University has made considerable energy savings through its metering system

Energy metering helps university change student habits

Real-time energy data from installed metering devices has helped Kingston University engage with its staff and students and promote behavioural change, says the university's energy manager, Wayne Hitchings.

EDF has installed energy monitoring technology at the Olympic park - London 2012

EDF to provide Olympic park with real-time energy monitoring

EDF Energy has installed monitoring technology at sports venues across the Olympic park to show real-time energy consumption at the 2012 games.

Toshiba Air Conditioning certified carbon neutral following reduction programme

Toshiba Air Conditioning has been officially recognised as a carbon neutral business after it carried out an intensive carbon reduction programme, said the company.

The new data centre is one of the most energy efficient in Europe

TalkTalk energy efficiency credentials walk the walk

A new TalkTalk data centre that will use a third less energy than the industry average has opened in Wiltshire, prompting further calls for an energy certification scheme for the industry.

The latest in sustainable graduate design will be on display at Islington's Business Design Centre next week

The future of energy management comes to London

A bicycle that pumps water and generates electricity, an energy management system that nudges workers to be more sustainable than their colleagues and a water-saving toilet called John are just some of the latest sustainable designs on display in London next week.

The UK has two months to raise VAT on energy efficiency materials and products by 15%

Europe tells UK to raise VAT on energy efficiency products

The European Commission has told the UK to raise the rate of VAT on energy efficiency products and materials from the current 5% to the standard 20% rate within two months, or risk having the matter referred to the European Court of Justice.

Costa invested in double-decker trailers last year to reduce carbon emmissions arising from transport

Costa Coffee parent company reveals carbon cuts

The hotel and restaurant group, Whitbread, have reported achieving more than 1,500 tonnes of CO2 savings in 2011.

Mixing yellow and blue appears to have resulted in at least one green initiative as Clegg announces mandatory carbon reporting for the UK's largest companies

Carbon emissions reporting to be mandatory for listed companies

Confirmation last night by Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, that companies listed on the London Stock Exchange will be required to report on their carbon emissions from next year has been welcomed by organisations such as the CBI, Aldersgate Group and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Forum for the Future head of energy Giles Bristow

Forum for the Future appoints head of energy

Sustainability charity Forum for the Future has appointed Giles Bristow as its first head of energy.

Accor's 21 sustainability targets have been embedded in the group's operations

Accor unveils five-year sustainability strategy

The world's largest hotel operator today unveiled its Planet 21 initiative - setting out 21 new commitments to the environment and sustainability to be achieved by 2015.

Businesses could cut energy bills through waterway cooling

British Waterways and consultants Linden Environmental have joined forces in a bid to promote the use of canal water to cool waterside buildings across England and Wales.

Energy industry salaries much higher than national average

UK energy professionals receive a "significantly" higher average salary than workers in other industries a new survey has revealed.

Troubled ETS must have 'robust' carbon price, say analysts

EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dropped by 2.45% in 2011 as a result of the continuing economic downturn - fuelling concerns that Europe's carbon market will be oversupplied until 2020.

Sunlight reveals water and energy savings

Textile rental and laundering services Sunlight has revealed it reduced its annual water usage by 50% and carbon emissions by 21.5% in 2011, against a 2005 baseline.

An artist's impression of the new store

M&S set to launch flagship eco-store

Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for its largest sustainable store yet as part of its Plan A commitment in Cheshire Oaks near Ellesmere Port.

Waitrose advances towards off-grid with flagship energy centre

Waitrose has opened the first of two low carbon energy centres that will power its stores using locally sourced woodchip biomass in a bid to cut total emissions by 15%.

Ed Davey takes over energy hot seat

Chris Huhne's vacated role as energy secretary has been given to a fellow Lib Dem with a history of speaking out on controversial issues.

Business reaction to Chris Huhne's departure

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne leaves office as a man who has taken environmental issues to the forefront of politics, but will be forever tainted by solar subsidies changes and a failure to tackle rising energy bills.

Lighting up energy savings in warehouses

One of the greatest energy consumers in warehouses is lighting so how can consumption be easily and cost effectively lowered, Contrac Lighting managing director Anne Shone looks at the issue.

Compensation for false teeth lost in nuclear reactor 'rebuffed'

An engineer who sneezed sending his dentures plunging to the bottom of a nuclear reactor was turned down for compensation.

New evidence shows pylon plans need rethinking

The Government has 'greatly overestimated' the costs of burying electricity cables underground, according to anti-pylon campaigners.

British Gas and Thames Water to work on resource shortages together

Tackling droughts and energy inefficient homes are at the centre of new partnership between two of the UK's biggest utility firms.

A picture from previous protests against the planned station

EDF to plough £30m for mitigating impact of Hinkley Point C

The energy company behind a controversial new nuclear power station has promised to spend £30m mitigating the initial building work.

Samsung to invest £100m and create 500 Scottish green jobs

Korean electronics giant Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has committed to create 500 renewable energy jobs and invest £100m in Scotland.

Scotland cutting emissions says CCC

Scotland's 2009 emissions fell 3% below the 2010 target according to the report of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Tesco to drop carbon footprint labels?

Supermarket giant Tesco is back tracking on its support for carbon labelling of its products.

Energy managers feel ignored over efficiency fears

One in three British energy managers say issues around energy efficiency are not being taken seriously by their bosses.

Panels newly installed in Lewisham south east London

Met police PV panels set to cut 90 tonnes of carbon a year

London's police force has begun installing solar PV on its buildings as part of carbon cutting drive.

Renewable deals worth jumps 40% claim PwC

Deals for new generation from renewable technologies are entering the 'big time' driving the market to new record highs, reports accountants PwC.

BPVA FITs appeal 'not in the long term interests' of solar industry

A solar trade association criticised for 'supporting' the Government over cuts to subsidies has hit back at critics.

Households put up the heating 5C in 40 years

The average family home is comfortably warm at 17.3C a rise of more than 5C since 1970.

Call to ground aircraft not complying with EU ETS

An influential committee of MPs is concerned Government policy for a unilateral carbon floor price will devastate UK industry.

Solarcentury quits PV association over FITs cut 'support'

Solarcentury has quit the British Photovoltaic Association after accusing it and its chairman of backing the Government over cuts to solar subsidies.

Huhne given rough ride in Parliament over FITs

Under pressure energy secretary, Chris Huhne, was jeered as he battled through a tough session on solar subsidies in the House of Commons today (January 26).

A question mark hangs over the future of UK solar power

Business fear 'boom and bust' for solar following FITs ruling

Businesses are worried a mini solar 'gold rush' and continued uncertainty in the market will damage the renewables sector in the long-term.

Compressed air efficiency could save business £110m say Carbon Trust

UK businesses could save up to £110m by effectively using compressed air systems and processes, according to new guidance from the Carbon Trust.

Solar output drop 'unlikely' to offset global warming

New research claims falling solar output will not delay increases in global temperatures caused by greenhouse gases, according to the Met Office.

Judges rule in favour of campaigners in FITs fight

UPDATED: Energy secretary, Chris Huhne, says he will take FITs fight to the Supreme Court after losing appeal today (January 25).

Energy and water savings on the menu at new Whitbread site

Whitbread - owners of budget hotel chain Premier Inn - has announced the latest step in sustainability with green drives on water and energy.

Sir David at the launch

VIDEO: Sir David Attenborough opens controversial Glyndebourne wind turbine

Legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough launched what is claimed to be a UK first for the arts.

Protesters make a point at an earlier FITs court hearing

Parliamentary statement on new FITs levels welcomed by industry

Energy minister Chris Huhne has alleviated some strain on the solar PV sector but not addressed the 'elephant in the room', according to the industry.

Northern Ireland has the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK

Calls for investigation into NI energy prices

Charges for electricity generated from wind increasing at the same time as gas prices is one of a series of concerns raised by Northern Ireland's Consumer Council.

Wind power tops 6GW of installed capacity

Britain's installed wind capacity has topped 6GW - enough to power 3M homes - for the first time.

E.ON makes it five out of 'Big Six' to cut prices

Five of the 'Big Six' energy firms have now confirmed cuts to prices coming in the next few weeks.

43% fear not being able to pay next fuel bill

Almost half of people in the UK are worried they won't be able to pay their energy bills, according to new research by Citizens Advice.

Office supply firm claims hydrogen delivery first

An office supply company claims it will become the first business of its kind in the UK to use hydrogen delivery vehicles when it begins a trial scheme next week.

Average Brit has already caused a Kenyan's annual carbon emissions

The average Briton has so far in 2012 been responsible for the same amount of emissions as a typical Kenyan will be over the whole year.

Solarcentury chief executive steps down

The man who led one of the country's biggest solar firms through some of the most turbulent times the industry has seen has stepped down.

FITs fight back in court again

Uncertainty continues to dog the solar industry as the Government drags the fights over subsidy cuts back to court today (January 13).

Ryanair to increase charges to cover 'eco-looney tax'

Budget airline Ryanair will add a small charge to every passenger's costs after claiming new European emission cutting rules were 'loony'.

British Gas and SSE join EDF in energy price cuts

Energy consumers are getting an unexpected sprinkling of cheer in the usually grim weeks of January as half of the 'Big Six' pass on price cuts.

Six waste water sites add solar power

Portsmouth Water has turned unused industrial land into solar power hubs at six sites in southern England.

Potential buyers 'confused and unconvinced' by renewable energy

Only 20% of homeowners would invest spare cash in solar panels, according to new research.

Research could cut bat deaths at wind farms

Researchers have developed what they claim is a new way to reduce the amount of bats killed by flying into wind turbines.

Civitas report on wind power the work of 'cranks' says industry

A ferocious attack on the UK's wind industry has been launched by a think tank which claims the technology wouldn't even be 'entertained' if it wasn't for Government targets.

E.ON offers free insulation and cash to needy households

'Big Six' energy giant E.ON has pledged to give free home insulation and cash to up to 700,000 deprived homes.

First two successful applicants of delayed RHI revealed

The first recipients of the criticised and delayed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are an umbrella maker and holiday cottage rental business.

Scotland to sign green energy deal with Middle Eastern firm

The Scottish Government will sign what it calls a 'ground breaking' deal on green energy next week.

Gusty end to 2011 sets new wind generation record

Gusty conditions at the end of last year set a new record for the amount of the UK's power generated from wind, according to new figures.

Solar firm Homesun cleared in ad dispute

A press ad and marketing information from a leading solar company has been cleared after an investigation by the advertising watchdog.

Turn off a computer not in use it could add up to £500m in savings

Carbon Trust: employees could save business £500m and cut emissions

Employees could save businesses and public bodies £500m and cut 2m tonnes of C02 through 'empowerment' according to the Carbon Trust.

SSE hits 1GW of onshore wind capacity for first time

Progress on the building of its large onshore wind farms means 'Big Six' energy giant SSE has topped the 1GW mark for the first time.

Energy use in 2012 what to expect

As energy managers get back to work after the Christmas and New Year break edie energy looks at the trends that will be making the news in 2012.

An energy review of 2012 - 12 months early

At a time when everyone takes stock of the past year's achievements and prospects for the future, Energy Technologies Institute chief executive officer, David Clarke, likes to do things a little differently as he writes for edie energy.

The RO Consultation a resource(ful) approach?

Advanced Plasma Power chief executive, Rolf Stein, writes for edie energy on the Renewable Obligation consultation which closes this month.

'Momentous' 2011 for Scottish renewables

The Scottish Government has hailed 2011 as both 'ground breaking' and 'momentous' for the nation's renewable energy industry.

£736m plan for Humber Gateway offshore wind farm

'Big Six' energy giant E.ON has unveiled plans for a 73 turbine 219MW array in the north of England.

EU energy rules could cost NHS more than £70m a year

Plans for a European Union directive designed to encourage countries to reduce energy consumption are 'too rigid and top-heavy' and could cost the NHS millions of pounds.

The practical approach to cleaner energy

CNBC's morning show Squawk Box host and Energy Opportunities ringmaster, Geoff Cutmore, writes for edie energy on the visions of three key thought leaders in delivering cleaner energy across the globe.


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