Sony pictures a zero carbon future
Improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its products has put Sony on the path to sustainability
Interview: Terry Tamminen
Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.
Gas success in the city
Replacing gas mains in a pedestrianised area of Glasgow city centre was never going to be an easy task. But the dead/live insertion method proved the answer.
Develop merges gas and water training
Skills training provider Develop Training has merged its water and gas operations to create a new dedicated Utility Division in response to market trends for multi-utility companies. The utility division has been developed over the past eight months, and has an emphasis on digital and on-site learning.
ADBA launches national conference
ADBA (The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association) is launching a conference on 15th December, with the theme AD: Maximising the Value.
Senator calls for Kyoto Treaty to be scrapped
The Chairman of the US Global Climate Change Task Force last week said the Kyoto Protocol would not be ratified by the US Senate and that the best option for dealing with climate change is to abandon the agreement and start again, basing future plans on "sound science."
Is the cement industry undermining the Emissions Trading System?
Research by UK-based non-profit InfluenceMap has found that, despite the European cement industry seeming to embrace the Paris Agreement on climate change, many companies within the sector continue to oppose ambitious science-based climate policy.
UK retailers pioneer ground-breaking biomethane transport fuel
A host of British retailers including Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos have been named as the first long-distance lorry users of a renewable biomethane fuel launched today (1 December), which is said to be 35-40% cheaper and 70% less CO2-emitting than diesel.
Government unveils increased support for renewables, commits to coal phase out
The UK Government has reinforced its commitment to upgrade the UK's energy infrastructure, outlining plans to provide £290m support for renewable energy projects and phase out unabated coal power generation by 2025.
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.
Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity
Westminster City Council is planning to collect all of the waste from Notting Hill Carnival and use it to generate electricity for the National Grid - all in time to have the streets clean for the Tuesday morning commute.
Open data provides £400m opportunity for UK heat networks
The UK energy market could save £400m and reduce emissions by 800,000 tonnes over the next decade by using open and transparent data to reveal energy generation, consumption and distribution inefficiencies, new analysis has revealed.
World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case
The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.
Apple quietly forms new energy company to sell excess renewable electricity
In a bid to stabilise its ongoing commitment to sourcing renewable energy, tech giant Apple has quietly formed its own energy subsidiary which could see the company sell excess electricity to end-users across the US.
Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment
By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.
Campaigners threaten legal action over fracking decision
Campaigners have written to North Yorkshire County Council, threatening to take legal action over its decision to approve Third Energy's plans for fracking near the village of Kirby Misperton.
London: fatal lung conditions 'more likely' in deprived boroughs
People living in some of London's most deprived areas have up to twice as much chance of dying from life-threatening lung conditions - from cancer to asthma - as those in the richest areas, new research has shown.
ETI seeks proposals for 'template' CCS gas plant
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has called for help to create a "template" for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) enabled gas-fired power plant.
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...
Sainsbury's set to expand AD scheme to power more stores from food waste
A scheme which sees a number of Sainsbury's supermarkets powered by renewable energy generated from food waste is to be rolled out to a further six stores, after a successful first year saw green gas produce 10% of the retailer's entire national energy consumption.
UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant to generate green energy from Cumbrian cheese
One of the UK's largest cheese creameries, First Milk, has announced the completion of a giant on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which is feeding bio-methane to the national gas grid.
On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval
A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".
UK government moves to ease energy supply fears
The UK government has moved to allay fears of a coming electricity supply crunch by unexpectedly bringing forward key reforms to the energy market.
UK's low-carbon energy generation soared in 2015, but so did oil production
Low-carbon energy sources rose to account for 43% of the UK's electricity supply last year, but oil production saw its first significant increase this millennium, provisional figures released today (25 February) have revealed.
Study: Reducing meat and dairy consumption required to meet climate goals
Europeans need to eat less beef and consume less dairy products in order to reach the EU's climate goals, according to a new study by Swedish researchers.
Energy firms slash green gas prices
Green energy providers Ecotricity and Good Energy have cut their gas bills by 7% and 7.2% respectively in the wake of falling wholesale prices.
Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution
International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say
VIDEO: "Mr Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake" - Mark Ruffalo slams PM over UK fracking plans
Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo has sent a passionate plea to UK Prime Minister David Cameron to stop fracking in the UK and instead embrace the global renewable energy revolution.
DECC survey: The more people know about fracking, the less they support it
The more people know about fracking, the less they support it, new Government research has found.
Easyjet's hybrid 'plane of the future' set for takeoff
The UK's largest airline has unveiled plans to develop a hybrid plane featuring a hydrogen fuel cell which could save around 50,000 tonnes of fuel a year.
10 ways DECC is encouraging investment in clean energy (according to DECC)
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a list of ten ways it is encouraging investment in clean energy in response to the latest wave of criticism of its policies.
Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap
The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .
UK clean energy investment up 24% in 2015 on strength of offshore wind
The UK was "by far the strongest clean energy investment market in Europe" in 2015, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, with investment up 24% to $23.4bn.
"It's total, utter nonsense": Cameron slams climate policy critics
Prime Minister David Cameron "couldn't disagree more" with all of the green groups, industry associations, opposition parties and other political figureheads who have said there is a disconnect between the UK Government's high-level engagement on climate change at the Paris climate conference and domestic energy policy.
Sainsbury's and Wyke Farms form green gas partnership
Two sustainable behemoths have formed a partnership which will see renowned cheese producers Wyke Farms generate green biogas to be used by Sainsbury's stores.
London takes just one week to breach annual air pollution limits
London has already breached annual pollution limits just one week into 2016, and only weeks after the government published its plans to clean up the UK's air.
National Grid seeks more accurate solar data to refine power balancing act
The National Grid has enlisted the help of Sheffield University's solar research team to better understand how much power the UK's ever-growing array of solar panels is producing.
UK is going into reverse on clean energy, says former Environment Agency head
The UK is going into reverse on renewable energy while pressing the accelerator on fracking, according to former Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith.
£352bn investors' coalition launched to push for clean energy
A new £352bn coalition of investors including large insurer Aviva and major public and private funds in the UK, Norway and France has been launched to put pressure on some of the world's biggest corporations to clean up their electricity sources.
COP21 Monday review: Energy pledges hit the headlines
A packed first day of week two at COP21 saw businesses, nations and organisations take aim at the cause of two thirds of global emissions - energy generation.
Unilever and M&S offer 'preferential sourcing' to countries with sustainable forestry policies
Unilever and Marks and Spencer's have announced they will try and source commodities like palm oil, beef, soy and paper from countries and regions with ambitious climate and forestry initiatives, in a joint effort to end global deforestation.
7 questions George Osborne didn't answer in his Spending Review
Chancellor George Osborne spoke for an hour and the Government released a 154-page document detailing the changes made to Britain's economic plan today, but when it comes to green policy, there STILL seems to be more questions than answers.
Eden Project bids to power homes and 'biomes' with geothermal power
A tropical fish farm, medical facility and computer servers could be powered by "hot rocks" underneath the Eden project if plans to create one of the UK's only geothermal plants get underway.
DuPont to invest $10bn in sustainable food R&D
American chemical giant DuPont has unveiled a new set of sustainability targets for 2020 including a $10bn investment in international food security, commitments to sustainable innovation and a reduction of its own environmental footprint.
British Airways ranked as least efficient major transatlantic airline
British Airway has ranked last in a new analysis of the fuel efficiency of the 20 largest airlines that fly transatlantic routes.
WWF launches line of sustainable meals
Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.
Fossil fuels receive four times as many subsidies as renewables, report finds
G20 Governments collectively handed out $452bn in subsidies for fossil fuels in both 2013 and 2014 - four times the amount allocated globally for renewables.
MEPs fail to boost EU renewables, efficiency targets before COP21
The European Parliament's energy committee today (10 November) rejected a push by MEPs to increase the EU's 2030 climate and energy targets and to make them legally binding.
Renewable energy made up half of world's new power plants in 2014: IEA
Renewable energy accounted for almost half of all new power plants in 2014, representing a "clear sign that an energy transition is underway", according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Whitbread continues slashing emissions and water use
The UK's largest hospitality company has released its 2015 corporate responsibility report, detailing continued progress in water, energy and waste.
Poo power: Human waste could heat 138 million households
Safely obtained biogas from human waste could generate electricity to power all of the households in in Indonesia, Brazil, and Ethiopia combined, if researchers can harness the correct innovative technologies.
World only half way to meeting emissions target with current pledges
Current global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions leave about half of the reductions needed still to be found, according to a new analysis by the UN.
G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims
Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.
The future is here: mass-market hydrogen cars take to Britain's roads
The first mass production hydrogen cars, billed for more than a decade as a clean alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles but only glimpsed as concepts at automotive trade shows, have arrived on British roads.
BP: Solar and wind won't overtake gas without carbon price
The cost of wind and solar energy will continue to fall rapidly between now and 2050, but will remain more expensive than gas unless a global carbon price is imposed.
Scotland set for world's largest floating offshore wind farm
The Scottish Government has granted consent for the world's largest floating offshore wind farm to be developed off the coast of Peterhead.
New emissions figures give boost to UK renewable fuel industry
Emissions from arable land in the UK could be 15% lower than previously thought, according to new estimates, marking a potential boost in the amount of crops grown specifically for use in renewable fuels.
Scotland set for AD boom
Scotland's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry could double in size within the next two years after new figures revealed that farming biogas in the country grew by more than two thirds last year.
LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'
The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.
Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?
International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.
Merkel and Hollande among world leaders calling for global carbon price
A unique group of international heads of state, city leaders and international development banks has joined forces to call for an international price on carbon.
Revealed: Many more solar firms face closure if government cuts go ahead
Hundreds more jobs will be lost at solar power companies if planned changes to government policy come into force in the new year, 25 small businesses have told the Guardian.
Ovo Energy shuns coal and nuclear
Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy has announced it has removed coal and nuclear generation from its entire fuel mix.
UK failing on renewable heat targets
The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.
BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns
The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.
Britain's blackout warnings 'do not reflect reality'
Headlines warning that the lights will go out thanks to power station closures and the increasing use of renewable energy are 'largely unfounded', a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.
VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative
Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.
Oil and gas majors investigate 'fuels of the future'
Two of the world's largest oil and gas companies have announced new research partnerships with universities in a bid to accelerate progress towards the 'sustainable fuels of the future'.
UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions
Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.
Carney warns of risks from climate change 'tragedy of the horizon'
Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has warned that climate change will lead to financial crises and falling living standards unless the world's leading countries do more to ensure that their companies come clean about their current and future carbon emissions.
Statoil: Carbon price should be Paris priority
EXCLUSIVE: An international price on carbon is the most efficient way of driving investment into low-carbon technologies and should be a policy priority at the Paris climate change conference in December.
Government advocates CCS despite Drax dropout
The UK Government has reiterated its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, after energy giant Drax pulled out the UK's flagship project.
VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows
Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.
'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management
Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).
Scotland begins national drive to tackle fuel poverty
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (15 September) announced the launch of a £224m energy efficiency scheme to tackle the growing issue of fuel poverty across the country.
Onshore wind investors put off by punitive policies
More than half of the major sources of project finance for renewable energy developers say they will not lend to onshore wind projects in the UK until there is more clarity around subsidies.
Dow Jones reveals worlds most sustainable companies
The 2015 edition of the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has been released, with Unilever, LG, AkzoNobel and Volkswagen ranking among the industry leaders.
Oil and gas majors could be forced to pay for CCS in the UK
Companies that import or extract oil and gas in the UK could be forced to pay for the cost of storing carbon emissions underground, under a new amendment to the Energy Bill.
UK poll reveals 'overwhelming' public support for community renewables
More than three quarters of UK households would support renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar farms if the profits generated benefitted the local community, a poll has found.
Government dishes out £25m for 'next generation' waste to biofuel plants
Whisky, forestry and household by-products will be turned into biofuels thanks to new funding awarded today by the Department for Transport.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.
Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP
Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.
Planning permission granted for England's largest onshore wind farm
Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.
Fat cat pay at fossil fuel companies drives climate crisis - report
Executives at the 30 biggest publicly held coal, oil and gas companies in the US were paid more than leaders of other major corporations, about 9% higher than the S&P 500 average, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) found.
Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit
More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.
Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%
US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.
£45bn investors urge FTSE 100 firms to stop lobbying against climate policy
A global group of institutional investors with more than £45bn in assets have called on nine FTSE 100-listed companies to end their lobbying activity against climate legislation.
Tumbling renewable energy costs close in on fossil fuels
The cost of generating electricity from renewable resources such as solar and wind has more than halved in the last five years according to the International Energy Association.
Rio de Janeiro named as first 'fully committed city' in fight against climate change
Rio de Janeiro has become the first city to reach full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to making their cities more resilient to climate change.
Barnsley launches UK's largest community rooftop solar scheme
Barnsley residents are being invited to invest in a £10m solar rooftop community energy scheme - the largest of its kind in the UK.
Lammy and Khan commit to divestment if elected as London mayor
Boris Johnson has come under increased pressure to move the capital's finances out of fossil fuels, as Labour party's Sadiq Khan and David Lammy both committed to do so if they are elected as London mayor next May.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week in sustainability has seen some major political announcements across the globe, big news involving the Amazon rainforest and recycling initiatives taking centre stage.
Brazil constructs climate tower in heart of Amazon to monitor climate change
Researchers in Brazil have finished constructing a 325-metre high tower that will analyse the Amazon rainforest's gas emissions, to help understand climate change.
Three quarters of manufacturers want green policies reformed
As many as 73% of manufacturers want to see legislative reform of the UK's current environmental and climate change policies, according to a new survey by the manufacturers organisation EEF.
Kickstarter fund for 'emission warning' smokestack completed in first week
Architect Bjorke Ingels has successfully crowdfunded $25,000 to build a prototype chimney that will release a huge steam ring for every tonne of CO2 emitted at a Copenhagen energy-from-waste (EfW) plant.
Scottish green energy transition could create 44,000 new jobs
Rebuilding Scotland's energy sector around green technology could generate 44,000 additional jobs compared to the current oil-and-gas status quo.
UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station
The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.
Total ends coal production as fossil fuel stocks dive
The world's fifth-largest energy company Total will no longer produce coal after selling off its last mining affiliate, Total Coal South Africa.
Green business initiatives could save five hundred megatons of CO2e by 2020
The private sector could cut more than five hundred megatons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next five years, simply by scaling up existing green initiatives, according to a new report.
'Grass to gas' AD plant planned for Hampshire college
Sparsholt College has teamed up with energy supplier Ecotricity to build a Green Gas Mill which will convert locally-harvested grass into carbon-neutral biomethane.