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Scottish consumers will pay a small deposit for plastic and glass bottles, which can be refunded upon return to a shop

Scotland commits to diesel phase out and plastic bottle deposit return scheme

Scotland will phase out diesel and petrol cars and introduce a national deposit return scheme for drinks containers, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today (5 September).

The final version of the project will consist of 61 turbines with a permitted capacity of up to 86MW

Pentland Firth tidal project sets record-breaking month for electricity generation

Turbines harnessing tidal energy in the Pentland Firth have set a world record for monthly tidal stream power production, after phase one of the MeyGen marine project produced more than 700 MWh in the month of August.

The engagement drive means that, as of 2016, 98% of Edinburgh's waste is diverted from landfill - a “huge increase” on 2015 levels

In practice: Edinburgh Zoo's behaviour change drive to increase recycling

Attracting more than half a million visitors each year, Edinburgh Zoo has a significant opportunity to engage consumers on sustainability at a large scale. Here, edie charts an award-winning behaviour change drive which has helped the attraction divert 98% of its waste away from landfill.

The NnG windfarm has faced considerable opposition of RSPB Scotland over the impact it would have on protected sea birds

Windfarm could boost Scottish economy by £827 million

The Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) windfarm off the Fife coast could be worth more than £800 million to the Scottish economy, according to a new report.

Researchers expect further emissions savings through the introduction of the new Virgin Azuma train

Report: Cross-border rail journeys slashing emissions

A major shift in travel habits among people travelling across the Scottish border over the past decade has saved almost 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, a new report has claimed.

Bywaters has reduced its carbon emissions by around 45% and saved more than 640 tonnes of CO2 since February 2016

In practice: London's largest solar retrofit project

Waste management firm Bywaters has dramatically reduced its energy usage and achieved near self-sufficiency following the delivery of a 1MW solar retrofit project at its plant in East London.

Around 80,000 solar panels installed at the Moray site

Scotland's largest solar farm given go-ahead

Planning permission has been granted for what will be Scotland's largest solar farm, a 20MW project in the north-east of the country.

The employers’ guide to smart meters and energy efficiency awareness at work and at home

This document provides guidance and materials for running an energy efficiency awareness campaign at work, including practical advice to employees on how they can benefit from getting a smart meter and saving energy at home.

The Edinburgh Remakery encourages customers to buy refurbished computers, rent affordable workspace and tool

Scotland's circular drive reaches re-use milestone

Scotland's drive for a circular economy has reached a major milestone with today's (8 August) announcement that 100 quality-certified re-use stores are now in operation.

The 588MW development is expected to generate enough renewable wind energy to power roughly 450,000 households

Beatrice offshore project to provide social value windfall for UK communities

Money placed into a community fund to support the development of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm off the coast of Scotland could create nearly £20m in social value for the communities involved in project, according to new analysis.

The report names the UK, which has already invested £450m into the sector, as an area to lead the exploration

UK primed to lead Europe's £46bn wave energy market opportunity

Wave power can contribute to 10% of global electricity demand by 2050 if governments and the private sector offer financial support and political stability, with the UK primed to act as the marine energy leader.

Measures to reach the new target include reopening a specialised climate change fund for applications in the next two years and establishing an advisory panel

Scotland eyes 90% emissions reduction target

The Scottish Government has proposed to increase its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 90% below 1990 levels by 2050, the climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.

Executive Briefing: BS 8001 – a Guide

The world’s first standard for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations

A Clyde project will develop the UK’s first water source heat pump for medium temperature district heating to service existing buildings

Scotland unveils winners of £40m low-carbon innovation fund

A string of pioneering district heat networks and a battery storage project are among the biggest winners in a £43m fund announced by the Scottish Government in an effort to boost low-carbon infrastructure across the country.

The report names Grangemouth as the ideal location to create a “Co2 utilisation hub” in Scotland

Scotland viewed as ideal location for closed-loop CO2 market

As Scottish energy ministers meet with UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark to discuss "back-tracked" support for Scottish Islands renewables projects worth £2.5bn, a new report has claimed that re-using carbon dioxide could create a £500m market for Scotland.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) put pen to paper for a climate deal with Governor of California Edmund G Brown (left) in Sacramento this week

Scotland and California agree joint climate change deal

Scotland has signed a joint agreement to tackle climate change with the US State of California, in the same week that new figures have highlighted a record month for Scottish wind power generation.

Collaboration for Impact: Insights Report

New research by Corporate Citizenship reveals that an era of collaboration is upon us. As companies aspire to achieve greater societal impact, they are moving away from traditional partnership models and seeking out new models of collaboration.

The investment was first revealed in the recently published draft Energy Strategy, which included a new target to deliver 50% of Scotland’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030

Scotland grants £10m for low-carbon rural projects

The Scottish Government has today (22 March) announced a £10m fund to support innovative low-carbon energy projects in rural parts of Scotland.

A CocaCola spokeswoman said the company’s polling had found majority support for a deposit return scheme across the UK

Green campaigners welcome Coca-Cola U-turn on bottle and can recycling scheme

Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, in a major coup for environment and anti-waste campaigners.

The Laggan hydro dam. Organisations are concerned that hydropower had been singled-out for

Scotland's renewable energy schemes 'crippled' by business rates revaluation

Small Scottish renewable energy schemes could be faced with new business rates of up to 650%, rousing fears that future investment into renewables could be stunted in the country.

As a self-supply licensee, Earls Gate Water will be able to supply water retail services to its parent company CalaChem

Chemicals company applies for first Scottish self-supply licence

Earls Gate Water, a subsidiary of chemical company CalaChem, has become the first non-household water customer in Scotland to apply to provide its own retail services.

Ministers revealed details of a £50m fund for 13 low-carbon, heating and storage projects across Scotland will be announced next month

Scotland unveils 50% renewable energy goal for 2030

Scotland's new target to deliver 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 has been hailed as a "landmark moment" in the country's low-carbon transition.

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Scotland sets 'climate-leading' 66% emissions reduction target for 2032

The Scottish Government has put forward new proposals to achieve a 66% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2032, after surpassing its 2020 targets six years early.

Scotland’s commitment to the future of tidal and wave energy has not been equalled by the rest of the UK

UK tidal energy plagued by cost discrepancies, says ETI

Tidal energy is at risk of being priced-out of an increasingly cost-competitive low-carbon market in the UK, unless a successful Contract for Difference (CfD) agreement can be implemented, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.

Three major coal power stations were closed in 2016, leading to a substantial fall in generation

UK wind energy surpasses coal generation for first time

The UK made history 2016, with new analysis revealing that energy from wind turbines dwarfed energy sourced from coal power stations for the first time ever.

edie explains: Water retail competition

This edie explains: Water retail competition guide provides an in-depth summary of the government-led strategy which will allow all non- domestic water users to switch suppliers of water retail services.

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.

New data shows that the use of toxic chemicals to control flesh-eating sea lice has increased by a staggering 932%

UK takes action to uphold sustainable fishing amid toxic chemical concerns

As the UK launches the latest phase of its proposals to help achieve sustainable fishing levels by 2020, new research has exposed a 10-fold rise in the use of toxic chemicals on Scottish salmon farms over the past 10 years.

The equivalent of over 700,000 wheelie bins full of food is expected to be thrown away in Scotland this month alone

Scotland urged to prevent £90m worth of food waste this Christmas

The Scottish population could reportedly cut more than £90m worth of food waste over the Christmas period, equating to savings of £38 for every Scottish household.

KPS claims that its kite power technology can transform the global offshore wind market due to the cheap manufacturing costs, which can reduce capex by as much as 50%

Energy giants throw financial weight behind Britain's kite energy aspirations

Three major energy firms, including E.ON and Shell, have secured a £5m investment into an innovative British company that aims to deploy the country's first high-altitude wind facility.

Engineers said that their methodology could be applied to create more accurate estimates of future emissions savings and readings for energy developers, planner and policymakers

Report: British wind farms cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes

Renewable energy generated from wind farms in Britain has prevented the creation of around 36m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the last six years, a new study from the University of Edinburgh has found.

New York and six other US regions are

States and regions putting Paris goals within reach, but only in the short-term

States and regions including California, Rio De Janeiro, Wales and Scotland are implementing "exemplary" near-term ambitions to place a 2C-world within reach, although a lack of long-term targets could stunt progress after 2030.

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.

An estimated 740,000 tonnes of solid food and drink waste were produced in Scottish commercial and industrial sectors in 2013

Research underpins need for Scottish business leadership on food waste

Scottish businesses have been urged to provide "clear leadership" on food waste, as new research shows that an estimated 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted in the country each year.

INFOGRAPHIC: Energy efficiency benchmarking survey

edie, in association with E.ON, conducted a survey with selected readers responsible for energy management, asking them to identify the energy efficiency activity they had already completed or had underway.

SEPA acknowledges that businesses are more likely to beyond compliance if there are clear benefits and understanding that all businesses are operating to the same regulatory standards

Most Scottish businesses meet environmental compliance

The overwhelming majority of Scottish businesses are now following environmental regulations, the country's environment protection agency has revealed.

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.

BEIS Secretary Greg Clark hopes that extending the scheme will not only increase demand for electric fleets, but also encourage new entrants into the commercial EV market

BEIS adds £4m to Plug-In Van grant to encourage electric fleets

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced that the Government has opened up a £4m avenue for businesses to switch their large trucks and vans to electric models through the Plug-In Van grant.

Two thirds of people living in rural areas say they support onshore wind farms (65%) - a slightly lower rate than those living in urban areas (75%)

Britain loves onshore wind, contrary to popular belief

Three-quarters of the British public back onshore wind power - more than double the level of support for fracking - but there remains a clear difference between perception and reality when it comes to assessing this support, a new survey has revealed.

Energy storage in the UK: An overview

The aim of this report is to increase knowledge of the industry among various stakeholders.

Final figures for 2015-16 show that Wales is recycling double the waste it did a decade ago and is exceeding the current statutory recycling target of 58%

Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years

Wales continues to lead the UK on waste management as new recycling figures for this year reveal that the country has doubled the amount of waste it has recycled over the past decade.

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland and Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham at the Scottish Resources Conference 2016 in Edinburgh

Scotland opens up 'circular regions' funding to drive SME resource revolution

Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham has this week announced a targeted funding call to better support the nation's SMEs in embrace the shift to a circular economy.

The data forms another example of the UK’s ever-changing energy mix, and to summarise the latest trends edie round’s up six notable factors found within the crux of the data

What next for the UK as coal hits all time low but renewables falter?

On Thursday (29 September) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released UK energy statistics for the second quarter of 2016, but with coal and renewables generation both falling, does the Government need to adjust its energy policy?

Under a high-impact scenario, a CCC report said, summer temperatures in Edinburgh could rise by 4.4C by 2060, and five-day rainfall levels increase in the city by nearly 25% to 78.4mm

Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws

The UK must not water down its environmental laws as it leaves the European Union, one of the government's most senior advisers on climate change has warned.

The skyline of Sweden's third-largest city, Malmö - where retailers are finding ‘purpose’ and economic growth, beyond shopping and consumption

The best retailers for the world: Driving responsible retail and one-planet prosperity

Low-carbon, resource-efficient retail is the only way forward, but we might also need to dig deeper if we are to find one-planet prosperity. Ahead of Wednesday's Responsible Retail Conference, Mike Townsend explores the real challenges and opportunities - along with evidence of an innovative shift - taking place in Sweden.

With the Scottish Government set to release an updated Climate Change Plan later this year, the CCC is calling for greater focus on under-developed areas such as transport

Why Scotland's leading emissions drive needs renovating

A new report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has revealed that Scotland is the exemplar Home Nation in regards to emission reductions, but with a major shift to the energy mix now integrated, the country may need to turn to other areas to keep pace with reduction targets.

The new array will harness a fraction of the estimated 29 terawatt hours (TWh) of potential energy per year that could be sourced from tidal currents off the UK coast

World's first grid-connected tidal array deployed in the Shetlands

Scotland's efforts to become a fully-renewable nation received another boost this month, after a tidal array off the coast of the Shetlands Islands became the world's first to connect to the grid.

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The edie Leaders Club is an exclusive, member-only group for over 200 sustainability leaders, who come together to share knowledge, experience and best practice in the journey to make business more sustainable.

Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands

Waste of resources is biggest threat to planet, warns Scottish environment agency

Scotland's environment agency has warned the country's industries and farmers that their waste and inefficiency is now the biggest threat to the environment, overtaking pollution.

When adjusted to account for EU-wide emissions trading measures reductions actually increase to more than 45%

Scotland ranks second in Western European greenhouse gas reductions

Over the last 25 years, only Sweden has achieved bigger greenhouse gas emissions reduction levels than Scotland across Western Europe, the Scottish Government revealed on Sunday (31 July).

The trial forms the first stage in a €2.1m, three-and-a-half-year project, which will directly inform policy recommendations throughout the EU

UK company awarded EU funding for waste electrical product recovery trials

UK-based IT disposal and asset retirement firm Re-Tek and Axion Consulting have been awarded separate trials to explore novel ways to boost the recovery process of critical raw materials (CRMs) from household waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE).

The report has criticised the decision to close the RO to onshore wind early, claiming it will cost Scotland up to £3bn and put 5,400 jobs at risk

Scotland's renewables sector threatened by political 'cloud of uncertainty'

Despite successfully expanding renewable energy capacity, Scotland's renewable energy sector is in a "state of flux", with policy amendments to the Renewables Obligation (RO), Feed in-tariffs (FiT) and Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions all contributing to an uncertain future.

Everoze states storage plant costs usually occur upfront, compared to more opex-heavy structures, and are therefore viewed as a risky investment

Scotland the 'prime candidate' to implement energy storage systems

The UK should look to Scotland to implement new revenue streams that account for a "modernised" grid system, which should have energy storage at its heart, in order to unlock £2.4bn in savings.

LCITP is inviting innovative  projects that incorporate one or more low-carbon technologies and have the ability to demonstrate tangible economic, social and low-carbon benefits

Scottish Government announces £20m investment for low-carbon infrastructure projects

A working coalition between the Scottish Government, public agencies and sector specialists has today (11 June) announced the launch of funding support aimed at the delivery of large scale transformational low-carbon infrastructure projects based in Scotland.

With Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon exploring the possibilities of a second independence referendum, there are concerns that environmental policies could be “eroded”

UK Government urged to future-proof renewables amid Brexit 'volatility'

The vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have created a "fragile" confidence within the clean energy industry, but multiple organisations have called on the Government to build a cross-party coalition that provides wind energy with a viable route to market.

Scotland will seek to remain in the EU and will continue to have a say on energy policy in the single market, Angus MacNeil says

Scotland 'will lead England' on energy policy post-Brexit

Scotland will be the decision-maker in terms of energy policy once the British exit from the European Union is confirmed, according to the Energy and Climate Change select committee (ECCC).

Figures published on the Scottish Government's website also revealed that Scotland met its annual climate change targets for the first time since 2010

Scotland exceeds 'world-leading' emissions target six years early

Scotland has exceeded its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% six years early and confirmed plans to establish a "new and more testing" objective, new Government figures have revealed.

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...

Safe and legal neutralisation of wastewater

Caustic soda, magnesium hydroxide or liquid lime?

Workshop spaces and a tour of the premises will be available to visitors during the grand opening of the Remakery, located at 125 Leith Walk

Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution

An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.

All NHS facilities, including NHS Lothian in Edinburgh which is close to the National Monument, are signed up to Warp-it

Scotland 'well-prepared' to embrace disruptive circular economy business models

EXCLUSIVE: The willingness of Scotland's universities, councils and health services to embrace new initiatives based on circular economy principles has allowed disruptive innovators to gain a foothold in the UK market and expand their business.

Companies including Lotte Chemical and Diageo will be contributing to the research process, which will see small-scale CCS technology installed at a wide range of industrial sites

Scotland turns to carbon capture to alleviate industrial pressure

Researchers from Scotland have been awarded £2.8m to investigate how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can support the UK's efforts to reduce emissions in the manufacturing sector, after scientists claimed that a massive CCS drive will be necessary to combat climate change.

The new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre could be the site of the geothermal well which would increase Scotland's progress on renewable heat

Could geothermal energy solve Scotland's renewable heat dilemma?

Plans to drill a deep geothermal well beneath the city of Aberdeen could deliver heating to thousands of nearby homes and an exhibition centre as Scotland looks to accelerate progress towards its goal of 11% non-electrical heat demand coming from renewable sources by 2020.

Once fitted, the LED lights are expected to produce energy savings equivalent to the total electricity consumed annually by 850 homes

Stirling turns to Green Investment Bank for 16,000 LEDs

Stirling Council looks set to reduce energy consumption in the city by 63% after securing a loan from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which will see LEDs retrofitted in 12,000 lamps and 4,000 lamposts.

An artist's impression of the Batwind system in operation with an offshore wind farm

Batwind: Battery storage for offshore wind launched by Statoil

Norwegian fossil fuel giant Statoil is piloting an innovative battery storage system for offshore wind energy on the world's first floating wind farm - the Hywind park off the coast of Aberdeenshire in Scotland.

Clyde Arc bridge reflected in river Clyde Glasgow. Zero Waste Scotland is hoping to drive a business-led circular economy across the country

Scotland's SMEs urged to 'seize opportunity' of resource revolution

Scotland's circular economy body Zero Waste Scotland has today (18 March) launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Scotland's political parties are being urged to step up action on climate change ahead of May's election

Climate watchdog hails Scotland as Britain's low-carbon leader

Scotland's "vibrant renewable sector" and "bold policy approaches" will take the country beyond the UK's ambition on climate change and help deliver a 61% reduction in emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said today (15 March).

The SUVs offer a 326 mile range on a single fueling, with water vapour the only tail pipe product emitted

Zero-emission hire cars strengthen Aberdeen's position as Europe's 'Hydrogen City'

Aberdeen has become the first city in Europe to offer hydrogen powered cars for public use on a pay-as-you-go basis, as part of the City Council's next step in expanding hydrogen infrastructure in the city.

Improving the grid infrastructure in the Orkney Islands could increase revenue from existing wind developments by £2.7m a year

Harnessing renewables could provide £725m windfall for Scottish islands

A cluster of Scottish islands including the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland could receive a £725m economic boost if they were converted into renewable outposts, a new independent report has found.

Ignis Biomass intends to roll out four new smaller-scale, standalone CHP systems for major heat users across the region of Caithness

GIB delivers boost to Scottish district heating scheme as it goes up for sale

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced plans to upgrade a district heating scheme in the north of Scotland, providing a major renewables boost to the region of Caithness.

Almost half of the respondents have called for an end to the subsidised building of fossil fuel infrastructure

Overwhelming public support for renewables could shape Scottish elections

The next Scottish Government would be wise to spark investment into the renewables sector, as a new YouGov survey reveals overwhelming public support for the continued development of clean energy over fossil fuels and nuclear.

The return on investment on a complete LED retrofit is between two and three years for a typical office block

Onsite solutions: edie explains LED lighting

In the first of a brand new series investigating the costs, benefits and legislative backdrop of onsite sustainability solutions for your business, edie takes a closer look at LED lighting.

The STA believe that solar can make up a large proportion of the energy mix in Scotland

20 ways Scotland can ignite a solar revolution

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has released a new document of 20 ways the Scottish Government can catalyse significant growth in the deployment of solar energy across the country.

The survey revealed that 11% of Scots are mistakenly attributing 'food waste' by failing to realise that best-before dates are indicative of quality rather than safety

Are confusing food labels putting Scotland's new circular economy strategy at risk?

The Scottish Government has been warned that its ambitious new circular economy strategy could unravel due confusing food labels that cause more than 50% of the UK's residents to throw away perfectly edible food.

Scotland's Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead believes the new food waste target will provide economic benefits to the tune of £500m

Scotland pledges 33% food waste reduction by 2025

The Scottish Government has pledged to reduce the nation's food waste by one third over the next nine years - a plan that would save businesses and households across the country more than £500m if successful.

Hampden Park stadium has cut its water consumption by 35% and scored savings of £40,000 per year

Football stadium tracks water use, saves £40,000

Scotland's national football stadium has reduced its water consumption by 35% in the space of 15 months after installing monitoring equipment which identified anomalies and spikes in water usage.

Edinburgh's Royal Mile at night. Scotland is currently lit by more than 900,000 street lights, costing local authorities £41m a year in electricity bills

Scotland spends to save with LED streets funding boost

Nearly one-third of Scotland's streets will be LED-lit by April 2017 as local councils have announced that a further £56m will be invested in a nationwide lighting replacement programme over the next 12 months.

The Falkirk Wheel, connecting Scotland's Forth and Clyde canals. The Circular Economy Investment Fund will help the nation's manufacturers develop new technologies, business models and infrastructure

Circular economy boon for Scotland with £70m Investment Fund

A new centre of excellence and an innovative new strategy for manufacturing form part of a major new investment aimed at revolutionising Scotland's circular economy.

High-voltage power lines. The UK has an enviable wind resource for the new demand response scheme, with Scotland the windiest country in Europe

Blustery Britain brings windfall for businesses with new demand response scheme

Days when Britain's renewable energy output is at its greatest could prove to be a money-spinner for energy-intensive businesses under a new automated 'demand turn-up' service being piloted by National Grid.

Asda will help social enterprises sell products directly to members of the public via supermarkets

Asda uses carrier bag charge to fund social enterprise scheme

Asda has used money it has generated from the carrier bag charge to fund a ground-breaking new scheme in Scotland which aims to increase the availability of supermarket products that have a positive social or environmental impact.

The Edinburgh skyline. Communities across Scotland can now submit applications for funding for sustainable projects

Scotland turns to people power to boost climate action

Scotland has turned to people power in its efforts to tackle climate change, launching a citizen engagement campaign and renewing green funds for communities.

Two-fifths of diners say they are too embarrassed to ask restaurant staff for a ‘doggy bag’

Scottish 'doggy bag' scheme could cut restaurant food waste by 42%

The Scottish Government has launched a new food-waste reduction scheme designed to encourage restaurant goers to take their leftovers home with them.

Wind turbines created enough power to supply more than 100% of Scottish household needs during 6 months of the year

Scotland urged to 'Raise Ambitions' and commit to 50% renewables target

Industry body Scottish Renewables has called on the country to commit to an ambitious new target of generating at least half of its total energy demands from renewables by 2030.

Edinburgh's Waverley Station at night. With the Holyrood election around the corner, parties are being called upon to deliver stronger energy policies

Scotland urged to exploit 'virtual power plants' through demand response

Green groups, opposition parties and renewable energy industry bodies have unanimously called on the Scottish Government to embrace 'demand response' energy efficiency measures in favour of building more costly and dirty fossil fuel power stations.

Solar capacity in Scotland has increased by 8,850% against 2010 figures

Scottish Government urged to act on solar boom

The Scottish Government has been called upon to act as a catalyst for the uptake of solar power in Scotland, with new figures revealing that the PV sector rose by more than a quarter in 2015.

This week the Republican frontrunner's appeal was dismissed by judges in London

Donald Trump loses legal case to block Scottish windfarm

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has had plans to stop the construction of a wind farm near his golf resort in Aberdeen rejected by Britain's Supreme Court judges, an outcome that the Trump Organisation has branded as "small-minded and parochial".

The bank has so far invested in projects ranging from an offshore wind farm off the Brighton coast to the installation of 10,000 LED streetlights in Glasgow

GIB backs £10bn green projects in three years

In the last three years, the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has committed £2.3 billion to 58 green infrastructure projects with a total value of £10.1 billion, making it the most active investor in the UK's renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

Scotland is on course to generate the equivalent of 87% of its annual demand for power from renewables by 2020

Scotland struggling to reach 100% renewable electricity target

A new report has predicted that Scotland will miss its 100% renewable electricity target for 2020, unless further investment in onshore and offshore wind is supported.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

The past seven days were dominated by a food-waste storm kicked up by the BBC programme Hugh's War on Waste.

Successful project were deemed to have been improvements on current concepts, or new technologies all together

Scottish wave energy projects receive Government funding

The Scottish Government initiative Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has announced the eight successful applicants that will share a £2.5m fund to advance their technologies in the build up to commercialisation.

Floating offshore differs from conventional offshore wind farms by using turbines attached to the seabed by a three-point mooring spread

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.

ADBA estimate that the AD sector could grow by 200% in the next two years

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.

Scotland's environment secretary, Richard Lochhead, hailed the 5p plastic bag charge as a 'major success'

Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.

Community-owned renewables projects raised £26m last year

1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market

A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex.

Zero Waste Scotland said that re-using rather than recycling 100 sofas can save 1.5 tonnes of carbon.

Zero Waste Scotland launches social media campaign to inspire upcycling

Zero Waste Scotland has launched an 8-week social media campaign to encourage Scots to 'upcycle' unwanted pieces of furniture.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing hosted a Renewables Roundtable event in London this week

Scotland takes renewables debate to London

The Scottish Government has brought its campaign on the future of renewable energy to Westminster as it renewed calls for the Conservative Party to rethink its recent subsidy cuts.

Millennium Wind Farm in the Scottish Highlands. Wind power generated the equivalent of 28% of Scotland's entire electricity needs last month

Sunny and windy September prompts surge in Scottish renewables

Last month's unseasonably warm weather proved a boon for clean energy output in Scotland, with enough sunshine to provide more than 70% of the electricity and hot water needs of homes fitted with solar panels.

Maurice Jenkens estimates we will see the first industrial-scale floating wind park of around 200MW within the next 10 years

'Matter of time' before floating wind is competitive power source

It is only 'a matter of time' before floating offshore wind farms become an important source of clean power in several countries around the world, including Scotland, the US and Japan, according to one industry expert.

The 5p plastic bag levy will be introduced nationwide by the Government and will be compulsory for businesses that employ the equivalent of 250 or more full-time employees

Sustainability stats: Plastic bag charge in numbers

From Monday (5 October), England will officially adopt the levy currently used by the rest of the UK which charges consumers for the use of single-use carrier bags in shops and supermarkets.

Scotland has pumped hydro storage facilities which optimise Scotland's power network system

Scotland unveils Storage Network to harness power of renewables

Industry body Scottish Renewables has taken steps to complement and improve the country's growing renewables sector by launching a new Storage Network.


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