Bright Ideas: 10 of the best green innovations for the earth
Welcome to the future of sustainable business. This edie Insight report showcases 10 of the best trailblazing products and initiatives that hold the potential to help us achieve Mission Possible: a sustainable future for our planet.
Call for government to 'step up' support for hydrogen
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has called on the government to "step up" its support for the use of hydrogen to decarbonise the energy system across power, heat and transport.
Green Tomato Cars scales up Toyota Mirai fuel cell fleet
London-based green private hire firm Green Tomato Cars has taken up 50 new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric saloons.
Shell opens first-of-its-kind hydrogen refuelling station
Shell has unveiled a new hydrogen refuelling station at one of the UK's busiest service stations, in the same week as the Government delivered multi-million-pound funding for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
In Practice: The UK's Northern hydrogen heating grid trial
In a UK first, a pioneering new green gas trial is being demonstrated at Keele University that aims to inject zero-carbon hydrogen into the natural gas network.
Is it time to kill off the standalone sustainability report?
This week's Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference saw a number of industry experts discuss the evolution of the sustainability report, with some going so far as to argue that an individual annual report no longer carries the necessary impetus to drive change. So, is the age of the standalone sustainability report finally over?
Are we a step closer to achieving the 'green hydrogen economy'?
Paint and chemicals giant AkzoNobel has unveiled plans to build Europe's largest "green hydrogen" production plant, with the company's energy director telling edie of the technology's potential to enable the decarbonisation of the UK economy.
Taking the lead on energy: 10 business examples of low-carbon innovation
The global energy system is undergoing a radical transition. Renewable energy costs are tumbling and new approaches to energy management such as battery storage and demand response are offering new ways for organisations to operate more sustainably.
Public sector bodies: Is now the time to monitor, analyse and manage your energy consumption?
Businesses and Public sector bodies spend the equivalent of £22bn on energy every year. Yet it is often overlooked by these organisations, who lack the knowledge of how much they are consuming or even potentially wasting.
Balancing act: Storage and flexible energy vital to UK’s renewables tipping point
The cost of generating energy from wind and solar in the UK is expected to halve by 2040, but the expected future power system volatility will lead to more economic opportunities for flexible energy sources and storage capacity.
General Motors commits to 'all-electric fleet'
General Motors (GM) has outlined a vision for an all-electric fleet which includes a two-pronged approach of developing battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Towards a sustainable economy
CISL and its recently formed Rewiring the Economy Inquiry Group published its latest report ‘Towards a sustainable economy’, to identify new business approaches that can drive progress towards the SDGs.
£30m Gateshead research facility to test zero-carbon integrated energy solutions
Ambitions for a zero-carbon energy network are a step closer to reality, after Northern Gas Networks (NGN) launched the UK's first fully-integrated research and development facility to test low-carbon business solutions for transport, electricity, and gas.
Metropolitan Police trials hydrogen scooter
The UK's largest police service is seeking to combat London's toxic air crisis through the trial of a hydrogen fuel cell scooter as a patrol vehicle.
UK networks to fuse innovation plans for low-carbon technologies
The UK's energy network firms have teamed up to develop joint proposals to create "exciting opportunities" for smart technologies such as hydrogen and battery storage.
New hydrogen technology could slash engine emissions by 80%
A British manufacturer has launched a new hydrogen additive technology that can reportedly reduce engine emissions by as much as 80% and offer up to a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency.
London's new Environment Strategy: Five key questions answered
As London Mayor Sadiq Khan puts forward a long-term vision to make the capital one of the greenest cities in the world, edie speaks with Khan's Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues to discuss how City Hall aims to put its ambitious plans into practice.
Battery storage: A 'next level' opportunity for energy management?
There's no "one size fits all" approach to energy storage, but businesses that can use the technology alongside energy reduction schemes and onsite renewables can take their energy management to the "next level".
Toyota drives 'Digiman' project to develop 50,000 fuel cell stacks by 2020
Japanese carmaker Toyota will be responsible for best practice requirements in a £3m programme created by several public and private bodies which aims to create a platform for fuel cell production for zero-emission cars.
Hydrogen gas grid for Leeds moves a step closer
Plans to convert the gas grid in Leeds to run entirely on hydrogen have moved a step closer to becoming reality after Northern Gas Networks opened an office in the city dedicated to the endeavor.
Sustainability megatrends: Urbanisation, smart cities and the future of green business
edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends continues with PwC's director of cities and urbanisation, Dan Dowling, exploring how urbanisation and smart city growth can be a powerful force for sustainable development and shared prosperity, if it's managed correctly.
Riversimple success: Hydrogen carmaker exceeds £1m crowdfunding target
The world's only independent hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer, Welsh firm Riversimple, has exceeded its crowdfunding target of £1m which will enable the UK trial of innovative and affordable hydrogen cars.
Hydrogen fuel boost for Britain as MPs gear up for 'unprecedented' scrutiny of air quality policy
The UK Government has set up a new £23m fund to boost the uptake of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure, while MPs have today (20 March) joined forces to launch an "unprecedented" four-pronged investigation into the UK's approach on air quality.
Hyundai unveils hydrogen vehicle concept with boosted driving range
As the transition to low-emission transport drives ahead, South Korean motor company Hyundia has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by unveiling a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.
Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station
Oil giant Shell has today (22 February) launched its first fully-branded hydrogen refuelling station in the UK, with plans already in place to open two more stations in 2017.
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.
Going Circular: PwC's staff engagement success story
As part of edie's engagement month of editorial content, Matt Mace takes a closer look at the innovative behaviour change approaches being adopted by PwC as the professional services firm seeks to mobilise waste reduction efforts of thousands of staff members to deliver a closed-loop organisation.
Consumer needs should dictate low-emission vehicle market, says ETI
The ongoing decarbonisation of the transport sector is unlikely to create a short-term market share for hydrogen vehicles, although current low-emission vehicle manufacturers need to develop a "greater understanding" of consumer needs, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has found.
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.
Fuel for thought: Will 2017 be the year of the zero-emission fuel-cell vehicle?
Low-carbon energy and sustainable transport are becoming evermore intertwined as new green technologies emerge and become more affordable to the masses. But as the sectors move ahead with innovative battery and electrification plans, they could be missing out on a growing fuel cell market, writes Matt Mace.
Sadiq Khan unveils Hydrogen double-decker as London is issued high air pollution alert
Sadiq Khan has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time, in the same week that the London Mayor unveiled the world's first double-decker hydrogen bus.
Government can draw public towards electric cars, says Hyundai chief
EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai's UK chief executive Tony Whitehorn believes the Government can ignite a surge of public interest in electric and low-carbon vehicles by developing more infrastructure and implementing effective policy incentives that spark widespread behaviour change.
Investigation begins for pioneering salt cavern hydrogen storage projects
Engineering company Atkins has been selected by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to examine the potential for British salt caverns to store hydrogen to be used in power generation.
Government provides £35m funding boost for ultra-low emission vehicles
A £35m funding package to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) has been announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.
What will the green economy look like in 10 years' time? Experts predict cleantech trends...
By 2026, the global adoption of a low-carbon economy will have taken huge strides, with smart city revenues and energy storage deployment skyrocketing, and the number of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on the roads also increasing at impressive rates.
Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?
A new report has proposed that the city of Leeds should convert its gas grid to an all-hydrogen version by 2030 in order to test the viability of using hydrogen to help meet national carbon reduction targets.
Lighting the match: A guide to employee engagement and behaviour change
In the second part of edie's 'guide-to' series for sustainability professionals, Matt Mace asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize otherwise unobtainable opportunities that present themselves when igniting behaviour change throughout an organisation.
Nissan turns to bio-ethanol to accelerate 'carbon-neutral' transport ambition
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled the results a ground-breaking research and development (R&D) drive, which will establish a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered engine system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.
Electric vehicles are the new 'focal point' for Hyundai
South Korean motor company Hyundai has unveiled future blueprints to accelerate the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles, aiming to circulate 26 new-fuel cars and SUVs into its production by 2020.
UK Government aims to triple hydrogen vehicle numbers with £2m funding pot
The UK Government's vision to ensure that almost all cars on the roads by 2050 are zero-emission reached another milestone on Tuesday (10 May), after a £2m funding pot aimed at tripling the number of hydrogen vehicles in the UK was revealed.
How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream
EXCLUSIVE: Embracing a sharing economy could allow hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to carve out a niche route to accelerate into the mainstream vehicle mix, but only if efforts to boost infrastructure productions are increased.
Hyundai races past records for hydrogen fuel range
Hyundai has broken two world records in an attempt to showcase the capabilities of its hydrogen fuel cell, in the same week that fellow South Korean carmaker KIA announced one of its electric vehicles will travel 2,500 miles across England and Ireland in a single journey.
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.
Could rust provide an answer to the big energy storage question?
Old bikes and barbecues lying dormant in garages could be covered in stuff that can make large-scale solar energy storage a reality, after researchers found that rust can be transformed into water-splitting solar cell batteries.
General Motors re-brands engineering arm to reflect era of EVs
General Motors (GM) is dedicating more than 4,000 employees to the development of new fuel cell and battery technologies as part of a manufacturing shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs).
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.
Modular hydrogen fuel cells could provide week-long battery life for smartphones
A UK energy technology company has used the spotlight of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) in Las Vegas to unveil a number of prototype mobile devices with extended battery life through hydrogen-powered modular fuel cells.
Could 'hydricity' be the next big energy breakthrough?
With the legally-binding targets of the Paris climate deal reiterating the need for a seismic shift in the development of low-carbon infrastructure and technologies, US researchers are investigating one potential answer.
Kia kick-starts autonomous EV development with $12bn roadmap
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is investing $10.2bn into the development of hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), with an additional $2bn going towards the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
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.
Volvo announces range-wide electrification plan
Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a comprehensive electrification strategy which will see plug-in hybrids introduced across its entire range and a fully electric car on sale by 2019.
Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050
Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.
Hydrogen coalition launches EU-wide EV project
Hydrogen mobility innovators from across Europe have formed a new coalition to deploy 200 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV); 125 extended-range electric vans and 29 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) in 10 EU countries.
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.
UPS drives towards 'delivery trucks of tomorrow'
Delivery firm UPS has today (9 September) confirmed the purchase of 125 new hybrid electric delivery trucks in the US and begun trials for its first range-extended electric vehicles in the UK.
Is it perfect policy timing for waste?
The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?
Revolutionary solar windows could generate 50 times more energy than regular PVs
An American solar firm has launched a new liquid technology that turns regular windows into solar panels which could be up to 50 times more productive than regular roof-based photovoltaics.
First hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai arrive in Europe
Toyota has introduced its first production-grade hydrogen-powered Mirai sedans to Europe this week.
What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: JD Wetherspoon & DHL
With deadline day for entry to edie's 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards fast approaching, we take a closer look at the collaboration between pub chain JD Wetherspoon and logistics firm DHL Supply Chain which took home last year's Waste & Resource Management award.
7 sustainability collaborations you would never have imagined
Collaboration: a buzzword for sustainability professionals and an increasing focal point for businesses across sectors.
London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating
One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.
Green Slam: How tennis tournaments are embracing sustainability
The professional tennis tour is not, by its very nature, a green endeavour. It is essentially hundreds of people flying endlessly around the world to play a child's game.
£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry
More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.
Electric car sales accelerate by 366%
A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.
Energy efficient homes: What can the Government do to help?
David Kemp, sustainability manager at Procure Plus, discusses how the newly-formed Government can support housing providers in upgrading the insulation of their solid-wall stock.