Hydrogen delivery scooters and Olympic medals made from e-waste: The sustainability success stories of the week
As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.
Living Lagom in London: Inside Ikea's new 'leading' sustainable store
edie reporter Sarah George takes a trip to Greenwich to learn how Ikea's new store - touted as its "most sustainable" UK location to date - evidences the company's shift towards circularity and 'climate-positivity'.
Ikea's solar homes and Manchester's 'net-zero' pledge: The sustainability success stories of the week
As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.
In action: Tower Hamlets Council's low-carbon district heating system
A 25-year Joint Venture between Tower Hamlets Council and EDF Energy led to the creation of a low-carbon district heating system that has generated carbon savings, reduced energy costs and conserved a Heritage building at the heart of the refurbishment.
Daimler and Hyundai bolster low-carbon vehicle investments
Car giant Daimler has confirmed it will purchase more than £18bn worth of electric vehicle (EV) battery cells by 2030, in the same week that Hyundai pledged to spend £5.3bn on developing hydrogen-powered systems for cars, drones and ships.
10 ideas to make energy innovation work for your business
This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where roundtable participants discussed the role of innovation in achieving a sustainable future for business energy and debated which new technologies could hold the key to clean growth.
CCC boss Chris Stark: Now is the time to kick-start a hydrogen revolution
EXCLUSIVE: The publication of new scientific research into hydrogen - compounded by falling technology costs - has set the UK's business and policy spheres up for a "hydrogen revolution", the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chief executive Chris Stark has claimed.
Nikola Motor showcases autonomous hydrogen-powered lorry for European market
Low-emission truck manufacturer, and ongoing rival to Tesla, Nikola Motor Company has unveiled a new autonomous, hydrogen-powered lorry that is set to roll out across Europe by 2023.
Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for RETAIL
The second in our brand-new sector insight report series provides an in-depth exploration of the steps that sustainability and energy professionals within Britain's retail industry can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.
Theresa May's £100m pledge: Will the UK lead the world on zero-emission transport?
The world's first zero-emission vehicle summit will be headlined by a £106m investment from the UK Government into low-emission vehicle development. But, how will the UK's transport ambitions fare in light of new EU legislation and continued uncertainty over post-Brexit trade deals?
Toyota to operate autonomous, zero-emission vehicles at 2020 Olympic Games
Toyota will provide more than 3,000 passenger vehicles for use at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo and will use the events to showcase its latest innovations in zero-emissions and autonomous vehicles.
On the Mission Possible sofa with Riversimple's Hugo Spowers and LowCVP's Jonathan Murray
The sixth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership's (LowCVP) policy and operations director Jonathan Murray joined by Riversimple's founder Hugo Spowers to discuss the transition to low-carbon vehicles.
Unlocking the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the planet
Back in 1970, at the dawn of the modern environmental movement, American Futurist Alvin Toffler coined the term 'Future Shock'. Toffler highlighted that the late-20th Century was experiencing a phenomenon unique in human history in which technology was changing faster than people. This in turn led to widespread discomfort and confusion as well as frequent social and economic upheaval.
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.
Water - an under utilised resource?
The UK is blessed, or some might say cursed, with an abundance of water. Rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the sea that surrounds our islands. Not to mention the stuff that falls from the skies on a regular basis. Do we make use of this enough?
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.
It’s getting hot in here: how to create warmth without burning fossil fuels
As the UK continues to battle its way to an 80% reduction of its carbon emissions by 2050, a sinking feeling has begun to set in for those who are aware of and involved with decarbonising the UK. Our current infrastructure and policies do not provide the right basis required to transition to a low-carbon economy at speed.
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.
Getting ahead of the curve on energy efficiency
Energy management isn't a matter of life and death - it's the only way we'll save the planet.
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.
Sustainable energy – what is it and how do we measure it?
Energy is the underlying currency behind everything we do. It's a requirement for all human activity, commercial or otherwise, whether it needs calories, kilowatts or is an embedded component of the goods or raw materials we buy.
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.
Sustainable city transport: revving up for innovation?
Globally, urbanisation is continuing at a significant pace, with 66% of the population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, with an estimated 41 mega-cities - those with more than 10 million in habitants - by 2030.
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.
The ‘decade of disruption’ starts NOW: an edie Live primer
As thousands of sustainability professionals, energy managers and resource efficiency experts prepare to descend upon the NEC Birmingham for edie Live 2016, it's worth reminding ourselves of the big pledges, initiatives, collaborations and innovations that have together ignited a green industrial revolution at just the right time.
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.
“I’m using a Biomass Boiler I’m one of the Environmental Good Guys”
Well possibly you're not. If you consider carefully there may be reasons why you are continuing to damage the ecosystem
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.
What have we done to upset HMG?
Is it possible that one of the minor provisions of the latest Budget will fall foul of the 'Law of Unintended Consequences' and actually increase carbon emissions and climate change?
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).