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The Government has shed more light on the implications a 'no deal' Brexit could have on the nation's green economy

Could a 'no deal' Brexit be a 'golden opportunity' for the UK's green economy?

In light of the Government’s latest wave of 'no deal' Brexit planning updates, resource management experts have claimed that the scenario could force the UK to manage its waste more efficiently.

E.ON said the move should provide an added incentive for customers to better insulate buildings

E.ON partners with BNP Paribas for 'green mortgages'

E.ON and BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK have announced a new collaboration to bring "green mortgages" one step closer to the UK property market.

The webinar was aired on Thursday 27 September and is now available on-demand

Embodied carbon: Should 'net-zero' buildings require carbon-neutral construction?

EXCLUSIVE: Amid calls for ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to carbon-neutral standards by 2030, key construction industry stakeholders are beginning to ask whether the definition of "net-zero" should cover embodied carbon as well as operational emissions.

By 2022, Porsche estimates that it will have invested more than €6bn into electric vehicles

Porsche ditches diesel as it gears up for an electric future

Porsche has announced that it will cease to offer diesel versions of any of its vehicle models, citing a falling share in diesel sales and increased demand for hybrid and all-electric modes of transport.

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.

Dude, where’s my EV?

Coinciding with government's Zero Emission Vehicles Summit, the Aldersgate Group published a briefing which sets out the major barriers to decarbonising UK road transport. Will Tricker, Policy Officer at the Group, considers what further support is needed from government to ensure UK businesses are best placed to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

The £106m research fund aligns itself to various Government policies, namely the overarching Industrial Strategy and the Road to Zero strategy

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?

The first green bond, worth €600m, was issued last year

SSE issues second green bond to fund renewable sector

SSE has issued a second green bond worth €650m, confirming the big six supplier as the largest issuer of green bonds from the UK corporate sector.

World Water Week: Valuing our natural environment

We all 'appreciate' a babbling brook and beautiful rivers and oceans, but what is the value of our natural environment? World Water Week provides us all with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the importance of water stewardship, which is not only about doing the right thing, it's also about generating real business benefits as a result.

UK Power Networks estimates that the demand for flexibility within its licence areas could exceed 200MW within the next five years

UK Power Networks puts forward 'flexibility first' vision

The UK’s largest electricity distributor has proposed adopting a "flexibility first" approach to the delivery of extra grid capacity, in a move that could bring renewable energy onto the network at a lower cost.

The firm says it will represent the most radical change to its network since the 1970s, transforming its ability to monitor, control and communicate with more than 8,000 substations

Northern Powergrid begins next stage of £83m smart grid project

Electrical distribution firm Northern Powergrid has begun work on the next phase of its £83m smart grid programme, which aims to future-proof its network in preparation for the rapid growth of low-carbon technologies.

The partnership will see seven bring banks installed across the county for a two-year period

ACE UK partners with Cornwall Council to boost beverage carton recycling rates

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) has partnered with Cornwall Council to open a set of new recycling banks for food and drink cartons and paper coffee cups across the region, in a bid to boost recycling rates for the items.

Lidl Irleand has announced that it will expand its network of chargers to a further 17 stores

Lidl to install Ireland's largest network of supermarket-based EV chargers

Budget supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it will install electric vehicle (EV) chargers at 20 of its stores across Ireland over the next six months, in a bid to host the nation's largest supermarket-based network of chargepoints.

Chargemaster has predicted that EV charging will be offered as standard by British hoteliers by 2023

UK's largest EV charging firm to install chargepoints at 4,000 hotels

The UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Chargemaster, has announced it will host a new network of 4,000 EV chargepoints at British hotels and B&Bs as part of a partnership with motoring organisation the AA.

Packaging recycling obligations require more than 7,000 firms responsible for generating waste to demonstrate that a certain amount has been recycled

UK's plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government's spending watchdog has warned.

The taskforce concludes that deploying CCS at scale could reap cost reductions, like those achieved by the offshore wind industry

CCS plants to be operational by mid-2020s, says taskforce

At least two CCS (carbon capture storage) plants should be up and running by the mid-2020s, the government has been told by the force that it established to spur the development of the technology.

Stepping up the global energy transformation: Why Mars Australia commits to 100% renewable electricity

Major brands like ours have an opportunity to lead in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future. A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that businesses are stepping up their use, procurement and investment in renewable electricity. While this is good news, only 17% of us have a specific target for renewable electricity and a mere 134 have committed to 100% renewable electricity use.

Renewables were a “golden opportunity” to make the UK greener and make energy affordable, the NIC said

Cool down nuclear plan because renewables are better bet, says NIC

Government advisers have told ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C in the next few years, because renewable energy sources could prove a safer investment.

Comprising of batteries from 148 Nissan leaf EVs, the system can store enough energy to power 7,000 Amsterdam households for one hour

First of many? Why Amsterdam Arena is pursuing energy independence through battery storage

As the World Cup enters a nail-biting final week, edie explores how one football stadium is using battery storage innovation to revolutionise how local communities can store and consume energy.

The rise of electric cars, which the government is banking on to displace conventional cars and cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, poses a double whammy for oil companies

Shell would support UK bringing forward petrol ban from 2040

Shell, one of the world's biggest oil and gas companies, has backed calls for the UK to bring forward its 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales.

The £420bn in required funds is part of a £1.8trn investment need covering telecommunications, airports, ports, rail, roads and water by 2040

Developing nations faced with huge climate-mitigation bill

Infrastructure investments totalling £470bn are needed across 10 African countries in order to enable national commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while up to £127bn may be required for developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

How intelligent are we in our fight against exploitation?

There's still a feeling that labour exploitation doesn't happen in the UK. Positive sentiments for change aside, nothing is more powerful than taking action.

A key priority for BP Chargemaster will be the rollout of ultra-fast charging infrastructure

BP takes over UK's largest public EV charging company

BP has announced that it has purchased the UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Chargemaster, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the growth of battery-powered cars.

GWI found that private sector investments in water infrastructure are set to rise by 2030 as the world strives to meet SDG6

Report: £340bn annual investment needed to meet UN's water targets

Total worldwide investments into water infrastructure must reach £342bn ($449bn) each year between 2018 and 2030 if the globe is to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for water and sanitation, a new report from Global Water Intelligence (GWI) has revealed.

The move will see Shell research and develop solutions to common offshore wind barriers, including technology costs

Shell joins Carbon Trust programme to drive lower offshore wind costs

Shell Global Solutions International BV, the technical services and technologies arm of oil and gas giant Shell, has today (June 21) announced that it has joined a Carbon Trust programme aimed at overcoming market barriers to offshore wind deployment.

The WSBF claims that almost 2.5 million British homes will be at risk of flooding by 2050

Cross-party report urges Government to champion water efficiency in built environment

A coalition of corporations, politicians, academics and public-sector bodies has called on the UK Government to include flooding and drought risks in its housing agenda, after finding that 129% more UK homes will be at risk of flooding by 2050.

As the first sporting body to sign up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now scheme, FIFA is targeting emissions neutrality by 2050

How sustainable is the FIFA 2018 World Cup?

With the first match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup set to kick-off today (14 June), edie takes a look at whether the event lines up with the global low-carbon transition.

From left to right: Waitrose's Tor Harris, Iceland's Ian Schofield, Cranswick's Jim Brisby and CWG's Steve Greig

Breaking the plastics habit: The changing role of business in achieving a circular economy

Between increasing consumer pressures and sluggish policy changes, corporates are being stretched to their limits to tackle the plastics problem - but it is critical that this sudden step-change in awareness of the issue does not lead to unintended consequences, as edie's Matt Mace investigates.

Three speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar, which is being hosted in association with UK Power Networks Services

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's electric vehicle webinar

Sustainability and energy representatives from UPS, the Cross River Partnership and UK Power Network Services are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on greening your business fleet, taking place on 4 July.

Driving towards an all-electric future

The EV transition is gathering pace, and the question has turned from if to when uptake will reach a tipping point - current industry studies suggest that this is likely to occur between 2025 and 2035.

Combining expert insight with real-experience case studies, this edie webinar will explore how you can reap the maximum benefits from the electric vehicle transition

edie's next webinar to focus on harnessing the electric vehicle revolution

Taking place on Wednesday 4 July, an exclusive one-hour webinar discussion will explore how businesses across the country are embracing the unstoppable rise of electric vehicles to reduce emissions, incentivise employees and cut costs.

There are currently just five facilities in the UK that can properly recycle disposable coffee cups

Latte levy could cost UK £819m, paper cup industry claims

Introducing a 25p levy on drinks served in disposable cups could end up costing the UK economy £819m and removing 11,000 jobs from the coffee retail sector, new research from the UK’s eight largest paper cup manufacturers and suppliers has claimed.

The new Zipcar e-Golfs will be available as part of the firm’s pay-per-minute Flex service, which allows members to “drive and drop” cars for one-way trips within London

London launches EV taskforce as vehicle demand swells

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a taskforce aimed at boosting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the city, just days after car sharing firm Zipcar introduced more than 300 Volkswagen e-Golfs to its platform to create the UK's largest pool of publicly available shared EVs.

Sustainability and energy experts from a range of firms came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the EV transition

Electrifying your fleet roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities

Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in Oxford for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UK Power Networks Services, to explore how challenges can be turned into opportunities when it comes to fleet electrification.

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Tesco calls for recycling reform as it strives for 100% closed-loop packaging

Supermarket giant Tesco has strengthened its ambitions to make all its packaging across its UK operations closed-loop and is now calling on the Government to support the chain's aim by reforming the nation's recycling infrastructure.

Pivot Power aims to have operational batteries at 10 of the 45 sites, which are all near towns and major roads, within the next 18 months

UK to host world's first battery and rapid EV charging network

The world's first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is set to be installed in the UK at a cost of £1.6bn, as the result of a partnership announced today by the National Grid and Pivot Power.

The Aqualagon is heated to 30C all year round through geothermal energy

Sustainability 'imagineered': The Disney-led resort powered by geothermal energy

edie's senior reporter Matt Mace travels to the outskirts of Paris to uncover how Villages Nature Paris tapped into geothermal energy to deliver on a holistic 10-step sustainability framework.

A delay to the government’s £400m electric charging plan could hamper efforts to reduce pollution from cars

Ministers' £400m plan for electric car charging infrastructure delayed

A £400m government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed, in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution in UK cities.

National Grid is currently exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system

National Grid: Charging providers must fine-tune efforts to meet EV demand

EXCLUSIVE: National Grid has called on businesses looking to provide charging infrastructure for the electric vehicle (EV) agenda to consider sizing and location in order to best capture their audience.

According to the report, the UK should transition to Full Fibre-to-the-Home (FFTH) infrastructure, which is less carbon intensive across a lifecycle analysis

UK's copper infrastructure puts technology expansion at odds with climate goals

The exponential growth of smart, connected systems in the UK could restrict national efforts to lower emissions, due to a reliance on a copper-based digital infrastructure that has reached its "physical and technological limits", a new Carbon Smart report has found.

Costa already offers in-store recycling at more than 2,000 of its stores across the UK

Costa aims to lead industry transformation with pledge to recycle half a billion coffee cups

EXCLUSIVE: Costa Coffee's energy & environment manager Oliver Rosevear has said the retailer wants to drive cross-industry collaboration on coffee cup recycling, as it today (18 April) makes a bold commitment to recycle the equivalent of its entire annual sales of takeaway cups – at a financial cost to the business.

ESOS Phase 2: beyond compliance and added value

Many businesses were caught out by Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in 2015 - either because the qualification criteria were obscure, or the communication from the Environment Agency (EA) didn't get through, or just because other priorities pushed ESOS to the bottom of the pile. Either way, ESOS Phase 1 was a bit of a scramble, and may not have been entirely valuable to your business (other than avoiding a fine!).

Annually, more than 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars – which could otherwise end up in landfill or littered, will be reused and transformed

In Practice: The 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility

Knauf Insulation's aim to ensure that recycled contents are embedded into the products it manufactures has seen the company strike a long-term partnership with waste specialists Veolia to create a closed-loop system for glass waste.

Earlier this week, a consortium including ITM Power and Shell won £8.8m to improve access to an expanded network of hydrogen refuelling stations. Photo: ITM

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.

World Water Day - How we can ensure resilience of our water supplies

Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water, discusses the action we can take together on World Water Day to ensure the resilience of our water supplies

The move forms part of UPS’s science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025

UPS's London delivery fleet powered by 'world-first' smart charging system

Delivery firm UPS will have its central London delivery fleet powered by a new EV smart charging system, amid a flurry of major milestones for charge point installations.

Ferguson also chairs the Rationalisation of Packaging Working Group, instituted by WRAP, aimed at improving recycling

Financial incentives for recyclability the way forward, says Co-op

A fiscal system that rewards recyclability and labelling, coupled with reducing the range of polymers available for use, would enable retailers and waste management firms to better tackle the rise of plastics pollution, according to the Co-op's environment manager Iain Ferguson.

Energy management experts from manufacturing and retail firms across the country came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges around energy resilience

Energy resilience roundtable: Paving the path to a clean energy future

Energy management experts from some of the world's biggest manufacturers and retailers recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy resilience.

Investments into projects will be repaid and recycled into additional initiatives across the Greater Manchester region

Greater Manchester launches £15m infrastructure renewables fund

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has created a new £15m loan fund for property developers and infrastructure providers to increase uptake of renewable energy use on development projects.

Ofwat described supply problems as “deeply distressing” for customers

Ofwat accuses water firms of being ill-prepared for adverse weather

Several water companies have "fallen well short" on their forward planning to ensure the recent adverse weather did not impact water supplies, Ofwat has said.

The four-year EV-elocity scheme has already attracted £7m funding from Innovate UK

Honda to play central role in V2G demonstrator project

Car giant Honda has teamed up with other firms, local bodies and academic institutions for a new project that aims to demonstrate the business case for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technologies across the UK.

Opening the road to electrification is not as simple as the flick of a switch

Energy companies, the auto industry and businesses need to advance together, supported by government.

Systemic thinking is vital to tackle today’s non-linear challenges

When we first started analysing developments and signals of change to gather insights for our Future of Sustainability 2018 report, we were struck by the rapidity of recent changes, particularly in the climate system and in the vital ecosystems that support us.

There is a very real chance that England, Scotland and Northern Ireland could fail to meet a targeted 50% recycling rate for 2020

Plastics and packaging: The UK's 'waste mountain' in charts

Eighteen environmental groups have urged the UK Government to deal with a growing "packaging waste mountain" by setting legally binding targets, following new waste and recycling figures published by Defra. Here, edie provides a snapshot of the UK's "waste mountain".

UK is plugged in, as global car industry speeds away from fossil fuels

The car industry remains a vital part of the global economy. Both on its own terms - global revenues from vehicle sales reached over US$2 trillion last year - and as a sector that influences the wider global economy.

Of the 42 cities nominated by those surveyed, Philips Lighting has ranked the three best smart cities in the world

London, Barcelona or Singapore: Which will be the best smart city in the world?

A new report from Philips Lighting and SmartCitiesWorld polled 150 city planning experts to find out which city will lead the global smart city transition. edie outlines the top three cities, and why they are primed to act as global smart city leaders.

HS2 was the project first to engage with BRE in the development of BREEAM Infrastructure, working with BRE to pioneer a new approach to a sustainability strategy

HS2 awarded UK's first BREEAM infrastructure certificate

HS2 has become the UK's first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure Scheme Certificate for its sustainability on Phase 1 of the project.

According to a study by GM Insights, the global car-sharing market is expected to increase by one third annually between 2017 and 2034

Auto giants launch EV-sharing platform in China

Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing (Didi) has partnered with 12 automakers, including Geely Auto and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, to launch a new app-based, electric-vehicle-sharing platform.

Last week BP announced it will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months

BP set to 'embrace low-carbon world' with $500m investment

BP has pledged to invest $500m into low-carbon solutions after posting a strong financial performance in 2017.

Waves - unharness-able?

Waves? Can we ever harness the power of the sea? Perhaps a new system can just do that. A Wave Power cynic thinks this might, finally, be possible.

Today marks the company’s first step into electric cars, which it expects to rise a hundredfold by 2035 but not to seriously affect oil demand

BP to install charging points for electric cars at UK petrol stations

BP will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the dramatic growth of battery-powered cars.

Six finalists will be selected to give a 10-minute pitch to a judging panel consisting of Heathrow’s senior executives

Heathrow launches Sustainable Innovation Prize to assist expansion aims

UK businesses have been urged to support Heathrow Airport's expansion efforts by applying for a Sustainable Innovation Prize that addresses certain environmental challenges and uses the airport as a "live laboratory".

Last year, the UK Government announced it will invest £20m to support V2G projects

UK Government injects £3m into vehicle-to-grid trials

A consortium of energy firms and network operators has received a £3m funding injection from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop the first large-scale UK trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging infrastructure.

Plastics: We're at war with the symptoms, not the cause

Theresa May's call to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste within the next 25 years is a step in the right direction, but also follows a growing trend that ignores the remedies needed in the value chain of the UK's resource efficiency ambitions.

2017: A turning point for energy efficiency in the UK?

2017 started badly for the energy efficiency sector: no policy news and yet another shuffle in the Ministerial team. The Government's plan to deliver the 5th Carbon budget was long overdue, the energy efficiency policy landscape was full of holes, and the market was flat.

More than 78% of the packaging on all Tesco-branded products is recyclable Image: Tesco

Tesco supports deposit return scheme for plastic packaging

Following Theresa May's declaration that all avoidable plastic waste will be eliminated in the next 25 years, UK supermarket retailer Tesco has announced its support for a "cost-effective" deposit return scheme on packaging.

Solving the ocean plastics blight - a systems approach

A storm of heightened awareness and indignation around pervasive plastic pollution has swelled over the past month. With recent mass coverage, namely Blue Planet II and Sky's A Plastic Ocean, the drive to save our oceans from a toxic, chemical-infused future has never been more potent.

2017 green policy review: A year of progress and pleasant surprises

What a difference a year makes. Let us briefly cast our minds back to the halcyon days of January 2017 - who would have thought that a widely-ridiculed Jeremy Corbyn would soon become favourite to be the next PM; that a divorced mixed-raced American actress would be about to enter the Royal Family, or that a vastly experienced England cricket team would succumb to a humiliating Ashes defeat Down Under before the Boxing Day test?

Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye with the airport's 50th electric vehicle

Heathrow to install rapid charge points for electric black cabs

Heathrow Airport has revealed that it is actively collaborating with Transport for London to install seven rapid charging points for electric taxis by the end of this month, with the airport also announcing the delivery of its 50th electric vehicle (EV).

In 2016, China imported 7.3m tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries including the UK, the US and Japan

Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise

A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry.

Network companies will “rapidly increase the use of competitive markets”

Power networks pledge to deliver £17bn of smart grid benefits

Electricity network operators will today (6 December) pledge to deliver £17 billion of energy system benefits by 2050 through the creation of a smarter, more flexible power grid.

The Active Response project will mark the first time an electricity network can provide additional capacity, ahead of time, to areas that have extra demand to charge vehicles

Autonomous network project to facilitate UK electric vehicle demand

As a survey reveals that almost half of British companies are currently unwilling to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), UK Power Networks has unveiled a new initiative that could save parts of the UK £270m by 2030 by channeling spare capacity towards charging use.

The report warns that without action, five million UK households will see their waste sent to landfill instead of used to boost the country’s energy supply

Six million tonnes of waste could be 'left without a home' by 2030

The UK is likely to be left six million tonnes short of waste treatment capacity by 2030, according to a stark report which lays bare the "critical lack" of infrastructure to treat the nation's waste.

The Government will invest £1.4m in a research project aimed at overcoming the barriers to developing low-cost, low-carbon housing

UK construction industry aims to halve emissions in built environment by 2025

The Government has struck an agreement with the construction industry in a deal which aims to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years.

Responsible packaging – don’t ignore the bigger picture

Plastic products and packaging are increasingly generating debate and discussion. And rightly so, as the extent of plastic pollution in the world's oceans is becoming clearer. Although there's strong commitment among retailers to tackling the problem, the industry's role is coming under some scrutiny.

ING’s commitment to 'Let’s Talk Water'

The vibe at Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) is very unique! You have this larger than life technology exhibition where engineers have "Pipe tapping competitions" (quite thrilling actually!), tons of stands with cool gadgets and solutions to be water-wise, and people of about 160 different nationalities walking around in cool national outfits, murmuring to their translators.

The new charge points will be installed from this month and are expected to be operational by the end of January 2018

Street lamp charging network to power EVs in central London

Electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities which draw on 100% renewable energy from street lamp posts are set to be placed on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea, creating the largest network of its kind in central London.

Health and wellbeing: the next frontier for the built environment

Each year, millions of working days are lost because of work-related stress, depression or anxiety, highlighting the direct impact employees' health and happiness can have on business performance. Redesigning and reimagining the workplace to better support how work is done now and in the future could not only enhance employee wellbeing, but also improve performance and productivity.

The system will support Renault’s aim to become one of the first carmakers to offer “mind off” technology – essentially enabling fully-autonomous driving without direct supervision

Renault unveils 'industry-first' autonomous driving safety feature

French car maker Renault has developed an "industry first" autonomous control system that can match professional test drivers on road obstacle avoidance scenarios, bringing the car makers self-driving vision closer to reality.

According to the WWC, €100bn will be needed annually to create adequate new water infrastructure, while a further €155bn will be required to improve current equipment

World Water Council: Water infrastructure investment must to triple to combat climate change

As UN delegates meet in Bonn this week to commence the COP23 climate conference, the World Water Council (WWC) has reported that financial investment into water infrastructure needs to triple to €255bn annually to combat climate change and meet sanitation targets.

The group has set a target to open 20 stations to the public by the end of 2017, located on major roads in Norway, Austria and Germany

Car giants launch pan-European electric vehicle charging venture

A group of the world's largest car manufacturers, including Ford, BMW and Porsche, have joined forces to develop a network of high-power charging systems across Europe, to stimulate the growth of electric vehicles (EVs).

The Bill will create regulatory requirements for charge points to interact with the gird to manage electrical supply and demand and promote flexibility

Government launches proposals to boost charge points for electric vehicles

Large petrol retailers and motorway services will be required to install charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), as part of new legislation from the Government that also enables drivers of automated vehicles to gain insurance in the UK.

The charge points, which are rapid 50kW chargers compatible with most vehicles, will be managed by fellow Dutch firm Allego

Shell fits UK forecourts with EV rapid chargers

Shell is opening a range of rapid charging service systems across its UK petrol stations, with plans already in place to deploy more charging infrastructure by the end of the year.

Panelists discussed how the uptake of EVs would impact networks, services and consumers

Consistency and communication key to realising London's electric vehicle vision

The pledges made by the Mayor of London to transform the city into a zero-emissions capital need to be backed by policy guidance that brings car manufacturers, network operators and innovators together to ensure that the capital isn't littered with "white elephants" and "stranded assets".

Nearly eight million metric tonnes of plastic packaging weight – equivalent to the weight of 2,000 Eiffel Towers – ends up in the oceans each year

Plastic packaging: Are producers ready for their 'diesel moment'?

As CDP's new report warns that "rapid process innovations" are needed to help the chemical sector align to the goals of the Paris Agreement, the organisation's head of investor research Carole Ferguson tells edie that plastic packaging is on the cusp of regulatory and consumer backlash.

Deep breath: change the conversation

Air quality in our towns and cities is a critical issue but action and progress will be sorely limited unless we grasp the challenge of awareness, behaviour and pro-active communications.

According to the company, Project SIM could actively measure inertia round the clock for the entire UK grid

National Grid measures real-time system inertia for the first time

For the first time ever, the National Grid has successfully measured and monitored continuous grid stability across an entire network, in a move that could reduce end-customer costs and carbon emissions in the UK.

Nissan's Paul Willcox discusses the Denmark trials for bi-directional charging

Nissan's 'revolutionary' mobility plan aims to 'remove any barrier' for EV uptake

New LEAF and van models, a rollout on new public charging infrastructure and an innovative commitment to give users free access to flexible electricity sourcing were all announced as pillars in Nissan's "revolutionary mobility energy plan" to "remove any barrier" from electric vehicle use.

The committee has set 4 November as the deadline for submissions

Commons launches electric vehicle inquiry

The increased demand on the grid from the mass roll-out of electric vehicles (EVS) will be under the spotlight in a new House of Commons inquiry.

Why businesses need to get serious about sustainable buildings

It will be months, possibly years, before the full extent of damage from Hurricane Irma is fully understood, let alone repaired. It reminds me of the sense of despair shared in a lecture I attended by one of the key architects of the multi-trillion-dollar recovery of New Orleans post Katrina. He spoke of it like it was a tale of many disasters, all of which pointed back to climate change.

The new LEAF will come with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology to offer two-way charging to fully integrate the vehicle to send surplus energy back to the electricity grid

New long-range Nissan LEAF sparks calls for UK infrastructure upgrades

Nissan's announcement that a new Nissan LEAF model with extended driving range will go on sale in 2018 has been welcomed by energy groups, who have called on the UK to deliver new charging networks to account for demand.

Electric Vehicles??

With all the hype over recent announcements about Electric Vehicles I wonder if we are maybe missing something important

The high rates of landfill tax and increased transportation distances across the UK for waste disposal means that taxpayers and businesses could be hit with higher waste disposal costs

Hard Brexit a 'disaster scenario' for waste treatment capacity, warns Suez

The UK is faced with a "potential disaster scenario" that could see a Hard Brexit exacerbate a shortfall of waste treatment infrastructure over the next 10 years, waste management firm Suez has warned.

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.

Why the Great Repeal Bill could change how we view the UK’s waste sector for generations to come

With the Repeal Bill set to go through Parliament when MPs return from recess, we now have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a waste sector that works for the UK.

The geothermal project was recently awarded a £10.6m grant from the European Regional Development Fund and £2.4m of public funding from Cornwall County Council

Investors reach early milestone for UK's first commercial geothermal power plant

A bond that encourages investors to back the first commercial geothermal electricity power station in the UK has raised more than £1m in the 48 hours since it was launched.

The report also draws attention to the rapid expansion in renewable and distributed generation

Rise of EVs could add 18GW to peak demand by 2050

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) could add up to 18GW - or 30 per cent - to peak power demand by 2050, National Grid has predicted in its latest Future Energy Scenarios report.

What if? An innovative outlook on the environment

This week, hundreds of people from the business world, academia and the general public are gathering in North East England for a very special festival of innovation, looking to address a range of environmental and societal issues.

Brexit could give the waste sector the coherent, long-term framework it desperately needs

With the appointment of Michael Gove as the new Secretary of State at Defra, we now have an opportunity to determine the future success of the waste sector.

Climate change enters the boardroom: The business implications of the G20 Task Force report

Climate change poses some of the most significant monetary risks to the corporate sector, yet too often remains the reserve of specialised sustainability professionals.


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