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Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part two

A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie's feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise.

Prime Minister Theresa May (centre) with Northern Irish First Minister and DUP Leader Arlene Foster (left) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right), in 2016. Photo: Tom Evans/flickr

Uncertain times for green business as Tories form 'Government of certainty' with climate-sceptic DUP

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will form a Government with the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in a move that environmental groups are fearing could have damaging consequences for Britain's green economy.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

The centre in Ireland will be the second energy and cost efficient data centre that Facebook owns in Europe

Facebook to build 100% renewable data centre in Ireland

Facebook have announced plans for a new data centre to be built in Ireland which will run on 100% renewable energy using the country's 'robust' wind resources.

Kilroot Power Station in Northern Ireland, where the new battery array has been installed

UK's largest energy storage project hums into life

Global power company AES has announced completion of the UK's largest battery energy storage array.

The completed plant is expected to generate around 3,600MWh of renewable electricity a year

GIB makes third investment in Northern Ireland's AD industry

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and private equity group Foresight have committed to invest £1.7m in the construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland.

Initiatives that receive funding will be eligible to test prototypes in the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site

Apple invests in Ireland's ocean energy industry

Continuing its investment in renewable energy, technology giant Apple has agreed a new £1m R&D fund to support a wave energy project off the coast of Ireland.

The construction of the plant will allow for an annual generation capacity of 61GWh

Green investment for Northern Ireland's largest EfW plant

A proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Belfast has received almost half of its funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) after it committed £47m of equity to the 15MW project.

California's four-year drought has seen water levels reach historic lows

Golden State: How California is surviving its worst drought in history

California remains in the claws of the longest drought in the state's history, placing unprecedented strain on the its water supplies. But could the scramble to save water actually help the state in the long run?

Majority of Brits believe all plastic bags should be biodegradable

The majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be both recyclable and biodegradable, according to a new YouGov poll.

Overall plastic bag use in the UK has increased 2.4% from 2013-14

UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption

Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).

Tesla's utility scale Powerpack battery system

Tesla to bring utility-scale battery system to Ireland

Tesla has announced that the first of its utility-scale Powerpack battery systems will be deployed in Ireland next year, under a new deal with energy storage firm Gaelectric.

(Front row left to right): Kingspan's Louise Foody, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell and ESB director Paddy Hayes with three members of Ulster Rugby Club at the launch of Kingspan ESB

Northern Ireland set for solar revolution with new funding offer

The renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland has received a welcome boost this week with the launch of a new fully-funded solar solution which could save businesses up to £320m.

The 'Powerwall' system stores surplus energy from renewable sources and then releases it when necessary

Tesla's foray into energy storage could 'revolutionise energy system'

The news that Tesla is launching a battery energy storage pack is 'another nail in the coffin of conventional utilities', according to a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter.

The emissions savings from local authorities' waste and recycling services improved markedly between 2012/13 and 2013/14

Carbon savings from recycling hit record levels

Council recycling services in England saved 4% more greenhouse gas emissions in 2013/14 than in 2012/13, thanks mainly to increased captures of metals and plastics.

Halting Deforestation and Achieving Sustainability

Now is a critical moment to pause and consider how the current attention to “deforestation-free” sourcing can support the broader goal of protecting Earth’s natural ecosystems while sustaining a growing population and supporting equitable development.

Sustainability Matter: Consumer research report

Consumers have always bought from brands they trust. But new research shows buyer loyalty is no longer just about confidence in product or service quality – it’s about trust in a company’s approach to the environment.

The flywheel system will operate as a shock-absorber for the grid

New energy storage system to foster renewables growth in Europe

Europe will take a step closer towards a low-carbon power grid as Ireland starts work on a viable energy storage system in the coming weeks.

Brand Substance

Horsemeat, tax evasion, banks in crisis, energy prices, a war on sugar and exploitation of textile workers – all of these issues are indicative of a changing business environment that throws up new challenges for building successful brands.

Melbourne's Rectangle Stadium features a rainwater collection system that saves up to 500,000 gallons of water every year

Greening the game: The world's most sustainable stadiums

Sports stadiums and pitches often require vast amounts of energy, water and raw materials to maintain them, with little prior thought given to sustainability. But the vast amounts of money involved in professional sport lends itself to exciting innovations, and the stadiums are no different.

The 4,800 module system will generate 1.1GW of electricity a year

Kingspan Energy unveils largest rooftop solar PV array in Ireland

Solar provider Kingspan Energy has installed Ireland's largest rooftop solar PV system on a manufacturing plant in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities 2008–2012

In 2011, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a first assessment of the costs of air pollution caused by European industrial facilities.The report Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe (EEA, 2011) applied a simplified modelling approach to assess the damage costs to health and the environment in 2009, caused by pollutant emissions from industrial facilities officially reported to the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E- PRTR).

Helistrat has been working with Ann Summers since 2011

Ann Summers renews recycling contract with Helistrat

Lingerie and sex toy specialist Ann Summers has renewed its recycling and waste contract with Helistrat.

FCC Environment maps the politics of waste

Resource management firm FCC Environment unveils 'mapping the politics of waste' report

Recycling and resource management firm FCC Environment has launched an assessment of how the UK's political landscape might affect the waste and resource agenda over the next five years.

Any large-scale renewable electricity generator with a capacity larger than 5MW can apply for accreditation under RO.

Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)

The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

CIWM president John Quinn

Resource Association to partner with CIWM and ESA for 2015 conference

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) president John Quinn has announced that the Resource Association will be partnering with CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) to host its annual conference next year.

Lord Deben urges UK to work closely with other European countries to tackle environmental issues such as climate change

Committee on Climate Change chair urges UK-EU co-operation on environment

Former Environment Minister and Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben has said that the UK must work closely with its European neighbours to help protect the environment.

The resource management industry views the circular economy in a positive light

Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds

The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.

Sainsbury's  will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year.

Sainsbury's to stop Nectar points for bag reuse

Retail giant Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year, as part of wider changes to its loyalty programme.

The firm has made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy

Nestle steps up climate change leadership with new CSR commitments

Multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has teamed up with a number of organisations and made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy.


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