edie Explains: Energy data optimisation
The latest in our ‘edie Explains’ series is dedicated to understanding energy data optimisation. This can be a complex issue, but our step-by-step guide takes you through the process and provides top tips for success.
A guide to effective sustainability communications
Whether it's driving engaging with employees to maximise results, with stakeholders to translate progress, or with consumers to drive awareness and brand value, getting sustainability communications right is crucial, and getting it wrong can be disastrous.
Premier League sustainability: Creating the world's greenest football club
The Premier League season got underway this weekend with a winning start for Manchester United and dropped points for Arsenal and Chelsea.
Sustainability reporting: explained
An introductory guide on the principle sustainability reporting frameworks and best practice guidance, from CSR sustainability consultancy CLT envirolaw.
edie Explains: Solar PPAs
A power purchase agreement (PPA), is a contract between an energy generator and an energy buyer or ‘end-user’. PPAs can provide a fixed price for energy generated over the duration of the contract, removing exposure to energy price volatility and allowing for accurate and predictable cost planning.
edie Explains: Energy storage
How does energy storage work? What are the business benefits of commercial battery systems? And how can they interact with other onsite energy technologies? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
Whitbread first hospitality firm to be granted water self-supply licence
Regulator Ofwat has granted hospitality giant Whitbread a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services for all of its brands in England.
Wise Minds: The energy transition and large utilities
The UK energy system is in flux. It is changing more quickly – and more fundamentally – than at any point since the Industrial Revolution.
Sector insight: The state of sustainability in retail
This edie insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business within the UK retail sector.
UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy
The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.
edie Energy Insights 2017
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: edie's latest report offers an insight into business energy procurement, planning and purchasing priorities from efficiencies to onsite generation.
Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have said on energy and the environment
It's decision time. Tension is mounting among the green business community ahead of the UK election - but which party offers the most promising green policy approach? Here, edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties' manifestos into a single, easy-to- read document.
Executive Briefing: BS 8001 – a Guide
The world’s first standard for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations
Megatrends: Exploring the future of sustainable business
This exclusive edie report explores the business impact of five key megatrends that are shaping the world we live in: climate change; technology and innovation; population growth and social change; urbanisation and smart cities; and economic growth.
Insight and inspiration - a roundup of the latest edie interviews with the experts
EXCLUSIVE: From behaviour change to smart buildings, energy security to driving efficiency at scale, we round up the latest exclusive insight and interviews with sustainability business leaders.
Aldersgate Group manifesto 2017: A healthy environment, a competitive economy
The Aldersgate Group's manifesto includes calls for the prompt publication of both a detailed Clean Growth Plan and 25-Year Plan for the Environment, and a strong Industrial Strategy which enables the green business community to flourish.
edie Live exhibitor focus: Planet Mark
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
edie Live exhibitor focus: University of Surrey
Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
Power Forward: How the largest US companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change
The largest US companies are increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts while improving their bottom lines.
edie explains: ISO 20400
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partners Action Sustainability and BSI, provides an in- depth summary of the new ISO 20400 Standard which is the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement
Energy Transitions Commission: Better energy, greater prosperity
The Energy Transitions Commission’s flagship report sets out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2C while stimulating economic development and social progress.
One month until edie Live 2017 - get your ticket now
With just one month to go until doors open for edie Live 2017 we take a look at why it is the destination event for sustainability and energy managers.
Planning for a circular economy
The Environmental Services Association, the voice of the UK’s resource and waste management industry, has set out a number of recommendations to more closely align the planning system with the strategic objectives of the circular economy.
Industrial strategy fit for the future: perspectives on building a competitive UK economy
This publication brings together the views of respected thinkers from politics, business, trade unions and academia on the kind of economy the industrial strategy should be building and the role low carbon and resource efficiency can play.
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.
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.
London to enforce world’s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan
The "toughest" emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital.
edie explains: ISO 14001
This edie explains business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner NQA, provides an in-depth summary of the ISO 14001 Standard which is used to establish and maintain a continuous level of environmental performance improvements.
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.
Big brands call on UK Government to 'stop the solar tax hike'
More than 160 leading green businesses including Sainsbury's, Ikea and Kingfisher have today (5 December) called upon Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap scheduled tax increases on solar PV.
Is the cement industry undermining the Emissions Trading System?
Research by UK-based non-profit InfluenceMap has found that, despite the European cement industry seeming to embrace the Paris Agreement on climate change, many companies within the sector continue to oppose ambitious science-based climate policy.
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.
COP22: Major firms lead low-carbon energy drive
The first week of COP22 in Marrakech rounded-off on energy day, with a range of companies demonstrating their commitment to a low-carbon future with pledges to source 100% renewable energy.
Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit
Britain's green policies must be preserved or strengthened post-Brexit and a credible new strategy on low-carbon heat must be delivered as soon as possible, but it is still too early for the Government to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change in line with the soon-to-be-ratified Paris Agreement, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.
WRAP's National Recycling Guidelines
Following extensive consultation with the recycling industry, WRAP has developed a list of items that can and cannot be recycled, along with how they should be presented by householders. This document outlines how and why the recycling guidelines have been developed, including a summary of results from consumer testing.
Energy policy cannot be dependent on any single project, says UK climate watchdog
Energy policy is about more than just Hinkley and "cannot be dependent on any single project", the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.
A Resourceful Future – Expanding the UK Economy
This report by SUEZ reveals that more than £9bn could be added to the UK economy by integrating circular economy principles into the country’s emerging industrial strategy.
100% sustainable timber markets: the economic and business case
The economic value of natural capital is beginning to be integrated into decisions by policy-makers and corporate leaders. Forests are a particularly valuable natural capital asset, providing timber while also supplying a range of ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, water provision, flood prevention, erosion control and biodiversity.
The Business End of Climate Change
In the first edition of this study, researchers look at five initiatives that companies have joined to limit climate change: Science Based Targets, EP100, RE100, Zero Deforestation and the Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi).
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).
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 02 - Monkey dating and the 'S' word
Listen to an exclusive interview with The Body Shop's director of corporate responsibility and go behind the scenes at edie's Sustainability Communications Conference in this second episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.
UK renewables cuts 'risk slowing shift to clean energy'
The UK government risks slowing the shift to clean energy sources by cutting support for renewable energy and strongly backing gas as a transitional fuel, according to the UN's environment chief.
The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016
After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.
Could Donald Trump 'dramatically threaten' the Paris climate deal?
Former COP21 president Laurent Fabius has warned that having a "climate change denier" as US president could "dramatically" threaten global action on climate change agreed upon as part of the historic Paris accord.
London mayoral election: The green policy showdown
With the race to enter City Hall drawing to a conclusion on Thursday (5 May), edie rounds up the environmental credentials and ambitions of the five main candidates bidding to be the next Mayor of London.
Policies 'getting in the way' of green building design, construction giant warns
EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of efficient and sustainable building practices is being hindered by Government and Mayoral politics which are attempting to "promise the Earth" rather than incentivising the built environment, infrastructure and construction firm AECOM has claimed.
Apple ranked as highest scoring corporation for climate influence
Tech giant Apple's continuous drive to champion renewable energy has seen it top a list of more than 150 companies - including rivals Microsoft and Google - to receive the first 'A+ grade' from a sustainability analysis group.
EU pushed towards 'climate disclosure' regime for investors
Pressure is building on global regulators and the European Commission to "stress-test" portfolios of large institutional investors against long-term objectives to reduce climate change, in a move that could shift billions in investment away from fossil fuels.
Energy for London: Thinktank calls for city energy company
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called on the next London Mayor to set up a publicly-run energy company for London.
Could the UK's first Green ISA create a £60bn investment pot?
The UK's first 'Innovative Finance ISA' launched today (6 April) from investment platform Abundance, allowing investors to finance renewable projects through an operative tax ISA that could boost the green economy by £28.5bn.
Scrapping carbon price floor would 'level the playing field', manufacturers claim
EXCLUSIVE: Clearer policy amendments, including the scrapping of the carbon price floor, would prove instrumental in securing the long-term stability of Britain's energy-intensive companies, the manufacturer's organisation EEF has claimed.
Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims
PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.
Infrastructure Commission calls for raft of changes to UK energy policy
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK's future low-carbon energy system.
'Jenga green policy' damaging UK's low-carbon prospects ahead of 5th carbon budget
The UK is at serious risk of missing the requirements set out in the legally-binding fourth carbon budget, unless an "immediate policy gap" is filled, the chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned.
Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.
Energy industry demands 'urgent review' of Levy Control Framework
The trade association for the UK energy industry Energy has called on the Government to "urgently review" the Levy Control Framework (LCF), providing clarity to companies and investors.
World green building trends 2016
For green building to accelerate globally, building industry professionals require the latest data and trends to inform their decisions. The World Green Building Trends 2016 Study.
Paris goals will cost $12 trillion, says Bloomberg
More than $12trn will need to be invested in new renewable power generation over the next 25 years to achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris agreement, according to a new report from research group Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and sustainability non-profit Ceres.
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 New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics
The circular economy is gaining growing attention as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing demands on finite raw materials and minimising negative externalities. Such a transition requires a systemic approach, which entails moving beyond incremental improvements to the existing model as well as developing new collaboration mechanisms.
Unilever and National Grid labelled 'true leaders' in post-Paris policy push
Unilever and National Grid are among the select few companies to be heralded as 'true leaders' for their support of the policies set in place in Paris last month, according to corporate analysts InfluenceMap.
Global middle class can drive climate action, says UBS
The global middle class could hold the key to mobilising climate action, a new report from financial services firm UBS has claimed.
RenewableUK snaps up DECC director as new chief exec
The national trade association for Britain's wind, wave and tidal power industries has recruited a top civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as its new chief executive.
Major energy U-turn needed to meet Paris targets, government warned
The government has been warned that a major U-turn in energy policy is required if it is to avoid charges of blatant hypocrisy following the commitments it made in the Paris climate deal this weekend.
New circular economy package: The reaction
The European Commission has launched an "ambitious" new circular economy package that it says will boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. But what does the industry think?
New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor
The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.
Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?
A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.
Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry
The EU has warned the Obama administration that a global climate deal at the Paris summit must be legally binding, after the US secretary of state John Kerry said that it "definitively" would not be a treaty.
EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC
Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.
G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims
Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.
CDP Climate Change Report 2015
CDP was set up, almost 15 years ago, to serve investors. A small group of 35 institutions, managing US$4 trillion in assets, wanted to see companies reporting reliable, comprehensive information about climate change risks and opportunities.
New circular economy package takes shape
The European Commission's new circular economy package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, "strong commitments" on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and "major" funding for innovation.
Dieselgate: EU eases car emissions limit in spite of VW scandal
European Member States have this week reached a compromised deal on the introduction of "real-world" emissions tests which would essentially allow vehicles to continue emitting more than twice the agreed pollution limits.
Battle lines forming as EU holds first debate on ETS reform
France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.
Bonn talks: carbon price progress, climate finance failure
Business leaders have welcomed the recognition of carbon pricing within the latest draft text of the climate agreement, but concerns remain over the lack of progress on climate finance from richer nations.
Are fossil fuel companies using IEA reports to talk up demand?
International Energy Agency (IEA) projections that show the world will continue its heavy reliance on fossil fuels deep into this century are uncertain and being used to mislead governments and shareholders, according to a new report.
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.
MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum
The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will hold a public enquiry to assess the effectiveness of European environmental policy in the UK, ahead of the nation's planned in-out EU referendum.
Britain's forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary
Britain's forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country's man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said
Cities reluctant to publish climate risk reports
Thousands of cities signing up to the new Covenant of Mayors today (15 October) will submit reports on their vulnerability to climate change to the European Commission every two years - but are under no obligation to make the information public.
UK failing on renewable heat targets
The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.
BP: Oil unlikely to be fully exploited due to climate concerns
The world's oil resources are unlikely to ever be fully exploited, BP has admitted, due to international concern about climate change.
Britain's blackout warnings 'do not reflect reality'
Headlines warning that the lights will go out thanks to power station closures and the increasing use of renewable energy are 'largely unfounded', a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.
Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?
In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a sector already low on public confidence is left with big questions to answer. But for one Swedish automotive entrepreneur, the crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate the move to all-electric transport.
Environment Agency extends ESOS deadline
Businesses that fail to meet the December deadline to comply with the Government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) may be granted a reprieve until at least the end of January, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed.
Wales recycling rates on the up, England urged to take heed
Rising recycling rates in Wales have prompted calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and develop clearer, more coherent national waste management strategies in order to reach EU targets.
UK energy policy threatening Northern Powerhouse, say trade unions
Yorkshire and the Humber has the opportunity to become Europe's leading low-carbon industrial zone, but punitive Government policy is putting that potential at risk, according to a new report from the national trade union.
Airlines call on governments to 'complement' climate action
Twenty-eight chief executives and aviation association leaders have penned an open letter to global governments urging them to commit to a joint approach to help deliver emissions reductions across the sector.
Government advocates CCS despite Drax dropout
The UK Government has reiterated its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, after energy giant Drax pulled out the UK's flagship project.
ISO 14001 certifications jumped 7% in past year
The number of ISO 14001 certificates issued has grown 7% in the past year, taking the total to more than 324,000 worldwide.
VW chief resigns over emissions scandal
Volkswagen (VW) chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned after a hailstorm of criticism over the carmaker's emissions-rigging scandal.
Al Gore: UK must face up to 'inconvenient truth' with climate strategy
Former US Vice President Al Gore has launched a scathing attack on Britain's floundering energy and climate policy, demanding "actions rather than words" from Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the crucial climate change conference in Paris this December.
North East set for green energy surge with two more CHP plants
Almost £300m is being invested in two new combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland and Durham.
Construction begins on Britain's first 'split-ownership' solar farm
The first UK solar farm to be part-owned by both community and commercial groups is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon.
Utility-scale battery market to hit $8.3bn by 2024
The market for utility-scale battery storage is expected to increase 18-fold by 2024, according to analysis released today by market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
Manufacturers call for policy shift 'from stick to carrot' on green taxes
The UK Government should move away from out-dated green taxes which target businesses and instead offer green tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.
Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year
A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.
Energy-efficient homes undervalued by mortgage lenders
Energy-efficient homes could increase in value if banks and building societies used more accurate estimates of household energy bills in their mortgage calculations, a new report has found.
What went on in Bonn: Climate talks stall ahead of Paris
The UN climate talks in Bonn have been "painstakingly slow" according to some observers, but the final day (Friday) generated some optimism, particularly with regards to funding for poor countries dealing with extreme weather.