Report: Fortune 500 firms showcasing the business case for energy efficiency
Major US businesses are reaping economic benefits from energy-efficiency projects implemented to meet broad sustainability targets, with 190 Fortune 500 companies collectively generating $3.7bn in annual energy savings.
'The scales have tipped': Majority of investors taking action on climate change
The number of the asset owners recognising and acting on the risk of climate change has risen by almost a fifth in the last year, with 60% of the world's biggest investors taking steps to protect their portfolios, a new report has revealed.
Report: Halving global emissions by 2040 achievable if businesses act now
Businesses must act now to halve global emissions by 2040 and "set the stage" for further reductions required in the second half of the century, according to new research from a diverse group of investors, companies and NGOs.
London ranked second for low-emission transport transition
London has been ranked second for cities leading the push to decarbonise its transport sector, making it a "likely candidate" to become the world's first zero-emissions city, according to a new report.
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.
Energy efficiency must be Industrial Strategy priority, engineers say
The engineering industry has today (24 April) called for the Government's Industrial Strategy to prioritise energy efficiency to ensure limited energy costs for businesses.
Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution
The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the industrial revolution on Friday, according to the National Grid.
AkzoNobel launches sustainable cities coalition to manage rapid urbanisation
Dutch paints manufacturer AkzoNobel has brought together an alliance of major businesses, NGOs and government representatives to focus on building sustainable cities and communities across the world.
Learning from LightStay: How Hilton saved £600m through in-house sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: Hilton Worldwide is continuing to achieve significant environmental and financial savings and driving behaviour change across the business through its state-of-the-art bespoke sustainability measurement platform, the hotel chain's energy and environment manager has told edie.
Green Alliance: UK energy system unprepared for EV and solar growth
The UK could suffer from an overloaded grid at peak times unless rapid action is taken to design a smarter power system, a new report from thinktank Green Alliance has found.
Green Investment Bank sold to Macquarie in £2.3bn deal
The UK Government has completed the sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to Australian investment bank Macquarie today (20 April) for a sum of £2.3bn.
Energy UK joins calls to back 'pot one' technologies
Energy UK has called on ministers to support established renewable technologies, like onshore wind and solar, in order to provide a better deal for customers.
What will the 2017 General Election mean for green business?
With the nation set to undergo yet another major political decision after the shock announcement to call a snap election, edie investgates how the outcome of the poll on 8 June could impact sustainability and environmental professionals.
Food manufacturer achieves 'staggering' fuel efficiency savings through new tyres
Ginsters Cornish Pasty brand owner, Samworth Brothers, has significantly enhanced the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet through the use of energy-saving Michelin tyres, according to the findings of a year-long trial.
Calls for low-carbon Industrial Strategy mount as Theresa May seeks snap election
A host of industry bodies have called on the Government's forthcoming Industrial Strategy to support business efforts to embrace renewable technologies, on the same day that Prime Minister Theresa May has made a surprise announcement to call a snap general election in June.
Electric vehicle energy storage provides 'perfect opportunity' for UK
EXCLUSIVE: The UK's expanding low-carbon vehicle market offers the "perfect opportunity" for businesses to export surplus energy to the grid, according to the new head of electric vehicles (EVs) at the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
Reports reiterate value of strong policy signals in clean energy revolution
As new research indicates that the global decarbonisation process can be kick-started by a small group of countries with the right policy incentives, a separate study has found that the UK Government can now deliver 1GW of new onshore wind subsidy-free.
Government pours £6m into University of Sheffield's CCS research centre
The UK Government has funnelled more than £6m into carbon capture and storage (CCS) research, with an additional £1.5m set to be generated from partner institutions to finance collaborative projects.
Oil giant inks carbon capture deal with Norwegian Government
Multinational oil and gas company Total has today (7 April) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Norway's Energy Minister to join one of the world's largest facilities for testing carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Belfast International Airport solar farm savings soar above £100,000
Belfast International Airport has revealed it has achieved more than £100,000 in savings from a £5m off-site solar farm launched ten months ago.
Government awards £24m for district heating projects
The Government has today (7 April) awarded £24m for nine district heat network infrastructure projects across the country to provide households and businesses with clean and efficient heating systems.
UK businesses set to spark smart tech revolution, PwC survey shows
The UK business community is showing a growing interest in smart technology, according to a new survey, which shows that a third of industrial firms intend to invest more than £1m in distributed energy solutions by 2022.
Philippe Joubert: Boards must realise business purpose in Trump era
EXCLUSIVE: Boardroom bosses need to consider the fundamental "purpose of the business" to ensure long-term sustainability, especially in an uncertain international political climate, according to sustainable business expert Philippe Joubert.
Carillion joins UK Green Building Council Innovation Lab
UK construction giant Carillion has become the latest partner of the UK Green Building Council's (UK-GBC) Innovation Lab, which aims to solve systemic challenges in the built environment through collaborative and sustainable innovation.
Business and policy leaders call for low-carbon Industrial Strategy
A number of business and political leaders, including former Business Secretary Vince Cable, have today (5 April) called on the Government to embed low-carbon principles into the new Industrial Strategy, in a report released by the Green Alliance.
Sustainability unleashed: How Pets at Home is delivering huge energy savings
EXCLUSIVE: Retailer Pets at Home has recorded energy savings of 32% across its stores after a "game-changing" LED lighting project was embraced across the entire business, the firm's energy manager has revealed.
Nick Hurd: Political will to reach climate commitments needs business support
A "genuine and irresistible" political momentum to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement needs to be supported at local and business levels to drive new innovations to decarbonise struggling sectors, the UK's Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has claimed.
Veolia to build £10m closed-loop glass recycling facility
Resource management firm Veolia has agreed a deal to construct and operate a state-of-the-art glass cullet processing facility in a closed-loop partnership with a UK wool insulation manufacturer.
Europe's energy giants set to overshoot Paris Agreement 'carbon budget'
Europe's major utilities companies are "locked" into high emission projects, placing €14bn of earnings at risk unless they realign strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a new CDP report has found.
RBS eyes £3m energy savings through employee engagement scheme
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is rolling out a sustainability engagement programme across the UK and Ireland after a successful pilot led to a 5% average electricity reduction and 500,000 disposable cups being correctly recycled.
P272: The new regulation that could prove vital for business energy efficiency
Large businesses are being urged to seize the opportunity of gaining a more detailed and accurate breakdown of their energy consumption as an important new regulation comes into effect on Saturday (1 April).
Norway's climate secretary expects deepened UK energy ties post-Brexit
EXCLUSIVE: The UK can play an "active role" in influencing Europe's climate policy post-Brexit, according to Norway's Climate and Environment Secretary, who believes the low-carbon energy relations between the two countries will be strengthened over the next few years.
Heavy industry to get £100m exemption from low-carbon levy
Energy intensive industries will see their annual bills cut by £100 million under plans to exempt them from the majority of the costs of the contracts for difference (CfD) scheme.
Sustainability megatrends: The unstoppable force of technology and innovation
Continuing edie's series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, techUK's head of environment and compliance Susanne Baker discusses the importance of harnessing green innovations and technological breakthroughs to deliver a cleaner and more efficient world.
Ministers called upon to deliver clarity for low-carbon building sector
A coalition of organisations including Kingfisher and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is calling on the UK Government to publish a bold emissions reduction plan which addresses the policy gap in the low-carbon building sector.
Vast majority of EU countries set to miss Paris Agreement goals, research finds
Only three European countries are on course to achieve the Paris Agreement targets, according to research which ranks the UK in fifth position on its progress towards the landmark climate treaty.
AkzoNobel commits to carbon neutrality by 2050
AkzoNobel has today (27 March) become the first paint and coatings manufacturer to pledge to become carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Aviva chief: It's time to make sustainability a competitive sport
Sustainability should be treated as a competitive sport, driven by public league tables on corporate climate performance to incentivise businesses to strive towards industry climate leadership, Aviva's chief executive has said.
NHS Trust to save £9m with energy efficiency upgrade
Scarborough Hospital's new low-carbon energy centre, which includes a combined heat and power (CHP) unit, is set to deliver savings of more than £9m and almost 32,000 tonnes of carbon reduction.
Businesses will defy Trump in low-carbon transition, say climate experts
A backward-looking Donald Trump administration will fail to deter corporations seeking to shift to low-carbon, sustainable business models, a panel of US climate and green policy experts has concluded.
Scotland grants £10m for low-carbon rural projects
The Scottish Government has today (22 March) announced a £10m fund to support innovative low-carbon energy projects in rural parts of Scotland.
Sustainability megatrends: technological innovations for the earth
Continuing edie's series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, PwC's sustainability and climate Change partner Celine Herweijer explores how green innovations and technological breakthroughs are driving the fourth Industrial Revolution.
Kraft Heinz enhances sustainability goals as part of 'continued growth strategy'
Multinational food and beverage company Kraft Heinz has ramped-up its sustainability efforts with a new range of targets, spearheaded by an aim to reduce emissions by 15% globally by 2020.
Can the UK become a world-leader on decentralised energy post-Brexit?
Britain's imminent departure from the European Union (EU) offers an opportunity to push the nation towards the forefront of an interconnected, decentralised energy system - but only if the Government delivers constructive regulatory support mechanisms.
Hospitality sector profiting from swift energy efficiency paybacks
A benchmarking tool which measures the energy performances of major hospitality businesses including McDonalds, Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero has revealed that energy efficiency schemes deliver much quicker profitability than opening new sites.
ADBA: UK risks missing carbon budgets unless AD is given Government backing
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must revise its policy approach to help companies realise the significant economic and environmental benefits of sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD), the industry's trade association has insisted.
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.
MPs to inspect role of electric vehicles in UK Industrial Strategy
MPs from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee have today (16 March) launched a consultation into the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK's low-carbon transition.
Energy storage set to invigorate the Isles of Scilly
A £10.8m project on the Isles of Scilly will test how electric vehicles (EVs) and domestic batteries can integrate into low-carbon energy systems that reduce electricity costs and promote the use of renewables.
District heating task force launched by industry
A new task force has today (13 March) been launched by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) to deliver a subsidy-free heat network market with strong protections for consumers.
Statoil vows to slash carbon emissions by a fifth
Just one day after it was revealed that eight of the world's largest fossil fuel companies were responsible for pollution levels equal to that of the US, Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil has pledged to reduce its own emissions by three million tonnes by 2030.
Green light for first UK hydro storage project in 30 years
The first grid-scale electricity storage facility to be built in Britain for more than 30 years has been approved by Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary Greg Clark.
EU sees 'strategic advantage' of biofuels in aviation
In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.
'Difficult to see' UK remaining in EU ETS
The UK is unlikely to remain part of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) following Brexit, an academic from the Institute for European Environmental Policy has told edie's sister title Utility Week.
Budget 2017: The green business reaction
Did Philip Hammond pull any big green surprises out of his little red box today? Or were key sustainability issues once again placed on the back-burner in the Chancellor's Spending Review? Here's the full industry reaction, as it comes in...
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.
Carbon Trust forms partnership to reduce climate impact of livestock
The Carbon Trust has struck a deal with World Bank Group member International Finance Corporation (IFC) to enhance productivity and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the livestock supply chain.
Europe's first large-scale battery factory hopes to emulate Tesla's Gigafactory
Former Tesla executives have unveiled plans to build the largest European battery factory in Sweden, with an ultimate aim to rival the expected output of Tesla's US-based Gigafactory by 2024.
Budget 2017 preview: Seven green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's Spring Budget
As Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver his first - and last - Spring Budget on Wednesday (8 March), edie rounds up the key environmental issues that the sustainability community will hope are included in the Government's spending plans.
UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds
A huge decline in coal use saw national carbon emissions in the UK fall by 5.8% in 2016, reaching its lowest recorded levels in almost 100 years, analysts have claimed.
Meet the Energy Manager of the Year - London Metropolitan University's Rachel Ward
Ahead of her appearance at edie Live, London Metropolitan University's sustainability manager Rachel Ward discusses how she has been able to catalyse an on-campus transformation in energy efficiency performance.
Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds
In the build-up to Wednesday's Spring Budget, Friends of the Earth (FoE) is calling for Chancellor Philip Hammond to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme, as a poll shows that almost half of car-owning UK adults would be likely to switch to a cleaner vehicle with Government support.
MPs 'deeply worried' about gaps between UK climate targets and policy delivery
The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has expressed its concern over the gaps between the UK's decarbonisation ambition and current policymaking, on the same day that the Treasury faced criticism from MPs for failing to improve its approach to environmental sustainability.
Land Securities is world's first property firm to have science-based targets approved
The UK's largest listed commercial real estate company has today (2 March) announced the approval of its science-based target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.
Reform of EU carbon trading scheme agreed
An overhaul of the EU's flagship trading scheme for cutting carbon emissions by European industries has been approved by the member states.
Energy efficiency and flexible generation crucial to reach Paris goals, claims UN energy chief
Britain will need to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements, develop more energy interconnections and accelerate the transition to a flexible electricity grid if the country is to fulfil its ongoing climate change commitments, the chief executive of UN Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Rachel Kyte has said.
Report: Business backing for clean technology could deliver a zero-carbon UK
The UK can become entirely self-sufficient for its energy needs if businesses and policymakers can together demonstrate a strengthened support for existing low-carbon technologies, a new report from research organisation Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has claimed.
Biomass 'carbon neutrality' debate continues to divide opinion
Using biomass, specifically energy derived from burning wood, as a crux in the UK's effort to transition towards a low-carbon economy has come under scrutiny again, after the former secretary for energy and climate change and his ex-special advisor clashed over its use.
Green industry pours scorn on House of Lords electricity market paper
A new House of Lords report which finds that Government support for low-carbon technologies has led to rising prices for electricity consumers has been labelled "confused" and "misconceived" by sections of the green community.
edie Live 2017: Speakers and sessions revealed
The show content for edie Live 2017 has been confirmed with more than 100 expert speakers appearing across four seminar theatres for the two-day exhibition in May.
Barclays delivered £21bn for sustainability projects in 2016
Multinational bank Barclays raised £21.1bn in finance for environmental and societal schemes in 2016 as part of a fresh strategy that focuses on enhancing the sustainability of its business model.
Report: Heathrow expansion will create a 'black hole' in future carbon budgets
The UK Government's lack of commentary on how it plans to mitigate the environmental impacts of the third runway expansion at Heathrow Airport could create a "black hole" in future carbon budgets, a new report has warned.
Tim Farron: It's time for a green industrial revolution
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the UK Government to spur a new "industrial revolution" of clean technology to help the country reduce net emissions by 100% by 2050.
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.
What steps must be taken now to achieve the Paris Agreement?
A sustained low-carbon shift in energy production, transportation and land use are some of the most important actions required to keep global governments and businesses on track with the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, NewClimate Institute policy analyst and edie Live speaker Sebastian Sterl has said.
New ACT programme seeks to assess transformative business models
New methodologies to quantify the preparation of companies in the utilities, transport and retail sectors in shifting towards a low-carbon economy look set to be deployed, after year-long pilot projects highlighted the needs of these sectors.
Innovative battery system links solar park to the grid
A pioneering £1m battery storage system in Somerset will transfer power to the local electricity network after linking directly to a nearby 1.5MW solar park.
The Climate Group strengthens leadership team
The Climate Group has today (16 February) bolstered its global leadership team with the double appointment of a new chief executive and a UK board trustee.
London bus routes set to go 100% electric
A full electric operation of two London bus routes will be in place by 2018 thanks to a new partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and a French public transport operator.
National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution
EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.
Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the UK Government to incentivise a diesel scrappage scheme for the public, by offering up to £3,500 to businesses and low-income families to support the uptake of low-emission vehicles.
Renewables reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, research finds
Low-carbon technologies are now reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, according to a new report which states that solar cell technology is likely to have a "major impact" in the near future.
EU must phase out coal by 2030 to meet Paris goals, report claims
The last European coal plant must be closed by 2030 if the continent is to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, a new report from non-profit institute Climate Analytics has stated.
Waitrose showcases 500-mile biomethane truck fleet
Waitrose is operating a new commercial vehicle fleet that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) biomethane fuel in order to lower transport emissions and boost the driving range of its low-carbon freight fleet.
Food and drink sector tastes strong environmental progress
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that its members, which include major brands such as Cadburys, Danone, and Kelloggs, have achieved a collective reduction of 46% in CO2 emissions since 1990, as the group builds on fresh targets for 2025.
Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?
With MPs set to vote on the final amendments of the bill to withdraw the country from the European Union (EU), the debate surrounding the UK's future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has intensified this week with a lively debate in Parliament.
Low-carbon vehicles claim record UK market share
Low-carbon vehicles secured a record share of the UK new car market last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has claimed.
Government thought to be planning diesel scrappage scheme
As German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) faces its first legal action from a German customer over the "dieselgate" scandal, fresh reports suggest the UK Government is considering the national rollout of a diesel scrappage scheme.
Low-carbon boom to stall fossil fuel demand by 2020, say researchers
The demand for coal and oil will peak in 2020 as low-carbon technology prices continue to tumble, a new report which examines the energy sector has claimed.
Innovate UK backs fresh wave of cleantech projects with £15m fund
A new £15m fund from the UK Government will support low-carbon projects such as rapid charging for electric vehicles (EVs), 3D printing and drone technology innovations.
Solar power to put wind in sails of Ben Ainslie Racing
UK-based renewable energy investment firm Low Carbon has today (1 February) unveiled a new project which will help reduce the carbon footprint of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team.
Closed-loop carbon: Where does CO2 fit within a low-carbon economy?
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses need to stop "demonising" carbon and should instead treat it as a valuable raw material that can enhance product specifications and cut key environmental footprints if treated correctly, a sustainability expert has said.
Energy efficiency: What does it take to change behaviours?
Aligning corporate energy reduction targets with individuals' motivations and behaviours can drive significant savings, but is incredibly difficult. Kicking off edie's engagement month of editorial content, we investigate how energy managers can get the rest of their organisation on board with his or her efficiency strategy and effect real change.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye speech: 'Airport expansion a model for sustainable growth'
Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.
Here Comes the Sun: Abbey Road Studios to run on renewable energy
Wind and solar energy is set to power music recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios thanks to a deal struck this week between Universal Music UK and renewable electricity supplier Ecotricity.
BEIS commits £28m to energy innovation
As part of its commitment to reduce industrial energy costs and decarbonise the UK economy, Government has committed £28m to energy innovation projects.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Winners revealed at glittering ceremony
Costa Coffee, Grosvenor, Interface and Royal Mail were among the big winners of edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday evening (25 January).
Big data will drive consumer demand for sustainability, claims ScottishPower Renewables
EXCLUSIVE: The decarbonisation of Britain's energy sector will require greater innovation and consumer engagement levels to ignite an increased demand for low-carbon products, systems and infrastructure - with big data well-equipped to instigate the transformation.
Scotland unveils 50% renewable energy goal for 2030
Scotland's new target to deliver 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 has been hailed as a "landmark moment" in the country's low-carbon transition.
Is the Green Investment Bank sale on the rocks?
The future of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was thrown further into doubt this week, as a rival bidder called for a Government rethink on the prospective sale to Australian bank Macquarie.