We need to put jobs and poverty at the centre of climate action
Discussions around climate change are in need of a new narrative that outlines the opportunities of a low-carbon transition, as renowned environmentalist Jeremy Leggett and Xynteo's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Philip Smith explain.
UKGBC, Willmott Dixon and Mace Group to feature in edie's sustainable built environment webinar
Sustainability experts from Willmott Dixon and Mace Group are set to take part in an one-hour webinar on Wednesday 6 March which will explore the various business drivers, challenges and opportunities facing low-carbon, resource-efficient construction.
UK gas must be 'completely' decarbonised by 2050, says think-tank
Britain must get rid of fossil-based natural gas in the coming three decades if the country is to meet its long-term climate change objectives, according to a report published on Friday (15 February) by a think-tank close to the ruling Conservative party.
Formula E announces battery recycling partnership
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has announced a new partnership to recycle lithium-ion batteries that were used during the first two seasons of the electric racing series.
Global energy demand to decouple from economic growth by 2035, but not quick enough for a 2C world
Global energy demand will decouple from economic growth for the first time by 2035, due to zero-carbon energy sources accounting for more than half of the global power supply - a feat that still puts a 2C-pathway "out of reach".
Addressing the fierce urgency of now: The need to accelerate and celebrate carbon reduction
Reflecting on the presentation of the Carbon Reduction award at edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards last week, EDF Energy's director of energy energy solutions sales Vincent de Rul notes the need to share successes in relation to carbon efficiency.
Nottingham Trent University signs up to JUMP employee engagement initiative
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has become the 11th University to sign up to the JUMP employee engagement initiative, as it attempts to encourage its 4,000 staff members to develop habits that boost sustainability and wellbeing.
Sustainable Business Covered 'Vodcast': LIVE from the Sustainability Leaders Forum (Part Two)
In the second part of a special 'vodcast' edie's content editor, Matt Mace interviews delegates and speakers from day two of the Sustainability Leaders Forum (SLF), including representatives from E.ON, Siemens and the Woodland Trust to discuss what the new era of leadership will look like.
AB InBev trials LNG-fuelled deliveries for UK brewery
The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), is set to trial deliveries in the UK using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reduce harmful emissions.
Swansea tidal lagoon plan revived - without government funding
The backers of a pioneering project to harness energy from the tides off the Welsh coast have rebooted the scheme and believe they can build it without the help of government.
UK's low-carbon economy surpasses £44bn
Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the UK's low-carbon economy has reached record heights, with the sector growing by almost 7% in 2017 to £44.5bn.
Bristol to connect first private housing development to low-carbon heat network
Bristol City Council has unveiled ambitious plans to connect its first evert commercial housing development site to an existing heat network, in a move that will enable developers to use low-carbon heat sources for building while generating income for the council.
Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability
A coalition of investment firms with more than $6.5trn in assets under management have called on six of the world's largest fast food companies to take more ambitious action to tackle the climate and water risks within their supply chains, as a "matter of urgency".
The 10 Year Challenge: How the UK's low-carbon economy has changed
The 10-Year Challenge has swept across social media this month, providing celebrities with ample opportunity to show how little they've aged. However, the UK's low-carbon economy has changed drastically in this time, as edie explains.
Nottingham unveils bid to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city
Nottingham City Council has committed to becoming a 'net-zero carbon' city by 2028, after hitting its 2020 emission reductions goals two years early.
Refinitiv pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business in 2020
Finance giant Refinitiv has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by the end of 2020, as part of a new range of sweeping environmental and social sustainability pledges.
Firmenich's rise and the UK's fall: 5 key trends in CDP's 2019 A-list
CDP has named 140 corporates as leaders in the fight against climate change, water scarcity and deforestation in its new A List rankings for 2019. Here, edie rounds up the key sustainability trends which have shaken up the scores this year.
High-profile businesses ramp up pressure on Scotland to make carbon-neutral pledge
The likes of Coca-Cola, Tesco and Sky have today (14 January) called on the Scottish Parliament to "seize the chance to renew their position as climate leader" by achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050.
Shell teams up with Anesco for UK battery storage project
Oil and gas giant Shell has partnered with UK renewables firm Anesco to deliver a new 1.25MW battery storage project in Norfolk.
Scotland receives green light for large-scale water source heat pump project
Scotland is set to welcome its first large-scale water source heat pump scheme, that will take heat from the river Clyde to provide heat and hot water for a nearby district heating network.
In 2019, businesses will need to embrace sustainability, or risk being left behind
What would you do if you only had 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change? At COP 24 in Poland earlier this year, 200 nations formed plans to collectively tackle this issue, and their message is clear: as nations, we will go beyond our commitments and ambitions from the 2015 Paris Agreement to further reduce emissions and tackle one of the world's greatest challenges.
London Mayor unveils van scrappage scheme for small businesses
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today (18 December) unveiled plans for a new £23m van scrappage scheme, aimed at helping small business owners switch from old diesel vehicles to low-carbon alternatives.
Government to fund network of 'smart' domestic EV chargers
The UK Government has this week launched a new mandate requiring all domestic electric vehicle (EV) chargers supported by its EV Homecharge Scheme to include "smart" technologies such as remote charging and demand-response capabilities.
Nations agree on Paris Agreement rulebook, fail on climate ambition
Three years and three days after the Paris Agreement was adopted, the 197 signatory countries gathered in Katowice, Poland, agreed Saturday (15 December) on a rulebook for its implementation but failed to raise their ambition to keep global warming "well below 2°C".
Daimler and Hyundai bolster low-carbon vehicle investments
Car giant Daimler has confirmed it will purchase more than £18bn worth of electric vehicle (EV) battery cells by 2030, in the same week that Hyundai pledged to spend £5.3bn on developing hydrogen-powered systems for cars, drones and ships.
Large-scale solar costs expected to fall below £40/MWh by 2030
The cost of large-scale solar generation is expected to fall below £40/MWh by 2030, according to the latest assessment by the Solar Trade Association (STA).
BT and E.ON among new EV100 members
The likes of BT and E.ON have signed up to The Climate Group's EV100 programme which aims to make electric transport "the new normal" by 2030.
Available on demand: edie's 'Preparing to lead' sustainable business power hour webinar
Sustainability professionals seeking advice and insight on how to hit the ground running in 2019 to transform their approach to CSR and increase actions and ambitions can now watch a free edie webinar, featuring speakers from Ball Corporation, Canary Wharf Group and PwC.
10 years on from the Climate Change Act, how far have we come?
The first line of the Climate Change Act passed in 2008 reads "it is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the baseline".
HSBC: Businesses turning the screw on supply chain sustainability
A third of global businesses are looking to improve the sustainability of their supply chains over the next three years, according to an extensive new survey from HSBC.
Palm oil bans, sustainable fashion and edie's 30 Under 30: The top sustainability stories of November 2018
As November comes to a close and we begin to think about putting up our Christmas trees and wrapping our presents, edie rounds up some of the best-read sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from the past 30 days - from Iceland's now-infamous popular palm oil advert to the launch of our exclusive new networking group for young sustainability professionals.
Potato-based 'wood' and contactless coffee cups: The best green innovations of the week
A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.
Canary Wharf Group, Ball and PwC complete speaker line up for edie's sustainability leadership webinar
Sustainability experts from manufacturing firm Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, property giant Canary Wharf Group and professional services firm PwC will appear on a free sustainability leadership webinar, taking place next week.
How does the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures impact the SDGs?
The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, or TCFD, is all about climate change. Or is it? Carolina Karlstrom, independent action researcher and sustainability expert, takes a closer look at the financial disclosure initiative and identifies how its impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is wider than you might think.
UN: World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change
Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional measures as a matter of urgency.
Drax seeks 'negative emissions' with biomass and CCS trial
Drax has kicked off a six-month pilot scheme to trial carbon capture and storage (CCS) on one of the now four biomass units at its power station in Yorkshire.
Interface, Unilever and Coca-Cola among business leaders calling for UK net-zero emissions target
The chief executives of major UK-based companies including Interface, Coca-Cola European Partners and Unilever have called for Prime Minister Theresa May to set legally binding targets that ensure the UK reaches net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Climate-heating greenhouse gases at record levels, says UN
The main greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change have all reached record levels, the UN's meteorology experts have reported.
Volume-based renewable auctions needed to meet emissions targets
Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions must be reformed to fill a looming hole in the UK's carbon budgets, Cornwall Insight has argued in a new report.
UK energy revolution risks creating a 'two-tier' economy
The UK's transition to a low-carbon economy is masking stark regional divides, according to new research, with regions such as the North of England and East Midlands being left behind.
The challenges have been set, now business must rise to them
In the food business, Mission Possible should really be 'Mission Necessary'. We'll have to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050. And we'll have to do so without destroying the natural resources on which food production depends.
District heat networks could reduce cost of UK's low-carbon transition by £3bn
The installation of district heat networks could reduce the capital cost of the UK's heat networks by up to 40%, new research from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has concluded.
World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA
The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals, the global energy watchdog has warned.
Drax facing legal action over plans for large-scale gas turbine project
Power company Drax is facing legal action over plans to open a four-turbine gas generation facility at its Selby power plant in Yorkshire, with environmental law firm ClientEarth claiming that the project breaches the Government's planning and climate change policies.
Report: Oil and gas industry failing to invest in low-carbon projects
Global oil and gas firms have collectively invested just 1.3% of their combined capital expenditure (CAPEX) into low-carbon technologies and projects since the start of 2018, new research from CDP has concluded.
Nikola Motor showcases autonomous hydrogen-powered lorry for European market
Low-emission truck manufacturer, and ongoing rival to Tesla, Nikola Motor Company has unveiled a new autonomous, hydrogen-powered lorry that is set to roll out across Europe by 2023.
WATCH: BEIS director outlines vision for a zero-carbon built environment
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Director of energy efficiency Ben Golding has outlined the "win-wins" that can be generated by businesses and public sector organisation by mobilising action towards a zero-carbon built environment by 2050.
UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time
The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.
Global economic growth threatening climate change progress, report warns
The expansion in the global economy is undermining the world's efforts to achieve the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement, a new report from global consultancy Capgemini has warned.
Researchers: CCS key for zero-emission cement
The construction sector can cut polluting emissions up to 80% by applying efficiency measures along the whole value chain, according to new research. If combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, emissions could even be brought down to zero by 2050, they argue.
EDF Energy to install 1,500 V2G chargers across UK
EDF Energy will deploy up to 1,500 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) chargers across the UK which will help businesses generate revenue from electric vehicles (EVs) through energy storage and flexibility.
Top European firms warned over lobbying against stronger climate policy
A group of investors worth $2trn has urged 55 major European businesses to review their relationships with organisations with lobbying practices "inconsistent" with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
From Green GB Week to baffling Budgets: There's still much to be done on sustainability
A lot can change in a fortnight. The UK's first Green GB Week highlighted the benefits of clean growth on an unprecedented level. But after this year's budget proved to be a mixed bag for the green economy, inspiration needs to convert into ongoing action if we are to bring about meaningful change.
Scottish Government launches 'cashback' scheme to help SMEs bolster energy efficiency
The Scottish Government has partnered with Zero Waste Scotland to launch a "cashback" scheme which offers interest-free loans to small businesses that install energy efficiency measures.
Thinking of going circular? Start with your energy
Businesses are increasingly looking to move away from linear to circular models in their operations and supply chain as we strive to reach our Paris 2050 goals, but where does energy fit in this picture and how can it help businesses be sustainably profitable and profit sustainably?
Abundance Investment targets new shareholders to accelerate green project financing
Peer-to-peer finance platform Abundance Investment looks set to accelerate demand for environmental and social projects across the UK, by increasing its number of small shareholders 10-fold.
EDF announces low-carbon vehicle partnership with Nissan
Big six company EDF Energy has announced a partnership with Nissan to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and energy generation and storage solutions.
Green GB Week: a UK policy wishlist to drive clean growth action
With the Government launching the nation's first-ever Green GB Week last week, dozens of sustainability experts met throughout the week to discuss the nation's clean growth agenda. Here, edie rounds up ten of their top green policy recommendations for the Government to place the UK on the road to a low-carbon economy.
A blueprint for business leadership: edie launches sustainable mobility report
edie has today (22 October) launched a brand-new insight report which explores how UK businesses can take the lead on accelerating the transition to more sustainable forms of mobility.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019: Shortlist revealed...
After a record-breaking year of entries, the judges have convened, decisions have been made and edie is proud to unveil the well-deserved finalists for the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Drum roll, please...
Universities pledge to slash emissions in bid to lead UK's low-carbon transition
The Vice Chancellors of five UK universities have signed the Government's Emissions Reduction Pledge in a bid to help accelerate the nation's transition towards a net-zero carbon economy.
Zipcar's new London EV fleet clocks up 20,000 trips in three months
Car-sharing firm Zipcar has revealed that its customers have made more than 20,000 trips in its new London-based fleet of electric vehicles (EVs), three months after the fleet was launched.
PwC pledges to offset air travel emissions and source 100% renewable electricity
Professional services giant PwC has this week pledged to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations and to offset all emissions accounted for by flights taken by employees for business purposes.
Global investors call on pension funds to address climate-related risks
A group of 161 investment firms with more than €21trn in collective assets under management have called on pension fund managers to factor climate-related risks into their planning processes.
John Lewis and Waitrose pledge to power entire delivery fleet with bio-methane by 2028
EXCLUSIVE: The John Lewis Partnership, which operates the John Lewis and Waitrose retailers, will convert its 500-strong fleet of diesel delivery trucks to be powered by bio-methane by 2028, as part of a new commitment published on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall today (16 October).
Energy storage needs £6bn UK investment by 2030 to keep pace with renewables, research finds
More than £6bn will need to be invested in the UK's energy storage market by 2030 if the nation is to decarbonise at the rate necessary to meet legally-binding carbon targets.
The Industrial Strategy roundtable: What impact is it having on manufacturing sustainability?
Sustainability and energy managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to discuss the impact the Government's Industrial Strategy is having on manufacturing sustainability.
Britvic switches to 100% renewable electricity
Britvic has announced that every UK manufacturing site will be powered by 100% renewable electricity from October 2018.
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.
Webinar available on demand: Making net-zero the new normal in the built environment
Representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy discussed how businesses can make 'net-zero' buildings the new normal in a recent edie webinar, which is now available to watch on demand.
Labour commits to 2050 net-zero emissions target, Corbyn vows green jobs 'revolution'
Labour has committed itself to a net-zero target of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, as Jeremy Corbyn vows to "kickstart a green jobs revolution" in the UK.
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.
edie partners with BEIS to drive climate action through Green GB Week
EXCLUSIVE: edie has agreed a new partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to encourage businesses to seize the opportunities of sustainability and clean growth during Green GB Week (15-19 October 2018).
Interface unveils goal of becoming carbon negative by 2040
Modular flooring firm Interface has set a new target of becoming carbon negative by 2040, building on a 2020 ambition of having “no negative environmental impact”.
One week left to register for edie's green buildings webinar
Sustainability and energy representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on green buildings, taking place 27 September.
Combined heat and power (CHP): edie launches free business guide
Organisations looking to install combined heat & power (CHP) systems on their site now have access to an updated business guide which breaks down all of the key information required to implement the technology.
Global Climate Action Summit: Lack of government climate ambition balanced by non-state action
San Francisco's Global Climate Action Summit ended on 14 September with non-state actors sending a call to action to governments ahead of the crucial COP24 in December, while highlighting their pivotal role in reducing emissions and reaching climate targets.
Ikea to use EVs for last-mile home deliveries in five cities by 2020
Ikea has pledged to only use electric vehicles (EVs) for all its last-mile home deliveries in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020, after announcing a 2025 target of using zero-emission vehicles to make all of its last-mile deliveries worldwide last year.
ING to align £450bn investment portfolio with Paris Agreement goals
ING has revealed that it will work with the companies covered by its £456m ($600bn) green investment portfolio to help align their respective sustainability strategies with the aims of the Paris Agreement.
The North Face expands 'Climate Beneficial' clothing line
Outdoor clothing brand The North Face has expanded its line of carbon "net-negative" products to include scarves and jackets, after successfully designing a "Climate Beneficial" wool beanie earlier this year.
Science-based targets driving corporate climate commitments to new heights
More than 130 corporates have committed to set science-based emissions reduction targets in line with the 2C trajectory outlined in the Paris Agreement this year, covering one-eighth of total market capitalisation.
Virgin Atlantic to showcase low-carbon 'recycled' jet fuel next month
Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will use an innovative low-carbon jet fuel made from recycled waste gases to power one of its London to Florida flights in October.
Golden solar 'sandwiches' and flying electric taxis: The best green innovations of the week
A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.
Hundreds of global investors commit to bolster climate strategies
A coalition of almost 400 investors with $23trn in collective assets has pledged to step up its climate action plans in a bid to help the global finance sector meet the aims of the Paris Agreement.
Scotland flicks switch on country's largest battery
Scotland's first utility-scale battery facility has opened this week, a move which experts hope will help pave the way for an energy storage boom in the UK.
Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target - report
Tree-planting, restoring wetlands and using chemicals to take carbon dioxide from the air will all be needed to reduce the UK's greenhouse gases in line with government plans, scientists have said.
Fresh warnings over lack of climate action across finance sector
The reinsurance and pension fund sectors are failing to progress the finance sector towards key climate goals by continuing to invest in coal projects over low-carbon alternatives, two reports have claimed.
City of London Corporation invests £2m in UK's Green Finance Institute
The City of London Corporation has pledged to invest £2m in the UK's new Green Finance Institute once the new body launches next year.
Report: Fossil fuel demand to peak in the 2020s due to clean energy growth
The global transition to clean energy and low-carbon technologies is set to be much quicker than previously expected, with worldwide demand for fossil fuels set to peak in the 2020s.
Business leaders call for post-Brexit vehicle emissions roadmap
A coalition of leaders from business, politics and civil society have today (11 September) called for "much greater clarity" on how vehicle emissions will be reduced post-Brexit, on the same day that the UK Government is hosting the world’s first zero emission vehicles summit in Birmingham.
Gamification delivers more than 200,000 sustainable actions for UK universities
EXCLUSIVE: More than 200,000 positive actions have been recorded over the last academic year by the JUMP employee engagement project which encourages university staff to carry out behaviours that boost sustainability.
Companies call for net-zero emissions by 2050 to help transition to low-carbon economy
Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit on 12-14 September, Cambridge-based Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group has called for a worldwide government-mandated net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 to help speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy.
'New growth story': Report identifies $26trn climate action opportunity
Businesses and governments could deliver economic growth worth at least $26trn by 2030 through strong action on climate change.
UK's largest fleet operators pledge to electrify portfolios by 2028
Tesco and Network Rail are among a group of 16 major businesses and organisations that have today (6 September) committed to replace their van fleets with electric vehicles (EVs) by 2028.
Scottish clean energy projects to get increased investment
Clean energy has been promised a share of an extra £1.5 billion per annum pledged by Nicola Sturgeon for infrastructure in Scotland.
Coventry unveils Go Electric Taxi scheme
Coventry City Council has launched what it claims is the UK's "most comprehensive" scheme for incentivising taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).
Veolia to trial electric bin lorries powered by energy-from-waste
Waste management firm Veolia’s vehicle fleet is set to include two fully-electric bin lorries, which will be charged with power derived from waste collected by the company.
Report: Smart technology could reduce annual cost of decarbonising homes by £6.9bn
Smart technologies which improve household energy flexibility have the potential to cut the annual cost of decarbonising Britain's housing stock by almost £7bn, according to a new joint report from Imperial College London (ICL) and OVO Energy.
DVSA begins national crackdown on lorry emissions cheat devices
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiners will begin routinely checking the lorries they stop at the roadside for emissions gaming devices in a bid to combat air pollution.
Business giants urge UK, EU to continue energy and climate cooperation after Brexit
A top-level business alliance has called on UK and EU leaders to ensure Brexit includes a comprehensive Climate and Energy Chapter, amid worries about the UK's commitment to international climate policies after the country leaves the European Union.