The Low Carbon Economy – From Stick to Carrot
Britain is at risk of missing a huge opportunity. Policymakers must stop hitting firms with the big stick of ever-higher carbon taxes and levies, eroding their global competitiveness. Instead, they should be offering carrots, incentives to install energy saving equipment, invest in unexplored low-carbon technologies ahead of the curve, and become leaders in the low-carbon markets that must inevitably boom over the next couple of decades if governments around the world are to meet their climate change targets.
Gatwick Airport launches incentivised ride-sharing scheme for staff
Gatwick Airport has launched an incentivised ride-sharing scheme for staff, allowing employees to track the emissions they reduce by carpooling and rewarding those who share journeys most often.
Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project to assist drinks sector
Energy group Drax has announced that it is in talks with the British Beer & Pub Association to explore whether the CO2 captured during its bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project could be used to tackle CO2 shortages in the beverage industry.
Bournemouth University turns to gamification to cut emissions and plastics use
Bournemouth University has revealed an employee engagement scheme has enabled it to avoid more than 500kg of disposable coffee cup waste and reduce its carbon emissions by more than 400 tonnes over an eight-month period.
Walmart reduced supply chain emissions by 20 million tonnes last year
The world's largest retailer has revealed that its suppliers collectively reduced their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 20 million tonnes in 2017, as the company pushes towards a target to cut supply chain emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030.
Aldi on track to be carbon-neutral by 2019
Discount supermarket chain Aldi has today (August 9) announced it is on track to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations in the UK and Ireland by the end of next year, following a string of multi-million-pound investments in renewable energy arrays and energy efficiency measures.
How ING is avoiding greenwash in the new green finance era
EXCLUSIVE: ING's global head of sustainable finance Leonie Schreve believes that stronger internal relations between the finance and sustainability departments within businesses will create more access to green loans and bonds to assist the low-carbon transition.
Upgrade home electricity supply systems to unlock low-carbon technologies, says REA
The single "phase" electricity supply system, which has been the norm in UK homes since before the Second World War, should be scrapped for new homes, a report has urged.
Why the University of London is crowdsourcing a zero-carbon target
EXCLUSIVE: The University of London is working on a full environmental strategy that will enable the campus to reach zero carbon emissions by 2036. To get there, it has called on leading universities to deliver a range of ideas and technologies as part of a "crowdsourcing" event.
Levi Strauss commits to 100% renewables and science-based targets
After receiving the stamp of approval from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) for its carbon reduction aims, fashion brand Levi Strauss has unveiled a revamped sustainability strategy that will see the company commit to sourcing 100% renewable power for its operations by 2025.
Government and transport industry launch £20m fund for low-carbon innovations
The UK Government and Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) have announced that the next phase of their joint £1bn investment aimed at spurring the development of low-carbon vehicle technologies will open next week.
Forest Green Rovers certified as world's first carbon-neutral football club
English Football League Two side Forest Green Rovers has become the world's first football club to achieve carbon-neutral certification from the United Nations (UN), after switching to renewable energy and sourcing vegan food for fans, players and staff.
edie at 20: How did sustainability become so business-critical?
edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand is an ideal opportunity to remind ourselves of the past two decades of corporate sustainability, which have seen it evolve from an environmental add-on to a fundamental aspect of growth.
Waitrose spearheads low-emission gas refuelling trials
Waitrose is to take part in a year-long trial examining how compressed natural gas (CNG) can help reduce road transport emissions, utilising a new renewable biomethane refuelling station in Northampton to ensure supply of the low-carbon fuel.
Wind power drives UK renewables to 30% share of electricity mix
Almost 30% of the UK's electricity in 2017 was generated from renewables, nearly a 5% increase on the previous year, as increased solar and wind installations continue to decarbonise the UK's energy and electricity mix.
First batteries installed for Isles of Scilly smart storage project
A £10.8m smart energy project testing how solar power, smart heating and electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to improve the energy system on the Isles of Scilly had its first set of storage batteries installed on Tuesday (24 July).
Capital goods sector primed to capitalise on low-carbon transition, says CDP
The capital goods sector is on the "verge of a low-carbon industrial revolution" with numerous high-profile companies urged to turn to microgrids, energy storage and hybrid renewables to lower emissions and capture new economic opportunities, a new report has found.
Mastercard has ‘bold’ science-based target approved
Mastercard has become the first payments industry firm to gain approval for science-based targets, as the company aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2025.
What's the business case for climate science?
Let's be honest, the transition to a low carbon economy is going to require some difficult and far-reaching change from most companies and sectors. But emerging leadership from the corporate world is showing that remodelling business strategies around climate science is already driving innovation, growth and other business benefits.
Zipcar unveils 2025 London EV car sharing vision
Zipcar UK has outlined its target to get 800,000 Londoners actively using 9,000 zero-emissions, shared cars in the capital by 2025.
Stepping up the global energy transformation: Why Mars Australia commits to 100% renewable electricity
Major brands like ours have an opportunity to lead in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future. A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that businesses are stepping up their use, procurement and investment in renewable electricity. While this is good news, only 17% of us have a specific target for renewable electricity and a mere 134 have committed to 100% renewable electricity use.
UPS to bolster London charging infrastructure with old electric vehicle batteries
EXCLUSIVE: UPS's sustainable development co-ordinator, Claire Thompson-Sage, has revealed that the logistics giant will incorporate batteries from its end-of-life electric vehicles (EVs) into its storage and charging network next year as it strives to create its first fully-electric fleet of delivery vans.
London, New York and Paris to spearhead new electric vehicle accelerator
The Climate Group and C40 Cities have launched a new initiative to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles (EV), with cities including London, New York and Paris all agreeing to support the new programme.
Cool down nuclear plan because renewables are better bet, says NIC
Government advisers have told ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C in the next few years, because renewable energy sources could prove a safer investment.
Majority of products to be low-carbon within a decade, say firms with science-based targets
The majority of executives at global corporations which are leading the transition to a low-carbon economy believe most of their company’s branded products or services will be classed as low-carbon by 2028, new research has revealed.
Road to Zero: Green economy reacts as Government unveils EV strategy
While the Government's much-awaited Road to Zero strategy has been hailed by some members of the green economy as a "positive first step" towards the 2040 phase-out of diesel and petrol vehicles, critics have voiced disappointment that it did not commit to bringing the ban forward.
London Mayor launches £500m energy efficiency fund for businesses
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today (July 9) launched a £500m fund to help SMEs, universities and public-sector organisations across the capital install energy efficiency measures in their buildings as part of his bid for London to become a "zero-carbon" city by 2050.
UK’s climate fund to support developing nations reaches £4bn
The UK has mobilised more than £4bn in public and private funding towards tackling climate-related challenges in developing countries since 2011, reducing or avoiding more than 10 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a result, according to new Government figures.
World Cup 2018 sustainability quiz: are you our tournament winner?
Which footballing superstar is also a champion for the global CSR agenda? How many tonnes of CO2 will be emitted during the World Cup? And who are the sustainability bad boys of the tournament? Test your knowledge in edie's Fifa World Cup 2018 sustainability quiz...
Report: UK set to 'dramatically' miss 2030 energy efficiency targets for homes
The UK will not meet its 2030 goals to boost energy efficiency in its housing stock until the end of the century, new research from think tank IPPR has concluded.
Government must embed SDGs into Brexit strategy, report urges
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be placed at the heart of the UK's Brexit strategy, according to a new report stating that government policy is performing inadequately across three-quarters of the targets listed under goals.
Available on demand: edie’s webinar on electric vehicles
Individuals and organisations looking to reap the maximum benefits from the electric vehicle transition are encouraged to tune into a free webinar today (4 July), featuring expert insight from UPS, the Cross River Partnership and UK Power Network Services.
London Mayor extends group-buying solar scheme
Sadiq Khan has expanded a scheme for London residents and businesses to buy high-quality solar panels after a first phase saw nearly 4,000 registrations.
Report: NHS could save £130m by updating energy systems
The NHS could save at least £130m every year by updating old energy systems with battery storage, onsite low-carbon generation and energy efficiency measures.
BP takes over UK's largest public EV charging company
BP has announced that it has purchased the UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Chargemaster, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the growth of battery-powered cars.
On the Mission Possible sofa with Riversimple's Hugo Spowers and LowCVP's Jonathan Murray
The sixth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership's (LowCVP) policy and operations director Jonathan Murray joined by Riversimple's founder Hugo Spowers to discuss the transition to low-carbon vehicles.
Cargill launches innovation competition to cut shipping sector emissions
Food and agricultural company Cargill has called on businesses to innovate, develop and scale new technologies with the potential to reduce the shipping sector's gross CO2 emissions by 10%.
JLL aiming for science-based target by 2020
Real estate giant JLL has announced that it surpassed all three of its current carbon emissions reduction targets last year, putting it on track to set a science-based target within the next two years.
Government says no to Swansea tidal lagoon
The government will not back plans for Swansea's pioneering tidal lagoon power plant based on figures showing that nuclear and offshore wind can generate the same amount of electricity at a third of the cost.
UPS adds more than 700 natural gas vehicles to delivery fleet
Delivery firm UPS has ordered 730 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles as part of a wider bid to replace 40% of its ground fleet fuel with sources other than conventional petrol and diesel by 2020.
United Utilities unveils 10-year green fleet plan
Water company United Utilities has announced plans to switch its entire fleet to go green within the next decade.
On the Mission Possible sofa with Victoria Burrows, Martin Gettings & Dorothy Maxwell
The fifth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees World Green Building Council's project manager of Advancing Net Zero Victoria Burrows joined by Canary Wharf Group's head of sustainability Martin Gettings and House of Fraser's head of sustainability Dorothy Maxwell to discuss the built environment.
Five of the best: Faraday Battery Challenge grant winners
With the Government announcing £22m of funding for a host of "world-leading" battery storage projects, edie takes a look at five of the winning programmes that could accelerate the UK's burgeoning low-carbon economy.
Ikea gets stamp of approval for 80% science-based emissions target
The Ikea Group has had its target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its stores and operations by 80% by 2030 approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
How sustainable is the FIFA 2018 World Cup?
With the first match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup set to kick-off today (14 June), edie takes a look at whether the event lines up with the global low-carbon transition.
Legal and General divests from climate change 'laggards'
Insurance giant Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM) has committed to divest from a host of companies it believes are showing "persistent inaction" on addressing climate risks, removing the firms from its Future World Fund.
Battery-stored solar powers Kingfisher's first 'net-zero' energy store
Home improvement retail giant Kingfisher has unveiled its first UK net-zero energy store, which brings together solar panels, battery storage and air source heat pumps to power operations.
Businesses, NGOs make joint plea for higher EU ambition on climate change
A unique coalition of businesses and investors representing over €21 trillion in assets have joined forces with local authorities and civil society groups to urge EU leaders to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy in order to keep global warming below 2°C.
Driving towards an all-electric future
The EV transition is gathering pace, and the question has turned from if to when uptake will reach a tipping point - current industry studies suggest that this is likely to occur between 2025 and 2035.
World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury
The world's first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) facility opened in Bury on Tuesday (5 June) in a move that could stimulate the market for long-duration energy storage technologies.
On the Mission Possible sofa with E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis
The third episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees E.ON's chief executive Michael Lewis discuss what energy innovation can do to unlock future sustainability opportunities.
Electrifying your fleet roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities
Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in Oxford for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UK Power Networks Services, to explore how challenges can be turned into opportunities when it comes to fleet electrification.
EU tables ground-breaking 'low-carbon benchmark' for green finance
The European Commission presented on Thursday (24 May) a set of proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing.
The danger of being positive
Positive things are being reported in the world of sustainability but is this a "false dawn" and we may prematurely assume success is inevitable and thereby prevent it.
UK insurers lead the ranks for climate action
UK insurance companies Aviva and Legal & General have taken two of the top four spots in a ranking of global insurers on their climate strategies, but globally the sector is struggling to set climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement.
Decarbonising UK's heating system could cost £450 billion
The cumulative additional cost of decarbonising the UK's heating system by 2050 could be as high as £450 billion, research for the government's infrastructure advisory body has concluded.
Drax launches Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project
Energy group Drax has announced today (21 May) that it will lead the first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in Europe during a trial of new technology at its north Yorkshire power station.
MPs decry 'worrying collapse' of clean investment
MPs have called on the Government to secure low-carbon energy investment after a "dramatic and worrying collapse" since 2015.
Environmental goods sector outstrips rest of UK economy
The UK's environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) grew almost four times faster than the wider economy between 2010-2015, the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have revealed.
Sustainability 'imagineered': The Disney-led resort powered by geothermal energy
edie's senior reporter Matt Mace travels to the outskirts of Paris to uncover how Villages Nature Paris tapped into geothermal energy to deliver on a holistic 10-step sustainability framework.
Apple partners with mining firms on zero-carbon aluminium smelting
Technology giant Apple has announced a new partnership with industrial firms Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminium to accelerate commercialisation of new technology that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process of aluminium.
Heathrow to host 200-strong electric Jaguar I-Pace fleet
Heathrow has signed a deal that will see 200 Jaguar all-electric I-Pace vehicles made available to passengers travelling to and from the Airport.
Sustainability leadership, in action: edie's Mission Possible webinar available on demand
Sustainability figureheads from home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group will discuss how they are scaling-up effort and innovation to achieve their 'Mission Possible' in edie's next live webinar, taking place tomorrow (3 May).
How the SDGs and stakeholder engagement can hold the key to sustainability leadership
EXCLUSIVE: Building strong relationships with stakeholders and aligning targets with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are some of the most effective ways of embedding sustainability into core business models, an expert panel of speakers has concluded.
Barclays unveils dedicated Green Trade Loan
Barclays has launched a new loans product to help businesses meet working capital needs related to green projects.
Energy blockchains, plastic pledges and coffee cup bans: Top 10 sustainability stories of April 2018
It was a month of supply chain exploration, coffee cup recycling commitments and business-led climate advocacy. Take a look back at April's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.
Ørsted lines up first major UK battery storage project
Energy firm Ørsted has announced its first venture into large-scale energy storage systems, after announcing plans to build and operate a 20MW battery storage project near Liverpool.
Whitbread sets science-based target to halve emissions intensity
The UK's largest hospitality company Whitbread, has pledged to halve emissions in the next seven years as part of an "industry-leading" science-based target.
Sainsbury's trials UK's first e-bike grocery delivery service
Sainsbury's has become the first UK supermarket to integrate electric cargo bikes into its delivery service, with the company set to trial five zero-emission bikes across South London.
Open cast coal mine rejection faces High Court challenge
The government's rejection of plans for a new open cast coal mine faces a High Court challenge amidst accusations by the project's backers that the move will push up energy prices by increasing the UK's reliance on risky overseas supplies of the fuel.
OVO launches domestic V2G electric vehicle charger
Customers of Ovo Energy who own electric vehicles (EVs) "will never need to pay for a mile of driving again," following the launch of a new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology by the supplier.
BP's low-carbon strategy comes under fire
BP's new sustainability strategy to level-out increases to emissions during a period of business growth has been labelled as "too small" an effort to reduce the company's exposure to climate risk.
More than 100 corporates have science-based targets approved
L'Oréal and Electrolux are among the latest businesses to have their emission reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Accelerating the shift: New edie report explores low-carbon vehicle game-changers
With Britain's electric vehicle (EV) revolution continuing to gather pace, edie has today (18 April) launched a new insight report which investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving green mobility.
London startup performs UK's first blockchain energy trade
A London-based firm has conducted the UK's first physical blockchain energy trade, which has enabled housing estate residents to benefit from renewable energy sources.
Intelligent highways and underground bins: 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.
Just Eat rolls out discounts on low-carbon deliveries for restaurant partners
Just Eat are rolling out discounts on low-carbon vehicles and renewable energy contracts to encourage its 28,500 restaurant partners to lower emissions across the UK.
BP and Google set to embrace battery boon
Major oil firm BP will work with Tesla to run a battery storage pilot at one of its windfarm projects in South Dakota, while Google has revealed it is "investigating" battery projects for later this year.
Climate change mitigation should be viewed as business opportunity, says London Stock Exchange
Businesses and investors should focus more on measuring and reporting the positive impacts of sustainability efforts rather than purely analysing the risks posed by climate change, according to the sustainability manager of the London Stock Exchange Group.
Making the smart-grid transition: edie launches free guide for businesses
Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits offered by smart grid technologies and solutions now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about making the smart grid transition.
edie Live 2018: Show programme complete as plastics and SDGs take centre stage
The show content for edie's annual exhibition has been confirmed, with plastics waste, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy storage and employee engagement among the hot topics that will be debated across four theatres at the two-day show in May.
Northumbrian Water goes 100% renewable through green deal with Orsted
Northumbrian Water will power all 1,858 of its sites using renewable electricity for the next four years after signing a deal with Danish energy supplier Orsted.
Barclays offers green homes mortgage on select new builds
Barclays has launched a Green Home Mortgage scheme, offering homebuyers preferential interest rates and savings of more than £1,300 on energy-efficient new build houses.
edie readers: take the 'Mission Possible' sustainability survey
Sustainability, energy and environment professionals and experts have just one week left to take part in a short survey which will help inform a major new report investigating business progress towards a sustainable future.
Business leaders call for net-zero carbon standards for buildings by 2030
More than 50 business leaders from some of the UK's largest construction and property firms have called on ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to net-zero carbon standards by 2030.
Shell opens first-of-its-kind hydrogen refuelling station
Shell has unveiled a new hydrogen refuelling station at one of the UK's busiest service stations, in the same week as the Government delivered multi-million-pound funding for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Leeds cuts ribbon on 'revolutionary' £35m heat network
One of the UK's largest heat networks has been officially launched by Leeds City Council, in a development which will deliver low-carbon heat and water to thousands of homes and businesses.
NatWest delivers £3.5bn low-carbon lending in three years
Banking giant NatWest has pledged to deliver of £10bn lending to UK renewable energy and energy efficiency projects by 2020, having provided £3.5bn over the past three years.
London ranked as global leader in green finance movement
London has been ranked as the best financial hub in the world for green financing offerings, with a new report predicting that the market for green offers will grow "substantially in size and quality".
Equinor: Statoil to change name in recognition of energy transition
Norwegian energy giant Statoil is proposing a name change to stakeholders, in recognition of the company's diverse energy strategy that aims to increase investments into renewables and new energy solutions.
Report: Political clarity key to unlocking 'enormous' UK green investment opportunities
The UK can "reap enormous opportunities" by strengthening private financial investment into green infrastructure and projects, with a new Aldersgate Group report noting the "urgent" need for political clarity to unlock more revenue streams.
False emissions ratings cost UK more than £2bn a year - report
False emissions ratings for cars based on lab tests have cost the UK more than £2bn a year in lost tax revenue, according to the Green party.
Energy resilience roundtable: Paving the path to a clean energy future
Energy management experts from some of the world's biggest manufacturers and retailers recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy resilience.
The path to public-sector sustainability is paved with good intentions
As part of edie's latest sector insight report, the Carbon Trust's managing director for programmes and cities Richard Rugg charts the progress being made across the sector towards a sustainable future.
Greater Manchester launches £15m infrastructure renewables fund
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has created a new £15m loan fund for property developers and infrastructure providers to increase uptake of renewable energy use on development projects.
Mondi Group sets science-based targets through WWF's Climate Savers
Global packaging firm Mondi Group has set new science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions across the company's operations and indirect activities, after signing up to the WWF's Climate Savers initiative for low-carbon business aspirations.
In Practice: The UK's Northern hydrogen heating grid trial
In a UK first, a pioneering new green gas trial is being demonstrated at Keele University that aims to inject zero-carbon hydrogen into the natural gas network.
Apple moves towards greener supply chain with zero-waste and clean energy milestones
Apple has made progress in its ongoing effort towards a greener supply chain, with big achievements over the past year in key areas such as waste and low-carbon energy procurement.
Why cities are switching to renewables
Over two years after national leaders committed in Paris to keep a global temperature rise to below 2C, municipal leaders at some of the world's largest cities are stepping up to the challenge and harnessing the power of renewable energy.
Sir Richard Branson: Commercial low-carbon jet fuel 'within touching distance'
A decade on from Virgin Atlantic's first commercial flight using low-carbon fuel mix, the company's founder Sir Richard Branson believes that government incentives can help scale-up sustainable fuel use at a price on par with traditional aviation fuels.