Government calls for evidence on green van tax breaks
The Government has launched a two-month consultation into possible changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) that could incentivise van drivers to choose low-emission vehicles.
Tesco cuts carbon emissions 13% in a year
Tesco has revealed that it reduced its carbon emissions by 13% in 2017 against a 2016 baseline, as it strives towards a science-based target of becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2050.
Call for government to 'step up' support for hydrogen
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has called on the government to "step up" its support for the use of hydrogen to decarbonise the energy system across power, heat and transport.
English Heritage to deploy green energy champions across estate
Charity English Heritage is set to appoint 20 green energy champions among its staff in a bid to improve energy efficiency and monitor energy consumption across its estate of more than 400 historic sites.
Audi aims for 800,000 electric and hybrid car sales in 2025
German carmaker Audi has outlined plans to sell 800,000 fully electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids in 2025.
World's largest brewer orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has ordered 800 zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-trucks as part of its bid to run its entire fleet of long-haul trucks on clean energy by 2025.
Marks & Spencer trials liquid nitrogen deliveries to slash emissions
British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will trial a zero emissions liquid-nitrogen refrigeration truck for its chilled grocery deliveries, with a view to a nationwide rollout.
Green Tomato Cars scales up Toyota Mirai fuel cell fleet
London-based green private hire firm Green Tomato Cars has taken up 50 new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric saloons.
Air pollution inequality widens between rich and poor, linked to 7 million deaths annually
Pollution inequality between the world's rich and poor is widening, according to the latest global data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which shows that 7 million people - mostly in developing nations - die every year from airborne contaminants.
Ministers' £400m plan for electric car charging infrastructure delayed
A £400m government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed, in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution in UK cities.
National Grid: Charging providers must fine-tune efforts to meet EV demand
EXCLUSIVE: National Grid has called on businesses looking to provide charging infrastructure for the electric vehicle (EV) agenda to consider sizing and location in order to best capture their audience.
Cambridge's 'unprecented' new district promotes best practice for sustainable development
The University of Cambridge's desire to retain staff has led to the creation of a £1bn sustainable community equipped with some of the UK's largest and most innovative sustainability features. edie speaks to project manager Heather Topel to find out if sustainability is a new selling point for residents.
UK runs without coal power for three days in a row
The UK has been powered without coal for three days in a row, setting a new record and underlining the polluting fuel's rapid decline.
Accelerating the shift: 10 industry game-changers for low-carbon vehicles
This insight report, produced in partnership with UK Power Networks Services, investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving green mobility.
UN agrees to halve shipping emissions by 2050
Over 170 countries reached agreement on Friday (13 April) to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by "at least" 50% on 2008 levels by 2050, ending years of slow progress.
Co-op hits emissions target three years early
Co-op has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 54% against a 2006 baseline, the company's latest CSR report has revealed.
Peugeot and Vauxhall owner PSA forms electric vehicle business unit
French car manufacturing giant Groupe PSA has created a new EV-focused business section as part of the company's plan to offer electric models across its entire portfolio by 2025.
Top 10 sustainability stories of March 2018
It was a month of plastic take back schemes, big Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments and high-profile business innovations. Take a look back at March's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.
International Maritime Organisation 'too slow' on emissions strategy
The International Maritime Organisation has moved too slowly on drafting its greenhouse gas strategy and reducing emissions from shipping, Transparency International has warned, urging the global shipping regulator to improve its governance, transparency and efficiency.
EDF to invest €8bn in energy storage leadership bid
EDF has turned its focus to the global energy storage market with a goal to develop 10GW storage around the world by 2035.
Mid-sized UK firms urged not to miss out on commercial benefits of green investment
The majority of senior managers at mid-sized UK businesses do not plan to increase investment on green initiatives over the next five years, despite many having benefitted commercially from taking environmentally responsible actions.
Ban new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, not 2040, says thinktank
Ministers have been urged to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade, a move which an environmental thinktank said would almost halve oil imports and largely close the gap in the UK's climate targets.
UPS's London delivery fleet powered by 'world-first' smart charging system
Delivery firm UPS will have its central London delivery fleet powered by a new EV smart charging system, amid a flurry of major milestones for charge point installations.
Smart lamppost 'revolution' could save Europe €2.1bn a year
Switching Europe's aging streetlight network with smart lampposts could slash electricity bills by up to €2.1bn a year and deliver energy savings of between 50-70%.
UK's largest EV charging site installation powers logistics fleet
A leading electric vehicle charging manufacturer has completed the UK's largest single-site charge point installation at a logistics depot in London.
Swindon given go-ahead for 50MW battery project
Swindon is set to host one of the UK's largest battery storage facilities after the town's council received planning consent for the project.
International Women's Day: How gender equality can transform the energy sector
EXCLUSIVE: A failure to integrate gender equality at board level could be holding the UK's energy industry back from embracing the transformational benefits of renewables and smart-data technologies.
L'Oreal signs landfill gas deal to achieve carbon neutrality in US
Global cosmetic firm L'Oréal intends to reach carbon neutrality across all of its US-based manufacturing and distribution facilities, after signing a deal to procure renewable natural gas (RNG) from a landfill site in Kentucky.
German court rules cities can ban diesel cars to tackle pollution
Millions of heavily polluting vehicles could eventually disappear from roads across Germany after its top administrative court ruled that cities have the right to ban diesel motors in an effort to improve deadly air quality levels.
EU's carbon market update clears final hurdle
The Council of the EU has given the final stamp of approval to an update to the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS), which hopes to help the bloc cut emissions by 40% by 2030.
Sustainability index reveals North-South divide among local authorities
A new report has exposed a divergence in the sustainability performance of local authorities across the country, with London boroughs generally outperforming Northern regions in areas such as waste and energy consumption.
City of London energy-efficient lighting plans to save £500,000 a year
The Square Mile is set to benefit from a new lighting strategy that will aim to complement historic buildings, improve energy usage and help tackle light pollution in the area.
'Important milestone': National Grid eyes up ultra-rapid motorway EV charging fleet
National Grid is exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system, according to reports.
OECD urges countries to tax dirty energy
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has encouraged governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, in a new report which warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively.
Government to phase out diesel trains by 2040
The Government has made a pledge to remove all diesel-only trains form UK railways by 2040.
Carlsberg cuts carbon emissions 16% in two years
Carlsberg has reduced its carbon emissions by 16% in two years, driven by the elimination of coal as a fuel source at nine breweries in China, as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.
British universities show commitment to 'safeguard the climate'
The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has reportedly reduced its carbon footprint by more than a third, while the University of Bristol has divested all investments in carbon-intensive sectors.
Flybe claims top spot for noise and emissions performance at Heathrow Airport
Europe's largest regional airline Flybe has achieved top ranking in Heathrow Airport's league table on aircraft operating performance for noise and emissions, after debuting in 29th place in summer 2017.
Expert group recommends setting up European standards for 'green bonds'
An EU sustainability taxonomy, a definition of priority investment areas, the clarification of investor duties and development of "official" European sustainability standards for green bonds are some of the recommendations experts made to the European Commission on Wednesday (31 January).
London reaches legal air pollution limit just one month into the new year
Air pollution in London has reached the legal limit for the whole of 2018 less than a month into the year, prompting calls for the Government to "get a grip and show they're serious about protecting health".
Apple and Sky among swelling list of green procurement leaders
The number of top companies leading the way on tackling emissions on the supplier chain has doubled in the past year, but many corporates are still missing out on the business opportunities of supplier engagement.
PwC sets carbon reduction and business growth targets
Professional services firm PwC has targeted a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and a switch to 100% renewable electricity while continuing to expand its business.
Jaguar Land Rover cuts UK production amid Brexit and diesel uncertainty
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) looks set to cut vehicle production of certain models, citing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and an increase in diesel taxation as primary reasons for the decision.
Report: 25,000 charging points needed across UK by 2030 to match EV demand
An additional 25,000 charging points are required on the streets of Britain to meet the EV charging needs of 2030.
Nissan unveils energy storage and solar solution for UK homes
Car giant Nissan has launched an "all-in-one" energy solution for UK homes, combining solar panels with an energy storage system.
ING announces €100m Sustainable Investments fund
Dutch Bank ING has today (18 January) launched a €100m Sustainable Investments fund to help start-ups and innovative new business models scale up concepts and projects tailored for energy, water and resource efficiency.
UK food and drink industry halves emissions
Coca-Cola, Mars and Mondelez are among a group of major food and drink manufacturers that have reduced carbon emissions by 51% against a 1990 baseline.
Figures indicate London's air quality woes are easing
For the first time since modern records began, London has entered the third week of January without breaching legal limits for toxic NO2 air pollution.
Work underway for England's 'largest' district ground source system
Developers have secured a contract to deliver England's "biggest shared ground loop heat pump system", which is expected to reduce the energy bills of local residents by up to 50%.
London City Corporation rolls out electric cargo bike service
Following a successful pilot during the Christmas period, businesses operating within certain Congestion Charge zones will be given access to a cargo bike delivery scheme aimed at curbing toxic air pollution in London.
UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants
One of the UK's eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025.
Test bed: Deutsche Post DHL's emissions-neutral electric vehicle
In 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group set a goal to make its entire logistics fleet zero emissions by 2050. The company is now testing technology to create the world's first ever "emissions-neutral" vehicle fleet.
Five reasons to be cheerful about the green economy in 2018
From heightened corporate investment in clean energy sources, to an accelerated shift towards resource efficiency and new environmental legislation, we look at some of the major reasons to be optimistic about the outlook of the green economy in 2018.
Heathrow increases environmental charges for aircrafts
Heathrow Airport has announced that it is increasing its environmental charges for aircrafts by 7%, as part of a move to incentivise airlines to deploy cleaner and newer aircrafts to lower emissions and noise pollution.
Electric van trials helped deliver Christmas presents to Londoners
Electric vans helped deliver an average of 80,000 parcels a week across London during the Christmas period, as the city's Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to combat rising air pollution in the capital.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from edie!
As 2017 draws to a close, the edie team is now off for a well-deserved break until the New Year, but we thought we'd leave you with a few festive treats to keep you up to date with the year's biggest sustainability stories.
EU ministers stumble towards joint position on future energy laws
Energy ministers on Monday (18 December) took well over 15 hours to agree common positions on four clean energy draft pieces of EU legislation ahead of a final round of talks in 2018 with the European Parliament and Commission.
UK firms urged to seize £14bn electric vehicle opportunity
UK businesses could make annual fuel savings of around £14bn if all of Britain's vans and HGVs switched to electric alternatives, according to a new report from Hitachi Capital.
New initiative to prove marine energy's potential
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and RenewableUK have launched a new project to show how wave and tidal technologies can meet new technology tests.
Ford extends diesel scrappage scheme
Ford has announced that it is extending a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles to the first quarter of 2018, citing positive feedback from customers as the primary reason for the extension.
Climate Action 100+: New investor initiative targets top 100 corporate emitters
More than 200 of the most influential investor institutions, with more than $26.3trn in assets under management, have today (12 December) launched a new global initiative to help the 100 largest corporate emitters reduce value chain carbon footprints.
Schneider Electric joins RE100 and EP100 initiatives
Energy and automation company Schneider Electric has signed up to the Climate Group's RE100 initiative to source renewable energy and the EP100 initiative to double energy productivity by 2030.
Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens aim for electric plane lift-off by 2020
Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens have teamed up to develop a hybrid-electric plane which the group hopes will be ready to fly in 2020.
Swindon to host one of UK's largest battery projects
Public Power Solutions, a company owned by Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK's largest battery storage projects.
Northern Powergrid to create 'virtual' local energy market
Northern Powergrid has unveiled plans to use computer modelling and laboratory demos to create a "virtual" local energy market as part of a new innovation scheme.
Shell doubles up on green spending and vows to halve carbon footprint
Shell has doubled its spending on clean power and bowed to shareholder pressure by promising to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050, as the oil giant said it was stepping up its ambitions on green energy.
UK will be 'pretty close' to reaching fifth carbon budget, says Climate Change Minister
Climate Change Minister Claire Perry today confirmed the Government will look to provide support for onshore wind, as she faced a grilling from MPs over the UK's ability to achieve its mid-term decarbonisation goals.
EVs could provide 11GW grid capacity by 2030, research claims
Electric vehicles (EV) could deliver more than 11GW of flexible capacity to the grid by 2030, according to new analysis from a leading energy technology firm.
Five ways Tesla's new models can revolutionise the EV market
Elon Musk's surprise double reveal of a new Tesla supercar and electric semi-truck made waves over the weekend. Here, edie examines how the models could transform the EV sector in the years ahead.
London buses to be powered by waste coffee grounds
London buses will soon transport people around the capital using a fuel partly derived from waste coffee grounds, after Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean agreed a deal with Transport for London (TfL).
Formula One fridge technology to drive energy savings for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's will become the first UK supermarket to rollout an F1 inspired fridge technology which is expected to drastically reduce the energy needed for cooling.
Microsoft shoots for Paris Agreement with 75% emissions reduction goal
Microsoft has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030, in a move that will align the technology company's decarbonisation strategy with the 2C pathway target of the Paris Agreement.
Kellogg's commits to 100% renewable electricity
Food giant Kellogg's has become the latest multinational to pledge to source all of its electricity needs from renewable sources.
Dutch zero-emission trains to combine biofuel with battery storage
A batch of zero-emission trains that combine regenerative electrification technology with renewable diesel have been scheduled for commercialisation for 2025, after a pan-European passenger transport firm signed a €170m contract to manufacture the vehicles in the Netherlands.
Street lamp charging network to power EVs in central London
Electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities which draw on 100% renewable energy from street lamp posts are set to be placed on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea, creating the largest network of its kind in central London.
The North Face design wool beanie with carbon 'net-negative' production
The North Face has addressed climate change with the launch of its new wool beanie, with the production said to be carbon "net-negative".
EU accused of 'gifting' car industry with weak emission cuts goal
As evidence shows that one-third of VW cars with 'defeat devices' remain unfixed, EU policymakers have come under criticism for "gifting" the car industry with ineffective new regulation over low-emission vehicle uptake.
EU and California to discuss linking carbon markets
The EU and California are beginning talks to potentially create a common carbon market that could also include China.
Government faces fresh air quality legal case
The Government is being taken to court for the third time by environmental lawyers over the UK's illegal levels of toxic air pollution.
US withdraws from anti-corruption fossil fuel transparency initiative
The US has taken further steps to strengthen fossil fuel businesses, by withdrawing from an international initiative that monitors transparency and corruption in the revenues from mineral extraction and the oil and gas sector.
Study shows 44 of 51 UK towns and cities breach air quality rules
New evidence has found that the vast majority of highly-populated British urban areas are in breach of World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended guidelines for air quality.
Nissan joins Formula E to showcase 'intelligent mobility' updates
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed its participation in next season's all-electric racing series Formula E, while also launching two new commercial electric vehicles (EVs) at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Pan-industry alliance set to champion smart energy era
As a new report names Bristol and London the leaders of the smart city transition, leading UK energy organisations such as the National Grid and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have launched a pan-industry campaign to create a smart energy pathway for technology and services.
T-Charge: World's 'toughest' emission standard launched in London
The world's "toughest" emission standard has entered into force today (October 23), with older polluting cars now required to pay £10 to drive through the centre of London.
European Commission moves to Brexit-proof Emissions Trading System
The European Commission has agreed on a new measure to protect its Emissions Trading System (ETS) against a potential breakdown in Brexit negotiations.
Shell fits UK forecourts with EV rapid chargers
Shell is opening a range of rapid charging service systems across its UK petrol stations, with plans already in place to deploy more charging infrastructure by the end of the year.
World petrol demand 'likely to peak by 2030 as electric car sales rise'
World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.
The offset shop: Gold Standard offers 'one click' access to carbon credits
Businesses and public organisations have been given streamlined access to purchase carbon credits generated from impact projects across the globe "with one click", after the Gold Standard issued an online platform to purchase credits directly from its website.
From CCS to zero waste: Clean Growth Strategy to slash emissions and boost economic growth
The Government has unveiled its highly-anticipated Clean Growth Strategy, detailing how multi-billion-pound investments into low-carbon innovations and household energy-efficiency will push the UK towards its future carbon budgets.
EU Commission taken to court over new emissions tests for vehicles
Environmental group ClientEarth has taken legal action against the European Commission's new rules for car emissions tests, which will allow manufacturers to keep their emissions control systems secret and, according to the group, cause another Dieselgate-type scandal.
General Motors commits to 'all-electric fleet'
General Motors (GM) has outlined a vision for an all-electric fleet which includes a two-pronged approach of developing battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
China sets electric vehicle quota for 2019
Automakers trying to capture a slice of the Chinese vehicle market will have to ensure that 10% of the cars they sell are electric or low-emission vehicles by 2019, after the country confirmed plans to phase-out diesel vehicles.
Transport sucks up nearly half of Europe's fossil fuel subsidies, report finds
European countries spend more than €112 billion per year subsidising oil, gas and coal production or consumption - including tax breaks on highly-polluting diesel - despite a pledge to phase out fossil fuels completely by 2020.
REA proposes national EV charging infrastructure strategy
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has put forward proposals for a new Government charging infrastructure programme, which the trade body claims could give electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a 50% share of market sales by 2025.
Best performance to date unlikely to help English universities hit carbon goals
English universities have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date, although an annual 7% reduction is unlikely to put the sector on track to meet a 2020 carbon reduction target.
EV100: Top firms sign up to The Climate Group's platform to accelerate EV shift
Multinational firms including Ikea, HP and Unilever are among the first 10 members of a new initiative launched by The Climate Group which aims to make electric vehicles (EVs) "the new normal" by 2030.
Drax eyes battery storage to accompany gas and biomass conversions
UK power station operator Drax plans to complement its ongoing biomass conversions with gas and battery storage options at two coal power units, although new research that wind and solar are a more cost-effective solution has reignited the debate over biomass use.
CDP: Businesses failing to capture financial gains from environmental performance
Major telecommunications and consumer goods firms are failing to capture financial value from strong environmental performance, according to research, despite almost $500bn in disclosed value at stake.
Evian unveils carbon-neutral bottling site
Danone-owned bottled water brand Evian has unveiled its new production facility in France that will modernise how the company produces and transports its products, as part of a wider goal to become the first carbon-neutral Danone brand by 2020.
Mars pledges $1bn to hit new sustainability targets
Global confectionary producer Mars has today unveiled a near-$1bn investment into a new sustainability action plan that uses science-based targets to "drastically expand" on previous carbon goals, as the company's chief executive Grant Reid called on the sector to fix "broken" global supply chains.