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The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign estimates that the plans will see an extra 80,000 flights depart from Gatwick each year

Green campaigners slam Gatwick's plans to use emergency runway to boost capacity

Green campaign groups have criticised Gatwick Airport's newly-announced plans to bring its emergency runway into daily use, citing concerns over climate impacts and air pollution.

Ministers last summer followed France by pledging to halt new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040 - but BEIS has claimed that this target is not ambitious enough

BEIS Committee: Ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, not 2040

MPs sitting on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have urged the Government to bring its 2040 ban for new petrol and diesel car sales forward to 2032 - in light of the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The one-hour session will provide you with expert tips and proven techniques in adopting and implementing science-based targets

Taking place today: edie's science-based targets webinar

Individuals looking to adopt and implement science-based targets for their business are encouraged to tune into a free webinar today (18 October), featuring expert insight from the likes of BT, Capgemini and The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group.

The Government will publish the UK’s first ever Green Finance Strategy in Spring 2019

Clean Growth Fund spearheads Government's green finance commitments

As part of Green GB Week, the UK Government has announced a new £40m venture capital fund to help bring innovative clean technologies to market.

BEIS estimates that nine of the UK's existing heat networks will eliminate the equivalent of 216,324 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next 15 years

Government launches £320m scheme to help decarbonise UK's heat networks

The Government has launched a £320m scheme to help accelerate the adoption of low-carbon heat technologies across the UK's public, private and domestic sectors, on the same week that further tweaks to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were criticised.

Asda, Wickes, Lidl and B&Q are among the latest retailers to join the “Ready to Burn” scheme for domestic fuels

Big-name retailers collaborate to spur uptake of clean domestic fuels

Several big-name retail brands including B&Q, Asda and Wickes have this week unveiled fresh measures to help consumers make the switch to low-carbon, smoke-free and energy-efficient home fuels.

From left-right: Unilever’s Thomas Lingard, CDP's Jennie Gleed, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Sarah Millar, BT's Gabrielle Giner and WWF's Jaco Du Toit

Science Based Targets initiative to support businesses with 1.5C goals in wake of IPCC report

The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) will place a renewed focus on assisting businesses in setting emissions reduction goals aligned with the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement, a WWF official has revealed.

The report assesses how technologies such as onsite solar arrays and energy storage could benefit the UK's hospitality, heavy industry and healthcare sectors

Report: Clean energy technologies could deliver half of UK emissions cuts needed by 2030

Clean energy technologies such as battery storage and solar generation could deliver more than half of the required emissions cuts set out in the UK's Clean Growth Strategy by 2030, a new report from Centrica Business Solutions has concluded.

Heathrow estimates that there are currently more than 100 electric aviation projects underway globally. Image: Airbus

Heathrow to waive landing fees for world's first electric aircraft

Heathrow Airport has announced that it will waive a year's worth of landing charges for the world's first electric passenger plane once it is developed, in a bid to encourage the low-carbon transition to gather pace in the aviation sector.

The technology company has reduced emissions by more than 80% since 1996

BT pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045

As the UK Government announces plans to discuss a potential net-zero emissions strategy, technology giant BT has pledged to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045.

The CCC is set to deliver its recommendations to Government by March 2019

UK Government seeks advice from Committee on Climate Change on net-zero emissions goal

The UK Government has confirmed that it is seeking advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on how best to bolster its carbon reduction targets and create a net-zero economy.

The 7.5-tonne all-electric trucks have a 60-mile range, according to Hovis

Hovis incorporates first all-electric trucks into delivery fleet

Bakery giant Hovis has today (11 October) introduced its first all-electric vehicles into its UK delivery fleet in a bid to reduce air pollution in urban areas.

EU Council, Commission and Parliament reps will go behind closed doors tomorrow to negotiate the final set of rules as the race to close the file before the European elections in 2019 heats up

'Disappointed' EU capitals agree on 35% car CO2 cuts

EU environment ministers took until nearly midnight on Tuesday (9 October) to agree on a common position for car and van CO2 emission cuts for 2030 but several member states were left "disappointed" with the final agreement.

In 2011, the Clorox Company became an early adopter of the integrated reporting approach

Clorox exceeds carbon reduction target three years early

The Clorox Company has surpassed its 2020 goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, according to the consumer goods giant’s latest annual report.

YouGov surveyed almost 850 professionals on a range of sustainability topics, from carbon emissions to energy efficiency

Almost two-thirds of UK businesses yet to set emissions targets, survey reveals

Almost two-thirds (61%) of companies in the UK's private sector have not yet set a specific, numerical target for reducing their emissions, a new survey from consultancy YouGov has revealed.

The report once again highlights the urgent need for bold climate actions from business and policymakers

IPCC 1.5C report: How can business drive the creation of a carbon-neutral world?

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and has done so by releasing a landmark report that acknowledges the severity of the challenge at hand. But how can business stop being part of the problem, and co-create the necessary solutions?

Countries like the Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark want to go far beyond what the Commission wanted

European Parliament revs up CO2 car limits

MEPs voted in Strasbourg on Wednesday (3 October) in favour of a 40% CO2 reduction target for light vehicles by 2030. The target is higher than that which the Commission has proposed and tough talks with national capitals now loom large on the horizon.

UK Power Networks’ director of network operations Patrick Clarke with the company’s new electric vans at a school in London’s ULEZ

UK Power Networks introduces first electric vans to its London fleet

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has today (October 4) added its first fully-electric vans to its London-based fleet, in a bid to combat air pollution in the capital while reducing its carbon footprint.

Since 2000, the UK has reduced emissions by 29% while growing the economy by 34%

Report: UK leading G20 in low-carbon transition

The UK is leading the rest of the G20 nations in transitioning towards a low-carbon future by decoupling emissions from economic growth, although global decarbonisation rates aren't currently strong enough to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

The company currently has no EVs in its portfolio

Mazda pledges to electrify car portfolio by 2030

Japanese carmaker Mazda has committed to switching its entire car portfolio to be either hybrid-electric or fully-electric by 2030, after revealing that it will bring its first hybrid vehicle to the market in 2019.

The World Bank will use the investment programme to focus on storage that supports renewable energy projects – namely hybrid solar parks and microgrids

The World Bank launches $1bn energy storage programme for developing nations

The World Bank has launched a first-of-its-kind $1bn funding programme to fast-track deployment of battery storage projects in developing countries, to 'close the gap' on efforts to transition to cleaner energy sources.

The Carbon Neutrality Coalition came out of the One Planet Summit in December 2017

UK commits to Carbon Neutrality Coalition to deliver net-zero emissions

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will be joining 18 other countries that have committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the earliest, while also setting aside £160m to help developing nations transition to cleaner energy systems.

Barratt has reduced its construction waste by 15% since 2015

Barratt smashes emissions target seven years early

The UK's largest housebuilder has hit its carbon target seven years early, having seen its operational carbon emissions fall by 21% since 2015.

Fellow German carmakers VW and Daimler were also dragged lower by BMW’s announcement

New emissions tests push BMW into profit warning

German high-end carmaker BMW said Tuesday (25 September) that new stricter emissions tests for cars as well as refits to older vehicles and global trade tensions would leave revenues and profits short of its full-year forecast.

The industrial sector - which accounts for one quarter of the UK’s electricity demand - has been challenged by the Government to improve its energy productivity by 20% by 2030

Report: UK manufacturers could save £540m through clean technologies

New technologies such as battery storage and solar could "inspire a new industrial revolution" and save the manufacturing sector at least £540m on its energy bills.

The system steers cold air directly back down fridge units to stop cold air from spilling out onto the aisles. Image: Williams Advanced Engineering

Asda installs Formula One technology to drive refrigeration energy savings

Supermarket Asda will install technology inspired by Formula One racing across stores, in a move that could reduce refrigeration energy consumption by 17% while lowering carbon emissions.

YouGov asked 250 senior energy managers about how well-informed about costs they felt

UK energy managers ‘unaware’ of impacts of rising non-commodity costs

More than half of senior UK energy professionals are "unaware or unsure" of the potential impacts which rising non-commodity costs will have on their firm, according to new Government figures.

The move from Shell comes after BP and ExxonMobil announced methane reduction aims earlier this year

Shell sets near-zero methane emissions target for 2025

Oil and gas giant Shell has made a new commitment to reduce the methane emissions intensity of its operations to below 0.2% by 2025.

Car manufacturers were fined billions in the US and Germany, but have yet to pay any significant financial penalty in the UK for selling polluting vehicles

Number of dirty diesels on road still growing, report shows

The number of dirty diesel vehicles pumping out toxic emissions on Europe's streets is still rising three years after the Dieselgate scandal began, according to a new report. More than seven million such cars and vans remain on UK roads alone.

The retailer has also pledged to halve transport emissions from Ikea employees and customers by 2030

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.

The businesses will have to disclose emissions for their London portfolios six months before their competitors

Big-name businesses pledge to help make London world's 'greenest city'

A group of 11 businesses including Tesco, Siemens, Landsec and Sky have pledged to source 100% renewable power for their London facilities by 2020 in support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan's recently announced plans to make the capital the "greenest" city in the world by 2050.

Dr Ralf Speth questioned the Government’s hardline stance on diesel

JLR boss warns Brexit could 'destroy' company's electric vision

Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) chief executive has issued a stark warning to Theresa May that a hard Brexit could cost his firm more than £1.2bn a year and "destroy" investment in electric vehicle (EV) production.

The North Face will purchase carbon credits from The Conservation Fund to offset the emissions. Photo: Himachal Pradesh

The North Face to offset all emissions from athlete expeditions

Outdoor clothing brand The North Face has committed to offset 100% of the emissions it generates by sending athletes on expeditions as its parent company strives to set a science-based target for emissions reductions.

The £106m research fund aligns itself to various Government policies, namely the overarching Industrial Strategy and the Road to Zero strategy

Theresa May's £100m pledge: Will the UK lead the world on zero-emission transport?

The world's first zero-emission vehicle summit will be headlined by a £106m investment from the UK Government into low-emission vehicle development. But, how will the UK's transport ambitions fare in light of new EU legislation and continued uncertainty over post-Brexit trade deals?

Tata Steel is also designing an industrial scale version of the technology, capable of making up to 20 times more liquid iron

Tata Steel unveils technology that could halve emissions from steel production

Tata Steel has unveiled new technology that is able to reduce the carbon emissions from iron and steel production by more than 50%.

(L-R): Presenter Energy Institute global development director Marta Kozlowska; winner James Kokiet; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Pets At Home's James Kokiet - Energy Manager 2018

Animal welfare is paramount at Pets At Home - it's one of the retailer's core business values. By aligning a major energy efficiency drive with these core values, the company's energy manager James Kokiet was able to secure the internal buy-in he needed to deliver the largest CAPEX project the retailer has ever completed.

The new EV has a range of 250 miles, according to Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz unveils first all-electric show car

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has revealed the concept for its first fully electric show car in a step towards its goal of bringing 10 all-electric vehicles (EVs) to the market by 2022.

Fuel represents about 30% of hauliers’ costs, according to the industry association

Truck makers push back against EU's first ever CO2 limits

The European Commission's proposal to mandate a 15% cut in CO2 emission from trucks by 2025 is overly ambitious, according to industry association ACEA, which said a 7% objective would be more "realistic" given the technologies currently available.

he European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) found evidence that car makers were still gaming new tests

Carmakers' gaming of emissions tests 'cost drivers £136bn

Drivers in Europe have paid €150bn more on fuel than they would have if their vehicles had performed as well on-the-road as in official laboratory-based tests, according to a new report.

Drivers will use an app which automatically assesses their vehicle emissions before paying for parking

London City Corporation launches capital's low-emission parking tariff

The City of London Corporation has announced that it will launch what it claims is the capital's first "environmentally-friendly" parking tariff, offering discounted parking rates for electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid drivers in a bid to incentivise sustainable travel.

When UBS launched the portfolio, the firm claimed that sustainable investment

UBS doubles sustainable portfolio of assets to almost £2bn

Financial services firm UBS has today (August 14) announced that it now manages £1.93bn worth of assets through its sustainable portfolio, more than double the size from when it first launched seven months ago.

Lidl Irleand has announced that it will expand its network of chargers to a further 17 stores

Lidl to install Ireland's largest network of supermarket-based EV chargers

Budget supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it will install electric vehicle (EV) chargers at 20 of its stores across Ireland over the next six months, in a bid to host the nation's largest supermarket-based network of chargepoints.

By 2020 every home in the UK is to have been offered a smart meter installation

Government rejects calls to extend smart meter rollout

The Government has spoken out against pushing back the rollout for smart meters by three years, following calls from Citizens Advice.

(L-R): Presenter Carbon Trust’s corporate communications manager
Jamie Plotnek; Royal Mail’s David Wasterston and Dr Shaun Davis;
and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Royal Mail, Carbon Management 2018

With entries now open for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Carbon Management winners, Royal Mail.

The MPs and peers conclude that suppliers are “almost certain” to miss the 2020 target for rolling out smart meters to every home and small business

Smart meter rollout costs £1bn higher than expected in 2016

The costs of the smart meter rollout programme will rise "even further", a parliamentary report has recommended.

The taskforce concludes that deploying CCS at scale could reap cost reductions, like those achieved by the offshore wind industry

CCS plants to be operational by mid-2020s, says taskforce

At least two CCS (carbon capture storage) plants should be up and running by the mid-2020s, the government has been told by the force that it established to spur the development of the technology.

The commitment follows on from Tesco's pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2050

Tesco and Target join CDP's supply chain initiative

Tesco and Target have committed to a programme to cut emissions, tackle deforestation and promote water efficiency in their supply chains, through a partnership with CDP.

The London Stock Exchange is currently home to 78 green bonds which have raised more than $24.5bn

UK to host new Green Finance Institute

The Government will fund a new Green Finance Institute alongside the City of London Corporation to "champion sustainable finance" in the UK and abroad.

Khan's ambition is for all London buses to be zero-emission by 2037

London Mayor to create Europe's largest electric bus fleet

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has ordered 68 fully-electric double-decker buses in a bid to create the largest fleet of its kind in Europe.

Ministers last summer followed France by pledging to halt new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040

'Bold action’ required: UK mayors unite in calls for 2030 diesel and petrol phase-out

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has teamed up with the mayors of Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands to urge ministers to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade.

The new store is the first building in the world to be fitted with the filtration system

Stella McCartney opens London store with 'purest air in the capital'

Luxury fashion brand Stella McCartney has fitted its new London store with cutting-edge filter technology in a bid to create the capital's cleanest pocket of air.

Three speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar, which is being hosted in association with UK Power Networks Services

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's electric vehicle webinar

Sustainability and energy representatives from UPS, the Cross River Partnership and UK Power Network Services are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on greening your business fleet, taking place on 4 July.

Interface hopes the move to carbon-neutral products will drive other manufacturers to consider the role of embodied carbon in their ranges

Interface goes carbon neutral for entire product range

Flooring giant Interface will only offer carbon-neutral products as standard to buyers, with the firm’s entire product range now listed under a Carbon Neutral Floors programme.

As a nation, health costs associated with vehicle emissions reach £6bn annually

Report: Switching to EVs could save £325m in health costs

If every new car in 2019 were electric it would help save more than £325m in health costs in the first year, according to new analysis which found that the health impact costs of diesel cars are far higher than petrol or electric counterparts.

Firms are encouraged to promote the aims across the supply chain by incentivising energy demand reductions and the uptake of renewable energy solutions

World Green Building Council calls for net-zero building sector by 2030

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has called on the built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions for building portfolios by 2030, in order to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

Research calculates that diesel cars and vans cause 88% of the health damage from light vehicles

'Impossible-to-cheat' emissions tests show almost all new diesels still dirty

Emissions tests that are impossible for carmakers to cheat show that almost all diesel car models launched in Europe since the "dieselgate" scandal remain highly polluting.

E.ON's Michael Lewis sits down with edie's Luke Nicholls in the third episode of the Mission Possible sofa interviews

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.

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 11am on 31 May, and will be available on-demand afterwards

Learning from the leaders in onsite generation: edie's webinar available on demand

The hour-long webinar that explores how the National Trust and Carlsberg are using onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption is now available to watch on demand.

The new Zipcar e-Golfs will be available as part of the firm’s pay-per-minute Flex service, which allows members to “drive and drop” cars for one-way trips within London

London launches EV taskforce as vehicle demand swells

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a taskforce aimed at boosting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the city, just days after car sharing firm Zipcar introduced more than 300 Volkswagen e-Golfs to its platform to create the UK's largest pool of publicly available shared EVs.

BMW diesel engines have the lowest nitrogen oxide emissions of all European automakers, according to a report from the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC)

Diesel is not dead: BMW sees 'clean' diesel in its vehicle portfolio

EXCLUSIVE: BMW Group UK's i and iPerformance national corporate sales manager, Hannah Bishop, has claimed that the car manufacturer continues to see clean diesel as an important part of its vehicle mix, despite the Government's commitment to phasing out the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.

This new weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Achieving Mission Possible: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Areas of opportunity that could be addressed through the fund, include energy storage, heat decarbonisation and the stabilisation of smart grids

Government launches £102m fund for clean energy research

The UK Government has launched a £102.5m investment programme in a bid to tackle the challenges the UK faces as the renewables revolution continues, suggesting that the nation's energy sector could soon be poised to take clean power sources mainstream.

Ministers hope the proposed tax breaks could “help the white van man go green”

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.

Last May, Tesco’s long-term emissions reductions plan was approved by the independent Science-Based Targets Initiative

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.

The report says hydrogen has the potential to fulfil a number of key roles, including heating homes, fuelling vehicles, feeding industrial processes and storing up excess renewable electricity

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.

Ecotricity will fund the creation of a full-time national energy manager role at English Heritage, which looks after historic sites such as Stonehenge

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 e-tron. Audi last year delivered 1.88 million cars globally, of which 16,000 were semi-electric vehicles

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.

Once fully implemented, the 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s CO2 emissions from logistics by more than 18%

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.

Based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead depot, the dual-compartment TRU will use liquid nitrogen to generate both electrical power and further cooling

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.

The Mirai are expected to do the same average mileage as other cars on the Green Tomato Cars fleet – around 130-150 miles a day

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.

The most rapid deterioration was in south and south-east Asia, where more than 70% of poor cities suffered worsening air quality

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.

A delay to the government’s £400m electric charging plan could hamper efforts to reduce pollution from cars

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 is currently exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system

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.

Eddington has turned to onsite renewables, large-scale rainwater harvesting and innovative bin systems to embed sustainability into everyday living

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.

The coal-free records are a reversal from the recent highs that coal plant owners experienced during the so-called “beast from the east” cold snap

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.

Shipping currently represents 2-3% of global CO2 emissions and could reach 10% by 2050 if no action is taken, it has been warned

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.

100% of Co-op’s electricity was from UK wind farms in 2017

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.

The Opel Ampera-e. PSA aims to develop an electric offering across its entire range by 2025, with implementation starting in 2019

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.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

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.

According to a report by the European Parliament, the shipping industry could contribute up to 17% of global CO2 emissions by 2050 if left unregulated

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.

The move forms part of EDF’s aim to develop a portfolio of 1.2 million off-grid customers, currently without access to electricity, by 2035

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.

Financial concerns are seen as a major barrier to green investment for mid-sized companies

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.

Ministers last summer followed France by pledging to halt new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040

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.

The move forms part of UPS’s science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025

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.

Sharing Cities is aiming to provide an initial 56,000 smart lamppost units in six European cities including London and Milan

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%.

Gnewt Cargo owns the world’s largest fully electric delivery fleet

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.

The project is designed to have a 30-year lifespan and will offer a long-term land rental income for Swindon Borough Council

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.

Research by campaigners POWERful Women found that 46% of the top 80 companies in the energy sector have all-male boards

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.

The new RNG deal is expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to eight million litres of petrol annually

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.

Experts estimate that excessive amounts of nitrogen oxides or NOx in the air kill between 6,000 and 13,000 people in Germany every year

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.

Since the ETS negotiations were brought to a close in November, the price of carbon has increased 25%

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.

Lindisfarne Castle on the Northumberland coast. The North East is the lowest performing region overall for sustainability

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.

The strategy will be implemented in phases throughout the city

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.

It is estimated that 100 chargers placed on each of the chosen motorway sites would provide around 35MW of electricity – enough to power 14,000 homes

'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.

Oil taxes predictably emerged as the most substantially used financial tool, as they topped €50 per tCO2 on average

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.

An estimated 29% of Britain’s current train fleet is run solely on diesel fuel

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.

The report notes a 16% reduction in carbon emissions and a 6% reduction in water use since 2015

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.

The University of Bristol has divested all investments in companies that derive more than 5% of their incomes from the most carbon-intensive sectors of the fossil fuel industry

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 scored high for its use of Continuous Descent Approaches into Heathrow, which reduces noise and emissions by using less engine thrust to keep aircrafts higher for longer. Image: Flybe

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.


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