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£2bn for net-zero: SSE outlines bumper low-carbon spending plans for this financial year

Utility major SSE has unveiled plans to invest £2bn in low-carbon projects and supporting infrastructure this financial year, after posting a rise in profits led by renewable energy.

Pictured: Wind turbines in Kokkolantie, Finland

LEAK: EU's draft renewables law confirms 38-40% target for 2030

An early draft of the EU's upcoming renewable energy directive confirms the bloc's objective of sourcing 38-40% of its energy from renewables by 2030, roughly doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in Europe's energy mix by the end of the decade.

These innovations could help make sectors including shipping and energy more sustainable, and improve water access for those in need 

Captured carbon shipping fuel and heat-reflecting paint: The best green innovations of April 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best from April 2021.

Solar costs have fallen by an average of 18% every year since 2010 with wind prices down 9% annually

Report: Solar and wind can meet global energy demand 100 times over

The tumbling costs of wind and solar can unlock demand that could power the world 100 times over, with a new report from think tank Carbon Tracker finding that renewables are set to push fossil fuels out of the electricity mix by the mid-2030s.

Amazon is on course be powered by 100% renewables by 2025 – five years ahead of an original target

Amazon announces nine new renewables deals to take clean energy capacity to 8.5GW

Amazon has announced nine major new renewable projects across the globe that sees the online retailer's total clean energy capacity surpass 8.5GW globally.

Support continues for fossil gas amongst many member states and politicians, who continue to call for new, often ‘hydrogen ready’, infrastructure

Europe risks €87bn in stranded fossil gas assets, report reveals

Europe is already building or planning to build €87bn worth of fossil gas infrastructure in a continued expansion of pipelines and LNG terminals, despite the need to halve emissions by 2030, according to a new report published on Thursday (8 April).

The 10.7% reduction is the largest proportional fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions in a single year 

Covid-19 sees carbon emissions fall 10% in 2020 as UK nears half-way mark to net-zero

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic delivered an estimated 10.7% reduction in carbon emissions in 2020, with total greenhouse gas emissions almost 50% lower than they were in 1990, the baseline year for the UK's net-zero target.

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Plans unveiled for green hydrogen hub in the Scottish Highlands

The Port of Cromarty Firth and ScottishPower are among a consortium of businesses pushing for the development of green hydrogen hub in the Highlands, powered by offshore wind.

Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.

P&G reduces plastics and record UK wind bids: The sustainability success stories of the week

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Globally, Amazon has supported 6.9GW of renewable energy generation capacity. Image: Amazon/Harvard PR 

Amazon teams up with Shell and Eneco for major offshore wind project

Amazon has announced plans to co-invest, alongside a wind energy venture including Shell and Eneco, in an offshore wind project in the Netherlands.

Amazon's new 'green' HQ and Denmark's wind energy island: The sustainability success stories of the week

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Wind output grew as coal, gas and nuclear declined

Report: Renewables overtook fossil fuels as UK's main electricity source in 2020

Renewables generated a record 42% of the UK's electricity in 2020, while fossil fuels accounted for 41% of electricity generation, according to a major new analysis.

Geothermal electricity from Cornwall and TerraCycle tackles medicine packaging: The sustainability success stories of the week

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marine and airborne monitor and offshore floating wind will be championed through the funding

Government commits £200m innovation fund to tackle Covid-19 and climate crisis

Computers capable of tracking diseases and a floating offshore wind test lab are just two of the technologies to benefit from a new £213m government investment pot that aims to upgrade scientific approaches to combatting Covid-19 and the climate crisis.

Infrastructure and R&D around electricity, heating and transport will need to change dramatically through 2050 

Hydrogen, nuclear and wind: UK's energy network operators chart course to net-zero

Energy Networks Association - the industry body representing all major energy network operators in the UK - has published a routemap outlining how they will align with net-zero and support the transition to green electricity, heat, transport and industry.

Whitbread's food waste fight and offshore wind boosts: The sustainability success stories of the week

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When fully operational, the windfarm will provide enough clean electricity to power more than 4.5 million UK homes and it is expected to trigger capital investments of around £9bn in total

World's largest offshore windfarm reaches £6bn financial close

Financial close has been confirmed on two phases of the world's largest offshore windfarm, Dogger Bank, with capital expenditure reaching around £6bn, which is the largest offshore wind project financing globally.

The Government believes that the 12GW target will provide equivalent energy outputs to power 20 million electric vehicles annually

Government targets 12GW of renewables in latest CfD auction

The Government is aiming to double the amount of renewable energy procured through its Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, with 12GW of wind and solar energy being targeted.

The UK has bounced around the top seven of the rankings for the last few years

UK climbs to fifth for global renewables market outlook

The UK has leapfrogged Germany to rise to fifth in the rankings for national attractiveness of renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities.

New dawn: The 10-point plan will radically change key industrial sectors in the UK in order to eliminate the nation's contribution to climate change

Boris Johnson unveils £12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

Clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), zero-carbon transport and offshore wind are all key pillars of Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan to push the UK towards net-zero emissions, which will be backed by £12bn in Government investment and aim to create 250,000 new green jobs.

Johnson has commenced a year-long countdown to COP26. Image: Foreign Office flickr

'No time to waste': Boris Johnson to set out 10-point plan to boost net-zero commitment

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a global rallying call on nations to put forward raised ambitions to tackle the climate emergency as part of a year-long run-up to COP26, with the UK set to publish a 10-point plan to boost green jobs and reach net-zero imminently.

edie explains: Science-based targets

What makes emissions targets "science-based"? How can businesses go beyond 2C alignment and strive for 1.5C? And what role do these targets play in the net-zero movement? This free edie explains guide answers all of these questions and more.

Pictured: The Walney Extension offshore wind farm

'Build Back Greener': Boris Johnson vows that UK will host 40GW of offshore wind by 2030

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has plans for every home in the UK to be powered with electricity from offshore wind farms within the decade and has unveiled a £160m pot to support the sector.

There is more than 10GW of large-scale solar being planned in the next few years

Renewable and technology associations team up to drive corporate demand for clean energy

UK trade associations, techUK, the Solar Trade Association (STA) and RenewableUK are forming a new partnership to encourage companies to purchase more renewable energy in a bid to spur the net-zero transition.

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

Flipkart's EV commitment and Tesco Mobile's used phone donations: The sustainability success stories of the week

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While the steepest decline is for offshore wind, large-scale solar is forecast to be the cheapest generation method by 2030

UK Government halves offshore wind cost forecasts

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has slashed its forecasts for offshore wind energy costs through to 2030 by more than half, in the first update to predictions since 2016.

The Commission had previously recommended 50% renewables by 2030, in line with the old Climate Change Act and with historic pricing

National Infrastructure Commission: Renewables could meet two-thirds of UK's energy demand by 2030

The National Infrastructure Commission has stated that up to 65% of the UK's energy demand could be met by renewable generation within a decade - increasing the proportion from 50% in previous forecasts to account for falling costs.

Pictured: An artist's impression of a floating windfarm in the Celtic Sea. Image: Statoil

Geothermal mines, low-carbon transport and floating wind projects bag Government R&D funding

The Government has awarded R&D funding packages to a string of projects which could assist the transition to net-zero, including floating wind farms in the South West, innovative heat recovery systems in Glasgow and a low-carbon transport cluster in the Midlands.

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

Tesco's EV charging milestone and an offshore wind boom: The sustainability success stories of the week

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In total, wind power generated 30% of the UK’s electricity in the first quarter

Renewables accounted for record 47% of UK generation in first quarter of 2020

Renewable energy accounted for almost half of the UK's electricity generation between January and March 2020, it has been revealed.

Wind farm in Kokkolantie ,Finland

'Records are falling like dominos': Europe delivering record renewables generation

New statistics have confirmed that Europe broke a renewables generation record during the month, with the continent sourcing more than 50% of its energy needs from green energy on May 24.

Two additional projects are expecting planning decisions in July

Government blocks Vattenfall's offshore windfarm expansion

The Government has refused to grant development consent for Vattenfall's 340MW windfarm extension off the coast of Kent, and has delayed two other planning decisions in the South East, in the same week that Total acquired a 51% stake in the £3bn Seagreen project in the Scottish North Sea.

The average rated capacity for new turbines installed in 2019 surpassed 2,750kW, up 72% from 2009 levels

Wind sector is getting bigger, in more ways than one

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has confirmed that the wind sector installed a record 63GW of new capacity in 2019, while the average size and performance of new turbines have also increased.

The UK could become a world leader for green hydrogen, as it could become cost competitive much faster, due to enabling policies and low-cost and highly abundant renewable

Report: Renewables to account for three-quarters of UK's power demand by 2050

The UK could source 76% of its power demand from renewables by 2050, according to a new report from RenewableUK which claims that the nation's net-zero target will spur rapid demand for green hydrogen while attracting more than £50bn to an already world-leading offshore wind sector.

EU green recovery plan should “build on what you already know” such as energy efficiency and renewables 

Beware of jobs vs. climate clash in virus aftermath, EU warned

Governments in Europe and beyond should pay "utmost attention" to avoid a "jobs versus climate" confrontation in the recovery phase from the COVID-19 crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The job growth delivered by these projects will be a welcome, albeit not immediate, respite to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic

UK windfarms to spur green job growth

The firms behind the world's biggest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank have outlined plans to create 200 new jobs at the Port of Tyne, while Scottish Power plans to use its wind farms as part of an energy cluster scheme that will support 600 jobs in Scotland.

The hydrogen that is produced will need to be low-carbon, cost-effective and spur an economic recovery, the EAC notes.

MPs to probe role of hydrogen in net-zero transition

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is to seek advice on the role of low-carbon hydrogen production and utilisation in accordance with the UK's wider efforts to spur economic growth and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Nestlé UK is Ørsted’s second PPA customer after Northumbrian Water. Image Ørsted

Nestlé UK reaches 100% renewables following 15-year Ørsted PPA

Nestlé UK has signed a 15-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted meaning that from next month, all of the company's power consumption will be covered by renewable energy.

Companies such as Siemens Gamesa had to halt production as part of compliance with the UK lockdown

Coronavirus: New UK wind capacity to fall 20% this year

Disruption caused by the coronavirus could see the UK's installed capacity of wind energy in 2020 shrink by 20%, according to analysts GlobalData.

US and China remain the world’s largest markets for onshore wind power development

World's wind power capacity up by fifth after record year

The world's wind power capacity grew by almost a fifth in 2019 after a year of record growth for offshore windfarms and a boom in onshore projects in the US and China.

An artist's impression of how the wind farm and hydrogen facility (right) could look in 2030. Image: Shell Nederland

Shell proposes 'Europe's largest' green hydrogen project

Energy major Shell has unveiled plans to develop what it claims will be Europe's largest 'green' hydrogen generation project, powered by wind energy, in The Netherlands.

Primary energy production fell for the first time in four years

Low-carbon generation edges past 50% share of UK's power demand

New statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have confirmed that low-carbon generation accounted for more than 51% of the electricity supplied in the UK in 2019, a 2% growth on 2018 levels.

Investment in infrastructure must take centre stage to drive growth in renewables

2020 will undoubtedly be the year that businesses see the true potential in renewables investment.

The UK will be required to build 9-12GW of energy generation capacity annually to reach the net-zero target

Urgent boost to offshore wind and CCS required for UK's net-zero target, report finds

The UK will need to facilitate a four-fold increase in low-carbon energy, including expanding offshore wind capacity by up to 75GW, in order to reach its net-zero emissions commitment for 2050.

Hornsea One offshore wind farm (pictured) disconnected during a lightning strike. Image: Orsted

Energy firms to pay £10.5m over August 2019's major blackout

RWE and Orsted have agreed to pay £9 million for failings leading up to last August's major power cut, while UK Power Networks (UKPN) will also pledge £1.5 million after reconnecting customers too early.

Pictured: The world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension

IEA: Offshore windfarms 'can provide more electricity than the world needs'

A sailing boat passes the Kentish Flats offshore windfarm. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PAErecting wind turbines on the world's best offshore sites could provide more than enough clean energy to meet global electricity demand, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

turbines at a large onshore windfarm on a green hillside (Pen y Cymoedd, Wales)

Labour details plan to deliver net-zero energy sector by 2030

Labour has launched a future energy plan outlining how a net benefit of £800bn could be realised in the UK, by fast-tracking the nation's energy sector to net-zero emissions by 2030.

Pictured: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm is the UK's second-largest. Image: SSE

Renewable generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK electricity for first time

Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time since the Industrial Revolution over the last quarter, according to new research.

Pictured: The Walney Extension offshore windfarm off the coast of Blackpool. Image: Orsted.

Labour commits to 37 new wind farms in green industrial revolution election push

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled plans to create another 70,000 jobs in offshore windfarms part-owned by the public, as his party gears up for an election manifesto focusing on a green industrial revolution.

The UK as clocked up almost three weeks of coal-free power in 2019

Coal generation becoming a 'distant memory' as share of energy mix falls to 0.7%

The amount of energy generated from coal sources in the UK has fallen to a record-low output of 0.7% - a 63% decline on the same period the year prior - with low-carbon making up more than half of the UK's energy mix.

Audi's supply chain shake-up and Wales' coal plant closure: The sustainability success stories of the week

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Scottish Power's portfolio has consisted entirely of wind generation since October 2018 

Scottish Power boss: Onshore wind and energy storage policy key to net-zero transition

EXCLUSIVE: Following the success of its Offshore Wind Sector Deal, Scottish Power's chief executive would now like to see the UK Government implement similar policy frameworks for onshore wind and energy storage.

E.ON operates more than 20 wind farms across the UK. Pictured: Bowbeat wind farm, Scotland

E.ON now supplying all customers with 100% renewable electricity

Big six supplier E.ON has announced that all of its domestic customers now have an electricity supply matched by renewable sources.

Offshore wind turbines on the Solway coast, Southerness, Dumfries

UK's offshore wind sector spurred by £100m initiative

A 10-year, £100m industry-funded programme has been launched today (24 June) to spur the growth of the UK's offshore wind sector and benefit UK businesses.

Solar accounted for one-third of all jobs in the renewable energy sector last year, according to IRENA

Record 11 million people now employed in renewable energy sector

Renewable energy now accounts for more than 11 million jobs worldwide, according to the latest set of official figures on the sector.

<p>Pictured: Norfolk's Race Bank wind farm was commissioned last year and is capable of generating 573MW of renewable energy</p>

Government backing for offshore wind keeps UK's renewable energy attractiveness afloat

The UK has maintained its top-ten position in a ranking of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, largely due to the Government's recent assertation that offshore wind power will provide a third of the nation's electricity by 2030.

The collective capacity of the UK's independent renewable arrays surpassed 14GW for the first time last year. Pictured: The Hornsea 2 wind farm

In numbers: Charting the rapid growth of renewable energy in the UK

A new report tracking investments into independent clean energy and energy storage technologies in the UK has illustrated the speed at which to low-carbon transition is gripping the power sector. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

In 2018, ESO provided key services that enabled numerous firsts for the UK electricity system

National Grid 'ready to handle' zero-carbon network by 2025

The operating firm for National Grid has claimed that Great Britain's electricity system can operate as a zero-carbon grid by 2025.

This week's innovations could drive sustainable change across the energy, waste management and transport sectors

Cheese waste vodka and EV battery recycling: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn energy and sustainability ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

Onshore wind and solar developers have been unable access subsidies since the government closed the Renewables Obligation scheme to new applicants

Doubts raised over viability of 'subsidy-free' renewables

Senior figures from the energy and finance industries have declared doubts over the feasibility of building "subsidy-free" renewables at scale without some form of revenue stabilisation.

The Race Bank windfarm was commissioned last year and is capable of generating 573MW of renewable energy

Northumbrian Water seals UK's first offshore wind PPA deal with Ørsted

Northumbrian Water has signed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with energy giant Ørsted, the first deal of its type in the UK to secure procurement from an offshore windfarm.

Reaching a target of more than 30% of electricity coming from offshore wind would also mean that 70% of Britain’s energy would be from renewable sources

Government throws its weight behind offshore wind power expansion

The government will throw its weight behind an expansion in the use of offshore wind power in the hope the renewable energy source will provide a third of the UK's electricity by 2030.

Redcar Wind Farm, North Sea

UK wind energy generation smashes record again

Wind energy in the UK set another record last week, with new figures revealing that more than 15GW of renewable energy was generated by wind technologies on Friday (8 February).

The lagoon’s backers also believe its prospects will be boosted by adding floating solar panels to the lagoon

Swansea tidal lagoon plan revived - without government funding

The backers of a pioneering project to harness energy from the tides off the Welsh coast have rebooted the scheme and believe they can build it without the help of government.

The survey states that the number of employees working within the LCRE economy in the UK grew from 208,300 in 2016 to 209,500 full-time equivalents in 2017

UK's low-carbon economy surpasses £44bn

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the UK's low-carbon economy has reached record heights, with the sector growing by almost 7% in 2017 to £44.5bn.

Last week, Siemens Gamesa launched a new 10MW wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 193 metres

Onshore limits on turbine size could make offshore wind cheaper

Offshore wind could become Britain's cheapest source of renewable power within a decade as planning constraints prevent the deployment of larger, more cost-efficient turbines onshore, new research has found.

Offshore wind capacity in 2018 'smashes' previous record

This year has seen a record-breaking amount of new UK offshore wind capacity installed, according to new figures from Renewable UK.

Wind generates record amount of electricity

Windfarms generated a record amount of electricity on Wednesday (28 November), according to National Grid.

'Genuinely bewildering': BEIS to allocate £60m for next CfD auction

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is set to finalise a draft allocation of £60m for the next Contract for Difference (CfD) auction, raising questions as to how the remaining £497m set aside for future auctions will be spent.

Floating wind capacity could reach 20GW by 2050

Floating offshore windfarms could provide up to 20GW of generation capacity by the middle of the century, a study commissioned by the Crown Estate Scotland has found.

Green Investment Group funnels £1.6bn into clean energy projects

The Green Investment Group made or arranged £1.6bn of investments in clean energy projects in the 12-months following its privatisation, according to the company's first annual progress report.

Report: Global offshore wind industry to 'be worth £30bn per year by 2030'

British companies are among the most likely to reap the rewards from the growth of the global offshore wind sector, which is set to be worth more than £30bn annually by 2030.

UK's wind generation capacity surpasses 20GW milestone

The UK's total wind generation capacity has reached 20GW for the first time, following the opening of the world's largest wind farm off the Cumbrian coast earlier this month.

Deforestation monitoring and £50m EV investments: The sustainability success stories of the week

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World's largest windfarm and women in boardrooms: The sustainability success stories of the week

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World's largest offshore windfarm opens off Cumbrian coast

The world's biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects.

Equinor considering offshore floating wind farm to power oil and gas platforms

Norwegian energy company Equinor has revealed that it is investigating the possibility of building a floating offshore wind farm to power two of its oilfields in the North Sea, in a move it claims would be the first of its kind in the oil and gas industry.

edie at 20: Despite the idiocy that is Brexit, we can do it

For edie's 20th anniversary, prominent environmental peer Lord Deben reflects on green policy, Brexit, carbon budgets and flat-earthers.

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.

UK Government plots course for additional offshore wind capacity

The UK Government has unveiled plans to add between 1GW to 2GW of renewable wind power annually throughout the 2020s, after Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry outlined the next wave of Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions.

Majority of UK consumers prefer products made using renewable energy

Almost three-quarters of UK consumers would purchase products from companies powered by renewable energy rather than firms that don't, according to new research conducted on behalf of offshore wind specialists Ørsted.

Government 'distorted figures', says Tidal Lagoon Power

The developer behind plans to build a £1.3bn tidal lagoon plant in Swansea Bay has accused the government of distorting figures used to justify its decision not to back the scheme.

Renewables hit record generation share high in UK

Renewable energy's share of electricity generation hit a new record high in the first quarter of this year despite increased demand caused by the "Beast from the East" cold snap, according to new government figures.

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.

Five things you probably didn't know about the UK's renewable export market

As a new report reveals that the UK's marine and wind energy companies exported goods and services to an impressive 44 countries across the globe last year, edie rounds up some of the key trends in the UK’s renewable imports and exports.

Shell joins Carbon Trust programme to drive lower offshore wind costs

Shell Global Solutions International BV, the technical services and technologies arm of oil and gas giant Shell, has today (June 21) announced that it has joined a Carbon Trust programme aimed at overcoming market barriers to offshore wind deployment.


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