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The largest US companies are increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts while improving their bottom lines.

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.

L-R: Jason Shipstone, Head of R&D, Drax Group; Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, C-Capture Ltd; Andy Koss, CEO Drax Power; Prof Christopher Rayner, Technical Director, C-Capture Ltd; Carl Clayton, Research and Innovation Engineer, Drax Group.

Drax launches Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project

Energy group Drax has announced today (21 May) that it will lead the first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in Europe during a trial of new technology at its north Yorkshire power station.

The ONS’ definition of the EGSS covers a range of green industries, including renewables generation, waste management and recycling, wastewater, and environmental consultancy

Environmental goods sector outstrips rest of UK economy

The UK's environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) grew almost four times faster than the wider economy between 2010-2015, the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have revealed.

Almost half of the gas industry’s hopes for new power stations for Europe are slated for the UK

'From coal to clean' - UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

The UK has no need to build new large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025, the World Wide Fund for Nature has argued.

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.

A new carbon goal is compliant with the Paris Agreement’s pledge to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5C, according to the strategy

Mayor Sadiq Khan unveils goals to make London world's 'greenest city'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to make the capital the "greenest" city in the world by 2050, with a series of targets put in place to improve air quality, boost renewables investments and halve food waste.

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Powering ahead: Carlsberg and National Trust to discuss onsite renewables in edie's next webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to explore the options on onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption are encouraged to tune into a free webinar later this month, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

UPS has a long history with electric vehicles, having first introduced them into its fleet in the US in the 1930s

UPS to trial electric delivery fleet in UK and France

UPS announced on Wednesday (9 May) it will trial a pilot fleet of 35 fully electric delivery vehicles (EVs) in the English and French capitals, with a view to a wider rollout.

The UK is the second biggest renewable energy employer in Europe with 118,200 jobs

Global renewable energy jobs exceed 10 million

The number of people employed in the renewable energy industry globally has surpassed 10 million for the first time following the creation of 500,000 new roles in 2017, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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.

Separate collection for municipal biowaste will become mandatory across the European Union as of 2023 under the EU’s revised waste framework directive

Worries mount over waste incineration as 'renewable energy'

A coalition of green NGOs and industries in the business of recycling, chemicals, forestry and the bio-based economy wrote to policymakers on Thursday (3 May), urging them to prevent incineration of unrecyclable waste from being counted as renewable energy.

The report predicts that marine energy has the potential to displace natural gas generation on the grid

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by £1.4bn by 2030, report finds

The UK's tidal stream could deliver £1.4bn to the UK economy by 2030, with wider marine technologies helping to reduce national carbon emissions by up to four million metric tonnes a decade later.

edie dives deep into the data to bring you seven key statistics of the global energy transformation

Clean Energy for All: Seven reasons why the world is falling short on SDG 7

As a new report warns that the global economy is not on track to deliver on the clean energy targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), edie rounds up some of the headline trends that are shaping the transition to renewable energy and offer a glimmer of hope that targets can still be reached.

More than £227m was invested in 400 new independent renewable energy projects across Great Britain in 2017

Subsidy cuts slow growth of independent renewables, report finds

Investment in new, independent renewable energy projects in the UK totalled £227m in 2017, down by almost 20% from 2016 figures, according to a new report published this week.

It was widely expected that many projects would be unable to compete in the post-ROC environment, but many new projects are beginning to compete in the subsidy-free era

Subsidy-free solar powers UK's renewable energy attractiveness

Despite a large drop in renewable energy investment in 2017, the UK has climbed three places in a ranking of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, thanks to a move towards subsidy-free solar PV.

The agreement also covers a £6m investment to install the world’s largest and most powerful grid emulation system

World's largest wind turbine to be trialled in the UK

The world's largest wind turbine is to be trialled in the UK after GE Renewable Energy signed a five-year research and development deal with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

WEBINAR: How to uncover savings and improve your operational performance through energy insight

Our expert panel will discuss how to use advanced energy insights to help you to uncover savings and improve your operational performance.

Ports accounted for 2.6% of the transport sector’s total nitrogen oxide emissions

Renewables could help UK shipping ports reduce 'neglected' pollution source, says report

A switch to 100% renewable electricity for ships berthing at UK ports could reduce emissions, improve local air quality and save the UK up to £483m in health-related costs, according to a new report.

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.

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

Walmart's Project Gigaton and Costa's leadership on coffee cup recycling feature in the fourth edition of edie's new content series which rounds up some of the world's most inspirational sustainability initiatives that are transforming business, for good.

Apple claims that since 2011, its renewable projects have slashed GHG emissions from its facilities by 54% and saved almost 2.1 million metric tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere

Apple powers all global facilities with 100% clean energy

Tech giant Apple has announced that all of its global facilities is powered with 100% renewable energy.

BNEF predicts that the global energy storage market will double six times by 2030

BP and Google set to embrace battery boon

Major oil firm BP will work with Tesla to run a battery storage pilot at one of its windfarm projects in South Dakota, while Google has revealed it is "investigating" battery projects for later this year.

Scottish ministers recently published plans to reduce emissions 90% by 2050

Scotland smashes onshore wind record

Experts have hailed the "incredible amount" of power produced by Scotland's onshore wind turbines in the first quarter of 2018, which is up 44% on the first three months of last year.

The deal will help Northumbrian Water achieve 125,000 tonnes of CO2 savings each year – more than 600 times the weight of the Angel of the North

Northumbrian Water goes 100% renewable through green deal with Orsted

Northumbrian Water will power all 1,858 of its sites using renewable electricity for the next four years after signing a deal with Danish energy supplier Orsted.

edie brings seven surprising statistics that shaped investment into renewables in 2017

UK's struggle and Mexico's rise: Seven surprising stats about global clean energy investment

A new report from UN Environment and Bloomberg New Energy Finance has outlined the global trends of renewable energy investment, which grew by 2% last year. edie dives through the data to bring seven surprising statistics.

Wind and solar generated 18.33 terawatt hours (TWh), with nuclear on 16.69TWh, the figures published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

Windfarms and solar panels produced more electricity than the UK's eight nuclear power stations for the first time at the end of last year, official figures show.

Analysis by Aurora suggested 9GW of solar, 5GW to 6GW of onshore wind and 3GW to 4GW of offshore wind could be built without subsidies by the end of the next decade

Britain on course for £20bn subsidy-free renewables 'revolution'

Britain is on the brink of a subsidy-free renewables "revolution" which could create up to 18GW of new capacity by 2030 and attract £20 billion of investment, analysts have claimed.

This expansion would support the creation of 27,000 skilled jobs across the UK, mainly located in coastal areas, compared to the 11,000 it employs today

UK offshore wind sector unveils 30GW vision by 2030

The offshore wind sector has unveiled plans to double its generation output by 2030.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place TODAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'

Taking place today 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.

Historic Environment Scotland worked with Royal Household to reduce carbon emissions at the Palace of Holyroodhouse by 40%

UK charities and heritage sites saved £7m through onsite renewables in 2017

More than 100 not-for-profit organisations, including the National Trust, RSPB and Oxfam, have collectively saved almost £7m on energy procurement costs from fossil fuel sources, after generating more than 48GWh on renewable energy to power estates in 2017.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place TUESDAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'

Taking place tomorrow 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.

Statoil’s “broad energy” approach will see it build up a renewable energy portfolio that accounts for 15-20% of total capex on new energy solutions by 2030

Equinor: Statoil to change name in recognition of energy transition

Norwegian energy giant Statoil is proposing a name change to stakeholders, in recognition of the company's diverse energy strategy that aims to increase investments into renewables and new energy solutions.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place on Tuesday: Live energy innovation webinar

Energy experts from Aggregate Industries and Oxford University are among the confirmed speakers for a live, interactive webinar taking place on Tuesday 20 March which will focus on delivering the smart grid of the future, today.

Energy management experts from manufacturing and retail firms across the country came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges around energy resilience

Energy resilience roundtable: Paving the path to a clean energy future

Energy management experts from some of the world's biggest manufacturers and retailers recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy resilience.

The agreement is subject to approval from both companies’ boards, and regulatory and anti-trust approvals

E.ON to acquire Innogy from RWE in strategic renewables deal

E.ON is set to acquire Innogy from RWE, in a far-reaching asset swap that will see Eon concentrate on retail and networks, while RWE focuses on renewables and other forms of generation.

Investments into projects will be repaid and recycled into additional initiatives across the Greater Manchester region

Greater Manchester launches £15m infrastructure renewables fund

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has created a new £15m loan fund for property developers and infrastructure providers to increase uptake of renewable energy use on development projects.

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.

Private investors will be exposed to 88% of the spending on unnecessary fossil fuel projects under this prediction

Climate policies place $1.6trn fossil fuel costs at risk, report warns

Fossil fuel companies are exposed to $1.6trn in potential expenditure by basing business decisions on existing policies rather than international climate goals, while businesses committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity will require $94bn to reach their goals.

Ikea recently joined a collective energy switch that promises an exclusive 100% renewable electricity tariff

Ikea boosts sustainable products and renewable energy sourcing

The world's biggest furniture retailer has made strides in its mission to deliver sustainable products and transition to renewable energy, Ikea's latest global sustainability report has shown.

Visa joins the likes of Nike, Telefonica, Kellogg’s and Schneider Electric in targeting a transition to 100% renewables

Visa pledges to use 100% renewable electricity by 2019

Digital payments multinational Visa has become the latest firm to join The Climate Group's RE100 project with a pledge to use 100% renewable across its operations by 2019.

Sector insight: The state of sustainability in the public sector

This exclusive insight report explores the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainability in the UK's public sector.

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.

Basel’s own energy supply company powers the city’s electricity, which is already 100% renewable

CDP: 100 global cities use renewables for at least 70% of electricity needs

More than 100 global cities are now sourcing at least 70% of their electricity from renewables sources, new research has found.

Regulator Ofgem has estimated that 4.4% of non-domestic schemes were non-compliant during 2016-17, with around £3m in estimated overpayments to RHI participants

NAO: Renewable Heat Incentive has not achieved value for money

The UK Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has "not achieved value for money", according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

After plummeting by 60% in the previous 12 months, coal output fell by a further 25%, leaving it as the “preserve of colder months”

Renewable output rises by more than a quarter in the UK

Renewable output rose by 27% over 2017 due to windier weather and new capacity coming online, according to the latest Electric Insights report from Imperial College London.

Second-life batteries from Renault EVs will be used to store renewable energy produced by the island’s solar and wind farms

Renault EVs and battery storage used for Portuguese 'smart island' project

Automaker Renault has agreed to partner with a Portuguese utility company to transform the island of Porto Santo into a "Smart Fossil Free Island" that combines electric vehicles (EV) with renewable energy.

Bob Dudley, group chief executive of BP, said his company and the wider world must deliver a “far more decisive break from the past”

BP Energy Outlook: Renewables will grow five-fold by 2040

Renewable energy sources and electric vehicles are expected to be some of the biggest forces shaping the global energy transition up to 2040, according to an annual report from BP.

For every switch, Ikea will receive a commission payment, which will support local community initiatives within each store’s area

Ikea joins Big Clean Switch to offer 100% renewable energy tariff

Ikea is calling for households to join its latest joint venture - a collective energy switch that promises an exclusive 100% renewable electricity tariff.

The growth of renewables looks set to generate huge costs savings for the EU, with the report noting that £17.8bn could be saved annually by 2030

EU can double renewables and boost economy, report finds

A cost-effective approach to integration with the European Union (EU) could help the bloc double the percentage of renewable energy that it uses, while bringing Member States in line with a collective goal to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.

Water bills on the archipelago have surged recently due to more frequent droughts and storms, while warming waters have brought seasonal jellyfish plagues and degraded marine ecosystems

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

The Balearic islands' government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government.

While renewable energy companies are said to be holding their own, the outperformance is driven by companies involved in the provision of products and services related to energy efficiency

Report: Green businesses double performance of fossil fuel peers

Clean energy investments have almost doubled the performance of fossil fuel energy stocks over the past year and a half, new figures have revealed.

The company had already reached its 2020 emission targets for production

Drop the C: Heineken outlines science-based targets ambition

Brewer Heineken has today (12 February) unveiled a new sustainability strategy that commits to ramping up renewable energy production, piloting an internal carbon price and setting science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging.

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.

AT&T’s purchase represents a big step in the company’s goal to deliver carbon savings 10 times the footprint of its operations by 2025

AT&T strikes major wind power deal

The world's largest telecoms company AT&T has announced the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the US with a deal to buy 520MW of wind power.

Last week BP announced it will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months

BP set to 'embrace low-carbon world' with $500m investment

BP has pledged to invest $500m into low-carbon solutions after posting a strong financial performance in 2017.

Falling costs, leading nations and future trends are all outlined in the report

Winds of change: Seven key statistics of Europe's booming offshore wind industry

A new report released today (6 February) from WindEurope highlights a record year for Europe and UK offshore wind projects. Diving into the data, edie brings you seven surprising statistics, from the continent's booming offshore industry.

Less than 6% of this auction’s power reserve comes from renewables, while less than 2% is covered through energy storage. In contrast, coal secured an 8% share

Capacity Market Auction: 'Bizarre' Government policies blocking renewables funding

The provisional results of the latest Capacity Market Auction were released by National Trust today (2 February), leading to the closure on a coal-fired power plant and concerns from the renewables sector that clean technologies are being blocked from finance.

Last year, Ørsted completely divested its upstream oil and gas business, as part of the pledge to phase-out coal from its heat and power generation by 2023

Ørsted chief calls for 'high pace' climate and SDG action

Danish energy giant Ørsted's chief executive has highlighted the severe threats of climate change and the unique opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the company's latest sustainability report, which outlined the company's transition away from fossil fuels.

Creagh had hoped that last month’s cabinet reshuffle would shed some light on improved progress, but response was either non-existent or negative

Government's SDG implementation 'a total fail', says EAC chair

The UK Government's attempts at addressing and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been labelled "a total fail" by the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh.

Britain increased its share of wind, solar and biomass from 8% in 2010 to 27% in 2017

Report: Britain ahead of EU pack in low-carbon transition

The UK's growth in renewable generation this decade has outstripped nearly all other European countries, according to new research.

Two agreed wind farm contracts will account for 60% of T-Mobile's energy needs

T-Mobile targets $100m energy cost savings through RE100 commitment

Telecoms firm T-Mobile has signified an intention to source 100% renewable electricity by 2021, in a move that will see the company save around $100m in energy costs and join the Climate Group's RE100 initiative.

V2G technology allows EVs to be fully integrated into the electricity grid and could help improve grid capability to handle renewable power. Photo: Nissan

Nissan sheds light on 'world first' vehicle-to-grid project

Nissan has revealed that its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstrator project will target 1000 installations over the next three years, as the car giant aims to help make the UK grid "more sustainable and more stable".

The North West Cambridge Development is one of the largest capital project in the University’s history

University of Cambridge installs 1,500 solar panels at new district

Almost 1,500 solar panels have been installed at the University of Cambridge's new 150-hectare district, with the array expected to slash energy usage by more than 298MWh a year.

There is a strong uptake for corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the US but growth in Europe has been far slower, according to a new report. [Walmart / Flickr]

Businesses accelerate progress towards 100% renewables

Renewables are becoming the energy source of choice for corporate electricity users, according to a new report by The Climate Group published in Davos on Tuesday (23 January), which shows a growing number of multinationals lining up to meet 100% of their power needs from green power.

Budweiser is calling on other brands to adopt the symbol to help create a new movements that celebrates renewable electricity

Budweiser launches renewables label to celebrate 100% clean energy commitment

Global brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is placing a renewable electricity label on any Budweiser beer that has been brewed using 100% renewable electricity, as part of a communications push to educate consumers on the firm's sustainability strategy.

Critics have warned that the levies will stifle investment in US solar projects, while US manufacturers will be unable to scale up to meet any new demand

Trump Administration's 'safeguard' tariff set to damage US solar sector

President Donald Trump has moved to safeguard domestic solar manufacturers by placing a 30% tariff on imported solar modules, however critics believe that it will inadvertently stifle manufacturers that are unable to scale-up to cope with demand.

The power purchase agreement means that Nike is now more than half way to its commitment of sourcing 100% renewable energy across owned and operated facilities worldwide

Nike goes 100% renewable across North America

Sportswear giant Nike is now more than half way towards its pledge to source 100% renewable energy globally, after signing a power purchase agreement with a Texan windfarm that will make the company's entire North American operations completely powered by renewables.

Rising populations and increased wealth in non-OECD nations will drive energy demand, which will offset emission reductions

Report: Global emissions to plateau in 2030, but Paris goals out of reach

New insight from business advisors McKinsey Energy Insights has suggested that "major shifts" in the energy landscape driven by renewables and electric vehicles (EVs) will see global emissions plateau in 2030, but progress is nowhere near close to the 2 degrees Paris Agreement target.

The plant generates approximately 65GWh of solar energy annually, saving more than 21,000 tonnes of carbon emissions as a result

Shell inks five-year deal with England's largest solar power plant

Shell Energy Europe has agreed a five-year supply deal to source renewable power from the second largest solar power plant in the UK.

The fall of 56% in the UK was the steepest decline, far out-stripping the decrease of 26% for Europe as a whole

UK green energy investment halves after policy changes

Investment in clean energy plunged further in Britain than in any other country last year because of government policy changes, new figures show.

The project will also offer businesses the chance to develop and test renewables and smart energy technologies on campus

Keele University launches Europe's first at-scale smart energy living laboratory

Siemens has been appointed to transform a West Midlands University campus into the largest integrated, living laboratory for smart energy, gas and heating technologies.

The average cost of electricity from onshore wind is said to have fallen by 23% in the last seven years, with projects now routinely commissioned at around four cents/kWh

All renewables to compete on cost with fossil fuels by 2020, says IRENA

A fresh report has predicted that all renewable energy technologies will compete, and even undercut, fossil fuels on price within the next two years.

The project will deliver annual return rates of 11.4% over a 20-year timeframe – a discounted net value of more than €8.3m

Amazon completes lucrative solar roof installation

Online retailer Amazon has had a 964 kWp rooftop solar system installed at a new logistics centre in central Italy, as the company continues its transition to source 100% renewable electricity.

Over the last five years, the CDC has made an average annual return on net assets of 12.9%

UK strengthens green finance links in India

The UK's development finance institution has announced the formation of an independent solar and wind generation company that will focus on developing renewable capacity across India and other South Asia nations.

The project has kickstarted with the purchase of the 5MW Newton Downs solar farm near Plymouth from renewable electricity supplier Good Energy

New £40m partnership to help UK communities take over solar farms

A £40m investment partnership has been launched with the aim of helping communities take ownership of solar farms across the country.

A new Scottish Climate Change Bill is set to be published in 2018

Carbon footprint of Scottish homes slashed by 25%

Scottish households have reduced their emissions footprint by an average of 25% in eight years thanks to the growth of renewables and improved energy efficiency measures, new analysis has found.

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons

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.

Since 2012, Britain has halved its emissions in the electricity sector and now ranks as the seventh cleanest power system in the world.

UK enjoys 'greenest year ever' in 2017

Britain achieved its 'greenest year ever' in 2017 thanks to 13 new records across the clean energy sector, according to analysis from WWF.

For businesses, energy storage helps to maintain reliable supply, reduce wastage and save money

Integrated storage and renewables tipped to be worth $23bn by 2026

The global energy storage and renewables integration (ESRI) will be worth more than $23bn by 2026, according to new analysis from clean energy researchers.

RenewableUK will be making its members aware of the report and making sure they also contribute to the project

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.

The signatories are brought together under the RE-Source Platform, a coalition pushing for greater corporate sourcing of renewable energy in Europe

Corporate giants urge EU to back 35% renewables target

A coalition comprising some of the world's biggest companies has urged EU energy ministers to back a 35% target for renewable energy when they meet in Brussels next Monday (18 December).

Schneider Electric’s commitment to the EP100 initiative will see the company double its energy productivity by 2030 against a 2005 baseline

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.

The REA claims that current policy signals would create a “medium deployment” scenario of 8GW by the end of 2021

UK can deliver 12GW of battery storage with stronger policies, report finds

A new report estimates that 12GW of subsidy-free battery deployment could be possible in the UK by 2021, despite only 0.6 GW of capacity being installed and operational so far, but only if the Government learns from past failings in the solar market.

The renewables and waste sectors are seen as critical parts of the UK's low-carbon transition

Waste and renewables sectors call on UK to realise integrated energy system opportunity

Fulfiling the "significant opportunity" offered by the integration of readily available low-carbon technologies across the UK's energy system will require greater collaboration between the public and private sector.

The energy resilience webinar will take place on 30 November at 11am and is free to tune into

One-hour webinar on building business energy resilience

Join energy management experts from M&S, Landsec and Centrica Business Solutions on Thursday 30 November at 11am for a live, interactive webinar exploring the practical steps businesses can take to achieve energy resilience.

Hewett will begin his new role at the start of January 2018. In the meantime, he will continue in his position leading on policy for the STA

Solar Trade Association names Chris Hewett as new chief

Chris Hewett has been handed the role of chief executive of the Solar Trade Association (STA).

MEPs supported increasing the Commission’s proposed 27% target to 35% without imposing binding national targets

MEPs vote for stronger EU efficiency and renewable energy targets

MEPs voted on Tuesday (28 November) in favour of increasing efficiency and renewable energy targets, in a decisive morning for EU energy and climate policy that provoked both jubilation and disappointment.

British papermaker James Cropper has invented what it claims is “the world’s first upcycling process” for used disposable paper cups

In practice: James Cropper's upcycling solution for the coffee cup conundrum

Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. First up: James Cropper's upcycling system for paper cups.

The six-page guide is ideal for any individual or organisation looking to capitalise on the business benefits offered up by energy storage

Energy storage: edie launches free business guide to battery technology

Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits of energy storage now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about the technology.

Packages are distributed from UPS's Camden depot via power-assisted trailers, before being delivered to homes and businesses via bicycle or on foot

UPS trials sustainable delivery system in London

Delivery firm UP is testing a delivery system which sees a power-assisted trailer make last mile deliveries in central London in a bid to reduce congestion and emissions.

Carlsberg Sverige’s brewery in Falkenberg benefits from the well-functioning infrastructure and availability of biogas from the Swedish grid

Carlsberg unveils first carbon-neutral brewery

Beverage giant Carlsberg has launched its first brewery with zero-carbon emissions, as part of the Danish firm's overarching pledge to achieve carbon-neutral status by 2030.

The 12,000 LED retrofit has seen Guadalajara generate immediate electricity savings of approximately 68% compared to the previous lighting system

In practice: Guadalajara's 12,000 LED street light retrofit from Philips

Philips Lighting has this week completed a LED retrofit across the Spanish City of Guadalajara that will help the city council realise huge energy efficiency and carbon savings.

edie has pooled together seven standout predictions from the International Energy Association's World Energy Outlook 2017 report

World Energy Outlook: Seven key trends shaping the low-carbon economy

A rising electrification of energy, rapid deployment of renewable energy sources, and a steady decline of the coal industry are all predicted as major shifts in the global energy scene over the next 25 years in the International Energy Association's (IEA) annual flagship publication.

Total back-up capacity needed in 2040 is expected to remain at 2017 levels of 70GW

Balancing act: Storage and flexible energy vital to UK’s renewables tipping point

The cost of generating energy from wind and solar in the UK is expected to halve by 2040, but the expected future power system volatility will lead to more economic opportunities for flexible energy sources and storage capacity.

At a global level, the report claims that the evolution of generation and storage technologies makes the growth of renewables “unstoppable”

Pricing mechanisms needed to secure renewable energy acceleration, report finds

Falling costs in renewable energy technologies has put the UK on course to meet its 2030 renewables development objective, but a higher carbon price market is needed to spur acceleration, a new report from global IT consultancy Capgemini has found.

As part of the Government’s commitment to energy innovation, it unveiled an £84m fund for artificial intelligence and robotics

UK Government backs 'virtual power plant' platform and robotics research

Battery developers Moixa has secured government funding to expand its flexible energy platform that transforms third-party batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) into "virtual power plants", while the UK Government has also unveiled an £84m fund for robotics and energy innovation.

Renewable energy in the supply chain

This new report focuses on the opportunity for companies to amplify their carbon reduction efforts by driving renewables through their supply chains. Given how easy it is to choose renewable electricity in the UK, businesses could be doing more to engage with their suppliers.

The report suggests that corporates could ignite a “domino effect” that improved data disclosure, stimulated demand for renewables and created a “virtuous low-carbon circle”.

Domino effect: Businesses urged to promote renewables into supply chains

Corporates that leverage their purchasing power for renewable energy could create a "domino effect" that improves the energy efficiency of supply chains to create more clean generation capacity, a new report from SmartestEnergy has found.

P&G claims to have increased the number of manufacturing sites that deliver zero-waste-to-landfill by 17%

P&G closes in on zero-waste and renewables targets

The Procter & Gamble (P&G) company has nearly doubled its renewable energy consumption in the past year thanks to a new $200m biomass facility, the consumer goods firm's latest citizenship report has revealed.


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