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#SustyTalk: Budweiser Brewing Group's Mauricio Coindreau on renewable energy procurement

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Budweiser Brewing Group's head of procurement & sustainability Mauricio Coindreau.

Ikea states that achieving 100% renewable electricity through suppliers in Poland, China and India will save 670,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually

Ikea launches renewables programme for direct suppliers

Ikea has unveiled a new programme that will ensure that all of its direct suppliers are powered by 100% renewable electricity, as the retailer pushes towards its commitment to become 'climate positive' by 2030 by reducing more emissions than the value chain emits.

Pictured: Solar panels being installed on a farm in India

IEA: To reach net-zero, renewable energy investment in developing nations must increase sevenfold

Some $150bn was invested in clean energy in developing economies last year, according to new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis. But the Agency believes this figure must hit $1trn by 2030 to deliver a net-zero world.

If the same pace of investment is maintained, peak oil will happen “around 2030,” according to CMS Research

Study: World set to hit 'peak oil' by 2030 as energy majors shift to renewables

The world's largest oil and gas companies increased investment in clean energy by 34% in 2020, despite a 6% fall in global energy demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

AB InBev is aiming to reduce value chain emissions by 25% by 2025

AB InBev cuts emissions through new lightweight beer bottle design

The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has unveiled new lightweight beer bottles that have a reduced carbon footprint of 17% compared to its other bottle types, with plans in place to roll them out across Europe.

Pictured: Staff at the new solar farm in Texas, which took almost two years to complete. Image: Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch meets 100% renewable energy goal four years early

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch has achieved 100% renewable electricity for its beverage production activities in the US - a goal originally set for 2025.

Global average solar installation costs are likely to be down 10% year-on-year, according to the IEA

IEA: Renewables set to attract 70% of global energy investment in 2021

Global energy investment is likely to rebound to pre-pandemic levels this year, with most finance going towards renewables - but, ultimately, the new generation capacity financed will not be compatible with long-term climate goals.

HSBC must now publish a plan outlining its new phase-out policy

Shareholders pass vote for HSBC to phase-out global coal financing by 2040

Shareholders of HSBC have today passed a proposed management resolution that commits the bank to phase-out financing for the coal industry by 2040 worldwide, following successful campaigning from investors.

Image: SSE 

£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.

Bloomberg sees hydrogen playing a major role in sectors such as shipping and aviation 

Global hydrogen investment to grow 25-fold by 2040, Bloomberg predicts

Global annual investments in hydrogen totalled $1.5bn between 2018 and 2020, but the average could be $38bn by 2040, a new Bloomberg Intelligence report claims.

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Policy direction and pricing: How do we get all UK businesses to 100% clean electricity?

Poor policy direction, a lack of public awareness and financial challenges must all be overcome for the UK's private sector to deliver on the COP26 aim on clean energy, an expert panel has agreed.

Pictured: The West Burton A coal power plant in Nottinghamshire. Image: Richard Croft, CC ShareAlike 2.0, geograph commons

UK's electricity grid emissions up year-on-year, despite net-zero pledge

Data revealing that the carbon intensity of the UK's electricity was 5% higher in the first months of 2021 than 2020 has prompted industry calls for greater support for new wind, solar and nuclear capacity.

Low Carbon Hub believes that surplus energy produced from Ray Valley Solar will create more than £10m of community benefit funding

UK’s largest community-owned solar park to come online next year

The Ray Valley Solar project in Oxford is expected to come online next autumn, after Triodos Bank confirmed lending for what is expected to be the UK’s largest community-owned solar park.

The latest RECAI warns that future renewables deployment will require a further $5.2trn of investment

UK climbs energy investment rankings, but concerns persist over green finance availability

The UK has climbed one position to fourth in the rankings for EY's national attractiveness of renewable energy investment, but the organisation has warned that global green finance efforts need to improve considerably to meet clean energy demand for existing climate commitments.

EnergyTag states that there is currently no recognised system to verify hourly clean energy consumption

Google and Microsoft among businesses backing 24/7 clean energy tracking

More than 100 global companies, including PwC, Microsoft and Google, are taking part in a new worldwide initiative aimed at verifying clean energy sourcing on an hourly basis.

IEA: World must stop petrol and diesel car sales by 2035 for net-zero transition

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a landmark report outlining the sweeping changes needed in the power, energy and heat sectors if the world is to have the best chance of limiting temperature increases to 1.5C.

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edie kicks off new COP26 Primer report series with Clean Energy focus

As part of the brand-new Countdown to COP26 Festival of digital content and events, edie has this week launched a series of "Primer Reports" which provide need-to-know insights into the key themes of this year's crucial climate talks. First up: Clean Energy.

The groups are also calling for nuclear to be included in national emission reduction plans

Nuclear industry warns that planned closures could derail global net-zero transition

Key groups representing the global nuclear industry have penned an open letter to world leaders warning that the proposed retirement of existing nuclear plants could derail the net-zero transition, calling for the technology to have the same access to climate finance as renewables.

COP26 Primer: Clean Energy

edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance.

Pictured: Solar infrastructure in Shanghai

IEA: Renewable energy to account for 90% of new power expansion post-Covid-19

After capacity additions continued to grow during 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting that "exceptionally high" growth is likely to continue during this year and next.

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edie launches new business guide on flexible energy for net-zero

edie has today (10 May) launched a free guide outlining the key considerations, challenges and opportunities for businesses looking to trial and deploy flexible energy solutions.

Pictured: Scotland's Whitelee wind farm

Report: UK must more than double onshore wind capacity by 2030 to meet climate targets

RenewableUK is urging Ministers to set specific, legally binding 2030 targets for renewable energy generation to help deliver its net-zero target, including growing the nation's onshore wind capacity to 30GW.

Community campaigns can cover all manner of environmental topics, from habitat creation and restoration to phasing out plastics and lobbying for stronger climate policy

Cutting through cynicism: Why are community-level environmental campaigns so effective?

The debate around individual choices versus action from nations and big businesses has been ongoing in the environmental space for decades. But, increasingly, campaigns that are somewhere in the middle, at community level, are leading the way when it comes to getting results.

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.

Thousands of farms across Europe form Arla's supply chain, which it describes as a "micro food system"

Arla unveils new measures to help farmers self-generate renewable energy

After pledging to become a net-zero business, dairy major Arla Foods has outlined new measures to help farmers across the supply chain generate their own renewable energy and sell any excess.

Image: Johnson & Johnson Vision

Johnson & Johnson Vision to power global HQ with 100% solar electricity

Johnson & Johnson Vision, the manufacturer of ACUVUE contact lenses, has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a solar farm to cover 100% of the electricity consumption of its headquarters.

Pictured: Offshore wind turbines near Copenhagen

Electrified heat and hydrogen: Renewable energy deployment 'must grow fivefold by 2030'

To ensure that the global energy mix transitions in line with net-zero, wind and solar will need to be deployed at least five times faster than current rates by 2030 and hydrogen investment must scale dramatically.

Coal and gas demands could be higher this year than in 2019, but oil is set for a far slower recovery

Global energy emissions set to rebound as Covid-19 lockdowns lift, IEA warns

Global energy demand is rebounding rapidly from the Covid-19-related slump, with fossil fuels set to play a major role in meeting this demand, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning.

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.

Pictured: Off-grid, small-scale solar at a previous Ikea Foundation-funded project. Image: Ikea Foundation

Ikea Foundation to spend €1bn on climate programs within five years

Retail giant Ikea's charitable arm has outlined plans to spend an additional €1bn on initiatives supporting the low-carbon transition within five years.

 On average, supply chain emissions are up to 11.4 times higher than operational emissions

Salesforce launches new cloud hub for supply chain emissions

Salesforce has unveiled a new cloud-based hub that enables companies of all sizes to track and measure value chain emissions.

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.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside the UK's low-carbon heat transition

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie's monthly Net-Zero Business podcast was created. Up next, we talk low-carbon heat with Centrica Business Solutions and the Heat Pump Federation.

EO Charging is providing the hardware, software and operational oversight for the chargers across the UK

Amazon installs more than 800 EV chargers at UK sites

Amazon has confirmed that more than 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging points have been installed across its UK sites with "hundreds more" scheduled, as part of an ongoing partnership with Suffolk-based EO Charging.

Ground-mounted arrays accounted for the majority of capacity additions

UK's solar sector 'rebounding from pandemic and subsidy closures'

175MW of solar generation capacity was installed across the UK between January and March, according to new figures, compared to just 60MW in the same quarter of 2020.

Image: Joppe Rog/Patagonia. 

Patagonia launches campaign urging Brits to support community renewable energy

After successful campaigns on renewable, community-owned energy projects in the US and EU, Patagonia has begun supporting UK residents to follow suit.

Hydrogen pipes are seen at an oil refinery and gas processing plant in the Uralsk region, Kazakhstan

Gas grid operators outline plans for expanded EU 'hydrogen highway'

Gas network operators from 11 countries have joined the European hydrogen backbone initiative, presenting an updated vision for a pure hydrogen network of nearly 40,000km by 2040.

Pictured: Turbines at the Whitelee wind farm. Image: ScottishPower

ScottishPower planning 'UK's largest' green hydrogen electrolyser near Glasgow

With the publication of the UK's Hydrogen Strategy imminent, ScottishPower has unveiled plans to build a 20MW electrolyser, co-located with its Whitelee onshore wind farm.

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 commitment will support a broader $1.5trn sustainable finance goal that is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Bank of America commits $1trn to global sustainability initiatives

The Bank of America has increased an existing $300bn sustainable business initiatives fund to attempt to mobilise $1trn by 2030 for initiatives that will support the net-zero transition.

The net-zero commitments cover business operations, digital infrastructure and the sector’s historic emissions

Crypto Climate Accord aims for 100% renewables and net-zero digital currency by 2040

A new global accord has been set up to align the swelling cryptocurrency market with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement by ensuring that blockchain and energy-intensive currency mining systems are powered by renewables and reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

RouteZero will support the UK’s efforts to mobilise climate action in the build-up to COP26

RouteZero: Climate Group launches new initiative to decarbonise road transport

International non-profit the Climate Group had partnered with the UN High-Level Climate Champions to launch a new initiative aimed at getting businesses, cities and regions to completely decarbonise all forms of road transport.

A further 80 solar farms are to be introduced across the Army’s estate in the next seven years

British Army to switch on first solar farm as part of net-zero aspiration

The British Army is progressing with the first of four solar photovoltaic farms, which will save more than £1m in energy costs and help the Army reach net-zero emissions by 2045.

Apple will share experience and knowledge gained from its own move to 100% renewable energy to support suppliers taking up clean energy

More than 100 Apple suppliers to switch to 100% renewables

Apple has revealed that more than 100 of its manufacturing partners across the supply chain have agreed to source 100% renewable electricity for the production of Apple products, a move that looks set to avoid more than 15 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

A drop in energy demand and increased uptake in renewables are accountable for parts of the decline

Emissions covered by EU pricing markets fell 12% in 2020

Emissions regulated under the European Union's (EU) carbon market decreased by more than 12% last year, with the coronavirus severely limiting energy demand and industrial output.

Horizon Organic is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality before going beyond that milestone by removing or preventing additional carbon emissions

Danone-owned dairy giant unveils lifetime carbon emissions for its products

Horizon Organic, the largest USDA certified organic dairy brand in the world, has publicly disclosed the summary of life cycle assessments (LCA) for its whole milk half gallons, in a bid to outline areas of improvement as it strives to become "carbon positive" by 2025.

Pictured: Staff at Molson Coors' Burton brewery. Image:Molson Coors via CityPress 

Molson Coors set for 100% renewable electricity switch in the UK

Molson Coors Beverage Company, which produces drinks for brands including Carling and Doom Bar in the UK, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) that will enable it to transition to 100% renewable electricity in the UK.

Pictured: An artist's impression of co-located renewable electricity generation and flexibility assets. Image: Wärtsilä

UK must dramatically scale battery energy storage to meet net-zero, report reveals

If the UK is to align its energy sector with its net-zero target, domestic capacity for energy storage and other assets that enable flexibility will need to grow to 49.5GW this decade.

The report shows how fossil fuel investments have begun to underperform, while renewable energy investments increasingly outperform

Report: Investors ditching fossil fuel stocks as value drops by billions of dollars

The value of share offerings in fossil fuel firms has plummeted by $123bn since 2012, a new report has revealed.

#SustyTalk​: ING's Ben Colegrave on financing the hydrogen revolution

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with ING's director for corporate finance on energy, Benjamin Colegrave.

The Government has repeatedly been warned that it is off track to meet its target of two million 'green-collar' jobs by 2030

UK hosting 30,000 fewer green jobs than in 2014, official figures show

New data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that the UK hosted 202,100 low-carbon and renewable energy jobs in 2019 - 30,000 fewer than in 2014.

Wilko's face mask recycling and Sydney's net-zero buildings: 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.

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.

Pictured: An artist's impression of Sizewell C. Image: EDF

Businesses pledge to invest £4.4bn in Sizewell C, if the Government gives the green light

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed on EDF's Sizewell C nuclear power plant by more than 200 organisations, which have collectively pledged £4.4bn of investment around the project.

Pictured: Mangroves, which could provide an investment opportunity for those seeking biodiversity and carbon sequestration

Is biodiversity being forgotten in sustainable corporate finance?

EXCLUSIVE: The issuance of sustainability bonds and sustainability-linked loans in the private sector is gathering pace, but are businesses using them to help avert the nature crisis?

Pictured: Oxford, UK

UK cities leading the way on net-zero and renewable energy, report finds

Almost three-quarters (73%) of the UK's urban population live in towns and cities with net-zero targets and/or strong local policies on renewable energy, compared to a global average of just 25%.

The likes of Pernod Ricard and Nestle have already enshrined biodiversity into their sustainability strategies

Cutting through complexity: Can biodiversity be embedded into corporate strategies?

In recent months, the importance of biodiversity in combatting the climate crisis has reached a new level understanding, with policymakers and academics peering into this complex topic to try and outline how the private sector can champion it. Here, edie hears from the businesses that have already enshrined regenerative practices into their business model.

Aluminium is a key material for sectors including electric vehicles, but is regarded as high-impact and hard-to-abate in terms of climate impact

Recycled materials and CCS: Aluminium industry plots pathways to net-zero

The association representing more than 60% of the world's aluminium production has published new climate pathways for the sector, outlining how recycled materials, electrification and emerging technologies could cut emissions at scale.

Money needs to be re-aligned in order to stimulate this demand

IRENA: Existing solutions can spur progress to net-zero

Global power sourced from renewables is set to treble by 2050, with wind, solar and hydrogen all required to account for 90% of all decarbonisation solutions to push the global economy towards the 1.5C pathway, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.

Pictured: Octopus Renewables' onshore wind farm in Fraisethrope, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Brunel Pensions Partnership targets net-zero as Nest accelerates renewable energy investment

The UK's largest Government-backed pension scheme, Nest, has pledged £250m to renewable energy projects this year, while Brunel Pension Partnership has outlined a new net-zero target.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the proposed solar farm. Image: Nissan Motor Corporation Great Britain 

Nissan to install on-site solar farm at Sunderland plant

Nissan has unveiled plans to build a new solar farm at its Sunderland Plant - the facility at the heart of its Leaf electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing process.

Pictured: The coastline in Whitehaven, Cumbria

Report: Cumbria can create 9,000 green jobs by 2035, without a coal mine

Proponents of Cumbria's proposed coal mine often point to its potential to create 500 new roles. But the county could create thousands of jobs and attract billions of pounds of investment if it opts, instead, to expand low-carbon sectors.

Pearson’s science-based targets include a goal to achieve an absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% in the next 10 years against a 2018 baseline

Pearson targets net-zero carbon by 2030

Learning and education company Pearson has built on science-based targets set last year to commit to net-zero emissions in the next decade, as part of a new sustainable business plan published alongside an updated company strategy.

Image: The Port of Cromarty Firth

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.

Koala conservation and electric buses for COP26: 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.

The EU's Green New Deal is meant to see the EIB becoming 'the climate bank' for the bloc

EIB spent €890m on fossil gas since phase out pledge, activists say

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has invested €890m in gas projects since it pledged to phase out investments into fossil fuels by 2022, contradicting the bank's "gas is over" narrative, activists say.

Through 2030, investment opportunities will grow in sectors like wind and solar generation, the report states. Pictured: The Walney Extension offshore wind farm

Report: Strong net-zero policy could help UK attract £350bn of investment by 2050

The low-carbon energy transition in the UK could lead to the development of £350bn of investible assets by 2050 - but only if businesses and policymakers do more to support key sectors.

Almost half of the emissions reductions seen in 2020 are attributable to transport 

Fossil fuel emissions set to rebound after Covid-19 reductions, IEA warns

Globally, energy-related CO2 emissions fell 5.8% year-on-year in 2020 - but there are only a few months left for nations and businesses to prevent figures from surpassing pre-pandemic figures this year.

EDP's renewables target and eBay supports social enterprises: 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.

The success of the transition would hinge on enabling policies and roadmaps, steered by the UK Government

UK can create 200,000 jobs through clean technology drive

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has claimed that the UK can reach 100% renewable electricity in the next 11 years, with clean technology uptake set to create 200,000 new jobs provided the Government can deliver enabling policies.

Hydrogen is widely regarded as a key part of the UK’s transition to net-zero by 2050

Hydrogen: Is UK policy and industry at a tipping point?

Recent weeks have seen influential bodies urging the Government to publish the Hydrogen Strategy sooner rather than later. In tandem, announcements have been made about hydrogen-powered homes and vehicles. So, is the UK's hydrogen revolution about to begin?

Like many fossil fuel majors, Shell has significantly changed business plans in the wake of the IPCC's landmark report and, latterly, Covid-19

Shell reaches peak oil and emissions as it plots net-zero pathway

Shell has published an updated business strategy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and its pledge to reach net-zero emissions, which confirms that 2019 will be its peak in terms of oil production.

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.

The company recorded a 12% reduction in relative carbon emissions from its breweries in 2019

Carlsberg closes in on carbon reduction goals

Brewing giant Carlsberg's latest sustainability report has revealed that the company has reduced carbon emissions by 39% since 2015, as it closes in on a goal to halve brewery emissions by 50% by 2022.

This month's innovations could drive significant change in the energy, shipping and agri-food sectors

Seaweed animal feed and solar panels made from waste fruit: The best green innovations of January 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 January 2021.

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.

The Biden Administration is expected to reverse more than 100 climate-related policies introduced by Trump

Biden signs flurry of executive orders on nature conservation and fossil fuels

After re-committing the US to the Paris Agreement last week, President Biden has this week signed a string of executive orders around nature conservation and minimising emissions from the energy sector.

Currently, corporate commitments under the Race to Zero campaign cover more than 12% of the global economy and $9.8trn in revenue

COP26 President launches challenge to deliver net-zero 'tipping points' in every sector

The UN High-Level Climate Champions and COP26 President Alok Sharma have today (28 January) unveiled a radical new roadmap to push the global economy towards net-zero emissions, targeting a range of near-term, sectoral tipping points to deliver decarbonisation.

Images (L-R): CORE, Orsted, Adobe Stock

Spotlight on renewables: How did the UK's energy mix change in 2020?

EU data released this week revealed that renewable generation overtook coal and gas in 2020. But what happened in the UK's renewable energy markets in 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic? Here, we round up the key facts and stats on capacity and output.

The net-zero ambition will be delivered through the creation of an internal “climate change taskforce” led by chief operation officer Vyacheslav Solomin

EN+ Group commits to net-zero by 2050

Aluminium and hydropower giant EN+ Group has announced its intention to become a net-zero business by 2050, with a target also in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030.

The facility is due to begin producing hydrogen in 2024

Total and Engie partner on France's largest green hydrogen production site

Energy majors Total and Engie have signed a cooperation agreement to bring France's largest renewable hydrogen production site online on the southern coast.

Gas and renewables have proven more resilient to the impacts of the pandemic than oil

McKinsey: Global fossil fuel demand will peak in 2027

One of the world's largest consultancies has published analysis outlining how global fossil fuel demand could peak by 2027. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating trends in electrification and energy efficiency.

Renewable energy workers have been described as "unfazed" by the pandemic

In numbers: How Covid-19 has impacted renewable energy workers

A survey of 16,000 energy professionals across 166 countries has provided a global snapshot of the ways in which the pandemic has affected salaries, industry growth and career plans. Here, edie rounds up the key takeaways.

Pictured: Drax's power station in North Yorkshire, where two coal units will close later this year. Image: Drax/ A.Chadwick

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

Coal and gas have routinely accounted for 60% of electricity generation in Britain over the past week, sparking concerns around the nation's ability to maintain energy security in a low-carbon manner during winter weather conditions.

Sky has introduced a new Planet Test for TV production

Sky confirmed as COP26 principal media partner

Sky has been named as the principal media partner for the COP26 climate summit and has published new sustainability criteria for its TV productions.

Stanlow Ellesmere Port, one of the selected project locations

Funding allocated to six projects aiming to develop world's first net-zero industrial cluster

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has selected six projects across the UK that will receive a share of £8m in funding to drive progress towards creating the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040.

The research warns that up to 10 million jobs will need to be replaced or retained as part of the net-zero transition

Report: 10 million high-carbon jobs to be retrained or replaced as part of net-zero transition

Research from a new cross-party programme exploring the net-zero transition in the UK has warned that 10 million jobs will either need to be retrained or replaced if the nation is to meet its climate commitments.

Pictured: Black giving an interview with Sky News in 2019. Image: ECIU

ECIU founder Richard Black steps down as director

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has confirmed that its founder Richard Black is stepping down as director, after setting up the environmental non-profit in 2014.

The UK's oil and gas sector employs 270,000+ people and pays £350m+ in taxes annually

UK's oil and gas sector outlines net-zero vision, but remains reluctant to downsize

The watchdog for the UK's oil and gas industry has published a strategy designed to align businesses with the 2050 net-zero target, but green groups want more done to cap production and increase investment in renewables.

Oliver joined M&S full-time in 2017, having previously undertaken contracted work for the retailer

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Oliver Knowles, M&S Property

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: M&S Property's R&D manager, Oliver Knowles.

Under some scenarios being explored by the Government, solar PV capacity could reach between 80-120GW of capacity

Government ponders 120GW of solar to help reach net-zero

On the same day that the Energy White Paper was unveiled, the Government also launched a new consultation on how financing and deployment of renewable technologies can accelerate action towards net-zero, with up to 120GW of solar capacity mooted as a means to quadruple green energy nationally.

The White Paper builds on the Ten Point Plan and National Infrastructure Strategy

Five things you need to know about the Energy White Paper

After months of delays, the UK Government finally unveiled its Energy White Paper on Monday (14 December) detailing how an overhaul to transport, energy and infrastructure will deliver an "overwhelmingly decarbonised power in the 2030s" on the road to net-zero by 2050.

Green Groups have welcomed the announcement, but more detail is still being required

An 'undisputed urgency to act': Green economy reacts to the Energy White Paper

The Government has unveiled the long-awaited Energy White Paper today (14 December), with green groups welcoming the focus it provides to both job growth and rapid decarbonisation in order to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Chancellor announced in March the UKEF would receive an additional £2bn to finance clean energy projects overseas

UK Government to end support for overseas fossil fuel projects

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the UK Government will end financing and support for overseas fossil fuel projects in the build-up to COP26 in 2021.

The company has also committed to becoming carbon negative across its operations and business travel by 2030

Jacobs reaches 100% renewables and net-zero emissions for business operations

Engineering firm Jacobs has revealed it is now powered by 100% renewable energy and has reached net-zero emissions for its operations and business travel, pledging to become carbon negative by 2030.

Image: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Bloomberg NEF: Pandemic's effect on renewable energy investment has hit developing nations hardest

Covid-19 has slowed renewable energy investment globally in 2020 - but developed nations are likely to see similar levels of investment to 2019, which was a record year, while developing nations will take a bigger hit.

Pictured: The rooftop solar array at Amazon's Tilbury fulfillment centre

Amazon reveals plans for 26 new large-scale renewable energy projects

Amazon has confirmed a major renewable energy investment project that will see it finance the construction of 26 new wind and solar projects totalling 3.4GW of generation capacity.

Image: Starbucks corporate

Starbucks outlines next steps on renewable energy and regenerative agriculture

Starbucks has outlined the first steps it will take to meet the 2030 sustainability targets it launched earlier this year, headlined by commitments to halve emissions, water use and waste sent to landfill.

McDonald's has been one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchasers in the US since 2008

McDonald's to finance three major new renewable energy projects in the US

McDonald's has completed new virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for two major wind farms and a large portfolio of solar projects across three US states.

More than 90% of the hydrogen produced globally each year is fossil-based

Energy giants team up to halve green hydrogen costs by 2026

Companies including Orsted and Iberdrola have teamed up in a bid to increase the world's green hydrogen production fifty-fold by 2026 - in a move they claim will halve costs.


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