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

Ørsted's Walney Extension, the world's largest wind farm, pushed the UK over the 20GW mark

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.

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

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

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

Lyft had revealed it will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (REC) through clean services firm 3Degrees

Lyft offsetting all its emissions as it pushes for 100% renewable energy

Ridesharing firm Lyft has announced that it is a "fully carbon-neutral company", while also agreeing to meet its entire electricity demand through renewable sources.

The report predicts that global fossil fuel demand will enter an

Report: Fossil fuel demand to peak in the 2020s due to clean energy growth

The global transition to clean energy and low-carbon technologies is set to be much quicker than previously expected, with worldwide demand for fossil fuels set to peak in the 2020s.

McKinsey & Company and RBS have committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2025

Sony and RBS among latest RE100 pledges

Global electronics firm Sony, management consultants McKinsey & Company, office space company WeWork and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have all pledged to transition to 100% renewable energy through the Climate Group's RE100 initiative.

The supersizing of windfarms around the British coastline means Walney Extension will not hold its title for long. Image: Ørsted

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.

Clean energy projects will benefit from increased investment alongside schools, hospitals, transport and digital connectivity

Scottish clean energy projects to get increased investment

Clean energy has been promised a share of an extra £1.5 billion per annum pledged by Nicola Sturgeon for infrastructure in Scotland.

The REA claims that the closure of the solar export tariffs would put thousands of jobs in the UK's solar sector at risk

40% of solar installers 'set to leave UK amid subsidy cuts'

Companies accounting for more than 40% of the UK's solar installation industry could leave the national market if the Government does not extend the export tariff and provide a replacement for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme.

The installations are double the previous annual record set in 2013 and account for one-fifth of total onshore wind capacity in the UK

Policy to stifle onshore wind sector following record year for installations, report warns

The UK Government is risking billions of pounds of new investment opportunities by failing to open up new avenues to deployment for the onshore wind sector, according to a new report from industry body RenewableUK.

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

Dyson's EV hub and Unilever's solar partnership: 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.

More than 200 stakeholders have signed a letter claiming that the closure of the solar export tariffs would slow progress towards a smart and flexible energy system

Calls for Government to 'urgently' stabilise UK solar sector amid subsidy closures

More than 200 stakeholders in the UK's solar sector, including energy companies, NGOs and city leaders, have called on the Government to continue an export tariff once the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme ends next March.

The first green bond, worth €600m, was issued last year

SSE issues second green bond to fund renewable sector

SSE has issued a second green bond worth €650m, confirming the big six supplier as the largest issuer of green bonds from the UK corporate sector.

PM Theresa May announced the investment during her three-day visit to Africa. Photo: Number 10 (flickr)

UK Government to invest £56m in South African battery storage project

Theresa May has revealed that the UK Government will invest £56m into a South African battery storage project to help the nation bolster its renewable power generation output.

Facebook set the updated aim after achieving 51% renewable power in its company-wide energy mix last year

Facebook pledges to source 100% renewable energy by 2020

Social media giant Facebook has committed to source 100% renewable energy for its operations by 2020, after reaching its 2018 renewables target one year early.

The commitment comes after California met 34% of its energy needs with renewable power last year

California commits to 100% renewable energy by 2045

The California Assembly has passed a bill that commits the state to transition to a 100% renewable energy grid by 2045, making it the largest economy in the world to have made such a pledge.

If constructed, the 11-turbine wind farm could reduce Equinor's carbon footprint by 200,000 tonnes annually

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.

The wind drought meant that at times turbine blades sat idle for days

UK summer 'wind drought' puts green revolution into reverse

Britain's long heatwave threw the country's green energy revolution into reverse and pushed up carbon emissions this summer, leading experts to stress the need for a diverse energy mix.

Cuts to the FiT scheme back in 2015 created a 75% fall in installations

Sadiq Khan calls for rethink on solar subsidies closure

London mayor Sadiq Khan was written to the Government expressing his concerns that a decision to let financial solar incentives expire next year could create a "cliff edge" for the wider solar market.

Machine makers are leading the way to low-carbon

With regulators and markets increasingly demanding the decarbonisation of high-emitting sectors, we are on the verge of a low-carbon industrial revolution. However, to get over the line the products and services supplied to these sectors need to transform.

UK Power Networks estimates that the demand for flexibility within its licence areas could exceed 200MW within the next five years

UK Power Networks puts forward 'flexibility first' vision

The UK’s largest electricity distributor has proposed adopting a "flexibility first" approach to the delivery of extra grid capacity, in a move that could bring renewable energy onto the network at a lower cost.

The expanded solar park is set to increase the park's renewable generation capacity tenfold

UK's first subsidy-free industrial solar project to power business park

A business park in Buckinghamshire is set to become the first facility of its kind in the UK to generate more solar than it requires, once the nation's first subsidy-free industrial solar installation is completed on the site.

The Carbon Clean200 update marks only the second time since 2016 that fossil fuel investments have outpaced clean energy stocks

Report: Clean energy stocks no longer outpacing fossil fuel investments

Clean energy investments by 200 of the world's leading corporations have underperformed compared to fossil fuel energy stocks over the past year and a half, new figures have revealed.

While Anesco's storage units have previously taken part in frequency response and the wholesale market, this week marked the company's first foray into the BM

Battery site becomes first to supply electricity to UK's Balancing Mechanism

A 10MW battery storage site in Derbyshire has become the first in the UK to deliver electricity to the National Grid's Balancing Mechanism (BM), in a move hailed as "ground-breaking" for the nation's renewable and battery storage industries.

The unit supplied the equivalent annual electricity demand of 830 UK households. Image: Scotrenewables

Orkney tidal turbine generates record level of power

A Scottish tidal turbine has generated more power over the past year than the entire wave and tidal energy sectors in Scotland in the 12 years prior to its launch in 2016.

The solar PV system has now been operational for 12 months

Landsec hints at energy storage to bolster Britain's biggest shopping centre solar array

The UK's largest commercial property developer, Landsec, has revealed that it is sourcing 22% less grid electricity for its White Rose shopping centre in Leeds after installing a 2,902-panel solar array on the roof.

The likes of Ikea, Apple and Google were all acknowledged in the paper for their efforts to source renewables

‘Heads above the parapet’: Corporates urged to raise ambitions on renewables

The Climate Group and CDP are urging corporates to go further than setting 100% renewable electricity commitments - and to bring deadlines for such targets forward - if they wish to drive the clean energy transition for the benefit of the business community.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Global Goals

The SDG roundtable: Getting engaged with the Global Goals - Part Two

edie brings you the second part of an exclusive roundtable discussion hosted in association with DNV GL which explored how businesses can drive engagement with the Government, consumers and suppliers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The biggest barrier to renewable procurement among respondents was found to be cost

Is renewable energy just a 'passing trend' for businesses?

Despite the strong progress that the business world has made in driving the renewables revolution in recent months, a new survey of 1,000 UK-based utility decision makers has revealed that more than a quarter (27%) believe that renewable energy is "just a passing trend".

Legislation may have to be altered if wind and solar generation are to be included in the UK capacity market

Government to consider opening Capacity Market to renewables

The UK Government will consider opening up the Capacity Market to solar and wind generation under a newly published review into the Market's scope, objectives and the way it is regulated.

Sustainability and energy experts from a range of firms came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges in renewables deployment

The renewables roundtable: Unlocking the next phase of the clean energy revolution

How can businesses reap the rewards of renewable energy against an ever-changing backdrop? To answer this crucial question, a group of energy and sustainability managers recently convened for an exclusive roundtable discussion in London, hosted by edie and SmartestEnergy.

The 5MW solar farm is co-located with Dale Farm’s Dunmanbridge cheese facility. Photo: Brian Morrison

Dairy giant to power cheese plant with 100% renewable energy

Northern Ireland-based dairy manufacturer Dale Farm has announced that it is now running one of its cheese manufacturing plants with 100% renewable energy after bringing a self-consumption solar farm online earlier this month.

Already powered by 100% renewable energy, Apple is now assisting others to increase renewables generation

Apple partners with Etsy, Swiss Re and Akamai on renewables projects

Apple is collaborating with cloud services firm Akamai, reinsurer Swiss Re and e-commerce brand Etsy to develop two new wind and solar farms that will enable the companies to increase access to renewable energy in the eastern US.

Analysts claim that the world now has more than 1TW of wind and solar capacity

Big leap in corporate clean energy purchases in 2018, research shows

The business community has set a new record for levels of procurement in clean energy in 2018, research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Bloomberg NEF) has revealed.

Church leaders are encouraging more to switch away from fossil fuels

More than 5,500 UK churches now running on renewables

British churches have diverted more than £5m from fossil fuels, with more than 5,500 places of worship putting their faith in clean energy by switching to renewables.

Levi Strauss joins more than 100 other corporates in having its emissions targets rubber-stamped by the SBTi

Levi Strauss commits to 100% renewables and science-based targets

After receiving the stamp of approval from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) for its carbon reduction aims, fashion brand Levi Strauss has unveiled a revamped sustainability strategy that will see the company commit to sourcing 100% renewable power for its operations by 2025.

The EAC report pointed towards a change in green policy as an underlying cause of the sharp fall in clean investment

Government 'coasting on climate change' after fall in clean energy investment

Members of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have criticised the Government for "relying on past successes" towards tackling climate change, after a damning report revealed that clean energy investment in the UK fell by 56% last year.

edie Explains: Onsite solar

What is onsite solar and how could it work for a business? What are the business benefits from installing onsite solar? And what considerations and funding opportunities need to be examined to build the business case? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

The eight-page guide also incorporates a number of 'top tips' on deploying onsite solar solutions

Maximising the power of onsite solar: edie launches free guide for businesses

Organisations seeking to capitalise on the sustainability benefits offered by onsite solar now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about deploying solar solutions across business facilities.

The data found that, on average, a kilowatt hour of electricity generated in 2017 produced 225 grams of C02, down from 483g in 2012

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.

The project on the Isles of Scilly is the first in a series of interconnected energy projects across various islands set to be delivered by the Smart Islands Partnership

First batteries installed for Isles of Scilly smart storage project

A £10.8m smart energy project testing how solar power, smart heating and electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to improve the energy system on the Isles of Scilly had its first set of storage batteries installed on Tuesday (24 July).

Collectively, the offshore wind sector plans to double its generation output by 2030 to 30GW

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.

The consultation paper states Government intervention may still be required to support solar and wind projects

No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

The Government has axed subsidies for new small-scale low-carbon electricity generation, sparking dismay from renewable energy bodies.

edie has produced an infographic to illustrate how far the world has progressed in its transition towards decarbonisation over the past 20 year

edie at 20: The changing global energy outlook

As part of a running content series to mark edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand, we have produced an infographic which explores the transformation of the global energy system over the past two decades.

Fossil fuels’ share of energy investment needs to drop to 40% by 2030 to meet climate targets

IEA warns of 'worrying trend' as global investment in renewables falls

The world's energy watchdog has sounded the alarm over a "worrying" pause in the shift to clean energy after global investment in renewables fell 7% to $318bn (£240bn) last year.

Stepping up the global energy transformation: Why Mars Australia commits to 100% renewable electricity

Major brands like ours have an opportunity to lead in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future. A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that businesses are stepping up their use, procurement and investment in renewable electricity. While this is good news, only 17% of us have a specific target for renewable electricity and a mere 134 have committed to 100% renewable electricity use.

Aldi’s sustainability report updates progress towards a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated per m2 of sales floor by 30%

Aldi exploring emissions reduction goal aligned to Paris Agreement

The UK's fastest growing supermarket Aldi will align its future sustainability strategy "well below" the 2C target set by the Paris Agreement, the company's international managing director of corporate responsibility, Sven van den Boomen, has claimed.

60% of consumers revealed a preference for products with logos that display a green message

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.

The Climate Coach: Renewable Energy

I have a dream, of a society where children play safely outside in green, common areas, where there are no cars. People travel to work in electric powered trains, buses and through electric car share. They walk and cycle to school, to the local shop and to meet friends. A dream where renewable energy sources provide all the power we need - for heating, electricity and transport - in businesses as well as in homes.

The launch of the fund comes after Apple announced earlier this year that it had started souring 100% renewable energy for all its global facilities

Apple launches $300m fund to build 1GW of supply chain solar capacity

Tech giant Apple has announced that it has partnered with its key suppliers to jointly invest $300m (£228m) in solar power projects, as it strives to drive the uptake of renewable energy across its supply chains.

The BNEF research found that overall global investment had plateaued, but that trends in wind and solar widely differed

From the UK to Vietnam: Five things you probably didn’t know about global renewables investment

Global investment into renewable energy for the first six months of 2018 is down 1% compared to the previous year, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report. Here, edie dives into the data to bring you five of the most important trends shaping the world market.

Renewables were a “golden opportunity” to make the UK greener and make energy affordable, the NIC said

Cool down nuclear plan because renewables are better bet, says NIC

Government advisers have told ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C in the next few years, because renewable energy sources could prove a safer investment.

On the Mission Possible sofa with the ECIU's Richard Black and RSPB's Melanie Coath

The seventh episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit's (ECIU) director Richard Black joined by RSPB's senior climate change policy officer Melanie Coath to discuss whether legislation is enabling or hindering the uptake of renewables in the UK.

Tetra Pak’s factories in four markets now run entirely on renewable power, the firm revealed

Tetra Pak half way to sourcing 100% renewable electricity

Packaging giant Tetra Pak has this week revealed that it now sources half of the electricity needed to power its global operations from renewables, putting it on track to meet its target of sourcing 100% green electricity by 2030.

edie at 20: Is sustainability finally coming home?

It's official - edie is now 20 years old. Our 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand offers a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the tremendous achievements of the green economy - but it is also a time for us to realise the immense opportunity that now lies ahead.

The vegan power will be generated using solar, wind and hydropower arrays

Ecotricity launches UK's first vegan-certified electricity tariff

Green electricity company Ecotricity has launched a new "vegan-certified" electricity tariff, in a bid to encourage other power suppliers to stop generating power from meat and dairy industry by-products.

The new facility will generate around 125GWh of power annually. Photo: Dave Cheskin/PA Wire

Nestlé to power energy needs through new Scottish windfarm

Food and drink giant Nestlé will generate half of its UK and Ireland energy needs from a new wind farm in Scotland that it has funded.

This increased output meant that renewables’ share of total electricity generation increased to a record quarterly high of 30.1%

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.

To provide the same level of generation through offshore wind would cost ‘at least’ £31.5bn less to build

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.

The onsite solar arrays will be complimented by battery storage systems

UK Power Networks to host UK's first 'virtual' solar power station

The UK's largest electricity distributor has unveiled its plan to create the nation's first "virtual" solar power station by the end of the year, using PV panels on the rooftops of its London customers' homes.

The move will see Shell research and develop solutions to common offshore wind barriers, including technology costs

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.

Some of the biggest renewable export deals struck last year by UK companies surpassed £7m each, RenewableUK found

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.

The latest sustainability report from the retailer reveals mixed progress on its Enrich Not Exploit goals

The Body Shop exploring 'back-up plans' to help reach energy targets

EXCLUSIVE: The Body Shop has introduced a new energy saving guide and is considering a carbon offset scheme as a "back-up plan” to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, following slow progress on its renewable power, energy efficiency and packaging innovation aims.

British solar firms have been hit by a round of subsidy cuts in 2015 and 2016, as well as changes to business rates for buildings with rooftop solar

UK solar power growth halves for second year running

New solar power installations halved in the UK last year for the second year in a row, as the fallout of government subsidy cuts continued to shake the sector.

As part of Samsung Electronics’ efforts to source renewable energy, solar panels have been installed in parts of its Samsung Digital City HQ in Suwon

Samsung to source 100% renewable energy in Europe, US and China

Consumer technology giant Samsung Electronics has announced that it will source all the energy it uses for its factories, office buildings and operational facilities in Europe, the US and China from renewable sources by 2020, making it the first electronics manufacturing company in Asia to commit to 100% green energy.

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Macquarie has so far funnelled more than £15bn of investment into green infrastructure

Macquarie offers £500m of green loans

Macquarie is offering £500m of green financing to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other environmentally-friendly projects, as part of a new £2bn loan facility.

The 5% increase was agreed after an all-night discussion

EU raises 2030 renewable energy target, outlines palm oil phase out

Negotiators from the European Parliament and Member States have this morning (June 14) struck a deal to raise the target for the proportion of energy it will source from renewables by 2030 to 32%, up from the previous 27% goal.

The City of London Corporation manages a portfolio of social housing, green space, academies and markets across the capital

City of London to expand onsite arrays in drive to source 100% renewable electricity

The City of London Corporation will install more solar panels on its buildings and up its investments in wind and solar farms as part of its new commitment to source 100% renewable energy by October 2018.

The Screwfix Peterborough store marks the first time Kingfisher has used solar panels or air source pumps together with battery storage to power operations around the clock

Battery-stored solar powers Kingfisher's first 'net-zero' energy store

Home improvement retail giant Kingfisher has unveiled its first UK net-zero energy store, which brings together solar panels, battery storage and air source heat pumps to power operations.

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

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Carlsberg's Sverige brewery in Falkenberg is the firm's first carbon-neutral site

Carlsberg exploring energy storage to supplement onsite generation

EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg’s director of environment and utilities, Adam Pawelas, has revealed that the global brewer is in the “early stages” of exploring integration methods for energy storage to support onsite generation.

Ikea’s climate positive ambition aims to fulfil the retailer’s contribution to the Paris Agreement through an emissions reduction across the value chain that is aligned to climate science

Ikea to ban single-use plastics, targets 'climate-positive' status under new strategy

Removing all single-use plastics products from its range globally, eliminating more greenhouse gas emissions than its value chain emits, and generating more renewables than it consumes are all headline goals of Ikea's updated People and Planet Positive strategy.

The Vodafone Village in Milan, Italy - the world’s largest LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) certified building. Image: Vodafone

Vodafone to source 100% renewable electricity by 2025

Vodafone has become the latest corporate to join The Climate Group's RE100 initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity for its operations by 2025.

G7 governments provided at least $80.62bn in fiscal support and $19.54bn in public finance for fossil fuels in 2015 and 2016

G7 countries pour $100bn a year into oil, gas and coal: study

Each year, at least $100bn goes to support the production and consumption of oil, gas and coal, according to a major new study published on Monday (4 June). That is despite a promise from all G7 and G20 members to stop subsidising fossil fuels by 2025.

98GW of solar capacity was installed worldwide last year - more than the net additions of fossil fuels and nuclear power combined

10 things you probably didn't know about a record-breaking year for renewables

As a new report reveals that 2017 was a record year for renewable power installations, edie rounds up some of the headline trends that are shaping the transition to renewable energy.

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Achieving Mission Possible: The sustainability success stories of the week

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

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

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

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

Plastic innovation, storage networks and EV integration: Top 10 sustainability stories of May 2018

It was a month of long-term renewables targets, plastics innovation investment and fleet electrification exploration. Take a look back at May's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

Google announced that it has launched a UK version in partnership with energy supplier E.ON

Google's Project Sunroof arrives in UK

Google has launched an online tool in the UK that informs households how well a rooftop solar array would perform and how much money could be saved on electricity bills as a result.

The plant will generate enough electricity to meet annual demand of just over 10,000 households in Scotland

Planning permission given for Scotland's largest solar project

The Scottish government has granted planning permission for the country's largest solar PV project.

IRENA has previously predicted that renewables will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by 2020

Why now is the time for corporates to set long-term targets for renewables

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found that corporates have actively sourced renewable energy equivalent to the overall demand of France, but renewables demand could soar if companies turned voluntary agreements into active goals.

The fact that the strategy has not set a date for the net-zero goal has left several environmental groups unsatisfied

Scotland proposes 90% emissions reduction target

Scotland has published its draft climate change strategy, which has a headline target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2050 and achieving a 100% reduction "as soon as possible".

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

Government launches £102m fund for clean energy research

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

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

One week left to register for onsite renewables 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 next week, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

The study estimates that the average annual cost of heating per household will be £100 to £300 higher in 2050

Decarbonising UK's heating system could cost £450 billion

The cumulative additional cost of decarbonising the UK's heating system by 2050 could be as high as £450 billion, research for the government's infrastructure advisory body has concluded.

Smart heating has been installed along with the solar arrays to minimise energy consumption at Premier Inn hotels

Whitbread to expand onsite solar to 70 more Premier Inn hotels

The UK's largest hospitality company, Whitbread, will roll out its onsite solar array scheme to a further 70 of its Premier Inn locations this year to help it meet its "industry-leading" science-based target.

Lewis said that scaling up seasonal storage was “the last piece of the jigsaw”

Energy storage revolution within 10 years is essential, says E.ON boss

EXCLUSIVE: E.ON chief executive Michael Lewis has claimed that an energy storage revolution must happen within a decade if the world is to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

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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.


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