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Power Forward: How the largest US companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change

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

Charted success: Five graphs that show the UK's low-carbon future is in sight

The Government has released two major reports detailing the UK's emissions figures for 2014 and where it got its' energy from. And there is reason for optimism.

Water: Securing the resources for future prosperity

This report aims to get all UK businesses - large and small from every sector and at every stage of their journey, to start thinking about their relationship with water and the steps they need to take to manage their use more sustainably and become more resilient to risk and extreme weather events in the future.

The 588MW development is expected to generate enough renewable wind energy to power roughly 450,000 households

Beatrice offshore project to provide social value windfall for UK communities

Money placed into a community fund to support the development of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm off the coast of Scotland could create nearly £20m in social value for the communities involved in project, according to new analysis.

Mark Kenber took the reins at Mongoose Energy in April after spending more than 20 years playing an influential role in international climate policy

Decentralised energy will revolutionise sustainable business, claims Mongoose Energy boss

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that invest in decentralised energy systems can enjoy the triple benefit of economic value, security of supply and "telling a good story", the new chief executive of community energy supplier Mongoose Energy has told edie.

The latest round of funding commitments was built on existing relations with clients, who accounted for 70% of the added £475m

BlackRock: UK's largest renewables fund passes £1bn mark

The world's largest investor has raised the largest fund for renewable power generation in the UK, totalling £1.1bn in commitments, with more than £600m already funnelled into 40 UK solar and windfarm projects.

Biogas trials have been conducted by Wyke Farms tractors, but range is still an issue

Political barriers hampering onsite biodiesel production

EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food sector "scratching the surface" of a potential closed-loop, onsite fuel system.

Other notable achievements include a 70% waste recycling rate at JLL UK’s Norwich and London headquarters

JLL UK targets 100% renewables and zero waste to landfill in new 2020 targets

Real estate specialists and investment management firm JLL is chasing 100% renewable electricity and zero waste to landfill offices as part of a new corporate sustainability agenda for 2020.

Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations order, biofuel must be blended into petrol and diesel in the UK today at a rate of 4.75%

Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

The report also draws attention to the rapid expansion in renewable and distributed generation

Rise of EVs could add 18GW to peak demand by 2050

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) could add up to 18GW - or 30 per cent - to peak power demand by 2050, National Grid has predicted in its latest Future Energy Scenarios report.

The RE100, delivered in partnership with CDP, is now creating around 146TWh in demand for renewable electricity annually

RE100 targets 500 companies after hitting 100-member milestone

EXCLUSIVE: The Climate Group's RE100 initiative to get firms to source 100% renewable electricity is targeting 500 members by 2020, with each signatory encouraged to promote the initiative to its suppliers, after passing the 100-member milestone on Tuesday (11 July).

Members of the European Investment Bank visit Welsh Water's Five Fords treatment site in Wrexham

Welsh Water secures £250m renewables loan and DONG Energy deal

The sixth largest regulated water and sewage company in England and Wales has secured a £250m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance on-site renewable generation projects, alongside a clean energy purchasing agreement with providers DONG Energy.

250 kWp ground mount PV system designed and installed by HBS New Energies at the Coal Authority’s Deerplay Mine Water Treatment Scheme, Lancashire

UK Coal Authority turns to solar to offset water treatment costs

A regulatory body of the UK coal industry has named the latest contractor for a four-year renewable energy framework to offset the costs of its 75 mine water treatment sites.

CCEP continues to ensure that all of its packaging is recyclable

Coca-Cola European Partners closing in on 100% renewables target

Multinational bottling company Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) has almost cut emissions in half over the past six years, as it closes in on a target to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.

The report names the UK, which has already invested £450m into the sector, as an area to lead the exploration

UK primed to lead Europe's £46bn wave energy market opportunity

Wave power can contribute to 10% of global electricity demand by 2050 if governments and the private sector offer financial support and political stability, with the UK primed to act as the marine energy leader.

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part two

A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie's feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise.

The microgrid provides WEB Aruba with real-time optimisation capabilities to forecast and cater for growing electricity demands on the island

Caribbean island turns to microgrids in quest to become fossil-fuel free

The island of Aruba is a step closer to becoming fossil-fuel free, after a new deal was signed to integrate an advanced microgrid into the operations of the island's main utilities provider to balance growing demand for electricity with increased renewable energy generation.

UPS operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advance technology vehicles globally

UPS focuses on renewables and alternative fuels to deliver new science-based target

Delivery firm UPS has today (27 June) unveiled a new science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025, alongside goals to source a quarter of its electricity needs from renewables and a scale-up of its alternative fuels programme.

Hinkley Point C is among the projects expected to be negatively affected by UK’s planned withdrawal from the Euratom treaty

UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy

The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.

IBM said that the company has saved more than $600m, avoided 4.4 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions and conserved 7.2 million MWh since 1990

IBM slashes emissions by 38% in just over a decade

Tech giant IBM has slashed its energy consumption by more than one-third since 2005, the company has revealed.

The outcome is slightly more generous than the original consultation which proposed reducing the benefit to around £2/kW

Ofgem condemned for slashing subsidies for small-scale energy generation

Energy regulator Ofgem has faced accusations of "hammering" the financial viability of low-carbon projects, after it confirmed subsidies made to small-scale electricity generators will fall by up to 93%.

New consumer products like Tesla’s grid-connected home battery, along with small-scale solar, are becoming more popular, and are tipped to revolutionise the way power is stored

Storage 'not fundamentally needed' for future power grid, scientists say

The emergence of household batteries, along with small-scale solar photovoltaic and plug-in electric cars, is tipped to transform electricity storage, according to a new state-of-the-art report by European science academies. But experts claim storage is not actually fundamentally needed.

BNEF found that solar will account for 48% of the world’s installed capacity and 34% of electricity generation by 2040

'Unstoppable' renewables to reach new heights as costs tumble, report finds

Renewable energy sources will account for around three quarters of the expected $10trn global investment into power generating technologies between now and 2040, a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has claimed.

The green bond will finance renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects and initiatives at Apple facilities, although a specific focus will be given to the company’s supply chain

Apple targets supply chain efficiency through $1bn green bond

Apple has launched a dedicated funding stream to finance clean energy and environmental projects, through a $1bn green bond.

BP research shows that the UK more than halved its own coal consumption in 2016

Global carbon emissions flat for third straight year, BP study shows

Global carbon emissions remained flat for the third consecutive year, according to a BP study, which shows the fuel mix shifting away from coal towards low-carbon sources and energy efficiency.

Together Towards Zero sets 2030 targets for carbon, water, zero irresponsible drinking and a zero accidents culture that are “much bigger in scale and scope” than previous aims

Carlsberg targets zero-emission breweries under industry-leading sustainability strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg has launched a new "industry-leading" sustainability strategy that aims to push beyond the company's own group strategy and exceed science-based recommendations by eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at breweries by 2030.

The Burbo Bank offshore windfarm has been fully operational since 2007

DONG Energy turns to battery storage for Burbo Bank windfarm

Wind energy provider DONG Energy has announced plans to integrate a 2MW battery storage system into the Burbo Bank offshore windfarm to deliver frequency response to aid the National Grid in managing grid stability.

Wind energy output peaked at 9.5GW on Wednesday 7 June

Windy weather brings new renewable energy record

Windy weather brought with it a new renewable record on Wednesday lunchtime as output from wind, solar, biomass and hydro peaked at 19.3GW - more than half of all demand.

One of BT’s flagship sustainability commitments is to help its customers cut carbon emissions by three times their own end-to-end emissions by 2020

BT offers renewable-energy tariff to customers with Good Energy partnership

As part of an ongoing initiative to help customers cut carbon emissions alongside operational reductions, BT has inked a new energy bill contract that offers discounts for consumers to switch to a renewable energy tariff.

Through the Climate Savers Programme, Lego has improved the energy efficiency of producing Lego bricks by more than 12%

Lego launches new carbon-efficiency plan in partnership with WWF

Fresh from hitting a renewable energy target three years early, the Lego Group has extended its partnership with WWF to increase carbon efficiency by a further 10% per Lego brick produced.

2016 is the first year that the new solar capacity added to the energy mix has been greater than any other electricity-producing technology

'Spectacular' drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost

Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data - although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell.

Telefonica already sources 44% of its electricity from renewables, having doubled the percentage over the last 12 months

Telefonica joins RE100 to accelerate clean energy commitment

Multinational broadband and telecommunications provider Telefonica has signalled its commitment to decarbonising its operations, by joining the RE100 initiative to accelerate its plan to source 100% renewable energy.

Skorupska called for clarity on how the Industrial Strategy plans integrate decentralised and smart technologies to enable the UK to reach its low-carbon commitments

A 'committed' Government can spur post-Brexit renewables job growth, says REA

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's departure from the European Union (EU) should be facilitated by a new Government that uses key "lighthouse areas" to outline how the country plans embed low-carbon smart technologies into operations as a means to attract better investment options.

The Eneco wind farm in Lochluichart

Unilever goes 100% renewable across all UK manufacturing sites

Unilever has today (23 May) revealed that all of its UK manufacturing sites are 100% powered by electricity generated from certified renewable sources.

While poultry litter biomass has received a boost across the country, using ground coffee waste for a similar purpose is expanding outside of London

Coffee grounds and poultry litter proving a viable biomass option in the UK

As innovative waste coffee recycling firm bio-beans expands its collection service across the University of Birmingham, the UK Government has revealed that Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants using poultry litter will receive the highest tariffs under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The solar farm  will save 3,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions at the CCEP factory in Wakefield - equal to taking more than 1,700 cars off the road

Coca-Cola bottler sourcing 100% renewable electricity

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a new solar farm in Yorkshire to coincide with news that the firm is now sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy.

The project is the first time the 8MW turbines have been commercially used anywhere in the world

Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

The planet's biggest and most powerful wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast, cementing Britain's reputation as a world leader in the technology.

Labour has unveiled pledges costing £48.6bn, to be funded from extra tax revenue, in its election manifesto. Photo: @paulwaugh / Twitter

Labour manifesto: Renewables revolution, air quality crackdown and SDG push

The official Labour Party manifesto has been broadly praised by green groups for including a raft of bold pledges to ramp up renewable energy generation, tackle air quality and embed the Sustainable Development Goals into central government.

Elsewhere on the index, both China and India have surpassed the US which fell to third following policy changes introduced by the Trump administration

UK re-enters top 10 for renewables attractiveness

The UK has restored its position as one of the top 10 countries for renewable energy investment, although concerns remain about the impact that Brexit will have on future investments.

Tesco has  had its goal to become a zero-carbon business by 2050 approved by the independent Science-Based Targets initiative

Tesco commits to 100% renewables by 2030

Tesco has pledged to deliver 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as the supermarket giant unveils tougher Science-Based Targets to help achieve its long-term emissions reduction plan.

The manifesto proposes that all energy investment will be directed towards “clean, renewable energy”

'An inspiring vision for the natural world': Green Party unveils environment manifesto

The Green Party has today (11 May) made a swathe of green promises in its General Election environment manifesto, which aims to build a "prosperous, thriving future" for UK businesses and citizens.

Whitbread has ambitious growth plans to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to around 85,000 by 2020

Whitbread now powered by 100% renewable electricity

Britain's biggest hospitality can now stake claim to being powered by 100% renewable sources after striking a deal for green electricity to be supplied to its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops across the country.

A Clyde project will develop the UK’s first water source heat pump for medium temperature district heating to service existing buildings

Scotland unveils winners of £40m low-carbon innovation fund

A string of pioneering district heat networks and a battery storage project are among the biggest winners in a £43m fund announced by the Scottish Government in an effort to boost low-carbon infrastructure across the country.

The manifesto notes that renewable energy companies will invest more than £15.6bn in UK infrastructure between 2016 and 2021 to boost capacity and production

Next Government must prioritise renewables to boost economy, says RenewableUK

As the Conservatives confirmed plans for a price cap for energy bills, RenewableUK has launched its manifesto for the General Election and called on the next Government to embrace renewables and flexible energy to match the needs of the UK economy.

SmartestEnergy believes there would be more stability if wind and solar were brought back into the contracts for difference (CfD) auction system

UK energy storage predicted to grow 100-fold by 2020

SmartestEnergy has called for renewables and storage to be able to compete on a level playing field with other forms of energy, as it publishes a new report highlighting how independent developers are turning to batteries.

In total, 48% of the Fortune 500 companies now have climate or energy targets in place, a 5% increase on last year

Report: Fortune 500 firms showcasing the business case for energy efficiency

Major US businesses are reaping economic benefits from energy-efficiency projects implemented to meet broad sustainability targets, with 190 Fortune 500 companies collectively generating $3.7bn in annual energy savings.

The report was co-authored by representatives from groups such as the world’s largest investor BlackRock, multinational oil and gas firm Shell and private sector coalition We Mean Business

Report: Halving global emissions by 2040 achievable if businesses act now

Businesses must act now to halve global emissions by 2040 and "set the stage" for further reductions required in the second half of the century, according to new research from a diverse group of investors, companies and NGOs.

Coal has seen significant declines in recent years, accounting for just 9% of electricity generation in 2016

Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution

The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the industrial revolution on Friday, according to the National Grid.

The industry body has set out a series of policy recommendations for ensuring emissions targets for the early 2030s are met

Energy UK joins calls to back 'pot one' technologies

Energy UK has called on ministers to support established renewable technologies, like onshore wind and solar, in order to provide a better deal for customers.

BEIS representatives Nick Hurd, Greg Clark and Jesse Norman appeared before the BEIS Committee in Parliament today

UK Clean Growth Plan in 'holding pattern' after snap election announcement

Climate Minister Nick Hurd has said the release of the UK's long-awaited Clean Growth Plan is now in a 'holding pattern' of new policy frameworks following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to seek a snap general election.

Theresa May's decision to call a snap election casts further doubt over the release of the Industrial Strategy, along with other key environmental frameworks. Credit: Tom Evans

Calls for low-carbon Industrial Strategy mount as Theresa May seeks snap election

A host of industry bodies have called on the Government's forthcoming Industrial Strategy to support business efforts to embrace renewable technologies, on the same day that Prime Minister Theresa May has made a surprise announcement to call a snap general election in June.

A new study has found that the UK Government could deliver 1GW of new onshore wind capacity at no additional cost to consumers above the long-term wholesale price of power

Reports reiterate value of strong policy signals in clean energy revolution

As new research indicates that the global decarbonisation process can be kick-started by a small group of countries with the right policy incentives, a separate study has found that the UK Government can now deliver 1GW of new onshore wind subsidy-free.

The energy storage system will control energy consumption from Walmart's on-site renewables arrays, including solar PV and wind energy

Walmart kickstarts energy storage project to 'increase reliance' on renewables

American retail giant Walmart has penned a deal to combine energy storage systems with on-site renewables, in order to balance energy generation at numerous Southern California stores.

The report names Grangemouth as the ideal location to create a “Co2 utilisation hub” in Scotland

Scotland viewed as ideal location for closed-loop CO2 market

As Scottish energy ministers meet with UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark to discuss "back-tracked" support for Scottish Islands renewables projects worth £2.5bn, a new report has claimed that re-using carbon dioxide could create a £500m market for Scotland.

A report published by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that an extra 138.5GW of global renewable energy capacity last year was aided by tumbling costs

Renewables revolution surges both at home and abroad

The low-carbon and renewables revolution is in full swing, both domestically and on a global scale, as figures show the UK sector made a turnover of £43bn in 2015, and a UN-backed report highlights a record amount of world renewable energy capacity installed last year at plummeting costs.

Crookedstone is the largest solar energy connection to an airport in the UK and Ireland

Belfast International Airport solar farm savings soar above £100,000

Belfast International Airport has revealed it has achieved more than £100,000 in savings from a £5m off-site solar farm launched ten months ago.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) put pen to paper for a climate deal with Governor of California Edmund G Brown (left) in Sacramento this week

Scotland and California agree joint climate change deal

Scotland has signed a joint agreement to tackle climate change with the US State of California, in the same week that new figures have highlighted a record month for Scottish wind power generation.

Renewables have replaced 100m tonnes of oil equivalent electricity generation this decade, but will only need to replace 20m tonnes in the 10 years ahead, according to SolarPower Europe’s analysis

Renewables cut Europe's carbon emissions by 10% in 2015, says EEA

A surge in the use of wind and solar energy helped Europe to cut its fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by about 10% in 2015, an authoritative new report has found.

The report warns that CCS and nuclear - such as the Dukovany plant (pictured) - offer limited growth prospects compared to renewables

Europe's energy giants set to overshoot Paris Agreement 'carbon budget'

Europe's major utilities companies are "locked" into high emission projects, placing €14bn of earnings at risk unless they realign strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement, a new CDP report has found.

Data released from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) the day before the closure indicated that electricity from renewables shrunk in 2016

Shrinking renewables sector dealt further blow with Renewables Obligation closure

The UK's renewable energy industry is at risk of "rapidly shrinking" as one of the main financial support mechanisms for large-scale renewable electricity projects has now closed for new capacity developers.

edie has analysed this latest batch of data to bring you 10 statistics that you probably didn’t know about global renewable energy capacity

The renewables revolution rolls on: 2016 in charts

New figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have revealed that 2016 was the strongest year yet for renewable energy. Here, edie digs deep into the data to bring you 10 key statistics that chart a record-breaking year for the world's clean energy transformation.

AB InBev expects to source between 75% to 85% of its renewable electricity through power purchasing agreements, while BAFTA will collaborate with Good Energy

BAFTA and beer giant announce renewables purchasing plans

As BAFTA forms a partnership to help the television and film sector purchase renewable energy, the world's largest beer maker has announced a new commitment to secure 100% purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

The risks and rewards of brokers

As the non-domestic retail water market opens on April 1, brokers are anticipating a boom in business. edie sister title Utility Week has provided an in-depth guide to the utility broker market as it stands, and considers how it is likely to change after market opening.

The report highlights the need for more practices to be introduced to boost training prospects for those entering the renewables sector

Survey: Renewables workforce concerned about future skills shortage

A relatively young workforce in the renewables sector could create a future skills shortage unless mentoring and coaching is improved, while hiring managers across the energy sector are increasingly willing to recruit from other sectors to inspire "a new way of thinking" into companies.

For 2016, renewables supplied more than half of the global electricity demand growth, mainly through hydro technology, which accounted for half of this share

Emissions flat for third year running as economy boom continues

The decoupling trend between economic activity and emissions continued for a third straight year, after the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed that global energy-related carbon emissions remained flat in 2016.

Despite the government recently announcing a review into energy costs for businesses, the committee said climate policies were adding relatively little to companies’ bills

UK climate targets 'will raise household energy bills by £100 in a decade'

The cost of supporting new windfarms and nuclear power stations to meet the UK's carbon targets will add nearly £100 to the average household energy bill by the end of the next decade, according to a government adviser.

Moixa and Hitachi hope that the energy management systems will improve fuel standards and increase the share of renewables in the energy mix

Energy storage set to invigorate the Isles of Scilly

A £10.8m project on the Isles of Scilly will test how electric vehicles (EVs) and domestic batteries can integrate into low-carbon energy systems that reduce electricity costs and promote the use of renewables.

Alongside energy provided by one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe at Wolverhampton, JLR will now source 100% renewable electricity from EDF

Jaguar Land Rover continues energy efficiency drive amid business expansion

A increased investment in a range of energy efficiency and low-carbon initiatives, including an agreement to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, has seen Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) decouple energy consumption per vehicle produced from a business expansion and wider data capture.

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark: Key Findings 2017

This benchmark report provides a comparative snapshot year-on- year of the largest companies on the planet, looking at the policies, processes, and practices they have in place to systematise their human rights approach and how they respond to serious allegations.

Although the discussions are still in the early stages, DeepMind believes that predictive machine learning could boost the use of renewables by more accurately predicting demand and supply

National Grid exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence to optimise renewables

The National Grid has confirmed that it is in the "earliest stages" of discussions exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which could potentially maximise the use of renewable energy by predicting peaks in demand across the UK.

Tesla has provided hundreds of Powerpacks to the Hawaiian island of Kauai, while Apple has encouraged a supplier to invest in a floating solar project

Tesla and Apple facilitate innovative solar projects

Apple and Tesla, two companies in the vanguard of the renewables revolution, have unveiled their links to new solar projects aimed at bringing clean energy that maximises land use in areas of Japan and the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

UK leads Europe for solar growth despite a drop in installations after government cut subsidies

Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China

The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show.

Did Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 Budget announcement fulfil the hopes and expectations of environment and sustainability professionals?

Budget 2017: The green business reaction

Did Philip Hammond pull any big green surprises out of his little red box today? Or were key sustainability issues once again placed on the back-burner in the Chancellor's Spending Review? Here's the full industry reaction, as it comes in...

Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000, and scientists expect this pattern to continue

Sustainability megatrends: It's time for business to collaborate on climate change

Continuing edie's new megatrends series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, World Resources Institute's Eliot Metzger and Moushumi Chaudhury explore how businesses are dealing with the widespread effects of climate change.

Will Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 Budget announcement fulfil the hopes and expectations of environment and sustainability professionals?

Budget 2017 preview: Seven green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's Spring Budget

As Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver his first - and last - Spring Budget on Wednesday (8 March), edie rounds up the key environmental issues that the sustainability community will hope are included in the Government's spending plans.

The end of 2016 saw Amazon exceed an incremental goal of sourcing 40% of its demand from renewable energy, and a new 50% target has been set for the end of 2017

Amazon expands renewables ambition with new solar rooftop pledge

Online retailer Amazon Web Services has pledged to deploy large-scale solar systems across 50 fulfillment and sortation centres globally by 2020, with deployments this year set to generate 41MW of renewable energy for the company.

SDGs mean business: How credible standards can help companies deliver the 2030 Agenda

This new report published by WWF and ISEAL indicates how businesses can contribute strongly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards to transform entire sectors and supply chains.

Defra’s long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan has been delayed by the BRexit vote, leaving uncertainty as to whether environmental protections provided by the EU will be maintained

Five green policy priorities to stop Brexit ruining our environment

From the delivery of an ambitious 25-Year Environment Plan to the avoidance of ineffective 'zombie legislation', Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) executive director Matthew Farrow outlines the key steps that must be taken by the Government to ensure Britain's exit from the EU will not have a negative impact on our environment.

The UK is the biggest importer of wood pellets in the European Union (EU), shipping in more than seven million tonnes from the US and Canada in 2015

Biomass 'carbon neutrality' debate continues to divide opinion

Using biomass, specifically energy derived from burning wood, as a crux in the UK's effort to transition towards a low-carbon economy has come under scrutiny again, after the former secretary for energy and climate change and his ex-special advisor clashed over its use.

From dangerous levels of pollution to unpredictable rain patterns and drought, the impacts of climate change already being felt, but solutions are available

edie explores sustainability megatrends: Part 1 - Climate change

Kicking off edie's new series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends. The Climate Group's corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce explores how climate change is radically changing the way we do business.

Tim Farron lambasted the “disastrous plan” to sell of the Green Investment Bank “just as it is getting established”

Tim Farron: It's time for a green industrial revolution

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the UK Government to spur a new "industrial revolution" of clean technology to help the country reduce net emissions by 100% by 2050.

NewClimate Institute policy analyst Sebastian Sterl believes that negative CO2 emissions will be necessary at large scale at some point from mid-century onwards

What steps must be taken now to achieve the Paris Agreement?

A sustained low-carbon shift in energy production, transportation and land use are some of the most important actions required to keep global governments and businesses on track with the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, NewClimate Institute policy analyst and edie Live speaker Sebastian Sterl has said.

The study emphasised the importance of taking a whole system approach to analysing the relative merits of different technologies

Flexibility needed 'urgently' to avoid spiralling renewable costs

The Government needs to "act urgently" to deliver a more flexible power system and avoid "spiralling" costs from the integration of renewables, the UK Energy Research Centre has warned.

The project will assess the financial case for installing batteries at solar parks and the various ways this can be managed

Innovative battery system links solar park to the grid

A pioneering £1m battery storage system in Somerset will transfer power to the local electricity network after linking directly to a nearby 1.5MW solar park.

Hull, Grimsby, Great Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight are among the UK coastal areas that are benefiting from offshore wind energy developments

Record-breaking offshore wind construction in 2016

Offshore windfarm construction in the UK hit a record level last year, according to new figures.

Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

Solar costs have fallen by more than 80% in less than decade

Renewables reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, research finds

Low-carbon technologies are now reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, according to a new report which states that solar cell technology is likely to have a "major impact" in the near future.

The report has been released in the same week that UK ministers have announced a £78m investment for British coal plants to secure supply for the coming year

EU must phase out coal by 2030 to meet Paris goals, report claims

The last European coal plant must be closed by 2030 if the continent is to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, a new report from non-profit institute Climate Analytics has stated.

Despite Europe’s installed wind power capacity now standing at 153.7GW, it is still a relatively small fraction of the region’s 918.8GW of total power capacity

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe's electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent's rapid shift away from fossil fuels.

The Laggan hydro dam. Organisations are concerned that hydropower had been singled-out for

Scotland's renewable energy schemes 'crippled' by business rates revaluation

Small Scottish renewable energy schemes could be faced with new business rates of up to 650%, rousing fears that future investment into renewables could be stunted in the country.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has set aside £1.6m in emergency funding for flood-affected clubs this year

Lord's becomes first cricket ground to run on 100% renewables

Lord's has become the first UK cricket ground to run completely on clean energy, as new figures reveal that extreme weather linked to climate change has caused £3.5m worth of damages to the sport.

The programme has started in Aberdeen with the launch of a two-month energy-focused exhibition which includes turbine demonstrations, workshops and other associated activities

Vattenfall launches Scottish offshore wind education project

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has joined forces with a Scottish science centre to launch a programme aimed at educating the population about offshore wind energy.

The firm revealed late last year that it was also attempting to sell-off its oil and gas arm to raise funds for future renewables investment

DONG Energy pledges to phase-out coal by 2023

Utility company DONG Energy has today (2 February) announced an "important step" in its green transformation, with a pledge to completely phase-out coal from its heat and power generation by 2023.

The UK’s apparent inability to hit the EU’s RED targets is likely to incense campaigners, many of which are of the belief that the 20% targets aren’t ambitious enough

UK 'falling behind' on EU renewable energy targets

The European Union (EU) is on track to hit a 20% renewable goal for 2020, despite nations such as the UK, Ireland and Luxembourg struggling to increase the share of renewables in transport and heat sectors, a new European Commission (EC) report has found.

Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team have set an ambitious  goal to be the most sustainable sports team

Solar power to put wind in sails of Ben Ainslie Racing

UK-based renewable energy investment firm Low Carbon has today (1 February) unveiled a new project which will help reduce the carbon footprint of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team.

Ministers revealed details of a £50m fund for 13 low-carbon, heating and storage projects across Scotland will be announced next month

Scotland unveils 50% renewable energy goal for 2030

Scotland's new target to deliver 50% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 has been hailed as a "landmark moment" in the country's low-carbon transition.

The pledges from the three European organisations arrived on the same day (18 January) that the Climate Group released the second RE100 annual report

Gatwick Airport joins RE100 campaign

Gatwick Airport has joined the Climate Group's RE100 initiative alongside Dutch Royal Philips and the Danske Bank Group, as a new report revealed that existing members of the renewable energy initiative have already created a 107TWh demand for clean energy.

SmartestEnergy's chief executive Robert Groves says that the firm is seeing more business customers asking for certificate-backed renewable electricity products

SmartestEnergy launches UK's first certified 100% renewable electricity product

Independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy has launched the UK's first independently certified 100% renewable electricity product for businesses.

Scotland’s commitment to the future of tidal and wave energy has not been equalled by the rest of the UK

UK tidal energy plagued by cost discrepancies, says ETI

Tidal energy is at risk of being priced-out of an increasingly cost-competitive low-carbon market in the UK, unless a successful Contract for Difference (CfD) agreement can be implemented, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.

SNP Energy spokesperson Callum McCaig remains confident that Scotland’s renewable sector will continue to flourish despite a “devastating” reduction of renewables investment

SNP calls on UK Government to end 'shameful' renewables record

The Conservative Government's "shameful" renewable energy policy record risks threatening the UK's economic prosperity and investment opportunities in a "thriving" industry, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has warned.


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