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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.

With Barker leading the way, the EN+ Group has embarked on a new era of sustainability

The Barker Plan: How a former UK Energy Minister used sustainability to transform a sanctioned Russian aluminium firm

EXCLUSIVE: Over the course of a year, Russian aluminium and hydropower firm EN+ Group has gone from being banned on the US market to launching a new sweeping sustainability strategy and having those sanctions lifted. Here, edie speaks to former UK Energy Minister Greg Barker, who has been the surprise driving force behind this transformation.

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Two weeks left to register: edie's Corporate Power Purchase Agreements masterclass webinar

With businesses having doubled the record for annual power purchase agreements (PPAs) in 2018, edie is hosting a 45-minute masterclass on Thursday 5 September at 11 am to explore how Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) can push businesses towards their clean energy goals.

As of 2018, more than 5,500 places of worship have switched to renewables

Catholic churches and schools sign major British Gas renewables deal

The Catholic Church has signed one of the UK's largest green energy contracts, which has seen more than 4,500 churches and schools switch to renewable gas and electricity supplied by British Gas.

Pictured: The Scout Moor Wind Farm is England's second-largest onshore wind array

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

A coalition of 130 MPs, including 35 from the Conservative Party, has called on Boris Johnson to alter the UK's planning and energy policies to better support the growth of onshore wind.

Lewis is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgable figures in the energy investment space

Mark Lewis: Businesses 'underestimating' speed of low-carbon transition

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses seeking to future-proof themselves against the physical and societal impacts of climate change must set aside resources for scenario analysis - and treat the results of this process as real, rather than "hypothetical".

The biggest growth market for corporate PPAs in H1 of 2019 was the US. Image: US Air Force 

Renewable energy sourcing by US-based corporates set for record high in 2019

US-based corporates have collectively signed contracts for 5.95 GW of renewable energy so far in 2019, compared to 6.2GW during the whole of 2018, new analysis has found.

Gap Inc now holds three PPAs - one for onsite solar generation, and two for offsite wind generation

Gap targets 100% renewable energy by 2030

Fashion giant Gap Inc has made a new commitment to meet 100% of the energy consumption of its owned and operated facilities globally with renewable energy by 2030.

The report concludes that getting the same amount of mobility from gasoline as from new renewables in tandem with EVs over the next 25 years would cost 6.2 to seven times more

Report: Economics of petrol and diesel in 'irreversible decline'

Oil production costs must fall to $10-20 per barrel for petrol and diesel to compete effectively against renewable power in the transport sector, a new report has claimed.

Diageo's African market accounted for 12% of its global net sales in 2018

Diageo to invest £180m in renewable energy and water stewardship

Diageo has unveiled plans to invest £180m in clean energy generation and water recovery across 11 of its brewing facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

(L) IRENA's director-general Francesco La Camera and (R) UNFCCC executive secretary Patricia Espinosa

IRENA partners with UN to spur renewable energy uptake

The UN's climate change arm and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have forged a partnership aimed at helping businesses and nations ramp up their renewable energy ambitions.

The UK achieved record levels of installations for onshore wind capacity in 2017 - but key industry players believe that current national policies could stifle this growth going forward

Utility giants urge stronger onshore wind policy support on road to net-zero

Scottish Power and SSE are among the big-name utility companies to have signed a letter urging the UK Government to implement greater policy support for onshore wind in light of its new net-zero target.

ITV had told edie that roadmaps for these targets will be published next year. Image: James West Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/jameswest/ 

ITV commits to 1.5C science-based target after reaching carbon-neutral status

Months after it became a carbon-neutral business, broadcaster ITV has unveiled a plethora of new sustainability pledges, including committing to a 1.5C science-based target, purchasing 100% renewables and removing all single-use plastics in operations, productions and the supply chain.

Amazon has invested in 1,342MW of electricity generation capacity to date 

Amazon continues investment in renewable energy projects

Amazon has confirmed plans to expand its portfolio of energy assets with investment in two renewable energy projects in the US and Europe. 

Pictured: One of Molson Coors' 'showcase barley valleys'

Better Beer: Inside Molson Coors' $20m mission to climate-proof its supply chain

Over the past decade, Molson Coors has spent more than $20m on initiatives to bolster supply chain stability, with the ultimate aim of 'future-proofing' its key resource - barley. Here, edie explores how that funding has redefined best practice for the US-based brewing giant.

BNEF predicts that 10 nations will represent three-quarters of the market by 2040

Report: Energy storage to smash 1,000GW milestone by 2040

Energy storage installations are poised for a 122-fold increase between now and 2040, as the uptake of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs) and falling costs of technology provide an ideal platform to drive demand for storage solutions.

edie Explains: Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs)

What are Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) in the context of renewable energy? Which organisations are most suited to adopting CPPAs, and what are the business benefits of doing so?

The guide showcases the real-life example of Northumbrian Water, which signed a long-term CPPA with Ørsted

edie launches business guide to Corporate Power Purchase Agreements

Organisations looking to understand the benefits of Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs) for renewable energy now have access to a free 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down everything you need to know about them.

Virgin Media is known for using fun imagery and interactive features to make its sustainability reports more engaging

Virgin Media targets 100% renewable electricity by 2020

Virgin Media has pledged to source only renewable electricity for the entirety of its operations by 2020, after joining The Climate Group's RE100 initiative.

Pictured: EDF's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station

Clark: UK may need 40GW of new baseload generation by 2050

Whether from nuclear plants or power stations equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS), the UK will need up to 40GW of new low-carbon baseload generation to meet the net-zero emissions target, Greg Clark has warned.

One-third of the electricity produced in the UK in 2018 was renewable, new Government figures show

UK set to miss renewable energy target despite breaking records

Despite 2018 being another record year for renewable generation, official figures on energy consumption across the UK last year suggest that national 2020 renewable energy targets will be missed.

(L-R) Theresa Villiers now heads up Defra, while Andrea Leadsom leads BEIS

BEIS and Defra's new look: What we know about Leadsom and Villiers' views on the environment

And breathe. In what has been the biggest political reshuffle since the 1960s, Andrea Leadsom has been appointed Business Secretary at BEIS, while Theresa Villiers has become Defra's new Environment Secretary. So, how well do the pair match up with their respective briefs?

Under its existing remit, Ofgem is required to keep the government’s climate policies in mind but its primary obligation is to protect the interests of energy consumers. Pictured: Walney Wind Farm

Energy regulator 'out of touch over climate crisis', say businesses

The UK energy regulator is under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency as it draws up plans for Britain's energy system.

These stories exemplify how businesses and governments across the world are ramping up efforts in all areas of sustainable development

Coors' plastic-free packaging and solar-powered trains: 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.

Flexible Futures: edie launches smart business blueprint for energy

With a radical shift currently occurring in the energy sector, edie has launched its Flexible Futures report into the key issues for energy and sustainability professionals, preparing businesses for the technological revolution.

In 2018, the UK generated 52% of its electricity from low-carbon sources

Ofgem and BEIS call on networks to realise £40bn flexible energy opportunity

Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have penned a joint letter to the Energy Networks Association (ENA), calling on organisations to "evolve" to a more flexible system that could create a £40bn windfall for the UK economy.

In April, the ESO also vowed to take the necessary actions to allow the power grid to run on entirely zero-carbon electricity by 2025

National Grid ESO joins Powering Past Coal Alliance

The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has announced it is joining an international group, called the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), which is working on the transition away from coal power.

For Burberry, 1.5C was the intended target from the outset

How Burberry joined the business elite in setting a 1.5C science-based target

EXCLUSIVE: As Burberry became the latest corporate to set a science-based target aligned to the Paris Agreement's most ambitious pathway, the company's vice president of corporate responsibility outlined how the goal was set, and what happens next.

The two companies join Braemar Energy Ventures, Centrica, and Siemens in investing into LO3 Energy

Shell invests in peer-to-peer energy trading blockchain platform

The venture fund arm of oil and gas giant Shell has invested in a US-based company that uses blockchain to enable peer-to-peer energy sharing and trading over networks.

From transport to the built environment, its clear that policy efforts to date have made the net-zero target nothing more than "warm words" 

Green economy wishlist: How to turn the net-zero pipedream into a low-carbon pipeline

With the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report revealing that no UK sector has showcased "good progress" to managing climate risk, the green economy has unanimously called for a net-zero philosophy to steer the nation towards its climate targets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

More than a third of businesses view energy security as a “substantial risk” to long-term business plans

Onsite generation: UK businesses primed to become 'power plants of the future'

More than 80% of UK businesses generating renewable energy onsite plan to increase capacity over the next five years, according to a new survey.

Almost two million UK homes are heated using LNG

UK's liquid gas sector targets 100% biofuel by 2040

The trade body representing the UK's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry has unveiled a new vision of helping the sector transition to 100% biofuel by 2040.

The Canary Wharf business district. Developer Canary Wharf Group, which has sourced 100% renewable electricity since 2012, is among the signatories 

London business giants and landlords call for clean energy collaboration

Canary Wharf Group (CWG), Landsec and RBS are among a coalition of big-name businesses to have joined forces with commercial landlords to accelerate the clean energy transition in tenanted buildings – less than a week after edie published an exclusive report on the issue.

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Five key considerations for businesses attempting to reach net-zero emissions

Last week saw edie host a webinar on the UK's 2050 net zero carbon ambitions. Here are five key takeaways from the live question and answer event, which featured Skanska, Nottingham City Council, Business in the Community, and sponsor Ørsted.

More commitments are expected across the course of the week

JD Sports joins RE100 as business pledges roll in for London Climate Action week

Four firms including JD Sport, The City of London Corporation, Apcoa Parking, and Intu, have joined The Climate Group's initiatives on renewable energy and electric transport - the RE100 and EV100.

This weekly round-up details how businesses are ramping up their ambitions and actions across all areas of sustainable development 

Co-op's 1.5C target and India's 500GW renewables goal: 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.

Report: 69% find it challenging to speak to landlords about renewable energy

A survey by edie, in association with Big Clean Switch and The Climate Group's RE100 initiative, has found that four out of five businesses in rented properties are struggling to switch to clean energy.

Going 100%: How landlords hold the key to corporate renewable energy targets

This brand-new edie report developed in partnership with Big Clean Switch and The Climate Group's RE100 campaign sheds light on the relationship between landlords and tenants on the big issue of renewable energy.

In total, 9% of group sales are from products that help people have a healthy home or connect with nature

Kingfisher products improved customer energy efficiency by one-third last year

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher helped customers save an estimated 43TWh of energy - more than the annual consumption of Hong Kong - through energy efficient products such as LEDs and insulation.

The site will have dedicated zones for both private and fleet vehicles

Planning application sent for first electric forecourt in Braintree

Planning applications have been submitted to build an "electric forecourt" featuring rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers, battery storage and onsite renewables In Braintree, the first of more than 100 planned sites by green technology firm Gridserve.

SDG 7: How business is acting as a market shift for renewable energy

Despite the devastating evidence of the IPCC report last year on the impact of 1.5°C of global warming, the findings have not sparked a downward trend in global carbon emissions. The news just hasn't been met with appropriate levels of urgency and immediate action from national governments.

Offshore wind turbines on the Solway coast, Southerness, Dumfries

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

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

Wind alone accounted for 18% of Britain's electricity mix between January and May. Image: Ørsted's Walney wind farm 

UK to use more electricity from renewables than coal for first time in 2019

2019 will be the year that the UK's electricity system distributes more power generated from zero-carbon sources than from coal-fired power stations for the first time, new data from National Grid has concluded.

HP announced a plethora of new goals in the 2018 report. Image: HP

HP unveils revised science-based targets, 100% renewables aim and 35% sustainable revenue growth

Revamped science-based targets, a 35% year-on-year growth in revenue through sustainable impact and commitments to source more recycled plastic content and 100% renewables have all been outlined in HP's latest sustainability report.

News of the closure of Fiddler's Ferry comes as the National Grid announces the greenest winter for energy use to date

UK to be left with five coal power stations after Fiddler's Ferry closure

The UK's race to increase renewable energy sources has intensified with the announcement of plans to close another coal-fired power station.

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

Record 11 million people now employed in renewable energy sector

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

More than 350 companies have pledged to set approved science-based targets within the next two years

Ralph Lauren pledges to set approved science-based targets by 2020

Ralph Lauren has vowed to pledge to source 100% renewable electricity for its operations by the end of 2019, before setting approved science-based emissions targets in 2020.

An artist's impression of what Scottish Power's 'super battery' at its Whitelee wind farm will look like once complete. Image: Scottish Power 

Scotland and Wales place hopes in battery power

Scotland and Wales plan to embrace battery power in order to solve their respective clean energy and employment challenges. Scotland will link a 50MW "super battery" to a wind farm, while Wales wants to invest in battery production.

What is the role of business in delivering a net-zero carbon future?

The evidence is in. The case is made. The Government has acted. The time for talking is over and we need to act now to avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown. But how can business successfully transition to a net-zero future?

Two-thirds of the world’s energy demand increase was due to higher demand in China

Energy industry's carbon emissions rise at fastest rate in nearly a decade

Carbon emissions from the global energy industry rose at the fastest rate in almost a decade in 2018 after surprise swings in global temperatures stoked extra demand for fossil fuels.

The six-month inquiry began last December 

MPs call for halt on support for fossil fuels in developing nations

Of the £2.6bn which the UK's export credit agency spent supporting energy exports abroad between 2013 and 2018, 96% was funnelled into fossil fuel projects, mostly in developing nations.

SEG places a legal obligation onto energy suppliers that have more than 150,000 customers and therefore covers 90% of the retail market

UK Government's Smart Export Guarantee to stabilise small-scale renewables market

The Government's replacement initiative for the Feed-in Tariff (FiTs) scheme for residential and business-owned solar has been introduced today (10 June), ensuring that users will be paid for electricity they send to the grid.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up their ambitions and actions across all areas of sustainable development

Ikea's recycled rugs and AB InBev's solar deal: 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.

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SDG Spotlight report: What is the role of business in creating clean energy for all?

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help achieve the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), with the latest focusing on Goal 7: Clean Energy.

More than 170 companies have set 100% renewable targets under RE100 to date

Barclays pledges to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030

Transatlantic banking giant Barclays has pledged to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030, with an interim goal of 90% by 2025.

Humber produces more carbon emissions than any other industrial hub in the UK 

Government urged to set 2040 net-zero target for Humber

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has unveiled a new ambition to reduce the region's carbon emissions to net-zero by 2040 - 10 years ahead of the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) recommended 2050 deadline for the UK.

SDG Spotlight: How businesses can achieve Goal 7 - Clean and affordable energy

This edie report, sponsored by Centrica Business Solutions, sets out exactly how the business community can collectively achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, within the next decade.

According to the REA, technologies such as modern biomass boilers, biofuels and anaerobic digestion can create an affordable means to provide instant carbon reductions

Bioenergy a 'no regrets solution' to reaching net-zero, report says

Increasing the deployment of bioenergy renewable sources by more than 10% would enable the UK to affordably meet future carbon budgets while also overcoming an "impending nuclear gap", a new report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has found.

Facebook's energy mix currently consists of around 75% wind and solar 

Facebook invests in large-scale solar project

Social media giant Facebook has made its first direct investment in a renewable energy project, as it strives to source 100% clean power by 2020.

There are 7 active coal-fired power stations in the UK, all of which have been offline for a fortnight. Pictures: SSE's Fiddlers Ferry plant in Cheshire   

UK celebrates first coal-free fortnight for electricity grid

The UK's electricity grid will have operated without coal-fired power for a fortnight at 3.12pm today (31 May), marking a first since pre-industrial times.

The UK has broken its coal-free generation record several times in recent times

UK goes 11 days coal-free (and counting)

The UK has set another energy-related record in 2019, with the National Grid confirming on Tuesday (28 May), that the UK has gone 11 days without relying on coal for power generation.

Nuclear generation is estimated to account for 10% of the global energy mix

IEA: Developed nations should support nuclear to reach climate goals

Governments across North America, Europe and Asia are phasing out nuclear at a faster pace than they are increasing their respective renewable energy capacities, and therefore running the risk of reversing the low-carbon power transition.

The report has been published annually since the SDGs were created in 2015 

Report: World falling short on SDGs' clean energy agenda

Despite "notable" global progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, Clean Energy for All, in recent years, policies, investment and physical infrastructure are still not sufficient to deliver on its 2030 targets.

MPs have called on their own pension fund to divest its fossil fuel holdings

MPs apply pressure on pension funds over fossil fuel holdings

More than one third of MPs have called on pension fund trustees to halt investment in fossil fuels to support a move to a net-zero carbon economy.

M&S has embedded innovation as part of their Plan A strategy

No 'low hanging fruit' left for energy innovation, M&S says

There is no longer any 'low hanging fruit' and innovation is going to be required to help with sustainability challenges in the future, according to Marks & Spencer's research and development manager Oliver Knowles.

Polman: "Profits and purpose are inextricably linked."

Paul Polman: Courage and collaboration will help business accomplish Mission Possible

EXCLUSIVE: This year's Mission Possible: 2019 report has just landed, and edie is offering a sneak preview by way of the rousing report foreword penned by revered sustainability leader and ex-Unilever chief executive Paul Polman, in full.

<p>Under the plans, an incoming Labour government would fund the installation of rooftop solar on 1 million social homes and 750,000 properties with low-income owners or tennants</p>

Bringing Energy Home: Labour unveils plans for solar homes and grid renationalisation

The Labour Party has unveiled fresh plans concerning how it will decarbonise and democratise energy in the UK, with headline ambitions of renationalising the National Grid and installing solar panels on 1.75 million homes.

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

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

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

In action: Anesco's subsidy-free solar farm supported by a storage floor price

Renewable energy firm Anesco is working with EDF Energy and it’s tech partner, Upside Energy, to introduce an industry-first guaranteed floor price for revenue from the battery storage units operating at the first subsidy-free solar development in the UK.

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

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

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

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

Henkel's black plastic solution and Amsterdam's diesel ban: 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 achievement comes just two years after Britain marked its first full day without coal. Pictured: Eggborough power station, Yorkshire

UK completes first coal-free week since Industrial Revolution

The UK has just completed its first week without any domestic coal generation on the power grid since before the Industrial Revolution, marking a significant milestone in its low-carbon energy transition.

Organisations were unanimously in favour of the recommendations outlined in the report

'Government must act now': Green economy reacts to the CCC's net-zero report

Green leaders have come out in force to praise the Committee on Climate Change's report - and requested immediate action from the government on the issues raised from its findings.

Ecotricity said they had found there’s still some confusion about what green energy really is

SRA and Ecotricity launch green energy toolkit for hospitality sector

A new guide has been launched by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and Ecotricity to assist hospitality businesses with creating a renewable energy policy.

The solutions should enable the UK to further decarbonise the power sector, while making progress in heat and transport

UKRI allocates £30m for smart energy systems innovation

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has outlined intentions to allocate £30m in funding for innovation and solutions for smart local energy systems in the UK.

The climate turning point: 8 sustainable business gamechangers for 2020

With the UK having just declared a climate emergency and Government advisers calling on policymakers to set a net- zero carbon target by 2050, edie's latest report explores eight potentially game-changing innovations that will help businesses lead the charge towards the so-called 'climate turning point'.

The third episode in this six-part series explores how Brexit will affect the policy and business spheres' approach to renewables

The Big Brexit Questions podcast: What next for the UK's renewable energy sector?

With MPs extending the deadline to organise a departure from the European Union, edie's new podcast mini-series explores the impact of Brexit on key areas of the UK's green economy. Up next: Renewable energy.

Verizon employs 152,000 people and serves 4.6 million customers across the US

Verizon targets carbon neutrality by 2035

US-based telecommunications and technology giant Verizon has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (electricity and heat) footprints by 2035.

SDG Spotlight: How businesses can achieve Goal 13 – Climate Action

This brand-new edie report maps out exactly how the business community can collectively achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 – Climate Action – within the next decade.

The UK government has pledged to phase out all unabated coal generation by 2025

Britain notches up another coal-free record over Easter

Great Britain's power grid notched up another coal-free record over the Easter weekend, operating for nearly 92 consecutive hours without any domestic coal generation.

The two companies both joined EV100 today (24 April)

Landsec and RBS become first companies to join RE100, EV100 and EP100

Property developer Landsec and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have become the first two firms in the world to have joined all three of The Climate Group's sustainable business programmes - RE100, EV100 and EP100.

Tetra Pak utilises an array of onsite renewables solutions to lower carbon impacts

SDGs In Action: How Tetra Pak is achieving Goal 13 - Climate Action

Welcome back to edie's new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Up next: multinational food packaging firm Tetra Pak unveils how it is protecting futures by championing actions to mitigate climate change.

Microsoft's headquarters have been based in Puget Sound since 1979

Microsoft targets ‘zero-carbon’ status for US headquarters through hydropower deal

Technology giant Microsoft is set to achieve carbon-neutral status for its global headquarters in Puget Sound, Washington, after inking a multi-year deal to source clean energy from local hydropower facilities.

BEIS claims that reaching this many coal-free hours during winter is an unprecedented achievement

UK breaks coal-free power generation record by huge margin

Coal has historically been at the cornerstone of the UK's electricity mix, but the first three months of 2019 saw the electricity grid clock up 650 hours of coal-free generation - more than was achieved during the entirety of 2017.

30% of the buildings JLL manages for clients have now been switched to a 100% renewable electricity contract. Pictured: The 3 Hardman street office complex in Manchester

JLL 'on track' for 100% renewables target by 2020

Real estate giant JLL's electricity mix consists of 90% renewables, putting the firm on track to power its direct UK operations solely with renewable sources by 2020.

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

Sydney's renewables aim and Ikea's 'Outstanding' store: 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 World Bank has argued that the study “paints a distorted picture of [its] energy sector work”

The World Bank accused of dodging 'no-coal' pledge by funnelling billions of dollars into fossil fuels

A large-scale study on hundreds of active energy projects commissioned by The World Bank Group has concluded that the body is currently financing $21bn of fossil fuel projects, compared to $7bn in the renewables sector.

Over the last 12 months, Apple and its suppliers used enough generated clean energy equal to the electricity consumption of more than 600,000 homes in the US

Apple to exceed 4GW renewable energy goal for supply chain

Apple has almost doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to 100% clean energy, as part of a wider goal to deliver 4GW of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020.

The report also provides an update on the company’s resource efficiency efforts, including reductions on food waste goals

Co-op to halve emissions by 2025

The Co-op has announced new goals to reduce its direct emissions by 50% and product-related emissions by 11%, after reaching a previous carbon goal three years ahead of schedule.

Meeting the 86% mark would require renewables’ overall share of the energy mix to grow six times faster than current rates between 2020 and 2050

Renewable energy could meet 86% of global power demand by 2050, IRENA concludes

If policymakers, businesses and investors across the world collaborate to scale-up renewable energy and to electrify sectors such as transport and heavy industry, 86% of the global power demand could be met with clean energy by 2050, new research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.

The first of the projects, in Donegal, Ireland, is set to be the country's first large-scale wind farm to operate without government subsidies

Amazon to support three major new wind power projects

E-commerce giant Amazon has signed a trio of agreements to support three new large-scale wind energy projects, as it strives to meet its long-term aim of sourcing 100% renewable power globally.

The free-to-download Brexit Matrix provides a much-needed overview of how the UK's different exit scenarios would impact green policy

edie's 'Brexit Matrix' maps out green policy impact of EU departure

With the ongoing Brexit negotiations continuing to cause confusion and uncertainty, edie has pieced together a new 'Matrix' which clearly explains the impacts that the UK's various exit scenarios would have on environmental policy.

Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

'Historic breakthrough': Norway's giant oil fund dives into renewables

Norway's $1tn oil fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects.

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

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

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

The move builds on SC Johnson's existing portfolio of wind, solar and energy-from-waste generation

SC Johnson to power US headquarters with geothermal energy

US-based consumer goods giant SC Johnson has revealed plans to use geothermal energy for the heating and cooling of its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

The companies will collaboratively develop a device which combines their existing microgrid technologies. Pictured: A Rolls-Royce MTU unit

Rolls-Royce and ABB partner to develop microgrid solution for business

Rolls-Royce's Power Systems arm has secured a partnership with robotics and technology firm ABB, which will see the companies collaboratively developing a new microgrid solution for commercial and industrial applications.

Participants of REBA account for 95% of all large-scale corporate renewable energy deals in the US to date

Corporate giants target 60GW of US renewable energy

Google, Facebook and Walmart are amongst the businesses to commit to bringing more than 60GW of renewable energy online in the US through the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

This round-up explores the low-carbon actions being taken by seven of the world's largest energy majors: BP, Shell, Ørsted, Equinor, Total, Chevron and ExxonMobil

How are big oil and gas firms approaching the low-carbon transition?

Faced with increased stakeholder pressure, the world’s largest oil and gas firms are beginning to realise the need to radically decarbonise their businesses. Here, edie explores the differing levels of ambitions of these companies and whether they are spurring or hindering the low-carbon transition.


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