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

We need to put jobs and poverty at the centre of climate action

Discussions around climate change are in need of a new narrative that outlines the opportunities of a low-carbon transition, as renowned environmentalist Jeremy Leggett and Xynteo's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Philip Smith explain.

The report examines how investors can help to decarbonise energy systems in nations like Chile, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco and Thailand

Development bank investments could halt emissions rises in developing nations, report finds

By funnelling concessional finance into renewable energy and battery storage projects in developing nations, development finance institutions could halt the rate of emissions growth across such countries altogether.

At its B&Q distribution centre in Swindon, Kingfisher currently sources 3.5MW of renewable energy for power

Kingfisher has emissions goals approved by Science Based Targets initiative

Home improvement retailer has had goals to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 22% and emissions from purchased goods, services and the use of sold products by 40% approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

An artist's impression of the array, which is expected to begin generating power next year. Image: Audi

Audi to install Europe's largest rooftop solar array in 'climate-neutral' bid

Carmaker Audi has unveiled plans to install a 12MW rooftop solar array across two of its logistics centres in Hungary, in a drive to make the facility's operations carbon-neutral.

BP's Energy Outlook forecasts a faster uptake of renewables than the company initially predicted last year

BP: Renewables will be the world's main source of power by 2040

Oil and gas giant BP has forecast that renewables are likely to account for around one-third of the world's energy production by 2040, with uptake growing faster than that of any other fuel to date.

EU nations will benefit from a 1.1% rise in average GDP, according to the report

How meeting the Paris Agreement will improve global economic growth

A new report has outlined that meeting the 2C target established as part of the Paris Agreement will improve global GDP and boost investment. Here, edie explores how nations can make this vision a reality.

Redcar Wind Farm, North Sea

UK wind energy generation smashes record again

Wind energy in the UK set another record last week, with new figures revealing that more than 15GW of renewable energy was generated by wind technologies on Friday (8 February).

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

Verizon's green bonds and Nike's clean energy 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.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019: Meet the Winners

Welcome to the winners report for the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.

Carlsberg is one of four companies to have set science-based targets in line with 1.5C, along with BT, Tesco and Pukka Herbs

Carlsberg progressing towards carbon-neutral status

Onsite renewable arrays and low-carbon packaging innovations have helped Carlsberg to achieve a 20% reduction in its relative carbon emissions since 2015, as it strives to become a 'net-zero' carbon business by 2030.

In 1990, coal accounted for 67% of the UK's energy mix. In 2017, that figure stood at 5%

Carbon Brief: UK's emissions could have doubled since 1990 without renewable energy

The UK's total carbon footprint has decreased by 38% since 1990 - but could have doubled if the renewable energy revolution had failed to gain traction, new analysis from Carbon Brief has concluded.

The survey states that the number of employees working within the LCRE economy in the UK grew from 208,300 in 2016 to 209,500 full-time equivalents in 2017

UK's low-carbon economy surpasses £44bn

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the UK's low-carbon economy has reached record heights, with the sector growing by almost 7% in 2017 to £44.5bn.

The £20m fund will enable storage solutions to compete in markets

Government launches new funding measures to target energy storage and AI innovations

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a range of new funding measures aimed at uncovering cost-competitive energy storage technologies and using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tackle food waste.

Last week, Siemens Gamesa launched a new 10MW wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 193 metres

Onshore limits on turbine size could make offshore wind cheaper

Offshore wind could become Britain's cheapest source of renewable power within a decade as planning constraints prevent the deployment of larger, more cost-efficient turbines onshore, new research has found.

The corporate clean energy purchases made last year top the 6.1GW record set in 2017

Corporate clean energy purchases smash record in 2018

Businesses obtained 13.4GW of clean energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs) in 2018, more than doubling the record set in the previous year.

Fossil fuels provide nearly 40% of country’s power

Germany agrees to end reliance on coal stations by 2038

Germany has agreed to end its reliance on polluting coal power stations by 2038, in a long-awaited decision that will have major ramifications for Europe's attempts to meet its Paris climate change targets.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been replaced by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The 10 Year Challenge: How the UK's low-carbon economy has changed

The 10-Year Challenge has swept across social media this month, providing celebrities with ample opportunity to show how little they've aged. However, the UK's low-carbon economy has changed drastically in this time, as edie explains.

Progress on fossil fuel subsidies and coal has been too slow so far to reach global decarbonisation targets, the WRI has warned

Analysis warns of lack of progress on 2020 global emissions target

Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long, too many forests are still being destroyed, and fossil fuel subsidies are ongoing despite their distorting effect on the market, a new study has found.

Both energy managers and hiring managers were surveyed to produce the Index

Report: Half of energy workers feel 'unprepared' for low-carbon transition

Almost half (48%) of workers within the global power sector are concerned that their industry is not doing enough to equip staff with skills they need to adapt to an increasingly decarbonised, digitised energy system, new research has revealed.

Perry argued that the UK's path to carbon-neutrality will be forged by the

Claire Perry: UK's business community must help create a 'just' low-carbon transition

As the UK strives to meet legally binding carbon targets, businesses must help policymakers create a low-carbon economy that does not exclude working-class people or rural regions, Energy Minister Claire Perry has claimed.

Fossil fuel output fell almost 7% to 131TWh

Renewables forecast to overtake fossil fuels in 2020

Renewables will overtake fossil fuels in 2020 to become the "dominant" source of power in Great Britain, EnAppsSys has predicted in a new report.

The EU spent €55bn on fossil fuel subsidies in 2016, with the UK contributing €12bn

UK revealed as EU champion of fossil fuel subsidies

The UK spends the most of any EU nation on subsidising fossil fuels, according to a new report by the European Commission, which also found that EU-wide payments have failed to decrease despite the bloc's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Battery storage projects are becoming increasingly common in the UK, with the nation's largest storage facility (pictured) having come online last July in Hertfordshire

Policy shake-up set to fast-track energy storage and renewables projects

The UK Government has launched a consultation to determine how best it can alter planning policy frameworks to support developers and businesses seeking to build energy storage facilities in England.

An artist's impression of what the innovative new turbine could look like. Image: Scotrenewables

UK's first floating tidal stream turbine to be built in Scotland

The UK's first floating tidal stream turbine is set to be deployed off the coast of Scotland in 2020, after £7m of funding to build the device was secured earlier this month.

The changes will not affect the 800,000-plus homes that have already fitted solar panels since the feed-in tariff scheme launched in 2010

Solar households to be paid for excess power after Government U-turn

The UK Government has made a U-turn on its decision to end the solar "export tariff", confirming that households which install solar panels in the future will be paid for excess power they generate and send to the grid.

Centrica announced on Monday (7 January) that work on the battery facility had been completed

Centrica completes 49MW battery facility in Cumbria

Centrica has completed work on a 49MW battery storage facility on the former site of the Roosecote power station in Cumbria.

The business mogul and philanthropist said he would be more vocal in lobbying for US-based nuclear research this year

Bill Gates: Nuclear power 'ideal' for tackling climate challenges

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has argued that nuclear power is an ideal technology to decarbonise the global energy system, as it is less prone to volatility and variable outputs compared to renewables.

Shell is currently in the process of investing $1-2bn in green energy by 2020, but this figure could soon rise considerably

Shell set to double investment in green energy

Oil and gas giant Shell is exploring the feasibility of doubling its annual green energy investments to $4bn (£3.2bn), as it begins to transition away from fossil fuels and move into the low-carbon and renewables sectors.

Generation fell almost every year between 2008 and 2014 - Power plant - Cheshire

UK power stations' electricity output lowest since 1994

The output of British power stations fell this year to levels last seen almost a quarter of a century ago, while renewables achieved a record share of the UK electricity supply.

The move reinforces AB InBev’s 2025 sustainability target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2025 against a 2017 baseline

AB InBev signs deal to source 100% renewable electricity in UK

The owner of Budweiser and Corona has secured a deal to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its UK operations.

The Solar Trade Association said the move was a blow to the industry, and it was wrong the Government had made the decision before setting out its new plans

Solar households expected to give away power to energy firms

The Government has said households that install solar panels in the future will be expected to give away unused clean power for free to energy firms earning multi-million-pound profits, provoking outrage from green campaigners.

The offshore generation installed this year has provided enough power for more than 2.3 million homes all year round

Offshore wind capacity in 2018 'smashes' previous record

This year has seen a record-breaking amount of new UK offshore wind capacity installed, according to new figures from Renewable UK.

Take a look back at 10 of the biggest sustainability stories that edie reported on in 2018

Plastics action, energy storage and climate warnings: The top sustainability stories of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, the edie team reflects on the key stories which defined corporate sustainability and drove new levels of action in 2018.

Northumbrian Water has been powering its operations with 100% renewable electricity since May

Northumbrian Water set to power treatment works with battery storage technology

Water utility Northumbrian Water has unveiled plans to install battery storage systems made using end-of-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries at several of its water treatment works, in a move to store power generated using its onsite renewable arrays.

The STA expects the pipeline of large-scale solar projects to grow significantly in 2019, partly due to a global surplus of photovoltaic solar panels.

Large-scale solar costs expected to fall below £40/MWh by 2030

The cost of large-scale solar generation is expected to fall below £40/MWh by 2030, according to the latest assessment by the Solar Trade Association (STA).

The Scottish Government committed to delivering 50% of energy from renewables in 2017

Wind power breaks 100% threshold for Scotland's electricity demand

Wind farms in Scotland generated enough power to account for more than 100% of the country's electricity demand last month, according to new figures from WeatherEnergy.

Energy regulations: Coming to a home near you

The launch of the new version 10 of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP10) means that energy regulations are changing. But what does this mean for our buildings?

Merlin Entertainments operates more than 120 attractions worldwide, including 32 in the UK

Merlin Entertainments switches to 100% renewable electricity for UK attractions

Legoland, Sea Life and Madame Tussauds operator Merlin Entertainments is now sourcing 100% renewably-generated electricity across its UK attractions, after signing a supply deal with green power firm Ecotricity.

During the industrial era, Wales was home to the three largest coal exporting ports in the world

Wales pledges to phase-out fossil fuels in favour of renewables

The Welsh Government has committed to phase out the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels, including those obtained by fracking, as it strives to reduce national carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, against a 2011 baseline.

National Grid said that overall on Wednesday, wind generated 32.2% of Britain’s electricity, ahead of gas which provided 23.5%

Wind generates record amount of electricity

Windfarms generated a record amount of electricity on Wednesday (28 November), according to National Grid.

BT's mobile network, EE, is now powered by 100% renewable electricity

BT 'within touching distance' of 100% renewables target

Telecoms giant BT has posted an update on its progress towards sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2020, after signing two new clean power deals.

Paul Massara is now chief executive of Electron

Former Npower boss Paul Massara: Business community will lead UK's energy transition

Amid sluggish policy changes and falling technology and renewables costs, the UK's business community is likely to lead the transition to a low-carbon, decentralised and democratised energy system, Npower's former chief executive Paul Massara has suggested.

The report's authors are calling for more to be done to implement smart grids and boost flexibility

Report: Renewables could meet half of UK's electricity demands by 2030, at price parity with fossil fuels

Wind and solar power - if distributed using smart, flexible power grids - could meet around 50% of the UK's electricity demands by 2030, at a price parity with coal, oil or gas generation.

Research suggests that corporate PPAs worth 6GW have been signed across Europe, almost 2GW of which was contracted in 2018

Major businesses call for cost-effective European market for renewables

A host of major businesses have penned a declaration calling on governments to set enabling policies that incentivise and increase opportunities to source renewable electricity through onsite installations and power purchase agreements (PPAs).

In a consultation published in July, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy proposed to completely close scheme to new applicants in March 2019, with no replacement

BEIS signals policy shift on export tariff

Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry has signalled a shift in policy when it comes to the closure of the Feed-in Tariff.

The paper highlights uncertainty over the timing of auctions and delivery years

Volume-based renewable auctions needed to meet emissions targets

Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions must be reformed to fill a looming hole in the UK's carbon budgets, Cornwall Insight has argued in a new report.

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

Science-based targets and 'smart' mobility centres: 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.

155 companies have joined the RE100 since its launch at Climate Week 2014

Businesses accelerate progress towards renewables in drive for 1.5C world

Last year marked a "dramatic upsurge" in corporate demand for renewable energy, according to new research by The Climate Group, which suggests that many big-name businesses are exploring alignment with a 1.5C trajectory.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019: Meet the finalists

After a record-breaking year of entries, the judges have convened, decisions have been made and edie is proud to unveil the well-deserved finalists for the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards. This report outlines the who's who of sustainability excellence.

The new policies include a 5% increase in the proportion of the bloc's energy mix which will need to be met with renewable generation by 2030

EU approves more ambitious renewables target, commits to palm oil phase-out

The European Parliament has voted to approve a set of new clean energy laws for 2030, outlining plans to increase the bloc's use of renewable energy and ban the sale of high-emission biofuels made from palm and soybean oil.

The draft law also mentions a low emissions 2050 strategy that should chart the Iberian nation’s way towards a carbon neutral economy

Spain targets 100% renewable power by 2050

Spain's government has published a new climate plan that targets a 100% renewable energy electricity system by 2050, with goals that outstrip those adopted by the EU and a ban on new gas and oil exploration.

The findings come ahead of the UN's COP24 conference, where delegates will develop a

Report: G20 nations off track to meet Paris Agreement goals, despite clean energy promises

Of the energy provided to G20 nations during the past 10 years, 82% was generated using coal, oil or gas - despite the bloc's promises to transition to clean power.

The best day (23 October) saw 105.9MWh generated, powering 8.72 million homes

Wind power delivered 98% of Scotland's electricity demand in October

Wind turbines across Scotland generated enough power to account for 98% of the country's electricity demand last month.

BNEF's latest analysis forecasts that global energy storage capacity will reach one terawatt by 2040

BNEF: Global energy storage investment to hit $1.2trn by 2040

Global investment into energy storage technologies including batteries is set to reach $1.2trn by 2040 as technology costs fall, according to new research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: Britain is undergoing a chaotic energy revolution

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday has championed the role that businesses and innovators have played in igniting a "chaotic revolution" in the energy sector, by accelerating demand for renewable energy and battery storage installations.

EY highlights a 46% year-on-year drop in funding for UK-based renewable projects during Q3

UK's renewables attractiveness drops amid no-deal Brexit fears

The UK has fallen in a ranking of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, with apprehensions around Brexit cited as a major reason for a year-on-year drop in investment.

In total, 57% of electricity generation was low carbon over the period, produced either by renewables or nuclear power stations

UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time

The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

The RenewableUK database lists almost 400 storage projects, including SMA Sunbelt Energy's 50MW facility in Hertfordshire (pictured)

UK's energy storage revolution happening faster than expected, study finds

Planning permission applications to install energy storage facilities in the UK have quadrupled since 2016, with a massive increase in capacity expected in the next few years.

In October last year, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, opened the world’s first floating windfarm located 25 kilometres off the coast of Aberdeenshire

Floating wind capacity could reach 20GW by 2050

Floating offshore windfarms could provide up to 20GW of generation capacity by the middle of the century, a study commissioned by the Crown Estate Scotland has found.

Since 2015, Firmenich has recorded a 12% reduction in absolute emissions

Perfume giant Firmenich unveils approved science-based targets

Perfume company Firmenich has had a goal to reduce Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 39% approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

In action: EDF's renewable energy-based renovation of a listed building

Between 2012 and 2015, EDF Energy embarked on an ambitious project to bring a listed 12th Century building into the 21st Century by installing onsite renewable systems to generate low-carbon heat, cooling and electricity.

edie has provided a round-up of the areas where Chancellor Philip Hammond could deliver for the green economy

Autumn Budget preview: Five green policy predictions ahead of Philip Hammond's statement

A new levy on plastic packaging? A watered-down carbon price? An increase to the Climate Change Levy (CCL)? edie previews the green-related announcements likely to be included in the Autumn Budget on Monday (29 November).

Hill spent two years as Tesla’s VP of EMEA between 2015 and 2017, where his remit was to “save the planet”

Why an ex-Tesla VP has turned to storage, blockchain and Virtual Power Plants to 'save the planet'

Last month a UK start-up announced that ex-Tesla vice president Ben Hill was joining their team. Here, edie discovers why he has swapped the world of mobility to embark on a vision to transition the world to 100% renewable energy.

The array at Langthwaite Reservoir consists of “rafts” of floats, with solar panels mounted on top

Floating solar farm to power water treatment works in Lancashire

Water company United Utilities has this week begun building a floating solar farm on the surface of a reservoir in Lancashire, in a move that will enable it to power one of its water treatment plants with 100% renewable power by early 2019.

The report marks the latest in a long string of calls for ministers to place an increased focus on the North of England’s role in the low-carbon transition

Report: 46,000 new green jobs could be created in North of England by 2030

Around 46,000 new green economy jobs could be created in the North of England by 2030, a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has concluded.

While renewables have been growing strongly, their growth isn’t large enough to reverse CO2 emissions trends, Birol said

'Bad news' and 'despair': Global carbon emissions to hit new record in 2018, IEA says

Global carbon emissions will rise to a new record level in 2018, making the chances of reaching a target to keep temperature increases to 1.5 or 2°C "weaker and weaker every year, every month," the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.

Amazon has also agreed a deal for its UK buildings to be powered by 100% renewable electricity

Amazon pledges to install 20MW solar systems across UK fulfilment centres

Amazon has this week pledged to deploy 20MW of solar panels across its UK fulfilment centres, in a move that will slash its carbon footprint by 6,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Green groups said the deal showed the government should back renewable energy firms rather than fossil fuel and nuclear companies

Scottish Power shifts to 100% wind generation after £700m Drax sale

Scottish Power has ditched fossil fuels for electricity generation and switched to 100% wind power, by selling off its last remaining gas power stations to Drax for more than £700m.

The technology company has reduced emissions by more than 80% since 1996

BT pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045

As the UK Government announces plans to discuss a potential net-zero emissions strategy, technology giant BT has pledged to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045.

Aurora Energy Research predicts that 13GW of storage and flexibility assets will be installed across the UK by 2030

Energy storage needs £6bn UK investment by 2030 to keep pace with renewables, research finds

More than £6bn will need to be invested in the UK's energy storage market by 2030 if the nation is to decarbonise at the rate necessary to meet legally-binding carbon targets.

The report once again highlights the urgent need for bold climate actions from business and policymakers

IPCC 1.5C report: How can business drive the creation of a carbon-neutral world?

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and has done so by releasing a landmark report that acknowledges the severity of the challenge at hand. But how can business stop being part of the problem, and co-create the necessary solutions?

Britvic is looking to cut emissions at facilities by 15% by 2020, against a 2020 baseline

Britvic switches to 100% renewable electricity

Britvic has announced that every UK manufacturing site will be powered by 100% renewable electricity from October 2018.

The report includes insight from former McLaren Group chief executive and F1 Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh

Report: Global offshore wind industry to 'be worth £30bn per year by 2030'

British companies are among the most likely to reap the rewards from the growth of the global offshore wind sector, which is set to be worth more than £30bn annually by 2030.

The World Bank will use the investment programme to focus on storage that supports renewable energy projects – namely hybrid solar parks and microgrids

The World Bank launches $1bn energy storage programme for developing nations

The World Bank has launched a first-of-its-kind $1bn funding programme to fast-track deployment of battery storage projects in developing countries, to 'close the gap' on efforts to transition to cleaner energy sources.

Delegates discussed the key drivers that would impact sustainability reporting in the near future

TCFD, SDGs and pop-up squads: What the future holds for sustainability reporting

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and reporting and assurance firm DNV GL to discuss how new standards, systems and stakeholder demands are together revolutionising sustainability reporting.

The RE100 now consists of 152 companies, representing more than $3.8trn in revenue

RE100 members outperforming peers on key financial indicators

Companies committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity through the RE100 initiative are outperforming their peers in relation to net profit margins and earnings before tax, a new report from The Climate Group has found.

One foot in ‘today’, the other in ‘tomorrow’

The retail sector has done much in the last decade on sustainability, but it is increasingly apparent that all this has just been a dress rehearsal, a beginning not an end.

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.


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