New initiative to prove marine energy's potential
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and RenewableUK have launched a new project to show how wave and tidal technologies can meet new technology tests.
Whiskey fuel and desert crops: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of monumental announcements at the One Planet summit in Paris, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.
Sainsbury's and Unilever sign up to blockchain trials for supply chain practices
Global brands Unilever and Sainsbury's have partnered with leading investors to trial how blockchain technology can financially reward sustainable farming practices for Malawian tea makers.
Heathrow to install rapid charge points for electric black cabs
Heathrow Airport has revealed that it is actively collaborating with Transport for London to install seven rapid charging points for electric taxis by the end of this month, with the airport also announcing the delivery of its 50th electric vehicle (EV).
Edible packaging and ocean-plastic shoes: Six of the best innovations to solve the plastics problem
Following this week's inspiring webinar on how businesses are helping to solve the plastics problem, edie has rounded up some of the ground-breaking innovations being explored by companies across the globe as we look to tackle the perils of plastic pollution, once and for all.
UK can deliver 12GW of battery storage with stronger policies, report finds
A new report estimates that 12GW of subsidy-free battery deployment could be possible in the UK by 2021, despite only 0.6 GW of capacity being installed and operational so far, but only if the Government learns from past failings in the solar market.
Power networks pledge to deliver £17bn of smart grid benefits
Electricity network operators will today (6 December) pledge to deliver £17 billion of energy system benefits by 2050 through the creation of a smarter, more flexible power grid.
London and Bengaluru lead global air quality initiative
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today (5 December) announced that the English capital will team with the Indian city of Bengaluru to spearhead a partnership to take air pollution in cities across the globe.
Autonomous network project to facilitate UK electric vehicle demand
As a survey reveals that almost half of British companies are currently unwilling to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), UK Power Networks has unveiled a new initiative that could save parts of the UK £270m by 2030 by channeling spare capacity towards charging use.
Coventry to host UK's first EV battery research centre
The Government has confirmed that Coventry will be the home of the UK's first battery development facility, set up to help make the UK a world-leader in EV technology and innovation.
UK construction industry aims to halve emissions in built environment by 2025
The Government has struck an agreement with the construction industry in a deal which aims to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years.
Swindon to host one of UK's largest battery projects
Public Power Solutions, a company owned by Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK's largest battery storage projects.
Energy storage: edie launches free business guide to battery technology
Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits of energy storage now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about the technology.
UPS trials sustainable delivery system in London
Delivery firm UP is testing a delivery system which sees a power-assisted trailer make last mile deliveries in central London in a bid to reduce congestion and emissions.
Biological houses and closed-loop plastic cups: the best green innovations of the week
In a week dominated by the UK Autumn Budget, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could help lower the costs of the green economy transition.
Xerox aiming for verified science-based target for 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Printing services company Xerox intends to have a verified science-based target in place when it launches new sustainability goals in 2018, as part of a commitment to the Paris Agreement that has been years in the making.
In practice: Guadalajara's 12,000 LED street light retrofit from Philips
Philips Lighting has this week completed a LED retrofit across the Spanish City of Guadalajara that will help the city council realise huge energy efficiency and carbon savings.
BNEF: Energy storage market to double six times by 2030
The global energy storage market looks to mirror the rapid growth the solar industry experienced between 2000 and 2015, with a new Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report predicting that the energy storage market will double six times by 2030.
How the SDGs can create a framework to fix a 'broken' agriculture sector
Businesses must collaborate to create global platforms that can fix a "completely broken" agriculture system in a way that improves land management and farming practices that can drag smallholders out of poverty.
Five ways Tesla's new models can revolutionise the EV market
Elon Musk's surprise double reveal of a new Tesla supercar and electric semi-truck made waves over the weekend. Here, edie examines how the models could transform the EV sector in the years ahead.
The Kigali Amendment: Time for retailers to create the business case for a HFC phase-out
The UK ratified the Kigali amendment on harmful hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases last week, but building the business case to switch to costly alternatives requires a delicate approach.
In practice: Oxford University Hospitals' money-saving CHP retrofit
Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.
Electric Lamborghinis and carbon-neutral eggs: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of eye-opening reports for the green economy, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.
Businesses must 'unleash' potential of IoT and connectivity for sustainable future
Data integration, transparency tracking and cross-sector collaboration are some of the areas where business leaders believe the Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity can drive a sustainable future.
Formula One fridge technology to drive energy savings for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's will become the first UK supermarket to rollout an F1 inspired fridge technology which is expected to drastically reduce the energy needed for cooling.
Demand response: edie relaunches free business guide
Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to an updated 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.
Blockchain start-up unveils plastic offset scheme
A technology start-up has launched a new initiative for companies and families to calculate and offset annual "plastic footprints" by purchasing credits that support global projects that tackle plastic pollution.
Balancing act: Storage and flexible energy vital to UK’s renewables tipping point
The cost of generating energy from wind and solar in the UK is expected to halve by 2040, but the expected future power system volatility will lead to more economic opportunities for flexible energy sources and storage capacity.
Dutch zero-emission trains to combine biofuel with battery storage
A batch of zero-emission trains that combine regenerative electrification technology with renewable diesel have been scheduled for commercialisation for 2025, after a pan-European passenger transport firm signed a €170m contract to manufacture the vehicles in the Netherlands.
Pricing mechanisms needed to secure renewable energy acceleration, report finds
Falling costs in renewable energy technologies has put the UK on course to meet its 2030 renewables development objective, but a higher carbon price market is needed to spur acceleration, a new report from global IT consultancy Capgemini has found.
New Philips wireless connected lighting system could deliver 'huge' energy savings
Philips Lighting has launched a new wireless connected lighting system which could help workplaces cut energy usage on lighting by up to 70%.
Uber's flying taxis and offshore robot repairs: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of climate negotiations at Bonn, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.
Renault unveils 'industry-first' autonomous driving safety feature
French car maker Renault has developed an "industry first" autonomous control system that can match professional test drivers on road obstacle avoidance scenarios, bringing the car makers self-driving vision closer to reality.
Car giants launch pan-European electric vehicle charging venture
A group of the world's largest car manufacturers, including Ford, BMW and Porsche, have joined forces to develop a network of high-power charging systems across Europe, to stimulate the growth of electric vehicles (EVs).
Climate visas and smart trains: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of COP23 preparations and global reports, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.
Autonomous shelf-scanning robots to assist Walmart workers
US retailer Walmart is expanding a trial to explore how autonomous shelf-scanning robots can streamline work for staff, by scanning item labels to see if they are out of date, out of stock, or displaying incorrect information.
Shrinking solar deployment darkens UK's record low-carbon electricity mix
Despite low-carbon sources providing more than half of all UK energy generation for the second time, the Government has been urged to address policy barriers that have "unnecessarily impeded" the development of solar technologies over the last two years.
Nissan joins Formula E to showcase 'intelligent mobility' updates
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed its participation in next season's all-electric racing series Formula E, while also launching two new commercial electric vehicles (EVs) at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Frugal Cartons and wooden wind turbines: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of warnings for the UK green economy, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.
Could Tesla's world-first hybrid energy project modernise electricity grids?
Following the deal to develop a world-first renewable energy project that combines wind, solar and battery storage in Australia, automaker and energy disruptor Tesla has been invited to showcase the "power and scalability" of its products in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico.
Pan-industry alliance set to champion smart energy era
As a new report names Bristol and London the leaders of the smart city transition, leading UK energy organisations such as the National Grid and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have launched a pan-industry campaign to create a smart energy pathway for technology and services.
Cross-sector collaboration crucial to embed technological innovations, says Vodafone
The fourth industrial revolution looks set to introduce an era of technological disruption that will heighten the need for a "strong political hand" and enhanced cross-sector collaboration to drive efficiencies, according to Vodafone's senior environment manager Nicki Woodhead.
Litter-picking crows and solar farms in a box: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of innovative announcements for the UK green economy, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.
Government launches proposals to boost charge points for electric vehicles
Large petrol retailers and motorway services will be required to install charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), as part of new legislation from the Government that also enables drivers of automated vehicles to gain insurance in the UK.
Shell fits UK forecourts with EV rapid chargers
Shell is opening a range of rapid charging service systems across its UK petrol stations, with plans already in place to deploy more charging infrastructure by the end of the year.
World's first floating wind farm opens off the Scottish coast
The world's first floating wind farm has today (18 October) started delivering electricity to the Scottish power grid, and will utilise an innovative battery storage system to provide power for around 20,000 households.
How can we exploit new methods to tackle consumer food waste in a digital age?
Technological advances and social media are set to become increasingly powerful tools in helping retailers and environmental organisations to engage consumers on food waste reduction.
Crab-shell 'plastics' and Seabins: the best green innovations of the week
In a week where the UK set out its policies to meet future carbon budgets, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could emerge to help the ambition.
What can blockchain do for corporate sustainability?
The fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to accelerate how businesses act within society; but nestled in alongside automation and the Internet of Things, can little-known blockchain truly revolutionise sustainability?
Smart Coca-Cola dispensers to help university students slash soft drinks packaging
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has teamed up with the University of Reading to hand out micro-chipped refillable drinks bottles to students to support a more sustainable packaging system on campus.
IRENA: Falling costs could see installed battery storage grow 17-fold by 2030
Battery storage installations could experience a 17-fold growth by 2030 due to the rapidly falling price of batteries, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
National Grid measures real-time system inertia for the first time
For the first time ever, the National Grid has successfully measured and monitored continuous grid stability across an entire network, in a move that could reduce end-customer costs and carbon emissions in the UK.
Off-grid recycling plants and energy from tears: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of bold business pledges, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape corporate sustainability in the future.
Nissan to pilot microgrid trials in 2018
Nissan will trial and assess microgrid systems across Europe in 2018, to examine how local communities can gain access to sustained energy sources, by combining renewable energy and battery storage technologies.
Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy
Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a "new era".
Nissan's 'revolutionary' mobility plan aims to 'remove any barrier' for EV uptake
New LEAF and van models, a rollout on new public charging infrastructure and an innovative commitment to give users free access to flexible electricity sourcing were all announced as pillars in Nissan's "revolutionary mobility energy plan" to "remove any barrier" from electric vehicle use.
Smart bins and grow-your-own lamps: the best green innovations for Recycle Week
To mark Recycling week, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous and zero-waste future.
EasyJet says it could be flying electric planes within a decade
EasyJet could be flying planes powered by batteries rather than petroleum to destinations including Paris and Amsterdam within a decade.
In practice: Amsterdam ArenA's EV battery storage system
Amsterdam ArenA wants to be the most innovative stadium in the world by 2020 and has already utilised numerous sustainability technologies, including the latest installment of old electric vehicles batteries as a storage system, to help with this ambition.
Terracotta air conditioning and farming in Antarctica: the best green innovations of the week
As Climate Week draws to a close, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
New 'carbon currency' aims to ease sustainable transactions
A new project unveiled today (19 September) will use blockchain technology to create a carbon currency that enables businesses to measure the carbon footprint of transactions in real terms.
Bloodstream energy and building 'Fitbits': the best green innovations of the week
In a week of sustainability hits and misses for the private sector, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
Volkswagen to produce electric version of each vehicle by 2030
German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) has announced that every vehicle in its model portfolio will have an electric version on sale to customers by 2030, in a move described by the company as the "largest electromobility campaign in the automotive industry".
£30m Gateshead research facility to test zero-carbon integrated energy solutions
Ambitions for a zero-carbon energy network are a step closer to reality, after Northern Gas Networks (NGN) launched the UK's first fully-integrated research and development facility to test low-carbon business solutions for transport, electricity, and gas.
Utilities sector reaping the benefits of Artificial Intelligence
A new report has found that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is boosting job creation and profits in the utilities sector, while separate research suggests that there is "huge potential" for businesses to offer automated, smart technology as a product or service.
Nissan LEAF batteries to power up Amsterdam ArenA's energy storage system
Nissan and power management company Eaton will implement one of Europe's largest commercial energy storage systems, after striking a deal to install a 3MW system of electric vehicle (EV) batteries at the car park of the Amsterdam ArenA stadium.
Origami apparel and insect-inspired solar: the best green innovations of the week
In a breakthrough week for the manufacturing sectors, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
New long-range Nissan LEAF sparks calls for UK infrastructure upgrades
Nissan's announcement that a new Nissan LEAF model with extended driving range will go on sale in 2018 has been welcomed by energy groups, who have called on the UK to deliver new charging networks to account for demand.
Jaguar Land Rover expands its aluminium circular economy drive
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched the REALITY programme, an expansion on its closed-loop aluminium recycling programme that will place end-of-life materials into new high-performance JLR products.
Metropolitan Police trials hydrogen scooter
The UK's largest police service is seeking to combat London's toxic air crisis through the trial of a hydrogen fuel cell scooter as a patrol vehicle.
DIY Powerwalls and power plant houses: the best green innovations of the week
As a flood of warnings arrive during World Water Week, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
Self-driving delivery truck tests to 'lower emissions and fuel costs'
The driverless delivery of goods in Britain moved a step closer to reality today (25 August) as the Government gave the green light for trials of partially self-driving HGVs.
Audi designing solar roof for future electric vehicles
German carmaker Audi has teamed up with a solar-cell specialist to develop a solar roof which will the extend the range of its electric vehicles (EVs).
Insect burgers and energy storage trains: the best green innovations of the week
In an electrifying week for the transport sector, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
IBM blockchain food safety programme attracts global firms
A host of major firms including Nestlé, Unilever and Walmart have established a collaboration with tech giant IBM to explore how the global food supply chain can benefit from blockchain technology.
New hydrogen technology could slash engine emissions by 80%
A British manufacturer has launched a new hydrogen additive technology that can reportedly reduce engine emissions by as much as 80% and offer up to a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency.
Global warming unstoppable without geo-engineering, says study
The international community has already missed its chance to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study by Switzerland-based researchers. But a solution to the problem could lie in geo-engineering technologies.
Sustainability sewn in: M&S launches low-impact jeans
Marks & Spencer (M&S) is introducing new men's jeans that have been produced using five time less water than conventional methods, as well as having a reduced energy and chemical footprints.
Uniting past and future: VW to create electric version of the iconic Microbus
German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) announced on Saturday (19 August) that an electric version of the Microbus model will go on sale in five years' time, more than 70 years since the design was first introduced.
Electric highways and tiny Tesla houses: the best green innovations of the week
In a week of warnings for the UK's green economy, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
Britain gears up for smart energy transition with new consultation
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on how best to create new markets to enable distributed energy resources - including solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles - to provide services to the power grid.
edie publishes free business guide to CHP
Organisations and professionals with an interest in deploying combined heat & power (CHP) systems to reduce emissions and save on energy costs now have access to a free 'edie explains' guide which answers all of the key questions surrounding the technology.
Saliva batteries and biodegradable cars: the best green innovations of the week
Capping off a week of firsts for the global climate agenda, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could help to accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
Policymakers must embrace technology to deliver sustainable transport systems, says PwC
New planning models which adopt collaborative and tech-savvy approaches are required to create future sustainable and connected transport systems, according to a new report from PwC.
Solar energy storage systems secure reduced VAT rate
Householders installing a storage system to integrate with a newly-purchased solar photovoltaic systems have been greeted with a reduced VAT of 5%, after the Solar Trade Association (STA) provided evidence to the HMRC.
edie publishes free business guide to onsite energy generation
Organisations and professionals with an interest in producing and consuming energy at a particular location away from the grid now have access to a free, comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which answers all of the key questions surrounding onsite generation.
Carbon protein powder and toilet roll bike lanes: the best green innovations of the week
In a week where humanity used up its entire annual budget of planetary resources, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could accelerate the global shift towards a prosperous low-carbon future.
Energy industry must embrace '3D transition' to sustainable future, say former Big Six bosses
Britain's 'Bix Six' utility companies must rapidly adapt and find a new role in an energy system which is undergoing the "3D transition" of decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation, a new report by industry experts has concluded.
Ikea offers home energy storage systems alongside solar panels
Ikea has partnered with renewable energy firm Solarcentury to launch a new domestic battery storage solution that could help to double the amount of solar energy used by UK households and reduce electricity bills by 70%.
Businesses must adapt sustainable finance models to prepare for innovation flood, says Interserve
Businesses must prepare for a "flood" of technological advances by adjusting the way they assess the non-financial impacts of low-carbon investments, according to construction firm Interserve's head of sustainability and group finance director Tim Haywood.
Model 3 launch: Everything you need to know about Tesla's mass-market electric car
As Tesla hands over the keys to the first customers of its new Model 3, edie rounds up the reported techs, specs and futuristic features of the electric car which looks set to revolutionise the global automotive industry.
Climate-proof wine and energy-harvesting bracelets: the best green innovations of the week
In a huge week for the UK Government's industrial legacy, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could shift the globe towards a prosperous low-carbon transition.
Race is on for energy cyber security standards
Government and Ofgem must lead a "race" to deliver smart technology standards which protect against cyber security threats in the energy system, a leading consultant has urged.
Carbon Trust chosen to lead Government's £9.2m industrial innovation platform
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has named the Carbon Trust as the overseer of a new £9.2m accelerator programme aimed at increasing the development of cost-efficient energy innovations.
'Vote of confidence' for industrial strategy as BMW plans to build electric Mini in UK
BMW's announcement that it is to build the first fully-electric version of the iconic Mini in the UK has been welcomed as a "landmark vote of confidence" for the UK's low-carbon transport sector by Business Secretary Greg Clark.
Investors reach early milestone for UK's first commercial geothermal power plant
A bond that encourages investors to back the first commercial geothermal electricity power station in the UK has raised more than £1m in the 48 hours since it was launched.
Energy storage: UK set for new battery research centre with Government funding
Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced details of the first phase of a four-year £246m investment into battery technology as part of the Government's drive towards a low-carbon industrial strategy.
Geothermal England and solar trains: the best green innovations of the week
In a week that highlighted alarming environmental trends, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could shift the globe towards a prosperous low-carbon transition.
Robotic housebuilders and eco-underwear: the best green innovations of the week
In a week that highlighted the leaders and laggards of the low-carbon transition, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could enable businesses to move up the scale on corporate ambition.
UK ploughs £20m into vehicle-to-grid technology
The UK Government has announced it will invest £20m to support vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects that allow plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) to provide demand-response services to the power grid.