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BT Group aims to go fully circular by 2030

Telecommunications giant BT has formalised the acceleration of its net-zero target for operations, from 2045 to 2030, and set a new ambition to become a circular business by the end of the decade.

Thompson reflected on what COP26 means for sustainable business in the coming years, the so-called "decade of delivery"

National Grid: Post-COP26, net-zero ambitions must urgently be turned into action

EXCLUSIVE: National Grid's UK sustainability manager Steven Thompson has spoken of how stakeholders from all parts of society are no longer likely to be impressed by long-term net-zero visions, without credible plans for delivery this decade.

Businesses, trade groups, individuals and others have until 20 December to have their say on the proposed extension

UK Government set to extend deadlines for non-domestic renewable heat scheme

UK businesses seeking the Government's support to decarbonise will likely have an extra year to apply to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), as a proposed extension to the scheme has been announced.

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Nissan promises £13.2bn of investment in EV revolution this decade

Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled a new investment plan worth two trillion yen (£13.2bn), aimed at accelerating its electric vehicle (EV) transition through to 2030.

Pictured: The Teesworks industrial zone on Teesside - the proposed site for BP's projects. Image: BP

BP plans 500MW green hydrogen plant in UK

Energy giant BP has announced plans to co-locate a new 500MW green hydrogen facility with its blue hydrogen facility, proposed for Teesside.

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Vodafone to trial phone masts with inbuilt wind turbines

Telecoms giant Vodafone will start trialling self-powered mobile masts later this year, as it works to achieve net-zero for its UK operations by 2027.

The UK Government's current vision involves bringing seven Gigafactories online by 2027 

Report: UK's EV revolution will create 50 million sq ft of Gigafactories

If the UK is to meet its 2040 target of ending new petrol and diesel vehicle sales, the national Gigafactory stock will need to grow to as much as 50 million square feet of factories and warehouses.

The Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony, which will reveal our winners, takes place as an in-person event at the Park Plaza London Westminster hotel on Wednesday 2 February 2022

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022: Shortlist of finalists revealed

After a record-breaking year of hundreds of entries across 23 categories, edie is proud to announce the shortlist of finalists for the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022! Drumroll please...

The BESS installation has been supported by a £5m grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Cranfield University to install energy storage units using second-life EV batteries

Cranfield University will introduce three battery storage units at its Bedfordshire campus early next year, in a move that will enable the university to store and use renewable energy from a co-located solar farm.

Pictured: A grid-scale battery array at the Oxford Energy Superhub. Image: Pivot Power/ Greenhouse

BNEF: Global battery storage capacity to grow 20 times over by 2030

Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) has released new battery energy storage forecasts, predicting a twenty-fold increase in grid-scale and domestic-scale battery capacity by the end of this decade that would push capacity beyond 1TWh.

7 things you need to know from Science, Innovation and Gender Day at COP26

The presidency programme for the second and final Tuesday (9 November) here at COP26 was dedicated to innovation for a low-carbon and climate-resilient world, and also to the importance of gender equality in tackling the climate crisis. Here, edie rounds up seven talking points from the day.

Technology focus areas will affect sectors including chemicals (pictured), steel, building materials, construction and transport

COP26: 23 nations commit to cleantech 'missions' on buildings, heavy industries, fuels, carbon capture

China, India, the UK, US and EU are among a cohort of 23 governments announcing new plans to catalyse cleantech investment today (9 November) at COP26 in Glasgow.

Image: Form Energy, showing an artist's impression of the firm's iron-air battery

Long Duration Energy Storage Council: Companies join forces, targeting $3trn of investment in sector by 2040

BP, Siemens Energy and Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures are among 25 organisations to have co-launched a new collaboration on long-duration energy storage technologies, which could play a key role in ensuring reliable energy as the transition to clean grids continues.

Amazon is one of the 29 founder member companies, and has pledged to accelerate the uptake of low-carbon tech for aviation and trucking

First Movers Coalition: Corporates in high-emitting sectors convene to drive demand for cleantech

Boeing, Amazon and Volvo Group are among the members of a new coalition of businesses pledging to support the development of low-carbon technologies for hard-to-abate sectors like aviation and heavy industry, launched at COP26.

Nico Rosberg spoke to edie within the Action Zone of COP26 in Glasgow

Video Nico Rosberg on the EV transition and sporting role models at COP26

Retired Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has spoken to edie about the need to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, claiming that 'everything is a little too late at the moment' in relation to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

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World leaders launch 'breakthrough agenda' for affordable cleantech globally

More than 40 world leaders, including those representing the UK, the US, India, China and the EU, have signed up to a new declaration aiming to deliver clean and affordable technology and solutions across the globe by 2030.

Innovations highlighted here could increase solar power uptake, make bioplastics more sustainable and decarbonise shipping

Algae-based plastics and energy from tomatoes: The best green innovations of October 2021

As October comes to a close, edie and our innovation partner Springwise have rounded up some of the best breakthrough technologies and carbon-cutting solutions which could accelerate climate action over the coming months and years.

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Daimler and BP partner on UK hydrogen refuelling network

Mercedez-Benz's sister brand, Daimler Truck, has partnered with BP to develop a network of up to 25 hydrogen truck refuelling stations across the UK this decade.

The £12.bn will be spent under “energy-transformation investment guidelines” and will target renewable energy amongst other solutions

Mitsubishi Corporation to invest £12.6bn to reach net-zero emissions

Mitsubishi Corporation has established new emissions reduction targets that will see the company reach net-zero by 2050 through a £12.6bn investment into an array of low-carbon solutions.

The facility will include battery storage and a hydrogen refuelling station for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and forklift trucks

Budweiser to deliver carbon-neutral brewery through green hydrogen deal

Budweiser Brewing Group has unveiled plans to create its first green hydrogen supply to a brewery, through a new agreement with energy firm Protium to use onsite renewables at the Magor brewery in South Wales to generate hydrogen to power the facility.

The Enapter team receiving their award

From green hydrogen to coral reef restoration: Winners of the Earthshot Prize announced

Projects that create fuel from agricultural waste, restore coral reefs and green hydrogen technology are among the winners of the Duke of Cambridge's Earthshot Prize and will now receive support from businesses to scale their solutions.

Pictured: The technology in use at Penwortham

National Grid expands use of innovative tech unlocking more capacity for renewables

National Grid's Electricity Transmission arm is expanding its use of power flow control technology, which has already unlocked 1.5GW of electricity grid capacity.

The research used a “digital twin” to create a virtual replica of the material that was tracked through the leather supply chain 

Jaguar Land Rover launches blockchain trials to source low-carbon leather

Transport giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has trialled blockchain technology to trace the carbon impacts of its leather supply chain, as part of its overarching net-zero commitment.

edie speaks exclusively to Salesforce’s head of clean energy and carbon Max Scher

How Salesforce became a net-zero business and what happens next

EXCLUSIVE: Last month, Salesforce announced it had become a net-zero business across its value chain. Here, edie explores how offsetting and location-based decarbonisation plans have created a unique road to combatting the climate crisis.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the finished facility from above. Image: OWPL

Green hydrogen facility planned for oil terminal in Orkney

TotalEnergies has forged a consortium with Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group, aiming to create an industrial-scale green hydrogen plant in Orkney, Scotland.

Pictured: What the tech return kiosks at Co-op stores will look like. Image: Spring 

Tackling e-waste: Microsoft plans new repair services as Co-op launches tech re-circulation trials

Microsoft has agreed to develop plans for improving its repair offering, in the same week that 20 Co-op stores opened facilities for shoppers to sell their old devices.

Virgin Atlantic has already delivered a 20% reduction in fleet carbon emissions

Virgin Atlantic unveils new carbon targets to help reach net-zero by 2050

Virgin Atlantic has today (11 October) confirmed new carbon targets that will push the company towards a goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Last year, KPMG committed to becoming a net-zero company and sourcing 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030

KPMG to invest $1.5bn on global ESG solutions

Professional services giant KPMG has unveiled a new $1.5bn investment plan to improve understanding of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) that helps businesses make strong contributions to decarbonisation and societal prosperity.

Are you ready to follow in AeroFarms' footsteps? Submit your entry to the 2022 edie Awards by Friday 8 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet circular economy innovation champions AeroFarms

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (8 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Circular Economy Innovation' award, AeroFarms.

Project TraDER, led by Electron, was funded via the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy’s FleX fund

Orkney flexibility trials deliver 24,000 peer-to-peer trades

A Government-backed local flexibility market trial has seen more than 24,000 peer-to-peer trades take place, enabling local wind energy to power homes and provide flexible services to the national energy market.

How businesses can help in the fight against climate change

For many organisations, the impact of Covid-19 has been catastrophic. No matter the industry, the pandemic presented a real and immediate challenge, meaning issues, such as sustainability, were pushed down the list of priorities for many businesses, argues Boris Manev, head of sustainability and government affairs at Epson Europe.

Innovations highlighted here could protect marine habitats, improve water access and accelerate electric vehicle adoption 

Coral-conserving bacteria and carbon capture tech: The best green innovations of September 2021

As September comes to a close, edie and our innovation partner Springwise have rounded up some of the best breakthrough technologies and carbon-cutting solutions which could accelerate climate action over the coming months and years.

The UK's EV stock has been growing than its charging infrastructure for several years now

EVs: UK Government floats £950m infrastructure investment and charger mandates for car park operators

The Department for Transport (DfT) has opened consultations on measures designed to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), with new proposals setting out plans for addressing infrastructure gaps.

Diageo unveiled a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2030

Diageo opens its first carbon-neutral distillery in Kentucky

Brewing giant Diageo has opened its first carbon-neutral distillery, located in Kentucky, that will use renewables and virtual metering technology to avoid the emissions equivalent to around 25,000 vehicles, as it builds towards its net-zero ambition for 2030.

Pictured: Ford's new Fiesta design, a hybrid version of the hatchback

Ford confirms $11.4bn investment in electric vehicles

Automaker Ford has unveiled plans to develop two new electric vehicle (EV) battery factories and a "mega campus" for EV research and development, at a total cost of $11.4bn.

Pictured: A carbon capture array. Image: Climeworks

$6.6trn investor coalition calls for massive investment in carbon removal solutions

An influential coalition of investors, representing $6.6trn in assets, is calling for a rapid scale-up of global investment into carbon removal solutions, to the extent that their capacity is more than ten times higher in 2050 than 2025.

Net-zero by 2050: What does it take to make this a reality?

As a manufacturer reliant on energy for both the creation and lifetime use of our products and solutions, we understand that we have a critical role in achieving the worldwide reduction of CO2 emissions.

The company will produce five million low-carbon cans using renewables across the value chain

Budweiser teams with EN+ Group in aim to produce its lowest carbon footprint for beer cans

The Budweiser Brewing Group has unveiled plans to trial the production of beer cans with its lowest lifecycle carbon footprint, by collaborating with key companies across the value chain including aluminium producer EN+ Group.

The manifesto commits the organisations to help cities build safe, smart, sustainable and more accessible urban and regional mobility networks

Mobility platforms commit to zero-emissions manifesto for 2035

A group of mobility platforms, including Uber, Lime and Arrival, have all committed to fully decarbonising their networks by 2035 at the latest, as part of a new collaborative manifesto to increase the uptake of low-carbon transport.

Are you our next winner? You have until 1 October 2021 to apply for the 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Virgin Media's 'small but mighty' sustainability team

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than two weeks away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Team of the Year' award, Virgin Media.

To help deliver the goal of carbon neutrality, Hitachi will invest around €10bn over a three-year period

Hitachi targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050

Hitachi, one of the Principal Partners to the COP26 conference, has revised its sustainability targets with a new plan to achieve carbon neutrality across its entire value chain by 2050.

Cisco targets net-zero by 2040, Illumina by 2050

Tech giant Cisco has pledged to reach net-zero emissions for operations by 2025 and the supply chain by 2040, while healthcare research and solutions firm Illumina has set a 2050 target.

Pictured: One of Hyundai's concept vehicles, an autonomous container transportation system called Trainer Drone. Image: Hyundai

Hyundai promises a hydrogen version of all models by 2028, as Toyota ramps up EV investment

Hyundai has unveiled a new hydrogen strategy, including a commitment to apply hydrogen fuel cell systems to all models by 2028, in the same week that rival Toyota confirmed plans to spend more than $13.5bn on electric vehicle (EV) tech by 2030.

Aviation is widely considered a hard-to-abate sector and is one of the fastest-growing in the world in terms of emissions

Airlines could account for 20% of global emissions by 2050, report finds

Unless the aviation sector accelerates efforts to decarbonise, its share of global annual emissions could grow from 3% at present to 20% by 2050, according to a new analysis from Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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AT&T pledges to help other businesses reduce emissions by a billion tonnes

US-based telecoms giant AT&T has pledged to help business clients avoid at least one billion metric tonnes - one gigaton - of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.

Innovations highlighted here could accelerate decarbonisation, help create a circular economy and tackle microplastic pollution in marine habitats

Hempcrete buildings and salt batteries: The best green innovations of August 2021

In a month which saw the IPCC publish a sobering assessment of our planet's future, edie and our innovation partner Springwise have rounded up some of the best breakthrough technologies and carbon-cutting solutions which could accelerate climate action over the coming months and years.

Ofgem has stated that the fund will help businesses and households to decarbonise, while also reducing bills 

Ofgem pledges £450m for innovations to decarbonise energy networks

Regulator Ofgem has launched a new £450m fund to help energy networks develop innovative technologies that will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system in the UK.

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Milestones for hydrogen aircraft and glass production projects in the UK

One of the world's first large-scale demonstrations of 100% hydrogen firing for glass production has concluded in Liverpool, in the same week that ZeroAvia inked a new deal to support its hydrogen plane trials in the Cotswolds.

Britvic pledged to only sell plastic bottles made using 100% recycled content in the UK by the end of 2022

Britvic switches more brands to 100% recycled plastic bottles

Britvic has announced that its Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench brands are moving to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) for all 500ml bottles, as part of a wider commitment to move to fully recycled content in the UK by 2022.

Images: Left, Bulldog; right, kp 

Bulldog Skincare launches packaging recycling scheme as 'world's first' recyclable blister packs for medicine unveiled

UK-based men's skincare brand Bulldog has launched a new packaging take-back and recycling scheme, in the same week that an innovative recyclable plastic blister pack has launched.

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Swiss Re turns to Climeworks' direct air CO2 capture to meet net-zero goal

Swiss Re has signed a ten-year agreement with carbon capture tech firm Climeworks, under which it is purchasing carbon removals from direct air capture (DAC) facilities and the associated carbon storage.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet water management champions Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Water Management' award, Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions.

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Banking on electric: NatWest Group to install 600 EV chargers at UK sites

NatWest Group has confirmed plans to install 600 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across its UK office locations by 2023.

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National Grid and SSE unveil plan to redirect waste heat to homes

Thousands of UK homes could soon be warmed using heat generated from electricity grid transformers, which would have otherwise gone to waste.

Stagecoach has already invested £1bn on 7,000 low-carbon vehicles over the last 10 years

Stagecoach calls for transport policy overhaul as part of carbon-neutral roadmap

Transport group Stagecoach has unveiled a new roadmap to becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2050, while also calling for the UK Government to fix "contradictory policies" associated with the transport sector and the need to reach net-zero emissions.

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Maersk inks deal for low-carbon shipping fuel as Virgin Atlantic confirms support for direct air CO2 capture

Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk has inked a deal for 'green' e-methanol, while Virgin Atlantic has signed on to purchase carbon credits from a new direct air carbon capture facility.

The trials will last for six months, with the potential to extend to nine. Image: Royal Mail

Royal Mail to trial innovative tyres that could boost EV range

Royal Mail has begun a six-month trial of innovative tyres which claim to help electric vehicles (EVs) travel further on a single charge.

To help deliver against the new commitments, Mode, which launched in 2020, has set up an internal sustainability committee 

Mode Global targets net-zero from cryptocurrency operations by 2030

Fintech major Mode Global Holdings has committed to achieving net-zero emissions from its cryptocurrency operations by the end of the decade, outlining plans to ensure they are powered by renewable electricity.

The new scheme is based on a successful trial at 14 stores over a six-week period this summer

Dixons Carphone launches nationwide polystyrene takeback scheme

Electrical and telecommunications retailer Dixons Carphone has unveiled fresh new commitments to embrace the circular economy, including making all its own-label products packaging reusable or recyclable by 2023 and introducing a nationwide rollout of an in-store takeback scheme for polystyrene.

The UK Government is targeting 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen generation by 2030 - a target it has called

What role will hydrogen play in the UK's net-zero transition?

After a string of delays and mounting pressure from green groups, the UK Government has finally unveiled the Hydrogen Strategy. But is hydrogen truly the green solution it's made out to be? And which sectors will benefit most, and when?

The Government claims that together, the four projects could save almost 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions

Government funnels £91m into ultra-fast charging projects and extended-range EVs

Projects that increase the range of electric vehicles (EVs), create batteries that can charge in as little as 12 minutes and hydrogen-powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have all been awarded a share of £91m from the UK Government.

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Hydrogen buses, rapid response vehicles and forklift trucks bag share of £2.5m Government funding pot

A string of hydrogen transport projects in the Tees Valley region have won a share of a £2.5m Government competition funding pot for research and development.

Pictured: The intended location of the facility, next to Carlton Power's existing gas facilities in Carrington. Image: Carlton Power

Plans filed for green hydrogen production hub near Manchester

Plans for a green hydrogen production hub in Carrington, near Manchester, have taken a step forward with the submission of a planning application. The developers are hoping to bring it online in 2023.

The initiative's original ambition was to reach 100 members by COP26, which begins on 1 November

Dozens of businesses sign up for Tech Zero taskforce, taking membership past the 100 mark

A coalition of fast-growing UK tech firms, convened to inform policymaking and garner further industry support ahead of COP26, has amassed the support of more than 100 businesses.

Pictured: One of Shell's hydrogen production facilities. Image: Shell

Blue hydrogen could produce more emissions than burning natural gas, academic study finds

Scientists are warning that 'blue' hydrogen, which is produced by splitting natural gas and capturing process emissions, could generate 20% more emissions over its life-cycle than burning the natural gas in the first instance.

Pictured: A carbon capture array (left) and a mangrove forest (right). Image left: Carbon Clean Solutions

Nature-based solutions and carbon capture technologies: Do either have a role to play in the net-zero transition?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) major new report this week bore a stark warning: we may have to go beyond net-zero by 2050, globally, to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. It also raised questions about common approaches to 'netting' emissions - both nature-based and man-made.

Less than 1% of surplus food from Gousto fulfillment centres ends up as waste

Gousto and DPD launch new courier scheme to redistribute surplus food

UK recipe kit firm Gousto has built on an existing partnership with food distribution charity to FareShare to reduce wastage across the supply chain by launching a new courier service with DPD.

Net-zero: Collaboration or bust

As world leaders outline their policies to end the fossil fuel era within three decades, the heat is on to electrify cities and all aspects of our lives by turning completely to renewable energy sources.

More than 90% of metal produced in the world is steel, and the sector is accountable for around 9% of global emissions

Investors lay out expectations for steel sector to reach net-zero emissions

An initiative involving more than 500 investors representing $55trn in assets has outlined a set of priorities that it will engage in to help the global steel sector reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

The pilot will run for nine months. Image: UKFT

Fashion giants collaborate for blockchain-powered supply chain transparency trials

Retailers including H&M Group, New Look and Next have joined a new pilot scheme assessing how digital technologies can be used to improve supply chain transparency, thereby enabling targeted improvements to environmental sustainability and efficiency.

This month's innovations could drive major change in the agri-food, battery and fashion sectors

Batteries made from trees and blockchain to tackle deforestation: The best green innovations of July 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best from July 2021.

The integration of renewables has contributed to a 22.7% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions against a 2018 baseline

Sky powered by 100% renewables globally

Broadcaster Sky is now powered by 100% renewable electricity across its entire operations, meeting a commitment to the RE100 initiative and building towards its net-zero target for 2030.

According to EDF, the offering would enable fleet customers to save around £350 in energy cost savings annually

EDF and Nissan launch V2G charging solution for business fleets

EDF and Nissan have launched a new service for UK businesses that enables electric vehicle (EV) fleets to access vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology.

WGS claims that, across the entire production lifecycle, the biogas reduces carbon emissions by more than 95%

Glenfiddich to power delivery trucks with onsite biogas fuelling stations

Scotch whisky brand Glenfiddich has introduced fuelling stations at a distillery in Scotland to enable parts of its fleet to run on biogas made from the residues of its own distilling process.

The proposed plan would use the Siemens Mobility ‘eHighway’ technology, which has been trialled on small road systems in Germany and Sweden

UK Government exploring feasibility of 'electric highways' for zero-emission trucks

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a share of £20m to a consortium of businesses that will explore how long-range trucks can be electrified using overhead wires on motorways across the country, to assist with the UK's net-zero emissions target.

The UK Government's vision involves bringing seven Gigafactories online by 2027 

UK's plans to scale battery production 'insufficient for net-zero transition'

The UK Government's plans to support the battery manufacturing sector to scale up are not sufficient to deliver the transition to net-zero, nor to ensure that the UK remains a leader in this market globally, a Lords Committee is warning.

Winning designs will be unveiled in 2022. Image: RCA

Terra Carta Design Lab: Prince of Wales' latest climate initiative to support students

Prince Charles has partnered with former Apple chief design officer Sir Jony Ive to develop a new scheme supporting students to develop "credible and sustainable" solutions to the climate crisis.

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Vodafone trials 'UK's first' smart electricity substation on road to net-zero

Telecommunications giant Vodafone has partnered with UK Power Networks to trial 'smart' methods of delivering energy flexibility at electricity substations, designed to improve efficiency and cut emissions.

The carmaker is forging ahead with the development of Vision EQXX – an EV that is expected to have a range of more than 600 miles

Mercedes-Benz to go all-electric for vehicles by 2030

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to move its entire product portfolio to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, to be supported by a £34bn investment and plans to run eight gigafactories for battery production.

As well as destroying fragile marine habitats, deep-sea mining also impacts the oceans' ability to absorb and sequester carbon

Automakers urged to move away from 'destructive' deep-sea mining

Carmakers looking to increase the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs) across the globe have been urged to pre-divest from deep-sea mining companies, with a coalition of NGOs warning that failing to do so will cause irreversible damage that will contribute to the climate crisis.

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Innovation Strategy: UK Government bets on nature-based climate solutions and CCUS

Energy and environment technologies have been named as one of seven priority focus areas of the UK's new Innovation Strategy, designed to increase annual public R&D to a record £22bn.

edie summarises how the world can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to BNEF

How the world can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF has published its latest New Energy Outlook report, examining three progress pathways to reach net-zero globally by 2050. Here, edie summaries what will need to change to deliver this low-carbon trajectory.

The report features a host of recommendations to capture the benefits of CCUS in the UK

UK urged to level-up regions through CCUS supply chains

The trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK has noted that a successful rollout of the technology could create a thriving supply chain in the UK which would deliver job growth, provided enabling policies are introduced.

The sustainability report claims that “just one of our inert anode cells can generate the same volume of oxygen as 70 hectares of forest”

EN+ Group turns to oxygen-producing method to decarbonise aluminium

Aluminium and hydropower giant EN+ Group has built on a target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 by also confirming the development of the world's lowest carbon aluminium from inert anode technologies.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the planned site in Sandwell. Image: Pivot Power/ Greenhouse PR

100MW battery 'energy superhub' set for the West Midlands

Two new grid-scale battery energy storage projects are set to be installed in Coventry and Sandwell, with a combined capacity of 100MW.

Customers using the restaurants or Drive-Thru can pay a £1 deposit that is redeemed if they return the cup to a participating McDonald’s UK restaurant

McDonald's to trial deposit return scheme for coffee cups in Northampton

McDonald's has chosen six restaurants in Northampton to trial a £1 deposit on reusable coffee cups in a bid to cut back on waste.

Pictured: An artist's CGI rendering of the proposed Gigafactory, aerial view. Image: Coventry City Council

Coventry battery Gigafactory plans take a step forward, as MPs call for more Government funding

The developers of a new Gigafactory for electric vehicle (EV) batteries in Coventry have filed a planning application - but MPs are warning that the UK Government's £500m pot for Gigafactory development will need to be scaled significantly.

ScottishPower and Shell claim it would be the “world’s first large-scale” system for the technology

ScottishPower and Shell bid to develop large-scale floating windfarms in UK

ScottishPower and Shell have submitted a joint bid to develop large-scale floating offshore windfarm systems in the northeast of Scotland, with a decision expected to be made next year.

Connecting the roadmap to cleaner transport

With transport the major contributor to UK emissions, we need to clean up the way we get around if we're going to hit our national net-zero target. Could connectivity hold the key? Nicola Green, Chief Communications and Corporate Affairs Officer at Virgin Media O2, explores.

Persil, Comfort, Sunlight, Surf and Seventh Generation formulations with the enzymes will be tested 

Unilever eyes optimised enzymes in bid for fossil-fuel-free laundry products

Unilever has announced a new partnership with protein design start-up Arzeda, which will see it test new enzymes in cleaning and laundry products in order to lower their carbon footprint.

Businesses believe the East Coast Cluster can capture, transport and store up to 27 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually by 2030

East Coast Cluster: Teesside and Humber gear up to host CCS technologies

Energy giants and businesses operating in Teesside and Humberside look set to collaborate on the deployment of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) technology in a bid to create net-zero industrial clusters.

COP26 Primer: Clean Transport

edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance. This report examines approaches to clean transport.

More than 50,000 jobs in carbon-intensive industries would also be safeguarded

UK's carbon capture and storage market could create 50,000 jobs

The UK could become an early mover in the global carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) market and create up to 50,000 jobs if new enabling policies are introduced.

The Barometer report has been published today (7 July) and is free to access 

How are UK businesses approaching the net-zero transition? Find out with edie's new Barometer

The first edition of edie's new bi-annual Net-Zero Business Barometer, providing a regular temperature check and progress update regarding the decarbonisation of organisations across the UK, is now available to download.

COP26 is set to take place from 1 November to 12 November in Glasgow

Salesforce signs on as latest Principal Partner for COP26

Business software giant Salesforce has been announced as the latest Principal Partner for COP26 - the highest level of sponsorship for the climate summit.

Both draft business plans are subject to final approval from regulator Ofgem

Net-zero energy transition: UK Power Networks and Northern Powergrid outline £7.7bn investment plans

Electricity distributors UK Power Networks and Northern Powergrid have outlined business plans backed by £4.5bn and £3.2bn of spending respectively, both with a heavy focus on low-carbon generation and technologies.

This month's innovations could have siginifcant impacts in the built environment, nature conservation, food, metals and minerals and recycling sectors

Lab-grown salmon and seed-bombing 'skyscrapers': The best green innovations of June 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up five of the best from June 2021.

The MoU will aim to develop SAFs

Rolls-Royce and Shell agree on new partnership on sustainable aviation fuels

Rolls-Royce and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help build towards their respective net-zero targets by developing and scaling Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) for the sector.


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