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Intelligent highways and underground bins: the best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

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.

100% of the Italian-grown tomatoes Princes processed in 2018 have been sourced from farms with independent ethical accreditation

Princes turns to blockchain to minimise supply chain sustainability risks

International food and drink firm Princes has unveiled a sweeping new set of measures to make its supply chain practices more sustainable, including a pledge to use blockchain to ensure workers' rights are protected.

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations aimed at tackling dirty air have emerged in recent times

Pollutant-trapping pavements and electric rickshaws: The best green innovations to tackle air quality

To coincide with the UK's Clean Air Summit, edie has rounded up some of the ground-breaking innovations being explored by companies across the globe as we look to tackle the dangers of air pollution.

The analysis showed plug-in hybrid vehicles were often the most expensive to run over four years, in part due to the higher purchase of vehicles that in effect have two engines

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research.

Global energy-related emissions are set to peak by 2024 and fall by 20% by 2050

Global energy demand to decouple from economic growth by 2035, but not quick enough for a 2C world

Global energy demand will decouple from economic growth for the first time by 2035, due to zero-carbon energy sources accounting for more than half of the global power supply - a feat that still puts a 2C-pathway "out of reach".

SUSTAIN will aim to transform the entire supply chain of the steel sector

Zero-waste and carbon-neutral: £35m programme launched to transform UK steel sector

UK steelmakers and university experts are teaming together on a seven-year research programme aimed at boosting the productivity of the steel sector by championing carbon capture techniques and minimising industrial waste streams.

Biomass domes at Drax Power Station. Image: Drax

Drax begins capturing biomass carbon emissions in 'world first'

Drax has begun capturing carbon emissions from one of the four biomass units at its power station in Yorkshire.

The €1m project will help coordinate efforts undertaken by public and private partners through events, thematic meetings and networking opportunities

European platform launched to drive research and innovation on batteries

The European Commission has launched a new cross-sector technology platform to drive research and innovation, knowledge transfer competitiveness across the European battery value chain.

The FIT scheme has been one of the key factors contributing to the huge increase in solar photovoltaic deployment in the past decade

Call for decentralised energy optimisation as FIT regime due to end

Fresh mechanisms will be required to ensure that new decentralised generation is visible on the grid once the feed-in tariff (FIT) regime ends this March, an event heard last week.

The Climate Group is aiming to electrify two million vehicles by 2030 under the scheme

EV100: Corporate demand for green fleets now outstripping charging infrastructure improvements

More than 30 big-name companies have pledged to electrify their fleets under the Climate Group's EV100 initiative since 2017, with corporate demand for low-carbon transport beginning to outstrip charging infrastructure provisions, a new report from the non-profit has concluded.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, transport and energy storage sectors

Eggshell energy storage and lab-grown leather: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

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.

Phone, tablet and smartwatch trays will be made from pulp-based alternatives

Samsung to remove all virgin plastic from consumer-facing packaging

South Korean technology firm Samsung has pledged to phase out all virgin plastic components from its consumer-facing packaging lines within the first half of 2019.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the food, renewables and retail sectors

Insect-based pet food and blockchain apps: The best green innovations of the week

Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Business transformation: It's time to get radical on disability inclusion

This blog will use our focus on disability inclusion to highlight how business can embed systemic, transformative and cultural change.

The number of marketing emails being sent has decreased by 1.2 billion per day since the implementation of GDPR

How GDPR is curbing carbon emissions

Despite being the bane to many business professionals, new research suggests that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework is assisting in the global fight to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2017, Microsoft launched a $50m commitment to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to entrepreneurs and start-ups around the world who are working to solve sustainability challenges

How Microsoft is 'going beyond its four walls' to solve global sustainability challenges

EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is "obsessed" with using its responsibility as a global technology firm to empower others to address climate change and deliver a resilient future, its chief environment officer has said.

The launch of the jeans follows three years of research at PVH Corp's Denim Centre (pictured)

Tommy Hilfiger unveils 'world's first' 100% recycled luxury jeans

Global fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger has unveiled plans to launch a range of 100% recycled jeans this spring, in what it claims is a first for the luxury fashion sector.

According to PwC, the global economy could see a potential contribution of $15.7trn from AI by 2030

Report: AI could offer £167bn circular opportunity for food and electronics sectors each year

Artificial Intelligence (AI) could unlock almost £170bn in value a year for the food and consumer electronics industries alone by designing out waste by 2030, according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Google.

The seven-page edie explains guide helps sustainability professionals and energy managers understand how to benefit from demand response

Demand response: edie launches free business guide

Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to a new 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.

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.

Toyota's vice president Shigeki Terashi and Panasonic's senior executive officer Masahisa Shibata announced the partnership in Tokyo today (22 January)

Toyota and Panasonic forge partnership to develop EV batteries

Japanese carmaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic have forged a new partnership that will see the two companies collaborate to develop innovative battery technologies for electric vehicles (EVs).

Around three-quarters of EVs registered in the UK last year were hybrid models, the research concludes

Report: 2018 was 'most successful year yet' for UK's EV market

The UK's electric vehicle (EV) market grew by a record-breaking 19% in 2018, with one EV being registered every nine minutes.

After launching the first jointly-developed EVs in 2022, VW and Ford may co-develop autonomous vehicles

utonomous vehicles, mobility services and further EVs

VW and Ford forge partnership to spur low-carbon transport transition

Carmakers Ford and Volkswagen (VW) have forged a new low-carbon road transport partnership, which will see them work together to develop electric vehicles (EVs) and other clean technologies.

The innovative technology is set to slash the factory's overall water footprint by 4.4%

Lucozade Ribena Suntory to fit UK factory with water and waste-saving bottling technology

Multinational beverage firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) is investing £13m in new bottling technology for its Gloucestershire factory, in a bid to minimise the facility's waste output and water footprint.

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.

This week's innovations demonstrate how technology can be utilised to drive carbon, waste, water and energy savings

Hydrogen bikes and electric 'delivery dogs': The best green innovations of CES 2019

From big-name corporates to tiny startups, this week saw more than 4,500 firms showcase their newest tech-based innovations to a crowd of thousands at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Here, edie rounds some of the displays that could have the biggest sustainability impacts.

Experts believe that battery storage technology could help create savings for the nation to the tune of £8bn by 2030

Shell teams up with Anesco for UK battery storage project

Oil and gas giant Shell has partnered with UK renewables firm Anesco to deliver a new 1.25MW battery storage project in Norfolk.

Stena Line has pledged to install power supply connections for electrified ferries at 25% of its terminals by 2020

Stena Line installs onshore power supply connection to support electric ferry fleet

Ferry giant Stena Line has installed what it claims is Oslo's first onshore power supply connection for ferries, in a move that will enable it to recharge its hybrid-electric boats in port for the first time.

(L-R) Veris's head of strategy and business development Nick Green, CWG's head of sustainability Martin Gettings and Surfers Against Sewage CEO Hugo Tagholm

Canary Wharf Group launches AI-based app to help spur plastics action

London-based property giant Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has launched a smartphone app which uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to encourage visitors to its estate to minimise their plastic waste footprint.

The technology has already rebuilt three hectares of reef habitat near Indonesia

Mars upscales trials of innovative device which 'rebuilds' coral reefs

Mars has unveiled plans to scale up trials of an innovative technology which 'rebuilds' coral reefs, after partnering with Australia's James Cook University to launch a string of tropical habitat restoration programmes.

VW is creating a portfolio of power tariffs, charging stations and stationary and mobile storage solutions to increase the appetite for its EV models

VW enters energy supply market with new charging and renewable energy firm

German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) has announced the creation of a new company within the group that will focus on charging solutions and renewable energy offerings.

The innovative transport solutions making cities more liveable

Our cities are facing unprecedented challenges. Urban populations are growing at a staggering rate and it is estimated that by 2050, 68% of the world's population will be living in cities. Such urbanisation puts pressure on every part of a city's status quo, and no transport is no exception - so how can we continue to move people around cities without worsening existing chronic congestion and air quality issues?

Fujifilm will analyse the impact of a 2C trajectory on its own operations, and those of other photography-focused corporates

Fujifilm to adopt TCFD recommendations

Multinational photography and printing firm Fujifilm has pledged to report on its sustainability progress in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and is encouraging other corporates to follow suit.

As things stand, major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year

Swindon eyes up ground-breaking facility that recycles 'all plastic'

Swindon Borough Council has today (7 January) announced that it is working on plans to deliver an advanced recycling facility for practically all plastics, including crisp packets and plastic film.

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 100kW battery will be used to power The Gyle at Edinburgh Park (pictured) for at least two hours each day

Premier Inn installs UK's first hotel-based energy storage unit

Hospitality giant Premier Inn has become the first UK hotelier to install a battery storage unit at a hotel, after fitting a 100kW device at its Edinburgh Park location.

Titan Crane on the River Clyde

Scotland receives green light for large-scale water source heat pump project

Scotland is set to welcome its first large-scale water source heat pump scheme, that will take heat from the river Clyde to provide heat and hot water for a nearby district heating network.

Tesla's cheapest car, the Model 3, will now cost US customers $44,000 (£35,000)

Tesla slashes electric car prices for US customers

Electric vehicle (EV) firm Tesla has reduced the price of its new electric cars by $2,000 (£1,590) for US customers, in a bid to offset a recent Governmental cut to EV tax credits.

Why brands should take a new digital approach to responsible growth

This blog, from DNV GL, outlines how businesses can engage their consumers in powerful authentic brand stories that promote trust and highlight sustainability.

Which of these innovations would you be most excited to see scaled up? Select your favourite by clicking the 'Vote' button in the list below

The best green innovations of 2018: VOTE for your favourite

From flying taxis and hydrogen-powered HGVs, to seaweed sachets and plastic-eating enzymes, edie rounds up 10 of 2018's biggest green innovations - but which was your favourite?

Coca-Cola HBC will use a containerised product providing beverage-grade CO2 from air-captured CO2

European Coca-Cola bottler to pioneer carbon capture technology

A Swiss-based Coca-Cola bottling company is set to introduce air-captured CO2 use to the beverage industry to help reduce costs and achieve its long-term climate targets.

The Government scheme has funded the installation of more than 60,000 EV chargers since it was launched in 2014

Government to fund network of 'smart' domestic EV chargers

The UK Government has this week launched a new mandate requiring all domestic electric vehicle (EV) chargers supported by its EV Homecharge Scheme to include "smart" technologies such as remote charging and demand-response capabilities.

This week's innovations could help reduce food waste, make farming more efficient and store power generated using renewable arrays

Sugarcane shoes and silicon energy storage: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

The participating companies will measure the cost savings brought about by the installation of

UK network operators unveil new measures to boost flexibility

The UK's six local electricity network operators have jointly committed to set new requirements for all new network infrastructure to include "smart" flexibility services, as more renewable arrays come online nationwide.

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.

Hyundai launched the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen car, the Tucson Fuel Cell, in 2013

Daimler and Hyundai bolster low-carbon vehicle investments

Car giant Daimler has confirmed it will purchase more than £18bn worth of electric vehicle (EV) battery cells by 2030, in the same week that Hyundai pledged to spend £5.3bn on developing hydrogen-powered systems for cars, drones and ships.

edie's insight editor George Ogleby recently traveled to Barcelona to uncover how a technological revolution has enabled the city to unlock the benefits of a smart-city transition for its citizens

7 ways that Barcelona is leading the smart city revolution

Barcelona is widely-regarded as a global leader in the transition towards smarter, more sustainable cities. Here, edie rounds up some of the key technologies that have helped the city lower emissions, energy and waste and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

Wilmar International supplies palm oil to several blue-chip companies, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Mondelez International

World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains.

The move comes three years after VW admitted to using emissions “cheating software” in the US and Europe – a scandal now widely known as “dieselgate”

Volkswagen to launch its last diesel and petrol cars in 2026

German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) will not launch any new car models with a traditional petrol or diesel combustion engine after 2026 as part of a shake-up to its electric vehicle (EV) strategy.

This week's innovations could help decarbonise fuel, make fashion more sustainable and boost home insulation rates

Carbon-negative fuel and coconut-based clothing: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

ING's analysis covered an uptake in clean tech among seven major sectors, including power, road transport and shipping

ING: Green technologies could cut global energy emissions by 64%

Low-carbon technologies including electric vehicles (EVs), renewable energy arrays and innovative new fuels could help the world reduce carbon emissions currently accounted for by energy generation and use by almost two-thirds (54%), new research from ING has found.

The innovative fuel will be used to power two large-scale porjects by the end of 2019 - namely a cement plant and a manufacturing facility

World's first carbon-negative fuel set to be unveiled at COP24 Summit

A Swedish startup is set to unveil what it claims is the world's first carbon-negative fuel at the COP24 climate summit in Poland, in a bid to help nations decarbonise the hard-to-abate transport and heat sectors.

Drax Group, which commissioned the research, recently began its six-month CCS pilot scheme in Yorkshire (pictured)

Report: UK among nations leading the world's low-carbon transition

When it comes to implementing policies and fostering corporate leadership ambitions which help reduce emissions and mitigate the negative effects of climate change, the UK has adopted a leadership position that is second only to Denmark.

An estimated 47,000 jobs have been created by embedding IoT solutions across Barcelona so far

A city reinvented: How Barcelona is leading the smart city revolution

edie's insight editor George Ogleby travels to Barcelona to uncover how a technological revolution has enabled the city to unlock the benefits of a smart-city transition for its citizens.

Heathrow's expansion will enable an additional 52 million passengers to travel annually and accomodate an additional 267,000 flights each year

Peatland restoration and electric planes: Inside Heathrow's new roadmap for net-zero expansion

EXCLUSIVE: After launching a roadmap outlining how it will ensure its expansion is carbon-neutral ahead of the opening of its third runway in 2026, Heathrow Airport is exploring ways in which it can sell ecosystem restoration services as well as flights.

This week's innovations could help create energy from waste, decarbonise aviation and reduce takeaway cup use

Potato-based 'wood' and contactless coffee cups: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Marston’s head of facilities management and projects Andy Kershaw

Marston's to rollout 400 rapid EV chargers across UK estate

Marston's will become the UK's first pub chain and brewer to rollout rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers, after partnering with Engenie to install 400 chargers across its UK estate.

Optimise Prime will launch in early 2019, with the first of the new EVs set to be deployed across London, the South East and East of England in the second half of 2019

World's biggest commercial EV project set to launch in London

Several big-name businesses, including Uber and UK Power Networks, have teamed up to launch a three-year project aimed at determining how the UK's business community should be supported as it undergoes the electric vehicle (EV) transition.

CCEP has committed committed to ensure that at least 50% of the material it uses for its PET bottles comes from recycled plastic by 2025

Coca-Cola European Partners inks deal to purchase 100% recycled PET

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has entered a supply agreement with Loop Industries to purchase 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to boost the use of recycled materials in its bottles.

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.

Pictured: Researchers at the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) testing a small-scale CCS prototype

BEIS wants major carbon capture project delivered by mid-2020s

The UK Government has today (28 November) unveiled plans to "make carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies a reality", including an aim to bring the nation's first large-scale CCUS facility online by the mid-2020s.

The cup's silicone base is fitted with a contactless payment chip - similarly to those used in Oyster Cards

Costa launches reusable coffee cup with contactless payment technology

On-the-go food and drink giant Costa Coffee is stocking a reusable coffee cup with a contactless payment chip across its UK stores, in a bid to incentivise customers to reduce their takeaway cup consumption.

Biomass domes at Drax Power Station. Image: Drax

Drax seeks 'negative emissions' with biomass and CCS trial

Drax has kicked off a six-month pilot scheme to trial carbon capture and storage (CCS) on one of the now four biomass units at its power station in Yorkshire.

Geotab surveyed fleet managers overseeing passengers cars, delivery trucks and service vans (stock photo)

Survey: 89% of UK fleet managers 'will switch to EVs before 2030'

Almost nine in ten of the UK's fleet managers say they plan to switch the majority of their diesel and petrol vehicles with fully-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles (EVs) before 2028, new research by fleet management and telematics firm Geotab has found.

In action: EDF Energy's smart data focus to drive energy efficiency

In September 2017, EDF Energy installed its PowerNow live energy monitoring system at one of its own offices as a way of trialling its own solutions whilst improving the energy efficiency of the building. As revealed in this case study, the project has achieved excellent results all round.

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 NCFA is urging corporates in

Corporates 'set to lose $1.6trn' without action on natural capital

FTSE100 firms face collectively losing $1.6trn of market capital if they fail to adopt a natural capital approach to decision-making, by assigning a monetary value to natural resources.

The battery storage system at the Emirates. Photo credit: Pivot Power

Arsenal FC to power Emirates Stadium through battery storage system

Arsenal FC has become the first UK football club to install a battery storage system, which will store enough electricity to power the club's 60,000-seater stadium for a 90-minute match.

This week's innovations could help to decarbonise shipping, house those living in slums and feed our livestock more sustainably

CO2-eating bacteria and dead-fish fuel: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

The Committee on Climate Change believes hydrogen could cost-effectively replace natural gas plants - like the one pictured here - to provide back-up power generation in the UK

CCC boss Chris Stark: Now is the time to kick-start a hydrogen revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The publication of new scientific research into hydrogen - compounded by falling technology costs - has set the UK's business and policy spheres up for a "hydrogen revolution", the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chief executive Chris Stark has claimed.

More than 300 UK-based firms are now estimated to be involved in the ever-growing energy storage market, according to the latest research from trade bodies RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association

Flexible energy: edie launches new business guides for onsite generation and energy storage

As the UK's energy system undergoes a fascinating transition towards decarbonisation and decentralisation, edie has published two new guides that help businesses seize the opportunities of onsite generation and battery storage technologies to achieve a sustainable future.

Vahé Torossian (far right) said that IoT can help cities significantly reduce the impact of future disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods

Microsoft VP: IoT can prepare cities for natural disasters

In a month when raging fires have caused unprecedented destruction across California, Microsoft's corporate VP has stressed the importance of using data across Internet of Things (IoT) platforms as a way of making cities better equipped to face natural disasters.

Biotransformation does not create micro-plastics and does not impact normal recycling processes

Disruptive plastics firm Polymateria backed by £1m Innovate UK funding

BT's former chief sustainability officer Niall Dunne's vision to create the "Tesla of plastics" has moved a step closer to reality, after securing more than £1m in Innovate UK grants to research and scale-up compostable plastics.

This week's innovations could help to electrify rural homes, clean waterways and make agriculture more climate resilient

Solar-powered TVs and plastic-busting boats: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

The partnership with edie will cover both days of the Forum (5-6 February) and the Awards (6  February)

Green Tomato Cars becomes official transport partner of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards

Business delegates attending the Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards on 5 and 6 February 2019 will be able to travel to and from the event in ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles, thanks to a new transport partnership forged between edie and Green Tomato Cars.

District heat networks ould deliver up to 18% of UK heating demand by 2050, the ETI has claimed

District heat networks could reduce cost of UK's low-carbon transition by £3bn

The installation of district heat networks could reduce the capital cost of the UK's heat networks by up to 40%, new research from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has concluded.

The past seven days have been a busy time for low-carbon transport announcements

From BMW to Harley-Davidson: The EV market accelerates again

It’s been a hectic week for the electric vehicle (EV) market, as some of the major players in the automotive sectors unveil new low-emission models. Here, edie looks at some of the most exciting announcements over the past few days.

Kering, Inditex, Stella McCartney, EILEEN FISHER, H&M, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and the C&A Foundation co-funded the development of ForestMapper

Big-name fashion retailers collaborate to fund digital deforestation map

Seven of the world's largest fashion retailers including H&M and Kering have collectively funded the development of a new online tool that allows businesses, investors and customers to track the origin of paper, wood and viscose sourced by corporates.

The plans involve Drax converting two of the coal-fired cylinders at its Selby plant into four gas-fired turbines

Drax facing legal action over plans for large-scale gas turbine project

Power company Drax is facing legal action over plans to open a four-turbine gas generation facility at its Selby power plant in Yorkshire, with environmental law firm ClientEarth claiming that the project breaches the Government's planning and climate change policies.

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).

A total of 16 chargers will be installed across eight of M7's retail locations by Christmas 2018

M7 Real Estate to roll out rapid EV charging network across UK retail portfolio

Property management and investment giant M7 Real Estate has revealed plans to install a network of rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers across its UK estate, in a move that is expected to prevent the 2.9 tonnes of nitrogen oxide (NOx) being emitted by 2033.

L-R: The University of Warwick’s Joel Cardinal, Balfour Beatty's Maria Spyrou, Tesco’s Anna Menezes-Dowson, Whitbread's Ross Greenhalgh and edie's Luke Nicholls

WATCH: How can business harness energy innovation?

With companies increasingly moving past energy efficiency measures and exploring innovative energy technologies such as battery storage, a group of business experts recently met in Birmingham to discuss what the future of energy looks like for the UK's business community. Here, edie rounds up their key takeaways.

Aside from raw revenue, Trucost claims that SDG alignment can boost a company's social value and help it to prioritise risks and opportunities

Report: SDG alignment generated $233bn in business revenue last year

By moving to embed the aims of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their sustainability strategies, 13 of the world's biggest corporates have collectively generated $233bn of revenue.

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.

This week's innovations could help to mitigate flood risks, reduce single-use plastic use and electrify transport

Potato-based plastic and easyJet's electric plane: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up five of the best.

V2G chargers allow a two-way flow of electricity between an EV and the charger

EDF Energy to install 1,500 V2G chargers across UK

EDF Energy will deploy up to 1,500 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) chargers across the UK which will help businesses generate revenue from electric vehicles (EVs) through energy storage and flexibility.

A particular challenge for the construction sector is that less than 40% of emissions come from the energy used to produce cement

Researchers: CCS key for zero-emission cement

The construction sector can cut polluting emissions up to 80% by applying efficiency measures along the whole value chain, according to new research. If combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, emissions could even be brought down to zero by 2050, they argue.

Airlabs claims the technology can remove 95% of airborne pollutants

Air-cleaning technology fitted at Marylebone Station

BNP Paribas, Chiltern Railways and advertising firm JCDecaux have teamed up with Danish startup Airlabs to showcase cutting-edge air filter technology at London's Marylebone Station today (31 October).

According to PwC, the global economy could see a potential contribution of $15.7trn from AI by 2030

9 ways AI is enhancing sustainability for business

With Google announcing a new £19m fund for businesses using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address environmental and social issues, edie looks at nine projects that have already delivered notable benefits for business.

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.

United Utilities has committed to passing on the cost savings achieved through the AI platform on to its customers

United Utilities rolls out AI across entire network after slashing energy usage

Water company United Utilities is set to roll out an energy flexibility platform which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to cover its entire water network, after a three-month trial generated energy savings of 22%.

The innovations included in this round-up could drive significant change across the construction, automotive and energy sectors

Ultra-light EVs and emission-tracking satellites: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Thinking of going circular? Start with your energy

Businesses are increasingly looking to move away from linear to circular models in their operations and supply chain as we strive to reach our Paris 2050 goals, but where does energy fit in this picture and how can it help businesses be sustainably profitable and profit sustainably?

Upside Energy’s cloud-based platform will provide real-time data and advanced forecasting and will work alongside EDF Energy’s PowerShift platform

EDF announces low-carbon vehicle partnership with Nissan

Big six company EDF Energy has announced a partnership with Nissan to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and energy generation and storage solutions.

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.

Faraday Grid claims the technology, when installed at scale, can double the amount of renewable generation a grid can carry

UK Power Networks to trial Faraday Grid technology to bolster renewable generation

UK Power Networks (UKPN) is set to undertake the UK's first trial of Faraday Grid technology to boost flexibility and efficiency as more renewable power projects come online.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the food, shipping and automotive sectors

BMW's closed-loop batteries and AI-powered beehives: The best innovations for Green GB Week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.


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