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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.

Waste-milk yarn and solar panels for televisions are just some of this week's innovations

Recycled plastic roads and clothes made from milk: 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.

BT maintained its share of electricity generated from renewable sources at 82% last year - contributing a 5.4% year-on-year fall in its overall operational emissions

BT generates £5.3bn in revenue through carbon-combative products, again

BT's range of consumer operations and products which contribute to carbon savings were worth more than £5.3bn last year for the second year running, while the company also increased the amount of carbon it helped customers avoid by 1.3 million tonnes year-on-year.

UKPN's head of innovation Ian Cameron discussed the barriers to market for energy storage

Policy needed to solve the 'Rubik's cube' of energy storage

EXCLUSIVE: Regulatory frameworks need to act as a "steady hand" to grow the business case for energy storage solutions, with expert delegates from UK Power Networks (UKPN) and energy not-for-profit Regen SW likening the market to a Rubik's cube that was almost aligned.

Lewis said that scaling up seasonal storage was “the last piece of the jigsaw”

Energy storage revolution within 10 years is essential, says E.ON boss

EXCLUSIVE: E.ON chief executive Michael Lewis has claimed that an energy storage revolution must happen within a decade if the world is to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

The 10 innovations explored in the report are being showcased in the dedicated Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live 2018

Bright ideas: edie explores 10 of the best green innovations in latest insight report

From perovskite solar cells to waste-sucking rubbish bins, edie's latest report profiles 10 potentially game-changing green innovations, which will also be showcased in the Mission Possible Innovation Centre at edie Live next week (22-23 May)

The Aqualagon is heated to 30C all year round through geothermal energy

Sustainability 'imagineered': The Disney-led resort powered by geothermal energy

edie's senior reporter Matt Mace travels to the outskirts of Paris to uncover how Villages Nature Paris tapped into geothermal energy to deliver on a holistic 10-step sustainability framework.

Robey believes the future of sustainable business will rely on “enhanced” collaboration between businesses and their competitors

How behaviour change helped Capgemini meet its carbon goals three years early

EXCLUSIVE: Facilitating behaviour change has been "critical" to Capgemini's ability to surpass its 2020 carbon reduction and energy saving targets three years early, the firm's global head of corporate sustainability James Robey has revealed.

Juice made from 'wonky veg' and sugarcane bags make up some of this week's innovations

Closed-loop nappies and bio-microbeads: 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.

Elysis will work to develop the technology further, in line with large-scale commercialisation planned for 2024

Apple partners with mining firms on zero-carbon aluminium smelting

Technology giant Apple has announced a new partnership with industrial firms Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminium to accelerate commercialisation of new technology that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process of aluminium.

Using real-experience case studies, this hour-long session will hear from some of the leaders in onsite generation

Powering ahead: Carlsberg and National Trust to discuss onsite renewables in edie's next webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to explore the options on onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption are encouraged to tune into a free webinar later this month, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

UPS has a long history with electric vehicles, having first introduced them into its fleet in the US in the 1930s

UPS to trial electric delivery fleet in UK and France

UPS announced on Wednesday (9 May) it will trial a pilot fleet of 35 fully electric delivery vehicles (EVs) in the English and French capitals, with a view to a wider rollout.

Based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead depot, the dual-compartment TRU will use liquid nitrogen to generate both electrical power and further cooling

Marks & Spencer trials liquid nitrogen deliveries to slash emissions

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will trial a zero emissions liquid-nitrogen refrigeration truck for its chilled grocery deliveries, with a view to a nationwide rollout.

The report predicts that marine energy has the potential to displace natural gas generation on the grid

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by £1.4bn by 2030, report finds

The UK's tidal stream could deliver £1.4bn to the UK economy by 2030, with wider marine technologies helping to reduce national carbon emissions by up to four million metric tonnes a decade later.

The Mirai are expected to do the same average mileage as other cars on the Green Tomato Cars fleet – around 130-150 miles a day

Green Tomato Cars scales up Toyota Mirai fuel cell fleet

London-based green private hire firm Green Tomato Cars has taken up 50 new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric saloons.

It was widely expected that many projects would be unable to compete in the post-ROC environment, but many new projects are beginning to compete in the subsidy-free era

Subsidy-free solar powers UK's renewable energy attractiveness

Despite a large drop in renewable energy investment in 2017, the UK has climbed three places in a ranking of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, thanks to a move towards subsidy-free solar PV.

Blockchain is beginning to disrupt the energy sector, with utility firms utilising community platforms to test the technology’s potential

Blockchain platform to assist £19m virtual energy marketplace in Cornwall

Energy solutions firm Centrica has launched new trials to examine how blockchain technology can assist with multi-party peer-to-peer energy trading for 200 businesses and residential participants in Cornwall.

Low-carbon cement and water-saving towels both feature on this week's roundup

Collapsible straws and air-absorbing t-shirts: 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 agreement also covers a £6m investment to install the world’s largest and most powerful grid emulation system

World's largest wind turbine to be trialled in the UK

The world's largest wind turbine is to be trialled in the UK after GE Renewable Energy signed a five-year research and development deal with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

The UK project, originally developed by Shaw Energi, could spark a storage boon for UK energy companies

Ørsted lines up first major UK battery storage project

Energy firm Ørsted has announced its first venture into large-scale energy storage systems, after announcing plans to build and operate a 20MW battery storage project near Liverpool.

According to the report, the UK should transition to Full Fibre-to-the-Home (FFTH) infrastructure, which is less carbon intensive across a lifecycle analysis

UK's copper infrastructure puts technology expansion at odds with climate goals

The exponential growth of smart, connected systems in the UK could restrict national efforts to lower emissions, due to a reliance on a copper-based digital infrastructure that has reached its "physical and technological limits", a new Carbon Smart report has found.

The platform will record, track and monitor paper usage to ensure an equivalent is replanted managed forestry projects

Xerox to offset customer paper footprints through reforestation platform

Printing services company Xerox is offering a "you print one, we'll plant one" offer to consumers, to ensure that individual paper usage is covered by planting new trees across numerous reforestation projects.

Sugarcane packaging,

Plastic-eating enzymes and poo power: 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.

For Earth Day, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International for every device handed in to Apple stores or via the company’s website

Meet Daisy: Apple's latest iPhone-recycling robot

To celebrate Earth Day (22 April), technology giant Apple has evolved its old recycling robot, Liam, into Daisy – a super-powered AI machine capable of recovering valuable materials from up to 200 devices an hour.

Ovo’s V2G charger will interact with the company’s proprietary “intelligent energy” platform

OVO launches domestic V2G electric vehicle charger

Customers of Ovo Energy who own electric vehicles (EVs) "will never need to pay for a mile of driving again," following the launch of a new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology by the supplier.

The mutant enzyme takes a few days to start breaking down the plastic – far faster than the centuries it takes in the oceans

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles - by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The results of the Hackney Banister House Estate trial will be used to roll out more energy trading communities across the UK

London startup performs UK's first blockchain energy trade

A London-based firm has conducted the UK's first physical blockchain energy trade, which has enabled housing estate residents to benefit from renewable energy sources.

The new method involves heating the brew to below boiling point and then blowing nitrogen or CO2 into the tank to create bubbles without changing the taste

World's largest brewer develops greener way to put bubbles in beer

The world's largest brewer is rolling out what it claims is a greener way to put bubbles in beer and reduce its CO2 emissions by 5%.

BNEF predicts that the global energy storage market will double six times by 2030

BP and Google set to embrace battery boon

Major oil firm BP will work with Tesla to run a battery storage pilot at one of its windfarm projects in South Dakota, while Google has revealed it is "investigating" battery projects for later this year.

edie's exclusive webinar explored how technologies and innovations can be utilised to deliver the smart grid of the future, today

How effective data management can drive a successful energy strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Data monitoring technologies are an "invaluable" tool for firms seeking to drive energy efficiency, cut costs and enhance sustainability strategies, an expert panel recently concluded.

The nine-page edie Explains guide helps energy managers understand exactly what a smart grid is, and how UK businesses can begin transitioning to smart grids

Making the smart-grid transition: edie launches free guide for businesses

Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits offered by smart grid technologies and solutions now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about making the smart grid transition.

edie brings seven surprising statistics that shaped investment into renewables in 2017

UK's struggle and Mexico's rise: Seven surprising stats about global clean energy investment

A new report from UN Environment and Bloomberg New Energy Finance has outlined the global trends of renewable energy investment, which grew by 2% last year. edie dives through the data to bring seven surprising statistics.

Featured innovations include reusable glue, bio-based plastics and reef-protecting screens

Reef umbrellas and 'unforgettable' bags: 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.

Last year, Unilever committed to making all of its plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025

Unilever to develop closed-loop supply for food packaging plastics

In the latest corporate commitment to target plastic waste, Unilever has agreed a new partnership to develop technology capable of converting PET plastic waste into virgin-grade materials available for use in food packaging.

For the next stage of the project, the companies will explore how EVs and BEMS can work together to develop energy-neutral buildings

Cross-sector electric vehicle project targets energy-neutral office buildings

Companies from the energy, transport and technology sectors have joined forces to explore how electric vehicles (EVs) can facilitate energy storage solutions that link up to onsite renewable installations and building energy management systems (BEMS) on office buildings.

edie rounds up six of the best innovations for this week

Elephant dung paper and 'Farming Trees': the best green innovations of the week

From smart bins that handle recycling to sturdy paper made from elephant faeces, this week's innovation round-up covers six unique products or systems that can help deliver a low-carbon, resource-efficient world.

Earlier this week, a consortium including ITM Power and Shell won £8.8m to improve access to an expanded network of hydrogen refuelling stations. Photo: ITM

Shell opens first-of-its-kind hydrogen refuelling station

Shell has unveiled a new hydrogen refuelling station at one of the UK's busiest service stations, in the same week as the Government delivered multi-million-pound funding for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

A NextGen Cup Challenge will offer accelerator grants to start-ups that have prototypes for compostable or recyclable cups

Starbucks pledges £7m to develop coffee cup solutions

Starbucks has declared a "moon shot for sustainability" by unveiling a £7m funding challenge to develop recyclable and compostable coffee cups, as well as agreeing to new "bean to cup" traceability technology to improve sourcing practices.

For this round-up edie takes a closer look at the three Shell Springboard finalists, and three innovative solutions from the Fashion for Good accelerator.

Apple-based leather and seawater greenhouses: the best green innovations of the week

This week's green innovations round-up focuses on select winners and finalists from innovation fund competitions hosted by the likes of Shell, Adidas and Kering.

The move forms part of UPS’s science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025

UPS's London delivery fleet powered by 'world-first' smart charging system

Delivery firm UPS will have its central London delivery fleet powered by a new EV smart charging system, amid a flurry of major milestones for charge point installations.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place TODAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'

Taking place today 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place TUESDAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'

Taking place tomorrow 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.

Built-in watering and Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring mean it is largely self-sustainable

The Crown Estate deploys London's first air purifying CityTree

An outdoor "living wall" with an air purifying capability of 275 natural tress that can reduce harmful pollutants by up to 30% had been launched by The Crown Estate near Piccadilly Circus.

Energy savings of £91m can be recognised by the adoption of smart LED street lighting

5G to deliver £6bn opportunity for smart, resource-efficient UK cities, says O2

The next generation of mobile connectivity, or 5G, will enable councils to generate £2.8bn annually through smart lighting and refuse collection, according to a new report from O2 outlining a £6bn opportunity of the UK economy.

Sharing Cities is aiming to provide an initial 56,000 smart lamppost units in six European cities including London and Milan

Smart lamppost 'revolution' could save Europe €2.1bn a year

Switching Europe's aging streetlight network with smart lampposts could slash electricity bills by up to €2.1bn a year and deliver energy savings of between 50-70%.

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Egg white hydrogen and chewing gum coffee cups: the best green innovations of the week

From reducing chewing gum waste to increasing the performance of solar panels, the past week has showcased how innovation can impact across all areas of sustainability. edie brings them all together under one innovation round-up.

Gore Street Capital expects that energy storage will play a prominent role in balancing frequency management services that can stabilise grids and add flexibility to the electricity market

Energy storage investment fund to raise £100m on London Stock Exchange

The world's first listed investment fund targeting energy storage developers and projects is attempting to raise £100m after floating on the London Stock Exchange.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place on Tuesday: Live energy innovation webinar

Energy experts from Aggregate Industries and Oxford University are among the confirmed speakers for a live, interactive webinar taking place on Tuesday 20 March which will focus on delivering the smart grid of the future, today.

The proximity of the new facility to Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant, which sits next door, means that around 375,000 miles of road journeys will be saved

Veolia opens 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility

A new £10m high-tech recycling facility which turns glass into insulation has been hailed as a "real boost" for the UK's circular economy.

The biggest players in the automotive space jostled for the spotlight this week

Air-cleaning moss tyres to blockchain: best green innovations of the car industry

Car manufacturers continue to look to the horizon to deliver solutions that can integrate into future cities and energy systems. With a focus on the Geneva Motor Show, edie rounds-up the latest announcements making waves through the transport and energy sectors.

Research by campaigners POWERful Women found that 46% of the top 80 companies in the energy sector have all-male boards

International Women's Day: How gender equality can transform the energy sector

EXCLUSIVE: A failure to integrate gender equality at board level could be holding the UK's energy industry back from embracing the transformational benefits of renewables and smart-data technologies.

The four-year EV-elocity scheme has already attracted £7m funding from Innovate UK

Honda to play central role in V2G demonstrator project

Car giant Honda has teamed up with other firms, local bodies and academic institutions for a new project that aims to demonstrate the business case for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technologies across the UK.

edie brings brand new updates on various solutions to the plastic problem, whether they be material-based, educational or awareness schemes

Plastic-free aisles and seaweed sachets: Six brand new business plans to tackle plastic waste

The war on plastic waste rages on, but this week was a bit different, with numerous companies stepping into to the spotlight to shed light on a range of solutions. edie brings them all together under one innovation round-up.

LanzaTech's jet fuel is currently undergoing a review process and will need to be qualified for use on commercial flights. Image: Virgin Atlantic

Sir Richard Branson: Commercial low-carbon jet fuel 'within touching distance'

A decade on from Virgin Atlantic's first commercial flight using low-carbon fuel mix, the company's founder Sir Richard Branson believes that government incentives can help scale-up sustainable fuel use at a price on par with traditional aviation fuels.

The company has added 12 new jobs at the demonstration plant, since it relocated from London to Cheshire in 2017

EU-backed carbon capture utilisation plant opens in UK

The UK's first carbon capture demonstrator plant has opened today (1 March), providing a new treatment that can convert carbon dioxide into polyol compounds that can be used in various manufacturing processes.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Hybrid boats and paper batteries: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that mapped the future of renewables, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

Second-life batteries from Renault EVs will be used to store renewable energy produced by the island’s solar and wind farms

Renault EVs and battery storage used for Portuguese 'smart island' project

Automaker Renault has agreed to partner with a Portuguese utility company to transform the island of Porto Santo into a "Smart Fossil Free Island" that combines electric vehicles (EV) with renewable energy.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Mine shaft energy storage and post-consumer packaging: the best green innovations of the week

In a week of business breakthroughs for sustainability, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

Of the 42 cities nominated by those surveyed, Philips Lighting has ranked the three best smart cities in the world

London, Barcelona or Singapore: Which will be the best smart city in the world?

A new report from Philips Lighting and SmartCitiesWorld polled 150 city planning experts to find out which city will lead the global smart city transition. edie outlines the top three cities, and why they are primed to act as global smart city leaders.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Coffee cups from coffee beans and reusable rockets: the best green innovations of the week

In a week of big corporate pledges, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

GE has been involved in battery storage solutions since 2010 and has launched 19 large-scale commercial projects worldwide

General Electric targets giant Midlands battery storage system

General Electric (GE) is targeting a portion of the UK's growing battery storage market, after partnering with London energy firm Arenko to create one of the UK's largest fully-integrate battery storage solutions.

Polymateria specialises in producing time-controlled biodegradation technology for synthetic and bio-based plastics

Ex-BT chief Niall Dunne on a mission to create the 'Tesla of plastics'

BT's former chief sustainability officer Niall Dunne is determined to use his role as the new chief executive of plastic producers Polymateria to "redesign the rules of an entire industry" and create practical solutions that can eliminate plastic pollution.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Mustard jet fuel and edible beer packaging: the best green innovations of the week

In a week of welcome business advances for the green economy, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

Today marks the company’s first step into electric cars, which it expects to rise a hundredfold by 2035 but not to seriously affect oil demand

BP to install charging points for electric cars at UK petrol stations

BP will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the dramatic growth of battery-powered cars.

V2G technology allows EVs to be fully integrated into the electricity grid and could help improve grid capability to handle renewable power. Photo: Nissan

Nissan sheds light on 'world first' vehicle-to-grid project

Nissan has revealed that its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstrator project will target 1000 installations over the next three years, as the car giant aims to help make the UK grid "more sustainable and more stable".

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Transparent solar cells and hydrogen bikes: the best green innovations of the week

In a week where the circular economy was front and centre of global discussions, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

Northern Powergrid has established a dedicated smart network policy and development team to coordinate the work

Northern smart grid project could deliver £500m energy savings

Northern Powergrid has launched an £83 million smart grid programme to future-proof its network in preparation for the rapid growth of low-carbon technologies.

Last year, the UK Government announced it will invest £20m to support V2G projects

UK Government injects £3m into vehicle-to-grid trials

A consortium of energy firms and network operators has received a £3m funding injection from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop the first large-scale UK trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging infrastructure.

The LCITP programme has already supported 16 low-carbon projects, backing them with more than £40m in collective funding

Scotland launches £60m business fund for low-carbon innovations

Businesses in Scotland can now access a £60m fund to scale projects that can help deliver the nation's low-carbon heat, energy and vehicle solutions.

If successful, construction will begin in 2020, and could be expanded to cover up to 1,000 local homes

Welsh coal mine set for geothermal transformation following £9.4m fund

A council in Wales has been awarded £6.5m in European Union (EU) funds to explore how water from an underground mine can be used as a geothermal energy source to heat nearby homes.

UK law firm TLT advised Santander that the energy storage market is “ripe for debt funding”

Santander invests £28.5m in UK battery storage firm

Banking firm Santander has become one of the first senior debt lenders to provide financial support to the energy storage sector, after backing an independent UK battery developer with a £28.5m funding investment.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) insists that new policies will be required to close the remaining “emissions gap”

Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn

Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.

edie brings you a special, CES edition of the green innovations of the week

Brain-to-vehicle technology and solar Wi-Fi: the best green innovations at CES 2018

Around 185,000 people descended into Las Vegas last week to check out the latest gadgets and tech innovations on show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). edie has selected some of the best displays that could have the biggest sustainability impacts.

The project will also offer businesses the chance to develop and test renewables and smart energy technologies on campus

Keele University launches Europe's first at-scale smart energy living laboratory

Siemens has been appointed to transform a West Midlands University campus into the largest integrated, living laboratory for smart energy, gas and heating technologies.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

Food waste Tinder and 3D plastic décor: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that set out the next 25 years of the UK's environmental legislation, edie rounds up the low-carbon and resource-efficient innovations that could shape the future.

The project will deliver annual return rates of 11.4% over a 20-year timeframe – a discounted net value of more than €8.3m

Amazon completes lucrative solar roof installation

Online retailer Amazon has had a 964 kWp rooftop solar system installed at a new logistics centre in central Italy, as the company continues its transition to source 100% renewable electricity.

Research and development costs of the alliance members have reached more than €8.5bn in studies and projects

World's largest automotive alliance launches $1bn fund for future driving innovations

The world's largest automotive alliance has today (10 January), announced a new corporate venture capital fund to provide up to $1bn in investment for innovative electrification, autonomous and connectivity projects.

40MW battery park in Glassenbury, Kent. The sites secured contracts as part of 2016’s 200MW National Grid Frequency Response (EFR) auction, and will deliver a quarter of the auction’s capacity

UK's largest battery storage portfolio unveiled

The UK's biggest portfolio of utility-scale enhanced frequency response battery storage sites has been completed.

The SUNRISE project will seek to boost the range of EV batteries to at least 400 miles

Innovate UK backs project to boost EV range to 400 miles

In order to place the UK as a centre of excellence for battery development, a project to boost the range of electric vehicles (EV) to 400 miles and above has received £7m in funding from Innovate UK.

While keeping one eye on the present, edie has scanned the horizons to identify six broad innovation areas that could be set to ignite in 2018

Horizon scanning: Six innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2018

Following a year of steady progress for the green economy, edie scans the horizons to highlight six key areas where innovation could make big strides in 2018.

Vyvyan noted that a successful corporate strategy relied on embedding sustainability into day-to-day situations, the same way that a company would for employee engagement and satisfaction

Circular and digital transformations 'key' to enabling business growth

A growth in circular innovation and digital transformation are the "keys to a more sustainable future" that is currently being hindered by businesses that still view sustainability as an "add on" that requires additional resources and finances.

For businesses, energy storage helps to maintain reliable supply, reduce wastage and save money

Integrated storage and renewables tipped to be worth $23bn by 2026

The global energy storage and renewables integration (ESRI) will be worth more than $23bn by 2026, according to new analysis from clean energy researchers.

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 2017: VOTE for your favourite

From flying taxis and autonomous trains to origami clothing and insect burgers, edie rounds up 10 of the best green innovations of 2017 - but which is your favourite?

RenewableUK will be making its members aware of the report and making sure they also contribute to the project

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.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

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.

The trial could reach more than 10,000 Malawian tea farmers and if successful, could benefit 1.5 billion families that depend on small-scale farming across the globe

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’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye with the airport's 50th electric vehicle

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).

The onus is now on businesses to continue to innovate and to work collaboratively to solve the plastics problem

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.

The REA claims that current policy signals would create a “medium deployment” scenario of 8GW by the end of 2021

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.

Network companies will “rapidly increase the use of competitive markets”

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 will share results from the sensors trial, which could then be rolled out in Bengaluru, Delhi and other cities

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.

The Active Response project will mark the first time an electricity network can provide additional capacity, ahead of time, to areas that have extra demand to charge vehicles

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.

The facility will be openly accessible to UK-based businesses looking to establish a foothold in the battery storage market

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.

The Government will invest £1.4m in a research project aimed at overcoming the barriers to developing low-cost, low-carbon housing

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.

Potential uses for the containerised batteries include arbitrage – buying power when prices are low and then selling it when prices rise – and the provision of balancing services to National Grid

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.

The six-page guide is ideal for any individual or organisation looking to capitalise on the business benefits offered up by energy storage

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.

Packages are distributed from UPS's Camden depot via power-assisted trailers, before being delivered to homes and businesses via bicycle or on foot

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.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories of the week into this neat and tidy little green package

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 committed to the SBTI before the Paris Agreement was even agreed or ratified

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.

The 12,000 LED retrofit has seen Guadalajara generate immediate electricity savings of approximately 68% compared to the previous lighting system

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.


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