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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.

Breaking the single-use cycle

With the welcoming in of the New Year humanity has entered the final decade where there is still time left to take meaningful action and undo the environmental damage caused by our consumerist habits.

Mark Vale, UPS President, UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Andy Smith, Country Manager, UPS Ireland and Robbie Baker, Urban Eco Hub Team Leader

UPS and Trinity College Dublin partner on new urban eco package hub

Logistics giant UPS has launched a five-year partnership with the University of Dublin's Trinity College Dublin to integrate a sustainable last-mile delivery service on campus and offer internships and graduate opportunities.

edie looks at the trials and projects that have proved successful in combatting plastics waste

Naked products and take-back schemes: How are businesses designing their way out of single-use plastics?

To mark edie's Plastics Week of content dedicated to helping businesses design their way out of single-use plastics, this round-up features the innovative ways that business giants have started to turn the tide on plastics waste.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the unveiling of the buses

Electric buses to operate in Glasgow for first time in 60 years

Electric buses will run on a commercial route in Glasgow for the first time since the 1960s, after bus operator First Glasgow introduced two new vehicles to assist with the city's net-zero aspirations.

To finance a pan-European recharging infrastructure, T&E estimates €20bn will be needed over the next 11 years, or €1.8bn a year on average

Massive rise in EV charging points needed to reach EU climate goals, analysis finds

Europe needs a fifteen-fold increase in electric vehicle public charging points by 2030 to support the EU's goal of becoming "climate neutral" by mid-century, according to new research published Wednesday (8 January).

Asia remains the largest market for fuel cells, accounting for 680 MW

Decade of ascendency: New hydrogen fuel cell capacity surpassed 1GW in 2019

More than 1GW of global hydrogen fuel capacity was added in 2019, marking the first time the sector has surpassed the gigawatt milestone, with experts claiming that this could be a decade of "ascendency" for the technology.

edie's new guide aims to explain all the issues around hazardous waste.

edie launches free business guide on hazardous waste

Companies and organisations looking to understand issues around hazardous waste now have access to a new edie business guide which breaks down everything you need to know about the subject.

Amid a turbulent year for the UK's car industry, electric car registrations skyrocketed 

Electric car registrations surged to record levels in 2019

More electric cars were registered in the UK during 2019 than any other year to date, as diesel car registrations fell by more than one-fifth on a year-on-year basis.

Browse our green innovation predictions for 2020, then take our poll (below) to have your say

Horizon scanning: Eight innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2020

The past 12 months proved to be an exciting time for green innovation, with new products and systems emerging and scaling amid a backdrop of climate protests. Here, edie scans the horizon for innovations that could transform sustainability in 2020.

Pictured: Peugeot's e-208. Image: Groupe PSA

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot merger aims to lead 'new era of sustainable mobility'

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Groupe PSA, the parent companies of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, have claimed their merger will place the newly created entity at "the forefront of a new era of sustainable mobility".

The 45-minute masterclass is now available to watch on demand

Five top takeaways from edie's energy storage masterclass

On Tuesday (17 December), edie hosted a masterclass with EDF Energy on energy storage and onsite renewable generation. Here, we round up the key insights and information on this crucial issue for sustainability and energy managers.

The masterclass will be available on demand afterwards

TODAY: edie’s webinar on exploring onsite energy storage and renewables solutions

edie readers have until 1pm today to register for our webinar on energy storage and onsite renewable solutions.

The EIE uses Google's data sources and technology. Image: Google 

UK towns and cities to benefit from Google's climate management tech

Google will enable more than 100 global areas across to access a digital tool which helps towns and cities to measure and reduce their carbon footprint, including major UK cities.

Mars’s circular packaging plan includes a goal for 100% of its plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, while Nestlé is part of the UK Plastics Pact pledge

Mars and Nestle spearhead chemicals recycling scheme for plastics

Mars and Nestlé have teamed up with packaging solutions firm Citeo, energy giant Total and recycling technology provider Recycling Technologies to develop an industrial chemical recycling process for plastic packaging in France.

Images: UNClimateChange Flickr

America's Pledge and Europe's Green Deal: What happened on days 8 & 9 of COP25?

COP25 - the UN's annual two-week-long climate summit - has entered its second week in Madrid. Here, edie rounds up all the key news and views from the last few days of the event.

Zalando avoided 40,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2018

Zalando commits to onsite solar and green building certification across fulfilment centres

Online fashion platform Zalando has committed to placing solar panels and low-carbon technology on all its new and existing fulfilment centres by 2023, as the company pushes ahead with its net-zero commitment.

CCUS incubation area, Drax Power Station, North Yorkshire

COP25: Drax to become carbon negative by 2030

UK energy company Drax will announce ambitions to become carbon negative by 2030 at the UN's COP25 climate summit in Madrid today (Tuesday, December 10).

The energy company’s EV Everywhere platform enables drives to choose from a free charger or a two-year fixed energy plan to procure 100% green energy

OVO Energy and Mitsubishi forge net-zero transport partnership

OVO Energy and Mitsubishi Motors have announced a new UK partnership to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the transport sector in order to assist with the legally enshrined net-zero target for 2050.

To energy efficiency and far beyond

Businesses are under pressure to minimise business energy costs, cut carbon emissions and improve resilience, so it comes as no surprise that 90% of large company CEOs are engaging with energy efficiency.

Pictured: Attendees at the IEA's two-day meeting at COP25, during which, the communique was produced. Image: IEA 

IEA strengthens clean energy commitments after investor criticism

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its first communique in a decade, covering topics including the clean energy transition, after a meeting with world leaders at COP25 in Madrid.

The EIB says it shares the Hydrogen Council's "common goal" to further investment in decarbonising industry, energy and transport

EIB unveils plans to boost hydrogen investment

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has partnered with a coalition of C-suite executives from the transport, heavy industry and energy sectors in a bid to accelerate financing for hydrogen solutions.

Charlie founded EO Charging in 2015 and has grown the business from a small start-up to a firm present in more than 30 countries around the world.

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Charlie Jardine, EO Charging

This series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Charlie Jardine, founder and chief executive of EO charging.

Airlabs’ Airbubbl technology can remove up to 95% of harmful particulate matter and gases from inside a vehicle

Red Bull fits air filtration technology in new company cars

International energy drinks company Red Bull has installed air filtration devices into a fleet of new cars operating in central London to protect drivers from pollution, after new research found that in-car air quality in the region can be up to four times higher recommended safety limits.

It is the first of a pilot programme that will aim to add up to 6MWp of solar technology across four army sites in the UK over the next year

Plans submitted for subsidy-free solar farm at Gloucester army barracks

Plans have been submitted by a subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council to build a subsidy-free solar farm at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks in Gloucestershire that would generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 350 homes for the year.

BNEF's analysis covers battery packs from the vehicle size (pictured) to utility-scale arrays. Image: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

BNEF: Battery prices have plummeted 87% since 2010

The global market for battery energy storage - from car-sized units to utility-scale arrays - has grown rapidly in 2019 amid falling costs, new research from Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) has found.

The move comes after Google pledged to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in its products. Image: Alphabet Inc 

Google partners with Ellen MacArthur Foundation to tackle plastic pollution using tech

Google will increase its efforts to develop and scale up new technologies that tackle plastics waste and pollution, after joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.

The sustainability of Peak: Top tips for reducing your emissions this Christmas

It comes as no surprise that the Peak season is an all-consuming time of year for businesses - and I don't just mean Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The "peak" shopping period, which runs from October to January every year, is one of the busiest times of year for retailers and logistics providers alike.

Pictured: The Industrie Center in Obernberg, Germany - one of M&S's 23 viscose suppliers. Image: Fritz Geller-Grimm. CC-BY-3.0 SHARE ALIKE

 

M&S launches digital viscose map to boost fashion supply chain transparency

Retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a digital map highlighting all textile suppliers through which it sources man-man cellulosic fibres (MMCF) including viscose.

edie brings you three exclusive interviews across public, private and specialist firms

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Green university leagues and energy storage

Episode 76 of edie's Sustainable Business Covered podcast features interviews with the University of Gloucestershire's director of sustainability Dr Alex, Ryan on topping a green university league, EDF Energy on a new storage master series as well as a chat with company Xerox's vice president for environment, health, safety and sustainability Wendi Latko.

Green Friday: The retailers championing sustainability over spending for Black Friday 2019

Today (29 November) is Black Friday, the biggest sales event of the year. But with consumers increasingly prioritising purpose over profit and climate change climbing the ranking of public priorities, some retailers are taking note and using the occasion to champion resource efficiency, social sustainability and environmental conservation.

Black Friday isn’t dead (yet) – but it is evolving rapidly

As climate change and resource efficiency climb the public agenda, declarations that Black Friday is "dead" are abound. But with shoppers saying they want to spend more than last year and circular business models emerging at a pace, it's probably time for a rebrand rather than a post-mortem, edie's senior reporter Sarah George argues.

Hydrogen: a critical piece of the net-zero jigsaw?

Earlier this year the UK Government committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through the amended 2008 Climate Change Act (CCA). Professor Joe Howe, chair of the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) and executive director of the Thornton Energy Institute, looks at how hydrogen is a vital part of the solution.

The seven-page guide is ideal for any businesses looking to capitalise on the business benefits offered up by energy storage.

edie launches free business guide to energy storage

Companies and organisations looking to capitalise on the benefits of energy storage now have access to a new edie business guide which breaks down everything you need to know about the technology.

Speakers announced for edie's webinar on onsite renewables and energy storage

A free webinar on 17 December at 1pm aims to assess the landscape for energy storage and onsite renewable generation for businesses.

The aim of the boxes is to mitigate food waste and make nutritious products more affordable. Image: Morrisons

Morrisons launches discounted boxes of food past 'best before' date

Morrisons has partnered with food redistribution app Too Good to Go to offer discounted boxes of products that are past their 'best before' dates to customers.

Pictured: The two vehicles used to make the delivery, outside AB InBev's St Louis brewery

AB InBev completes its first zero-emission beer delivery

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has announced the completion of its first zero-emission beer delivery, 18 months after placing an order for 800 hydrogen-electric semi-trucks.

The interactive webinar featured presentations and a live Q&A with three expert speakers

Five top tips for improving energy efficiency on the road to net-zero

During an interactive webinar hosted by edie on Wednesday (20 November), experts from Direct Line Group (DLG) and BiU provided expert advice on how businesses of all sizes and sectors can improve energy efficiency in line with net-zero targets. Here, edie rounds up the key takeaways.

The webinar will be available to watch on demand afterwards for those who registered

Available on demand: Energy efficiency 2.0 webinar for Net-Zero November

Shai Guness, compliance and CSR manager at Direct Line Group, spoke during an edie webinar, which will took place on Wednesday 20 November at 2pm (GMT) that outlined the role of energy efficiency in delivering net-zero.

The latest episode features five exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Net-Zero November business relay

Episode 75 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast lands during edie's Net-Zero November and delivers five exclusive interviews with energy and sustainability experts from the likes of National Trust, Costa and Yorkshire Water to discuss how businesses can transition to net-zero emissions.

EasyJet will also look to champion carbon capture technologies and sustainable aviation fuels in order to decarbonise its flights and operations. Image: EasyJet

EasyJet to offset all flight emissions, pushes for electric aircraft vision

EasyJet has become the first airline to operate net-zero flights, after agreeing to offset all emissions from fuel starting today (19 November) and will continue to work on rolling out electric aircraft in the future.

The report notes that technologies such as smart sensors and big data will enable EVs to integrate better with existing infrastructure and public transport, cutting traffic and improving air quality as a result

Policy gaps stifling profitability of digital revolution for clean transport

A new report from think tank The Green Alliance has warned that policy gaps and the uncertainty of Brexit is halting investment from manufacturers into the "new competitiveness frontier" of smart technology for electric vehicles (EVs), which risks pushing the UK's net-zero emissions goal out of reach.

Despite Britain's poor ranking at present, the REA believes the correct policy support could help the nation "bounce back". 

REA: Policy gaps mean Britain is failing to finance 'crucial' shift to flexible power system

Britain is failing to attract and facilitate investment in the transition to a flexible electricity system - a transition described as "crucial" to the delivery of the UK's 2050 net-zero target.

The initiative supports the BreatheLife’ campaign for clean air, a network of more than 70 cities, regions and countries, reaching over 288 million people

Air cleaning project at Marylebone Station extended for another year

BNP Paribas, Chiltern Railways and advertising firm JCDecaux have agreed to expand an air-cleaning project at London's Marylebone Station for a further year, after positive first-year results.

Details on how F1 plans to meet its 2030 target are detailed in its first sustainability strategy. Image: F1

Formula 1 targets net-zero by 2030

Formula 1 (F1) has today (12 November) set a 2030 net-zero target that covers the on-track activity of its cars and the series' wider operations.

The auctions can run from months ahead all the way to intraday transactions

Homes and businesses deliver flexible green energy to Cornwall's Local Energy Market

A fully automated Local Energy Market (LEM) in Cornwall has, for the first time, seen the local Distribution System Operator (DSO) and the National Grid ESO procure flexible green energy from businesses and households simultaneously.

To gain a place in the programme, startups will have to show Google their potential to help create a low-carbon, resource-efficient, more socially equal world. Image: Google

Google launches incubator for SDG-aligned startups

Google has this week launched a new "accelerator" programme for startups, aimed at supporting new firms striving to drive progress against one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Drax believes the project could capture 15% of the UK's current annual carbon emissions

Plans for zero-carbon industrial hub fleshed out in new roadmap

Drax, Equinor and National Grid have published a new roadmap fleshing out their plans to create the world's first zero-carbon industrial hub in the Humber region by 2040.

Image: Ben Nuttall/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/101462707@N03/25454106673/

Google workers call on company to adopt aggressive climate plan

More than 1,000 Google workers have signed a public letter calling on their employer to commit to an aggressive "company-wide climate plan" including the cancellation of contracts with fossil fuel firms and the halting of donations to climate change deniers.

Around 40% of UK properties do not have off-street parking, meaning they'll need on-street infrastructure to support home charging of an EV. Image: Virgin Media

Virgin Media owner unveils plans for 1,200 on-street EV chargers

Telecommunications giant Liberty Global, the owner of Virgin Media, has unveiled detailer around a new project aiming to "revolutionise" on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging in the UK.

Grangemouth (pictured) is one of the key industrial clusters the Government is seeking to decarbonise

UK Government launches business fund to deliver net-zero industrial clusters

The UK Government has opened two innovation funds aimed at helping businesses plan and deploy technology to help reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Previous attempts to separate layers from flexible packaging have broadly resulted in the downgrading of the materials, decreasing their value. Image: Henkel

Henkel invests in recycling innovation for flexible plastics packaging

Consumer goods giant Henkel has invested in a startup that has developed a recycling technology for flexible plastics packaging which contains aluminium foil, such as crisp packets, juice pouches and single-use toiletry sachets.

The R&D project has been in the works for two years. Image: The Ocean Cleanup Project

Danone partners with The Ocean Cleanup Project to remove plastic pollution from rivers

Evian, through its parent company Danone, has forged a partnership with Dutch startup The Ocean Cleanup Project in order to develop and scale up innovations aimed at "catching" and removing plastic debris from rivers and waterways.

The report calls on Ofgem and Government to do more to bring about support for flexible energy technologies such as battery storage

REA: Ofgem failing to realise crucial role of flexibility in reaching net-zero

With the UK's energy system becoming increasingly "democratised" and businesses and individuals generating and selling, as well as buying, energy, regulator Ofgem is not taking sufficient measures to bring about a flexible energy future.

Defra’s chief digital and information officer Christopher Howes (left) with representatives from Unicef UK, UNEP, WWF and Axelos. Image: Sarah George

E-sustainability Alliance: Defra launches new coalition championing green IT

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a new initiative bringing together businesses, NGOs and policymakers in a joint ambition to making the UK's information technology (IT) sector more sustainable.

Combined, the projects will total 265MW in capacity

Amazon launches three major renewables projects

Amazon has announced three major renewable energy deals, including the largest corporate wind power purchase agreement in Europe, as it pushes towards a goal to source 100% renewable energy across its global operations by 2030.

Senior sustainability and CSR professionals from a range of sectors convened for the roundtable discussion

Sustainability 2.0 roundtable: What's stopping businesses from investing in green innovations?

In an era of unparalleled technological advancements - and with the UK's net-zero target looming - businesses of all sizes can reap rewards from investing in scalable technologies with positive social and environmental impacts. So, what's stopping UK plc identifying and investing in green innovations?

The webinar is now available to watch on-demand

Available to watch on demand: edie's webinar on electric vehicles

Speakers from UPS, Nottingham City Council and Centrica Business Solutions appeared on edie's webinar on Tuesday (22 October) to discuss game-changing developments to business efforts to increase the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). It is now available to watch on-demand.

Pictured: Bales of crushed blue PET bottles. Image: Michal Manas/CC-BY-3.0

BP invests £19.5m in innovative pilot plant for 'unrecyclable' plastics

BP's Petrochemicals arm has unveiled plans for a multi-million dollar investment in an innovative recycling technology designed to create a second life for "previously unrecyclable" packaging. 

Image: Moixa/Greenhouse

Irish homes to form 'virtual power plant' with solar and battery storage

Irish utility Energia and technology firm Moixa have partnered to in a bid to create a 120 kWh 'virtual power plant' (VPP), consisting of home smart batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs).

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

Government consults on green license plates for electric vehicles

The UK Government has launched a consultation on introducing green license plates for electric vehicles (EVs) to make them easily recognisable and gain access to benefits such as cheaper parking and access to bus lanes.

Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA, its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024

Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years - report

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.

Airlines UK believes that sustainable aviation fuels can cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2050

UK airline industry calls on Government to spur sector to net-zero

The industry body for UK airlines believes that a renewed partnership with the Government can help the sector achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, as long as investment opportunities into green technologies are created.

Image credit: HPE/Mischa Halle  

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: A circular economy technology tour with HPE

For episode 73 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie reporter Sarah George takes a tour of Hewlett Packard Enterprises' (HPE) Technology Renewal Centre in Scotland - a facility helping to tackle e-waste by refurbishing and recycling retired business tech.

The three firms will concentrate on developing “over-the-shelf” solutions that can be shared across the industry

Cargill, Maersk Tankers and Mitsui & Co team up on 'over-the-shelf' emissions technology for shipping

Food and agribusiness Cargill has launched a collaborative partnership with shipping firm Maersk Tankers and logistics firm Mitsui & Co to trial and develop fuel-saving technologies aimed at lowering emissions in the shipping sector.

Northern Powergrid currently deploys more than 2,500 diesel generators for powercuts 

Northern Powergrid trials EV energy storage technology

Northern Powergrid has announced it will run an energy storage trial involving electric vans in order to restore power to customers during a power cut.

Carlsberg will test the barrier technology with the ambition of being able to commercialise a 100% bio-based bottle that doesn’t contain polymers, with other corporates aiming to do the same

Paper beer bottles: Carlsberg's bio-based packaging to be shared with corporate giants

EXCLUSIVE: Danish brewer Carlsberg has unveiled prototypes of the world's first beer bottles made from recyclable and bio-based materials, with the company's sustainability director claiming that the innovation could have "endless impact" if upscaled collaboratively by corporates including Coca-Cola and L'Oreal.

Dublin is one of the first European cities to use the EIE platform

Google's city emissions tool expands into Europe

Google's online emissions dataset tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions has launched across Europe today, with Dublin, Krakow, Birmingham, and the greater metropolitan area of Manchester set to use it to assist with planning developments.

The Global Green New Deal was launched at the C40 Cities summit in Copenhagen

Bloomberg and mayors call for Global Green New Deal to 'marry economy and ecology'

The Mayors of cities including Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Paris have issued a rallying call for the adoption of a Global Green New Deal that recognises the threat of the climate emergency and strives to transition to a low-carbon future through a fair and just transition.

Jackson believes that closed-loop, low-carbon supply chains will be a huge advantage for Apple

How closed-loop supply chains are spurring Apple's decarbonisation efforts

EXCLUSIVE: Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson believes that companies should look at the synergies between the circular economy and decarbonisation in order to create resilient supply chains.

Every week, edie rounds up the best innovations around

Massive wind turbines and microplastic weather forecasts: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, 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.

Total will be able to reduce the overall cost of the integration process. Image: Total

Total signs cleantech deal to produce hydrogen at refineries

French energy giant Total has signed a cooperation agreement with the Sunfire cleantech company to integrate capture waste heat and CO2 at a German refinery to create synthetic methanol and hydrogen to be used to reduce energy and transport emissions.

More than 200,000 farmers across Kenya will benefit from the project. Image: Agrics

Capgemini turns to AI to fix food supply chain sustainability

Business consulting giant Capgemini has launched a project which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to support farmers in improving environmental practices on their land.

The majority of e-waste generated globally is unaccounted for, seeping into regions such as Agbogbloshie slums of Ghana (pictured)

E-waste: Can businesses solve the world's fastest-growing domestic waste stream?

edie reporter Sarah George places the world's fastest-growing domestic waste stream, e-waste, under the microscope, and investigates how businesses are tackling the global phenomenon.

A new report by Vivid Economics estimates that up to £20bn a year could be required for the UK to reach its net-zero target for 2050

Billions wanted: Report sets net-zero price as Siemens aims for £100bn green project pipeline

Technology firm Siemens has signed an agreement with a coalition of 94 local authority political leaders across the UK to help unlock green investment towards clean energy projects, as a new report warns that up to £20bn may be required annually to deliver the UK's net-zero commitment.

The company will also commit €1.5bn annually in net capital expenditure on onshore and offshore wind technology and solar photovoltaic and storage solutions

RWE to become carbon-neutral by 2040

German utilities giant RWE has unveiled a new strategy to transform itself into a carbon-neutral company by 2040 by funnelling billions into renewables projects, decommissioning existing coal-fired plants and backing carbon capture and storage technology.

World Green Buildings Week is a time for reflection on progress to date, as well as planning for future action

World Green Building Week: Ten of Europe's most eye-catching sustainable buildings

To mark World Green Building Week, edie is showcasing ten European buildings with best-practice sustainability credentials.

Power and transport collectively generate 40% of all man-made carbon emissions globally, on an annual basis. Image: World Economic Forum

Report: Batteries could cut global transport and power emissions by 30%

A rapid acceleration of battery uptake among the global transport and power sectors could slash their collective annual emissions by 30% by 2030, a new report has concluded.

Three learnings on circular innovation

Moving to a circular economy requires new thinking, unprecedented creativity and invention, but how do you practically harness this in innovation projects? Chris Sherwin introduces three recent learnings in this hands-on innovation blog.

Google's new deals span across Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Chile, Finland, Sweden, Belgium and Denmark. Image: Google

Google, Ikea, make major new renewable energy investments

Ingka Group - the largest retailer within Ikea's franchise system - has confirmed that it is on track to exceed its renewable energy targets after a string of recent investments, in the same week that Google has made its biggest renewable energy purchase to date.

Wellington city and harbour from Mount Victoria

Net-zero cities can unlock $24tn opportunity, report finds

Investment into readily available technologies could reduce emissions from cities by 90% by 2050, while creating a global economic benefit worth almost $24trn (£19trn), a new report has claimed.

This week's innovations could deliver significant resource efficiency and carbon reduction benefits 

Zero-emission planes and boats that double as microgrids: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, 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.

EDF is the long-term supplier of the car manufacturer. Image: Nissan

Nissan and EDF partner to launch V2G EV charging offer for businesses

Nissan and EDF have signed an agreement to collaboratively develop and launch a "smart" electric vehicle (EV) charging package for businesses, including vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capacity.

There are more than one million solar PV installations now in operation across the UK

Subsidy-free solar 'coming of age' thanks to battery technology

Subsidy-free solar projects are "coming of age" thanks to the falling costs and flexibility of co-located battery storage technology, according to a new report which claims that more than 5GW of solar capacity could be deployed in the UK without subsidies by 2030.

Image: MaxPixel 

World's biggest mobile operators vow climate disclosure in first step towards net-zero

BT Group and Vodafone Group are among a coalition of 50+ mobile operators to have agreed to begin publicly disclosing their climate impacts.

The initiative is open to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Image: The Climate Group 

New initiative to help business minimise climate impacts of cooling

The Climate Group has launched a new initiative aimed at helping businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their cooling processes and to decarbonise their cooling systems.

Unilever estimates that more than one million people are supported financially by its tea supply chains. Image: Unilever

Unilever turns to interactive mapping to boost tea supply chain transparency

Unilever has publicly published a full list of its global tea suppliers for the first time, along with a new interactive map to help customers understand its supply chain processes.

Farmers will visit the unit at least twice a week to harvest.  Image: M&S/Samuel Cane

M&S showcases vertical farming at London store

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has installed vertical farming technology at one of its busiest London stores, in a bid to engage shoppers with the ways in which farmers are innovating in light of climate challenges.

Why we need a human-centred approach for a successful energy transition

A transition often implies a need for various technological, regulatory and business developments - new business models, engineering advances and cheaper, greener solutions. However, it is often forgotten that it is people who are the real drivers behind any change.

Energy managers cynical about Government's net-zero targets, edie's new survey reveals      

The second edie Business Barometer of energy managers, supported by Centrica Business Solutions, revealed a sector that was cynical of the Government's policy objectives - but are not concerned about Brexit.

(L-R) Presenter Sarah George, reporter, edie, Charlie Jardine and compere Michaela Strachan

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Rising Star, Charlie Jardine

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Rising Sustainability Star award, Charlie Jardine.

It is the first such partnership between environmental NGO T&E and the auto manufacturers

EU auto industry forms unlikely alliance with NGO on electric cars

Long-time adversaries Transport & Environment and ACEA have signed a partnership to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicle charging points, as the auto industry seeks to rebrand with a focus on digital and electric.

The cement industry accounts for 6% of global CO2 emissions

Cement giant Heidelberg throws weight behind CCS

Heidelberg Cement has signed a memorandum of understanding with multinational energy giant Equinor, in a bid to scale up its efforts in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Pictured: The Faraday Institution's HQ in Harwell, Oxfordshire

UK-based battery innovations bag £55m in Government funding

The Faraday Institution has confirmed plans to split a £55m funding pot between five UK-based research and development projects surrounding battery energy storage for electric vehicles.

10 REEVs have entered UPS’s delivery fleet in Tamworth and an additional 5 in Southampton. Image: UPS

UPS unveils 400km range-extending electric vehicles

Logistics giant UPS has introduced a new collection of range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) to its fleets across Birmingham and Southampton.

The project is being backed by Innovate UK, which supported the 18-month upcycling process

Veolia upcycles two end-of-life diesel vehicles with electric engines

Resource management firm Veolia is set to trial two electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCV) in Westminster, after 'upcycling' old diesel vehicles that were approaching the end of their life.

(L-R) Presenter Mike Pitts, interim challenge director, Innovate UK, Mitsubishi Electric’s Marc Overson and compere Michaela Strachan

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Low-carbon Product Innovation, Mitsubishi Electric

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Low-carbon Product Innovation award, Mitsubishi Electric.

BEIS has also announced £350m of new funding alongside the grants – £100 million for a competition to boost hydrogen production and £250m for a new Clean Steel Fund

Government sets aside funds to explore low-carbon hydrogen

The government has awarded 20 projects a share of £7 million to explore innovative ways of making and using low-carbon hydrogen.

This week's group of innovations could improve sustainability for transport, electronic products and smart buildings 

Fairphone's recycled smartphone and zero-emission livestock: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, 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.

The research programme will last for two years. Image: Widerøe

Rolls-Royce teams with Norway's largest regional airline on zero-emission aircraft scheme

Rolls-Royce is partnering with the largest regional airline in Scandinavia on a joint research programme aimed at unlocking and developing technology to enable zero-emission aviation.


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