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

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

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

Sky powered by 100% renewables globally

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

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

EDF and Nissan launch V2G charging solution for business fleets

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

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

Glenfiddich to power delivery trucks with onsite biogas fuelling stations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winning designs will be unveiled in 2022. Image: RCA

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

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

Image: UK Power Networks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Innovate UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK urged to level-up regions through CCUS supply chains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connecting the roadmap to cleaner transport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COP26 Primer: Clean Transport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salesforce signs on as latest Principal Partner for COP26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The MoU will aim to develop SAFs

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

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

The gigafactory looks set to provide batteries to power up to 100,000 Nissan EVs annually

Nissan unveils plans for £1bn electric vehicle hub and battery gigafactory in Sunderland

Nissan looks set to transform its flagship Sunderland manufacturing facility into a £1bn electric vehicle (EV) hub that will feature a 9GWh battery production gigafactory - the first of its kind in the UK.

COP26 Primer: Climate Finance

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

The study will explore how smarter home energy usage can assist with the UK's net-zero target

CrowdFlex: Energy giants launch study on domestic energy flexibility

Octopus Energy and electric vehicle (EV) charging experts Ohme have partnered with the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to analyse the attitudes and behaviour of more than 25,000 households in relation to EVs and smart home solutions.

The initiative will aim to assist shoppers globally to support sustainability programmes

Every Action Counts: New business alliance to encourage one billion consumers to support sustainability causes

A new alliance of banking firms, consumer goods giants and digital platforms, including Mastercard and BBVA, has launched to encourage individuals around the world to deliver positive actions that improve biodiversity and sustainable behaviours.

Microsoft's climate goals entail becoming carbon negative this decade

Microsoft announced as latest COP26 Principal Partner

Global technology giant Microsoft has been named as the latest Principal Partner for COP26 - the highest level of sponsorship for the climate summit.

Image: Carbios 

FMCG giants unveil world's first plastic bottles recycled using enzymes

L'Oreal, Nestle Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have unveiled plastic bottles made entirely from post-consumer waste recycled using enzymatic processes, in what they describe as a world first.

Image: Pivot Power/Greenhouse PR 

'UK's first' grid-scale battery storage system comes online in Oxford

A 50MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system has come online in Cowley, on the outskirts of Oxford, in what is described as a UK first.

Image: TfL

England's first hydrogen double-decker buses hit the road in London

In what is claimed to be a first for England, a fleet of 20 new hydrogen double-decker buses are being launched in London this week.

The coalition represents most of the major businesses across the UK's aviation value chain, including British Airways. Stock image.

UK aviation sector sets interim climate goals on road to net-zero by 2050, but won't cap growth

A coalition representing the UK's major airports, airlines and plane manufacturers has, after publishing a controversial plan for reaching net-zero by 2050 last year, announced new interim climate goals and pledged to refresh its approach to low-carbon technologies.

How to be a net-zero winner

As part of edie's Net-Zero Carbon Playbook, Centrica Business Solution's net-zero product manager Alex Lowe explains the steps that organisations can take to thrive during the net-zero transition.

Pictured: The all-electric plane used for Rolls-Royce's ACCEL demonstrator. Image: Rolls-Royce

Electric aircraft and alternative fuels: Rolls-Royce plots path to net-zero by 2050

Rolls-Royce has outlined plans to overhaul its R&D spending and product offerings in a bid to reach net-zero operations by 2030 and net-zero across the whole business value chain by 2050.

A survey of businesses found that more than 75% do not believe the Government’s 5GW aim is ambitious enough

Businesses call on UK Government to deliver 'world-leading' hydrogen sector

Businesses do not believe the Government is being ambitious enough in efforts to create a "world-leading" hydrogen market, with the commitment of 5GW of green and blue hydrogen by 2030 failing to generate confidence within the private sector.

Anglian Water has a commitment to become a net-zero business by 2030

Anglian Water issues £250m sustainability-linked investment framework

Anglian Water has unveiled its first sustainability-linked bond framework, worth £250m, that will enable investment into low-carbon initiatives and projects that improve climate resilience across the areas where it operates.

Trebling solar capacity would see carbon emissions fall by 21.2 million tonnes annually, equating to 4.7% of the UK’s emissions in 2019

UK set to double solar capacity by 2030, but more required to help reach net-zero

The UK is on course to double its solar capacity by 2030, but will need to treble it if the nation is to meet its net-zero target for 2050, with Solar Energy UK calling for overhauls to policy to spur the national market.

The 2027 target for UK operations will assist with a global net-zero target for 2040

Vodafone to reach net-zero carbon emissions in UK by 2027

Vodafone plans to eliminate carbon emissions from its entire UK operations by 2027, as part of a sweeping set of commitments that will see the technology giant invest in electric vehicles (EVs) and update supplier contracts based on environmental credentials.

Pictured: The New Land Rover Defender plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which the hydrogen vehicle is modelled on. Image: JLR

JLR to begin first hydrogen car tests this year

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled plans to test a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) this year, as part of its vision to deliver zero tailpipe emissions by 2036.

The two businesses join forces with the hundreds of other companies signed up to each initiative 

Polestar and Google to halve emissions and join Race to Zero campaign

Swedish electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Polestar and technology giant Google are the latest firms that have agreed to halve emissions by 2030 as part of a wider effort to deliver net-zero value chains, by joining the UN's Race to Zero campaign and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative.

Monzo, OakNorth and Vodafone also joined Tech Zero today

UK's fastest-growing tech firms unveil net-zero framework for the sector

A new taskforce, set up to inform the Government's green policymaking and garner support for climate action across the tech industry, has today (14 June) published a set of commitments designed to unify ambition and action in the sector.

Unilever wants to roll the paper-based bottles out across its European markets and is piloting the same technology for haircare bottles

Unilever introduces paper-based bottles for laundry detergent

Unilever is set to launch its first paper-based bottles for laundry detergent in Brazil next year, with an ambition in place to introduce the packaging across Europe thereafter.

Drax first began capturing emissions from its biomass operations in Selby (pictured) in 2019

Drax announces ambition to host world's largest negative emissions project

Drax has signed a new deal with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on carbon capture technologies, which it claims will enable it to deliver the largest 'negative emissions' project in the world.

Domino's is currently working on setting science-based targets

Domino's introduces electric mopeds into delivery fleet

Pizza brand Domino's is set to introduce more than 200 electric mopeds for deliveries across London, after trialling the vehicles from NIU Technologies.

More and more companies are linking the performance against sustainability targets to loans and bonds

HP and JBS issue sustainability-linked bonds to drive towards net-zero

The world's largest protein producer, JBS, has announced the issuance of a $1bn sustainability-linked bond tied to net-zero targets, while technology firm HP has unveiled its sustainable bonds framework.

AB InBev is aiming to reduce value chain emissions by 25% by 2025

AB InBev cuts emissions through new lightweight beer bottle design

The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has unveiled new lightweight beer bottles that have a reduced carbon footprint of 17% compared to its other bottle types, with plans in place to roll them out across Europe.

Pictured: The charging unit offered during the trial. Image: Ovo Energy

'World's largest' V2G trial finds that EV drivers could cut £725 off electricity bills

Ovo Energy and Cenex have wrapped up a three-year trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers at UK homes and revealed that the technology could help motorists reduce electricity bills by up to £725 per year.

Heathrow is now calling on ministers to support the scaling up of SAF production by setting mandates that require a minimum of 10% SAF use by airlines by 2030

Heathrow Airport adds sustainable aviation fuels to decarbonise flights

Heathrow has incorporated aviation fuel made from waste oils and fats for the first time, as the UK's largest airport seeks to establish proof of concept for the widescale use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) in a bid to reduce emissions from flights.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the proposed plant. Image: Peel NRE 

Plans unveiled for UK's second plastic-to-hydrogen recycling plant

After plans to build a plastic-to-hydrogen recycling facility near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, were approved last year, the developers have unveiled plans for a second UK site in Scotland.

The innovations explored here could make sectors including heat, agriculture and plastics more sustainable

Domestic heat batteries and 'champagne' carbon capture: The best green innovations of May 2021

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

A battery future

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled products that would not otherwise exist. A mobile electronic device - a cellphone, tablet, or a PC, say - would look very odd if it were powered by an internal combustion engine, and would not be mobile if the device had to be plugged into the wall to function.

Bloomberg sees hydrogen playing a major role in sectors such as shipping and aviation 

Global hydrogen investment to grow 25-fold by 2040, Bloomberg predicts

Global annual investments in hydrogen totalled $1.5bn between 2018 and 2020, but the average could be $38bn by 2040, a new Bloomberg Intelligence report claims.

UK's ultra-rapid EV charging stock to triple with new £300m funding package

The UK's energy networks have jointly pledged a further £300m in funding for low-carbon technologies across 200 projects, including almost 1,800 new ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

The company is now seeing if bio-based materials can work as the barrier inside the bottle. Image: Absolut

Absolut replaces plastics from bottle necks as part of paper-based bottle development

The Absolut Company has unveiled the latest milestone in its mission to create a fully paper-based drinks bottle, having replaced the plastic used to shape bottle necks, with a bio-based barrier.

Image: O2

O2 outlines plans to slash data centre emissions

Telecommunications giant O2 is set to cut emissions from its data centres by more than half a million kilograms within a year, after investing in natural cooling technologies and energy efficiency.

Low Carbon Hub believes that surplus energy produced from Ray Valley Solar will create more than £10m of community benefit funding

UK’s largest community-owned solar park to come online next year

The Ray Valley Solar project in Oxford is expected to come online next autumn, after Triodos Bank confirmed lending for what is expected to be the UK’s largest community-owned solar park.

The groups are also calling for nuclear to be included in national emission reduction plans

Nuclear industry warns that planned closures could derail global net-zero transition

Key groups representing the global nuclear industry have penned an open letter to world leaders warning that the proposed retirement of existing nuclear plants could derail the net-zero transition, calling for the technology to have the same access to climate finance as renewables.

Over a four-year period, BT also reduced the carbon intensity of its supply chain by 19%

BT cuts emissions by 14% over 12-month period

Over the last 12 months, BT Group has reduced the carbon intensity of its operations by 14%, putting the company on course to reach net-zero emissions by 2045, while broadcaster Sky has had carbon reduction targets for its net-zero ambition approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Pictured: Ellesmere Port, one of the UK's industrial clusters planning to adopt innovative technologies to align with net-zero 

50,000 jobs by 2050: UK Government outlines plans to scale up carbon capture sector

According to a new paper from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK's carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) sector could scale rapidly to support 50,000 jobs by mid-century.

Image: AB InBev

Unilever, Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive join AB InBev's sustainability accelerator

Consumer goods giants Unilever, Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive have agreed to fund and pilot innovations designed to improve supply chain sustainability through Anheuser-Busch InBev's (AB InBev) accelerator scheme.

These innovations could help make sectors including shipping and energy more sustainable, and improve water access for those in need 

Captured carbon shipping fuel and heat-reflecting paint: The best green innovations of April 2021

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

Image: LanzaTech

Unilever launches first laundry capsule using captured carbon from heavy industry

After pledging to remove all virgin, fossil-based carbon from cleaning and laundry products by 2030, Unilever has successfully developed a laundry capsule using emissions captured from heavy industry.

The first flight using blended biofuel took place in 2008. But, in 2019, less than 6% of all aviation fuel used globally was classed as sustainable.

Boeing, Netflix and Microsoft among founders of new business alliance on sustainable aviation fuels

A new alliance to help scale sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) by increasing and unifying corporate demand has been backed by a string of big-name businesses, including Boeing, Deloitte, Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase.

HP notes that focusing on the circular economy will assist with the net-zero ambition

HP targets net-zero value chain by 2040

HP has confirmed it will transform parts of its business from a transactional model to a services-based proposition, as part of a sweeping new climate strategy that will see the business's value chain reach net-zero by 2040 and embrace closed-loop materials.

Amazon is on course be powered by 100% renewables by 2025 – five years ahead of an original target

Amazon announces nine new renewables deals to take clean energy capacity to 8.5GW

Amazon has announced nine major new renewable projects across the globe that sees the online retailer's total clean energy capacity surpass 8.5GW globally.

The company met its 2020 climate targets, which were 2C-aligned 

Fujitsu sets 1.5C science-based climate targets

Japanese multinational IT firm Fujitsu has unveiled new climate targets, verified in line with the Paris Agreement's more ambitious 1.5C trajectory.

EO Charging is providing the hardware, software and operational oversight for the chargers across the UK

Amazon installs more than 800 EV chargers at UK sites

Amazon has confirmed that more than 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging points have been installed across its UK sites with "hundreds more" scheduled, as part of an ongoing partnership with Suffolk-based EO Charging.

 The partnership believes it can raise $1bn initially

Additional $600m for low-carbon solutions as BlackRock forms new investment partnership

The world's largest investor, BlackRock, has forged a new partnership with Singapore-based Temasek to scale up investment in low-carbon technologies.

Diageo's low-carbon bottles and Michelin's carbon-neutral goal: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The net-zero commitments cover business operations, digital infrastructure and the sector’s historic emissions

Crypto Climate Accord aims for 100% renewables and net-zero digital currency by 2040

A new global accord has been set up to align the swelling cryptocurrency market with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement by ensuring that blockchain and energy-intensive currency mining systems are powered by renewables and reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Pictured: An artist render of the aircraft

UPS invests in electric aircraft for zero-emission deliveries

Logistics giant UPS had unveiled plans to purchase electric aircraft models to assist with time-sensitive deliveries while limiting emissions associated with transportation.

The guide is free to download for edie users

edie launches new business guide on net-zero carbon heating

edie has today (7 April) launched a new guide detailing everything businesses need to know and consider when looking to decarbonise heating in line with the net-zero movement.

These innovations could help make sectors including transport, heat, recycling and agriculture more sustainable

Microwave boilers and autonomous EVs: The best green innovations of March 2021

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

Pictured: An artist's impression of co-located renewable electricity generation and flexibility assets. Image: Wärtsilä

UK must dramatically scale battery energy storage to meet net-zero, report reveals

If the UK is to align its energy sector with its net-zero target, domestic capacity for energy storage and other assets that enable flexibility will need to grow to 49.5GW this decade.

Taking a data-backed approach to sustainable offices

In light of Covid-19, travel restrictions and the adoption of flexible working arrangements have resulted in a general decrease in office occupation in the UK. Teams have adapted and embraced the use of teleconferencing, which has provided a convenient, low-carbon alternative to in-person meetings and is expected to be sustained, at least to some degree, in the future.

Most of the new jobs would be in energy efficiency - but there are also major opportunities in energy generation and manufacturing

UK's net-zero transition will create up to 1.7 million green jobs this decade, report finds

If the UK Government adopts the Climate Change Committee's Sixth Carbon Budget advice and supports businesses accordingly, some 1.7 million new 'green-collar' jobs can be created by 2030.

Green groups claim the decision is against efforts to champion climate action in the build up to COP26

'Outrageous hypocrisy': Government condemned over £16bn oil and gas sector 'bailout'

Green groups have expressed their anger at the Government's new £16bn sector deal that pledges to align the oil and gas sector with the national net-zero target, while also ending financing for overseas fossil fuel projects, with many frustrated by a refusal to end oil and gas licensing.

Pictured: The site for the BP project

New blue hydrogen and captured carbon storage projects unveiled for the UK

BP has announced plans to build the UK's largest blue hydrogen production facility in Teesside, while the Government has committed new funding for carbon storage infrastructure off Aberdeenshire.

Pictured: VW's ID.3, which it will use in car-sharing services across Germany

VW aims to double EV sales in 2021

Volkswagen (VW) has committed to selling more than 450,000 electric vehicles (EV) globally in 2021 - more than double the amount it sold in 2020 - as part of its Covid-19 recovery efforts.

Aluminium is a key material for sectors including electric vehicles, but is regarded as high-impact and hard-to-abate in terms of climate impact

Recycled materials and CCS: Aluminium industry plots pathways to net-zero

The association representing more than 60% of the world's aluminium production has published new climate pathways for the sector, outlining how recycled materials, electrification and emerging technologies could cut emissions at scale.

Mace Group is striving to phase-out diesel generators by 2026

Mace Group to use hydrogen generators at construction sites

In what it claims is a first for the UK's construction sector, Mace Group has signed a deal that will see it deploy hydrogen generators to replace diesel generators at construction sites.

Money needs to be re-aligned in order to stimulate this demand

IRENA: Existing solutions can spur progress to net-zero

Global power sourced from renewables is set to treble by 2050, with wind, solar and hydrogen all required to account for 90% of all decarbonisation solutions to push the global economy towards the 1.5C pathway, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.

SWR has committed to reducing the energy consumption of its building portfolio by 41% by 2024

LED retrofit reduces energy use by 21% for South Western Railway

South Western Railway (SWR) has delivered a 21% reduction in the energy consumption of its properties, following the installation of more than 16,000 LED light fittings across its properties.

The Government’s new £20m fun will assist research and development competition for EV technology innovations

Government confirms 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars, unveils £20m electric vehicle package

The Government has officially confirmed that the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars has been moved forward to 2030, while also announcing a new £20m funding pot for electric vehicle (EV) innovation.

Coty is involved in dozens of the world's largest fragrance brands, including Calvin Klein. Gucci and Chloe. 

Coty partners with LanzaTech to use captured carbon in perfumes

US-based beauty giant Coty has forged a partnership with LanzaTech, whereby carbon captured using the firm's technology will be used to manufacture fragrance ingredients.

This month's innovations could have significant environmental benefits for sectors including maritime, aviation and packaging 

Aviation fuel made from air and next-gen hydropower: The best green innovations of February 2021

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

Pictured: The Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo Cars to go fully electric by 2030

Volvo has outlined plans to stop selling petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by the end of the decade.

Drax first began capturing carbon from bioenergy processes in 2019 

Drax unveils plans to host UK's largest carbon capture project by 2027

Drax has begun the planning process for its proposals to scale up bioenergy with carbon capture (BECCS) arrays at its Yorkshire power plant.

Bulb’s chief executive and co-founder Hayden Wood is leading the new taskforce (stock image)

'Tech Zero taskforce': UK tech firms to inform Government's net-zero approach

Fast-growing UK tech firms including Bulb, Starling Bank and Olio have formed a new taskforce that will inform the government's green policymaking and garner industry support ahead of COP26.

The technology will remove up to 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions once it is completed in 2023. Copyright: Borealis

Borealis to cut emissions at Finnish facility through £15m energy efficiency upgrade

Chemicals giant Borealis has unveiled a new €17.6m (£15.1m) investment into regenerative thermal technology that will reduce facility emissions from heating while also saving around 60GWh of energy annually.

Last month, the Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge to grant planning permission for Drax's major new gas-fired power plant

Drax scraps gas plant plans in Yorkshire, following climate concerns

Drax is scrapping plans to build the largest gas plant in Europe, which has faced legal challenges on climate grounds in recent months.

The B Corp standard is one of the most popular as a marker of a purpose-led brand

BrewDog announces B Corp certification

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is the latest company to achieve B Corp certification, highlighting the company's dedication to becoming a force for good and focusing on carbon offsetting and reduction.

#SustyTalk: Virgin Media's Katie Buchanan on net-zero targets and social sustainability

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Virgin Media's head of sustainability Katie Buchanan, following the launch of a new Meaningful Connections sustainability strategy.

The success of the transition would hinge on enabling policies and roadmaps, steered by the UK Government

UK can create 200,000 jobs through clean technology drive

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has claimed that the UK can reach 100% renewable electricity in the next 11 years, with clean technology uptake set to create 200,000 new jobs provided the Government can deliver enabling policies.

Hydrogen is widely regarded as a key part of the UK’s transition to net-zero by 2050

Hydrogen: Is UK policy and industry at a tipping point?

Recent weeks have seen influential bodies urging the Government to publish the Hydrogen Strategy sooner rather than later. In tandem, announcements have been made about hydrogen-powered homes and vehicles. So, is the UK's hydrogen revolution about to begin?


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