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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.

Data is captured using mobile phones and QR code IDs. Image: The Estée Lauder Companies / Aveda

The Estée Lauder Companies turns to blockchain to boost supply chain traceability

The Estée Lauder Companies will introduce vanilla that has been traced throughout the supply chain using blockchain technology to more than 125 of its Aveda-brand products next spring.

A tale of resilience: The evolution of water stewardship

Resilience is the word of the year. Covid-19 has challenged the resilience of our local communities and global systems. But this is not a new concept for sustainability professionals. We have made huge strides in applying a resilience lens to corporate water efforts for many years now.

Pictured: Equipment arriving at the recycling plant in Perthshire, Scotland. Image: Recycling Technologies

Unilever and UK Government back chemical plastic recycling innovation

A joint project hoping to scale-up chemical recycling for hard-to-recycle plastics waste, involving Unilever and synthetic fuel giant Neste, has received a £3.1m grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The investment will also cut maintenance costs for the retailer

Sainsbury's invests in trucks powered by kinetic energy

As part of its net-zero commitment, Sainsbury's has purchased 1,200 lithium-ion trucks powered by kinetic energy, in a move that will save energy equivalent to powering 700 UK homes.

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How sustainable is the new iPhone 12?

When the iPhone 12 launched earlier this week, all eyes were on the tech specs and the price. But what about the cult smartphone's impact on the environment and society?

More than 400 million metric tons of plastic are produced globally every year

Electrolux debuts vacuum cleaner made from 100% recycled plastics

Electrolux has unveiled the first product range as part of a new "circular initiative" with Stena Recycling, a new vacuum cleaner made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics and reused materials.

The technologies identified could add up to €790bn of gross added value to the European economy annually by 2030

Capgemini: EU must invest in high-impact climate technologies through green recovery funding

The EU must allocate portions of its €750bn Covid-19 recovery fund to emerging, innovative technologies which decarbonise energy, the built environment, industry, transport and the agri-food sector if it is to meet its net-zero goal by 2050, new analysis has found.

Many luxury fashion brands see digital technologies playing a role in creating more transparent and sustainable supply chains

Burberry and IBM collaborate on blockchain initiative to boost fashion supply chain traceability

Burberry has revealed that it has supported IBM interns to develop a prototype cloud and blockchain tool aimed at tracing materials and products across the fashion supply chain, including information about their environmental and human impact.

The UK Government has committed to fully decarbonising at least one industrial cluster by 2040. Pictured: Ellesmere Port

Major businesses back North West's net-zero industrial cluster, say it can come online by 2030

Businesses including Siemens and Tata Europe's chemicals arm have agreed to back plans for a net-zero industrial cluster in North West England, which developers say will be completed by 2030 and create 33,000 new jobs.

Vodafone has vowed to power its European network - spanning 11 national markets - with 100% renewable electricity by the end of July 2021

Vodafone saves £10m in energy costs over three-year period

Vodafone has worked with facilities management firm Mitie to reduce its UK carbon footprint by 25,000 tonnes over a three-year period, with improvements to building-based energy use saving the technology firm around £10m.

ZCH could reduce the UK’s annual emissions by 15% and save industries around £27.5bn in carbon taxes by 2040

Businesses pour £75m into Humber's zero-carbon industrial cluster

A host of organisations have submitted a public and private sector bid of £75m to build key infrastructure to create the world's first zero-carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region.

The US and China will be the two largest global players by 2030, the report predicts

Global energy storage capacity to grow by one-third every year to 2030, report

Following a 17% drop in deployments in 2020, the global energy storage sector is set to boom with capacity growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31% through to 2030.

Total is aiming to have more than 150,000 EV charge points under its operations by 2025

Total purchases London's largest charging network

Energy giant Total has acquired the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network in London, after agreeing the acquisition of more than 1,600 on-street charge points from the Bollore Group.

More case studies can be found in edie's green manufacturing report

How are manufacturers approaching net-zero and the green recovery?

The manufacturing sector has a rich history of innovating to overcome persistent challenges. But the twin disruptions of the net-zero transition and the Covid-19 pandemic have made the sector's green efforts paramount to business prosperity. Here, edie explores how manufacturers are navigating these challenges.

Pictured: Researchers at the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) testing a small-scale CCS prototype in 2018

IEA: CCUS is essential to the net-zero transition

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) can deliver 15% of the global cumulative emissions reductions needed to reach net-zero and, without accelerated deployment, heavy industrial sectors risk not decarbonising in line with key climate agreements.

How to seize the opportunities of a green recovery

Now is the perfect time for organisations to give back to society and pay it forward to future generations by seizing the opportunities of a green recovery.

Pictured: An earlier prototype of the Piper M-class plane. Image: Zero Avia

World's first commercial-grade hydrogen plane takes flight in UK, as government urged to grow 'green' hydrogen sector

The first flight of a hydrogen-powered, commercial-grade aircraft has been successfully completed in Bedford, while UK ministers face fresh calls to help scale up the domestic market for hydrogen produced using renewables.

While climate tech still only accounts for 6% of the venture capital market, it’s representation has grown by more than 3750% in absolute terms since 2013

Climate technology investments growing five times faster than average market rates

Venture capital investment into climate-related technology is growing five times faster than the average rate of all other industry investments, with new analysis from PwC finding that corporate and investor demands for low-carbon innovation led to $16bn being invested in 2019.

Water scarcity now affects more than 40% of the global population

Microsoft to become water positive by 2030

Microsoft has built on its ambitious emissions reduction targets by committing to becoming a "water positive" business by 2030, pledging to replenish more water than it uses.

Princes' partnership with Provenance will also see QR codes added to selected seafood products

Princes turns to QR codes and blockchain for sustainability storytelling

Princes is printing QR codes on its Napolina brand tomato products which, when scanned, will provide consumers with information about supply chain sustainability.

Amazon will look to engage other Climate Pledge signatories in the investment programme moving forward

Carbon capture and EVs: Amazon unveils first beneficiaries of $2bn climate fund

Amazon has announced the first beneficiaries of its $2bn Climate Pledge Fund, with organisations developing carbon removal technologies, nature-based carbon markets and electric vehicle (EV) innovations set to benefit.

Google's parent firm Alphabet recently launched a multi-billion-dollar round of sustainability bonds

Google offsets lifetime carbon emissions

Google has "eliminated" its entire carbon legacy, offsetting all operational emissions generated before it achieved carbon neutrality in 2007.

Charging infrastructure and technical advice and assistance will also be provided by ABB, Tesla and the AA

Retailers sign up to co-locate on UK's first electric forecourt

A host of retailers including WHSmith, Costa Coffee, Booths and Gourmade have enrolled into a new partnership with the UK's first electric forecourt, which is due to open near Braintree, Essex, this November.

How a focus on green technology can build back better from the coronavirus pandemic

BT's chief digital impact and sustainability officer Andy Wales discussing how low-carbon and technological innovation can "reboot" Britain to help deliver a green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

There is more than 10GW of large-scale solar being planned in the next few years

Renewable and technology associations team up to drive corporate demand for clean energy

UK trade associations, techUK, the Solar Trade Association (STA) and RenewableUK are forming a new partnership to encourage companies to purchase more renewable energy in a bid to spur the net-zero transition.

The whitepaper notes that the UK’s future energy system will have to be supported by technologies still in their infancy - carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy storage and hydrogen production

UK slipping behind on build rate required for net-zero target

The UK is achieving less than half of the required build rate to deliver energy systems that will reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new whitepaper from engineering consultancy Atkins.

AIM, the European Brands Association, has gathered more than 85 companies to join the HolyGrail 2.0 project 

HolyGrail 2.0: Major brands sign up to explore digital watermarks to improve packaging recycling

More than 80 major European brands, including P&G, PepsiCo and Mondi will collaborate to explore the feasibility of using "digital watermarks" to improve the sorting of recyclable packaging across the European Union (EU), as part of the HolyGrail 2.0 project spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The prototypes have been formed as part of an innovative group of businesses working towards eliminating the use of plastics for certain containers

Absolut to trial 2,000 paper-based drinks bottles

The Absolut Company will trial 2,000 paper-based bottle prototypes across Sweden and the UK later this year, to test the viability of paper as an alternative to single-use plastics in beverage applications.

Solutions could help the UK become a leading market for smart energy, mobility, connected homes and buildings and climate modelling scenarios

Climate crowdsourcing: Government urged to put digital technology at heart of net-zero strategy

A new report has called on the UK Government to secure a windfall of the emerging digital climate tech sector by embracing low-carbon innovation through policy measures - a move which could help slash emissions and add billions to the UK economy.

The company claims the targets will assist with the identification of steps required to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050

Lenovo to halve emissions as part of science-based targets

Computer manufacturer Lenovo has unveiled new science-based targets to halve emissions from its operations and reduce value chain impacts by 25% by 2030, with a view to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

The research finds that the projected price of battery packs are expected to fall to the $100/KWh threshold by 2024

Electric vehicle market to surpass 320 million sales by 2040

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are expected to reach 45 million unit sales a year by 2040, growing 35 times its current size, with the globe's EV stock set to surpass 320 million, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.

Over the next decade, IGS will aim to shift to clean energy solutions, including building on its existing solar division

Energy retailer IGS commits to net-zero by 2040

One of the US's largest energy retailers, IGS, has announced a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions for its operations and the services it provides to its domestic and business customers by 2040, pledging to provide 100% renewable electricity and carbon-neutral gas.

The assessment report highlights both policy and technical risks to deploying “dispersed” CCS, notably a lack of viable transportation methods

UK's CCS deployment lacking 'comprehensive' planning on non-cluster sites

The UK's net-zero transition is lacking a "comprehensive regulatory framework" to overcome challenges to "dispersed" sites that would be suitable for carbon capture technology (CCS) but that aren't located in industrial clusters.

The EV100 has spurred the adoption of 80,000 low-carbon vehicles

Dixons Carphone to convert to electric and alternative fuel fleet by 2030

Dixons Carphone has signed up to the Climate Group's EV100 initiative, pledging to switch its commercial fleet to electric and alternative fuel vehicles by 2030 and to transition more than half of its medium duty vehicles.

100 of Go-Ahead London's buses have been retrofitted with bi-directional charging technology

Bus garage in London now hosting 'world's largest' V2G trial

A bus garage in North London has been fitted with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and 100 buses adapted for bi-directional charging, as part of what is being described as the largest project of its kind in the world.

Currently, around 95% of global hydrogen production comes from fossil fuel feedstocks

Hydrogen deployment could deliver 75,000 jobs and £18bn boon for UK economy

Utilising hydrogen production could generate £18bn for the UK economy and support more than 75,000 jobs over the next 15 years, according to a taskforce backed by the likes of Shell and BP.

Facebook is one of the world's largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy

Facebook backs major renewables projects in Ireland and the US as it closes in on 100% target

Facebook has made a string of new wind and solar purchases across the US and in County Tipperary, Ireland, as it strives to meet 100% of its electricity consumption with renewables by the end of 2020.

O2 has installed 5G in 60 UK locations to date

O2: 5G will play 'huge role' in decarbonising energy, transport and manufacturing

Telecoms giant O2 has published a new analysis of the role which ultrafast 5G could play in decarbonising the UK's economy, predicting that it could mitigate 269 megatonnes of CO2e emissions through to 2035.

Pictured: An artist's impression of a floating windfarm in the Celtic Sea. Image: Statoil

Geothermal mines, low-carbon transport and floating wind projects bag Government R&D funding

The Government has awarded R&D funding packages to a string of projects which could assist the transition to net-zero, including floating wind farms in the South West, innovative heat recovery systems in Glasgow and a low-carbon transport cluster in the Midlands.

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Nissan kick-starts V2G EV charging trials

Nissan has installed 20 electric vehicle (EV) chargers with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities at its European Technical Centre in Cranfield, as it works to develop new 'smart' mobility packages for business customers.

Currently, around 95% of global hydrogen production comes from fossil fuel feedstocks

Government urged to ramp up hydrogen spending through national strategy

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) had called on the Government to implement a Hydrogen Strategy to assist in decarbonising carbon-intensive sectors, in the same week that the National Grid announced plans to build a new hydrogen testing facility.

The ‘Race Against Climate Change Live’ summit featured an array of sports stars and climate experts

Greenest team on the greenest grid: Can carbon-neutral racing energise the climate debate?

EXCLUSIVE: With Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing confirming that it has achieved carbon-neutral status, the company's managing director Sylvain Filippi believes the sport can use its platform to showcase "exciting" low-carbon solutions to inspire a broad audience.

Microsoft seems to be reshaping its sustainability strategy a little at a time, having set new climate targets earlier this year

Microsoft vows to become a 'zero-waste' business by 2030

Microsoft has pledged to bring its direct waste footprint to zero within a decade, as part of a new resources strategy which will boost the recyclability of its devices and see plastic packaging phased out entirely.

The targets form Dropbox's first climate strategy since it was founded in 2007

Dropbox targets carbon neutrality and 100% renewable electricity within a decade

File hosting firm Dropbox has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality for direct, power-related and business-travel-related emissions by 2030, as part of a sweeping new sustainability strategy.

The pilot will assist Defra’s 25-year Environment Plan, which includes a commitment to increase tree planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025

Vodafone and Defra launch IoT tree monitoring system to inform climate policy

Vodafone has enrolled in a new partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor and research tree growth to assist in tackling the climate crisis.

An artist's rendering of the planned gigafactory. Image: Northvolt

EU invests €350m in first domestic battery gigafactory

The European Investment Bank issued a €350 million loan on Thursday (30 July) to a Swedish company that hopes to corner a significant share of the global battery market by building the "greenest" power packs available.

This month's innovations could drive significant change in the built environment, agri-food and waste management sectors 

Autonomous farming and AI-enabled energy trackers: The best green innovations of July 2020

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 July 2020.

Japan is regarded as having one of the world's most developed battery industries

World's largest network of AI-enabled residential batteries doubles in size

Smart battery giant Moixa has doubled the number of residential battery storage units it operates in Japan to 20,000, making the network the largest of its kind in the world.

Apple has committed to sharing its approach and progress towards carbon neutrality through a roadmap that will be shared with other companies

Apple targets net-zero emissions across operations, value chain and products

Apple has announced major plans to become net-zero emissions across its business, supply chains and products by 2030, pledging to reduce emissions by 75% and develop carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25%.

The European Commission unveiled its hydrogen strategy last month, charting a path to 100% 'green' gas

Gas grid operators unveil plan for 'backbone' of Europe's hydrogen infrastructure

A group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states have presented plans to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network of almost 23,000 km by 2040, to be used in parallel to the natural gas grid.

SAF is an emerging solution which accounted for less than 0.5% of global aviation fuel consumption in 2018

Investment to decarbonise aviation must be 'supercharged' in Covid-19 recovery plans, MPs urge

"Supercharging" investment in decarbonising the UK's aviation sector would provide a "golden opportunity" in the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, a coalition of 35 cross-party MPs have told the Treasury.

Pictured: Nottingham Trent University's associate professor in sustainable food production, Dr Emily Burton, who is contributing to REACT-FIRST. Image: NTU

Fresh government funding for animal feed made from captured CO2

The UK Government has unveiled a £24m funding pot for innovations aimed at transforming the food system, including a project using captured CO2 to manufacture animal feed, amid fresh warnings of agriculture's links to illegal deforestation.

Battery storage projects are becoming increasingly common in the UK, but investment and installation had lagged in the first half of 2020

Energy storage planning regulations eased in bid to spur net-zero transition

The UK Government has moved to relax planning rules for large-scale energy storage arrays, in the hopes of speeding up the energy sector's net-zero transition and boosting investment in the sector post-lockdown.

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edie launches top tips guide for smart grids

edie has published a new top tips guide, outlining 10 clear and concise pieces of advice for businesses looking to explore smart grid technology.

UK businesses betting on the future of e-mobility should think about batteries today

In his recent "New Deal" speech, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, identified batteries for electric vehicles as a high-potential technology for which a new science funding body will be created later on this summer.

Accelerating the smart grid transition: 10 top tips for business

Done right, the transition to smart, flexible energy systems can radically reduce carbon, increase business resilience, and open up exciting new revenue streams.

The data centre is co-located with a wind farm. Image: Facebook Tech

Facebook to capture and donate wasted heat from Danish data centre

The installation of a "hyperscale" district heating system at Facebook's data centre in Odense, Denmark, has been completed, setting the firm up to donate 100,000MWh of energy annually.

Sky Sports has meanwhile confirmed it is the first sports broadcaster to sign up to the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework

Sport broadcasters form new sustainability consortium

BBC, ITV, BT Sport and Sky Sports are some of the key broadcasters that have joined the BAFTA Sports Consortium, a new group set up to reduce the impact that sports broadcasting has on the environment.

In the UK, planning permission applications to install energy storage facilities have quadrupled since 2016

Tesla Megapacks to provide grid flexibility in Dorset

A new energy storage project located in Poole will feature six Tesla Megapack batteries that will store and transfer green energy to and from the National Grid.

Image: VW

VW to remove petrol and diesel vehicle manufacturing lines from key factory

Volkswagen (VW) is set to remove production lines for all internal combustion engine vehicles from one of its key factories this year, replacing them with electric vehicle (EV) production capacity.

The IEA recently warned that the Covid-19 crisis could slow progress on low-carbon technology and widen progress gaps between sub-sectors

IEA: Most technologies needed to achieve net-zero aren't yet mature

Some 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to meet net-zero are dependent on technologies which have not yet reached commercial maturity, new analysis from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring smart grids with E.ON and Nottingham City Council

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, smart grid discussions with E.ON and Nottingham City Council.

Equinor is aiming to deliver a final investment decision on the plant in 2023, with production set to commence in 2026

Equinor to deliver world's largest at-scale hydrogen from carbon capture plant in Hull

Equinor has unveiled plans to develop the world's largest plant capable of converting natural gas to hydrogen in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCUS), as part of the zero-carbon industrial hub located in the Humber region.

This round-up highlights innovative technical solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges

'Green Swan' observatories and Europe's biggest electric plane: The best green innovations of the month

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 June 2020.

McDonald's UK & Ireland has announced a new ambition to host more EV chargers than any other business in the nation. Image: InstaVolt

McDonald's to install EV chargers at all UK drive-thrus

McDonald's UK & Ireland has unveiled plans to install electric vehicle (EV) charging points at all restaurants with a drive-thru, as part of a partnership with InstaVolt.

The masterclass webinar is now available to watch on-demand

Seven key things to consider when implementing smart grids

Edie recently hosted a 45-minute masterclass webinar on smart grids, which saw expert speakers from E.ON and the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) provide best-practice advice on installing and operating flexible energy technologies. Here, we round up their key takeaways.

The guide has been developed in partnership with E.ON

edie launches new explains guide for smart grid technology

Organisations looking to understand the benefits and opportunities of the smart grids revolution can access a free 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down everything you need to know about smart grids, energy flexibility and select technologies.

GIG is aiming to improve the biodiversity at each site, with a Biodiversity Net Gain Assessment to be carried out on each project

Macquarie issues joint venture on 1GW solar and battery project pipeline

Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG) has announced a new UK joint venture with Enso Energy to create one of the largest solar and battery portfolios that will enhance the biodiversity on each project site.

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Available to watch on-demand: edie's smart grids masterclass focused on energy storage and demand-response

edie readers can now watch our 45-minute masterclass on smart grids, featuring speakers from E.ON and the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

Image: ArcelorMittal Europe

ArcelorMittal Europe and Atos launch net-zero carbon roadmaps

Europe's largest steelmaker has vowed to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 and bring them to net-zero by 2050, in the same week that ICT services giant Atos set a 2035 net-zero deadline.

45-Minute Masterclass: Accelerating the smart grid transition for your business

With distributed energy assets fast becoming a mainstream part of the UK power network, this live online masterclass will equip businesses with the insights and inspiration they need to decentralise, decarbonise and democratise their energy through smart grid technologies and systems.

Hydrogen is widely regarded as a key part of the UK’s transition to net-zero by 2050. But  95% of the hydrogen produced globally in 2018 was produced using fossil-fuel powered methods, meaning it is not yet an intrinsically green solution

Hydrogen 'could provide half of the UK's net-zero energy demand'

Around 500TWh of hydrogen-generated power could be consumed annually in the UK by 2050 - equivalent to 50% of national demand - provided that ambitious supports from policy and large businesses are put in place, new analysis has found.

The array will be piloted for 12 months. Image: Drax Group

Drax partners with Mitsubishi to scale up biomass carbon capture

Drax Group has confirmed plans to install a new carbon capture and storage (CCS) array at its biomass power station in North Yorkshire this year, as part of a partnership with Mitsubishi's Heavy Industries arm.

The new goal builds on HP's updated recycled plastic ambition, unveiled last summer

HP to cut plastic packaging use by 75% by 2025

Printing and electronics giant HP has committed to using 75% fewer pieces of single-use plastic packaging in 2025 than it did in 2018, as it revealed that its sustainable products and services generated more than $1.6bn (£1.27bn) in sales last year.

Despite a contraction in car sales globally last year and further downturns on the horizon, EV sales are likely to remain steady in 2020, the IEA believes 

IEA: Electric vehicle sales will continue to rise despite Covid-19 crisis

While the overall passenger car market is set to contract by 15% this year, electric vehicle (EV) sales to both individual motorists and businesses are likely to remain steady, new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis states.

Cobalt is classed as a conflict material and a shortage is predicted within the near future

Tesla targets cobalt-free batteries in bid to minimise environmental impact

Carmaker Tesla has unveiled an ambition to use cobalt-free batteries in all of its electric vehicles (EVs), in a drive to minimise the environmental and social impact of its supply chains and boost the longevity and recyclability of its technology.

The three interviewees discuss the pros and cons of sustainability in the digital era

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Streaming and the environment

Episode 87 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie discuss the energy impact of streaming and digitalisation, featuring interviews with former npower chief executive Paul Massara, UCL professor Yiannis Andreopoulos and vinyl CD manufacturer and retailer Key Production.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the completed project. Image: Carlton Highview Storage

World's biggest liquid air battery under construction in Greater Manchester

Construction on the world's largest liquid air battery is beginning in Trafford this week, after the project secured a £10m grant from the UK Government.

The move builds on 1.5C-aligned emissions targets 

Logitech to roll out carbon labelling

Electronics giant Logitech is set to introduce labels communicating the carbon footprint of products to its entire portfolio, starting this year.

The new commitments will also focus on supply chain emissions and regenerative practices 

Unilever launches €1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

Consumer goods giant Unilever has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments, pledging to end its contribution to deforestation, promote regenerative agriculture, transition to biodegradable ingredients and reach net-zero emissions for products by 2039 - all supported by a new €1bn Climate and Nature fund.

The Milford Haven Waterway (pictured) will play host to the new marine venture

Wales to play host to Gigafactory and marine energy hub

The green light has been given to a new £60m marine energy project in Pembrokeshire, in the same week that battery giant Britishvolt has unveiled plans to build a new Gigafactory in Wales.

The tool's purpose is to give brands and retailers deeper insight into environmental impacts at all tiers of their supply chains

Google partners with WWF on digital data platform for sustainable fashion sourcing

Google has joined forces with WWF to develop an environmental data platform for sourcing professionals in the fashion industry, providing them information on the pollution and emissions impact of their business decisions.

In order to maintain B-Corp status, companies must submit new data every three years, regardless of their size or sector. Image: WeTransfer

WeTransfer achieves B-Corp certification, pledges carbon neutrality

Digital file transferring service WeTransfer has today (10 June) confirmed that it has achieved B-Corp certification, joining more than 3,000 other businesses including the likes of Ben & Jerry's, The Body Shop and Cook.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the proposed Norwegian facility. Image: Norsk e-fuel

What role will hydrogen play in green Covid-19 recovery plans?

Plans for major hydrogen facilities in Norway and the Isle of Wight have been unveiled this week, as business giants, banks and green campaigners call on world leaders to include hydrogen investment in their Covid-19 recovery plans.

R&D spend to will be used to develop more efficient solutions to combatting climate change

Rolls-Royce commits to net-zero carbon operations by 2030

Manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has announced an intention to become a net-zero carbon business by 2030, alongside a wider ambition to enable sectors it sells to in becoming net-zero by 2050.

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edie's next online masterclass to focus on smart grids for business

edie's next masterclass has been confirmed for Thursday 25 June, and will outline how businesses can decentralise, democratise and decarbonise their energy use through smart grid technology.

An array of new businesses announcements are taking place on World Environment Day

NatWest's carbon calculator and Wilko's plastic pledge: The World Environment Day success stories

To mark World Environment Day (5 June) edie's Sustainability Success Stories arrive early, outlining fresh new commitments to sustainability across renewables, resources, the built environment and more.

Circularity in a post-pandemic world: An opportunity worth seizing

As part of the edie Explains: The circular economy guide for 2020, supporting partner Reconomy's business and industry divisional director Harvey Laud discusses the role of closed-loop ambitions in helping to deliver a green recovery.

Zalando has committed to placing solar panels and low-carbon technology on all its new and existing fulfilment centres by 2023

Zalando unveils science-based targets, commits suppliers to set carbon goals

Online fashion retail platform Zalando has built on its commitment to carbon neutrality across its own operations by having targets to reduce operational carbon emissions by 80% and emissions from the production of private label products by 40% approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Just four of the 18 companies had set targets to reduce emissions across the value chain by 2050

Cooling sector lagging behind on low-carbon innovation

With news emerging that last month was the joint-warmest April ever recorded, new analysis from CDP has warned that major consumer electronic and cooling appliance firms are failing to innovate technology to spur decarbonisation.

BT has also reached some key sustainability targets

BT launches innovation platform and UK electric fleet alliance

BT has today (1 June) launched two new platforms to help accelerate green innovation in the UK and drive the adoption of electric vehicle (EV) fleets, both of which the tech giant believes will contribute to a green post-Covid19 recovery for the UK.

The average rated capacity for new turbines installed in 2019 surpassed 2,750kW, up 72% from 2009 levels

Wind sector is getting bigger, in more ways than one

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has confirmed that the wind sector installed a record 63GW of new capacity in 2019, while the average size and performance of new turbines have also increased.

Since 2010, UPS has offset more than 60 million parcels a year for customers

UPS offers month-long carbon offset incentive for deliveries

Logistics firm UPS will offer the option to pay towards the offset of carbon emissions of shipped parcel deliveries throughout the month of June, to mark World Environment Day this Friday (5 June).

Concerns had been raised as to placing the storage system onto farmland. Stock image

BEIS approves UK's largest solar farm

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has this week approved what is set to be the UK's largest solar farm, located in Kent.

EI is aiming to reach net-zero “well before” 2050

Energy Institute sets science-based targets to reach net-zero emissions

The Energy Institute (EI) has announced a new ambition to become a net-zero organisation, agreeing to science-based targets to reducing emissions by almost 68% by 2030.

Pursuing a Real Net-Zero

Six months since its launch, the 'Pledge To Net Zero' initiative already has over 40 organisations from the environmental sector demonstrating their own leadership in the transition to a Net Zero carbon economy.

Hosted across the Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea areas, the VPP system will incorporate solar panels, batteries and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure 

West Sussex's £31m 'smart' local energy system to progress during lockdown

A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project in West Sussex which is aiming to streamline how low-carbon energy is generated, stored, traded and consumed is still running "at full speed" despite the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The developers claim that the farm would generate enough renewable electricity to power 91,000 homes and would reduce UK carbon emissions by 68,000 tonnes annually. Stock image

UK's largest solar farm expected to be approved

Development consent for what would be the UK's largest solar farm is expected to be confirmed by the Government this week, which could also see the world's largest energy storage system co-located at the site in the Kent countryside.

Klyk has joined the O2 Direct Partner Network, where it will offer its closed-loop solution to O2 clients 

O2 targets e-waste with new Klyk partnership

O2 has agreed to a new partnership with technology refurbishment start-up Klyk to tackle the growing issue of electronic waste (e-waste) in the sector.


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