Accounting for Sustainability: Managing future uncertainty
This guide, produced by the Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Leadership Network, provides an introduction to integrating risks resulting from macro sustainability trends into business decision-making.
Driving change: How can businesses increase efficiency for a greener fleet?
Whether it's the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs), the use of telematics, or the strategic positioning of distribution centres, there is now a multitude of options available to businesses looking to reduce fleet emissions. But which is the best route to take? edie's George Ogleby investigates.
Sustainability reporting: explained
An introductory guide on the principle sustainability reporting frameworks and best practice guidance, from CSR sustainability consultancy CLT envirolaw.
London buses to be powered by waste coffee grounds
London buses will soon transport people around the capital using a fuel partly derived from waste coffee grounds, after Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean agreed a deal with Transport for London (TfL).
In practice: Oxford University Hospitals' money-saving CHP retrofit
Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.
Dutch zero-emission trains to combine biofuel with battery storage
A batch of zero-emission trains that combine regenerative electrification technology with renewable diesel have been scheduled for commercialisation for 2025, after a pan-European passenger transport firm signed a €170m contract to manufacture the vehicles in the Netherlands.
EU accused of 'gifting' car industry with weak emission cuts goal
As evidence shows that one-third of VW cars with 'defeat devices' remain unfixed, EU policymakers have come under criticism for "gifting" the car industry with ineffective new regulation over low-emission vehicle uptake.
Renault unveils 'industry-first' autonomous driving safety feature
French car maker Renault has developed an "industry first" autonomous control system that can match professional test drivers on road obstacle avoidance scenarios, bringing the car makers self-driving vision closer to reality.
Car giants launch pan-European electric vehicle charging venture
A group of the world's largest car manufacturers, including Ford, BMW and Porsche, have joined forces to develop a network of high-power charging systems across Europe, to stimulate the growth of electric vehicles (EVs).
Put 'cows alongside cars' at COP23, investors urge
With COP23 set to start in Bonn next week, an investor network is calling on developed countries to prioritise the "elephant in the room" at the UN talks, by tackling livestock sector emissions.
Five-year triumph: Ultra-low emission vehicle sales in UK surge by 1,800%
Propped up by new government policies and a wider range of models, the sales and registrations of Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK have grown by more than 1,800% since 2011.
Diesel tax loophole 'thwarting' Government's clean air strategy
Government efforts to improve air quality and phase-out the use of diesel vehicles are being undermined by a tax loophole that allows refrigerated lorries to use "red diesel" and pollute the highways.
Government launches proposals to boost charge points for electric vehicles
Large petrol retailers and motorway services will be required to install charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), as part of new legislation from the Government that also enables drivers of automated vehicles to gain insurance in the UK.
World petrol demand 'likely to peak by 2030 as electric car sales rise'
World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.
Consistency and communication key to realising London's electric vehicle vision
The pledges made by the Mayor of London to transform the city into a zero-emissions capital need to be backed by policy guidance that brings car manufacturers, network operators and innovators together to ensure that the capital isn't littered with "white elephants" and "stranded assets".
Sadiq Khan calls for greater powers to tackle construction pollution
Sadiq Khan has written to Defra Secretary Michael Gove to ask the Government for greater powers to tackle construction pollution, as industry experts call for urgent action to improve the state of sustainability in the UK built environment.
Transport sucks up nearly half of Europe's fossil fuel subsidies, report finds
European countries spend more than €112 billion per year subsidising oil, gas and coal production or consumption - including tax breaks on highly-polluting diesel - despite a pledge to phase out fossil fuels completely by 2020.
Seven things you probably didn't know about the UK's regional carbon emissions
With air quality charges and a phase-out of older, polluting vehicles set to come into effect, edie trawls new data from the Government and vehicle finance provider Moneybarn to highlight seven surprising statistics regarding local authority efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Top carmakers must make 'rapid changes' or face billions in emissions fines
Major car manufacturers such as Ford, BMW and Volkswagen (VW) are on course to miss EU emissions targets and could be set to face billions in fines, according to new research.
EV100: Top firms sign up to The Climate Group's platform to accelerate EV shift
Multinational firms including Ikea, HP and Unilever are among the first 10 members of a new initiative launched by The Climate Group which aims to make electric vehicles (EVs) "the new normal" by 2030.
Government raises renewable fuel obligation, caps crop-based fuel use
The UK Government has confirmed that it will increase the percentage of petrol and diesel that is sourced from renewables used for vehicle use, while the use of crops in fuel production will also be capped.
New long-range Nissan LEAF sparks calls for UK infrastructure upgrades
Nissan's announcement that a new Nissan LEAF model with extended driving range will go on sale in 2018 has been welcomed by energy groups, who have called on the UK to deliver new charging networks to account for demand.
Scrappage scheme signals Ford's intention to lead a business model 'revolution'
EXCLUSIVE: Ford's decision to offer a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles is part of a "menu of initiatives" that the carmaker is introducing as it attempts to lead the industry on a business model "revolution" that captures new service-based markets.
Ministers give double boost for low-carbon road transport and aviation
The UK Government has provided a helping hand for low-carbon transport with separate funding announcements for cleaner buses and waste-based fuels for planes and lorries.
Self-driving delivery truck tests to 'lower emissions and fuel costs'
The driverless delivery of goods in Britain moved a step closer to reality today (25 August) as the Government gave the green light for trials of partially self-driving HGVs.
Ford becomes latest car manufacturer to offer diesel scrappage scheme
Ford is the latest high-profile car manufacturer to offer a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles, offering drivers £2,000 to trade in vehicles for newer models.
More than 100 UK organisations vow to place electric vehicles into fleets
The number of UK organisations that have pledged to ensure that electric vehicles (EVs) account for at least 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020 has passed a new milestone, after Gatwick Airport and Santander pushed the initiative beyond 100 members.
Report: Cross-border rail journeys slashing emissions
A major shift in travel habits among people travelling across the Scottish border over the past decade has saved almost 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, a new report has claimed.
First of many: DHL and Ford unveil new electric delivery van model
Delivery firm Deutsche Post DHL Group has today (16 August) kickstarted a new collaborative partnership with Ford that will place around 150 electric delivery vans into German delivery services in 2017.
The employers’ guide to smart meters and energy efficiency awareness at work and at home
This document provides guidance and materials for running an energy efficiency awareness campaign at work, including practical advice to employees on how they can benefit from getting a smart meter and saving energy at home.
Policymakers must embrace technology to deliver sustainable transport systems, says PwC
New planning models which adopt collaborative and tech-savvy approaches are required to create future sustainable and connected transport systems, according to a new report from PwC.
UPS logistics service drives resource efficiency for TerraCycle
Recycling experts TerraCycle has diverted more than 40m pounds of waste from landfills since 2012, through a partnership with global customs and logistics firm UPS that has expanded recycling programmes across the globe.
London boroughs to add 1,500 electric vehicle charging points
The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) have allocated £4.5m to 25 London boroughs to roll-out 1,500 new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) across the capital.
Businesses must adapt sustainable finance models to prepare for innovation flood, says Interserve
Businesses must prepare for a "flood" of technological advances by adjusting the way they assess the non-financial impacts of low-carbon investments, according to construction firm Interserve's head of sustainability and group finance director Tim Haywood.
Van and taxi drivers offered pathway to electric vehicle transition
Drivers of old and polluting vans and taxis have been offered fast-track options and incentives to purchase electric vehicles (EVs), with revamps to licensing and a new £42m taxi fund set to increase compliance with the diesel vehicle phase-out.
UK high-pressure gas refuelling station records substantial drop in emissions
The UK's biggest gas network operator Cadent has confirmed that the UK's first high-pressure gas refuelling station has reduced the emissions of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) used by the likes of Waitrose by 84% compared to diesel equivalents.
Political barriers hampering onsite biodiesel production
EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food sector "scratching the surface" of a potential closed-loop, onsite fuel system.
Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns
Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.
Black cab turns green as London taxi firm undergoes EV rebrand
Black cabs in the capital are set to undergo a green makeover after the London Taxi Company announced a rebrand at the unveiling of its new electric model.
'Aggressive adoption' will see EVs account for majority of new cars sales by 2040
As France announces an outright ban on the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has found that electric vehicles (EVs) will account for more than half of new car sales by the time the French ban is enforced.
Businesses should target employee commutes to lower emissions, says Ecosurety
Office-based, service businesses looking to reduce emissions should target employee commutes ahead of other energy-saving programmes, resource efficiency specialists Ecosurety has claimed.
Sector insight: The state of sustainability in retail
This edie insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business within the UK retail sector.
Commission eyes fuel efficiency rules for trucks as road transport looks set to grow
Europe lags behind the major world economies in regulating fuel efficiency standards for the fast-growing truck transport sector and the Commission is moving to address the issue with legislative proposals, a panel on the Future of Road Freight Transport was told on Monday (3 July).
Royal Mail delivers carbon reduction goal four years early
The UK's largest delivery company Royal Mail, has surpassed a 20% carbon reduction target four years early, and will strive to maintain carbon intensity levels over the next few years as business demands evolve.
It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part two
A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie's feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise.
Virgin Atlantic cuts aircraft emissions by 22% in 10 years
A multi-billion-dollar Boeing fleet investment, engine taxiing and weight management have together contributed to Virgin Atlantic reducing total aircraft carbon emissions by 22% since 2007, with similar footprint reductions generated for other carbon-efficiency measurements.
Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain's "life and death" air pollution crisis.
Policy Exchange: Government must act to stem £170bn loss in fuel duty tax receipts
The Government must consider how it will recover a forecasted £170bn hole in lost fuel duty tax receipts if the UK remains on course to hit the energy targets set out in the Fifth Carbon Budget, a new report from think tank Policy Exchange has warned.
Al Gore and BMW back electric bus start-up
The corporate venture arm of BMW and the investment firm led by former US Vice President Al Gore have funnelled $55m towards Proterra, a company attempting to bring electric buses with a 350-mile range to the North American market.
Jaguar Land Rover invests £20m in ride-sharing service Lyft
British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has entered the market of smart transportation with a new £19m investment in ride-sharing service Lyft.
Electric cars accelerate past 2 million mark globally
The number of electric cars in the world accelerated past the two million barrier last year, as prices fell and manufacturers launched new models.
UK leads the way on emissions reductions, despite overall increase across the EU
The UK recorded the largest decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) in 2015, although new research has found the emissions from the bloc increased for the first time in five years.
Greener UK debate: Parties trade blows over environmental ambitions ahead of election
Environmental representatives from the UK's major political parties clashed last night (30 May) over international climate change leadership and other key green policy issues at a General Election hustings event in London.
World's first liquid nitrogen hybrid bus makes breakthrough
The world's first hybrid bus to run on both liquid nitrogen and diesel has moved one step closer to being rolled out across the streets of the UK after completing a series of rigorous trials.
Lib Dem manifesto: Ambitious new laws for emissions reductions, green transport and the circular economy
The Liberal Democrat Party manifesto has been released, outlining a series of ambitious proposals to "build a greener economy" by establishing five new legislative pieces, including a law to deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures
The global human health impact of the diesel emissions scandal has been revealed by new research showing a minimum of 38,000 people a year die early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official limits in real driving conditions.
Waitrose rolls out Europe's first 500-mile biomethane trucks
As part of an ongoing transition towards alternatively- fuelled trucks and lower fleet emissions, Waitrose has spent the early months of 2017 trialling Europe’s first 500-mile biomethane trucks, with plans to scale-up the project over the coming years.
Toyota drives 'Digiman' project to develop 50,000 fuel cell stacks by 2020
Japanese carmaker Toyota will be responsible for best practice requirements in a £3m programme created by several public and private bodies which aims to create a platform for fuel cell production for zero-emission cars.
In practice: Costa's new low-carbon coffee roastery
What makes Costa Coffee’s new £38m roastery in Basildon "one of the most sustainable buildings in the world"? This free case study provides an overview of all the low-carbon and resource-efficient features of the retailer's flagship sustainability project.
TfL to spend £18m on preparing London for new electric black cabs
Transport for London is spending £18m on upgrading the capital's power grids to charge the first generation of battery-powered black cabs.
London ranked second for low-emission transport transition
London has been ranked second for cities leading the push to decarbonise its transport sector, making it a "likely candidate" to become the world's first zero-emissions city, according to a new report.
One month until edie Live 2017 - get your ticket now
With just one month to go until doors open for edie Live 2017 we take a look at why it is the destination event for sustainability and energy managers.
Electric vehicle energy storage provides 'perfect opportunity' for UK
EXCLUSIVE: The UK's expanding low-carbon vehicle market offers the "perfect opportunity" for businesses to export surplus energy to the grid, according to the new head of electric vehicles (EVs) at the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
Sustainability megatrends: Urbanisation, smart cities and the future of green business
edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends continues with PwC's director of cities and urbanisation, Dan Dowling, exploring how urbanisation and smart city growth can be a powerful force for sustainable development and shared prosperity, if it's managed correctly.
Greg Clark announces £109m fund into 'cutting-edge' transport research
Business Secretary Greg Clark has awarded more than £109m of government funding to develop driverless and low-carbon vehicles.
Riversimple success: Hydrogen carmaker exceeds £1m crowdfunding target
The world's only independent hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer, Welsh firm Riversimple, has exceeded its crowdfunding target of £1m which will enable the UK trial of innovative and affordable hydrogen cars.
Nick Hurd: Political will to reach climate commitments needs business support
A "genuine and irresistible" political momentum to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement needs to be supported at local and business levels to drive new innovations to decarbonise struggling sectors, the UK's Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has claimed.
London's Ultra Low Emission Zone to arrive in 2019
Sadiq Khan has today (4 April) announced that London will have the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 - a year ahead of schedule.
BMW and Volkswagen lead 'next level' automotive supply chain partnership
Ten global automotive giants including BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen (VW) have launched a new partnership to integrate a common approach to sustainability throughout the automotive supply chain.
Sadiq Khan launches real-world air quality vehicle tracker
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has teamed up with his French counterpart Anne Hidalgo to unveil a new initiative which measures the on-road emissions from vehicles.
Uber expands London EV plans, despite 'woeful' charging infrastructure
EXCLUSIVE: Uber is taking steps to overcome the "economic disincentive" of using electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet, by unveiling a new partnership with Nissan and beginning the construction of a network of chargers to combat London's "woefully inadequate" infrastructure.
UPS to trial electric vehicle 'smart grid' in London
EXCLUSIVE: Delivery firm UPS is moving onto the "next stage" of the electric vehicle (EV) deployment challenge to trial decentralised power generation and onsite storage systems at its London operating base.
Heathrow's confidence in air quality compliance unlikely to silence expansion doubts
Heathrow Airport remains "confident" of the plans it has put in place to build a third runway without causing any extra air pollution in the surrounding areas, but concerns from green groups and MPs have raised questions whether Heathrow should merely comply with legislation or push beyond it.
Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors
Car manufacturer SEAT has provided insight into its innovative project that turns wastewater into a biomethane fuel capable of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% compared to traditional vehicles, while NASA has released data on the viability on using biofuels in jet engines.
Emergency services struggling with ULEZ compliance
London's police, fire brigade and ambulance services will fail to meet earlier deadlines to comply with proposed Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ), as financial pressures hinder the uptake of low-emission vehicles in fleets.
MPs to inspect role of electric vehicles in UK Industrial Strategy
MPs from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee have today (16 March) launched a consultation into the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK's low-carbon transition.
EU sees 'strategic advantage' of biofuels in aviation
In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.
Hyundai unveils hydrogen vehicle concept with boosted driving range
As the transition to low-emission transport drives ahead, South Korean motor company Hyundia has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by unveiling a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.
Zero-emission London taxis road tested in the Arctic Circle
London Taxis have swapped the busy streets of England's capital for the icy conditions of the Arctic Circle, in order to monitor performance of new electric-engine versions of the vehicle.
Budget 2017 preview: Seven green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's Spring Budget
As Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver his first - and last - Spring Budget on Wednesday (8 March), edie rounds up the key environmental issues that the sustainability community will hope are included in the Government's spending plans.
Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds
In the build-up to Wednesday's Spring Budget, Friends of the Earth (FoE) is calling for Chancellor Philip Hammond to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme, as a poll shows that almost half of car-owning UK adults would be likely to switch to a cleaner vehicle with Government support.
Inside Heathrow 2.0: a flight path towards true sustainability leadership
Heathrow has just unveiled a sustainability strategy that could prove a game-changer for sustainable aviation. But does it make the airport's controversial expansion worthwhile? edie editor Luke Nicholls sits down with the firm's director of sustainability and executive director of expansion to find out.
End UK tax incentives for diesel vehicles, ministers are urged
Ministers are coming under growing pressure to remove tax incentives for diesel cars and offer compensation to motorists so they can swap to more environmentally friendly vehicles.
Drones and autonomous vehicles: Can Ford’s delivery vision take flight?
As online shopping becomes the norm, retailers are casting eyes to the emissions of the fleets that transport goods around the country, but could electric and autonomous driving and drones act as a viable method to transport deliveries? Ford seems to think so.
Report: Business backing for clean technology could deliver a zero-carbon UK
The UK can become entirely self-sufficient for its energy needs if businesses and policymakers can together demonstrate a strengthened support for existing low-carbon technologies, a new report from research organisation Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has claimed.
Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station
Oil giant Shell has today (22 February) launched its first fully-branded hydrogen refuelling station in the UK, with plans already in place to open two more stations in 2017.
Lord Drayson and Moovit unveil air monitoring transport app for UK commuters
Commuters attempting to navigate around London and other UK cities on public transport can now generate routes that keep clear of areas with high levels of air pollution, through a new data collection add-on for the world's number one transport app Moovit.
London to enforce world’s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan
The "toughest" emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital.
London bus routes set to go 100% electric
A full electric operation of two London bus routes will be in place by 2018 thanks to a new partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and a French public transport operator.
Auto industry calls on Trump to review fuel efficiency standards
The chief executives from 18 major car manufacturers have called on President Donald Trump to review fuel efficiency standards and regulations that were set in place by the Obama administration more than a year ahead of schedule.
Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the UK Government to incentivise a diesel scrappage scheme for the public, by offering up to £3,500 to businesses and low-income families to support the uptake of low-emission vehicles.
Waitrose showcases 500-mile biomethane truck fleet
Waitrose is operating a new commercial vehicle fleet that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) biomethane fuel in order to lower transport emissions and boost the driving range of its low-carbon freight fleet.
Low-carbon vehicles claim record UK market share
Low-carbon vehicles secured a record share of the UK new car market last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has claimed.
Government thought to be planning diesel scrappage scheme
As German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) faces its first legal action from a German customer over the "dieselgate" scandal, fresh reports suggest the UK Government is considering the national rollout of a diesel scrappage scheme.
Heathrow 'surprised' as Government omits air quality regulation from plans
Heathrow Airport has today (3 February) urged the Government to ensure independent regulation of the air quality impact of the Airport's expansion, a day after ministers launched a consultation on proposals for the third runway.
Allianz sponsors gamification scheme to enhance efficiency for UK van fleets
The UK's second largest fleet insurer Allianz has turned to gamification to encourage higher levels of driving efficiency amongst its customers, through a new sponsored partnership Lightfoot.
Consumer needs should dictate low-emission vehicle market, says ETI
The ongoing decarbonisation of the transport sector is unlikely to create a short-term market share for hydrogen vehicles, although current low-emission vehicle manufacturers need to develop a "greater understanding" of consumer needs, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has found.
Vehicle manufacturers lack incentive to promote efficiency, says Riversimple
The decarbonisation of the transport sector hinges on the ability to "make efficiency profitable" rather than overcoming technological barriers, the founder of Welsh hydrogen car manufacturer Riversimple has claimed.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye speech: 'Airport expansion a model for sustainable growth'
Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.
How innovation can provide a breath of fresh air for the UK's pollution woes
As part of edie's innovation month of editorial content, Matt Mace turns the spotlight to air quality, speaking with experts, innovators and incumbents about how innovation and new technology can alleviate spiralling pollution levels across the country.