edie Explains: Onsite solar
What is onsite solar and how could it work for a business? What are the business benefits from installing onsite solar? And what considerations and funding opportunities need to be examined to build the business case? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
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.
UK's Department for Transport "side-lining" climate change, campaigners claim
The UK's Department for Transport (DfT) is "going rogue" on climate change issues by "side-lining" emissions reductions in its strategies and projects, Friends of the Earth has claimed.
edie Explains: ISO 14001
This updated edie Explains guide, produced in association with NQA, provides an in-depth summary of the ISO 14001 Standard which is used to establish and maintain a continuous level of environmental performance improvements.
Edinburgh commits to become 'net-zero' carbon city by 2030
Edinburgh City Council (ECC) has pledged to ensure that the city operates on a "net-zero" carbon basis by 2030 - 15 years before Scotland's national net-zero target for 2045.
BNEF: EVs to dominate buses, 'encroach significantly' on cars and trucks, by 2040
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released its annual forecast on the future of e-mobility, predicting that electric vehicles (EVs) will penetrate the global bus, van, truck and passenger car markets faster than it envisioned in previous years.
NIC: Treasury must commit to 'major' infrastructure upgrades on path to net-zero
The National Infrastructure Commission's (NIC) chairman Sir John Armitt has called on Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to make a "genuine commitment to change" through the upcoming National Infrastructure Strategy, in order to spur the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.
Heathrow 'on-track' for carbon-neutral expansion
Heathrow Airport has claimed that it is "on-track" to meet its flagship ambition of becoming a "carbon-neutral" facility by 2020 and achieving net-zero carbon status for its planned expansion, after increasing its investments in renewable power and beginning peatland restoration last year.
Transport 'best place to start' for hydrogen economy
Efforts to create a hydrogen economy in the UK should initially focus on delivering "quick wins" in the transport sector, a new report has argued.
British Airways boss: No 'silver bullets' for aviation to tackle climate change
EXCLUSIVE: The chief executive of the second-largest UK airline has insisted that the company remains "hell-bent" on upscaling innovation to promote sustainability, but also believes that a plethora of collaborative solutions will be needed for the industry to effectively tackle climate change.
Navigating the ULEZ as a small London business
Zipcar UK's general manager Jonathan Hampson on how London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will require a huge behavioural shift among businesses that taps into economic growth and the ongoing climate strikes.
UK's 'creative carbon accounting' breaches climate deal, say critics
The UK is breaching the Paris agreement on climate change by excluding international aviation and shipping figures from carbon budgets, according to a leading NGO.
SDGs In Action: How Tetra Pak is achieving Goal 13 - Climate Action
Welcome back to edie's new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Up next: multinational food packaging firm Tetra Pak unveils how it is protecting futures by championing actions to mitigate climate change.
McDonald's boosts biofuel generation with grease recovery partnership
Fast food giant McDonald's UK has inked a deal with commercial laundry and dishwashing appliances manufacturer Miele which will see it recover more of its used grease for recycling into biofuels.
Marston's to power rapid EV chargers with 100% renewable electricity
Pub chain and brewer Marston's has inked a deal which will see it power the 400 electric vehicle (EV) chargers it is installing across its UK estate with 100% renewable energy.
Milk & More to add 160 pure-electric vans to its UK delivery fleet
Food and drink delivery firm Milk & More is set to add a further 160 fully electric vans to its UK fleet by the end of May, bringing its total electric van stock to more than 500 vehicles.
Nine fleet operators join Clean Van Commitment as ULEZ launches in London
Siemens, Mitie and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are among a group of nine business fleets organisations to have joined the Clean Van Commitment this week, in light of the launch of London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
The trends transforming mobility’s future
Four trends - autonomous driving, connectivity, the electrification of vehicles, and shared mobility- are disrupting how we move about in ways not seen for 100 years. We call what's happening mobility's "second great inflection point".
Everything you need to know about London's ULEZ
The world's first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been introduced across central London today (8 April), in a bid to reduce air pollution levels and carbon emissions from transport across the capital. Here, edie rounds up what, precisely, the Zone entails, and the impact it will have on business.
London businesses turn to cargo bikes ahead of Ultra Low Emission Zone
Businesses in central London have been encouraged to switch delivery services to cargo bikes as part of preparations for the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on Monday (April 8).
Why Refill is turning to transport 'hubs' to slash plastic bottle use
EXCLUSIVE: Since its launch in 2017, City to Sea's Refill campaign has spurred dozens of independent businesses and high street chains to offer free water bottle refills. But as it strives to meet its 2021 ambition of having locations in every town and city, its key focus will now be engaging the transport sector.
Ryanair becomes first non-coal company to rank among Europe's top ten carbon emitters
Irish airline Ryanair was the EU's ninth highest corporate carbon emitter in 2018, making it the first corporate without holdings in coal-fired power plants to ever rank within the bloc's top 10 most emitting firms.
Lidl set for national roll out of 'Too Good to Waste' fruit and veg boxes
Supermarket chain Lidl UK has confirmed that it will roll out its 'Too Good to Waste' produce boxes across all stores, after a trial across 122 locations last year proved successful.
Drivers to be given cash for ditching cars under new Government-funded scheme
UK motorists are set to be paid thousands of pounds to give up their cars in favour of public transport and other low-carbon alternatives as part of a new Government-funded scheme.
Morrisons to install 100 rapid EV chargers in 2019
Rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points will be installed across 100 Morrisons supermarkets over the course of the year, as part of the retailer's plan to install charging infrastructure nationwide.
Co-op launches new online delivery service with e-bikes
Zero emissions online delivery is being launched by Co-op through a partnership scheme with e-cargobikes.com.
Fresh £25m round of clean bus funding for local authorities
New funding from Government has been offered to 14 local authorities as part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund.
Heathrow expansion again deemed "unlawful" due to climate impact
Expansion of Heathrow Airport to a third runway has been deemed "unlawful" because it would not be compatible with climate change targets, the High Court has been told by Friends of the Earth.
Birmingham Clean Air Zone given green light by Government
Plans for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Birmingham have received Government approval following the submission of its full business case last month.
Councils stall on adding charging points for electric vehicles
At least a quarter of local authorities in England and Wales have put a brake on the expansion of charging networks for electric vehicles (EVs), the Guardian has revealed.
Tesla to raise EV prices as it cuts back on retail store closures
Tesla looks set to reduce the number of brick and mortar retail stores that will close over the following months, in a move that will see the prices of its electric vehicles (EVs) increase by 3%.
How can policy help decarbonise transport's most challenging areas?
While the electric revolution is gathering pace within the UK's passenger vehicle market, emissions from the wider transport sector continuing to rise steadily. With this in mind, edie explores how harder-to-abate areas such as freight can be decarbonised.
Public Health England: Cities should be 'redesigned' in fight against air pollution
Public Health England (PHE) has urged the UK Government to introduce more ambitious policies aimed at reducing air pollution and minimising its health impacts in cities, including a "redesign" of key urban areas and a ban on drivers idling outside school gates.
Inside Forest Green Rovers – the world's greenest football club
With the Football League approaching its nail-biting climax, edie pays a matchday visit to Forest Green Rovers to explore how the Ecotricity-owned outfit is uniting sport and environmental consciousness.
Liftshare to deliver one billion saved car miles by 2020
Ride-sharing firm Liftshare is on course to save one billion miles of car transport on UK roads by March 2020, the firm claims.
Government urged to rethink road taxation policy to spur EV uptake
Motoring tax needs a rethink if it is going to be fit for the twenty first century and the increase in electric vehicles (EVs), according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
Report: Airlines warned of investment losses over lack of climate action
The climate efforts of 20 of the world's largest airlines will not suffice if the aviation sector is to align with the aims of the Paris Agreement and the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Swiss Post and Austrian Post pledge to fully electrify fleets by 2030
National post firms Swiss Post and Austrian Post have committed to switching 100% of their respective fleets with fully electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, after joining the EV100 initiative.
In action: The environmental legacy of the Thames Tideway Tunnel
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a new major piece of infrastructure for London, capturing an average of 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage which currently enters the tidal River Thames every year. If no action is taken, this is anticipated to reach 70 million tonnes by 2020.
Squid protein plastics and carbon capture breakthroughs: The best green innovations of the week
Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn energy and sustainability ambitions into actions Here, we round-up six of the best from the past seven days.
London pollution alert issued as regional air quality deemed 'unsafe'
Following several days of high local transport emissions coupled with light winds bringing particulate pollution to the UK from mainland Europe, a high air pollution alert has been issued for London.
Report: EV industry must make charging network more accessible
Concerns over access to the electric vehicle (EV) public charging network across the UK have been raised by the Renewable Energy Association (REA), which has said "interoperability" should become an industry priority.
Nottingham gears up for EV rollout with EU-backed vehicle-to-grid trial
Nottingham City Council is set to trial new electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, including battery storage and bi-directional chargers, as part of an EU-funded vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project.
London Mayor launches £23m van scrappage fund
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has opened a £23m scrappage fund to help charities and small businesses switch older, polluting vans for cleaner vehicles.
Volvo Trucks' first all-electric vehicles land in Europe
Volvo Trucks has delivered its first set of all-electric heavy goods vehicles (HGV) in Europe this week, in the form of a refuse truck for a recycling firm and a distribution truck for a logistics firm both located in Sweden.
Zipcar hits 250,000 members as new petrol and diesel car sales fall
Car-sharing firm Zipcar has revealed that more than 250,000 UK residents are now signed up to use its service, with one-third of members having joined up since last January.
Amazon targets carbon-neutral shipments by 2030
Online retailer Amazon has set an ongoing target of achieving carbon neutrality for all its global shipments, starting with a 2030 ambition of making half of its shipments 'net-zero'.
Network Rail partners with water firms to tackle chemical contamination
A collective environmental stewardship programme from Network Rail and several of the UK's largest water companies is now protecting more than 600 vulnerable drinking water sources from herbicides, the rail infrastructure manager has announced.
Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study
Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research.
Europe agrees sales targets for 'clean' buses in cities
European Union lawmakers struck an agreement on Monday (11 February) on green public procurement rules for new buses, requiring local authorities purchase a minimum share of clean vehicles running on gas or electricity by 2025 and 2030.
Government launches £48m scheme to help electrify UK bus fleets
The UK Government has unveiled plans to purchase 263 new ultra-low emission buses for transport schemes across the nation, doubling the UK's existing e-bus stock.
Campaigners call for free bus schemes as UK struggles to decarbonise transport sector
Green campaigners have begun lobbying for the UK Government and local authorities to offer free bus travel, after the latest official figures confirmed that transport was the most carbon-intense sector nationwide in 2017.
AB InBev trials LNG-fuelled deliveries for UK brewery
The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), is set to trial deliveries in the UK using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reduce harmful emissions.
EV100: Corporate demand for green fleets now outstripping charging infrastructure improvements
More than 30 big-name companies have pledged to electrify their fleets under the Climate Group's EV100 initiative since 2017, with corporate demand for low-carbon transport beginning to outstrip charging infrastructure provisions, a new report from the non-profit has concluded.
In numbers: How the UK public is shunning sustainable actions in favour of convenience
While most Brits say they are keen to change their behaviour to become more sustainable, most don't follow through on their commitments, a new survey of 2,000 people has found. Here, edie rounds up the key findings of the poll.
From charging innovations to rival collaborations: 7 ways the EV revolution is accelerating in 2019
Despite the UK Government having recently dismissed calls to bring its 2040 ban on petrol and diesel car sales forward, the electric vehicle (EV) transition shows no signs of abating. Here, edie rounds up seven sustainable transport success stories of the year so far...
Report: 2018 was 'most successful year yet' for UK's EV market
The UK's electric vehicle (EV) market grew by a record-breaking 19% in 2018, with one EV being registered every nine minutes.
Stena Line installs onshore power supply connection to support electric ferry fleet
Ferry giant Stena Line has installed what it claims is Oslo's first onshore power supply connection for ferries, in a move that will enable it to recharge its hybrid-electric boats in port for the first time.
The innovative transport solutions making cities more liveable
Our cities are facing unprecedented challenges. Urban populations are growing at a staggering rate and it is estimated that by 2050, 68% of the world's population will be living in cities. Such urbanisation puts pressure on every part of a city's status quo, and no transport is no exception - so how can we continue to move people around cities without worsening existing chronic congestion and air quality issues?
Tesla slashes electric car prices for US customers
Electric vehicle (EV) firm Tesla has reduced the price of its new electric cars by $2,000 (£1,590) for US customers, in a bid to offset a recent Governmental cut to EV tax credits.
In 2019, businesses will need to embrace sustainability, or risk being left behind
What would you do if you only had 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change? At COP 24 in Poland earlier this year, 200 nations formed plans to collectively tackle this issue, and their message is clear: as nations, we will go beyond our commitments and ambitions from the 2015 Paris Agreement to further reduce emissions and tackle one of the world's greatest challenges.
London Mayor unveils van scrappage scheme for small businesses
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today (18 December) unveiled plans for a new £23m van scrappage scheme, aimed at helping small business owners switch from old diesel vehicles to low-carbon alternatives.
Volkswagen to launch its last diesel and petrol cars in 2026
German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) will not launch any new car models with a traditional petrol or diesel combustion engine after 2026 as part of a shake-up to its electric vehicle (EV) strategy.
World's biggest container shipper commits to carbon neutrality by 2050
Danish container shipping giant Maersk has pledged to become a carbon-neutral business by 2050 - the first commitment of its kind from the global maritime shipping sector.
World's biggest commercial EV project set to launch in London
Several big-name businesses, including Uber and UK Power Networks, have teamed up to launch a three-year project aimed at determining how the UK's business community should be supported as it undergoes the electric vehicle (EV) transition.
Survey: 89% of UK fleet managers 'will switch to EVs before 2030'
Almost nine in ten of the UK's fleet managers say they plan to switch the majority of their diesel and petrol vehicles with fully-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles (EVs) before 2028, new research by fleet management and telematics firm Geotab has found.
Businesses on London's Bond Street collaborate to slash transport emissions
Businesses operating within one of London's most polluted streets have helped to slash the amount of CO2e and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted by freight vehicles travelling along the street by 76%.
BT launches company car scheme for EVs
Telecoms giant BT has launched its first company car scheme for fully-electric vehicles (EVs) in a bid to incentivise sustainable travel among its staff cohort.
Report: Net-zero transport and heavy industry sectors 'possible by 2060'
It will be "technically and financially" possible for the global transport and heavy industry sectors to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, new research from the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) has concluded.
London Mayor launches five new low-emission bus zones across capital
Sadiq Khan has unveiled five new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZs) across London, in a drive to tackle the city's air pollution problem.
UK energy revolution risks creating a 'two-tier' economy
The UK's transition to a low-carbon economy is masking stark regional divides, according to new research, with regions such as the North of England and East Midlands being left behind.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019: Meet the finalists
After a record-breaking year of entries, the judges have convened, decisions have been made and edie is proud to unveil the well-deserved finalists for the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards. This report outlines the who's who of sustainability excellence.
Green Tomato Cars becomes official transport partner of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards
Business delegates attending the Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards on 5 and 6 February 2019 will be able to travel to and from the event in ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles, thanks to a new transport partnership forged between edie and Green Tomato Cars.
From BMW to Harley-Davidson: The EV market accelerates again
It’s been a hectic week for the electric vehicle (EV) market, as some of the major players in the automotive sectors unveil new low-emission models. Here, edie looks at some of the most exciting announcements over the past few days.
Shenzhen's e-bus network and 'climate-positive' homes: 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.
M7 Real Estate to roll out rapid EV charging network across UK retail portfolio
Property management and investment giant M7 Real Estate has revealed plans to install a network of rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers across its UK estate, in a move that is expected to prevent the 2.9 tonnes of nitrogen oxide (NOx) being emitted by 2033.
London City Corporation to launch capital's first low-emission street
With the Mayor of London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scheme set to be rolled out across the capital next year, the City of London Corporation has unveiled plans to create what it claims is the city's first low-emission street.
Air-cleaning technology fitted at Marylebone Station
BNP Paribas, Chiltern Railways and advertising firm JCDecaux have teamed up with Danish startup Airlabs to showcase cutting-edge air filter technology at London's Marylebone Station today (31 October).
Report: UK's EV stock grew by more than 50% last year, despite infrastructure challenges
The number of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK rose by more than 50% between 2016-2017, with consumer demand for electrified transport outstripping the installation of charging infrastructure, a new report has found.
Green campaigners slam Gatwick's plans to use emergency runway to boost capacity
Green campaign groups have criticised Gatwick Airport's newly-announced plans to bring its emergency runway into daily use, citing concerns over climate impacts and air pollution.
BEIS Committee: Ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, not 2040
MPs sitting on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have urged the Government to bring its 2040 ban for new petrol and diesel car sales forward to 2032 - in light of the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Heathrow to waive landing fees for world's first electric aircraft
Heathrow Airport has announced that it will waive a year's worth of landing charges for the world's first electric passenger plane once it is developed, in a bid to encourage the low-carbon transition to gather pace in the aviation sector.
CCC: Government's Road to Zero strategy not ambitious enough
The UK Government's official climate change watchdog has warned ministers that the new Road to Zero strategy will not be sufficient to meet national and international climate targets.
European Parliament revs up CO2 car limits
MEPs voted in Strasbourg on Wednesday (3 October) in favour of a 40% CO2 reduction target for light vehicles by 2030. The target is higher than that which the Commission has proposed and tough talks with national capitals now loom large on the horizon.
UK Power Networks introduces first electric vans to its London fleet
UK Power Networks (UKPN) has today (October 4) added its first fully-electric vans to its London-based fleet, in a bid to combat air pollution in the capital while reducing its carbon footprint.
New emissions tests push BMW into profit warning
German high-end carmaker BMW said Tuesday (25 September) that new stricter emissions tests for cars as well as refits to older vehicles and global trade tensions would leave revenues and profits short of its full-year forecast.
EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets - report
New petrol and diesel car sales in Europe must be phased out before 2030 if the auto sector is to play its part in holding global warming to the Paris agreement's 1.5C goal, a new analysis has found.
Number of dirty diesels on road still growing, report shows
The number of dirty diesel vehicles pumping out toxic emissions on Europe's streets is still rising three years after the Dieselgate scandal began, according to a new report. More than seven million such cars and vans remain on UK roads alone.
Ikea to use EVs for last-mile home deliveries in five cities by 2020
Ikea has pledged to only use electric vehicles (EVs) for all its last-mile home deliveries in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020, after announcing a 2025 target of using zero-emission vehicles to make all of its last-mile deliveries worldwide last year.
Meet the Sustainability Leader: Sustainability Innovation: Standards, Systems & Software - HH Global
With entries for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards closing TODAY, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Sustainability Innovation: Standards, Systems & Software winner - HH Global.
The Climate Coach: Transport
It will take you twenty minutes to get there - depending on traffic. Not an unusual statement wherever you live. People design cities and communities and yet often it is people that seem to be least considered as most of the space for movement is taken up by cars, vans and lorries. Pedestrians are pushed to the side and cyclists must brave traffic with a risk for their lives.
First AI-assisted passenger boat sets sail to boost fuel efficiency
Ferry giant Stena Line has unveiled what it claims is the world's first passenger boat that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the most fuel-efficient route.
Theresa May's £100m pledge: Will the UK lead the world on zero-emission transport?
The world's first zero-emission vehicle summit will be headlined by a £106m investment from the UK Government into low-emission vehicle development. But, how will the UK's transport ambitions fare in light of new EU legislation and continued uncertainty over post-Brexit trade deals?
Dude, where’s my EV?
Coinciding with government's Zero Emission Vehicles Summit, the Aldersgate Group published a briefing which sets out the major barriers to decarbonising UK road transport. Will Tricker, Policy Officer at the Group, considers what further support is needed from government to ensure UK businesses are best placed to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).
Google launches new online data tool to help cities lower emissions
Google has launched a new online tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions by targeting projects in the built environment, transport and clean energy sectors.
UK's largest fleet operators pledge to electrify portfolios by 2028
Tesco and Network Rail are among a group of 16 major businesses and organisations that have today (6 September) committed to replace their van fleets with electric vehicles (EVs) by 2028.
Coventry unveils Go Electric Taxi scheme
Coventry City Council has launched what it claims is the UK's "most comprehensive" scheme for incentivising taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).
Meet the Sustainability Leader: The Coal Authority - Recycling and Resources
With entries soon closing for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Recycling and Resources winners, The Coal Authority.
Carmakers' gaming of emissions tests 'cost drivers £136bn
Drivers in Europe have paid €150bn more on fuel than they would have if their vehicles had performed as well on-the-road as in official laboratory-based tests, according to a new report.
Gatwick Airport launches incentivised ride-sharing scheme for staff
Gatwick Airport has launched an incentivised ride-sharing scheme for staff, allowing employees to track the emissions they reduce by carpooling and rewarding those who share journeys most often.