Corporate giants urge EU to back 35% renewables target
A coalition comprising some of the world's biggest companies has urged EU energy ministers to back a 35% target for renewable energy when they meet in Brussels next Monday (18 December).
In practice: Landsec's BREEAM Outstanding headquarters designed to WELL standards
As more companies look to create the right work environments for staff wellbeing, Landsec created the UK's largest fully WELL Certified space for staff health, which also achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
Kimberly-Clark and Mars make fresh moves to champion renewables
Personal care firm Kimberly-Clark has secured its first deals to source renewable energy, in a move that will help the company surpass a carbon goal for years early, while food company Mars has used an iconic brand to promote renewables to consumers.
In practice: Stora Enso's cost-effective move to champion cross laminated timber
A new multi-million-euro investment looks set to transform packaging firm Stora Enso into a renewable materials company and the largest global producer of a low environmental impact timber solution to replace steel and concrete in construction projects.
ABB to deliver battery storage system for Burbo Bank windfarm
Industrial automation specialist ABB will provide a 2MW battery storage system to support the use of renewable energy at the 90MW Burbo Bank offshore windfarm near Liverpool, in the first deal of its kind in the UK.
Carlsberg celebrates its anniversary week with innovative zero-carbon windmill bar
Just two months on from its decision to pursue zero-carbon breweries, Carlsberg has built a zero-carbon "Windmill Bar", which harnesses wind and an exercise bicycle to reduce emissions.
Beatrice offshore project to provide social value windfall for UK communities
Money placed into a community fund to support the development of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm off the coast of Scotland could create nearly £20m in social value for the communities involved in project, according to new analysis.
Brewing for the future: How MillerCoors slashed its water footprint through supplier engagement
A supply chain management philosophy built on engagement over enforcement enabled brewer MillerCoors to reduce its water footprint by 17% last year. Here, Matt Mace investigates how the firm has been galvanising the farmer community to create resilient, future-proofed beer supply chains.
'Unstoppable' renewables to reach new heights as costs tumble, report finds
Renewable energy sources will account for around three quarters of the expected $10trn global investment into power generating technologies between now and 2040, a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has claimed.
DONG Energy turns to battery storage for Burbo Bank windfarm
Wind energy provider DONG Energy has announced plans to integrate a 2MW battery storage system into the Burbo Bank offshore windfarm to deliver frequency response to aid the National Grid in managing grid stability.
edie Live exhibitor focus: EWT
With the doors at edie Live opening in just a few days, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.
A guide to effective sustainability communications
Whether it's driving engaging with employees to maximise results, with stakeholders to translate progress, or with consumers to drive awareness and brand value, getting sustainability communications right is crucial, and getting it wrong can be disastrous.
The renewables revolution rolls on: 2016 in charts
New figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have revealed that 2016 was the strongest year yet for renewable energy. Here, edie digs deep into the data to bring you 10 key statistics that chart a record-breaking year for the world's clean energy transformation.
UK tidal energy plagued by cost discrepancies, says ETI
Tidal energy is at risk of being priced-out of an increasingly cost-competitive low-carbon market in the UK, unless a successful Contract for Difference (CfD) agreement can be implemented, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has warned.
UK wind energy surpasses coal generation for first time
The UK made history 2016, with new analysis revealing that energy from wind turbines dwarfed energy sourced from coal power stations for the first time ever.
Report: British wind farms cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes
Renewable energy generated from wind farms in Britain has prevented the creation of around 36m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the last six years, a new study from the University of Edinburgh has found.
Offshore wind deployment could grow by 650% in 15 years, says IRENA
Technological innovations for offshore wind energy generation hold the potential to grow the sector from 13GW of capacity in 2015 to more than 100GW in 2030, according to new analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Research predicts European wind rush by 2025
New research has anticipated that more than 140GW of new wind power capacity will be deployed in Europe by 2025 despite deep regulatory reform, in the same week that Wind Europe called on the European Union (EU) to ramp up political commitments to make the continent the best choice for renewables investment.
From Chernobyl to Antarctica: 7 wonders of the world's renewable energy revolution
As well as seamlessly integrating into national energy mixes to the point where it is beginning to outshine fossil fuels, renewable energy is in the midst of a revolution that is now providing Antarctica, Chernobyl, The Outback and the Amazon basin with clean, reliable sources of energy.
'Fat cat free': Community wind projects seek investment in Wales and Scotland
Not-for-profit energy developer Sharenergy has launched a new initiative offering local communities the opportunity to support wind projects in Wales and Scotland through stable investment bonds and shares; without the intervention from energy companies that people "don't trust".
Global Wind Day: 10 wind energy statistics that will blow you away
On a day dedicated to discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world, edie takes a look at 10 interesting wind energy statistics on Global Wind Day (15 June).
Offshore wind agreement signed by 9 EU countries
A total of 9 northern European countries have signed an agreement on enhanced cooperation within the offshore wind sector, in a deal which aims to reduce the costs and accelerate the deployment of wind power at sea through joint development and purchasing.
edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016: Meet the winners
Take a full read through each of the projects and initiatives that fended off tough competition to be crowned winners of edie's 2016 Environment & Energy (E&E) Awards.
Ecotricity gains planning permission for 'future of energy' hybrid parks
Green energy provider Ecotricity has gained planning permission to create some of the first hybrid energy parks in Britain, by combining current wind farms with two new "sun parks" in Devon and Leicestershire respectively.
UK offshore wind capacity hits 10GW as £2.6bn Beatrice project receives green light
The construction of the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland has been given the green light by developers SSE, as the UK looks to secure 10% of its electricity needs by 2020 from the offshore wind sector.
Confidence in UK offshore industry illustrated by new £1.3bn project
One of the world's largest offshore windfarms, set to be located off the coast of East England, has secured a £1.3bn long-term financing fund, just six months after it began a fundraising process.
Low costs will see global wind capacity nearly double in next five years
Global wind power installations will nearly double in the next five years as prices continue to fall and countries develop renewable energy to comply with emissions reduction targets, according to research published in Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) flagship publication.
Batwind: Battery storage for offshore wind launched by Statoil
Norwegian fossil fuel giant Statoil is piloting an innovative battery storage system for offshore wind energy on the world's first floating wind farm - the Hywind park off the coast of Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
Britain in 'make or break' year for renewables, says EY
The UK "must try harder" to attract investment into renewable generation capacity, as the global power market enters "a year of reckoning", analyst EY has warned.
Vattenfall brings ground-breaking hybrid renewables project to UK
Swedish energy firm Vattenfall will start construction on its first UK solar project later this month, the company has announced.
Scotland urged to 'Raise Ambitions' and commit to 50% renewables target
Industry body Scottish Renewables has called on the country to commit to an ambitious new target of generating at least half of its total energy demands from renewables by 2030.
Record-breaking 2015 for UK wind energy
New data from the National Grid reveals that 2015 was a record-breaking year for wind energy generation, with onshore and offshore wind farms setting new weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual records.
Donald Trump loses legal case to block Scottish windfarm
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has had plans to stop the construction of a wind farm near his golf resort in Aberdeen rejected by Britain's Supreme Court judges, an outcome that the Trump Organisation has branded as "small-minded and parochial".
Goldman Sachs urges investors to target solar and wind power for optimal climate impact
Investors have been encouraged to target four key low-carbon technologies - solar photovoltaics, LED lighting, wind power and electric vehicles - as the most effective ways to tackle climate change.
Wind energy set to be Europe's largest power source by 2030
Wind energy could be the largest power supply source in the EU by 2030 as long as governments drive ambition in climate and energy policies, according to a new European Wind Energy Association report.
Ecotricity to transform small wind sector with 'cutting-edge' windmill
Green energy supplier Ecotricity will unveil a 'ground-breaking' new horizontal-axis windmill that can operate at half the cost of the current best-selling windmills at a conference in Paris this week.
World's biggest offshore wind farm confirmed for Cumbria
Permission has been granted today (29 October) to put steel in water for what will be the world's biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of Cumbria.
Sunny and windy September prompts surge in Scottish renewables
Last month's unseasonably warm weather proved a boon for clean energy output in Scotland, with enough sunshine to provide more than 70% of the electricity and hot water needs of homes fitted with solar panels.
Wind energy generates £1.25bn for UK economy, provides 30,000 jobs
Wind energy drove £1.25bn of investment into Britain's economy last year, with the industry now employing 30,500 people, according to a new report from RenewableUK.
IEA under fire for 'irresponsible' and 'misleading' energy outlook
An energy watchdog has blasted the International Energy Agency (IEA) for "holding back the global energy transition", concluding that its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) reports were published with misleading projections.
UK renewables 'tripped at the last hurdle' by subsidy cuts
Moves to slash renewable energy incentives will have a "drastic impact" on the UK's low-carbon future and increase the 'boom or bust' potential of key funding mechanisms, warns a joint trade association letter sent to the Government.
Looking towards the next sustainability agenda...
In the eighth and final part of edie's sustainability series with Ashridge Business School, Chris Nichols gazes into the crystal ball and examines the role of business in the transition to a more sustainable future.
Government rejects Navitus Bay offshore wind farm
The renewable energy industry was dealt yet another blow today (9 September) as the Conservatives have rejected proposals for a £3.5bn windfarm off the south coast of England.
Electric cars could feed power back into grid through wireless 'antennas'
German researchers have unveiled a prototype wireless system that allows a car to receive and discharge power to the grid from coils under a road or parking space.
Scottish green energy transition could create 44,000 new jobs
Rebuilding Scotland's energy sector around green technology could generate 44,000 additional jobs compared to the current oil-and-gas status quo.
DONG Energy acquires 3GW Hornsea Zone
DONG Energy has acquired the Hornsea Zone, an offshore wind development with the potential to develop around 3GW of capacity, and its remaining projects.
EU's five biggest energy markets add 8GW to wind and solar capacity
Europe's five biggest energy markets have added 8GW of wind and solar capacity in the first half of 2015, a new report has found.
NASA-built turbine blade to slice cost of wind energy
The world's first modular offshore wind turbine blade is being shipped to the UK from a NASA facility in New Orleans.
Lincolnshire wind farm falls through after Government's planning changes
Renewable energy giant Vattenfall has cancelled plans for a Lincolnshire wind farm development amid opposition from local residents.
EU sets new record for offshore wind installations in first half of 2015
European offshore wind has set a record for annual capacity installation just six months into 2015.
US begins construction of landmark offshore wind farm on Atlantic coast
The US has put steel in the water for what will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.
Small-scale wind turbine developers protest changes to local planning laws
Small and medium-scale wind turbine manufacturers have written to Communities Secretary Greg Clark to protest changes to planning guidance for onshore wind turbines.
Amazon commits to 208MW wind farm in largest renewables venture yet
Amazon is to construct a 208MW wind farm which will become the first utility-scale wind farm in the US state of North Carolina.
Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
It's been a hectic week for sustainability professionals, with the Summer Budget leaving many edie readers with some big numbers to mull over...
European Parliament votes for early carbon market reform
The European Parliament has endorsed plans to reform the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), it was announced yesterday (8 July).
Circular economy: WEEE guide for businesses
In the UK, we produce more than 300 million tonnes of general waste each year. Only 2% of e-waste is reused, even though 23% is suitable for reuse. So what should be done about it?
Scottish wind industry gives back with record £8.8m for community projects
Community projects funded by Scotland's onshore wind industry have hit a record high of £8.8m a year.
10 facts that will blow you away
To celebrate Global Wind Day, edie pulled together 10 fascinating facts about wind; its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.
EY blasts 'absurd' renewables policy
The UK Government's plan to tackle climate change whilst also reducing subsidy support for solar and onshore wind, is 'somewhat absurd', according to global consultancy EY (formerly Ernst & Young).
Driving sustainability through collaboration
Dr Martyn Kenny, director of sustainability at Lafarge Tarmac, explains how closer collaboration across the whole construction supply chain has become key to embedding sustainability and driving innovative ways to meet UK infrastructure and carbon reduction targets.