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Northern Powergrid begins next stage of £83m smart grid project


Electrical distribution firm Northern Powergrid has begun work on the next phase of its £83m smart grid programme, which aims to future-proof its network in preparation for the rapid growth of low-carbon technologies. Read more

‘Heads above the parapet’: Corporates urged to raise ambitions on renewables


The Climate Group and CDP are urging corporates to go further than setting 100% renewable electricity commitments - and to bring deadlines for such targets forward - if they wish to drive the clean energy transition for the benefit of the business community. Read more

E.ON launches renewable energy tariff offering ‘850 free miles’ to EV drivers


Energy giant E.ON has become the latest electricity supplier to launch a renewable energy tariff aimed at electric vehicle (EV) drivers, offering customers who charge their vehicles at home a £30 discount on their annual bill. Read more

Cargo shipping off course to reaching 2050 emission reduction targets


Despite recent progress towards decarbonisation by the world's leading maritime shipping companies, the sector is still set to miss the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 2050 target of halving CO2 emissions from 2008 levels. Read more

Extreme temperatures ‘especially likely for next four years’


The world is likely to see more extreme temperatures in the coming four years as natural warming reinforces manmade climate change, according to a new global forecasting system. Read more

European Investment Bank Group halves emissions intensity as staff numbers increase


The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has announced that it has halved its emissions intensity over the past decade, despite staff numbers increasing more than two-fold over the ten-year period. Read more

London City Corporation launches capital’s low-emission parking tariff


The City of London Corporation has announced that it will launch what it claims is the capital's first "environmentally-friendly" parking tariff, offering discounted parking rates for electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid drivers in a bid to incentivise sustainable travel. Read more

UBS doubles sustainable portfolio of assets to almost £2bn


Financial services firm UBS has today (August 14) announced that it now manages £1.93bn worth of assets through its sustainable portfolio, more than double the size from when it first launched seven months ago. Read more

Is renewable energy just a ‘passing trend’ for businesses?


Despite the strong progress that the business world has made in driving the renewables revolution in recent months, a new survey of 1,000 UK-based utility decision makers has revealed that more than a quarter (27%) believe that renewable energy is "just a passing trend". Read more

Ball Corporation commits to science-based targets tackling supply chain emissions


Global packaging firm Ball Corporation has set new science-based targets within the company's direct operations and across its supply chain to reduce its emissions intensity by 58% by 2030. Read more

Europe’s first bioenergy carbon capture project to assist drinks sector


Energy group Drax has announced that it is in talks with the British Beer & Pub Association to explore whether the CO2 captured during its bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project could be used to tackle CO2 shortages in the beverage industry. Read more

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. Read more

Lidl to install Ireland’s largest network of supermarket-based EV chargers


Budget supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it will install electric vehicle (EV) chargers at 20 of its stores across Ireland over the next six months, in a bid to host the nation's largest supermarket-based network of chargepoints. Read more

Government rejects calls to extend smart meter rollout


The Government has spoken out against pushing back the rollout for smart meters by three years, following calls from Citizens Advice. Read more

Government to consider opening Capacity Market to renewables


The UK Government will consider opening up the Capacity Market to solar and wind generation under a newly published review into the Market's scope, objectives and the way it is regulated. Read more

Walmart reduced supply chain emissions by 20 million tonnes last year


The world's largest retailer has revealed that its suppliers collectively reduced their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 20 million tonnes in 2017, as the company pushes towards a target to cut supply chain emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030. Read more

Aldi on track to be carbon-neutral by 2019


Discount supermarket chain Aldi has today (August 9) announced it is on track to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations in the UK and Ireland by the end of next year, following a string of multi-million-pound investments in renewable energy arrays and energy efficiency measures. Read more

Upgrade home electricity supply systems to unlock low-carbon technologies, says REA


The single "phase" electricity supply system, which has been the norm in UK homes since before the Second World War, should be scrapped for new homes, a report has urged. Read more

Dairy giant to power cheese plant with 100% renewable energy


Northern Ireland-based dairy manufacturer Dale Farm has announced that it is now running one of its cheese manufacturing plants with 100% renewable energy after bringing a self-consumption solar farm online earlier this month. Read more

Fresh legal action taken against Heathrow Airport expansion


Climate change charity Plan B has initiated legal action against Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, in a challenge to the proposed Heathrow expansion. Read more