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Diageo's African market accounted for 12% of its global net sales in 2018

Diageo to invest £180m in renewable energy and water stewardship

Diageo has unveiled plans to invest £180m in clean energy generation and water recovery across 11 of its brewing facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Amazon has invested in 1,342MW of electricity generation capacity to date 

Amazon continues investment in renewable energy projects

Amazon has confirmed plans to expand its portfolio of energy assets with investment in two renewable energy projects in the US and Europe. 

BNEF predicts that 10 nations will represent three-quarters of the market by 2040

Report: Energy storage to smash 1,000GW milestone by 2040

Energy storage installations are poised for a 122-fold increase between now and 2040, as the uptake of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs) and falling costs of technology provide an ideal platform to drive demand for storage solutions.

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These stories exemplify how businesses and governments across the world are ramping up efforts in all areas of sustainable development

Coors' plastic-free packaging and solar-powered trains: 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.

E.ON operates more than 20 wind farms across the UK. Pictured: Bowbeat wind farm, Scotland

E.ON now supplying all customers with 100% renewable electricity

Big six supplier E.ON has announced that all of its domestic customers now have an electricity supply matched by renewable sources.

More than a third of businesses view energy security as a “substantial risk” to long-term business plans

Onsite generation: UK businesses primed to become 'power plants of the future'

More than 80% of UK businesses generating renewable energy onsite plan to increase capacity over the next five years, according to a new survey.

The site will have dedicated zones for both private and fleet vehicles

Planning application sent for first electric forecourt in Braintree

Planning applications have been submitted to build an "electric forecourt" featuring rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers, battery storage and onsite renewables In Braintree, the first of more than 100 planned sites by green technology firm Gridserve.

The first of the EVs are due to be delivered to customers in 2020

Lightyear One: Prototype of solar car with 450-mile range launched

The prototype of a solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) able to travel 450 miles on a single charge was officially unveiled in Katwijk, the Netherlands today (25 June).

Solar accounted for one-third of all jobs in the renewable energy sector last year, according to IRENA

Record 11 million people now employed in renewable energy sector

Renewable energy now accounts for more than 11 million jobs worldwide, according to the latest set of official figures on the sector.

SEG places a legal obligation onto energy suppliers that have more than 150,000 customers and therefore covers 90% of the retail market

UK Government's Smart Export Guarantee to stabilise small-scale renewables market

The Government's replacement initiative for the Feed-in Tariff (FiTs) scheme for residential and business-owned solar has been introduced today (10 June), ensuring that users will be paid for electricity they send to the grid.

Facebook invests in large-scale solar project

Social media giant Facebook has made its first direct investment in a renewable energy project, as it strives to source 100% clean power by 2020.

The UK's EV market grew by a record-breaking 19% in 2018

Public EV charge points outnumber petrol stations in the UK

The number of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK has surpassed the number of petrol stations for the first time.

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Onsite solutions and behaviour nudges: How to take an energy strategy to the next level

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<p>Under the plans, an incoming Labour government would fund the installation of rooftop solar on 1 million social homes and 750,000 properties with low-income owners or tennants</p>

Bringing Energy Home: Labour unveils plans for solar homes and grid renationalisation

The Labour Party has unveiled fresh plans concerning how it will decarbonise and democratise energy in the UK, with headline ambitions of renationalising the National Grid and installing solar panels on 1.75 million homes.

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Solar car with range of 'up to 800km' to launch next month

Dutch electric vehicle (EV) startup Lightyear has confirmed that it will unveil a prototype of the world's first long-range solar-powered passenger car next month, claiming that the vehicle will have a range of up to 800km (497 miles).

In action: Anesco's subsidy-free solar farm supported by a storage floor price

Renewable energy firm Anesco is working with EDF Energy and it's tech partner, Upside Energy, to introduce an industry-first guaranteed floor price for revenue from the battery storage units operating at the first subsidy-free solar development in the UK.

The collective capacity of the UK's independent renewable arrays surpassed 14GW for the first time last year. Pictured: The Hornsea 2 wind farm

In numbers: Charting the rapid growth of renewable energy in the UK

A new report tracking investments into independent clean energy and energy storage technologies in the UK has illustrated the speed at which to low-carbon transition is gripping the power sector. Here, edie rounds up the key findings.

ENGIE will maintain the homes and guarantee their energy performance for a 30-year period

Moat Homes launches 'Energiesprong' retrofit pilot to create zero carbon houses

A five-home pilot project has launched in Essex to create zero-carbon retrofit homes in the UK, fitting the buildings with solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage systems.

The UK government has pledged to phase out all unabated coal generation by 2025

Britain notches up another coal-free record over Easter

Great Britain's power grid notched up another coal-free record over the Easter weekend, operating for nearly 92 consecutive hours without any domestic coal generation.

From vehicle sales to solar solutions, this round-up covers four of the key environmental aspects of Tesla's new report

An EV revolution: Four key takeaways from Tesla's first sustainability report

On Wednesday (16 April), the world's most talked-about electric vehicle (EV) company published its inaugural sustainability report, revealing in-depth information on its environmental credentials for the first time. Here, edie rounds up the key takeaways.

This week's innovations could drive significant and sustainable change across the renewables, consumer goods and built environment sectors

Algae-boosted solar panels and floating cities: The best green innovations of the week

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The bags will be available for 98 cents. Image: Walmart

Walmart launches reusable bag range and spurs progress on supply chain emissions

The world's largest retailer, Walmart, used its annual sustainability summit to reveal that checkouts at its US stores will offer reusable bags made from post-consumer recycled content for the first time, alongside an update to its Project Gigaton supply chain emissions programme.

In 2018, ESO provided key services that enabled numerous firsts for the UK electricity system

National Grid 'ready to handle' zero-carbon network by 2025

The operating firm for National Grid has claimed that Great Britain's electricity system can operate as a zero-carbon grid by 2025.

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Danone's ultra-sustainable factory and Hilton's soap recycling: The sustainability success stories of the week

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Gridserve has secured sites for 80 forecourts

Battery storage and solar farms to power 100 UK 'Electric Forecourts'

Green technology firm Gridserve has unveiled a £1bn programme to construct more than 100 "Electric Forecourts" across the UK, which combine renewable energy, battery storage and rapid chargers to meet the needs of electric vehicle (EV) drivers.

Around 30 community solar projects are due to miss out on FIT support this year, according to the think tank

Green Alliance: Feed-In Tariff closure a 'major blow' for community solar

The Government's decision to axe the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) scheme will leave dozens of UK community groups "struggling to make the business case" for new small-scale solar projects, think tank Green Alliance has warned.

Shell Energy Retail also suppliers gas, smart home technology and broadband to households across Britain

First Utility rebrands as Shell Energy and switches 700,000 customers to renewable energy

A year after Shell acquired First Utility it has rebranded the supplier as Shell Energy Retail and has today (25 March) confirmed it has switched more than 700,000 homes in Britain to 100% renewable electricity.

Onshore wind and solar developers have been unable access subsidies since the government closed the Renewables Obligation scheme to new applicants

Doubts raised over viability of 'subsidy-free' renewables

Senior figures from the energy and finance industries have declared doubts over the feasibility of building "subsidy-free" renewables at scale without some form of revenue stabilisation.

Bristol harbour - the city has a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030

Bristol City Council smashes carbon target two years early

Bristol City Council will soon set new climate-related mitigation goals, after surpassing a target to reduce carbon emissions by two-thirds two years ahead of schedule.

Video 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.

SolarVille aims to showcase how neighbourhood energy solutions could be created using blockchain

Ikea creates blockchain solution to "democratise" renewable energy

Plans have been created by furniture giant Ikea's innovation lab Space 10 to develop a blockchain-powered solar microgrid.

The two facilities will generate enough energy annually to power 18,000 homes (Pictured: Gridserve founder Toddington Harper)

Warrington Council moves towards energy self-sufficiency with major solar and storage deal

Two industrial-scale solar farms and a 27MW battery storage facility are set to be installed in York and Hull before the end of next year, after funding for the project closed today (28 February).

Carbon credits purchased by Etsy will be used to fund reforestation initiatives and renewable energy projects

Etsy to offset global shipping emissions

Online retailer Etsy has announced plans to offset 100% of its carbon emissions generated from shipping items, free of charge for its customers.

In 2014, the Government pledged to power one million UK homes with community energy by 2020

Manifesto demands stronger support for community energy

A coalition of 20 charities, green campaigners and community energy groups has published a new manifesto calling for stronger support for community energy schemes to help improve their dwindling prospects.

An artist's impression of the array, which is expected to begin generating power next year. Image: Audi

Audi to install Europe's largest rooftop solar array in 'climate-neutral' bid

Carmaker Audi has unveiled plans to install a 12MW rooftop solar array across two of its logistics centres in Hungary, in a drive to make the facility's operations carbon-neutral.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, renewables and plastics sectors

Printed solar panels and carbon capture breakthroughs: The best green innovations of the week

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The FIT scheme has been one of the key factors contributing to the huge increase in solar photovoltaic deployment in the past decade

Call for decentralised energy optimisation as FIT regime due to end

Fresh mechanisms will be required to ensure that new decentralised generation is visible on the grid once the feed-in tariff (FIT) regime ends this March, an event heard last week.

The lagoon’s backers also believe its prospects will be boosted by adding floating solar panels to the lagoon

Swansea tidal lagoon plan revived - without government funding

The backers of a pioneering project to harness energy from the tides off the Welsh coast have rebooted the scheme and believe they can build it without the help of government.

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Coca-Cola's world without waste and VW's EV investment: The sustainability success stories of the week

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Ikea's solar homes and Manchester's 'net-zero' pledge: The sustainability success stories of the week

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The changes will not affect the 800,000-plus homes that have already fitted solar panels since the feed-in tariff scheme launched in 2010

Solar households to be paid for excess power after Government U-turn

The UK Government has made a U-turn on its decision to end the solar "export tariff", confirming that households which install solar panels in the future will be paid for excess power they generate and send to the grid.

Generation fell almost every year between 2008 and 2014 - Power plant - Cheshire

UK power stations' electricity output lowest since 1994

The output of British power stations fell this year to levels last seen almost a quarter of a century ago, while renewables achieved a record share of the UK electricity supply.

The move reinforces AB InBev’s 2025 sustainability target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2025 against a 2017 baseline

AB InBev signs deal to source 100% renewable electricity in UK

The owner of Budweiser and Corona has secured a deal to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its UK operations.

The Solar Trade Association said the move was a blow to the industry, and it was wrong the Government had made the decision before setting out its new plans

Solar households expected to give away power to energy firms

The Government has said households that install solar panels in the future will be expected to give away unused clean power for free to energy firms earning multi-million-pound profits, provoking outrage from green campaigners.

The STA expects the pipeline of large-scale solar projects to grow significantly in 2019, partly due to a global surplus of photovoltaic solar panels.

Large-scale solar costs expected to fall below £40/MWh by 2030

The cost of large-scale solar generation is expected to fall below £40/MWh by 2030, according to the latest assessment by the Solar Trade Association (STA).

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Tesco's EV charging network and Sweden's ice hotel: The sustainability success stories of the week

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H&M's transparency hackathon and FedEx's e-vans: The sustainability success stories of the week

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More than 300 UK-based firms are now estimated to be involved in the ever-growing energy storage market, according to the latest research from trade bodies RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association

Flexible energy: edie launches new business guides for onsite generation and energy storage

As the UK's energy system undergoes a fascinating transition towards decarbonisation and decentralisation, edie has published two new guides that help businesses seize the opportunities of onsite generation and battery storage technologies to achieve a sustainable future.

In a consultation published in July, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy proposed to completely close scheme to new applicants in March 2019, with no replacement

BEIS signals policy shift on export tariff

Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry has signalled a shift in policy when it comes to the closure of the Feed-in Tariff.

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The draft law also mentions a low emissions 2050 strategy that should chart the Iberian nation’s way towards a carbon neutral economy

Spain targets 100% renewable power by 2050

Spain's government has published a new climate plan that targets a 100% renewable energy electricity system by 2050, with goals that outstrip those adopted by the EU and a ban on new gas and oil exploration.

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Shenzhen's e-bus network and 'climate-positive' homes: The sustainability success stories of the week

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In total, 57% of electricity generation was low carbon over the period, produced either by renewables or nuclear power stations

UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time

The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: Britain is undergoing a chaotic energy revolution

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday has championed the role that businesses and innovators have played in igniting a "chaotic revolution" in the energy sector, by accelerating demand for renewable energy and battery storage installations.

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UPS's e-bike fleet and Nike's circular footwear drive: The sustainability success stories of the week

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In action: EDF's renewable energy-based renovation of a listed building

Between 2012 and 2015, EDF Energy embarked on an ambitious project to bring a listed 12th Century building into the 21st Century by installing onsite renewable systems to generate low-carbon heat, cooling and electricity.

The array at Langthwaite Reservoir consists of “rafts” of floats, with solar panels mounted on top

Floating solar farm to power water treatment works in Lancashire

Water company United Utilities has this week begun building a floating solar farm on the surface of a reservoir in Lancashire, in a move that will enable it to power one of its water treatment plants with 100% renewable power by early 2019.

Amazon has also agreed a deal for its UK buildings to be powered by 100% renewable electricity

Amazon pledges to install 20MW solar systems across UK fulfilment centres

Amazon has this week pledged to deploy 20MW of solar panels across its UK fulfilment centres, in a move that will slash its carbon footprint by 6,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The organisation was set up by the government as the Green Investment Bank in 2012. It was rebranded as the Green Investment Group after being sold to Macquarie for £2.3bn in August 2017

Green Investment Group funnels £1.6bn into clean energy projects

The Green Investment Group made or arranged £1.6bn of investments in clean energy projects in the 12-months following its privatisation, according to the company's first annual progress report.

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Google believes the data will reduce time and costs for cities hoping to implement emission reduction targets

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.

McKinsey & Company and RBS have committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2025

Sony and RBS among latest RE100 pledges

Global electronics firm Sony, management consultants McKinsey & Company, office space company WeWork and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have all pledged to transition to 100% renewable energy through the Climate Group's RE100 initiative.

The REA claims that the closure of the solar export tariffs would put thousands of jobs in the UK's solar sector at risk

40% of solar installers 'set to leave UK amid subsidy cuts'

Companies accounting for more than 40% of the UK's solar installation industry could leave the national market if the Government does not extend the export tariff and provide a replacement for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme.

More than 200 stakeholders have signed a letter claiming that the closure of the solar export tariffs would slow progress towards a smart and flexible energy system

Calls for Government to 'urgently' stabilise UK solar sector amid subsidy closures

More than 200 stakeholders in the UK's solar sector, including energy companies, NGOs and city leaders, have called on the Government to continue an export tariff once the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme ends next March.

The wind drought meant that at times turbine blades sat idle for days

UK summer 'wind drought' puts green revolution into reverse

Britain's long heatwave threw the country's green energy revolution into reverse and pushed up carbon emissions this summer, leading experts to stress the need for a diverse energy mix.

Cuts to the FiT scheme back in 2015 created a 75% fall in installations

Sadiq Khan calls for rethink on solar subsidies closure

London mayor Sadiq Khan was written to the Government expressing his concerns that a decision to let financial solar incentives expire next year could create a "cliff edge" for the wider solar market.

The expanded solar park is set to increase the park's renewable generation capacity tenfold

UK's first subsidy-free industrial solar project to power business park

A business park in Buckinghamshire is set to become the first facility of its kind in the UK to generate more solar than it requires, once the nation's first subsidy-free industrial solar installation is completed on the site.

The storage device and AI software are predicted to halve the facility's electricity bill by 2040

Anglian Water to boost onsite generation with AI-powered energy storage technology

Water utility Anglian Water is set to install an energy storage machine controlled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology at one of its water treatment facilities, in a move it claims will increase the site's solar generation by 80%.

The solar PV system has now been operational for 12 months

Landsec hints at energy storage to bolster Britain's biggest shopping centre solar array

The UK's largest commercial property developer, Landsec, has revealed that it is sourcing 22% less grid electricity for its White Rose shopping centre in Leeds after installing a 2,902-panel solar array on the roof.

Legislation may have to be altered if wind and solar generation are to be included in the UK capacity market

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.

The existing system of single phase supply has worked while electricity demand has been relatively limited but will be overloaded by increased demand from electric vehicles (EVs)

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.

The 5MW solar farm is co-located with Dale Farm’s Dunmanbridge cheese facility. Photo: Brian Morrison

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.

Analysts claim that the world now has more than 1TW of wind and solar capacity

Big leap in corporate clean energy purchases in 2018, research shows

The business community has set a new record for levels of procurement in clean energy in 2018, research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Bloomberg NEF) has revealed.

Apple partners with Etsy, Swiss Re and Akamai on renewables projects

Apple is collaborating with cloud services firm Akamai, reinsurer Swiss Re and e-commerce brand Etsy to develop two new wind and solar farms that will enable the companies to increase access to renewable energy in the eastern US.

The eight-page guide also incorporates a number of 'top tips' on deploying onsite solar solutions

Maximising the power of onsite solar: edie launches free guide for businesses

Organisations seeking to capitalise on the sustainability benefits offered by onsite solar now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about deploying solar solutions across business facilities.

edie Explains: Onsite solar

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The consultation paper states Government intervention may still be required to support solar and wind projects

No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

The Government has axed subsidies for new small-scale low-carbon electricity generation, sparking dismay from renewable energy bodies.

Fossil fuels’ share of energy investment needs to drop to 40% by 2030 to meet climate targets

IEA warns of 'worrying trend' as global investment in renewables falls

The world's energy watchdog has sounded the alarm over a "worrying" pause in the shift to clean energy after global investment in renewables fell 7% to $318bn (£240bn) last year.

The launch of the fund comes after Apple announced earlier this year that it had started souring 100% renewable energy for all its global facilities

Apple launches $300m fund to build 1GW of supply chain solar capacity

Tech giant Apple has announced that it has partnered with its key suppliers to jointly invest $300m (£228m) in solar power projects, as it strives to drive the uptake of renewable energy across its supply chains.

On the Mission Possible sofa with the ECIU's Richard Black and RSPB's Melanie Coath

The seventh episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit's (ECIU) director Richard Black joined by RSPB's senior climate change policy officer Melanie Coath to discuss whether legislation is enabling or hindering the uptake of renewables in the UK.

Tetra Pak’s factories in four markets now run entirely on renewable power, the firm revealed

Tetra Pak half way to sourcing 100% renewable electricity

Packaging giant Tetra Pak has this week revealed that it now sources half of the electricity needed to power its global operations from renewables, putting it on track to meet its target of sourcing 100% green electricity by 2030.

The first phase of the Solar Together scheme provided an average saving of 35% on the cost of solar installations. Photo: Tom Chance

London Mayor extends group-buying solar scheme

Sadiq Khan has expanded a scheme for London residents and businesses to buy high-quality solar panels after a first phase saw nearly 4,000 registrations.

The onsite solar arrays will be complimented by battery storage systems

UK Power Networks to host UK's first 'virtual' solar power station

The UK's largest electricity distributor has unveiled its plan to create the nation's first "virtual" solar power station by the end of the year, using PV panels on the rooftops of its London customers' homes.


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