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All of the turbine jackets for Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm will be fabricated thousands of miles from the North Sea despite a Government-supported bid by Fife’s BiFab. BiFab has failed to win any work on the multi-billion pound Seagreen offshore wind farm project, located just a few miles from its yards in Burntisland and Methil. A Chinese yard will fabricate 84 of the 114 turbine jackets for the project, which will then be shipped to the North Sea. The Scottish Government campaigned for BiFab to win the work, but operator SSE Renewables said the gap between BiFab’s submission and the foreign rivals was “too significant to close”.

Energy Voice 19th Sept 2020 read more »

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Hundreds of jobs could be created on the South Humber Bank after an international manufacturer in the offshore wind supply chain selected Able Marine Energy Park for a UK base. South Korean monopile producer SeAH is looking to create 400 jobs at the North Killingholme site, after confirming its intention to establish a facility. One of the leading pipe manufacturers in the world, it would bring the first such production to the UK.

Grimsby Telegraph 18th Sept 2020 read more »


Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Talking net-zero for World Green Building Week 2020

Episode 91 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast delivers three exclusive interviews with experts across the built environment sector to mark World Green Building Week 2020. With buildings accounting for around 40% of global energy consumption and 33% of emissions, this sector is a key focus in the transition to net-zero.

The edie Podcast is now streaming on Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes

The edie Podcast is now streaming on Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes

Developed to reflect the theme of the event – #ActOnClimate – this episode sees edie’s senior reporter Sarah George exploring the ways in which businesses are going beyond their own operations and engaging policymakers and the value chain to deliver a just transition to net-zero. edie’s content editor Matt Mace also dials in to provide his insight. 

First up, Sarah speaks to the UK Green Building Council’s chief executive Julie Hirigoyen for an overview of the sector’s major opportunities and challenges on the road to net-zero. Julie discusses activism in lockdown and policy engagement for a truly green recovery, among other topics. 

Our second interview is with Joseph Homes’ co-founder and chief innovation officer Paul Dipino, who gives his view on the Future Homes Standard and the Green Homes Grant, while outlining his vision for energy-positive housing. 

Last but by no means least is an interview with Mott MacDonald’s global sustainability and climate change leader Davide Stronati. Davide discusses the importance of collaboration to deliver the sustainable towns, cities and communities of the future. 

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Hear from UKGBC, Lendlease & Kier Group at edie’s green recovery webinar sessions

During this episode, Sarah and Matt make reference to edie’s series of free green recovery-themed webinars and masterclasses taking place on Wednesday 23 September. 

Hosted as part of edie’s brand-new Mission Possible: Green Recovery campaign of digital content and events, the Green Recovery Inspiration Sessions offer up an afternoon of live, interactive webinar presentations and discussions – all dedicated to delivering a socially and environmentally sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Access the full agenda and register to attend here. Sessions will be made available on-demand after the event. 

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Tate & Lyle has carbon goals approve by Science Based Targets initiative

Food and drink ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle has had goals to reduce operational and value chain emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The targets have now been approved by the SBTi as consistent with levels required to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement

The targets have now been approved by the SBTi as consistent with levels required to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement

Tate & Lyle’s new environmental targets and commitments are set for 2030, confirming a 30% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions, with a 25% reduction set for 2025. Additionally, the company will aim to deliver an absolute reduction in Scope 3 emissions of 15% by 2030. These targets were announced in May 2020.

The targets have now been approved by the SBTi as consistent with levels required to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement.

Tate & Lyle’s chief executive Nick Hampton said: “At Tate & Lyle, we are passionate about making our contribution to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and minimising the worst effects of climate change.

“That’s why, inspired by our purpose Improving Lives for Generations, we have set ourselves ambitious environmental targets that are aligned to what the latest climate science is telling us we need to do. We are committed to working actively across our supply chain to help improve our environment and shape a better world.”

As part of edie’s ongoing #SustyTalk interview series, Tate & Lyle’s director of sustainability Anna Pierce discussing the firm’s environmental targets and why an approach to value chain emissions is crucial in building back better.

The interview, which took place during the national lockdown in the UK saw Pierce discus the support that can be provided to growers to help the value chain become more sustainable. Watch the interview here.

As for the SBTi, the companies overseeing the initiative – CDP, UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF – have issued its first guidance on what will ultimately lead to the development of a new global standard to ensure that corporate net-zero carbon targets are aligned with climate science.

The Foundations for Science-Based Net-Zero Target Setting in the Corporate Sector paper has been released by the SBTi earlier this week. The paper was created following consultation with businesses, financial organisation, conservation organisations and the scientific community. The paper is the first step in an effort to ensure that corporate net-zero targets are aligned to climate science and efforts to deliver a net-zero world by no later than 2050.

Already, 270 companies have made commitments in line with reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 through the SBTi’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, led by the SBTi in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition. 

edie’s Green Recovery online sessions

The first raft of speakers has been confirmed for edie’s series of free green recovery-themed webinars – which will have a heavy focus on net-zero strategies – taking place on Wednesday 23 September, with sustainable business experts from Aldersgate Group, BT, Bank of England, Ella’s Kitchen, UKGBC all among the line-up. 

Click here to find out more information and to register for the sessions.

Matt Mace


Solar – Scottish Water

Scottish Water has completed another solar site, as it continues its push to reach net zero by 2040. Its Inverness Water Treatment Works, by Loch Ashie, now has 1,300 solar panels, thanks to a £450,000 investment by the utility. The panels are expected to provide a third of the energy needed for the site, which is located just five miles south-west of the Highland Capital. This is the third largest installation by Scottish Water Horizons, the publicly-owned water company’s commercial subsidiary created to invest in renewable technologies. Project manager Ian Piggott said that harnessing solar energy was just one of many ways the company can tackle climate change and contribute to Scottish Water’s net zero target.

Solar Portal 17th Sept 2020 read more »


Nespresso targets carbon neutrality by 2022

Nespresso has outlined plans to reduce supply chain emissions, invest in insetting at coffee farms and purchase carbon offsets to reach carbon neutrality by 2022.

A more in-depth analysis of Nespresso's carbon footprint will also be conducted by teams in the UK & Ireland

A more in-depth analysis of Nespresso’s carbon footprint will also be conducted by teams in the UK & Ireland

The coffee giant achieved carbon neutrality across its Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (power-related) emissions sources back in 2017, after undertaking a two-pronged approach consisting of reductions and offsetting. Meeting the firm’s new target will require further reduction work, greater engagement with the supply chain and its first foray into insetting – creating carbon sequestration opportunities in communities where it operates.

In order to meet the new target, Nespresso has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy in all boutiques, following the installation of modern energy management systems at these locations. It is already sourcing 100% renewable electricity through a tariff at its offices in York and Gatwick. Manufacturing locations will also be supported to decarbonize their heat by investing in biogas.

Aside from internal reductions, Nespresso has partnered with ecosystem services provider Pur Projet to triple the number of trees planted at coffee farms across its supply chains and in the surrounding landscapes. Nespresso, which sources from nations including Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Costa Rica, said in a statement that trees “are the best way to capture carbon from the atmosphere while investing in nature and building a regenerative agricultural system”. In other words, trees bring not only carbon sequestration benefits but a boost for soil health and biodiversity.

Offsetting is listed by the coffee giant as its last step to meeting its new 2022 target – a process to be used to tackle residual emissions only. It intends to invest in a mixture of forest conservation, reforestation, afforestation and clean energy projects which benefit farming communities across the globe.

“Climate change is a reality and our future depends on going further and faster on our sustainability commitments,” Nespresso’s chief executive Guillaume Le Cunff said. “I truly believe that both our business and the coffee industry can be a force for good in the world by tackling this pressing issue.”

Wake up and smell the coffee

Some 60% of wild coffee species are estimated to be at risk of extinction due to the twin climate and nature crises, including Arabica, which accounts for almost two-thirds of global production. This is because the primary regions of production are disproportionately affected by temperature rise and nature loss.

Fairtrade International has been working to help farmers mitigate and adapt to the impacts of these trends for several years, providing them with education, minimum prices and price premiums for sustainable production. It also serves to ensure farmer voices are heard by policymakers on a national and state level and at key international discussions.

Corporate efforts to tackle the issue seem to have accelerated in recent times. After vowing to halve its emissions footprint by 2030, Starbucks recently joined eight other multinational businesses in a new initiative which will provide businesses with the roadmaps they need to achieve net-zero emissions by or before 2050. Similarly, Costa Coffee is part of the British Retail Consortium’s coalition developing a net-zero roadmap for the UK’s retail sector, with a target more ambitious than the national 2050 requirement.

There are, of course, smaller businesses which have been able to go further and faster. Lincoln & York has aligned its business model with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for example, while Taylors of Harrogate is striving to reach carbon neutrality by the end of 2020.

Sarah George


Renewables – Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is squandering its position as a global leader in renewable energy, writes Patrick Keatley, lecturer in Energy Policy and Infrastructure at Ulster University. Hindsight is wonderful. It makes it easy to mock predictions which seemed believable when they were made, but which appear ludicrous after time and events have done their confounding work. The long list of examples from the energy sphere includes the Chairman of the US Atomic Energy Agency’s claim in 1954 that nuclear energy would be “too cheap to meter”; or the sceptical senior BP executive who said, “I’ll drink all the oil in the North Sea”, when the company began exploratory drilling in the late 1960s. While policy here has been successful in connecting a supply of renewable energy, it has failed to address the other side of the equation; creating the incentives for flexible demand to complement it. The consequence is that massive amounts of wind energy are currently being wasted. In the first six months of 2020, 17 per cent of Northern Ireland’s available wind energy was dumped because there was no flexible demand available for it. In terms of retail value, this represents over £50 million worth of clean electricity that was thrown away. We are currently on track to dump around £100 million worth of clean electricity this year. In an economy which has suffered from being among the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK and Europe, that is shockingly wasteful. Instead of exploiting our advantages, obsolete policy is locking us in to dependence on fossil infrastructure which consumers will have to finance for decades to come. A green Covid recovery like that just announced by the Scottish Government, linking clean energy with a properly funded campaign to bring our draughty, poorly insulated housing stock up to 21st Century standards, could rapidly create jobs and reduce fuel poverty. But by continuing to support the construction of outdated, polluting technology in the vague hope that we can clean it up later, Stormont may well be leading us down the same path that led to the RHI disaster.

Agenda NI 16th Sept 2020 read more »


Carbon prices to climb 50% over next decade following raised EU climate targets

Carbon prices across the European Union (EU) could increase by more than 50% over the next decade, with the bloc’s proposed 55% reduction in emissions set to shape renewables and fossil fuel markets in the long-run, according to new analysis from the Refinitiv Carbon Research team.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed on 16 September that the EU would back the proposed 55% reduction

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed on 16 September that the EU would back the proposed 55% reduction

According to Refinitiv Carbon Research, if the EU does go ahead and increase its climate ambitions from a 40% reduction in emissions to 55% by 2030, carbon prices will increase as a result.

The research suggests that the average carbon price between 2021 and 2030 will surpass €30. Beyond 2030, the price would increase again to beyond €50. In comparison, the EU carbon price reached €15 in May 2020, as a result of the coronavirus, its lowest level since 2018.

Ingvild Sorhus, lead analyst at Refinitiv Carbon Research said: “EUAs are trading around the all-time high of €30/t this week. With a 55% reduction target, elevated carbon prices will be needed to trigger more costly emission reductions in industry sectors as the fuel-switching potential fades when coal will almost disappear from the power mix.”

Earlier this week, more than 150 businesses and a group of investors with €33trn in assets under management called on the European Union (EU) to back the ambitions set out in its Green Deal by committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed today (16 September) that the EU would back the proposed 55% reduction. The target would align with the European Green Deal, which would include a climate law to reach net-zero emissions by 2050; and a transition fund worth €100bn and a series of new sector policies to ensure all industries are able to decarbonise.

In comparison to Refinitiv’s predictions, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) predicts that the average carbon price in the EU throughout the 2020s will be €32 per tonne of CO2 equivalent. This is an increase on the €27 average recorded between June 2018 and June 2019 but falls short of the €50 which think-tank Carbon Tracker has concluded would be necessary to decarbonise the bloc’s most-emitting sectors and nations in line with its Green New Deal climate targets.

The EU looks set to revamp its Emissions Trading System as part of the new targets. Expected reviews and proposals are due in Summer 2021.

In June, the UK negotiated its post-Brexit emissions trading framework with EU lawmakers, who had previously expressed concerns that the UK’s system would undercut the bloc’s own carbon market. An agreement has been struck to reduce the existing EU ETS cap by 5% within a year, with further reductions to be confirmed as the UK approaches its 2050 net-zero deadline.

However, the Zero Carbon Commission has published a report calling for the UK Government to increase its carbon charge to £55 per tonne (€60) by 2025 and £75 (€81) by 2030. Such a charge would be necessary to deliver against upcoming carbon budgets and should be adjusted on a sector-by-sector basis, the report states.

Matt Mace


ITV commits to net-zero emissions by 2030

ITV has built on a recent science-based targets announcement by committing to reaching net-zero emissions across the business by 2030.

ITV reaches more than 40 million viewers in the UK every week

ITV reaches more than 40 million viewers in the UK every week

ITV has confirmed that it will work with employees, suppliers and its programme makers to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 across its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, business travel and produced and commissioned programmes.

ITV’s chief financial officer Chris Kennedy said: “I am proud of the efforts of the business so far, and committing to net-zero by 2030 is one of the positive changes we will make to improve the environmental impact of not just ITV, but of the industry as a whole.”

In August, ITV confirmed that it will aim to reduce scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 46.2% by 2030 and scope 3 emissions by 28% by 2030, both against a 2019 baseline. The targets will be approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

ITV will also join the RE100 later this year, as part of a commitment to power the business with 100% renewable energy by 2025. ITV’s owned buildings in the UK are already powered completely by renewables, accounting for 55.4% of its global electricity consumption.

In 2018, the organisation became a carbon neutral business, having reduced emissions by more than 52% over a five-year period and offsetting all direct emissions from business operations, travel and energy use.

As part of the net-zero commitment, ITV will require all programmes it produces and commissions to meet Albert certification. BAFTA’s Albert initiative provides businesses and individuals across the broadcasting sector with resources to help them not only minimise the environmental impacts of their operations, but change the narrative around sustainability issues. The Albert Creative Offsets programme will be utilised to invest in certified tree planting projects.

ITV’s senior manager of Social Purpose Julia Giannini recently appeared on edie’s SustyTalk video series to discuss the new targets and how they were formed during lockdown. Watch the interview here.

Christiana Figueres, founder Global Optimism, and former UNFCCC executive secretary commented: “We have delayed climate action way too long.  Now we all have to continually over-deliver; increasing climate ambition at every opportunity.

“Non-state actors have a critical role to play in reducing emissions, shifting culture and creating new normals. This net-zero by 2030 pledge from ITV is timely, exciting and will surely create necessary change in the entire broadcasting arena.”

Matt Mace


InfoSaaS and Axora partner to transform the processes and costs of ISO management system certifications for oil, gas and mining sectors

Cloud-based solution enable remote audits for far-flung, difficult-to-reach or even quarantined sites London – 15th September 2020 – InfoSaaS and Axora have concluded a partnership agreement intended to transform the processes and costs of achieving and retaining information security, data protection and business compliance ISO management system certifications for companies operating in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Companies in these sectors are subject to the same compliance requirements as other organisations, but the very… Source: RealWire


Net Zero

Former Cabinet minister Justine Greening is calling on UK businesses to back a net zero target, insisting corporate action to cut emissions will boost jobs and help the planet. Ms Greening, who served as Secretary of State for Education under Theresa May, and held the International Development and Transport briefs under David Cameron, launched the One Planet Pledge last week. Speaking to i, she said the Pledge is an opportunity for businesses to make a “public commitment” to get to net zero emissions. To join, companies must promise to reach net zero emissions by a specific date. The initiative already counts Barratt Developments, Direct Line, and National Grid among its signatories.

iNews 14th Sept 2020 read more »

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