The REA says it is very concerned by the lack of funding for biomass conversion in the budget

Contracts for Difference: ‘limited funding for key technologies will send shockwaves through industry’ – REA

The REA has commented on the draft budget for the government's Contracts for Difference scheme, stating that is it 'surprising' that more funding has been allocated for less established and more expensive technologies.

The Contracts for Difference budget will be split between technology groups

Renewable energy projects to compete for £200m budget

Ed Davey has announced a budget of over £200million a year to fund renewable energy projects. Businesses will have to bid for the investment, under the first allocation round for the new Contracts for Difference.

DECC has closed the door on Green Deal Home Improvement Fund applications

Government closes applications to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

DECC has closed applications to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with immediate effect, citing 'overwhelming popular demand' for the financial support scheme.

The workshop was a collaborative approach to reducing waste in the supply chain

Housebuilder and suppliers take collaborative approach to waste

Housebuilder Miller Homes has held a workshop for its key suppliers to discuss the issue of waste in construction and to identify reduction initiatives collaboratively.

Manufacturing

The Old Tom bottle offers 'considerable' benefits to the environment, says Beatson Clark

‘World’s best ale’ cuts footprint with lighter bottle

Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark and glass packaging specialist Rawlings have developed a new lightweight bottle for World's Best Ale award-winning Robinsons Old Tom, reducing its environmental footprint.

Retail

Sainsbury's will use the loan over a period of two to three years

Sainsbury’s agrees £200m corporate green loan for sustainability initiatives

Sainsbury's has agreed a £200million corporate 'green' loan, the first of its kind in the UK, to fund clean energy generation, energy efficiency and water conservation initiatives.

Waste & Recycling

M&S will buy back enough AD-generated electricity to power 20 M&S Simply Food stores

M&S signs Power Purchase Agreement to run stores with food waste

Shanks and Marks and Spencer have signed a Power Purchase Agreement which will see food waste generate enough renewable energy to power 20 branches of M&S Simply Food.

Food & Farming

The University Catering Rating has a similar focus to the School Food Plan

Sustainable Restaurant Association develops new university catering rating

The Sustainable Restaurant Association and the University Caterers Organisation have developed a new University Catering Rating, which measures sustainability based on the three pillars of sourcing, environment and society.

Energy

The report has urged vendors to consider supply chain and end-user emissions and the design of their devices to improve sustainability

Emissions from charging mobile devices to double by 2019

Charging mobile devices will generate more than 13 megatonnes of CO2e of greenhouse gases per annum globally by 2019, compared to the predicted figure of 6.4 megatonnes this year.

Transport & Cities

The UK has a statutory commitment to reduce emissions by 80 per cent

UK ‘still not on track’ to meet emissions targets, CCC warns

Progress has been made in some areas to tackle greenhouse gas emissions but 'the UK is still not on track' to meet its statutory commitment to reduce emissions, the Committee on Climate Change has warned.

Green Living

Homeowners have applied for over £50million in the initiative's first six weeks – but the amount they can claim has fallen

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund amount reduced as ‘vouchers fly out of the door’

DECC has announced changes to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund following the issue of £43million worth of vouchers in the scheme's first six weeks, in order 'to ensure as many people as possible can benefit'.

Design

The report has urged vendors to consider supply chain and end-user emissions and the design of their devices to improve sustainability

Emissions from charging mobile devices to double by 2019

Charging mobile devices will generate more than 13 megatonnes of CO2e of greenhouse gases per annum globally by 2019, compared to the predicted figure of 6.4 megatonnes this year.

Events

The training is aimed at helping retailers understand the new charges

Retailers invited to wise up on carrier bag charge

Zero Waste Scotland is holding free training events to help Scottish retailers implement the forthcoming carrier bag charge, beginning on July 17th.