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Automotive component manufacturer leads the way on SME sustainability

An automotive systems and components manufacturer in the West Midlands is proving energy-intensive businesses can be sustainability leaders – whatever their size.

Siemens to invest £160m in UK offshore wind manufacturing facility

Siemens is to double its investment in a wind turbine manufacturing plant in the UK, creating 1000 jobs.

RBS to provide grants and ‘road-testing’ for resource efficiency innovations

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is on the hunt for innovative ideas and "garage-tested" green solutions that could enable the bank to become more resource efficient and, it says, help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) get their products to market more successfully.

London Underground ad campaign aims to galvanise businesses to go green

An advertising campaign, supported by the Eden Project, is running across the London Underground, on tube platforms and the DLR, to promote sustainability to businesses in the capital and a new green certification programme.

Floods cost small businesses £830 million

Small businesses are facing a bill of three quarters of million pounds as a result of the extreme weather that has devastated large parts of England this winter, according to figures released today by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Green Investment Bank and Societe Generale launch £50m energy efficiency fund

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has teamed up with France’s Societe Generale to create a £50 million fund to help unlock non-domestic energy efficiency projects in the UK.

Carpet manufacturer Interface reduces carbon emissions by 90 per cent

The European division of Interface, the pioneering sustainable carpet manufacturer, has cut its carbon emissions by 90 per cent and reduced its water usage by 95 per cent.

IKEA hits new heights on renewable energy

Global furniture retailer IKEA is generating more than a quarter of its electricity needs from renewable energy, according to its first progress report since launching its 2020 sustainability goals a year ago.

Energy Entrepreneurs Fund opens bids for final £10m

The final tranche of the Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund has opened for small businesses with innovative low carbon energy ideas that can help cut the cost of consumer bills.

RBS launches energy efficiency loan fund for SMEs

UK small businesses can now access energy efficiency loans and energy saving advice from one of Britain’s biggest banks.

Kingspan launches commercial rooftop solar “100 per cent funded solution”

Leading insulation manufacturer Kingspan has launched a new "fully-funded" solar energy solution in a bid to get more businesses to harvest the energy from the sun from their rooftops.

83 per cent of businesses to miss growth targets due to energy price hikes

Business are facing lower growth prospects and are considering cutting the number of people they employ because of energy price increases, according to a new survey.

Onsite renewable generation to meet 14 per cent of UK’s energy needs by 2030

Onsite renewable and low carbon energy generation - also known as decentralised energy – will contribute 14 per cent of the UK’s energy needs by 2030 and save businesses that invest in it tens of billions of pounds, a new report has found.

Ed Davey unveils £20m energy demand reduction pilot as Lib Dems vote for nuclear

Businesses could receive financial incentives for reducing the amount of electricity they use through a new Government pilot worth at least £20 million.

Radiation leak from Fukushima nuclear plant could kill within hours

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours, Japanese authorities have revealed, as the Government prepares to step in to help contain leaks of highly toxic water at the site.

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