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Sainsbury's to rollout pioneering heat recycling technology to up to 100 stores

A UK company that has developed a ground-breaking 'heat recycling’ technology is embarking on a major rollout of its innovative system across Sainsbury’s stores.

New green innovation fund targets farmers

A new fund has launched for agricultural innovation that aims to put money in the hands of businesses with green fingers.

Yorkshire carbon capture and storage project wins EU funding

Drax, the operator of Britain's biggest power station, has secured up to €300 million (£238 million) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose carbon dioxide emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea.

Cleantech Innovate to offer cash prize for first time

A UK cleantech conference has put some serious weight behind its annual event, launching a cash award for green innovation with two prizes of €20,000 (£15,967).

Coca-Cola to launch 'greener' Coke in UK

Coca-Cola is set to launch a new greener, lower-calorie version of its best-selling drink in the UK later this year.

Offshore wind: £6.5m trial to begin of ground-breaking innovation to cut costs

An enormous bucket will be sunk into the floor of the North Sea to anchor a new generation of turbines in a £6.5 million trial to begin this summer in a bid to slash the cost of offshore wind.

Cars made of tomatoes: Heinz and Ford ink bio-plastics partnership

The union between car and tomato may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning the avant-garde of transport, but a new partnership today announced between car conglomerate Ford and food giant Heinz suggests an imminent breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing using sustainable bio-plastics.

EU launches "largest cleantech idea competition"

UK-based entrepreneurs are being given the chance to create a cleaner, greener future and access up to €95,000 (£77,331) in funding in what is being described as "Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition".

£800,000 grant fund for SMEs pioneering waste prevention

Grants of up to £50,000 are to be offered to local businesses, SMEs and voluntary groups through a scheme which aims to jump-start pioneering partnerships in waste prevention.

Celebrations at last for vehicle engine innovator crowned 2014 Shell Springboard winner

A Lancaster-based entrepreneur has proved that grit and determination go a long way in the search for the UK's most innovative low carbon idea, walking away with the coveted national Shell Springboard Award after being told by the judges first time round that his high-efficiency vehicle engine didn't make the grade.

Low carbon SME export boom being hampered by lack of funding

Small businesses are driving the UK’s low carbon export boom, but are not realising their full potential because of lack of appropriate funding and support to unlock growth opportunities in emerging markets, according to new research commissioned by energy giant Shell.

Earth Hour: top artists put their creativity to work to inspire greener lifestyles

Top artists have created a series of posters to raise awareness about climate change and sustainability as part of a campaign by 'Do the Green Thing' and WWF-UK in the run up to Earth Hour this month.

Tidal lagoons could generate electricity cheaper than offshore wind

Three tidal lagoons could be in operation around Britain by 2021 producing large-scale low carbon power at a cheaper price than offshore wind, according to their developer, Tidal Lagoon Power.

Why is the sustainability community so bad at sharing data?

Last month, tech companies got together and within 48 hour notice over 200 leading developers unlocked collaboration and innovation to share data and find the best and most efficient ways to tackle the UK flood crisis. Tyler Christie, ceo of big data firm Amee, asks why the sustainability community is so bad at sharing intelligence that could benefit both it and the rest of society.

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.


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Sainsbury's to rollout pioneering heat recycling technology to up to 100 stores
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