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The latest environmental research and development news, from green packaging and low carbon technologies, to advances in biofuels and batteries.

Shell abandons drilling for oil in Arctic

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as "an unmitigated defeat" for big oil.

Turning ideas into sustainable businesses in developing regions

Rolf Huber, md, the Siemens Foundation, explains how the solutions submitted to the Siemens Foundation’s 'empowering people. Award 2015’ are becoming sustainable businesses in developing regions.

Solar healthcare scheme wins $1m UN sustainable development award

We Care Solar, which provides renewable energy at low cost with a medical device that prevents maternal and child complications during labour in areas without electricity, was announced yesterday as the winner of a $1 million grant by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Plans for first full-scale tidal lagoon between Cardiff and Newport unveiled

A tidal lagoon being planned between Cardiff and Newport will be powerful enough to produce green electricity for every home in Wales for the next 120 years, it was announced today.

UK smart water saving outfit i2O secures £8m to expand business

i2O Water, the UK cleantech firm that is helping utilities plug the leaks in their water supply networks, says it has secured a further £8 million to expand the business at home and abroad.

RBS search for energy saving solutions leads to trial of simple radiator heating controller

An eight-month search by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to find and showcase innovative energy saving solutions invented by UK and international small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has led the bank to trial a simple, radiator heating control device in its buildings.

Ecotricity's Searaser passes first wave tank test

A novel wave power device backed by green energy company Ecotricity has successfully completed first stage testing, it was announced today.

Leading businesses launch first social impact assessment tool

Leading businesses, including UK retailer Marks and Spencer and Dutch chemicals giant AkzoNobel, have launched a comprehensive handbook for assessing the social impact of products, billing the guide as the "next frontier for sustainability".

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.

£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.

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.

Share of €2.5m grant up for grabs for digital innovations tackling green challenges

A new competition is being launched at the end of the month to encourage the development of innovative digital solutions that tackle societal challenges, including those addressing sustainability and environmental issues.

Fracking: councils to get 100 per cent business rates as Total enters UK shale gas market

David Cameron is to declare that his Government is "going all out for shale" as he announces that councils will be entitled to keep 100 per cent of business rates raised from fracking sites in a deal expected to generate millions of pounds for local authorities.

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