Energy and Environment

Battery and solar is a winning combination for education

Adding battery power to a building’s solar array is helping a higher education centre cut its  carbon emissions and costs. The University and Professional Development Centre (UPDC) in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, which offers degree courses and adult education services,...

Sustainable marketplace Canopey.com open for business

A new marketplace for environmentally sustainable and eco-conscious products is open, with a mission to make greener shopping easier for everyone. Canopey.com, based in Norwich, is billed as the home for buying better from a variety of ethical brands such...

Artificial nests are a first for UK offshore industry

Three artificial nests have been commissioned along the East Coast by an offshore energy giant. The structures were completed by marine construction contractor, Red7Marine, on behalf of Ørsted, Danish specialists in offshore wind. They were required as a part of...

Spanish cleantechs learn from ‘golden triangle’ super cluster

Cambridge Cleantech is playing a lead role in a UK immersion programme offering R&D partnerships, funding, and growth opportunities to Spanish sustainability startups. The group - a leading membership network for cleantech innovators - is supporting its first cohort through...

North Falls project changes following CONSULTATION

Consultation feedback results in a number of project changes for North Falls Offshore Wind Farm. Project removes northern offshore array area from its proposals reducing visual impact of the wind farm. Closest distance from shore increases from 22...

FUCHS and Rix Petroleum In Partnership Deal

TWO businesses in Norfolk have joined forces to help keep East Anglia’s farmers moving throughout harvest and autumn drilling.  W ell known lubricants supplier FUCHS has appointed Rix Petroleum (East Anglia) Ltd as its automotive and agricultural distributor in the area,...

Vintage fashion aims for ‘evergreen’ sales

E-commerce designer company Messina is joining the UK’s net zero drive with a rapid expansion in sales of ‘pre-loved’ clothes. Its current purpose-built warehouse, in Port One Logistics Park, Suffolk, is already equipped with reclaimed fixtures and fittings to process...

Cambridge cluster plans net zero route

Business leaders from Cambridge’s innovation cluster met recently to discuss practical strategies towards achieving net zero in their supply chains. The ‘Driving Sustainability in Science Development’ event was hosted by Cambridge Network at Howard Group’s Unity Campus. With a keynote speech...

New energy from old EV batteries generates new partnerships

Connected Energy’s novel idea for reusing batteries from end-of-life electric vehicles has caught the eye of multinational manufacturers, enabling it to grow its Norfolk team When an electric vehicle (EV) reaches the end of its life, what happens to the...

Indigo Swan sustainability strategy takes flight with six-figure fund boost

Norwich-based energy consultancy, Indigo Swan, has secured a six-figure invoice finance facility with Time Finance to accelerate its investment in sustainability and support for the UK’s decarbonisation journey. The firm secured the finance package to support the completion of a...

Norfolk-born shredding business surpasses £21.6m in turnover

Shred Station - the world’s largest independent shredding company - is celebrating 15 years in business with absolutely no intention of slowing down. The company, based in Norwich, now has operations spread across the UK and also clinched a record-breaking...

What next for business in the Southern North Sea?

As energy development in the Southern North Sea (SNS) faces an uncertain future beyond this decade, significant habitat restoration could see an environmental success story emerge hand in hand with an increased renewable energy supply for the national grid....

East of England Hydrogen Cluster launches: IAG takes shape

Hydrogen East has launched the East of England Hydrogen Cluster and announced the first members of its new Industry-led Advisory Group. Last year, Hydrogen East unveiled a vision for a regional, distributed clean hydrogen cluster in the region that will...

Port of Felixstowe orders 100 autonomous trucks

Battery powered autonomous Q-Trucks are on their way to the Port of Felixstowe. Owner Hutchison Ports signed the agreement with Shanghai Westwell Technology Co. Ltd (Westwell) for 100 vehicles after an extensive testing and evaluation process. Hutchison Ports first introduced the...

First look inside pioneering vertical farm which will strengthen UK’s food security

A pioneering vertical farm in Suffolk is set to complement and boost the region’s traditional farming sector. OneFarm is a huge agricultural innovation, withtechnology capable of growing high volumes of sustainably produced food to support the UK’s drive towards self-sufficiency. Nine-metre-high...

Companies invited to join offshore wind success story

Companies looking for a break into the offshore wind industry can apply to an award-winning technology acceleration programme based in the East of England for the first time. Launch Academy East of England - run by the Offshore Renewable Energy...

Responsible waste scheme launched for Norwich city centre

Norwich businesses are being offered a free waste audit as part of a new initiative to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The five-year scheme has been agreed between Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and Anglian Waste Recycling,...

Five Estuaries launch Stage 2 public consultation

A proposed extension project of the existing Galloper Offshore Wind Farm has launched a second stage of consultation to present their development proposals. The consultation for Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm runs for just over eight weeks closing at 11:59pm...

Sizewell C reaches major milestone

Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk has been given the go ahead. The government has taken a 50% stake in the project, matched by state-owned French energy giant EDF. It is anticipated that the plant, based on the Suffolk coast...

Opergy explores potential offshore demo and testing site in English waters

Natural England are working with Norwich-based clean energy consulting group Opergy to determine the potential for an offshore demonstration site in England’s territorial waters. E nergy security pressures and the climate emergency have made offshore wind a vital part of the...

Green gas community is a UK first

An AD plant is helping transform a Norfolk town into the UK’s first green gas community. Attleborough is the first neighbourhood in the country to benefit from a waste to energy gas system. It follows two years of extensive works at...

First UK deployment of pioneering net zero technology created in Cambridge

A Cambridge climate tech company is celebrating the first UK deployment of its pioneering decarbonisation technology. The collaboration, between climate tech company Levidian and solutions business Eco Group, marks multiple firsts. Eco Group’s deployment in the south of Scotland is the...

The green aviation revolution takes off

Charter operator SaxonAir is spearheading an ‘eastern wind of change’ to propel UK aviation into a zero emissions future. East Anglia in Business speaks to CEO Alex Durand about his hopes for a new golden age in air travel. SaxonAir...

Vision for first-of-its-kind hydrogen cluster in the East of England

As hydrogen looks set to play a central role in the UK’s net zero policies, hydrogen experts Hydrogen East unveil their vision for a regional ‘first-of-its-kind’ hydrogen cluster centred on core electrolyser projects. In particular, Norfolk and Suffolk could make...

How the Energy Relief Scheme will help your business

The new Energy Bill Relief Scheme, unveiled in September, means energy prices will be capped for businesses, charities and the public sector in the short term. The government initiative will apply to energy usage from 1 October 2022 to 31...

New reservoirs ‘critical to future prosperity’

As East Anglia grapples with prolonged water shortages – and faced with ever increasing demand – proposals are underway for two new reservoirs. Anglian Water has earmarked one reservoir for the Fens in partnership with Cambridge Water, and the other...

The Birketts Clean Energy Team: your legal one-stop-shop

East Anglia in Business spoke to Jeremy Stanton and Gemma Goddard – Partners at Top 100 law firm Birketts, (ranked 60 in the latest listings) – to learn about the rapidly evolving world of renewables and technology. They also...

Looking for clean energy investment?

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF2)* is seeking to make new investments of £25k and over into businesses who are developing innovative products and technologies that will make significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Launched in 2020 with a new...

Vertical farm plan for old warehouse

A vast vertical farm capable of producing 415 tonnes of herbs and salad a year is to be developed in a former warehouse in Suffolk after a lease agreement was signed. OneFarm, a Dutch vertical farming company, plans to open...

New energy collective could cut thousands from your energy bills

In response to growing volatility in the energy market, a new partnership between the Smart Manufacturing Alliance and energy consultants, Inspired Energy, could save Cambridgeshire and Peterborough manufacturers thousands on their energy bills. The ‘SMA Energy Collective’ is an energy...