Japanese shipping giant NYK unveils sustainability-linked loan

The finance mechanism will see interest rate fluctuate depending on the firm’s sustainability performance

Tsunami-hit Fukushima to become renewable energy hub

The region, which was the site of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident, could become home to 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants

Moixa breaks 10k battery milestone in Japan

The firm claims it is now managing the world’s largest single fleet of smart batteries

Japan ‘could be left with $71bn of stranded coal assets’

That’s the warning from Carbon Tracker, which says the country must reform its ‘pro-coal’ stance and policies

Softbank Vision Fund invests $110m in Swiss energy storage start-up

Energy Vault claims its technology enables renewables to deliver baseload power for less than the cost of fossil fuels 24 hours a day

UK scientists granted £60m share to tackle global environmental challenges

The funding will be matched by international collaborators from nations including China, India, Japan and the US

Global nuclear watchdog chief dies at 72

Yukiya Amano headed the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency since 2009

Japan’s famous Nara Deer killed by plastic pollution

One dead deer’s stomach was found to contain 4.3 kilogrammes of plastic after it ate wrappers and packaging littered in the scenic area

Toyota to start public road trials of solar-powered cars

The demonstration car consists of a system that charges the battery while the vehicle is parked as well as when it is being driven

EU, Japan and US to co-operate on hydrogen and fuel cells

They believe the technologies could bring significant benefits to the energy sector, the economy and the environment