As an organisation that’s been banging the drum of behaviour change and its centrality to reducing carbon emissions for many years, it’s always nice to see a bit of third party vindication – if it were needed.
A new European Energy Agency report has done just that. It says that a fifth of the energy currently used by EU member states could be cut with effective policies to tackle the bad behaviours that caused emissions to rocket by a quarter in the last couple of decades.
Our Scottish blogger Michael has done much by way of speculating on Scotland’s potential as a hub of renewable energy activity – based solidly on the fact that the nation is doing rather a lot in this field. They won’t even let Donald Trump stand in the way of their renewables revolution.
Being trailblazers requires the ability to get people to buy into a vision; and that’s something the Scots have recently been given compliments about by the head of National Grid Steve Holliday, who said:
Greenbuild editor, Lucy Young, examines the case for a sustainable built environment and the range of benefits it brings, from energy security through to job creation, highlighting the reasons why we just can't afford not to go green.
Every once in a while we see a certain kind of local news story, and our collective heart sinks. It’s the ones where criminals are going door-to-door, pretending to represent Energy Saving Trust and hard-selling energy-saving goods and services, real or imagined, to people.
General form says you should probably get the bad news out of the way first, so here it is: UK CO2 emissions were up 4.5 per cent in 2012, largely due to supplies of cheap coal, and attempts to make the most of the last days of some of the condemned power stations that burn it. Unexpected cold spikes played a part too.
We’ve previously blogged about the unseen perils of data and computing – a carbon-heavy cloud, so to speak. But we’ve also looked at what’s being done about it, most recently Ebay’s move towards fuel cell technology. So, to now, and geothermal, solar and biogas mean Apple’s data centres are going 100 per cent renewable. So that means computing with no carbon footprint at all, right?