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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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Roadshow highlights 'green' cars on the rise

• Roadshow aims to tackle low-emission vehicle myths • Info and test-drives in Clean Air Zone cities Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) – which include electric and plug in hybrid cars – are on the rise. Growth year on year is impressive with more than 35,000 registrations in 2016, compared to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/04/2017 - 14:55

24/04/2017

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Five of the latest green energy innovations that have caught our eye

Here at the Energy Saving Trust Blog, we like to keep tabs on the latest breakthroughs, announcements and oddities in green technology. Here are a handful of our latest spots. New high for solar PV efficiency The solar energy industry seems to be on a constant quest to prove itself – and this drive...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 20/04/2017 - 15:06

20/04/2017

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Tackling poor practice in wall insulation

• Concerns over cavity wall insulation • Better consumer protection needed • CWI can work well, if appropriately installed Since 1996, 6million homes in the UK have had cavity walls insulated – but there are growing concerns that cavity wall insulation can cause problems. Yesterday, Welsh MP Hywel...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 20/04/2017 - 10:01

20/04/2017

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Energy labelling Digi-label energy labelling

Europe’s new, old energy label

• A-G product labels to return • The end is nigh for '+++' ratings • Opportunity for innovation - but issues to iron out It’s out with the new, in with the old for eco labelling. The European energy label is reverting back to its original A-G format, saying goodbye to its three pluses for good...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:47

13/04/2017

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Transport EV electric vehicles EV range

Electric vehicle rally aims to excite

• High profile European tour aims to engage public • Trip pushes the case for adoption of EVs • Better choice, batteries and charging still needed On Tuesday 25 April, a convoy of electric vehicles (EVs) begin an anti-clockwise journey around Europe, to raise awareness of technology that is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/04/2017 - 15:10

12/04/2017

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Green strategy and politics renewables emissions clean energy

Consumption down, renewables up – but can energy progress be sustained?

• Energy efficiency, renewables—checked emissions • Progress in coming years not guaranteed • More ambition and investment needed Despite some political uncertainties, there have been some distinctly positive recent points of note for the clean energy sector. Firstly, global CO2 emissions have not...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 11/04/2017 - 14:32

11/04/2017

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Report offers guidance in zero carbon quest

The UK is legally committed to an 80 per cent reduction on our carbon emissions by 2050. But to make sure we get there, and to play our part in global decarbonisation, many organisations argue that what we should be aiming for is a fully Zero Carbon Britain. Sounds great, but how would we do it?...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 28/03/2017 - 15:13

28/03/2017

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International grid connectivity National Grid

Getting connected to a global energy vision

• New paper sets out vision of cross-border links • Connections existed before – not on this scale • Technical and political barriers to be overcome We live in an increasingly connected world – and it's already the case that our energy sources don't always come from within our national borders...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 22/03/2017 - 17:14

22/03/2017

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Energy and water efficiency at home home appliances field trials Topten UK

Freezers prove electricity offenders in new trial

It's not just Energy Saving Trust that carry out technology field trials – and the Government has just finished an interesting one of its own, looking at 'over-consuming' appliances . This means appliances where their compressor is running for more than 90 per cent of the time – more than they are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/03/2017 - 16:24

17/03/2017

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Transport trains solar power solar energy renewables

Sunny prospects for solar railways?

With plans in place to electrify the entire UK train network, there are a number of barriers to overcome – not least the fact that in some areas, the electricity grid is already running at capacity. Could solar power provide a solution? Given that peak solar generation and peak demand for train...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:42

16/03/2017

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