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Water innovations – canals to cleaning

Despite a resolutely wet winter in the UK, there’s no reason to rest on laurels where water supply is concerned. Making sure there’s adequate water for the future is one of the world’s paramount concerns – and luckily there’s lots of work being done on supply and demand. Providing a stable supply...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 31/03/2014 - 08:45

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Should sustainability be an unconscious choice?

Pushing us towards changing our ways can range anywhere from ‘keeping up with the greens’ vision of neighbourly competition , to positive reinforcement and appreciation, to making a fun game out of behaving better. The effects of change can mean anything from massive savings on energy bills to ‘...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 26/03/2014 - 08:45

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Low-carbon heating - getting warmer, but not quite there

It may seem an obvious point to say that to better manage our energy use, technologies need to be both accessible and clearly explained. But it appears there is still some work to be done to make sure this is the case. Where heating is concerned, it seems there’s especially some room for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/03/2014 - 08:45

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Energy bills: metering matters

While energy companies are being warned of more intense scrutiny of their finances by regulators, it’s interesting to see that one part of the problem of rising energy bills might be rather more old-school than business financial modelling. Consumer watchdog Which? has warned that millions of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:45

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Can a man who can't put up a shelf build a house?

Thousands of Brits flock to Ikea every weekend to buy flat pack furniture. And while on a recent trip to Bavaria, I discovered the Germans do the same - but only after calling in to a retail park to choose their kit-house house first. So with a German coffee in hand – great if you’re not looking to...

Submitted by Julian Roberts on Tue, 25/02/2014 - 09:00

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Passivhaus boasts impressive results

The BBC’s Inside Out programme recently took a visit to what is the UK’s largest Passivhaus development, near Saffron Walden in rural Essex. This kind of coverage is great news, as it raises the profile of the super energy-efficient building technique that may have a greater up-front cost, but has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:45

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Making product energy claims stick

As part of a drive to stop misleading energy claims, we’re about to crank up the surveillance on goods that consume gas and electricity in the UK and beyond. We also aim to increase compliance to Europe-wide standards. Think of us as energy-saving mystery shoppers - one of 16 organisations across...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 18/02/2014 - 08:45

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New funding for green innovators

It’s hard to make a breakthrough in any field – it requires good ideas, good execution, and finance. Of those elements, a limited amount of working capital can be the most likely to frustrate ambitions. This is no different in the field of green technology. With this in mind, here’s a nudge in the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/02/2014 - 08:45

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Corporate carbon cutting seeks renewed energy

A new energy auditing scheme has been launched with the aim of helping businesses reduce their energy costs. A sensible idea, certainly, and one that has the benefit - beyond the top line - of helping the UK along the road to a low-carbon economy. The scheme, run by RBS and Natwest, so alas...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 10/02/2014 - 08:45

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Are TV soaps setting a good energy efficiency example?

British soaps are well-known for supporting charitable and humanitarian causes through storylines and canny advert-placements – but where do our fictitious friends stand on home energy efficiency? Well if no-one else was thinking it, consultants TheGreenAge certainly are, and they’ve produced some...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 07/02/2014 - 08:45

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