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Scotland cracks on in tackling home energy

Over 58,000 homes in Scotland upgraded their boiler or got insulated under the ECO scheme last year – a higher rate per 1,000 homes than England. While this will no doubt cheer green Scottish nationalists, a caveat is that ECO got a little help from the Scottish Government’s own fuel poverty...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 08/05/2014 - 08:45

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Sports stadiums seek to score high for sustainability

While football generally dominates sport sustainability talk, one example is the progress made at Newcastle United’s ground , there are also many examples from other team sports. Welsh rugby titans The Scarlets have just installed the largest solar array on a sporting facility in the UK, with 1,000...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 02/05/2014 - 08:45

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Corporate climate soul-searching is real

In the aftermath of the IPCC report on climate change, there has not unexpectedly been a rise in public discussion about the threats to our ways of life, and the potential in mitigating and limiting the problem. And the role of business has been in the spotlight. A poll of over 2,000 global...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 30/04/2014 - 08:45

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How to boost a nation’s energy capacity

In the last few decades, there have been many ambassadors for energy efficiency, including ourselves. But it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been an entire nation emblematic of the impact of widespread energy efficiency measures – until now. Japan has managed to replace half of its nuclear capacity...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 25/04/2014 - 08:45

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Solar cell success - PV turns 60

Friday sees a significant anniversary – 60 years since the first solar cell capable of providing significant amounts of power. At the time, all the solar cells in the world produced about one Watt of capacity. Six decades later, there’s over 100billion Watts of solar PV installed – with everything...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 22/04/2014 - 08:46

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UK needs to tap into biofuel potential

The UK is importing biomass for energy that it could be producing itself, according to a new report from The University of Manchester. Almost half of the nation’s energy needs could be met by bio energy with no need to bring in any fuels from abroad at all, it claims. These are big findings and in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 16/04/2014 - 08:45

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The green retail revolution?

Given commerce is a worldwide obsession, it makes sense that shopping outlets should be setting a example in terms of where they source their energy. Recent developments suggest that positive moves are happening. One of the UK’s oldest out of town retail outlets, Clarks Village in Somerset , has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/04/2014 - 08:45

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Renewed hope for global energy

An infographic from Trillion Fund highlights some new milestones representing good renewables news from around the globe. Three European nations: Bulgaria, Sweden and Estonia have met their 2020 renewables targets eight years ahead of schedule. California is also setting a target of 100 per cent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 11/04/2014 - 08:45

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The potential of water source heat pumps

Renewable heat is in the news more than ever, with energy security issues like the Russia-Ukraine crisis piquing interest in the energy we can generate right here. Even a less talked about technology has got column inches of late – the water-source heat pump. The government is mapping the potential...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/04/2014 - 08:45

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Green universities, or an educated mess?

Universities are said to be the home of the highest educational standards – but could the same be said for their attitude to energy and climate issues? Well, it appears that the jury’s out. An article in Salon.com recently took a swipe at America’s biggest educational institutes for failing to set...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 07/04/2014 - 08:45

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