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Collaborating to bring building energy labelling to Canada

Energy Saving Trust – which administers central parts of Scotland’s Energy Performance Certificate programme – is collaborating with Natural Resources Canada as Canadian jurisdictions work towards introducing new building energy labelling schemes. Our work together is being supported by the British...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Tue, 07/11/2017 - 13:37

07/11/2017

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International innovation energy innovation energy innovations green innovation green innovations

Five green innovations that caught our eye

From time to time, we like to take a look at some of the green technological breakthroughs being touted for possible roles in our sustainable future. Here are five of our recent favourites. The road to faster EV charging? Image: Rice University The ability to charge electric vehicles (EVs) with...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 30/10/2017 - 15:44

30/10/2017

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International WWF green energy electricity grid

Energy forecast can help take advantage of a greener grid

• WWF green energy forecast launches • Concept could lead to more renewable electricity being used • Tech and tariffs offer chance to save cash and carbon Weather forecasts are forever useful; whether it’s helping you decide whether to take an umbrella with you when you leave the house, or giving...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 26/09/2017 - 12:20

26/09/2017

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International electricity grid energy grid renewables

Grids just keep getting greener

Total global investment in renewables was down last year – but that’s not as bad a thing as it initially sounds. The cost of getting solar , wind and other green energy projects off the ground has plummeted – so despite the overall drop in investment, 2016 was still a record year in terms of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 10/07/2017 - 15:16

10/07/2017

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Energy efficiency: an underrated resource of our age

Recent sustainable energy news has been, at best, downcast, focusing on the United States’ Government’s decision to back out of the Paris climate deal. But running in contrast to this, here’s the good news. It appears that energy efficiency has been hugely underestimated by major international...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 06/07/2017 - 15:21

06/07/2017

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Renewable companies: Big businesses getting serious about green energy

In the last couple of weeks, there has been a veritable scramble among corporate household names to make big renewable energy commitments. Supermarket giant Tesco has pledged to go 100 per cent renewable this year in the UK, and by 2030 worldwide. Coca-Cola has pledged similar for all its European...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 26/05/2017 - 10:02

26/05/2017

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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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Green strategy and politics International Local and community energy Cities energy

5 lesser-known cities taking sustainability seriously

Zurich has just been announced as the world's most sustainable city based on a number of environmental, social and financial considerations, while Ljubljana, with its impressive public transport infrastructure and noble waste objectives, is the current European Green Capital . But which are the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/11/2016 - 15:18

18/11/2016

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International Scotland Renewable heat

Getting warmer – and 'greener' – in Scotland

Good news in Scotland, where new Scottish Government figures , compiled by Energy Saving Trust, show renewable heat on the up. 2015 marked the highest annual increase in renewable heat output since records began in 2008 – over 1,100GWh. Assistant Data Insight Manager Fiona Flynn, who compiled the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/10/2016 - 14:16

21/10/2016

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Playtime going 'green' as toy giants clean up their act

LEGO is looking to build its sustainability credentials further, after achieving an 11.5 per cent reduction in energy use since 2013. It's a story of triumph over adversity – or at very least decidedly unpromising beginnings. Setting itself a 10 per cent target three years ago, it only managed 0.4...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 18/10/2016 - 14:50

18/10/2016

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