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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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International Energy use toys plastic

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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International innovation plastic

10 fantastic innovations in the war on plastic

The war on plastic has begun in earnest. With critics citing waste, the pollution caused during disposal, and the energy used to create and mould the compounds into the forms we know so well, new ways of tackling our addiction to plastic are being conceived. France has taken the legal route – with...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 15:25

10/10/2016

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International solar energy Morocco

Morocco aiming to become big solar power player

• Aim to generate 42% of electricity from renewables in 4 years' time • Project could potentially reduce oil dependence by 2.5million tonnes • Morocco and Portugal signed cooperation agreement on renewables Morocco has an ambitious plan to generate 42 per cent of its electricity from renewables by...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 24/08/2016 - 14:48

24/08/2016

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International refugees renewable energy

Bringing green energy and better buildings to refugees

• 90% of families in camps have no access to electricity - 2015 report • "Access to sustainable energy is a basic human need" - UNHCR • Ikea Foundation helping with alternatives in Better Shelter campaign Renewable energy is being put to work in helping to tackle one of the greatest challenges of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 21/07/2016 - 15:30

21/07/2016

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International fossil fuels Government

Progression towards a fossil-free UK?

• Government hopes to cut out coal entirely by 2025 • UK lagging behind Sweden, Norway and Iceland • Improvement to incentives would help momentum Good news: the UK has kicked coal. It may not be for good – but it's a start. There have been several recent drops to using zero coal to generate...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/06/2016 - 15:12

03/06/2016

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International environmental research renewable energy projects

Top ten unusual environmental projects: Part 2

For those of you that may've missed the first half of our Top ten unusual environmental projects blog , here are the five remaining favourite finds from our top ten list of 'green' projects in the works. Huge thanks to those of you that commented and tweeted us regarding this list - we're still...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 26/04/2016 - 11:17

26/04/2016

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International environmental research renewable energy projects

Top ten unusual environmental projects: Part 1

From tapping the energy of space to pigeon-based pollution monitoring, you don't have to look too far to find outside-the-box thinking in energy and sustainability. Here are the first five of our favourite projects – watch this space for our second installment of creative concepts coming soon...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 18/04/2016 - 13:13

18/04/2016

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