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The best of 2014

A look at our most popular blogs this year reveals that our readers are seeking solutions to chilly rented homes. Meanwhile. a piece on Scottish renewable policy from 2011 also saw a renaissance in the year of the independence referendum. Here’s our top ten run-blogs published this year: 10. More...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 22/12/2014 - 09:00

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2014: A green policy round-up

2014 may be remembered as the year when international debate on climate targets gave way to what looks like broad agreement . Certainly in Europe, more common ground has been found than ever. The green year in England has not been so turbulent by the standards of the sector, but it has still much...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:20

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UK cities seek green innovation

The UK’s urban areas are thinking smarter about energy than ever before, and there are few better recent examples than plans in the centre of Britain’s second city, Birmingham. A combined heat and power (CHP) system is to be installed in the brand new Birmingham New Street station. A pretty...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:45

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Scotland takes lead in renewable heat

When you live in an area without mains gas, options for heating your home are limited, especially when taking efficiency into account. Being able to heat your home and hot water without taking a large financial hit is a concern for many in rural areas or inaccessible places. With no access to mains...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Thu, 27/11/2014 - 09:00

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The growing sustainable ethos in schools

Behaviour change will go hand in hand with a low carbon future - and it’s important to catch people early. Schools are playing their role, and finding that a range of partners are happy to step in to lend a helping hand. The enthusiasm of youth is a great thing to nurture - and there certainly...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/11/2014 - 08:45

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The human side of green cities

Scandinavia is often the place to look for examples of sustainable infrastructure and making green living work on an individual level. Denmark is dubbing itself the ‘ State of Green’ , and as far as city-wide sustainability efforts go, there are few better examples than Copenhagen, which aims to be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 31/10/2014 - 08:45

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Love your community, get energy fit together

Environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan (GAP) is supporting Big Energy Saving Week. In this guest blog, Partner Hugh Goulbourne, explains how to get involved. Since 2010, the Big Energy Saving Week programme has raised awareness of the support programmes available for vulnerable...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Tue, 21/10/2014 - 09:00

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In search of energy independence

In an age of energy volatility, providing your own supply is the Holy Grail for both nations and localities. One such case study is the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro , which will get all its power from renewables by the end of the year. The 10,000-strong island has never been on a power grid,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/10/2014 - 08:45

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Supporting urban energy in Wales

Community renewable energy can have great social benefits. We are involved with a council-backed project in Swansea which aims to install solar PV on social housing and community buildings in two of the city’s most deprived wards. We have conducted a feasibility study and business plan to establish...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 06/10/2014 - 08:45

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Striving for the social benefits of energy efficiency

Good news in London: More money has been allocated to provide energy retrofits in social housing through the Decent Homes programme. Thousands of homes should benefit, and it is great to see money being targeted at the areas of most need, with the highest risk of fuel poverty . In addition, around...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/09/2014 - 08:45

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