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The rise and rise of solar power

The International Energy Agency says that solar, both photovoltaic and thermal, could surpass fossil fuels, wind and hydro by 2050 to be the world’s largest energy source. Here in the UK, a recent study suggested that covering 61 per cent of south-facing commercial roofs with solar PV could provide...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:00

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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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Bridging the green innovation gap

Enabling the use of new technologies in everyday life can be a laborious process - so much so that the gap between research and the marketplace has been dubbed the ‘valley of death’. But new Government funding aims to change all that. Through Innovate UK, £50 million has been announced to bridge...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 05/12/2014 - 08:45

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Steps to a pedal-powered tomorrow

A campaign to make cycle training compulsory for all children has been launched, a move which could significantly alter the face of transport in the UK. British Cycling has partnered with sustainable transport body Modeshift to give cycling higher prominence in young lives, which also targets...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 28/11/2014 - 08:45

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Good wood for a green building future

In an increasingly urban world, there is a demand for big buildings that can be built with greater concern for environmental and climate impact. This has seen wood emerge from the building archives as a possible material for the future. Canada-based architect, and perhaps appropriately-named...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/11/2014 - 08:45

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Green building gets big backing

Some of the biggest names in construction have come out in support of green building, claiming that firm targets to reduce carbon emissions are "far from a burden" to them or the economy at large. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph , signed by representatives of giants such as Balfour Beatty and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/11/2014 - 08:45

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Hands-free electric roads: the future of motoring?

A high-tech and low-carbon option may become the future of transport in Scotland. The TEV Project envisages a future where guided electric roadways take passengers and freight to their destinations at high speed - safely and hands-free (aside from the initial programming). Those behind the project...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 17/11/2014 - 08:45

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Resource efficiency, shampoo and you

In an age obsessed with economic growth, resource efficiency is set to become an emerging catchphrase of the coming decades. Signs that the ideas behind the concept are already beginning to creep onto our shelves are evident in most supermarkets these days: smaller, more compact packaging, more...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 14/11/2014 - 08:45

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Opportunities for home energy makeover

An ambitious home energy efficiency plan could add nearly £14 billion to UK GDP by 2030, according to a new report from campaign group Energy Bill Revolution. An apt year, considering a deal on EU climate targets up to then has just been agreed. The group says such a GDP boost would mean £3.20 was...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/11/2014 - 08:45

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