Putting energy into fashion

Putting energy into fashion

Ever thought how handy it would be to be able to charge up you gadgets from the clothes you’re wearing? No? Well, such a futuristic option might be closer to reality than you think. There are plenty of options being developed that could see garments providing more than the latest look. Solar could play a [...]

Wood stakes its claim as green heating option

Wood stakes its claim as green heating option

The domestic arm of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been open for business since spring this year, and several thousand households have already been approved to install green heating technologies under the scheme. Of these, air source heat pumps and solar thermal have been the most popular, but close behind are biomass boilers, with [...]

Finding middle ground on rural renewables

Finding middle ground on rural renewables

For rural and nature lobby groups, a desire show support for cleaner energy while preserving the traditional look of the countryside has sometimes been a tricky balance in Britain. The issue has normally come to a head on the issue of onshore wind farms – though perhaps some people just get off on the wrong [...]

Energy efficiency is big business

Energy efficiency is big business

It’s been a long time since energy efficiency and renewable energy was the domain of ‘deep green’ early adopters, but now, there are signs that serious money is starting to get behind it across the globe. In a piece for Guardian Sustainable Business, Chris Hummel from Schneider Electric cites a number of examples to back [...]

New pylon design hits UK shores

New pylon design hits UK shores

Danish design is all set to transform our electricity network, as the first six of the new ‘T-Pylons’ are to be tested on UK soil for the first time. This is something we first talked about three years ago when the National Grid made its call-out for revolutionary new designs, and then narrowed the list [...]

Constructing a cleaner future

Constructing a cleaner future

Reducing the impact of climate change is not just about CO2 – other gases and particulate matter have a telling impact, and positive steps are being made to cut the more damaging substances going into our atmosphere. London is the first city in the world to require construction equipment to hit standards for the emission [...]

Waste innovation shows the way forward

Waste innovation shows the way forward

News that a supermarket outlet has come off the National Grid and is powering itself entirely via anaerobic digestion of its food waste should not come as too much of a surprise – the UN estimates that one third of all food is wasted, and supermarkets are increasingly acknowledging their responsibilities in tackling this sizeable [...]

Electric vehicles: Not just for city slickers?

Electric vehicles: Not just for city slickers?

  Electric vehicles, up to now mainly seen as a means for getting about in towns and cities, are being tested in Britain’s rural terrain. For the last two years, the Eco Travel Network (ETN) has been operating a ten-strong fleet of Renault Twizys in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. It has proved popular with [...]

Has the solar revolution passed London by?

Has the solar revolution passed London by?

  A new report questions why London’s solar PV installation levels are falling below other parts of the UK. In the strongly worded report, Jenny Jones, Green Party Member of the London Assembly, says: You have to walk around a lot of London streets to find a solar panel, as only 1 in 260 London [...]

The race to national carbon neutrality

The race to national carbon neutrality

A handful of countries are striving for the prize of being the first carbon neutral nation on earth. There are a few familiar players among the contenders to go neutral first: notably Sweden and Norway. The Scandinavian nations are often wowing us with exemplar sustainable buildings and ambitious green targets, not forgetting Sweden’s target of [...]