Water innovations – canals to cleaning

Water innovations – canals to cleaning

Despite a resolutely wet winter in the UK, there’s no reason to rest on laurels where water supply is concerned. Making sure there’s adequate water for the future is one of the world’s paramount concerns – and luckily there’s lots of work being done on supply and demand. Providing a stable supply of water across [...]

Hydropower meets history

Hydropower meets history

Low-carbon refurbishment on period buildings is often seen as a difficult task – but one of the oldest surviving working watermills in the UK is showing the rest how it’s done. Heron Corn Mill in Cumbria, which in its current form dates back to 1740, is set to reopen to the public in April following [...]

Should sustainability be an unconscious choice?

Should sustainability be an unconscious choice?

Pushing us towards changing our ways can range anywhere from ‘keeping up with the greens’ vision of neighbourly competition, to positive reinforcement and appreciation, to making a fun game out of behaving better. The effects of change can mean anything from massive savings on energy bills to ‘rebounding’, and possibly making matters worse. Now, a [...]

Getting electric car take-up to the next level

Getting electric car take-up to the next level

Irish eyes seem to be looking on admiringly at electric cars. An astonishing 20,000 applications were received to test-drive 24 EVs as part of a trial by the country’s Energy Supply Board (ESB). If this doesn’t necessarily indicate impeccable green credentials across the board, it certainly does show that the economics and style of electric [...]

Low-carbon heating - getting warmer, but not quite there

Low-carbon heating – getting warmer, but not quite there

It may seem an obvious point to say that to better manage our energy use, technologies need to be both accessible and clearly explained. But it appears there is still some work to be done to make sure this is the case. Where heating is concerned, it seems there’s especially some room for improvements. A [...]

Looking on the bright side

Looking on the bright side

Photo: NJ.com Perhaps the most telling sign of the transition to low energy lighting across the world was the recent re-opening of the Thomas Edison Monument in New Jersey, US, (pictured in construction). It’s no longer lit by his own incandescent bulbs, but LEDs. It’s easy to see how this could be seen as a fitting [...]

Future city living in the spotlight

Future city living in the spotlight

Cash from fossil fuels, conversely, is once again proving a driver for ambitious green projects in the Middle East. A new residential city housing 160,000 in Dubai promises to be totally self-sufficient in energy, transport and resources – something its wealthy backers claim is a world first. It’s part of an attempt to take Dubai [...]

Next generation energy

Next generation energy

Generating energy from wind and wet is pretty familiar to us – but how about another w – walking? Some upcoming businesses aim to transform the kinetic energy of our everyday activities into electricity through various means. First up, a Loughborough University engineering graduate whose energy-generating floor tiles have been used at the Paris Marathon [...]

Tapping community energy enthusiasm

Tapping community energy enthusiasm

The role of community projects in the UK is no longer being underestimated. The UK Energy Research Council (UKERC) has just published a vision of the UK’s energy grid that projects Britain powered by a network of local energy schemes. It’s not purely theoretical, either – the majority of respondents to the survey favoured a [...]

Energy efficiency, high priority?

Energy efficiency, high priority?

Should energy efficiency be the biggest infrastructure priority in the UK? That’s certainly the argument recently put forward by two different bodies. First to make the call was the UK Green Building Council, describing the need to further stimulate the energy efficiency market, calling it “as important as decisions on HS2 or aviation expansion”. Energy [...]