Waste not, want not for green building future

Waste not, want not for green building future

Think of large construction projects, and it is likely most people will think of a mesh of concrete, steel dust and rubble before the word ‘sustainability’ pops into mind. But things may be changing thanks to new technologies and smart thinking. Managing and re-using waste is a key concern for construction firms, with an estimated [...]

Is green crowdfunding child’s play?

Crowdfunding clean energy is very ‘in’ right now – and it’s not a model that seems to be limited in terms of project size. At the large-scale end, Trillion Fund has just launched what it says is the biggest effort to tap public funding for renewable yet: a £5million fundraising drive for medium-sized wind schemes [...]

Food sustainability on the menu

Food sustainability on the menu

We’re being served more efficiently, but we’re not eating well. That’s the view of the University of Oxford-based Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) which is calling for action to adopt widespread sustainable healthy eating. The Changing what we eat report highlights the uncomfortable facts: the food system produces 20-30 per cent of our greenhouse gas [...]

Solar powering ahead

Solar powering ahead

The year’s longest days saw new highs for solar power in the UK – with solar PV providing nearly 8 per cent of UK electricity needs over the solstice weekend. Things were even better in Germany, with over half of energy coming from solar. It’s well accepted that PV has got more than a foothold [...]

Words and actions matter in changing energy behaviour

Words and actions matter in changing energy behaviour

Actions and words can sometimes be seen as mutually exclusive – but in energy and climate-related behaviour change, they’re both important. A recent Yale study has shown that ‘global warming’ strikes more of a chord with people than ‘climate change’ – striking home more of a sense of human responsibility, as well as the seriousness [...]

Electric vehicle openness is patently a good idea

Electric vehicle openness is patently a good idea

In the cut-throat world of developing new technologies, securing intellectual property against rivals and ‘patent trolls’ keeps inventors up at night – but in a move distinctly against this grain, electric car manufacturer Tesla has opened up its patent book for everyone else to use. While the effects of this move are likely to be [...]

Unlimited energy for all? Putting Tesla to the test

Unlimited energy for all? Putting Tesla to the test

Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the alternating current among many other breakthroughs, believed that electromagnetism could be harnessed to provide abundant free energy over huge areas – perhaps even the whole earth. He put his idea of worldwide, wireless energy using the earth as a conductor to the test with Wardenclyffe Tower in the US, [...]

The future of eco-technology: An interview with Damian Tow

The future of eco-technology: An interview with Damian Tow

Eco Technology Show Director, Damian Tow, reveals his plans for this years show, while emphasising the importance of behaviour change to help adopt new technologies to ensure the success of sustainable options for the future. How will this years Eco Technology show be different? We have a Big Debate area for the first time which [...]

How your toilet can generate electricity

How your toilet can generate electricity

The At Home with Water report revealed that we flush enough water to fill 300,000 olympic-sized swimming pools down the toilet in the UK every year – the second biggest use of water in the home after taking a shower. There are ways you can mitigate this by changing behaviour and by using water displacement devices [...]

More district heating in the pipeline

More district heating in the pipeline

Concerns over carbon emissions and energy security in Europe has meant district heating schemes are on the verge of a boom. European Commission advisors have been pushing for greater emphasis on the efficiency of heating networks recently, arguing that the emphasis has been, until now, too much on making carbon savings in electricity generation. District [...]