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 [...]

The solar power of the future?

The solar power of the future?

The idea that good ideas can be made even better is the basis for all progress, and right now solar power is very much in the sights of the world’s next wave of would-be innovators. Scientists in Wales, for example, are striving to slim down solar cells, making them cheaper and less intensive as far [...]

UK takes lead in marine power

UK takes lead in marine power

Marine energy in the UK is a very big issue right now – not least because it could be a very big industry for the country. Just last week, attendees at the world’s largest marine energy conference, held this year in Northern Ireland, heard that the UK expects to capture a quarter of the global [...]