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Progression towards a fossil-free UK?

• Government hopes to cut out coal entirely by 2025 • UK lagging behind Sweden, Norway and Iceland • Improvement to incentives would help momentum Good news: the UK has kicked coal. It may not be for good – but it's a start. There have been several recent drops to using zero coal to generate...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/06/2016 - 15:12



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Do fossil fuels cast a shadow on alternative energy plans?

Crude oil prices are at a four-year low and the Overseas Development Institute has accused world governments of failing to live up to promises to reduce subsidies for fossil fuels, with G20 nations spending a whopping £56 billion finding new sources of coal, gas and oil. Here in the UK, a major new...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 26/11/2014 - 08:45



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Sustainability on academic agenda

Attitudes to sustainability in academia are changing fast - and what’s more, it’s leading to definitive and diverse action on University campuses. Following the example of some high-profile higher education establishments internationally, Glasgow University is the first in the UK to sell its...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 29/10/2014 - 08:45



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International energy agendas make progress

India’s booming economic and population growth means smart cities are being seen as the future. The country’s plan to speed up the growth of energy efficient building involves a top-level panel of experts and encouragement for state governments to create new powers to improve the energy performance...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 29/09/2014 - 08:45



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Countering the carbon bubble

The idea of a ‘carbon bubble’ is a relatively new concept – but one that is quickly gaining traction. The basic theory is that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves in the world are technically un-burnable, thereby making huge investment in them by international finance a more risky bet than...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 09/06/2014 - 08:45



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Renewables could lead in stabilising energy supplies in Europe

Recent unrest in Eastern Europe has shaken the confidence of the world’s rich and powerful nations – particularly where energy is concerned. Securing energy supplies and the pressing need to increase the prevalence of low-carbon options is also a global issue, making it a key focus of the latest...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 28/05/2014 - 08:45



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Solar cell success - PV turns 60

Friday sees a significant anniversary – 60 years since the first solar cell capable of providing significant amounts of power. At the time, all the solar cells in the world produced about one Watt of capacity. Six decades later, there’s over 100billion Watts of solar PV installed – with everything...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 22/04/2014 - 08:46



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CCS seeks to capture a place in sustainable Britain

CCS is the only way we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and keep fossil fuels in the UK’s electricity supply mix.” – Department of Energy & Climate Change Whatever your views on fossil fuels, it’s unlikely we’ll be shaking them in the near future. Energy from coal and gas will remain on the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 20/02/2014 - 08:45



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For churches, is it the season to go green?

Church halls can often have the secular purpose of being the meeting point for community renewables and energy efficiency projects – but consecrated religious buildings have carbon emissions and bills to think about too. Then there is the need for the devout to consider green issues as part of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/12/2013 - 08:45



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Referendum poses energy questions for sunny Scotland

With Scotland well on the road to its independence referendum, some interesting questions have been thrown up about the country’s energy future. Despite making the pragmatic argument that Scotland’s oil and gas reserves will still have a role to play, Alex Salmond has committed to the role of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 29/11/2013 - 08:45