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Can old volcanoes still heat British cities?

Local authorities across the UK are doing their bit to cut carbon emissions and help future-proof their localities. And few are doing it with the help of a dormant volcano, apart from Stoke-on-Trent. A 350 million-year-old volcano two miles below the city’s streets, is heating a layer of rock to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 13/02/2015 - 09:00

13/02/2015

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UK cities seek green innovation

The UK’s urban areas are thinking smarter about energy than ever before, and there are few better recent examples than plans in the centre of Britain’s second city, Birmingham. A combined heat and power (CHP) system is to be installed in the brand new Birmingham New Street station. A pretty...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:45

03/12/2014

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Redefining the energy company

Energy companies are becoming harder to define as their portfolios broaden. Ovo Energy aims to speed up this change of profile in the UK; offering a new platform for councils, community groups and housing associations to sell energy to local people. The company has suggested that 500 new energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 21/05/2014 - 08:45

21/05/2014

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Passivhaus boasts impressive results

The BBC’s Inside Out programme recently took a visit to what is the UK’s largest Passivhaus development, near Saffron Walden in rural Essex. This kind of coverage is great news, as it raises the profile of the super energy-efficient building technique that may have a greater up-front cost, but has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:45

24/02/2014

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Making hard to treat an easier job

Tackling ‘hard to treat’ homes is a major part of the UK’s more energy efficient future. Solid wall insulation is in turn a major part of this. With and without financial support through the government’s ECO scheme , town halls are increasingly getting involved in insulating solid-walled stock...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 20/01/2014 - 08:45

20/01/2014

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Making a place for independent energy

Meeting the energy demands of the future is going to require action on a number of fronts. Between the large energy infrastructure projects that seem forever in the news and the behaviour change that needs to happen behind closed doors, there’s a big role for community energy to play. But there are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/10/2013 - 08:45

28/10/2013

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City halls showing willing on energy issues

For those worried about climate change and/or rising energy costs and living in a city, never fear – your local council are on it. Research by Newcastle University found that a neat 100 per cent of the urban local authorities in the study had plans in place to boost energy efficiency. Things are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/09/2013 - 08:45

18/09/2013

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Competition to inspiration: getting people going green

What are the factors that push us in a sustainable direction? This is pretty central to everything we and other organisations in similar fields do. What’s well known is that good examples and endorsements are always very handy indeed. There’s of course the ‘nudge’ effect, and we’ve looked at the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 08/07/2013 - 08:50

08/07/2013

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Lights out?

In a couple of months’ time, Paris will begin attempting to enforce a city-wide ban on non-residential properties keeping their lights on at night, with aim of saving enough to power three quarters of a million homes and a quarter of a million tonnes in greenhouse gases. The fuss over Paris making...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 08/04/2013 - 08:30

08/04/2013

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Looking forward to a good Deal

So, here we are. Green Deal , the UK’s oft-cited energy efficiency revolution is upon us. The chatter has been increasing in decibels, but contrary to a section of the mainstream media’s view, there’s no use saying that it won’t be a success before it’s even started in earnest. Every new idea...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/01/2013 - 08:30

28/01/2013

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