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Resource efficiency, shampoo and you

In an age obsessed with economic growth, resource efficiency is set to become an emerging catchphrase of the coming decades. Signs that the ideas behind the concept are already beginning to creep onto our shelves are evident in most supermarkets these days: smaller, more compact packaging, more...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 14/11/2014 - 08:45



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Waste innovation shows the way forward

News that a supermarket outlet has come off the National Grid and is powering itself entirely via anaerobic digestion of its food waste should not come as too much of a surprise - the UN estimates that one third of all food is wasted, and supermarkets are increasingly acknowledging their...

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



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Building using waste is far from a rubbish idea

A rubbish house in Brighton has been getting a lot of attention recently. Not a really bad one, but one made almost entirely out of waste products. From a waste timber frame to inside-out carpet tiles providing a waterproof outer ‘skin’, the experimental home in the grounds of the University of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 07/08/2014 - 08:45



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Green universities, or an educated mess?

Universities are said to be the home of the highest educational standards – but could the same be said for their attitude to energy and climate issues? Well, it appears that the jury’s out. An article in recently took a swipe at America’s biggest educational institutes for failing to set...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 07/04/2014 - 08:45



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Energy needs mean it's no time to waste

Waste-to-energy is something of a holy grail. It’s an opportunity, in theory, to hit two sustainability strikes in one go. Naturally, there are various kinds of waste and various kinds of energy. So what does the future hold? Energy and climate change minister, Michael Fallon, said that he expects...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 17/02/2014 - 08:45



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Tackling company e-waste

In this guest blog, Mike Grindy, one of the founders of junk removal company, JunkWize , discusses the mechanics of disposing of company waste. Anyone who has visited the Eden project will have noticed the striking sculpture of a robotic man outside the biomes. What is so interesting about this is...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Thu, 13/02/2014 - 08:45



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Computer giants need to strive for energy improvement

Although there really is no such thing as energy efficient computing or gaming – advancement of digital technologies tends to see increased electricity consumption – you still want to see the big players in the market trying to mitigate the problem. And it appears they are – some better than others...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/01/2014 - 08:45



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Solar power future taking shape

There is a heated, high-level debate going on about what low-carbon energy generation should be funded into the future, and to what extent. It’s fair to say that solar power is making itself a strong case. The Solar Trade Association (STA) has been talking up solar’s ‘strike rate’ figures – cost...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 18/11/2013 - 08:45



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Supermarkets look to take up energy challenge

In a sense, supermarkets are the ideal test bed for energy efficiency and carbon reduction. High levels of energy needed for lighting and refrigeration, plus long and complex supply chains mean there’s a lot of costs to save and a lot of carbon to reduce if this staple industry is to call itself '...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 16/10/2013 - 08:45



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Indian ingenuity takes on big energy issues

From Prime Ministerial visits to sustainable tea-making , India has made quite a few past appearances on this blog. With a booming economy and very active science and technology sectors, it isn’t much of a surprise that the country is becoming a key player at the business end of energy and climate...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 30/09/2013 - 08:45