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2014: A green policy round-up

2014 may be remembered as the year when international debate on climate targets gave way to what looks like broad agreement . Certainly in Europe, more common ground has been found than ever. The green year in England has not been so turbulent by the standards of the sector, but it has still much...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:20



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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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Collective corporate sustainability

The launch of a new site mixing sustainable innovation, community action and some massive corporations could be set to increase debate around the shape of the ‘green economy’. has the support of companies like Google and Coca-Cola, and showcases more than just green innovation, but...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 27/10/2014 - 08:45



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Love your community, get energy fit together

Environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan (GAP) is supporting Big Energy Saving Week. In this guest blog, Partner Hugh Goulbourne, explains how to get involved. Since 2010, the Big Energy Saving Week programme has raised awareness of the support programmes available for vulnerable...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Tue, 21/10/2014 - 09:00



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Will heather be tethered as an energy source?

Traditionally a staple of Highland natural beauty, a convincing case has been made for heather to become part of UK energy plans. A Durham University team has pointed out that heather burnt back for livestock releases roughly the same energy as 36,000 tonnes of coal a year. Wasted combustion, says...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:45



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The green retail revolution?

Given commerce is a worldwide obsession, it makes sense that shopping outlets should be setting a example in terms of where they source their energy. Recent developments suggest that positive moves are happening. One of the UK’s oldest out of town retail outlets, Clarks Village in Somerset , has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/04/2014 - 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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Personalising energy and climate change

The new IPCC report has, for the first time, unequivocally linked climate change with food shortages and human conflict. Add tensions in Eastern Europe to the mix, energy and its consumption is dominating the headlines and has become the stuff of nightmares on a daunting scale. Political leaders...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/04/2014 - 08:45



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2014: An important year for energy saving

David Hall is Executive Director of social enterprise, Behaviour Change . In this blog he outlines three key reasons why this year is likely to be significant for energy saving. After Labour’s price freeze plan took the party conference season by storm, energy issues were rarely out of the...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Thu, 30/01/2014 - 09:00



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Sustainable toys – brick by brick

It may be remiss to suggest that Santa’s elfin helpers wear green to signify their important role in reducing the carbon footprint of the toy industry – but a company whose origins lie in the same part of the world as Lapland is taking action. LEGO seems to be having something of a renaissance...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 13/12/2013 - 08:45