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Report offers guidance in zero carbon quest

The UK is legally committed to an 80 per cent reduction on our carbon emissions by 2050. But to make sure we get there, and to play our part in global decarbonisation, many organisations argue that what we should be aiming for is a fully Zero Carbon Britain. Sounds great, but how would we do it?...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 28/03/2017 - 15:13

28/03/2017

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Green strategy and politics Green Deal Energy Company Obligation zero carbon homes Clean Growth Plan

Time to test Government's energy efficiency commitment

• Emissions Reduction Plan is a pivotal moment • Three steps to check ambition • Cost-effective options available The Government is due to publish its Emissions Reduction Plan in the next few months. It aims to set the framework for emissions targets and our carbon budgets, while stimulating low-...

Submitted by Philip Sellwood on Thu, 23/03/2017 - 13:53

23/03/2017

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Getting connected to a global energy vision

• New paper sets out vision of cross-border links • Connections existed before – not on this scale • Technical and political barriers to be overcome We live in an increasingly connected world – and it's already the case that our energy sources don't always come from within our national borders...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 22/03/2017 - 17:14

22/03/2017

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Energy and water efficiency at home home appliances field trials Topten UK

Freezers prove electricity offenders in new trial

It's not just Energy Saving Trust that carry out technology field trials – and the Government has just finished an interesting one of its own, looking at 'over-consuming' appliances . This means appliances where their compressor is running for more than 90 per cent of the time – more than they are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/03/2017 - 16:24

17/03/2017

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Sunny prospects for solar railways?

With plans in place to electrify the entire UK train network, there are a number of barriers to overcome – not least the fact that in some areas, the electricity grid is already running at capacity. Could solar power provide a solution? Given that peak solar generation and peak demand for train...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:42

16/03/2017

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Energy and water efficiency at home Warmworks Scotland Scottish Government Scotland fuel poverty Scotland

Warmworks is working well for Scotland

• Scheme for fuel poor hits 5K-customer milestone • Boost for jobs and skills in Scotland • Balancing efficiency and support key Warmworks Scotland has just assisted its 5,000th customer—a key milestone in its delivery of the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme . The partnership...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 13/03/2017 - 16:25

13/03/2017

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Hydrogen vehicles edge closer to the mainstream

• Hydrogen arrives on the forecourt • Fuel cells have advantages over EVs – and drawbacks • Role for mix of low-carbon vehicles – EST expert Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles seem like the low emissions motoring dream, emitting only water from their exhaust pipes. Even TV motoring star James May is a big...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 09/03/2017 - 14:16

09/03/2017

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Green strategy and politics ECO Energy Company Obligation

Is the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) fulfilling its obligations?

• Changes imminent for flagship efficiency scheme • Eligibility and priority measures altered • Funding cuts limit ambition – EST expert The Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the government scheme that gets larger energy suppliers to install energy efficiency measures in homes, is in the midst of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:49

03/03/2017

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Will wind turbines triumph in lamp post link-up?

With plans afoot to install small wind turbines on lamp posts, connecting directly to the grid, we asked our low-carbon technology experts for their views on how successful such an idea might be. The company behind the plan is targeting the two million UK lamp posts that would be suitable for such...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 02/03/2017 - 15:24

02/03/2017

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Green strategy and politics energy strategy Scotland Scottish Government

Setting targets: Scotland's bold energy vision

• Strategy sets nation's aims on heat, electricity, transport • Ambitious targets on renewables, buildings • Government support, regulation key – EST Scotland expert Off the back of Scotland's Climate Change Act, Scottish Government has just published a draft Energy Strategy – and it's ambitious...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 01/03/2017 - 17:04

01/03/2017

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