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The UK’s cities are leading the charge to reduce carbon emissions

While there are challenges ahead, to date the UK has reduced carbon emissions by 43% from the level recorded in 1990. And the UK’s cities, particularly those with devolved administrations are leading the way in that reduction, with ambitious plans to improve building efficiency, embrace renewable...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 29/01/2019 - 08:45

29/01/2019

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Green strategy and politics Waste to energy waste to power circular economy

Generating energy from waste: how it works

With world resources finite, and increasing public awareness of the harmful effects of our ‘throwaway culture’, a move towards what’s known as a circular economy seems a sensible option. In short, this means making products last longer, and recovering materials or other benefits from them when they...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 24/01/2019 - 12:01

24/01/2019

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Green finance: can it support home energy efficiency?

We took a general look at green finance in our last blog . Now, we’re looking more specifically at the role of green finance in funding home retrofit. NB. This article takes a general look at different ways that finance could be used to fund home retrofit. It is not intended as financial advice for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:00

17/01/2019

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What is green finance?

They say money makes the world go around. But when it comes to saving the planet, does it really all come down to finance? If we are to successfully transition to a green economy, it’s going to cost and so naturally the issue of how we pay for the transition is a key topic at every level of the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:56

11/01/2019

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Coolproducts, the Restart Project and repairability

‘Single-use’ was named the word of 2018 by Collins dictionary. Certainly, how we see waste has changed, triggered in part by footage of plastic in the sea, in the BBC’s Blue Planet documentary. This week, the EU took action, agreeing new laws to reduce single-use plastics. Plastic bags and non-...

Submitted by StewMuir on Mon, 24/12/2018 - 00:30

24/12/2018

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Scotland - leading the way in energy efficiency

Scotland will be raising a glass to toast Andrew, its apostle and patron saint on 30 November, even though the Galilee fisherman’s Caledonian connections are tenuous to say the least. Legend has it his remains were buried in a chapel in his namesake Fife fishing town, and he was apparently...

Submitted by IanMountford on Wed, 28/11/2018 - 16:51

28/11/2018

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Climate change: what can you do to help?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has presented a sobering report on climate change – giving us a mere 12 years to avoid its worst effects. We look at what can you do to reduce emissions. After the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the United Nations commissioned a report to look...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 18/10/2018 - 10:28

18/10/2018

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Green Great Britain Week

Green Great Britain Week is all about celebrating clean economic growth. We look at what Energy Saving Trust does to support clean growth in the UK. At Energy Saving Trust we’re committed to helping people save energy and reduce carbon emissions. The UK has already cut emissions by 40% between 1990...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Fri, 12/10/2018 - 09:25

12/10/2018

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Navigating a low-carbon shift in home heating

• Heating needs change to hit carbon reduction targets • New report looks at challenges of low-carbon heating transition • 'No regrets' options such as energy efficiency should be tackled now With 85 per cent of UK homes currently on the gas network, decarbonising heating will be one of the key...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 12/10/2017 - 15:08

12/10/2017

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LENDERS Project: Energy efficiency – the proof is in the lending

• 40,000-home study proves efficiency-bills link • Better performing homes could mean bigger mortgages It’s well-known that an energy efficient home costs less to run. But up to now, that hasn't affected the mortgage market. Things could be about to change with the LENDERS project, undertaken by...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Tue, 18/07/2017 - 16:07

18/07/2017

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