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Collaborative clean energy deals: universities lead the way

October 2019 saws a landmark deal, which allowed 20 universities to source clean, renewable energy direct from a portfolio of windfarms in Wales and Scotland. The deal was the first of its kind, where a group of public sector organisations clubbed together to directly source renewable energy to...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 16/10/2019 - 23:01

16/10/2019

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Is the financial sector waking up to the price of a climate emergency?

July 2019 saw the launch of the Green Finance Institute at the City of London’s Green Finance Summit. The Institute’s mission is to support green finance initiatives, finding ways to move the global economy towards a more sustainable future. The organisation launches at a time of climate emergency...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 14/10/2019 - 23:01

14/10/2019

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10 fantastic innovations in the war on plastic - updated

The response to an urgent global call to reduce plastic waste has been considerable. To look at just a few things that have happened only in the last few weeks, Sainsbury’s has announced the introduction of refillable packaging , while plastic recycling has been incentivised in the Philippines by...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/10/2019 - 23:25

09/10/2019

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Climate Week Scotland 2019 – 12 months on from the IPCC report on climate change

by Ruth Gray It’s been a year like no other for climate change awareness and activism. Twelve months ago, a report by the world’s leading climate scientists called for global action. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) report warned that we only had 12 years to limit global...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Sun, 06/10/2019 - 23:01

06/10/2019

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Wind-power – now cheaper than gas

Offshore wind generation has flourished in the UK in recent years. The UK’s long coastline and geographic location mean it is ideally situated to exploit the power of the wind. In Scotland, wind turbines generated almost twice the entire country’s domestic power requirements in the first six months...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 02/10/2019 - 23:01

02/10/2019

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TVs are electricity guzzlers – but you need to see the bigger picture

On-demand television has changed the way we watch our favourite programmes. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that the amount of electricity we use to power TVs, including set-top boxes and DVD/Blu-ray players, is falling. Only a few years ago, they accounted for 50% of the electricity consumption...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 30/09/2019 - 23:01

30/09/2019

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Renewable energy resurgence in Wales

by Ieuan-Rhys Beal Wales’ sustainable energy targets are in sight thanks to a strong commitment to renewable energy. Less than 100 years ago Wales was a global leader in the distribution of coal, but earlier this year, alongside England and Scotland, it went two weeks coal-free . Already a world-...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 25/09/2019 - 23:01

25/09/2019

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Accelerating electric vehicle take-up: the EV 100 Initiative

Transport represents nearly a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Global climate targets are dependent on being able to considerably reduce transport’s impact – and speeding a shift to electric, ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). A significant part of that transition involves major...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Sun, 22/09/2019 - 23:01

22/09/2019

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Tap to breathe – the low emission hail

by Oliver McHugh There are currently around 21,000 black cabs in London, licenced by the Public Carriage Office, with just under 88,000 other private-hire vehicles driving around in the capital. The chances are, when you’re riding in one of them, you will be a passenger in a low emission vehicle...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 18/09/2019 - 23:01

18/09/2019

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European Mobility Week & Car Free Day

The way we get from place to place is important – with impacts on health and wellbeing, as well as climate change. Switching to low carbon transport can significantly improve your carbon footprint, transport, not including aviation and shipping, accounts for 20% of EU greenhouse gas emissions ...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Sun, 15/09/2019 - 23:45

15/09/2019

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