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2020-2029: a decade for action on climate #ForPeopleForPlanet

A new decade brings new challenges. 2020 started with news from Australia about the devastating bush wildfires. The link with the climate emergency is clear – Australia has experienced one of its hottest and driest summers on record. The call for the 2020s to be a decade of action and delivery for...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 08/01/2020 - 00:00

08/01/2020

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Cornwall’s keeping it local with green energy revolution

Cornwall is one of Britain’s leading counties when it comes to the burgeoning green economy. There’s little wonder: it’s one of the sunniest parts of the UK, with up to 1600 hours of sunshine a year, while boasting abundant coastline and advantageous wind conditions. It seems a place made for solar...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 07/01/2020 - 01:00

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2020 a new decade: ten years of progress

As we start a new decade, it’s clearer than ever that we’re running out of time. We need to take action to mitigate the climate emergency now. The UK has officially adopted a target of 2050 to reach Net Zero carbon emissions, which means reducing the amount of emissions generated from heating our...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 02/01/2020 - 01:00

02/01/2020

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Using energy data to map future needs

Identifying efficiencies in homes, business and transport will form a crucial part of mitigating the climate emergency. Big data and its management can provide real insight into the changes we need to make, which should provide clear benefits for consumers. ‘Energy mapping’ is one data area that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 28/11/2019 - 00:37

28/11/2019

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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 Mon, 25/11/2019 - 00:00

25/11/2019

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Energy Saving Trust Sustainability Week 2019

by Bethany Picton Energy Saving Trust hosted a Sustainability Week in its London office during the first week of October. Sustainability Group members organized discussions and events to inspire staff members to consider how they can make their lives more eco-friendly, and what Energy Saving Trust...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 19/11/2019 - 00:00

19/11/2019

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Significant changes are coming to the UK heating market

Household emissions from heating and hot water must reduce by 95% to reach 2050 Net Zero targets. The UK needs a revolution in how we heat our homes in the next few years to achieve the necessary carbon emission savings. To tackle climate change, the UK has a legal commitment to reach net zero...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 12/11/2019 - 00:01

12/11/2019

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Can supermarkets be sustainability superstars?

Supermarkets are everywhere – not just in the UK, but internationally. Given we’re talking huge buildings, complex logistics involving millions of products, millions of tonnes of packaging plus lots of electricity use on site, there is little doubt that changes at the biggest stores could have a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 31/10/2019 - 08:45

31/10/2019

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Collaborative clean energy deals: universities lead the way

October 2019 saw 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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