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Green strategy and politics decarbonisation heat heat transition heat pump District heating

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



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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



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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



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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



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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



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Wind power generation at record low prices

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



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Inequality in support for home energy efficiency across UK

Most of us would like to improve the energy efficiency of our property if given the opportunity and there is financial support available to help that happen. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make energy efficiency improvements in your home but many large-scale improvements, such as installing a...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 21/08/2019 - 23:30



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Fuel poverty policy in Wales: taking inspiration from Scotland

by Max Lacey-Barnacle and David Weatherall Welsh Government is set to publish a new fuel poverty strategy for Wales by spring 2020. We don’t yet know the specifics of the new strategy – but Scotland could provide some policy inspiration. Scotland is spending more per person on energy efficiency...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 07/08/2019 - 23:54



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Northern Ireland: reducing dependency on oil-fired heating

Northern Ireland finds itself in a unique position in the UK’s energy picture. At under two million, it has a much smaller population than any other constituent part of the nation and its energy supply is unlike the rest. Some 68% of homes rely on oil-fired boilers for heating, and the country has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 29/07/2019 - 23:59



Green strategy and politics biomass biomass boilers energy

What role does biomass have to play in our energy supply?

Biomass is a renewable energy source, generated from burning wood, plants and other organic matter, such as manure or household waste. It releases CO2 when burned, but considerably less than fossil fuels. We consider biomass a renewable energy source, if the plants or other organic materials being...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 23:43