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The present and future of UK solar power

At first glance, the picture doesn’t appear particularly pretty for solar PV in the UK right now. The highly-successful Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme , which paid those installing electricity-generating solar panels a rate for both what they generate and put back on the grid, closed to new applicants...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 23:17



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European Union Sustainable Energy Week 2019

By Ieuan-Rhys Beal The European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW for short) is an awareness campaign dedicated to renewable and efficient energy use across Europe. With the UK Government recently announcing its commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, there’s a...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 17/06/2019 - 23:00



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Climate emergency - what's the story?

It's been hard to miss activity around environmental policy in recent weeks, with school strikes, Greta Thunberg visiting the UK, environmental protestors, David Attenbourgh's documentary on the BBC all adding to the discussion. On 1st May the UK Parliament approved a motion to declare a climate...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 29/05/2019 - 23:39



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Prosperity for all: a low-carbon future for Wales

‘Decarbonisation offers enormous opportunities to create a vibrant and socially-just economy. We must make a difference and help create a society here in Wales that ensures well-being and tackles inequality as we decarbonise’ Cabinet Foreword, Prosperity for All report. Wales has only recently...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 23:08



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World Asthma Day turns focus on to air quality

by Ieuan-Rhys Beal May 7 th 2019 is World Asthma Day. The global initiative seeks to raise awareness of the respiratory condition and educate both people living with asthma and those who’ve been affected. The theme for 2019 is STOP , which serves as a reminder to everyone living with asthma to...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 06/05/2019 - 23:58



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Decarbonisation of heat – a crossroads

Energy Saving Trust renewable heat expert, Ben Whittle, gives his thoughts on the trajectory for low carbon heat in UK homes. Tackling emissions from heating is vital. At 37%, heating accounts for the largest proportion of UK Greenhouse Gas emissions. About 90% of UK homes use gas boilers, which...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 18/04/2019 - 12:21



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Switching to low-carbon heat: an example from the Netherlands

by Felicity Tolley Low carbon heat is still rare in the UK, despite government efforts to boost installations Heating buildings currently accounts for more than a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. This is a major challenge to the government’s aim to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 16/04/2019 - 10:08



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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



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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



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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