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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



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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



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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



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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