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Could you generate your own energy?

by Felix Davey When you think of renewable energy, what comes to mind? Towering wind turbines , visible from miles around? Or rows and rows of solar panels , stretching as far as the eye can see? Renewable energy is certainly booming. Ten years ago, 7% of electricity in the UK came from low carbon...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 28/01/2020 - 00:01



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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



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Harnessing excess heat from public transport

Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of travelling on the London underground network knows how hot it can get in some of the deeper tunnels. Temperatures of over 40C have been reported in the past, although Transport for London’s top figure for August 2017 was actually 31.4C – still toasty...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 04/09/2019 - 23:53



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Developing community energy, with some help from Europe

Energy generated and used in local areas opens up a level of independence from the big, dominant energy companies. It can bring a range of community benefits in its wake, from reducing fuel poverty to bringing individualised advice and support to households. The EU has a broad target for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 29/08/2019 - 00:01



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Energy Saving Trust: supporting district heating in Scotland

Scotland aims to decarbonise its heating system by 2050. District heating , where heat is supplied from low-carbon sources via energy centres and a system of insulated pipes to homes, businesses and organisations over a local area, can play a significant part in achieving this. Indeed, the Scottish...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 27/08/2019 - 00:15



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Energy Saving Trust volunteer day at Tooting Community Garden

by Bethany Picton Energy Saving Trust has Sustainability Groups in each of its offices to promote environmental activities and sustainable behaviour. Recently, a group of staff from the London-based Energy Saving Trust Sustainability Group spent a day helping at Tooting Community Garden in South...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 25/06/2019 - 00:54



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Switching to renewable energy at home

by Sarah Buchanan People all over the UK are making the move to home renewables. Whether it’s out of concern for the environment, an effort to cut fuel bills, or a desire to have the latest technology, many householders are living lower carbon lives by harnessing natural resources for heat and...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 02/04/2019 - 08:41



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Local energy and community groups can support the expansion of electric vehicle infrastructure

By Jacob Roberts The uptake of electric vehicles in the UK has surged over the last four years, with almost 60,000 plug-in cars registered in 2018. Zap-Map shows we’re heading towards 20,000 public UK charge points to support this switchover to electric vehicles. But there’s still a long way to go...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 07/03/2019 - 13:31



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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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What is district heating?

District heating offers the promise of a neat solution for the supply of low-carbon heat to homes, businesses and public buildings. It’s all about taking energy released as heat from a varied range of energy sources, and connecting to energy consumers through a system of highly insulated pipes...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 06/12/2018 - 00:59