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Are home renewables right for you?

by Joanna O'Loan Generating your own electricity or heat using renewable technologies could lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. With such a variety of different technologies available, each with their own distinct benefits and considerations, you might be wondering where to...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 23:00



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Chocolate: the sustainability cost

Chocolate is big business, and not just at Easter. The average UK citizen spends £75.45 a year on it, with the chocolate confectionery sector worth £5,122m in the UK. Holiday-themed goodies have been on the rise in recent years, with rises in Easter chocolate production of just under 25% in recent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 09:00



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Innovative products that have caught our eye - 2020 update

Technological innovation is at the heart of solutions to climate emergency, energy saving and environmental protection. Although the Energy Saving Trust can’t endorse these products, as we've not tested them, we wanted to share an update on how some of the innovations are progressing that we...

Submitted by Tom Shearman on Wed, 18/03/2020 - 15:00



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Energy storage: UK capacity increasing

Energy storage capacity is increasing in the UK, with the announcement of a major new deal to deliver two 50MW battery superhubs in Oxford and Kent by the end of this year. The deal between Pivot Power, part of EDF’s renewables arm and Finnish tech firm Wartsila will mean 100MW of storage capacity...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 00:01



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Green teams: how sports stadiums are going solar

by Felix Davey Touchdown for sustainability As sporting spectacles go, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Super Bowl: the showpiece final of the American football season, as famous for its blockbuster half time shows as its breathtaking touchdowns. 2019’s final was contested between the New...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 06/02/2020 - 00:00



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Building the future of energy efficiency

Building Regulations govern all aspects of construction in the UK, but there is an increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and cutting carbon emissions from our homes. . The government first introduced energy conservation standards for new homes in England in building regulations as far back as...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 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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Stemming the rising tide of e-waste

The electronics industry thrives on the thrill of the new. The latest phone, tablet or laptop with the smallest, brightest or smartest applications tempts us to upgrade our equipment on a rolling basis. As each new gadget launches, the plans for its replacement are already underway. But what...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Sun, 18/08/2019 - 23:00



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Green innovations: what happened next?

From time to time, we’ve covered the latest in green technological innovations that are sparking debate. But once the early hype’s over, how do these technologies develop and push towards the mainstream? We’ve checked back in with five technologies we wrote about back a few years ago, to see what’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/07/2019 - 23:00



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Can your toilet generate electricity?

Turning toilets green The amount of water flushed down our toilets is considerable – in fact, it’s the second biggest use of water in the home behind showering. There must be a way to harness all this moving water, right? Well actually, the technology does seem to be there to turn toilets into a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 04/07/2019 - 08:45