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On the path to net zero: low carbon heating

In our last blog on net zero, we gave you an overview of the UK’s Government bold commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. ‘Net zero’ basically means achieving a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere, and the carbon removed from it. So we will need to cut emissions from homes,...

Submitted by Felix Davey on Tue, 10/03/2020 - 00:01



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On the path to net zero: an overview

The first steps We’ve all heard about a ‘net zero’ target for cutting the carbon emissions that cause climate change. But what does ‘net zero’ actually mean? And what can we do as individuals to achieve it? To answer these questions, Energy Saving Trust has put together a three part series of blogs...

Submitted by Felix Davey on Thu, 05/03/2020 - 00:01



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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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Wales: working towards a sustainable future

By Ieuan-Rhys Beal Homes across Wales will be donning their traditional Welsh bonnets, retro rugby jersey or the more modern football kit on 1 March. Overloads of Welsh cakes, bara brith and crempog (Welsh pancakes) will be the delicacies of the day as the nation comes together to celebrate St...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 27/02/2020 - 00:01



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How sustainable are drones?

Drones – or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – offer a new way of seeing and interacting with the world we live in. Their increased numbers and presence, from people taking beach videos to states using them in war, often provoke strong opinions. But what we’d like to know is, could this little machine...

Submitted by Tom Shearman on Tue, 25/02/2020 - 00:01



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Electric vs hybrid vehicles: which one would work for you?

If you’re thinking of investing in an ultra low-emission vehicle , surveying the options can appear to be a bit of a minefield. Here, we take a look at the two most common plug-in options – plug-in hybrids, which can run on electricity but also have a petrol or diesel engine, and pure electric...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/02/2020 - 00:01



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Concerted Action Joint Workshop and the ride to Barcelona

At the end of January, several Energy Saving Trust made the trip by train to Barcelona. Not for a holiday but to attend a landmark joint workshop between three Concerted Actions for EU energy directives. While the 2-hour flight from London to Barcelona may be the default option for most, we opted...

Submitted by Bethany Picton on Thu, 13/02/2020 - 15:00



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What’s happening with the Renewable Heat Initiative?

by Tom Shearman With the UK government committed to making the country carbon neutral by 2050, schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are coming under the spotlight. The scheme launched in April 2014 but it will be closing its doors to new applications in March 2021. The Renewable Heat...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 11/02/2020 - 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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Balancing the grid with smart meters

by Tom Shearman With UK renewables setting new supply records, balancing the national grid with this fluctuating energy source is a pressing issue with a simple solution – smart meters. On Dec 8, 2019, an unprecedented 45% of UK power was generated by windfarms. At times the blustery weather...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 04/02/2020 - 00:01