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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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Inequality in support for home energy efficiency across UK

Most of us would like to improve the energy efficiency of our property if given the opportunity and there is financial support available to help that happen. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make energy efficiency improvements in your home but many large-scale improvements, such as installing a...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 21/08/2019 - 23:30



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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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Seven steps to saving energy at home

by Ieuan-Rhys Beal We use energy at home every day, from making a morning cup of tea, watering our plants right through to when we turn off the TV before bed. And at night we’ve still got refrigerators, freezers and boilers working away, phones charging and other devices on standby. So with this...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 23:09



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Why water efficiency matters

In the UK, it’s easy to take for granted that water will flow out of the tap when you turn it on, now and into the future. But are things really that simple? There’s a stark phrase commonly used in the water industry: the jaws of death . Simply put, it means the point where rising demand for water...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 13/08/2019 - 11:48



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Fuel poverty policy in Wales: taking inspiration from Scotland

by Max Lacey-Barnacle and David Weatherall Welsh Government is set to publish a new fuel poverty strategy for Wales by spring 2020. We don’t yet know the specifics of the new strategy – but Scotland could provide some policy inspiration. Scotland is spending more per person on energy efficiency...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 07/08/2019 - 23:54



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Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund: new funding round

Grants of £50,000-£200,000 are available for organisations developing cooling products or technologies for use in developing nations. The second funding round call for entries is open until 16 August 2019 - see more below. Does your organisation have an innovative solution to the problem of keeping...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 05/08/2019 - 23:50



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Addressing the charges against electric vehicle batteries

Plug-in electric vehicles are on the rise in the UK, with over 220,000 plug-in vehicles registered in the UK, whether that’s battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). Electric vehicles clearly reduce tailpipe emissions but some people continue to question how sustainable they are...

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



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Northern Ireland: reducing dependency on oil-fired heating

Northern Ireland finds itself in a unique position in the UK’s energy picture. At under two million, it has a much smaller population than any other constituent part of the nation and its energy supply is unlike the rest. Some 68% of homes rely on oil-fired boilers for heating, and the country has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 29/07/2019 - 23:59



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Ensuring the transport revolution works for all

Scotland is an interesting case study in the quest to ensure equality is at the heart of sustainable transport developments. With low-carbon transport as a major policy focus, Scottish Government’s transport goals include: phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 24/07/2019 - 23:00