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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

06/05/2019

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From A to B with an ecargo bike: how deliveries affect our air

By Shani Kotecha It's now possible to have almost anything delivered to your doorstep, from the clothes in your wardrobe to your weekly groceries. But the vehicles on the road making these deliveries add up, worsening air quality and traffic congestion. In April 2019, the government launched a £2...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 29/04/2019 - 23:12

29/04/2019

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Future homes: housing over the next 20 years

Looking at energy use in the home, the last century has seen extraordinary transformation, as relative affluence and technological advancement drove new devices and behaviours. In the last decade the speed of change has accelerated further, pushed on by the digital revolution.The change in energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 14:39

25/04/2019

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Introducing Energy Saving Trust’s newest team member: StEVie the EV

by Emily Stone A long-awaited new recruit joined the transport team at Energy Saving Trust’s Edinburgh office in February 2019. Quiet, smart and reliable, StEVie proved an instant hit with the team. StEVie’s role? It’s the electric pool car; a Nissan Leaf Acenta to be precise. For such a large and...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 23/04/2019 - 11:18

23/04/2019

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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

18/04/2019

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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

16/04/2019

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Chocolate: the sustainability cost

Chocolate is big business, and not just at Easter. The average UK citizen spends £75.25 a year on it, with the chocolate confectionery sector worth £5,039m overall. Holiday-themed goodies are on the rise worldwide, with rises in Easter chocolate production of just under 25% in recent years...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 11/04/2019 - 09:00

11/04/2019

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Apps to save energy (and money)

Energy Saving Trust has developed a new app to help smart meter installers give timely and tailored energy efficiency advice – right when consumers need it most. The energy saving advice tool is being trialled this month by energy companies before a full roll-out. It draws on our data, information...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 09/04/2019 - 09:00

09/04/2019

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Cleaning the capital’s air: London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone

By Shani Kotecha Amid growing concerns about air quality and its link to poor health, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, brought forward the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone by a year. It comes into operation on 8 April 2019. Air pollution contributes to 40,000 early deaths in the UK every year...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Wed, 03/04/2019 - 13:59

03/04/2019

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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

02/04/2019

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