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Top ten unusual environmental projects: Part 1

From tapping the energy of space to pigeon-based pollution monitoring, you don't have to look too far to find outside-the-box thinking in energy and sustainability. Here are the first five of our favourite projects – watch this space for our second installment of creative concepts coming soon...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 18/04/2016 - 13:13



International energy

Getting an international perspective on the green economy

• Sydney summit brings energy efficiency to the fore • How to win over green investors • What can the UK learn? Energy Saving Trust chief executive Philip Sellwood has just returned from addressing the Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity in Sydney. But what was it all about? Sellwood...

Submitted by Philip Sellwood on Tue, 08/03/2016 - 12:20




Europe’s big energy plans: Part 2 - the low carbon implications

While the push towards a unified Europe seems up for question , and the issue of energy security looms heavy over the EU’s latest energy commitments, the low carbon agenda is growing in significance. The 2030 energy and climate package includes a binding emissions reduction target of at least 40...

Submitted by Emilie Carmichael on Fri, 17/07/2015 - 08:00




Europe’s big energy plans: Part 1 - Energy Union

Europe has nipped in slightly ahead of China and the United States to announce its energy and carbon reduction plans to 2030. The new European Commission’s most bold - and some would say controversial - move was to announce an ‘ Energy Union ’ which will see EU nations working closer together on...

Submitted by Emilie Carmichael on Mon, 13/07/2015 - 15:58



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Putting world energy progress on the map

The latest progress report on the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative is out - and if you’re looking for reasons to be optimistic, it’s a mixed bag. The three aims of the programme are to provide universal access to modern energy services, to double global energy efficiency...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/06/2015 - 00:00



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Big renewables in little China?

Is fossil-fuel hungry China changing its ways? China often makes announcements about ‘greening’ its economy. It has an abundance of raw materials, a large agile work force and as the world’s largest trader it certainly has the capability to go green. But do its claims add up? There is a lot of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 08/05/2015 - 09:15



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Energy Performance Certificates - the Dutch model

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been in place in the UK since 2008. But have we made maximum use of them in promoting energy efficiency? In the Netherlands they’re taking a radical new approach – by sending every home in the country a document with their A to G home energy rating. Big...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:00



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UK could connect to a larger grid

Our energy future is likely to be a very connected one. Giant cross and even inter-continental cables could be regulating supply and demand within the next few years if some huge infrastructure plans come to pass. The map shows existing and planned connections in Europe. There are two major dotted...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:45



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Green issues gain celebrity support

Celebrities are at it again - setting a few positive examples on energy and climate change issues. In New York, a number of famous names were spotted among over 300,000 taking part in the international People’s Climate March on 21 September, including actors Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/10/2014 - 08:45




The UK has draughty homes with lots of appliances and a desire for renewables

Homes are in a far better shape than a decade ago - there are now virtually no uninsulated lofts. The number of F and G rated homes in the UK (the homes which are extremely energy inefficient) has fallen from 29 per cent in 1996 to just six per cent in 2012. The average energy performance rating of...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Thu, 07/08/2014 - 09:02