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How the future of green home building is taking shape

How the future of green home building is taking shape

Leading specialist insurer Hiscox has released a new study that takes a closer look at what modern homes will look like in the next ten years. The report, published as part of the company’s “Home of the Future” campaign examines how changing national and international regulation requires a huge...


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Scotland refuses permission for Cairngorms’ windfarm

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney concluded the plan does not represent sustainable development as it would result in significant and unacceptable landscape and visual impacts on the Cairngorms National Park, an area of national importance for its natural and cultural heritage, and on wild land. The decision follows...


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Charity hails new law as a vital step forwards in walking investment

National charity Living Streets is celebrating the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy being made into law as a positive step towards walking and calling for this commitment to be matched by the government earmarking funds in the upcoming Spending Review. People today walk almost a third less than they...


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PM leads the charge to make the UK a global financial technology hub

As the UK strives to become the leading financial technology (FinTech) centre in the world, the Prime Minister embarked on a trade mission to south-east Asia, taking with him FinTech specialists from across the UK. Companies such as Blockchain, Pennies and Earthport were amongst the 31-strong delegation hoping to...


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Prince of Wales delivers project to show value of renewable heating

When HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, personally brokered a £45million deal to secure the 2,000 acre Dumfries House Estate in Scotland, the idea was to create a sustainable business to help regenerate the local economy in East Ayrshire. Offering a host of environmental, operational and cost benefits,...


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Energy policies fall victim to the law of unintended consequences

Jo Butlin, managing director of energy consultancy Utilyx, discusses the fall-out from the recent announcements from DECC relating to the shake-up of support for the renewable energy sector. Economists often talk of the law of unintended consequences: when the actions of people and especially of government have effects that...


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Scottish Energy Minister visits world’s largest tidal energy development

MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream development, today welcomed Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, to its site in Caithness. The Minister visited the site to witness first-hand the onshore and offshore construction works taking place, and spoke to the infrastructure team on the ground about the engineering aspects of...


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Primary school pupils given look at future of renewable energy

The relative peace and quiet of a Pembrokeshire based solar farm was disturbed last week when more than 30 pupils from Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School visited as part of their education into the production and use of alternative energy. Taking place at Haverfordwest’s Cuckoo Grove site the Solar...


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Large increase in solar capacity shaking up UK’s electricity generation

The second quarter of 2015 saw a large increase in the generation of electricity from solar PV, with the growth having a significant impact on electricity market prices and other supply factors. Figures included in the second quarter GB Electricity Market Summary from energy data specialist EnAppSys showed that...


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Poisoning risk highlighted from recycling older electronic equipment

The disposal and recycling of electronic devices has increased exposure to lead and other toxicants and created “an emerging health concern”, according to a leading pediatrician. In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Nick Newman, who directs the Environmental Health...


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New study narrows the gap between climate models and reality

A new study led by a University of York scientist addresses an important question in climate science: how accurate are climate model projections? Climate models are used to estimate future global warming, and their accuracy can be checked against the actual global warming observed so far.  Most comparisons suggest...


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Official figures reveal Energy Ministers’ error over onshore wind

RenewableUK, the wind and marine energy trade association, says new Government statistics released today show that onshore and offshore wind energy is playing a crucial role in securing clean energy supplies for British homes, offices and factories. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published its key annual...


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Virgin Media announces Digital for Good sustainability strategy

Virgin Media has announces a set of new sustainability goals that will see the UK’s internet provider do more good with digital, while growing responsibly and sustainably. As part of its new sustainability strategy, Virgin Media is committed to achieving five ambitious goals in the next five years. They...


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Green Technology: An Added Cost or a Money-Saver?

Small and Medium Enterprises are always worried about the heavy costs of actually going green, but adopting green technology and environmental responsibility could prove to be a money-saver in reality. SMEs Going Green A recent study by the Federation of Small Businesses highlighted the fact that small and medium...


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Europe approves €33 million funding for EV network in Netherlands

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Dutch plans to provide almost €33 million of public funding for the installation and operation of charging stations for electric vehicles. This scheme will contribute to the roll-out of the necessary infrastructure to make electric cars a viable alternative...



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