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Barclays Branches in Five Cities Occupied Over Investments in Fracking and Other Extreme Energies

Barclays branches in five cities occupied by protesters over investments in fracking and other extreme energies. Today, 1pm – 4:30pm, various cities – High street Barclays branches across 5 cities have been closed by protests highlighting the social and environmental impacts of the bank’s investments in coal, tar sands and...


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Guerilla Projection Throws Spotlight on Wellcome Trust’s Harmful Investments

Following the Wellcome Trust’s decision to increase its investments in coal and other fossil fuels, divestment campaigners last night projected figures about the harmful impacts of climate change on health onto the Wellcome Trust’s buildings in central London. The projections aimed to highlight the contradictions between the Wellcome Trust’s...


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Lord Bourne’s Speech on Investing in Green Innovation

It is fantastic to be with you today at Cleantech Innovate. I am really pleased to be partnering here with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. And Doris Leuthard the Swiss Government Minister for Energy and Climate Change, will be giving her own perspective on cleantech innovation immediately after me. This fourth...


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Major Carbon Credit Network Unpicked by the Insolvency Service

19 companies are involved in a giant boiler room scam to sell carbon credits to the public for investment have been ordered into liquidation in the public interest, following petitions presented by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills. The winding-up orders by the High Court on...


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Aviation Must Do its Fair Share in Cutting Carbon Emissions Says WWF

This week, the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) met to discuss how to cut greenhouse gas emissions from flying. The meeting in Montreal is the first to discuss aviation emissions since ambitious global climate change goals were set by the Paris Agreement in December. References to aviation and shipping were...


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Government Survey Shows RHI Central to Decarbonising Heat and Reducing Costs

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has today released several reports on renewable heating. The reports conclude that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been critical to decarbonising the UK heat sector so far and that the vast majority of applicants have been happy under it. The reports...


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Italy’s Largest Fashion Supply Chain Pledges to Detox Hazardous Chemicals

In the largest commitment of its kind, 20 companies from Italy’s Prato textile district simultaneously announced today in a press conference hosted by Greenpeace in Milan their commitment to Detox, the highest standard in toxic-free fashion production. Prato is home to Italy’s oldest textile manufacturers and most extensive fashion...


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GBP 432m European Backing for Education and Energy Investment in the North-East and Yorkshire

The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, today confirmed significant support totalling GBP 432 million for new investment in education and energy schemes in the north-east and Yorkshire.  This includes GBP 100 million to underpin Newcastle University’s capital development programme, GBP 250 million for investment by Northern Powergrid...


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Innovative Solar Funding Model Gets go Ahead

An innovative model for funding solar projects developed by Public Power Solutions (PPS) and delivered by Abundance Investment has been given the go-ahead by Swindon Borough Council. PPS, a wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has devised a unique blend of public sector and community investment to fund Swindon...


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Gusty Days to Generate Windfall for UK businesses

Gusty days could herald a major boost to UK businesses following today’s (11 February) launch of a new system which claws back currently wasted wind energy. Britain’s largest demand response provider Flexitricity has developed Footroom, an automated service that helps manufacturers and other industry increase demand – and therefore production...


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Northern Powergrid regional energy investment gets GBP 250m EIB backing

The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, has agreed to provide GBP 250 million for investment over two years by Northern Powergrid to upgrade electricity distribution infrastructure and reinforce the electricity network to enable a smarter electricity network for 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East,...


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University of Glasgow Commits to Clearing Supply Chains of Conflict Minerals

Student campaigners have celebrated action taken by the University of Glasgow to address human rights abuses in its ethical procurement policy. They say that the new Supply Chain Code of Conduct will help to stamp out serious rights violations and so-called ‘conflict minerals’ from the University’s electronics suppliers. The...


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GE’s 6-Megawatt Wind Generator Leaves Factory, Destined to Accelerate Offshore Wind Growth

Higher, bigger and more reliable wind turbines are defining the future of offshore wind. Harsh environments demand the technology provider to come up with solutions that have high reliability and less maintenance requirements. It’s a journey GE (NYSE: GE) started years ago. It is yet another example of how...


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Investors Who Ignore Climate Risk Could be Sued

Asset managers and pension trustees who ignore the risks of climate change on the value of their stock may run the risk of legal action. The warning comes from a trio of highly-respected experts in the environmental and financial field. UK-based investment manager Howard Covington, environmental lawyer James Thornton...


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Businesses Missing out on Big Savings from Heat and Light Energy

Around 60% of businesses can find ways to reduce their energy bills through changes to lighting and heating, according to Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland. As a new heating and lighting campaign kicks off, it has been revealed that when Resource Efficient Scotland expert advisors...