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Record Breaking Number of Scottish Parks Receive a Green Flag Award

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that a record breaking number of Scottish parks have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space.   Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham...


Approaching South Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands by John Haslam via Flckr

Orkney Energy Scheme Receives £1.2m Boost

Residents in the Orkney Islands are to benefit from a new smart-control energy system linking the renewable energy generated from wind turbines to the heating systems in their homes.   Around 100 households in the islands are to trial the new scheme after the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development...


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Scottish Renewables Respond to New Offshore Building Plans

Vattenfall has decided to invest more than £300 million to build Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.   Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “This announcement is great news for Scotland’s offshore wind industry, and together with developments at Levenmouth, Hunterston and Statoil’s Hywind...


Darling Wind Farm by warrenski via Flikr

Greenlight Given To Vattenfall For European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

WWF Scotland have today commented on the Vattenfall announcement of £300million investment in the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Fabrice Leveque, WWF Scotland climate and energy policy officer, said: “This is very positive news and provides a welcome boost to Scotland’s offshore wind sector. The commitment means millions...


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Fukushima River Radiation 200 Times Higher Than Pacific Ocean

According to Greenpeace Japan’s survey released today, radioactive contamination residing in the seabed off the Fukushima coast is hundreds of times above the levels of pre-2011, whereas contamination in local rivers is up to 200 times higher than ocean sediment. “The extremely high levels of radioactivity we found along the river systems...


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Households In South Australia Can Save Thousands

An analysis by Solar Citizens in their State of Solar report, amongst the misinformed and aggravated debate about electricity prices in South Australia, has revealed that SA is currently the best place in Australia for households to install solar and save money. “South Australia has the highest percentage of...


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NHS Could Save £26.4 Million A Year With CHP

A report called Securing Healthy Returns, which analyses the financial value of key sustainability measures in the NHS, has declared that combined heat and power (CHP) provides the biggest energy saving opportunity. This can amount to £26.4 million per year which is enough to fund the salaries of more than...


First EU-IAEA Senior Officials Meeting. Brussels, Belgium, 25 January 2013 by IAEA via Flckr

New Report From European Court Shows Weaknesses In 2020 Targets

Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified as sustainable to reach their 2020 target of sourcing ten per cent of the energy in transport from renewable sources. Most biofuels placed on the EU market are certified through voluntary schemes recognised by the European...


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Rising Business Uncertainty Post-Referendum

Resolution Foundation responds to the latest labour market statistic showing business uncertainty post-vote to be a major challenge. The UK employment rate reached a new record high of 74.4 per cent in the three months to May, largely off the back of rising self-employment. With employee numbers also showing a...


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Need For More Women Working In Energy Industry

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy claims more women working in energy are needed to help meet global climate and energy challenges. On Wednesday 20 July, the Energy Institute (EI) and POWERful Women (PfW) hosted a round-table discussion on ‘the importance of women in energy’ to address the barriers facing...


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Risk Of Animal Experiments To Rise In UK After Brexit

Following Brexit, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is concerned that hard-fought EU regulations on animal experiments could be rolled back in the UK. Decades of progress have seen the replacement of outdated animal tests with advanced non-animal techniques. Government figures released today show a rise in the number of...


Flag of the European Union by Matti Mattila via Flickr

EU Emission Targets Don’t Meet Paris Agreement Goals

EU countries’ climate targets are too weak to prevent devastating climate change. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the Commission missed an important opportunity to scale up EU climate action in today’s proposal by failing to introduce a ratchet-up mechanism to increase targets over time and by refusing...


Parliament by mendhak via Flikr

House Of Commons Report Confirms The Green Deal Design A Failure

Today’s House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report highlights failures with the design and implementation of household energy efficiency schemes. Rich Twinn, Policy Advisor at the UK Green Building Council, said, “the Public Accounts Committee report makes clear that implementation of the Green Deal was woefully inadequate. The wildly optimistic...


Agriculture by StateofIsrael via Flckr

Agriculture To Possibly Play Part In Emissions Reduction

Organic farming claims agriculture should contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions Brussels, 20 July 2016 – The organic food and farming movement welcomes the Commission’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in key economic sectors such as agriculture by 30% by 2030, but warns that allowing forest carbon credits...


NYC Clean Heat Project - mapping local air pollution by Carbon Visuals via Flckr

The World’s Most Advanced Map Of Air Pollution To Be Created

Gophr bicycle couriers will be equipped with CleanSpace Tags™ and LoRa™ trackers to provide real-time air pollution mapping across Greater London. Drayson Technologies is today announcing its plans to build the world’s most advanced air pollution map, for Greater London, and new partnerships with Gophr and Inmarsat to achieve...