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Iain Gulland

How the 5p Carrier Bag Charge has Transformed Scotland’s Shopping Habits

The Scottish Government introduced the 5p single-use carrier bag charge to retailers across the country in October 2014. Now, more than one year on, I don’t think anyone could have predicted quite how successful the charge has already been. Data from major grocery retailers, gathered over the first year...


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Zero Waste Scotland Launches £18m Circular Economy Fund for Business

Scotland’s circular economy experts Zero Waste Scotland on Friday (18th March) launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy. The launch takes place in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise at a special session of the Scottish Council for Development...


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Dignitaries Gather in Uganda for Start of Construction of East Africa’s Largest Solar Project

Last week, representation from the Ugandan Ministry of Energy, joined sustainable energy investors and developers EREN Renewable Energy (“EREN RE”) and Access Power to celebrate the start of East Africa’s largest solar project, based in Soroti, Uganda. They were joined by the European Union and Netherlands Ambassadors to Uganda,...


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Can Improved Agricultural Practices Help Combat Climate Change?

Did you know that over half of global non-carbon dioxide (non-CO2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are accountable to agriculture? According to new a research study recently published in theJournal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, this figure is set to rise substantially in the next two decades, especially in developing countries....


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Torness Nuclear Reactor Shut-Down – WWF Comment

Commenting on news of the latest shutdown of a reactor at Torness nuclear power station , WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “This might be the first unplanned shutdown at Torness this year, but given similar incidents in the past few years it’s clear that nuclear power is showing...


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Parliamentary Ructions over Government Treatment of Solar Power

Parliamentarians of all parties, in both the Lords and the Commons, are objecting to the government’s treatment of solar power.  Labour has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill which would prevent a damaging potential VAT rise on domestic solar systems in future, which will be voted on next...


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£5m Boost for Two New Scottish Hydropower Schemes

Albion Community Power (ACP) has committed close to £5m to the development of two new hydropower schemes in the Scottish Highlands. The two run-of-river schemes – Liatre Burn, on the Glen Cannich estate, and Abhainn Bruachaig, near Kinlochewe – will generate approximately 2.8 GWh of renewable electricity per year,...


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Low and Zero Carbon Homes Threatened by Government Policies, Report Finds

The Government’s ability to meet EU targets for delivering low carbon homes following the Paris international climate change agreement has been challenged by a new report. The report entitled ‘Future of policy and standards for low and zero carbon homes’, by academics from the University of Westminster and the...


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Funding Will Deliver Hundreds of Affordable Homes

£50 million of Scottish Government investment in charitable bonds over the next two years will provide support for almost 1,000 new homes. Four housing associations will benefit from this year’s £25 million bonds – Kingdom in Fife, Eildon in the Borders, Orkney and Ayrshire. A further £25 million is...


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Blade tester, Hydro Planner and Business Owner in Line for Top Awards

More than 30 young professionals who run small businesses, test the strength of wind turbine blades and much more are shortlisted for a prestigious award programme. Peter Greaves’ research into the way 70m-long blades flex will allow the industry to reduce their weight, saving cost and in future making...


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ETI Calls for More Emphasis on Carbon Capture and Storage and Bioenergy

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has called for greater emphasis on progressing carbon capture and storage (CCS) and building a UK bioenergy sector in the next 15 years if the UK is to meet its targets for decarbonising its energy system in the most cost effective way. The call...


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Morningstar Sustainability Ratings Now Available to Individual Investors Globally

At its Institutional Conference in Amsterdam, Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced that the new Morningstar Sustainability Rating™ for funds is now available on its North American and European websites as well as in Morningstar® Advisor WorkstationSM, the company’s web-based practice management...


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Proposed £22bn Taxpayer Loss on RBS Share Sales “betrays the nation”

The British taxpayer is set to make nearly £22 billion of losses on RBS share sales over this parliament, a new analysis of OBR figures shows. Responding to the news, Fionn Travers-Smith, Campaign Manager of Move Your Money, said: “Reckless, loss-making firesales of RBS shares at rock-bottom prices not only...


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Scottish Designers Launch Zero Waste Couture Collections

Former Miss Scotland Miss United Kingdom (2010) Nicola Mimnagh, will be modelling specially-created  Zero Waste fashion collections in Glasgow today (15 March),  in the window of the Salvation Army Trading Company’s flagship store in Dumbarton Road. Two Scottish designers have transformed unwanted clothing donated to the charity into striking...


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Local Energy Challenge Fund Supports Nine Innovative Projects.

The Scottish Government has awarded over £10 million to support innovative large-scale low carbon local energy projects, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today. Speaking at the annual Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Conference in Stirling, Mr Ewing confirmed that nine projects will receive funding through the Local Energy...