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Scotland’s Integrated Approach to Energy Efficiency

A £14 million fund will allow Councils across Scotland to make homes, public buildings and businesses more energy efficient, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil announced today. Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) will help improve warmth in buildings and homes, drive down energy bills and work towards reaching climate change targets....


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RSPB and Ecotricity to Build New Wind Turbine in Green Energy Partnership

RSPB and Ecotricity, Britain’s leading green energy company, will install a wind turbine at the nature conservation charity’s headquarters over the next few weeks. Work begins in Sandy, Bedfordshire on Monday 25 January, and the 100 metre tall wind turbine will generate around two million units of green energy every...


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Haringey Pension Fund Divests From Coal, Invests £200M In Low-Carbon Fund

A ground-breaking pledge to invest one third of Haringey Council’s equity funds into a Low Carbon Fund was agreed by the council’s Pensions Committee last week. The innovative approach will mean that the council will have no investments in coal industries anywhere in the world, and also comes with an agreement...


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New Report Shows Energy Efficiency Campaigns Are Missing a Trick

Only one in five energy efficiency behaviour change programmes actively identifies and removes barriers to change, suggesting that all too often building occupants may not be getting the help they need to act energy efficiently. That is the surprise finding from the latest issue of the UK Energy Efficiency Trends...


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Zayed Future Energy Prize Recognises Nine New Winners

Gro Harlem Brundtland receives top international award for renewable energy and sustainability pioneers. Former Prime Minister of Norway, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Zayed Future Energy Prize at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and Vice Chair...


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Scottish Government Is Idling on Transport Changes

The Scottish Government today produced a ‘Transport Strategy Refresh’ and released transport statistics from 2006-2014 showing a significant drop in bus passengers and the continued dominance of the car. Commenting on the figures, Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon “These disappointing figures show that the Scottish Government is...


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STA Data Shows Market Rising

Government statistics published today on the Renewable Heat Incentive have shown that in November and December of last year solar thermal hot water heating made up 12% of the residential systems and only 2% of non-domestic systems supported by the scheme. Since the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive was introduced...


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Blue & Green Marbles Update: Our First Winner Announced On Monda

The votes are in and have been verified. 2,195 voters were cast. 15,365 preferences were made. Votes were transferred as candidates were knocked off and five clear champions became three, became two. But there can be only one. We are contacting the winner today and will publish the result...


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Fossil Fuel Companies Need to Come Clean on Climate Risks Post Paris

Proposals launched to ensure transparency, support climate policy and aid investors. Hot on the heels of a historic climate deal in Paris the Carbon Tracker Initiative and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, two non-profits who seek to promote transparency in relation to climate risk, will in Davos on Friday launch...


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New Global Commission to Put Business at the Centre of Sustainable Development

Commission of business, labour and civil society leaders, established by Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch-Brown, will highlight the massive rewards to businesses who take a lead in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Businesses which join global efforts to end extreme poverty and...


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Scottish Retailers Asked for Views on Curbing Energy Use

Retailers are being given the chance to have their views on environmental impact heard at the 2016 Retail Energy Workshop hosted by Zero Waste Scotland. The free workshop, which takes places on Wednesday 3 February at Forth Valley College in Stirling, aims to gather insight from the sector on what...


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Three-quarters of Non-Productive Investments in Farming “Too Costly”, Say EU Auditors

Three-quarters of the audited projects funded under an EU scheme to pay farmers for improving the environment were not cost-effective, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The majority of the so-called “non-productive investments” did contribute to landscape and biodiversity protection. But the auditors found...


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Yorkshire Water fined £600,000 after sewage pollution hits Wakefield fishery

Yorkshire Water Services Ltd has been fined £600,000 after an ageing sewage pipe burst and killed hundreds of fish in a Wakefield lake. The company was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday 19 January after pleading guilty to one charge of causing a water discharge that was not...


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Nature Improvement Areas: Thousands more hectares for our wildlife

Nearly 20,000 hectares of natural habitat – the equivalent of almost 23,000 football pitches – has been created, restored or preserved across England over the past three years thanks to an innovative £7.5 million government project. Published today, the ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Nature Improvement Areas: Final Report’ showcases...


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New Research to Aid Sustainable Fisheries Management in Marine Protected Areas

Scientists now have a better understanding of the level of fishing activity that can be carried out within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and still remain compatible with conservation objectives, thanks to new research. The research, carried out in three MPAs, looked at the effects of fishing activity and natural...