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HoL Overthrow Bill Scrapping Zero Carbon Homes

The House of Lords have ousted a bill to scrap zero carbon homes. The national standard for new homes, Home Quality Mark, is pleased by the news. Gwyn Roberts, Project Lead at Home Quality Mark (HQM), said: “We welcome news that household energy efficiency remains on the agenda and...


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CAN Can Help Your Business Grow

A fund of more than £450k has been set aside by CAN Invest, who specialise in social investment. They have announced that their fund will provide subsidised support for charities and social enterprises who need help growing their businesses. In a completely new take on the standard ‘accelerator’ programmes...


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UK PM Praises Social Sector Organisations

The second ever Social Investment Awards were held in London this week. The awards are a yearly event which showcase the successes and growth in the industry. Prime Minister David Cameron supports the awards which he says “celebrate forces of social change in our country.” The Social Investment Awards,...


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Phil Barton announced as new Love Clean Streets Ambassador

Love Clean Streets, an environmental reporting business, has appointed its first official Ambassador. They announced that they have selected Phil Barton, a key industry figure, to help them further their eco-agenda. Phil Barton, who was the Chief Executive for Keep Britain Tidy until last year, was introduced to the...


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ClientEarth welcome University of Cambridge air pollution report

ClientEarth have commented on the University of Cambridge report into air pollution and the health benefits of walking and cycling. Alan Andrews, ClientEarth lawyer, said: “We welcome this report which highlights the physical benefits of walking and cycling. These activities would be even healthier if the air we breathe...


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Community Energy Projects can benefit from £350,000 M&S fund

For the second year running, Marks & Spencer (M&S) Energy have launched their Community Energy Fund. Community energy projects and technologies can benefit from the fund, with up to £350,000 available to support them. Any not for profit organisation is eligible to apply, as long as they use renewable...


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Solar industry will keep fighting after Government threaten to cut off support

The Government have held a consultation about the Renewable Heat Incentive. Following the discussion, it has emerged that solar thermal energy could be cut off from government support. Solar thermal is the only technology threatened with removal from renewable heat scheme. The solar industry has pledged to continue their...


Trusts and foundations who pledged to divest from fossil fuels honoured with prestigious award

Trusts and foundations who pledged to divest from fossil fuels honoured with prestigious award

Last week 135 trusts and foundations were awarded the prestigious Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel Innovation Award for Brave Philanthropy. The 135 trusts and foundations have pledged to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions through the global Divest Invest Philanthropy movement. Amongst them are the Rockefeller Brothers Fund,...


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EIB loans UCL record-breaking amount of money for campus developments

The European Bank (EIB) has loaned the largest sum of money ever lent to a university to University College London (UCL). The bank has loaned £280 million to UCL who will use the money to develop its Bloomsbury and UCL East campuses. The first phase of UCL East is...


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Ban ads offering to remove car pollution filters say Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about adverts promoting the practice of removing pollution filters from diesel vehicles. They say the practice should be banned, because it leaves cars illegal to drive – something many are unaware of. The advertising code of practice...


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Activists set up camp in Wales to shut down opencast coal mine

Hundreds of people have set up camp in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales to shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine, Ffos-y-fran, just days before Wales goes to the polls. Campaigners began arriving on Saturday and are want to shut down the opencast coal mine today. Activists from Wales...


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Damning evidence exposes BP’s interference at museums

The Art Not Oil coalition have published an in-depth report today which exposes the multiple ways in which BP has interfered in the running of the museums and galleries it sponsors. The report draws upon hundreds of emails and documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) which...


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Friends of the Earth want next London Mayor to tackle air pollution in the capital

Friends of the Earth has asked the London mayoral candidates to commit to ten polices that will help make the capital a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work, and visit. They have found that all the main contenders have stronger green policies than the current government, although...


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Big Society Capital publish Social Investment Tax Relief guide for charities and social enterprises

Big Society Capital published a DIY Guide to Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) today. The guide, written by The Freedom Bakery founder and managing director Matt Fountain, introduces entrepreneurs to an alternative method of finance that could enable them to achieve their ambitions without affecting their social mission. The...


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Energy Institute announce Sir David King as prestigious Melchett Award winner

The Energy Institute (EI) have announced that the winner of The Melchett Award 2016 is Sir David King HonFEI, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change. The EI Melchett Award is named after one of the first EI Presidents, The Rt Hon Sir Alfred Mond, later to become Lord...