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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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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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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...


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17% Carbon Reduction in Just Two Years – Report from Zero Waste Scotland

Scotland is recycling more than ever before – and it’s having a positive impact on the environment, according to the latest results revealed today (Wednesday 16th March) of a unique approach to measuring the environmental impact of waste, developed by Zero Waste Scotland. Scotland’s Carbon Metric is a pioneering...


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Greenpeace Responds to New Tax Breaks for North Seal Oil and Gas Industry

George Osborne announced a series of tax breaks and abolished the Petroleum Revenue tax for the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry Greenpeace Policy Director said: “It makes no economic or environmental sense that the government is cutting support for renewable energy whilst seeking to prop up a North Sea oil...


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End of Year Sustainable Investment Story

The Stockwood community farm has secured Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) accreditation for its £700,000 community share offer which closes on March 31. Investors have till the end of this month to buy loan stock in the farm which inspired BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, preserve its biodynamic organic...


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British Ingenuity is Leading the Connected Cities Export Charge to South East Asia Market

British innovation is being championed this week, as ten of the UK’s most exciting technology companies pitch to government, the private sector and investors in South East Asia, to win contracts and investment in the rapidly developing ‘Connected Cities’ sector. The Connected Cities Trade Mission, organised by Innovate UK...


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RCG Launches Multi-Client Study to Assess the Impact of a “Brexit” on the Offshore Renewables Industry

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) today launched a multi-client study to analyse the possible implications of a Brexit on the UK’s future offshore renewables and environmental legislation. Whilst estimates suggest UK level regulation is 2.5 times more cost effective than EU regulation, a Brexit scenario is expected to leave...


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New Research Reveals Levels of Consumer Trust in Seafood Labelling

Early results from the MSC’s latest survey of more than 16,000 seafood consumers show that more than half (55%) doubt that the seafood they consume is what it says on the packet. Across the 21 countries surveyed, 65% of those purchasing seafood say they want to know that their...


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Lawyers tell Australian Regulators: Investigate Peabody over Bankruptcy Calls

Environmental Justice Australia and Greenpeace International have alerted the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to a number of Australian creditors who would be at risk should Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company, file for bankruptcy. Many of Peabody’s senior lenders are calling for the company...