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Mayor of London’s Office launches ‘smart cities’ competition

Mayor of London’s Office launches ‘smart cities’ competition

The Mayor of London’s Office is today calling on entrepreneurs and innovative businesses to enter a 'smart cities’ competition that could see their ideas adopted by major regeneration projects across the capital.


Residential solar PV sees first ‘growth-triggered’ Feed-in Tariff reduction

Feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV systems under 10 kilowatt (kw) in size will 'degress’ by 3.5 per cent from April 2015 thanks to capacity deployed in the last quarter of 2014 exceeding 100 megawatt (MW) for the first time.


Ecotricity and Good Energy ranked UK's best energy suppliers in Which? survey

Small energy companies have beaten the big six on customer service ratings for the fourth year in a row, according to consumer body Which?


Oxfam: rising inequality is "dangerous" and unsustainable

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, one per cent of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99 per cent.


From lab to lunch: overcoming public anxiety about factory-grown meat

From lab to lunch: overcoming public anxiety about factory-grown meat

For Modern Meadow, a food start-up making synthetic meat, the biggest challenge may be convincing consumers that great meat can come from a laboratory.


Biomass boilers up to 20 per cent less efficient than expected, DECC study finds

Billions of pounds of public money is to be spent supporting 'green’ boilers, despite evidence from the Government’s own experts and industry that they will do little to help the UK meet its clean energy targets.


Climate change: report identifies for the first time unburnable fossil fuel reserves

Vast amounts of oil in the Middle East, coal in the US, Australia and China and many other fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground to prevent dangerous climate change, according to the first analysis to identify which existing reserves cannot be burned.


GreenWise top 10 green business stories of 2014

Renewable energy, flood management, zero carbon homes, energy efficiency, and green financing were the key themes in GreenWise’s top 10 green business stories of 2014.


Community Shop opens first 'social supermarket' in London

The UK’s first full-scale social supermarket starts its national rollout on Monday, selling surplus food and drink to people on the verge of food poverty for up to 70 per cent less than high street prices.


Government to release £100m more to Green Deal in tranches

Homeowners will be able to claim up to £5,600 from the Government towards home improvements such as a new boiler and cavity wall insulation from Wednesday 10 December – but the money may not be around for long.


One or more major oil companies will abandon fossil fuels, predicts Jeremy Leggett

The oil price crash coupled with growing concerns about global warming will encourage at least one of the major oil companies to turn its back on fossil fuels in the near future, predicts an award-winning scientist and former industry adviser.


Record hot weather in 2014 is "clear evidence" of climate change, experts say

Figures released yesterday by the Met Office reveal that 2014 was the UK’s hottest since records began.


US and India to unveil joint deal to combat climate change

America and India will unveil joint efforts to fight climate change when Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month, as the US tries to keep up the momentum of international negotiations.


Carbon bubble: firms should have to disclose investments in fossil fuels, says Davey

Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, has said companies should be required to disclose their investments in fossil fuels, bringing firmly into the mainstream the idea that climate risk will affect the value of such holdings.


Abundance launches "new avenue" for finance for renewable energy developers

A new online service enabling 'shared ownership' in renewable energy projects is being hailed as new "positive" way to raise capital for onshore wind and solar in the UK by enabling developers to mobilise communities to take a stake in local projects.


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