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First peer-to-peer renewable electricity marketplace secures £500,000

UK-based tech start-up, Open Utility, is a step closer to launching the first renewable electricity peer-to-peer online marketplace, having secured half a million pounds of funding from the Government and other sources.

Facebook: is the social media giant guilty of hypocricy on climate change?

The stench of hypocrisy is wafting around social networking giant Facebook over its approach to climate change, writes the Guardian's Jo Cofino.

Unilever sponsors first tech start-up sustainability 'hackathon'

Over £30,000 ($50,000) is on the table for tech start-ups striving to address sustainability in the first such venture to be sponsored by Unilever.

Demand reduction: how Kiwi Power is helping businesses get paid for saving energy and avoid blackouts

Laptop-sized product monitors customer's energy usage and can cut it off in times of high demand – and the client gets paid for it.

Why is the sustainability community so bad at sharing data?

Last month, tech companies got together and within 48 hour notice over 200 leading developers unlocked collaboration and innovation to share data and find the best and most efficient ways to tackle the UK flood crisis. Tyler Christie, ceo of big data firm Amee, asks why the sustainability community is so bad at sharing intelligence that could benefit both it and the rest of society.

UK big data start-up aims to bring local renewable energy to all

A UK start-up based in London’s Tech City is developing a renewable energy peer-to-peer online marketplace to bring fairer, greener and cheaper energy to all.

Apple launches 'Reuse and Recycle' trade-in-scheme in UK

Apple has opened up its iPhone trade-in scheme to UK shoppers, giving traders money for their old Apple handsets with up to £175 towards the purchase of a new iPhone.

Green IT: how Apple and other big cloud-computing firms are making datacentres more sustainable

Server farms could revolutionise sustainability with easy steps, claim researchers as Apple reveals pioneering solar farm.

Nokia 301 to be sold without charger to cut down on waste

The Nokia 301 is to become the first mass-market handset to be sold without a phone charger as part of an environmental move to cut down on unnecessary mains charging units flooding the market.

Delaying the rollout of smart meters: a sensible move

Last month, Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced the rollout of smart meters was to be delayed by the another year. David Green, Business Development Director, SmartReach, explains why he believes the delay is a sensible move that will increase confidence that the programme will actually deliver the anticipated benefits.

Unilever launches app to help chefs cut food waste

Consumer goods giant Unilever has launched an industry-first app that could help the fight against food waste.

Sony joins O2 campaign to slash number of unused phone chargers

Sony has become the latest major manufacturer to join O2’s campaign to rid the market of unnecessary mobile phone chargers.

New app could help appease fears about wind turbine developments

A Scottish start-up, Linknode has created 3-D software that it claims could revolutionise the wind farm development industry and take the politics out of the equation.

Friends of Earth claims victory in green supply chain probe of smartphones

Friends of the Earth is claiming victory in a major green supply chain probe that it says links manufacturers of smartphones with the destruction of tropical forests and coral.

UK cleantech firm saves “one hundred million litres of water” a day

A UK company that has developed an 'intelligent’ water control system is achieving massive savings for water companies around the world, but could be achieving more if water companies were better incentivised.


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First peer-to-peer renewable electricity marketplace secures £500,000
Open Utility is building the first peer-to-peer renewable electricity marketplace
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