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European Green Capital 2015: How Bristol Celebrated

In 2015 Bristol was the first city to be awarded the European Green Capital Award. The European Green Capital Award’s aim is to encourage and support European cities to make eco-friendly advances and to create schemes that are beneficial to the overall environment. It is rewarded to cities that have already tackled environmental problems, but the award is intended more towards spurring the winning city into dedicating many future environmentally friendly initiatives.

£14 billion of council pension funds invested in fossil fuels

UK local authorities have ploughed £14 billion of their pension funds into fossil fuel investments, according to new research released today.

Scotland hits record-high renewable energy levels but warns of cuts

A record amount of Scotland’s electricity was generated from renewables in the first half of 2015.

Work gets underway on UK’s first ‘split-ownership’ solar scheme

The UK’s first split ownership solar farm is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon, Wiltshire.

Ireland and Scotland strengthen links on renewable energy

A suite of detailed reports has been published today concerning the coordinated development of offshore electricity grid and marine renewable energy projects between the jurisdictions of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Scotland launches £224m energy efficiency and renewables drive

A new fuel poverty scheme, backed by up to £224 million from the Scottish Government, will help as many as 28,000 Scots heat their homes, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today.

Government admits renewables cut will save just 30p on energy bills

The UK Government has admitted that the early closure of subsidy support for onshore wind energy could add as much as 63 million tonnes of CO2 in emissions and save just 30p on consumers’ annual electricity bill.

Crown Estate green roof initiative attracts wildlife to London's West End

London’s West End may not seem the ideal habitat for wildlife, but wrens, thrushes and bats are making it their home.

Most London boroughs fail EU pollution target

All but two of London’s boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.

Commercial solar rooftop: Kingspan looks to engage with other utilities following ESB joint venture

Leading insulation manufacturer Kingspan has signalled its intention to work with utility firms in other territories to accelerate the take up of commercial solar rooftop, following yesterday’s joint venture deal with Ireland’s largest energy company, ESB.

Boris Johnson told to divest £4.8 bn City Hall pension fund from fossil fuels

Boris Johnson has been told by the London Assembly to pull City Hall’s £4.8 billion pension fund out of coal, oil and gas investments, after assembly members voted on Wednesday on a motion in support of the fossil fuel divestment movement.

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.

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.

Adnams bosses to forego bonuses as part of sustainability drive

Bosses at Adnams, the environment-friendly Southwold-based independent brewer, are to forego some of their bonuses in an effort to raise the salaries of the lowest paid workers in the company.

6.1MW solar array to power M&S Castle Donington warehouse

One of the UK’s largest solar rooftop installations is being built at a giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) distribution centre in the East Midlands, it was announced today.

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