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Renewable technologies power 22 per cent of world's electricity

Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22 per cent of the world's electricity, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday in a new report.

Facilities management sector tackles green skills gap with e-learning initiative

Some of Britain's biggest construction firms have come together to launch an online learning service to help facilities managers confront issues such as meeting energy and carbon reduction targets and ensuring fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains.

EU green label regulations could lead to inefficient vacuum cleaners, manufacturers warn

Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force.

Renewable energy toolkit for SMEs launches

A renewable energy toolkit has launched to help small businesses benefit from the "significant opportunities" presented by the demand for green technologies in the UK's low carbon built environment supply chain.

Onshore wind: opposition much stronger among Tory MPs than British public

Conservative MPs are much more likely to oppose onshore windfarms than the national average of the public, a new poll has found.

Community green energy projects blocked by FCA

The future of community-owned green energy projects that Ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the 'Big Six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.

Capita Symonds to deliver Mayor of London's £50m energy efficiency programme

Property and infrastructure specialist Capita Symonds is to deliver a £50 million programme to improve the energy efficiency across more than 175,000 London homes.

First PPA price comparison site for renewable energy generators goes live

The first online price comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) has launched, claiming it could earn independent renewable energy generators up to 20 per cent more for their electricity by creating an open market for green energy.

UK non-domestic wood heat capacity surpasses 1 GW

The combined capacity of biomass systems installed under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) breached 1 gigawatt (GW) in August.

Hurricane Bertha: 60-70 per cent remnants will hit England's south coast Sunday

There is a 60 per cent to 70 per cent chance that the remnants of hurricane Bertha, which has been downgraded to an Atlantic depression, will hit the south of England on Sunday, according to the Met Office.

Edelman states it won't accept clients that are climate deniers

Edelman, America’s biggest public relations firm, has for the first time formally declared it will not take on campaigns that deny global warming, in response to an investigation by the Guardian.

£10m tide and wave simulator opens in Edinburgh

A £10.5 million marine research centre has opened in Edinburgh, featuring the world’s most sophisticated tide and wave simulator.

Green Deal hit by concerns over unclaimed cashback vouchers

The Green Deal is under fire again following the sudden closure of a cashback scheme to boost take up of the Government's flagship energy efficiency programme, with fears that large sums snatched up in the final days will go unclaimed.

Solar firms take legal action over Ed Davey’s decision to end RO support

The Government is facing yet another legal challenge over its solar policy, after four UK solar firms today launched a Judicial Review into the decision by Ed Davey to withdraw Government support for large-scale solar.

UK summer ranking as one of the warmest on record

There may be showers and slightly cooler weather due across much of the UK this weekend, but even that should not dampen the hopes of those wondering if the recent warm weather makes this summer one of the hottest on record.

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