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As September 18th – the day Scottish nationals vote whether to stay in or leave the UK – draws closer, Peter Rolton, ceo of the Rolton Group and former government advisor on the UK’s Renewables Advisory Board, considers what the clean energy landscape may look like in a post-referendum, independent Scotland.
SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) could get a boost to their business with the launch of a toolkit to encourage the use of local supply chains for renewable energy and low carbon retrofitting projects, says Terry McGivern, head of resource efficient buildings at the Institute for Sustainability.
Scientists are gathering in Berlin this week ahead of the publication of a report by the IPCC on how best to address the emissions that drive global warming. Paul McCullagh, ceo of Glasgow-based UrbanWind, argues that given the dire situation the world faces from climate change, now is not the time to be abandoning green policies in order to win votes.
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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.
With new models, new technology, improvements in infrastructure, and Government subsidies, more and more consumers are realising the cost and carbon benefits of electric vehicles – it’s time businesses did too, says Andreas Atkins, head of Electric Vehicle Services, British Gas.
Across the country, we have seen our neighbours' homes and farms devastated by the floods. We understand their anger and frustration.
Silvio Spiess, ceo of Innasol, a leading UK distributor of renewable heating solutions, argues that the Government is not doing enough to tackle the way we heat our homes and businesses.
For firms with the right low carbon skills and training, 2014 looks promising. But explains Tony Howard of CITB, the national training school for construction, those without could well run into difficulties as sustainability qualifications become a legal requirement.
Tony Juniper hopes sustainability will be firmly on the political agenda in 2014 but fears the philosophy of growth at any cost will continue.
The Government has announced it will extend the deadline for the big energy companies to meet their targets under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). But, warns Andrew Warren, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), the decision will mean the loss of thousands of jobs and will hit micro and start-up businesses.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has called on Japan to reassess its decision to slash its carbon emissions reduction targets, describing the move as "deeply disappointing". Here is his statement.
This week, Defra announced that whilst recycling rates throughout the country have increased marginally, England is extremely likely to fail the 50 per cent EU target by 2020. Rob Crumbie of Greenredeem asks if its time to incentive people to recycle more.
Energy efficiency will remain a central part of the Government’s energy strategy, Energy Secretary Ed Davey promised today, as he set out in Parliament his Annual Energy Statement. This is his speech in full.
Energy efficiency software company opower has conducted extensive research across 12 countries to find out what consumers want from their utility companies, and discovered some revealing facts says md of Opower EMEA, Nandini Basuthakur.