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Taking action to improve efficiency & reduce costs

Alexandra Latham, Communications Officer at the European Geothermal Energy Council details how RHC technologies including Geothermal go hand in hand for a sustainable energy supply with stable prices The need to ensure stable and affordable energy prices for consumers thereby elevating fuel poverty and enabling growth, and the need for this...
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Reimagining what’s possible for clean energy

David Mooney, Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, explains how understanding energy is important to the success of clean energy technologies Moving from today’s energy system to a clean energy system will require a profound transformation. While today’s energy...
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Managing the transition to a sustainable energy future

There are five major challenges in transitioning to a sustainable energy future. First, scale; the energy system must supply adequate energy to meet the needs of the expected global population growth over the next century. Second, availability; our current energy system is largely dependent on finite, non-renewable energy resources...

Warm Up Bristol: City-wide energy efficiency

A part of Bristol’s status as 2015 European Green Capital involves becoming the UK’s most energy efficient major city. Here, the Council outline their Warm Up Bristol initiative targeting poorly insulated and energy inefficient homes Bristol has some of the oldest housing stock in Europe and each year in the...
Hydropower

Hydropower – revolutionising electricity generation

Simon Hamlyn, Chief Executive Officer at The British Hydropower Association sheds light on how hydropower could play an essential role in reducing carbon emissions The British Hydropower Association , was established in 1995 and has over 180 members. It is a trade membership association solely representing the interests of the UK...

Biomass to Energy in Finland

Mika Järvinen Associate Professor at the Department of Energy Technology at Aalto University details how new technologies can further increase biomass potential Reducing fossil CO2 emissions in our energy systems has driven research to new ways of biomass conversion to form methane and bio-oil. Up to now, the technologies applied, gasification 1...
Saving money through energy efficiency

Saving money through energy efficiency

Gregor Paterson-Jones, Managing Director of Energy Efficiency at the Green Investment Bank (GIB) details how a street lighting revolution could save local authorities millions of pounds The orange glow from their sodium-vapour bulbs is as much a part of the urban landscape as cracked pavements and pot-holed roads. Yet Britain’s streetlights...
Greens launch election manifesto

The Green Party launches election manifesto

The Green Party is set to launch its election manifesto, which will include a call to “take back” the NHS from the private sector Party leader Natalie Bennett and MP Caroline Lucas are set to unveil their party's election manifesto today. It will focus on issues such as stopping the...
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Tackling air quality issues in the Turku region

According to the Finnish Environmental Protection Act, municipalities are responsible for enhancing air protection within their region. Turku is a regional capital of the third-largest urban area in Finland and an important business and cultural centre. The City of Turku must, therefore, organise the necessary air quality monitoring system...
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Bristol – UK’s first European Green Capital

Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson discusses how the City will build on its new international status as 2015 European Green Capital, leading the way in the UK for environmental change The year 2015 marks a new chapter in Bristol’s history as it becomes the first European Green Capital in the UK....
climate change

Climate change: An unimaginable calamity

We stride confidently toward a vast catastrophe. Willingly blind to the consequences of our profligate burning of fossil fuels, we speak in hushed tones, if we speak at all, of the accelerating changes in the world’s climate that will wreak havoc for humanity and many other species for centuries....
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Volcanoes and geothermal energy

Taking advantage of the power of the Earth interior Prof. Joan Martí is the leader of the Group of Volcanology at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, CSIC, of Barcelona, Spain. The research of his group addresses different aspects of the volcanological science, including dynamics of volcanic systems, hazard...

Auto-consumption and energy self-sufficiency

Auto-consumption and energy self-sufficiency are now within reach for social housing Solar power provides an opportunity for social housing associations and landlords to improve the long term energy prospects of tenants by alleviating fuel poverty and greatly reducing their carbon emissions. And, whatever the outcome of 2015's general election and...
Integrated farming delivers sustainable farming

Integrated farming delivers sustainability

Patrick Wrixon, President of the European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA) gives thought to integrated farming and its positive impact on the environment With global population growth, increased focus on addressing food security and concerns about environmental impact and biodiversity loss, it is essential that farming systems are...
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Silica and scaling problems in geothermal power plants

A possible profitable solution - Geothermal systems in Iceland Iceland is a volcanic island straddling the Mid-Atlantic-Ridge, a mid-ocean ridge where two major tectonic plates pull apart from each other. It is also sitting directly over a mantle plume – a localised upwelling of hot magma from the mantle. This unique...
carbon footprint

Managing the carbon footprint

David Fatscher Head of Market Development for Sustainability at BSI explains how a new standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions at the city level, is helping London manage its carbon footprint. With an estimated 50% of the planet’s population becoming urban citizens by 2030, making cities more sustainable has become...
costs

Energy efficiency will reduce public service costs

Gregor Paterson-Jones, Managing Director for energy efficiency at the UK Green Investment Bank explains why energy efficiency is key to reducing costs for public services. With budgets under continuous pressure and demand for savings across the public sector constantly at the forefront of the news agenda, it can be hard to...
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Energy that matters

James Smith, Chair of the Carbon Trust, sets out why we need to learn to love Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) – before it’s too late. In front of the Public Liaison Committee in Parliament, the Prime Minister laid out the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to the...
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2030 climate goals outlined by EU

The European Commission has set out its plans for climate and energy policy 2030. Goals announced by the Commission include achieving a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy. Proposals set out by the Commissioners suggest a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, and an EU-wide...
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More people choosing green transport methods

Efforts to make it easier for people to travel more sustainably are working, according to a new report. The door to door action plan published by the Department for Transport shows that efforts to make it easier for people to choose greener ways of travelling to and from public transport hubs...

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