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Geothermal energy: a renewable, low carbon resource for the UK

Jon Busby, Team Leader Renewables, Energy Storage and Clean Coal at the British Geological Survey details the benefits of deep geothermal heat sources in the UK In simple terms ‘geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat beneath the earth’s surface’. Most people will associate it with...
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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...
Small energy companies win customer satisfaction

Small energy companies win customer satisfaction

According to Which? magazine, small energy companies achieved better customer satisfaction ratings than the big six firms. Analysis found that energy company npower achieved the lowest customer satisfaction rating for the fourth year running at 35 per cent. Scottish Power came in at 41 per cent, rated below the British industry...
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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...
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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...
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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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Four million new trees to be planted in 2015

Government is investing £30 million to support the planting of 2,000 hectares of new woodland. As part of the investment two hundred thousand hectares of existing woodland will also be protected or improved. The investment will support landowners – including charities, local authorities and businesses – in their commitment to planting...
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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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Action pledged to protect worlds forests

Fresh action announced to protect forests and reduce green house emissions at COP19. Key international partners came together in Warsaw to announce fresh action via pledging $280 million to sustain the world’s forests. Via the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) international partners aim to reduce Green House Gas...

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