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Homeworking could save 3bn tonnes of carbon a year

Increasing the numbers of UK employees working from home can cut costs by £3 billion a year for UK employers and employees and save over 3 million tonnes of carbon a year. Advances in technologies such as broadband internet, smart phones and cloud computing mean that many jobs can now be done effectively outside of traditional workplaces.  This has resulted…

UK Getting Ready for Shale Gas

A shale gas supply chain report showing huge potential economic benefits to the UK economy and measures to minimise the environmental impacts of shale gas have been announced by the Government. Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon has today: Welcomed an EY shale gas supply chain report that estimates a potential £33 billion benefit to the UK economy and over…

Looking for Case Studies…’Green Project Funding’

Pawel Nowakowski and Professor Hanna Godlewska-Majkowska are preparing a course called “Green Project Funding”, within the speciality „Eco-innovations in cities”.  It is a project commissioned by the Polish National Centre for Research and Development in the frames of the European Union grant (1/POKL/4.3/2012) to Warsaw School of Economics (WSE). The aim of the project is to prepare a programme in the area…

UK Government Unveils 8 New Major Renewables Projects

Eight major renewable electricity projects are unveiled as part of the government’s world leading electricity reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs. By 2020, the projects will provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs, and they could add a further 4.5GW of low-carbon electricity to Britain’s energy mix (or around 4%…

New Co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council Appointed

DONG Energy Wind Power’s Country manager, Benj Sykes, was today announced as the new co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) by Business and Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, who also co-chairs the group. The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is the strategic partnership forum between Government and the offshore wind industry.  OWIC’s role is to…

UK Small Businesses to Generate Bioenergy from Wetlands

Three British companies have been awarded a share of over £1.3million to spur on innovation in turning reeds and rushes from wetlands into bioenergy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today. Contracts have been awarded to AMW IBERS, Natural Synergies and AB Systems, as part of a Department of Energy and Climate Change competition to help entrepreneurs demonstrate…

Key points and questions: IPCC working group 3 report on mitigating climate change

See links below for briefing notes produced by UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. Contents What are the key headline findings from the report? How high are GHG emissions today and what are the sources? How quickly do we have to reduce GHG emissions? Is it possible to reduce emissions to the levels required? What are the implications of…

The UK’s Rooftops to become Power Stations

Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker today. The Solar Strategy, the first of its kind in the UK, sets out the Governments ambition to see solar rolled out more widely and with it the potential to support…

QR Codes to be put on Consumers Energy Bills

Consumers wanting to know more about their energy use and whether they are getting the best value for money will have a new and easy way of finding the best deal. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey today announced the Government’s plans to introduce QR (Quick Response) codes to energy bills so consumers can get an…

UK has met its first carbon budget

 Responding to today’s Greenhouse Gas emissions, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey said: “We have reached an important milestone today. The UK has met its first carbon budget, which is the first step in fulfilling our commitment to cut Britain’s emissions by 80% to 2050. “The increase in emissions in 2012, compared to 2011, is of…