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PORTAKABIN GROUP AWARDED £8.2M SCHOOL REBUILDING CONTRACTS

Off-site construction specialist, the Portakabin Group, has been awarded contracts by the Department for Education to rebuild two schools in the South East worth £8.2 million. The projects for St Bede’s Church of England Junior School in Woking and Riverview Church of England Primary School in Epsom are part of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which addresses the…

AUDE Launches Green Scorecard

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) today launches its first ever Green Scorecard. In partnership with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the Green Scorecard is designed to be a comprehensive tool to help Higher Education Institutions across the UK measure the sustainability work they do, set targets and benchmark. AUDE members have long been committed…

Bristol named as leading UK Smart City

Bristol has been named as a leading UK Smart City in a Huawei report unveiled this week (17 May) at an event attended by Minster for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, MP. Huawei, a Fortune Global 500 company and leading provider of global information and communications solutions, have compiled the first UK Smart Cities Index placing Bristol amongst…

Horsham District Council secures funding to reduce vehicle emissions and cut costs

Horsham District Council has been awarded substantial funding towards the cost of providing electric pool vehicles to help drive down carbon emissions in the district. The funds were awarded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The low emission vehicles have been leased by the council for use by staff members whose jobs involve business travel. Electric charge…

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…