RENEWABLE energy experts, The Eco Experts, have praised the European Investment Bank’s decision to stop financing coal-fired power stations. The online solar panel comparison site welcomed the news that the EU’s bank was acting to try and help the EU meet is low carbon goals. The bank will stop lending to projects that emit the highest levels of...
THE UK’s low carbon industry grew five per cent from 2011/12 defying all trends, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The government figures show the low carbon environmental goods and services grew to £128billion in the period, while there was little movement in the rest of the economy. The UK’s green economy is now the 6th...
FARMERS in rural parts of the world may soon be able to benefit from solar powered tractors. While they've been talked about for years now, a couple from Arkansas, decided rather than waiting they would create their own. Though the renewable energy powered vehicle will require charging between 8-10 hours, for those only needing it for a couple of...
A WIND turbine taller than London’s Shard is hoped to power between 15,000 and 20,000 homes. The Technical University of Denmark is coordinating the project which will see the 1,100 foot structure built in the sea. The turbine’s blades will each be 410ft long and it will sit on a 700ft tower, costing the EU £25 million. It will be the world’s...
MOST people in the UK want to see a reduction in fossil fuel, with solar ranked as the top choice for energy production. A huge study lead by Nottingham and Cardiff universities has found a surprisingly high level of concern about climate change and willingness to cut fossil fuel use. The academic teams interviewed 2,441 people from all over the...
A GROUP of MPs battled it in Westminster last week out over the pros and cons of large scale solar developments. Tory Totnes MP, Sarah Wollaston (pictured), was first up alleging that the impact solar panels had on the landscape was devastating. She said: “My constituency covers an area from Holne on Dartmoor down to the sea; it takes in an area...
ABOUT a third of people in the UK would invest in local renewable energy projects if there were available opportunities. Schemes such as local wind and solar farms were popular when people could put small amounts of their own money in and see the benefits directly, according to a poll by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on UK energy policy...
A PLANE powered only by the sun’s energy has completed its record breaking flight. Solar Impulse, the creation of adventurer Bertrand Piccard and former fighter pilot André Borschberg, made the final leg of its trans-America flight from Washington DC to New York in 18 ¾ hours. A regular flight should take 1 hour 20. The whole trip began in May...
HE IS the Godfather of green, with spells as Green Party co-chair, Friends of the Earth director, Forum for the Future co-founder as well as many other illustrious posts. Not only has Jonathon Porritt played a key part in the history of the green movement, it seems he also has big predictions for the future. Speaking to Green Futures magazine he...
“We’d like throwing away something that could be reused to become like drink-driving – something that responsible citizens just don’t do.” THOSE ARE the words of Cat Fletcher, a Freegle representative who I spoke to earlier this week. Relating something like household waste to the severity of drink driving may be a contentious idea, but the stats...