FRANCES AND Alex Hunt are a mother-and-son team involved in several energy efficiency and sustainability enterprises in the Brighton and Hove area. Together with a select team of specialists, they run: the Green Building Partnership, Bright Green Homes and Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co. (BHESCo). These three organisations each do...
London’s draughty, energy-wasting schools will undergo huge makeovers in order cut carbon emissions and save £32million. Currently, it is thought nearly 80% of the capital's carbon emissions come from buildings, including schools and a new retro-fitting programme hopes to stop 125,000 tonnes of carbon entering London’s air. RE:FIT Schools Energy...
RENEWABLE energy experts predict the cost of solar panels will drop a quarter by 2017. A key component of solar PV panels is crystalline-silicon and the Chinese manufactured product is likely to drop from 50 cents per watt in the fourth quarter of 2012 to 36 cents per watt by the end of 2017, according to a new report from GTM Research....
A BRAND new solar fridge will help save India’s food industry billions of dollars. The SolerCool project will be used to transport and store valuable harvests previously would have been destroyed by the harsh Asian climate. Despite being the second largest food producer in the world, a staggering 40% of India’s harvest is lost because the country’...
TENS OF thousands of people die prematurely every year from pollution from Europe’s power stations. 300 of Europe’s largest coal power station are thought to have caused 22,300 premature deaths according to a study from Stuttgart University. The horrifying figure is estimated to cost companies and governments billions of pounds in disease...
THE LATEST figures from the European Environment Agency (EEA) show EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2011 were 18.4% lower than 1990 levels. The 2011 emissions decrease was largely due to a milder winter in 2011 compared to 2010, which led to a lower demand for heating. However, it was also down to action from the UK, France and Germany who...
TIM Yeo has made the decision to step aside from his position as Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee after being embroiled in a lobbying sting. The Tory MP for South Suffolk in the East of England was involved in an undercover operation by the Sunday Times. Journalists posed as solar company representatives who wanted to hire his...
A MULTI MILLION pot will offer loans of up to £150,000 to local organisations for community renewable energy projects Not only will the projects supply the local area with clean, green energy it will also provide community with jobs and investment opportunities. The lump sums will also encourage local people to engage with renewable energy and...
THE EUROPEAN Commission has decided unanimously to impose provisional tariffs on solar panels imported from China in order to counter the dumping of these products on the European market. According to www.solarpowerportal.co.uk, the European Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, faced a tough struggle to persuade member states to support the...
THE ATTRACTIVENESS of renewable energy halves as soon as residents think a wind-farm could be built near them. A Department of Energy and Climate Change poll found that 82% of the public supported renewable energy, however this figure dropped to about half if the renewables would be near their home. Despite this nimby-ism, the results have shown...