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  • UK scientists turn coffee industry waste into electricity

    Fuel cell could help Colombian farmers by using microbes to eat waste and develop energyScientists have turned coffee waste into electricity for the first time, in research that could help farmers and curb pollution in the developing world.The coffee industry generates a huge amount of liquid waste […]

  • Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel – look at emission outcomes

    Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologiesAustralia’s chief scientist says the question facing the nation’s energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create “a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy”.In a prerecorded […]

  • Exmouth split over pipeline factory proposed for gulf that supports Ningaloo Reef

    Proponents say development won’t harm world heritage ecosystem, but a campaign led by Tim Winton is sounding the alarmA campaign fronted by the author Tim Winton and backed by environmentalists and ecotourism operators is attempting to stop a pipeline factory for the oil and gas industry […]

  • Top climate scientist blasts UK’s fracking plans as 'aping Trump’

    James Hansen, ‘father of climate science’, accuses Britain of ignoring scienceOne of the world’s leading climate scientists has launched a scathing attack on the government’s fracking programme, accusing ministers of aping Donald Trump and ignoring scientific evidence.James […]

  • Government cuts grant support for electric vehicles

    The post Government cuts grant support for electric vehicles appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • 8 Tips for Vegetable Gardening in Winter

    Focusing on seasonal vegetables as we prepare for winter is a sustainable approach to vegetable gardening. Winter vegetables grow slower, need slightly less water, and don’t overdraw on the nutrients in the soil. Here are 8 essential tips you can use for gardening in winter. Read the full […]

  • 7 Tips to Celebrating Halloween 2018 in an Eco-Friendly Way

    Trick or Treat? Here are seven tips to celebrate Halloween in a more eco-friendly way, without losing the essence of the celebration. Read the full article: 7 Tips to Celebrating Halloween 2018 in an Eco-Friendly Way […]

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving the Eco-Friendly Way

    Thanksgiving is part of a wonderful time of the year with family and friends, leaving us filled with gratitude (and good food)! There are always ways to celebrate time-honoured traditions like Thanksgiving gatherings in a more eco-friendly way. Read the full article: Celebrating Thanksgiving the […]

  • ‘No deal’ Brexit risks all-Ireland electricity market breakdown

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published papers on 12 October assessing the consequences for the electricity and gas markets if the UK exits the EU without a withdrawal deal next March. The post ‘No deal’ Brexit risks all-Ireland electricity market […]

  • Cuadrilla is to start fracking in Lancashire. But we will not give in | Caroline Lucas

    The high court’s decision in favour of the shale gas giant will not deter the mass movement fighting the industry all the wayA whole new fossil fuel industry will launch in the UK on Saturday when energy giant Cuadrilla starts fracking for shale gas. This follows the defeat of Lancashire […]

  • Switch to green energy – and save £250 on your bill

    As the UN warns on climate change, we show moving to a 100% renewable supplier is easyThey couldn’t have been any clearer. If you are worried about climate change, you’ve got to do your bit and reduce your harmful emissions. For some, this will involve switching to an electric car and […]

  • Bill Shorten: 'We've got to end the climate change war'

    Exclusive: Marking five years as opposition leader, Shorten tackles thorny topics – energy, offshore detention and tradeBill Shorten has signalled Labor will keep the national energy guarantee and maintain subsidies for households and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy until […]

  • Is electricity the oil of the future?

    "There are many examples of Power-to-X in action that provide opportunities for utilities" The post Is electricity the oil of the future? appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • When is the best time to switch energy suppliers?

    Thinking about switching to a new energy supplier? Wondering when is the best time to switch? In most cases the answer is very simple – right now! Switching to a new energy supplier is pretty easy & straightforward to do, and can potentially save you a lot of money. Generally speaking, […]

  • View from the top: Partnerships needed in the energy shift

    “Vattenfall wants to be free from fossil fuels in a generation. If we tried to do it on our own, we would probably fail. So we need to forge partnerships.” The post View from the top: Partnerships needed in the energy shift appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Fracking to restart in UK after last-minute legal bid fails

    High court rejects request to temporarily block Cuadrilla operation in LancashireThe first fracking in the UK for seven years will start on Saturday, the shale gas company Cuadrilla has confirmed, after campaigners lost a last-minute legal challenge to block the operations.Lancashire resident […]

  • ‘Cheap as chips’ flexibility poses ‘huge threat’ to nuclear

    Cheap flexibility from storage, demand-side response and distributed generation poses a “huge threat” to the nuclear industry, according to former energy secretary Ed Davey. The post ‘Cheap as chips’ flexibility poses ‘huge threat’ to nuclear appeared first on […]

  • Cultivating a Sustainable Garden with Beekeeping

    Whether you are a fan of honey, want to incorporate more beautiful flowers into your space or love being able to have a positive impact on the environment, beekeeping can prove to be a fun and a sustainable hobby. Read the full article: Cultivating a Sustainable Garden with Beekeeping […]

  • Effective communications is key to a zero-carbon future

    The post Effective communications is key to a zero-carbon future appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Community energy projects will ‘stall’ with axe of export tariff

    Growth in community energy projects will stall due to plans to axe the mechanism that pays small scale generators for the excess electricity they supply to the grid, the government has been warned. The post Community energy projects will ‘stall’ with axe of export tariff appeared first […]

  • How smart devices can increase your energy bills – and what you can do about it

    Studies suggest that 50% of us will own a smart TV by 2019. Smart TVs and other smart devices must be plugged in and kept on standby at all times – making them more expensive to run than their traditional counterparts. Here’s what you can do to keep your energy costs down. From TVs to […]

  • UK's housing stock 'needs massive retrofit to meet climate targets'

    Hundreds of millions of pounds must be spent to achieve 80% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, report showsHundreds of millions of pounds must be spent on the UK’s draughty housing stock to meet the government’s climate change targets, with progress so far too slow to make the […]

  • People burning wet wood on inefficient stoves 'poisoning themselves'

    Study highlights ‘shocking contribution’ of domestic wood and coal fires to air pollution, which causes 40,000 early deaths a year in the UKPeople burning wet wood on inefficient stoves are poisoning themselves and their neighbours, according to a new report from a leading thinktank.The […]

  • Canavan condemns business emissions self-regulation to meet Paris target

    Minister says plan to coordinate climate response in absence of government policy interferes with democracyBig business has entered discussions about a self-regulated suite of measures to help Australia meet its Paris commitments, weeks after the Morrison government abandoned the national energy […]