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More than 40% of Scotland's energy demand is now met by renewables
December 19, 2013 09:18 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Scotland’s renewable electricity output has reached record-high levels, according to official statistics released today. The figures, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that renewables met a record-breaking 40.3 per cent of gross electricity consumption in 2012, confirming that Scotland is on track to meet its interim target of 50% by 2015.
Renewable energy is young generation's top investment choice
December 13, 2013 08:47 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
A nationwide survey has found that renewable energy is the British public’s top investment choice after property but is the number one alternative for 18 to 24-year-olds. The findings show the country’s investment preferences reflect fast growing public support for clean power.
A farm in Snowdonia has joined a pioneering European project which aims to transform problematic habitats into clean energy and new income sources for farmers. Research has begun at the National Trust farm, Hafod y Llan, to trial the use of a new technology, developed in Germany, which could turn soft rush, gorse and bracken crops into viable biomass fuel.
Europe's biggest renewable energy plant completes switch from coal to biomass
December 9, 2013 08:07 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of Europe’s biggest renewable electricity generators today, with the potential for new future generation on the site to be based on truly clean coal. Energy Secretary Ed Davey opened the Drax coal-to-biomass conversion plant, and announced the Government was awarding funding to further the White Rose CCS project, also based at the site.
Water industry warns it may not match demands of public supply and fracking
November 27, 2013 11:12 AM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
A report by Water UK, which represents the water industry, warns that in dry spells there may not be enough resource to supply both the public and fracking operations. The research was released as it was announced the organization had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Onshore Operators Group, which ensures the groups' respective members will cooperate throughout the shale gas exploration and extraction process.
UK ordered to install 70,000 electric vehicle charging points by 2020
November 26, 2013 03:27 PM - ClickGreen staff, ClickGreen
European law-makers have passed a resolution that will compel the UK to install a network of 70,000 electric vehicle recharging points as well as hydrogen and natural gas stations by 2020. The European Parliament today endorsed a draft directive that aims to reduce dependence on oil and boost take-up of alternative fuels, so as to help achieve a 60% cut in greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 2050.
World's first ever 'Brussels Sprout Battery' lights up Christmas tree
November 26, 2013 08:44 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
A team of scientists and engineers from The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair has created the world's first battery made entirely of Brussels sprouts, which is being used to light an 8 foot Christmas tree. The "Sprout Battery" was launched today on the Southbank, London, with the help of Year 7 pupils from City of London Academy, Islington, who were on hand to switch on the Christmas tree lights.
US Clean Energy Sector Breaks Through 1 Million Job Vacancies
November 23, 2013 02:09 PM - Click Green Staff, ClickGreen
Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, a tool to compare US states’ use and development of clean energy, found more than one million job postings in the clean energy sector from July through to September this year. The milestone figure reveals a 54 percent increase in needed clean energy employees, evidence that the sector is rapidly growing and in need of experts.
Europe to open up free access to environmental satellite data
November 13, 2013 08:44 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
The European Commission has announced it will provide free, full and open access to a wealth of important environmental data gathered by Copernicus, Europe's Earth observation system. The new open data dissemination regime, which will come into effect next month, will support the vital task of monitoring the environment and will also help Europe's enterprises, creating new jobs and business opportunities.
Green Father Christmas promotes less consumption
November 12, 2013 09:50 AM - Click Green staff, ClickGreen
A new 'Green Father Christmas' campaign is calling for the festive icon to embrace his green coat, abandoning his allegiance with big global consumer brands. Launched by Abundance Generation, the campaign stands for a Christmas less focused on consumption. 'Green Father Christmas' calls for those holding a greener Christmas to share his image online, allowing his new look to travel across the world.