week ending 8 June 2007
A computer powered by its own wind turbine is being set up at a Cardiff school as part of the city's aim to reduce its "carbon footprint". The computer, at Fitzalan High School, is one of a number of measures being undertaken to reduce energy waste, including light controls in classrooms. The city council wants to reduce carbon emissions by 60% from its non-domestic buildings and waste by 2018.
BBC 14th June 2007
ICWales 14th June 2007
NewsWales 13th June 2007
Proposals for a giant water wheel stretching across the River Mersey are due to be revealed. The river is one of the best sites for renewable energy created by tides, in the UK, a new study claims. The report claims the Mersey's unusual shape and wide range of tides can be used to produce environmentally- friendly power. If the plans get the go-ahead, the wheel turbine could produce enough electricity for half a million homes.
BBC 14th June 2007
Liverpool Daily Post 14th June 2007
SCHOOLS will be given £40million to upgrade
sports pitches and support green schemes.
Education secretary Fiona Hyslop announced the initiative. It means thousands more kids will have access to top-notch playing fields, which will also be available for community use. Schools will also be able to apply for funding for environmental schemes, such as installing wind turbines.
Collydean Primary School in Glenrothes, Fife, became the first Scots school to generate its own electricity with a roof-top turbine in 2004. Councils and schools are being asked to put forward their plans in the next few weeks. Hyslop said: "We can move quickly to upgrade and improve playing fields and encourage energy efficiency.
Daily Record 14th June 2007
A NEW wind turbine that will help provide thousands
of pounds for the Gatehouse community was officially put into operation
this week. The turbine at Cream o’ Galloway’s Rainton Farm
will provide around a third of the annual power needs of the company and
will generate 50 kilowatts per hour if the wind speed is 27 miles per hour,
with the farm on average needing 30 kilowatts per hour to function. The
firm will pay Gatehouse Development Initiative for the electricity they
use. Any excess will be sold to the National Grid, with the profits also
going to the GDI.
Galloway News 14th June 2007
A COUPLE are leading the green revolution by becoming the first family in
the borough to get permission for their very own wind turbine. Alan and Janet
Turner, of Moorside Road, said they hoped to save 30 per cent of their electricity
usage - and hundreds of pounds in bills a year - when the turbine goes up
at their home later this summer.
Bury Times 14th June 2007
“Where would you have photovoltaic cells or wind turbines in a reproduction Victorian building in a conservation area? You can’t do it. But a wind turbine or photovoltaic cells don’t look out of place on modern buildings.” Discussion about microrenewables in conservation areas.
Western Mail 14th June 2007
Homeowners can register interest for the scheme
and will then be matched with a local architect. The 2007 theme for Architecture
Week is "How
Green is our Space?" focusing on critical issues of climate change and
sustainability, and aiming to inspire people to think creatively about the
spaces around them. Architect's Jestico + Whiles have come up with some green
tips for homeowners to think about when consulting an architect; their guide
can be downloaded at more >>
Scotsman 14th June 2007
Carbon neutral plumbers
A COMPANY has teamed up with a world leader in renewable energy technology to be at the forefront of the building industry revolution. James Hargreaves Plumbers Merchants has entered into a partnership with German heating firm Wolf GMBH to develop, manufacture and supply solar panels. As part of the Government's drive to make every new building carbon neutral by 2016, architects have to incorporate renewable energy sources such as solar panels in their plans to replace gas and oil heating systems.
Lancashire Telegraph 13th June 2007
GREEN houses are today set to spread across Ipswich. All new developments of more than ten properties in the town could soon be forced to generate some of their own power, according to new rules. This could be through solar power, extracting heat from the ground, using heat exchangers to suck in hot air, using energy efficient boilers to help generate electricity, or in some cases using wind turbines to generate power. Ipswich Borough Council environment spokeswoman Louise Gooch said the new regulations should be adopted by the council later this year.
Suffolk Evening Star 13th June 2007
Bellway Homes, one of the UK’s top four housebuilders, has just received
planning permission to build 229 homes at Greenwich Peninsula, London’s
largest single regeneration project. Endorsing the Peninsula’s strong
sustainability agenda all of the homes will have, at the very least, an EcoHomes ‘Excellent’ rating.
Bellway are also investigating further opportunities for renewable energy
initiatives to be adopted as part of this development.
24Dash 13th June 2007
One of the first houses to receive five stars under the government's controversial policy requiring new homes to be "zero-carbon" was unveiled on Monday by Stewart Milne Group. The Aberdeen-based housebuilder said its investment in the demonstration house, unveiled at the Building Research Establishment at Watford, would allow it to plan commercial production well ahead of the 2016 government target for all new houses to be low-carbon.
FT 12th June 2007
Press and Journal 12th June 2007
Manchester Confidental 12th June 2007
The prototype Sigma house, unveiled yesterday, is one of the first to be awarded a "near-zero" carbon emission certificate by the Government. It gets five out of six stars for energy-efficiency under the Code for Sustainable Homes. Even during construction, relatively little carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.
Daily Mail 12th June 2007
Independent 12th June 2007
RESIDENTS of Old Trafford were celebrating after winning a green' award for an affordable warmth project. The project, designed by Trafford Council's sustainability team, won the Energy Institute's Nemex Renewables Innovation Award'. It is aimed at tackling fuel poverty and climate change through the use of renewable energy. advertisemeTrafford Council worked alongside National Energy Action and Action for Sustainable Living, which ensured a range of people could experience the benefits of the project. Funding was provided by DEFRA, who want to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. Six family households took part in the project. Three households were given a gas combination boiler with incorporated solar panels. The solar panels produce over 90 per cent of domestic hot water in summer, and in winter, the solar panels will preheat water by 30 per cent. The three remaining households received a standard solar thermal heating system. Five households acquired a multi-fuel burning stove, providing the entire house with heating, using wood as the primary heat source.
IC Cheshire 12th June 2007
College bosses have been blown over by a staggering demand for places on a pioneering course offering training in how to build and maintain wind turbines. The UK's first nationally-accredited renewable energy course is being run at the Ashington-based Northumberland College and backed by the county council in a bid to give students a foothold in the potentially huge wind energy employment market. A taster course started last month and received a massive 400% more expressions of interest than there were places available - with inquiries from would-be students as far afield as mainland Europe. The Vocationally Related Qualification (VQR) in sustainable energy is aimed at equipping students with the skills to install, service and maintain small-scale and domestic wind turbines. The county council, which helped develop the course, claims it could put the region at the forefront of the industry and offer bright employment prospects for wind turbine engineers, who could command salaries of £35,000-a-year around the world.
Newcastle Journal 12th June 2007
NHBC, the leading standard setting body for new home construction in the UK, has published a guide for house builders on microgeneration technology for new homes. The guide comes after extensive research into the systems and technologies currently in use and gives practical guidance on specification, design and installation.
Copies of the guide are available at more >>
Politics.co.uk 12th June 2007
Southwark Council has further strengthened its commitment to environmentally sustainable development by launching a wind turbine pilot project in London. The turbine – installed by Photon Energy - is the first of this scale to go on a council building in the capital and shows that Southwark is at the forefront of green energy use. The hope is that the four month test session will confirm that wind energy can play an important part in the billion pound regeneration of the Elephant and Castle. The 6kW Proven Energy wind turbine was this week installed on the top of Ashenden House, an 11-storey residential building off New Kent Road.
24Dash 12th June 2007
Energy Efficient Farmers
The Scottish Agricultural
College has launched an energy auditing service which could slash farms’ energy
bills by 10-15% a year. The service will be available to farmers in Scotland
and the North of England but may be rolled out throughout the UK.
Farmers’ Weekly 12th June 2007
Isle of Eigg
With no electricity connection to the mainland, Eigg's households were once
reliant on noisy, costly and unreliable diesel generators which had to be
switched off at night. However, later this year all 83 islanders will be
connected to power derived directly from renewable sources, including three
hydro schemes, solar panels and a planned three-turbine wind farm.
Scotsman 12th June 2007
One of the industry’s key sustainability players is to head a green venture for Sir Robert McAlpine. David Strong, the managing director of BRE Environment, has left the company after nine years to set up an organisation specialising in sustainable building consultancy, research and design. The new company, which is yet to be named, will sit alongside McAlpine’s Renewable Energy Systems (RES) companies, which specialise in developing and building wind farms.
Building 11th June 2007
Solar Car Parks
WIND turbines and solar panels could be used to power new multi-storey car parks in Bolton town centre. The idea was suggested at a Bolton Council meeting where initial plans for two multi-storeys - to be built on the current Breightmet Street and Bath Street surface level car parks - were backed.
Bolton News 8th June 2007
The Greater London Authority (GLA) is set to trial one of the capital’s first hydrogen fuel cells at one of its office buildings in south London. The technology, which the GLA is promoting as the clean energy provider for the future, will be installed at the London Development Agency’s (LDA) headquarters in the Alsop-designed Palestra building. A hydrogen fuel cell generates clean electricity and heat by combining oxygen from the air with a hydrogen fuel. The GLA argues that if the hydrogen is produced from a carbon-neutral source, such as solar or wind power, it can be an emission-free source of energy.
Building 8th June 2007
FARMERS should "get ahead of the game" in terms
of both saving and generating energy, according to Dr Stewart Gemmell, the
director the Scottish Agricultural College's consultancy services. Speaking
yesterday in Edinburgh at the launch of an energy auditing service which
aims to assist farmers in cutting their bills and reducing the very considerable
carbon footprint of agriculture, as well as identifying potential methods
of generating renewable power sources, Gemmell highlighted the future strategy
that the farming industry should seriously consider.
Scotsman 8th June 2007
Herald 8th June 2007
A MASSIVE new office space planned for York will boost
both business and the environment in an eco-friendly new development, council
chiefs said today. The building, which will be located at Clifton Moor, will
offer 60 modern offices and workshops to a variety of different businesses
in the York area, and has already been dubbed an "Eco-Business Centre".
York Press 7th June 2007
Carbon neutral in Bristol
Since the launch of its Carbon Challenge, English Partnerships
has been seeking to identify potential brownfield sites which could be redeveloped
to meet the Government's most rigorous targets under the new Code for Sustainable
Homes. The idea is to invite private developers to build economically viable
homes on land owned by the partnership to show that Government's stipulation
that all new build must be carbon neutral by 2016 is an achievable target
rather than wishful thinking. Bristol's Hanham Hall, a six hectare site including
an existing Grade II listed building, will be used to house 150 homes and
English Partnership has now invited companies to submit proposals under its
pre-qualifying questionnaire, the first stage of the process which will eventually
appoint a developer.
Web4water 6th June 2007
Edie 6th June 2007
Egov Monitor 5th June 2007
Caroline Lucas MEP, Green Party Member of the European
Parliament and a member of the EU Trade and Environment Committee, joined
Drum Housing Association, residents at Kingsley in Hampshire to mark the
completion of six newly refurbished eco-homes. T The eco-homes are first
in the country to achieve ‘Generation Homes’ status, a benchmark
funded by the Energy Savings Trust and managed by ESD (Energy for Sustainable
Development). ‘Generation Homes’ approval requires that annual
carbon dioxide emissions from an existing house must be slashed by 60%, in
keeping with the Governments targets to reduce carbon emissions by 60% across
the Housing Industry by 2050.
24 Dash 7th June 2007
A TURBINE generating electricity for the Civic Centre
could be on the cards as Hillingdon Council commits to tackle climate change.
Leader of the council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, signed the Nottingham Declaration
on Tuesday - World Environment Day - and promised to contribute to reduce
emissions. The declaration is a voluntary pledge that any council can make
to its residents. By signing, councils promise to actively contribute to
local delivery of the UK Climate Change Programme and reduce emissions countrywide.
Edgeware & Mill Hill Times 6th June 2007
A RADICAL shake-up in planning laws will cut red tape
for householders who want to go green by installing solar panels or wind
turbines. The new Government-proposed guidelines will make it simpler for
people to generate their own electricity by harnessing the Earth's natural
resources. Although Peterborough City Council has only received two householder
applications for wind turbines, two from schools and another for a wind farm
since January 2005, the Government predicts that the number of people wanting
to make use of renewable energy will soar.
Peterborough Evening Times 6th June 2007
South Tyneside residents are being given the opportunity
to cut their energy bills, as well as reduce their impact on the environment,
thanks to a helping hand from the Borough Council. The authority has officially
launched its Renewable Energy at Home leaflet, packed full of handy tips
and advice on how residents can minimise their carbon footprint. It details
the different renewable energy technologies that can be installed in homes,
their potential cost and the grant assistance that is currently available.
South Tyneside Press Release 6th June 2007
Welsh Liberal Democrats today accused the Government of damaging dozens of small Welsh green businesses and undermining efforts to encourage individuals to install small-scale solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric installation through its handling of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP). The party criticised the recently reopened phase 1 of the LCBP, which provides £18m for grants to private households and businesses until June 2008, for being “woefully insufficient, appallingly managed and overly bureaucratic.”
West Belfast has found itself in the grip of a solar revolution,
with more and more people turning to the green form of energy to help meet
their needs. Driven, in part, by the Housing Executive and becoming more
and more popular among private residents, churches and community groups,
the cheaper alternative to ordinary electric is fast gaining in popularity.
Ireland Click 5th June 2007
With the publication of the Government’s draft Climate
Change Bill, the North West Regional Assembly (NWRA) – the regional
partnership working to improve the quality of life for people in the North
West – has thrown down the gauntlet and promised to go further than
any other region to tackle climate change. The NWRA is developing an evidence-based
inventory for green house gas emissions and renewable energy generation in
the region and will use this database to develop ambitious 2010 and 2020
emissions reduction targets for different sectors such as housing, transport
and industry, as well as targets for increased renewable energy generation.
Politics.co.uk 5th June 2007
A WELSH solar energy specialist has struck a deal to supply
its products to a leading national solar provider. Llanelli-based Filsol
Solar has signed a partnership deal with Solarcentury to supply specialist
products for installation on top-end executive homes throughout the UK.
Western Mail 5th June 2007
BUILDING companies are poised to start a bidding war in
Peterborough for the chance to create one of the UK's first "eco-villages".
Dozens of major British and European building firms have already expressed
a strong interest in building the 150-home site in Glebe Road, Fletton, which
will be part of the £150 million development of the city's South Bank.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 5th June 2007
Construction firms are being invited to bid for the right to build five new villages in England made up of environmentally friendly homes. The developments will provide a test ground for Gordon Brown's proposal for five eco-towns of up to 100,000 homes. Some 27% of the UK's 40 million tonnes of annual CO2 emission are from homes.
The first eco-villages announced by the English Partnerships
Regeneration agency will be at Hanham Hall in Bristol and Glebe Road in Peterborough.
BBC 4th June 2007
COVENTRY businessman Simon Dunnett is
saving his customers money at the same time as helping the planet. The father
of three, of Wainbody Avenue South, Green Lane, has recently launched Solutions
Renewable Energy Ltd from home, installing renewable energy systems in homes
and businesses. Solar panels and wind turbines have formed the bulk of the
work so far and Simon says more and more people are going green.
Coventry Telegraph 4th June 2007
Many of us want to do our bit to save the planet, and one such conscientious person is Michael Coyne. He ordered a wind turbine only to discover that it could never be cost effective because - and wait for it - there's not enough wind in Worcester. advertisement
Apparently, the average wind speed travelling above the Faithful City falls
well below the amount required to make it a worthwhile proposition.
Worcester News 4th June
A NEW environmentally friendly mosque is being built in
Bradford which will be powered by its own solar panels. The Dawoodi Bohra
community in Bradford is creating its own purpose built mosque having previously
worshipped in a former workingmen's club in Girlington.
Yorkshire Post 1st June 200
Scottish and Southern Energy is to launch a scheme to
encourage its 7.7 million customers to use less energy. It plans to give
consumers who cut their energy usage, buy more efficient gas or electrical
appliances or install loft insulation vouchers that can be used to pay their
bills or buy other energy-saving devices.
Guardian 1st June 2007