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The UKERC report has warned that investors would be unwilling to invest into gas projects unless enhanced policy incentives and infrastructure are in place

Natural gas capabilities in the UK 'very limited' without carbon capture, report warns

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The firm is targeting a 15% cut in carbon efficiency and a 20% cut in water consumption by 2020 compared to 2014

Whitbread continues slashing emissions and water use

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Fecal waste has energy content similar to coal and charcoal and could replace up to 2 million tonnes of charcoal-equivalent fuel

Poo power: Human waste could heat 138 million households

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The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle has arrived in the UK, with a price tag of just over £53,000

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In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

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Total has also decided to divest from its coal marketing operations and says it will no longer be involved in the coal business by the end of 2015

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In her column, Rudd claimed shale could create 60,000 new jobs in the UK and generate billions of pounds for the economy

Rudd warns councils to speed up fracking decisions

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Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

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Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.

This week saw big numbers from the UK Budget as well as big businesses such as Facebook and Lamborghini

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Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral status at its factory and headquarters. Photo: Lamborghini

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Carbon Tracker estimates that $85bn of Shell's and BG's potential future LNG project options may not be needed

$283bn of liquefied natural gas projects 'unnecessary'

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Lancashire council has turned down the first of two applications for fracking by Cuadrilla

First Cuadrilla fracking bid rejected by Lancashire council

Lancashire County Council has turned down Cuardrilla's planning application for fracking at Roseacre Wood.

The study claims to be the 'missing piece' for securing future low-carbon transport

£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry

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Gas power plants produce around 500kg of emissions per MWh of electricity – compared to 750kg/MWh for coal power plants

Natural gas 'very risky' to clean up energy supply

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900MW of renewable capacity was installed in the US, compared to 300MW of natural gas

US installs three times as much renewable capacity as fossil fuels

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Student campaigners want Edinburgh University to divest fully from fossil fuels

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The report claims that sourcing 10% of energy from renewables in the Gulf state could save the United Arab Emirates $1.9bn a year

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Tim Yeo says people who think fracking is an environmental problem are mistaken

Shale gas should be at centre of next government's energy policy - Tim Yeo

Shale gas exploration can be environmentally sound, and should be the centrepiece of the next government's energy policy, the Conservative's most senior green-leaning MP has urged.

Petrochemical companies in Saudi Arabia are among the companies benefiting from around £1.7bn in government funding over the course of the parliament

UK loaned £1.7bn to foreign fossil fuel projects despite pledge

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A national energy efficiency programme would create up to 108,000 jobs and cut natural gas imports by 26%

Government must establish 'more ambitious' energy efficiency scheme

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Current CO2 levels are 2.74% higher than 2013 and 5.96% higher than 2012

US energy review results clash with Obama's Climate Summit speech

Despite an increase of 4% in the production of renewable energy over the past 18 months, new figures have revealed a marked increase in fossil fuel consumption across the US.

Fracking uses large volumes of water for short periods of time and as such could have negative effects on water security

Global water availability 'could limit fracking developments'

A new report that looks into the potential environmental effects of fracking has revealed that drilling and fracturing shale gas wells poses a 'significant risk' to freshwater supplies across the globe.

Is fracking for shale gas key for the UK's long term energy mix, or is it a recipe for environmental disaster?

Will shale gas ever find its place in today's broad energy mix?

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The announcement comes after a number of the world's top 25 PR stated they would not work on campaigns to deny climate change

PR giant Edelman will not accept climate change denial campaigns

America's largest PR firm has announced it will not accept clients that seek to deny climate change in an official statement.

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Shale gas and oil have become accessible in the last decade because of advances in the technology of fracking

Scotland shale gas and oil reserves 'modest' compared with England

Midland Valley of Scotland has up to 134.6 trillion cubic feet of shale gas below ground, according to British Geological Survey.

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Hyundai tasked the students with creating a 'mobile marketing campaign' for its zero-emissions vehicle

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(L-R): Winston Reed from Greener for Life Energy with Chris Long from FLI Energy

New biogas AD plant breaks ground in Cornwall

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Waitrose aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by producing renewable fertiliser

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Onshore wind generation increased by 36.4% in 2013 from 2012, with offshore wind generation up by 45.8%, due to increased capacity, as well as higher wind speeds.

Renewable electricity generation up 28% in the UK

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The FTA says says the current system for incentivising the use of biomethane means that it is diverted to heating and electricity sectors

Government must 'secure biomethane supplies' for transport sector

The UK Government is being urged to act on recommendations from the Department for Transport's Low Emission Task Force to increase the use of biomethane in heavy goods vehicles (hgvs).

At Arrowe Park Hospital, a 1710kW CHP system will displace up to 70% of the site's electrical and thermal demands

NHS Trust uses funding to modernise energy infrastructure

Two NHS Trust hospitals are receiving a "green makeover" that will see both of the sites energy infrastructures modernised through a number of efficiency initiatives and technologies.

BP's 2035 outlook: CO2 emissions to rise by a third as energy consumption soars

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Asda cuts fleet emissions by adding 50 duel-fuel vehicles

Asda Logistics Services (ALS) is introducing 50 dual-fuel Volvo FM tractor units at its newly opened distribution centre in Avonmouth, Bristol, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Sainsbury's to open first carbon, waste and water neutral store

Sainsbury's will be opening its most environmentally friendly store in Leicester which will emit zero carbon from all operational energy used, send zero waste to landfill and will have zero impact on the water usage of the local catchment area.

Two of DHLs new duel fuel vehicles

DHL expands duel fuel fleet to cut CO2 emissions

Major logistics company DHL has introduced 63 new dual fuel vehicles to its existing 38, which it claims now makes the company the single largest dual fuel heavy trucks fleet operator in Europe.

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Centrica agrees Northern England fracking deal with Cuadrilla

The British Gas owner, Centrica, has bought a 25% stake in a venture license to drill for shale gas in Northern England from fracking firm Cuadrilla.

Atmospheric CO2 levels reach 'highest in human history'

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere have reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history, according to the latest data.

Shell reduces water use but plants operating less efficiently

Shell reduced the amount of fresh water it used by 6 million cubic metres in 2012 compared to 2011, mainly due to the company withdrawing less river water for its oil sands operations.

SKODA joins race for top spot in eco-friendly ranking

Czech car manufacturer SKODA has boosted its sustainability credentials by implementing a new environmental programme.

SC Johnson's wind turbines at the Waxdale facility

SC Johnson boosts wind deployment to close gap on renewables target

SC Johnson increased its use of renewable energy to 29.9% in 2011 pushing the business closer to its 2016 target of 33%, according to its latest sustainability report.

ETI investigates potential of hydrogen storage technology

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a £300,000 project to investigate the economics and potential use of energy systems involving low carbon hydrogen production, storage and flexible turbine technology.

B&Qs dual fuel lorries

B&Q partners up to create greener fleet

The UK's largest home improvement retailer B&Q is powering 50 of its lorries with natural gas produced from waste, to develop a greener operating fleet.

Global coalition pledges to cut emissions in oil and gas sector

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Businesses urge ITRE Committee to recognise energy efficiency

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European Commission at 'full throttle' for clean fuel targets

The European Commission has today proposed a package of binding targets on Member States to invest in infrastructure for alternative fuels such as electric charging points for road transport and liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling points for ships.

EU must recognise link between energy efficiency and competition

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Ireland's energy use per household has fallen 16% since 2007

Renewable energy saves Ireland €300m in fossil fuel imports

Almost one fifth of Irish electricity usage now comes from renewable sources, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Fracking could hinder renewable energy targets warns CIWEM

Shale gas from fracking should not be encouraged in the UK until there is evidence that operations can be delivered safely and robust regulatory controls are implemented, according to the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Coal consumption in Europe increased by 3.3% last year compared with 2010

EU's greenhouse gas emissions down 2.5% in 2011

The European Union's (EU) greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.5% in 2011 despite higher coal consumption, according to new estimates from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Just 12 local authorities recorded a decrease in CO2 emissions between 2009 and 2010

CO2 emissions rise in 97% of local authorities

Out of the 406 local authorities in the UK 394 have recorded an increase in CO2 emissions between 2009 and 2010, according to statistics by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Is shale gas the way forward?

Shale Gas is bad news for renewables says leading think tank

Any focus on shale gas in the UK could have a negative impact on investment in renewables, according to a report published this week from UK think tank, Chatham House.

Companies are reluctant to switch to biodiesel through a lack in confidence for the alternative fuel

Calor declines move to biodiesel on risk to reliability

Calor has decided against switching 30% of its vehicles to biodiesel fuel after a review found that the move would impact on the reliability of the company's transport operations.

Total annual carbon footprint per monthly active Facebook user was just 269 grams - the equivalent of three bananas.
Pic: Pan Xunbin /

Facebook reveals carbon emissions and targets greener profile

For the first time, social media giant Facebook has disclosed its annual carbon emissions and energy consumption.

Non-renewable source fuels Olympic cauldron

Olympic organisers considered using biogas to fuel the Olympic cauldron but chose to use less eco-friendly natural gas to reduce costs.

Bioenergy research hub powers up

The efficiency and whole-life impact of bioenergy is to be probed under a new research hub, which will investigate the practicalities of various technology streams and their outputs.

Questions raised over China's shale gas potential

China's ability to deliver on its shale gas production target of 6.5 billion cubic meters a year by 2015 has been called into question by global business analysts GlobalData.

IEA applaud UK's low-carbon vision but also voice concerns

The UK is "leading by example" on low-carbon issues but will need huge private-sector investments in energy infrastructure if future development reality is to match the country's climate policy ambitions.

ECCC told its time to start replacing North Sea oil

Britain needs to de-fossilise its ground transport sector before the 'bonanza' of North Sea oil runs out says Sir David King, director of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

Shale gas: Between a rock and a hard place

Could shale gas production make an important contribution to the future UK power supply? The prospect of hydrofracking alarms environmentalists. But, says Rob Bell, politicians will find it difficult to resist

Natural gas: a viable low-carbon solution?

According to the gas industry, natural gas is the perfect bridge fuel to civilisation's sustainable future - solving peak oil and helping the battle against climate change. David Strahan weighs up the evidence

Milton Keynes Council: seeking an environmentally sustainable solution for its waste

Milton Keynes seeks long-term solution

Milton Keynes Council is holding an industry day on 29th March for companies interested in bidding for the long-term treatment of its residual waste.

What lies beneath

Trapping CO2 underground is now a reality, and it seems a sensible proposition in the face of climate change. But putting the gas down below can allow companies to get access to even more fossil fuels. Mike Scott reports

Is bio-methane the greenest?

In the ongoing debate about the suitability and sustainability of biofuels for vehicle transport in the UK, the potential of bio-methane is often forgotten

A beacon project

A pipeline is being built, which will carry 20% of the UK's natural gas supply, to help cope with growing demand for gas. Remote locations have posed problems, writes Paul Stearnes

At the cutting edge

It's rare for one company to be active in so many different aspects of the industry - from distribution to manufacturing, data collection to butt fusion, and polyethylene pipe and fittings to ductile iron. And, with its international sales almost doubled compared with last year, Fusion Group is flourishing.

Austrians told energy tax reductions are illegal

Vienna has been told to scrap a scheme offering state aid to companies based on their energy consumption.

The Valenton sludge processing plant in Paris, France, which consists of three DDS 70 drum dryers with heat recovery by thermal oil, opened in 2005. Image: Andritz

Thermal dried sludge meets EU standards

Efficient sludge management is facing the twin challenges of more stringent land disposal regulations and an increase in the quanity of wastewater. Doris Thamer, senior sales manager, and Werner Jenewein, senior process manager, of Austrian sludge specialist Andritz claim that drying technologies can meet both these demands.

Innovative belt drier for fermented residues

Belt drying is a well-known, established process for biomass. However, as Armin Vonplon and Werner Jenewein of the Austrian manufacturer Andritz report, the challenge was to find ways of developing proven sludge drying components in a newly adapted belt drying system.

In the mix

Electricity companies now have to tell their customers exactly where their power is coming from, and the carbon dioxide and nuclear waste produced, writes John Haven

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (December 2005)

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see a raft of new directives from the EU, the latest developments on REACH, tighter controls on batteries and in the UK new safety laws for offshore installations and more on restricting toxic chemicals in paints.

Fuel of the future

Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (August 2005)

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. The summary includes the US-led climate change pact that will rival Kyoto, the UK's 'right to roam', new subsidies for biomass, efforts to combat oil pollution from shipping, tighter regulation of GMOs in Wales and an amendment to British climate change levy regulations.

Edie environmental legislation summary (July 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: EU bans phthalates in toys, 13 alien invaders added to list of plants banned from Scottish wilds, Northern Ireland gets new powers to designate and protect environmentally sensitive areas, UK public sector document to become more public and much more.

A smashing idea

British Glass explores the benefits of a new web-based system that has revolutionised reporting data on energy and production

It's time to renew our obligations towards heat.

Gaynor Hartnell of the Renewable Power Association outlines the benefits of a renewable heat obligation.

Combining heat and power supply: intelligent energy solutions for local communities. Sabine Froning of Euroheat and Power discusses the advantages of CHP.

Huge heat losses appear in the EU energy balance. From the annual energy supply of 63 EJ, more than 20 EJ heat are lost in power plants, oil refineries, and industrial processes. These losses can be significantly reduced by expanding combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating / cooling (DHC) systems.

Transport and RCVs opt for sustainable solutions

Government policy, at both European and UK levels, is stimulating local government in particular to develop environmentally sustainable solutions across the transport and waste management sectors. LAWE reports on the latest policies and technology in this month's Tracking Trends feature

Transport and RCVs opt for sustainable solutions

Government policy, at both European and UK levels, is stimulating local government in particular to develop environmentally sustainable solutions across the transport and waste management sectors. LAWE reports on the latest policies and technology in this month's Tracking Trends feature

New technology on show at em-CERTS 2004

LAWE reports on the latest development in monitoring equipment and technology for stack emissions and ambient pollution which are on show at this year's em-CERTS event.

VOC abatement plant ensure compliance at chemical works

ACWa AIR, the pollution control division of ACWa Services, has installed and commissioned a Regenerative Thermal Oxidiser (RTO) at the BASF chemical works in Cramlington. The unit will ensure full compliance with stringent Environment Agency regulations by removing more than 99% of benzene contained in exhaust gases discharged from the processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Alternative fuel: the burning issue

Akbar Ali and Michael Crookes of solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, look at how British manufactures can facilitate the development of cleaner energy.

Alternative fuel: the burning issue

Akbar Ali and Michael Crookes of solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, look at how British manufactures can facilitate the development of cleaner energy.

Flame resistant

High temperature furnaces, such as those used in the metallurgical industries for metal melting and reheating, are notoriously inefficient because of the large amount of heat leaving the furnace in the flue gases. Over the years this heat has been captured by incorporating waste heat recovery systems to preheat the combustion air. This can be done using recuperative burners or more recently, the development of compact, high-effectiveness regenerative burners. The regenerative burners can preheat the air to well over a 1,000°C, producing energy savings of around 60 per cent. However, these levels of air preheat temperatures result in increased flame temperatures, which produce high levels of oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

Beating the elements

White Young Green Environmental reports on remediation strategies on a truly grand scale.

Keeping it real

Paper manufacturer, M-real New Thames Ltd has implemented a number of strategies to reduce its impacts on the environment. Jason Rayfield visited the company’s New Thames Mill in Kent to find out more.

NETL develops carbon capture test plant

To accelerate the development of carbon capture, separation and sequestration technologies, the US government’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is constructing a modular, flexible CO2 capture test facility.

Looking forward to energy efficiency

Fuel cells are being widely touted as a clean power generation technology that looks particularly appropriate for medium-scale applications where both the electric power and by-product heat can be used. Steve Barrett reports.

A measure of environmental protection

Peter Stockwell examines the dangers of mercury in industrial coal fired plant emissions and natural gas, and looks at ways in which it can be measured, and ultimately regulated.

Feeling the heat

The need to switch to less carbon-intensive energy sources is widely accepted, but the Combined Heat & Power industry is struggling for survival, reports Simon Napper


Creating solar-enriched fuels

Local conditions save on primary energy

Regulations in most European countries stipulate a specific ranking for methods of organic waste treatment.

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