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Interview: Terry Tamminen

Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.

Give offsetting some credit

Carbon offsetting has come under fire lately. The immaturity of the offset market has led to increased scepticism. But Emily Tyler, a project developer with experience in developing countries argues that this market does have an important role to play

Green route to developing Africa

Many assume that multinationals investing in developing countries abandon their environmental principals in the quest for a fast buck. But, on a recent trip to East Africa, Tom Idle was surprised to find cement giant Lafarge is going to extraordinary lengths to apply green principals in this dynamic emerging market

AFM prove effective alternative to sand

Research shows active filter media (AFM) provide a more effective barrier to the spread of disease than sand. Howard Dryden of Dryden Aqua explains

How to get the most from waste-to-energy

Generating energy from waste is attracting increasing attention. But incineration causes concerns. Andrew Hamilton says his company has a technology that bypasses the issue

Land Rover hits the road to sustainability

Land Rover's Fran Leedham has a balancing act to perform. The company is driving for a greener image, which is embodied in a new concept car. But it also has to cater to its customers' needs. Tom Idle talks to the head of environment and sustainability about her challenging role

Investment in a growing market

Deforestation accounts for a huge 25% of global CO2 emissions. But this is set to change, as forestry in the developing world is becoming a lucrative investment

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007

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. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, March 2007

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 new regulations in Britain's green energy and bio-fuel sectors, as rules on co-generation plants guaranteeing the origin of the green electricity they produce enter into force.

The green housing effect

Tim Pollard says the construction industry should stop navel-gazing and start taking action to appease the nation's fear of climate change

Ecobuild: Bigger than ever

Dubbed as Britain's biggest green building information programme, Ecobuild will showcase truly sustainable construction in action. John Haven reports

Burning dust: The hazards

With organic matter being banned from landfills, and high-quality solids required for agriculture, heat drying is an attractive option. Frank Rogalla of Black & Veatch reviews the hazards of drying, and presents ways of reducing safety incidents in design and operation of drying systems

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (January 2007)

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 laws and policies. The publication of the REACH chemicals regulation in the EU's official journal tops this month's legislative highlights, with the commission setting out the next steps for the regulation. REACH is to apply directly to European states from 1st June 2008 and will replace over 40 chemical laws, making it the biggest piece of legislation ever produced by the Union.

Joining forces against ammonia

Ammonia pollution into the environment is causing increasing concern because of its threat to sensitive habitats. Stan Cheshire looks at ways WwTWs can play a key role in minimising the impact.

Aerobic granular system wins award for Croatia

Croatian company EcoEngineering was winner of the 2006 Eureka Lynx Award for outstanding technological achievement in May. Vice Soljan, director, and Veljko Matic, senior project manager, of EcoEngineering, and Professor Margareta Glancer from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology at the University of Zagreb describe a new system which uses specially designed mixtures of different bacteria, in granular form, to break down even the most toxic wastes.

Anaerobically speaking

Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer has recently held a conference on anaerobic digestion. Here we describe some of the topics up for discussion

France extends Europe's largest WWTP

Europe's largest and oldest wastewater treatment plant, the Seine Aval near Paris, was failing to meet new European discharge standards. Natasha Wiseman reports on the construction of a new nitrification-denitrification unit, using Biostyr technology from French engineering group OTV France (Veolia Water), which will remove the nitrogen contained in the effluent passing through the plant and improve the quality of water returned to the river Seine

Ikea begins bag revolution

When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best

Energy shavings

Croydon council has found partnership working invaluable in developing the UK's first TreeStations - where tree surgery waste is processed into fuel, providing heating for the community. Tom Idle reports

Italy ignores EIA obligations

Italy has come under fire from the EC for failing to carry out an in-depth environmental impact assessment for a major incinerator.

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.

Dealing with pharmaceutical effluent at Avonmouth

A new effluent treatment plant for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is protecting coastal waters in Avonmouth

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (March 06)

Recent changes to legislation whichth 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 EU legislation on public access to pollution information and on the marketing and use of dangerous substances, while in the UK orders on offshore installations and the renewables obligation come into force.

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.

Local knowledge could help Indian irrigation

In recent years, the erosion of local knowledge about the natural environment and micro-climate has hindered agricultural production in western Rajasthan, claims freelance irrigation and drainage engineer Bhanwar Dan Bithu

Phosphate monitor cuts costs

United Utilities operates a number of WwTWs with high-phosphate influent that arises as a result of specific local industries. Discharge consents reflect this and the water company is obliged to remove a large proportion of the phosphate from the discharge.

Modular MBR settles sludge

Zenon's modular, Z-MOD MBR, consists of a suspended growth biological reactor coupled to an ultrafiltration (UF) membrane filtration system.

Will high oil price see the return of coal as a mainstream fuel?

Nuclear power is currently the hot topic, but the continuing high oil price could bring clean coal into contention as a mainstream fuel. Eric Russell reports

Comparing nitrogen removal techniques

Black & Veatch process expert Frank Rogalla discusses the latest technology for removing nitrogen from wastewater

Cash disposal

With the ever spiralling cost of waste disposal, finding real alternatives has become a top priority, as Tim Reed explains

Real alternative

Alternative energy has to move from being an interesting technical sideshow into the mainstream of the heating industry. John Haven reports

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

The new solar array will power up to 80% of GreenWood Forest Park on a daily basis

Wales welcomes UK's first solar-powered theme park

GreenWood Forest Park in North Wales is set to save over £1m on its energy bills thanks to a newly installed ground-mounted solar array system.

The new scheme will make it easier and cheaper for Scots to heat their homes

Scotland begins national drive to tackle fuel poverty

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (15 September) announced the launch of a £224m energy efficiency scheme to tackle the growing issue of fuel poverty across the country.

Steam use will see the company cut emissions equivalent to what is produced by 12,500 households each year

AkzoNobel goes full steam ahead to slash CO2 emissions

Chemical giant AkzoNobel has announced a new deal to purchase sustainably-generated steam that will reduce its carbon emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year.

Is it perfect policy timing for waste?

The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?

The UK’s installed capacity of solar energy reached 7.7GW, as well as reaching 13.4GW of wind energy

EU's five biggest energy markets add 8GW to wind and solar capacity

Europe's five biggest energy markets have added 8GW of wind and solar capacity in the first half of 2015, a new report has found.

Renewable electricity overtook natural gas to become the second largest source of global electricity

Renewable energy becomes second largest source of global electricity

Renewable electricity generation outpaced natural gas this month to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.

Millions of shade balls are released into an LA reservoir to combat water loss

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week edie reported plenty of tech news from Silicon Valley, UK food waste figures and developments from our very own foreign correspondent in Indonesia.

The new Teesside biomass plant will provide 299MW of capacity

Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant

Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.

Ikea is the first major global retailer to make the full switch to LEDs

Ikea lights the way with switch to full LED range

Ikea has become the first major global retailer to offer only LED lights, by phasing out traditional halogen bulbs in its new lighting range.

Only 8% of those polled by Good Energy opposed onshore wind farms

Only 8% oppose onshore wind, finds new Good Energy poll

A new survey has found overwhelming support for renewable energy coming just days after a Government poll suggested a fall in support for shale gas.

July has seen spending cuts and, well, more spending cuts

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.

Drax reported first half earnings of £120m

Drax: Biomass needed to balance 'unreliable' wind and solar

Biomass will have an important role to play in the UK's future energy mix thanks to its ability to balance supply from more unreliable technologies such as wind and solar.

Financial support for many new solar farms will end under the Government's new plans

Solar subsidies to end as Government seeks to control costs

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects.

The new biomass plant in Sheffield is expected to provide over 6.5MW of power capacity

Green Investment Bank seals future of Sheffield biomass plant

Developers of a new biomass plant in Sheffield have secured £30m funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and fund managers Equitix.

Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Conservative Party will cut tax exemptions for the renewable energy sector

Inside the Budget's 'climate-shaped hole'

It is 24 hours since the emergency budget, and the renewable energy sector is in a state of dismay following the new Government's decision to remove the exemption for renewables under the Climate Change Levy (CCL).

Yorkshire Water has invested in renewable energy and energy-from-waste installations at its sites

Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020

Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.

The Trust's Upton House property will install two biomass boilers as part of the £30m investment. Photo: National Trust

National Trust announces £30m for renewable energy at historic sites

The National Trust is to invest £30m in renewable energy for its historic sites, the charity announced today (6 July).

On-site generation currently accounts for 14% of the UK’s energy needs and it is predicted that decentralised energy will grow by 130% or more by 2030, if given the right support by government

CBI: Onsite generation can cut bills, reduce carbon

Decentralised energy could produce nearly a third of the UK's power by 2030, according to the CBI, which has released a report designed to encourage more businesses to start producing their own energy.

The UK’s share of energy from renewable sources – which includes heating as well as electricity – was 5.1% for 2013

UK and France 'may miss EU renewable energy target'

Britain, France, Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg are projected to miss binding goal of getting 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020

Thames Water has signed a 5 year, £520m deal with energy supplier Haven Power

Thames Water goes 100% renewable

Thames Water will soon be 100% powered by renewable energy, after inking a five-year, £520m supply deal with Drax-subsidiary Haven Power.

The E3 biomass boiler is the first mass-produced machine of its kind in the world

World's smallest biomass power plant arrives in UK

The world's first mass-produced, fully automated biomass micro power plant has be brought to the UK market, with the developer claiming SMEs could save up to 30% on their energy bills by using the system.

The Croft School's biomass boiler generates 700,000 Kwh of heat every year, burning locally-sourced wood pellets

Prep school swaps fossil fuels for wood pellets

A Warwickshire preparatory school has taken 'a huge step towards zero-carbon' by swapping its old oil-boilers for biomass systems.

Employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors in 2013/14

Green energy jobs grow 7 times faster than national average

Employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors last year, with biomass heating emerging as the best-performing sector in terms of recruitment.

EU lawmakers ruled that biofuels can compete with food production, contribute to climate change, and put pressure on land use

EU agrees to burst biofuels bubble after 2020

After more than 10 years of debate, the European Parliament has today (28 April) agreed new laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels across the continent.

The race for Number 10 heated up this week with the release of five manifestos. Who would you vote for?

Manifesto watch: Which party has the best green policies?

The race for Number 10 heated up this week as the five main political parties released their manifestos ahead of next month's General Election. So, who's now leading the pack when it comes to energy and climate change?

The headline figure in the progress report is a 50% reduction in absolute emissions since 2005 despite the company growing by 22%.

L'Oreal: Sustainability commitment was worth it

Cosmetics giant L'Oreal has reported significant gains on emissions, water use and waste, 18 months after launching a broad sustainable development plan.

Student campaigners want Edinburgh University to divest fully from fossil fuels

Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks

The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.

The debate over CCS has aligned the IPCC and the Green Alliance against Friends of the Earth, WWF and Greenpeace

Carbon capture: Planet saver or dangerous distraction?

A flurry of carbon capture and storage (CCS)-related announcements was capped on Monday with news that the UK Government will spend £4m to investigate the feasibility of building the UK's first CCS plant. But is this the right avenue to go down?

The biomass facility is expected to save around 10,000 tonnes of CO2 annually

St Andrews targets carbon neutrality with £25m biomass facility

St Andrews University has secured funding for a new £25 million biomass plant and heat distribution network in Guardbridge, Fife.

Windermere Golf Club in the Lake District has installed a 100kW biomass boiler system which will save the venue up to £20,000 a year

Golf clubs go green with biomass installations

The biomass boom is sweeping into the world of golf with two UK clubs investing in wood pellet boiler systems to reduce energy costs and enhance their sustainability credentials.

The Government announced £200m funding to help the GIB expand into India and Africa

Government goes global with GIB

The Government has given the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) £200m to expand its investment portfolio into India and Africa.

A biomass plant in Poland. The report claims biomass generators should have to pay for the carbon they produce

Biomass ETS 'loophole' report slammed by renewables industry

A new study which claims the biomass industry is avoiding up to €1bn in carbon taxes due a "loophole" in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been branded "intentionally misleading" by the renewable energy sector.

ETI suggests that hubs of bioenergy production with CCS are created to produce economically efficient value chains for infrastructure planning

ETI: biomass and CCS vital for UK's low-carbon future

Biomass combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) remains the only credible route to deliver negative emissions to help meet the UK's 2050 climate change targets, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has reiterated.

The Yorkshire power giant has tranformed into the UK's largest renewable power producer through its use of biomass

Drax warms to renewable heat with wood pellet deal

Energy giant Drax is moving further into the renewable heat market with the acquisition of the UK's second-largest wood pellet distributor, Billington Bioenergy (BBE).

Wind power is still the dominant UK technology

CfD auction: What it really means for renewables...

The first wave of the Governments new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme was announced today, with 27 projects receiving more than £315m.

Shrimp shells contain the materials chitin and chitosan, which can be carbonised to create nanostructured solar cells

Biomass breakthrough creates solar cells from shrimp shells

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.

The ETI says that the value of CCS and bioenergy to the energy system is £200bn each

Bioenergy and CCS crucial for UK's low-carbon transition, says ETI

The UK must include bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies in its low-carbon plans to avoid wasting investment and ensure 2050 targets remain achievable, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Edie explains: Renewable Heat Incentive

This week's edie explains looks at the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives suppliers of of renewable heat.

Onshore wind is currently the industry leader, consistently delivering electricity for USD 0.05/kWh

Report: Renewable energy now price-competitive with fossil fuels

New research has found that renewable energy systems can now compete with fossil fuels on price, thanks to falling installation costs and maturing technology.

Fifteen companies are publically targeting 100% renewable energy

Solar is energy of choice for businesses going 100% renewable

Solar PV is the most popular form of renewable energy among businesses while biomass generation offers the best return on investment, according to a new report from The Carbon Group and CDP.

The UK has pushed biomass boilers as a technology to help meet an EU target of getting at least 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020

'Green' biomass boilers may waste billions in public money

Billions of pounds of public money is to be spent supporting 'green' boilers, despite evidence from the government's own experts and industry that they will do little to help the UK meet its clean energy targets.

Large pieces of plastic can strangle animals such as seals, while smaller pieces are ingested by fish and then fed up the food chain

Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time

More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world's oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found.

Moy Park expects to eliminate 18,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year thanks to the new boilers

Poultry giant bags biomass nest egg

The UK's largest producer of free-range chickens has secured new investments to install 86 biomass boilers at its England farm-base by the end of 2015.

The CCP system will generate 71% of the electricity needed to power the data centre

UK data centre cuts energy use with £5.2m funding

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be investing £5.2m in a project to deliver efficient electricity and cooling in a UK data centre in Lewisham owned by global bank Citi.

The 165GW target could be enough to supply around 17% of the world's electricity

Global biopower capacity 'will double by 2025'

Global biopower installed capacity is set to increase from 87.6 Gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to 165.1GW by 2025 thanks to government support and environmental concerns.

The turbine was manufactured off-site before being transferred and assembled on-site, giving the team a greater level of control

Hydropower keeps National Trust on track to meet renewable energy goals

The National Trust has switched on a 100kW capacity hydro turbine in Snowdonia as part of the £3.5m pilot phase of its Renewable Energy Investment project.

Lynsay Brown, Co-operative Food; and Alasdair Miles of HWEnergy at the wood fuel store

Co-op hints at biomass rollout following pilot

The Co-operative has become the latest major retailer to make the switch to biomass with the adoption of the renewable heat system at one of its supermarkets in the Scottish Highlands.

A working circular economy could be a practical solution to the planet's emerging resource problems

UK energy policy 'vital' to circular economy success, report argues

A new report which warns that current energy policies are stifling the UK's transition to a circular economy has been welcomed by the renewables industry, with calls for the Government to do more to realise the green potential of waste.

DuPont and P&G will substitute starch ethanol with a cellulosic ethanol made from harvest by-products

DuPont and Procter & Gamble use agricultural waste in laundry detergent

DuPont and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have teamed up on a new initiative to use renewable agricultural biomass in the production of Tide-branded laundry detergent.

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.

The past year has seen an increase to 4% of vehicles in the UK now using sustainable biofuels such as biodiesel and bioethanol

Bioenergy makes record contributions to UK energy mix

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has released its latest quarterly energy trends publication, highlighting the growing contribution made to the UK's electricity production by biomass power and biofuels as well as the vital role they play in the reduction of CO2 emissions.

The £167m plant converts baled corn cobs, leaves and stalks into renewable fuel

First commercial-scale biofuel plant opens in US

The USA's first commercial-scale biofuel plant is now open and will eventually produce more than 110 million litres of fuel a year from corn waste.

The new facility will provide around 90% of all steam required by Macallan.

Macallan whisky distillery set to benefit from £74m green energy project

A £74m biomass combined heat and power plant will help fuel a well known whisky distillery and power more than 20,000 Speyside homes, in Scotland, thanks to backing from the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

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?

Many decades ago, Albert Einstein said that 'Everything is Energy and Energy is everything". This claim is still very true as we look at the impact of energy as a source on our modern society today.

The plant, running on waste wood, will generate more than 27,000MWh of electricity and 8,000MWh of district heating

Waste wood to power 3.4MW biomass power station

A new Bedfordshire Biomass power station will divert 40,000 tonnes of waste wood from landfill per annum and deliver more than 27,000MWh of electricity.

There are now 4,926 wood heating installations accredited under the non-domestic RHI

Businesses warm to wood heat as installed capacity passes 1GW milestone

Almost 5,000 wood heating installations have been accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as total installed capacity passed the 1GW capacity milestone last week.

The Balmenach distillery is one of the oldest of its kind in Speyside

Another Scottish distillery goes green with GIB funding

The environmental credentials of the Scottish drinks industry have been given a further uplift with financial support being given to help another large distillery reduce its carbon emissions.

One fifth of all electricity was generated in Britain by windfarms or other green technologies in the first three months of the year

Wind and other renewables generated a fifth of Britain's electricity in early 2014

New windfarms, strong winds and a good winter for hydropower plants sent renewable energy generation surging to 19.4% of all electricity from January to March.

The £2m investment will go towards ReEnergise Finance's Smart Energy Finance vehicle

GIB backs £2m investment in SME energy savings fund

The Green Investment Bank has today (25 June) announced a £2m investment to help SMEs make improvements in energy efficiency.

Michael Fallon will be responsible for delivering a long-term plan for supporting a bioeconomy

BIS minister Michael Fallon tasked with championing 'waste-led bioeconomy'

Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Energy, is to take the lead on developing a high value waste-based bioeconomy under new plans announced by the Government.

SC Johnson's Pledge and Pronto bottles now use compressed air rather than LPGs in the aerosols

Making the Pledge: SC Johnson charts sustainability over time

On the 50th anniversary of SC Johnson's Europlant factory, the group's senior director for manufacturing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Clint Filipowicz, discusses how sustainable business practices have developed to now underpin the company.

This new report was produced by the United Nations Environment Programme-hosted International Resource Panel

Resource use 'must be separated from economic growth', says UNEP

The unsustainable use of natural resources will continue to have a 'crippling' impact on price volatility and the environment unless economic growth is decoupled from resource consumption, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The REA says solar and wind could be competing on price with fossil fuels by the end of this decade

Renewable energy industry dismisses calls for EU-wide changes

The renewables sector has hit back at comments made earlier this week by Energy UK that it has an 'emotion-driven and expensive' agenda.

Support for solar water heating has increased to 10p per kWh

Green heat technologies more affordable with RHI upgrade

Businesses across the country are being offered 'greater choice than ever before' on how to sustainably meet their heating requirements as long-awaited improvements to the world's first Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme come into force today (28 May).

The newly formed Wood Heat Association (WHA) will represent the 700-plus companies across the UK's wood heat supply chain

Wood Heat Association boosts representation of low-carbon wood heating

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has launched an affiliate trade body to represent the UK's ever-growing wood heat industry.

The UK Green Investment Bank funding will be made available to a number of energy efficiency projects at various Scottish distilleries

Scottish distilleries in good spirits with new energy efficiency fund

A Bacardi distillery in Scotland is set to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 90% with an energy efficiency project it is able to bring to life with new funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB).

The energy costs saved by the new heat pump will be put back into the conservation of Plas Newyyd

National Trust puts renewable energy in the spotlight

Less than a month after announcing the launch of its own renewable energy trading company, the National Trust has slashed its environmental footprint by today (22 May) switching on the UK's largest marine-source heat pump at a country house in North Wales.

The John Lewis Spa and Wellbing Centre on the banks of the Bala Lake is now fuelled by a biomass boiler

John Lewis adds biomass to sustainability credentials

The John Lewis Partnership has upped its commitment to wood heating with the installation of a Euroheat biomass boiler at a new-build spa and wellness centre for its staff.

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