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Warwickshire's Upton House is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions. Photo: National Trust

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.

The report claims that the schemes would enable companies to save money while improving produce and restoring the environment

New research outlines economic windfall opportunity for post-Brexit farming

A new sustainable land management model that could direct millions of pounds towards farming methods that reduce flooding, restore wildlife and enhance clean water has been proposed by the National Trust and the Green Alliance.

National Trust already manages its land for the benefit of nature rather than for food production. Renewables, flood protection services and eco-tourism could pay more than subsidies

National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies

The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.

Penrhyn castle in Wales - one of a number of National Trust properties that have ditched fossil fuels to become energy self-sufficient

Green and pleasant land: How the National Trust is making sustainability beautiful

In 1895, the National Trust was established to preserve Britain's heritage and open spaces. More than 120 years later, these areas need protecting from an even greater threat. The iron claws of urbanisation and the industrial revolution have slowly receded, replaced by the icy fangs of climate change.

Former Shell chairman Lord Bearsted gifted the Upton House estate and its extensive art and porcelain collections to the National Trust in 1948. Photo: National Trust

Former home of oil tycoon given green makeover by National Trust

A country house in Warwickshire that was once powered by 25,000 litres of oil every year is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Almost one thousand people from more than 100 organisations have been able to collaborate and share knowledge on sustainability through the network

National Trust's 'environmental dating agency' slashes CO2 emissions

An 'environmental dating agency', which brings together like-minded companies at events and meetings to help them share energy-saving tips, has helped members save nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 over the past year.

The group argued that Britain could actually lose sovereignty over its environmental policies

Brexit would be damaging for UK environment, experts warn

Leaving the EU could threaten a range of Britain's environmental policies from energy efficiency to natural capital, a group of high-level environment experts have told Environment Secretary Liz Truss.

The solar panels have been installed on a rocky hillside above the Garden's overflow car park

National Trust installs 'modern art' solar array at historic garden

The National Trust has switched on a unique 175-panel solar array which has been likened to modern art due to its construction on rocky hillside terrain in north Wales.

David Cameron has been called on to make good on environmental promises

Green groups urge Cameron to address 'woeful' environmental record

Leading environmental groups have written to Prime Minister David Cameron to criticise the scrapping of 10 green policies in the first few months of the new Conservative Government.

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

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

It's been a hectic week for sustainability professionals, with the Summer Budget leaving many edie readers with some big numbers to mull over...

Tourism is often seen as unsustainable, but some attractions are finding new ways to be enviromentaly friendly

Green holidays: 5 sustainable tourist attractions

Tourism's relationship with the environment is complex: long-haul flights emit huge amounts of CO2 and visitors can negatively impact local ecosystems. But more and more tourist attractions are taking sustainability to heart.

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).

Green Alliance wants to ensure short-term economic growth isn't at the expense of nature

Nestle & National Trust jump aboard Green Alliance nature crusade

Environmental think tank Green Alliance has partnered with Nestlé and the National Trust for the launch of two new projects which aim to address the UK Government's "failures" surrounding the decline of the nation's natural environment.

Since 2005, hydropower has seen resurgence, reportedly due to a better understanding of what the technology can provide, including energy storage and flood or drought mitigation

Hydropower to hit 2,000GW by 2050

The global hydroelectric power market, which already represents 76% of all renewable energy, could double to 2,000GW by 2050, according to the World Energy Council.

The Co-op Group's BREEAM-certified headquarters in Manchester

Co-op launches B2B green power business

The Co-operative Group has established a new business-to-business energy services arm known as Co-operative Power.

Quarry Bank will switch on the new Kaplan turbine this week, generating 55% of the site's on-site energy requirements.

National Trust revisits past to harness green energy

The National Trust has taken another step closer to reaching its ambitious renewable energy targets by installing an innovative hydro-electric scheme at one of its properties in Cheshire.

The river Teign in Fingle Woods, Dartmoor. The ancient woodland in Devon is one landscape being restored by the National Trust

National Trust aims to 'nurse British countryside back to health'

The British countryside will be "nursed back to health" by the National Trust under a new £1bn, 10-year plan, which takes the charity far beyond its conventional image of country houses and tearooms.

The Green Alliance's new strategy aims to 'put the public back into public policy'

Power to the people: Green Alliance calls for more public involvement in UK environmental policy

Green Alliance has launched a new strategy focused on giving citizens a greater say in the nation's green infrastructure plans.

The Royal Household has become the latest organisation to sign up to the Fit for the Future network

Royal recruit joins carbon-cutting network

The Royal Household - which operates at Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Queen's Galleries - has become the latest organisation to sign up to the not-for-profit network, Fit for the Future.

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.

The symbiosis complements the green objectives of both companies

National Trust partners with Panasonic to cut energy use

The National Trust has announced the establishment of a long-term partnership with electronics firm Panasonic which will help the organisation reduce its energy consumption by 20% and halve its fossil fuel use.

Ed Davey (centre) is shown the Kingston Heights Open Water Heat Pump by Mike Spenser-Morris of NHP Leisure Developments (left) and Donald Daw from Mitsubishi Electric

DECC publishes new water source heat map

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has published a national water source heat map which highlights the significant opportunities that exist for more open water heat pump installations across the country.

Professor Paul Younger: "It's now time for Scotland to focus its attention on the potential for heat pump technology to deliver low-carbon heat at reasonable cost"

Top academic urges Scotland to harness hidden heat in rivers

A leading academic has called for Scotland to follow Norway's lead and use heat pump technology to provide large-scale, low-carbon heat.

The new turbine recalls when the property became the world's first house powered by hydroelectricity in 1878

Hydropower returns to National Trust property which pioneered turbine technology

The National Trust is set to harness hydropower at Cragside in Northumberland more than a century after it became the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.

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.

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