First AONB granted approval since 1991

First AONB granted approval since 1991: The green light for the expansion of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been given by the UK Government. The new AONB plan will expand the existing area by around 38 square kilometres – the nearby Dedham Vale in 1991 was the last…
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Industry responds to Summer Statement

Industry responds to Summer Statement:  A £3 billion green jobs plan to save money, cut carbon and boost employment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. In his much-awaited UK recovery plan Summer Statement, the Chancellor outlined how he planned to tackle “profound economic challenges” with a “historic…
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£3bn green jobs, save money and cut carbon plan

£3bn green jobs, save money and cut carbon plan: A £3 billion green jobs plan to save money, cut carbon and boost employment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. In his much-awaited UK recovery plan Summer Statement, the Chancellor outlined how he planned to tackle “profound economic…
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First Exeter City Council solar and battery storage project

First Exeter City Council solar and battery storage project: Plans to build its first solar farm and battery storage project have been announced by Exeter City Council. The project , which recently finished its preparatory work, is to be constructed on a landfill site which is no longer in use and will comprise of two…
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Renewable energy – 12K jobs & £20bn investment possible

Renewable energy – 12K jobs & £20bn investment possible: 12,000 new jobs and around £20 billion of new investments to the UK could be provided by renewable energy as part of the nation’s sustainable economic recovery. RenewableUK has published new statistics which show that contracts to generate clean power in next year’s auctions could have…
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Environmental projects funded by fines

Environmental projects funded by fines: Environment Agency enforcement action during the last nine years has benefitted environmental charities throughout the Midlands to the tune of £1.4 million of grants. Offenders as an alternative to prosecutions are asked to donate to environmental projects  – this applies to individuals or businesses or who are responsible where they…
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1,000 electric vans added to British Gas fleet

British Gas engineers will soon be driving around in a more sustainabe way, thanks to the addition of 1,000 new electric vans which are to be added to the company’s fleet. Billed as the ‘largest UK commercial’ battery electric vehicle (BEV) order ever, the energy provider has confirmed the new order from the automotive manufacturer…
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Most energy professionals say UK is off track for net zero

Most energy professionals say UK is off track for net zero: The UK is currently off track to reach net zero by 2050 say almost 90% of energy professionals. The Energy Institute’s latest Energy Barometer report makes the gloomy suggestion, the report surveyed more than 350 UK professionals from across the sector – the results…
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Siberia scorched with record June temperatures

Siberia scorched with record June temperatures: Siberia experienced its hottest June on record with the regions tempeartures as high as 10°C above normal. The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) latest report finds, which suggests the temperature was more than 5°C above normal, averaged across all land in Arctic Siberia combined. Compared to 2018 and 2019…
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Coconut oil could be worse than Palm Oil for environment

Coconut oil could threaten more species than palm oil. Despite the issue of tropical forests being cut down for palm oil production being more widely known, a Borneo Futures and University of Exeter new report suggests coconut oil threatens more species per ton produced than palm or other vegetable oils. The production of coconut oil…
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