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Posted on Jan 7 2015 - 12:41pm by Sustainable News
Comments Off on More than a quarter of UK homes powered by wind in 2014

RenewableUK is highlighting new official statistics from National Grid which show that record amounts of clean electricity were generated by wind power in 2014. Wind generated enough electricity to supply the needs of more than 6.7 million UK households last year; a 15% increase on the amount generated in 2013 (up from 24.5 terawatt hours to 28.1TWh in 2014) – just over 25% of all UK homes all year round. Wind farms feeding into the grid, as well as single turbines connected to local networks, provided 9.3% of the UK’s total electricity...

Posted on Dec 16 2014 - 8:54am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Northumbria law graduate tackles environment issues from inside the Amazon

A Northumbria University, Newcastle, graduate has spent a month living in one of the Amazon’s river communities, learning all about their way of life. Rochelle Martin represented the UK at the ‘Amazon Summer School on Sustainability’, a globally-renowned programme providing world-class learning and volunteering experiences. Opportunities such as this are actively encouraged and promoted by Northumbria. The...

Posted on Dec 9 2014 - 8:27am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Brazilian Soy Moratorium extended to 2016

Brasília, 25 November 2014 – The landmark Brazilian Soy Moratorium, set to end in January has been renewed, for the eighth time. The moratorium prevents major traders from selling soy that may be linked to deforestation in the Amazon and will continue through May 2016. The renewal comes following a lengthy internal debate within the Soya Working Group, responsible for the implementation of...

Posted on Dec 8 2014 - 8:43am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Make the most of food as part of European Week for Waste Reduction

Free Lunch as part of European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR). Fairlie, whose Gleneagles restaurant is famed for its focus on sustainability, led the call for people across Scotland to mark European Week for Waste Reduction by holding a Waste Free Lunch to raise awareness about food waste and how to prevent it. European Week for Waste Reduction is the biggest waste campaign of its kind in the world...

Posted on Dec 5 2014 - 8:00am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Brownfield land can house 1m homes with most under council ownership

There’s enough brownfield land to build more than one million homes across England with new analysis revealing that a quarter of it is owned by councils. In London, a massive 40 percent of brownfield land with potential to build on is owned by councils, which will cause questions to be asked of planning chiefs and politicians who have constantly vowed to speed up development on these sites. A new...

Posted on Nov 18 2014 - 8:16am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Air and Home Care Brigade to Save Previously Non Recyclable Waste from Landfill

Industry First Recycling Initiative celebrates by launching the Febreze Freshness Rewards Contest to find the UK’s top recycler of Air and Home Care Packaging Waste – with £5,000 worth of charity prizes on offer Febreze and TerraCycle are proud to announce the launch of the Air and Home Care Brigade – a new recycling fundraising initiative to enable consumers to recycle previously non-recyclable...

Posted on Nov 14 2014 - 12:35pm by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Future Fabrics Expo by The Sustainable Angle

The 4th Future Fabrics Expo by The Sustainable Angle was just successfully hosted for the second time inside Fashion SVP at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, on 28th-30th September 2014. This was a record year for the Future Fabrics Expo, which received over a thousand registrations from leading high street, luxury and start up brands, as well as educational, government, and NGO organisations, showing...

Posted on Oct 31 2014 - 10:45am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Gardening Gets Greener: B&Q Removed peat & 15 million Polystyrene Trays

B&Q have replaced all polystyrene packaging across its range of bedding plants with an innovative new concept. Harnessing Teabag Technology™, easyGrow™ is 100% recyclable and between 95% to 99% peat-free, removing peat from commercial plant production. The new packaging concept will be incorporated into 20 varieties of bedding plants. As the largest garden retailer in the UK, over 80 million...

Posted on Oct 23 2014 - 11:18am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on Environment conference support campaign to get gardeners growing peat free

Leading scientists and policy-makers gathered in Inverness today for a conference organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to consider the practical challenge of restoring 1 million hectares of damaged peat bogs by 2020. Around 70% of peat bogs have been damaged in hills and mountainous areas, mainly by overgrazing, wildfire and drainage. Around 90% of lowland bogs...

Posted on Oct 14 2014 - 7:30am by Sustainable News
Comments Off on £9.4 Million to Boost Low Carbon Heating

More homes and businesses could soon be heated by a range of low carbon technologies, such as heat pumps, energy from waste, recovered industrial heat or heat taken from landfill. Almost £2.4 million will be offered to 32 local authorities across England and Wales to support the development of heat network projects, designed to provide more efficient heat to buildings and potentially lower heating...