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19 11 2019 | 06:20

Scientists and climate advisers condemn Tory environmental record.

The Conservative party’s record on tackling the climate crisis has been condemned by leading scientists and former government advisers, as the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, warned that the…

19 11 2019 | 06:17

Denmark calls for EU plan to phase out diesel and petrol cars.

Denmark, backed by 10 other European Union countries, on Friday (4 October 2019) called for a strategy to phase out diesel and petrol cars, including allowing the ban of sales at national-level by…

19 11 2019 | 06:15

Modified quantum dots capture more energy from light and lose less to heat.

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it's wasted as heat. "This…

19 11 2019 | 06:04

How do the parties propose to tackle the climate crisis?

Election contenders have been setting out plans to win over voters concerned about the environment. Labour Labour’s “green new deal” – or “green industrial revolution” – puts a radical…

19 11 2019 | 05:43

Formula 1 announces plan to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Formula 1 has announced their ambitious sustainability programme to become net zero by 2030. The new initiative will start immediately with a number of carbon reducing projects to help towards…

19 11 2019 | 05:38

Increasing Europe’s R&I budget is critical to grow the economy and fight climate change

Without an increased investment in research and innovation, the European Union will be unable to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will lose out to economic rivals on the competitive…

18 11 2019 | 16:58

Will Germany block EIB plans to ditch natural gas?

The European Investment Bank wants to purge its loan books of fossil fuels, including natural gas, by 2020. Although the Bank’s final decision is expected to be delivered on 15 October, resistance,…

16 11 2019 | 14:34

Making Microgrids More Accessible.

In the aftermath of the recent PG&E shutdowns, we wrote about the hardships that Californians faced–especially those who didn’t have solar and battery storage available to them.

16 11 2019 | 14:29

Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti.

This week Italy got an A+ — thanks to its education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti,who announced that starting next year all schools and students in all grades in Italywill be required to spend 33…

16 11 2019 | 14:05

McDonald’s unveils new innovative packaging and recycling solutions.

McDonald’s has unveiled innovative packaging solutions to tackle plastic pollution under their new scheme ‘Better M’. Today, McDonald’s announced a wide-ranging programme to remove and minimise…

16 11 2019 | 13:41

Paris e-scooters under pressure to prove green credentials.

Pulling on makeshift roped hooks along a sun-drenched bank of the Seine River in Paris, Youva Hadjali and Edison Gompo fish out two electric scooters -- not the most ecological fate for devices…

15 11 2019 | 21:40

Zimbabwe to cut power to mines, others over $77m in unpaid bills.

Daily power cuts lasting up to 18 hours are common after a severe drought reduced water levels at a key hydro plant. Zimbabwe's state-owned electricity distributor, grappling with drought and ageing…

15 11 2019 | 21:13

DNV GL upgrades battery scorecard.

DNV GL has released an updated version of its battery performance scorecard, which ranks and evaluates of different types of batteries used for energy storage. The scorecard also provides industry…

15 11 2019 | 21:13

Engie's renewables chief on scaling corporate contracts, hydrogen hopes and offshore wind.

Earlier this year, French-born energy company Engie made a bold proclamation — it will add at least 9 gigawatts of renewable energy between now and 2021, at least half of which will come from power…

15 11 2019 | 21:06

Amy Khor on renewable energy financing.

Funds are being re-channelled away from traditional projects to more sustainable ones, such as those involving cleaner renewables. In April this year, Singapore’s three local banks announced their…

15 11 2019 | 10:02

Eurostar announces first plastic-free train.

For its 25th anniversary, Eurostar have announced they will be running their first plastic-free train. As a mark of its commitment to eco-responsible travel, Eurostar is today running its first ever…

13 11 2019 | 09:50

Breaking down controls to better control wind energy systems.

Researchers based in Brazil have developed a way to better control wind energy systems in electrical generation. Wind energy systems are typically expensive to maintain, and they can only convert a…

13 11 2019 | 09:46

UK needs to act to prevent electric vehicle battery waste mountain.

Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, storing up a potentially huge waste management problem for the…

13 11 2019 | 09:37

Biogas plant that will fuel the transport sector in UK gets the go-ahead.

Plans to build a biogas plant that will generate enough fuel to power up to 1,000 low carbon HGV’s and buses every year has been approved by Chester Council. Plans to build a biogas plant that will…

13 11 2019 | 09:15

Supermarkets in Asia are Now Using Banana Leaves Instead of Plastic Packaging.

Supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative.