Category Archives: Eco Blog

Climate Chaos

Climate change is the single greatest environmental challenge in history. From scientists to economists, activists to businessmen, politicians to campaigners, the world needs to unite if we are to take this challenge in our stride.

Our world is hotter than it has been in two thousand years. All ten of the hottest years on record have occurred since 1990. Already 150,000 people die each year as a result of climate change …

  • Posted: February 1, 2013
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Ways We Can Conserve and Live More Simply

Living more simply benefits the environment and enables us to have more time to spend with our friends or families. When we become more conscious of how our actions affect the environment we tend to consume less, recycle more and be more in touch with nature.

Here are some ideas to start with.

Purchase items like clothing, dishes, books and furniture in charity shops or car boot sales.

Create something new from things …

  • Posted: February 1, 2013
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The world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste city?

Architects Foster & Partners have released plans for a six million meter square development planned for Abu Dhabi that they’re describing as the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste city.

Here’s the press release from their website:

The first project as a result of the Masdar Initiative is a new 6 million square meter sustainable development that uses the traditional planning principals of a walled city, together with existing technologies, to achieve a zero …

  • Posted: February 1, 2013
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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

Eco-friendly flooring options abound in the marketplace. There’s something available for every taste and every budget. Here are my top 5 picks.

1. Reclaimed wood flooring. There’s a little bit of everything available here, from antique heart pine to reclaimed Australian chestnut (which is absolutely gorgeous). This is the most eco-friendly option out there as long as chemical strippers and sealants aren’t used in the process.

2. Bamboo. Bamboo is technically a …

  • Posted: February 1, 2013
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Getting Everyone on Board

Do Your Bit For a Greener World
Millions of individuals doing their bit for the environment by cutting back on personal carbon use. That’s a key green objective of governments across the world. But will expensive ad campaigns and emotive TV spots really achieve this?

Nick Eyre, a research fellow at the Oxford University Environmental Change Institute, believes social change on this scale can only be achieved by hitting people where it …

  • Posted: February 1, 2013
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The Green Deal Explained

A short film explaining the importance of the Green Deal:

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Government Help to Cut Fuel Poverty

A GOVERNMENT funding boost is to be used to help low-income families suffering as a result of high fuel prices and the cold weather.

The cash is to be spent on a range of energy-efficiency measures helping to cut eligible householders’ energy bills and improve their lives.

Thousands of families will benefit from a whole raft of improvements. People living in council homes, housing association properties, private tenants and those who own …

  • Posted: January 21, 2013
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The Energy Challenge

As a nation we need to decide how the UK is going to power itself. This short animation sets out the challenge: to cut greenhouse gas emissions while meeting demand and supporting economic growth. To look into the options for yourself, have a look at the 2050 pathways calculator: www.decc.gov.uk/2050.

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Green Deal retrofit

Greg Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, visited a Green Deal retrofit at the Lakes Estate in Milton Keynes to launch the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA)

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Householder grants

The DTI Low Carbon Buildings Programme householder stream will re-launch next year

Important things to note:
If you have previously downloaded an application form or guidance notes before 9th May, you will not be able to apply for a grant using these. Please use the new application form and guidance notes that will appear on this website on 29th May.

You should also read the following carefully if you have considered applying for …

  • Posted: September 18, 2012
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