UK Energy

East Africa and Energy Access: A Hotbed of Creative Solutions

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

In recent years East Africa has emerged as a hotbed of creative solutions to meeting people's energy needs as I saw for myself during my visit to Kenya and Tanzania earlier this year. The nexus between clean energy and mobile-based technology is one that is helping bring power to some of the remotest corners of the continent.

How We Can Tip the Energy Balance Towards Low-Carbon

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Alison Doig

It will take a huge amount of political will to bring about a radical change in energy investment strategies across the globe, particularly from wealthier nations who invest in developing countries. Renewable and low-carbon energy generation technologies are becoming less costly and studies show that in the long term, switching investment to these types of ventures will make economic as well as climate sense. The time is right to tip the energy balance but it needs governments to make the first push.

Ultrasonic Tumble Dryer Will Dry Your Clothes In Half The Time

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Tech

An ultrasonic tumble dryer has been developed that will dry your clothes in half the time and save three to five times the amount of energy. Meaning t...

State of the Transition, May 2016: Talk of twilight

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Jeremy Leggett

World records tumbled in renewable energy this month. Utilities, facing short-term existential threat in the face of clean-energy growth, continued to...

We Need a New Deal for Those Living in Energy Poverty

Theresa Griffin | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Theresa Griffin

As I write this, an elderly person is deciding whether they can afford to heat their home, a parent is choosing a warm meal over a cold bath for their child, and a household wonders if it can pay its bills - this is unacceptable.

Fracking Is Coming To North Yorkshire Despite Overwhelming Opposition

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

Councillors in North Yorkshire have given the green light to the first fracking operation in the UK for five years, despite huge local opposition. The...

Sadiq Khan, Don't Forget About London's Growing Sustainability Issues

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

Tomorrow (Thursday) Londoners will go to the polls and elect the UK's capital next mayor. And earlier this week I wrote about an encouraging new report, by the think tank Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR). The report outlined how London could establish itself as a global green city.

Angry Farmer Sprays Tanker Full Of Poo At Oscar-Winning Actress

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK

A farmer sprayed manure at Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson after she broke a court injunction to protest against fracking on his land. Thompson an...

Energy for Londoners Can Make Our City Great Again

Sadiq Khan | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

London is the world's greatest city, and Londoners deserve an equivalent energy system. How we power our city, keep our homes warm, and keep the lights on, says a lot about how we live our lives. It should be clean, affordable and 21st century. I want my daughters to grow up in a city that is cleaner and greener, in which people aren't dying because the air is so filthy. But I also want London to be at the cutting edge of new green technologies, generating the growth and jobs of the future. That's why, if I'm elected Mayor in May, I'll set up Energy for Londoners to lead on delivering the clean, green energy of the future.

Fast Forward Ten Years - The New Kenya

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

I haven't been to Kenya for more than ten years and Nairobi has transformed almost beyond recognition in that time, with its glass-fronted skyscrapers...

Achieving Low Carbon Cities Means Supporting New Technologies

Jane Burston | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Tech
Jane Burston

The world population is set to explode, from 7.3 billion today to around 9.7 billion in 2050, with two thirds of those living in cities. As urban areas grow, emissions will grow along with them: between 67 and 76 per cent of global energy consumption takes place in urban areas, consumption that accounts for a huge amount of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Five Steps to Brighton Your Day!

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

Do you ever feel like it's groundhog day? i.e. you are doing the same old thing each and every day?!... Here are five easy steps to help you change things around a little...

More Jet, Less Lag: Can the Human Charger Help You Get Over Jet Lag?

Tony Wrighton | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Tony Wrighton

For my most recent trip I vowed to avoid this push/pull entirely. This timezone hop would be different, I vowed, then set out to stack the deck a bit. I've tried all the basics and even some of the not-so-basics, but then I stumbled on Human Charger and its claims of massively curbing jet lag...

'Highly Unlikely' That Three Missing At Didcot Are Alive

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris and Steven Hopkins | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK

It is "highly unlikely" that the three people missing after part of Didcot power station in south Oxfordshire collapsed are alive, rescuers have said....

A Charity Worker's Perspective on Trading Activities

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

As you can imagine, in my role as Charity Director at Age UK I have been following the current media debate about Age UK's trading arm's activities - and about charity trading arms more generally - very closely.

Does Cold Calling Actually Benefit Energy Customers?

Nash Riggins | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Nash Riggins

Cold callers aren't only annoying - they also tend to rip customers off big time. They're bad for PR, bad for business and bad for the industry as a whole. With any luck, regulators will bear that in mind before unleashing big energy companies back onto our streets to spoil your dinner.

Keeping the Lights on Will Require Smarter Use of Electricity - Not Just More of It

Byron Orme | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Byron Orme

This morning a report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IME) said they think the "capacity gap", the difference between the demand for electricity and the likely supply, could be a massive 55% in 2025 as old coal and nuclear plants exit the system.

Customers Still Unimpressed by the Cold Shoulder From the 'Big Six' Energy Suppliers

Henning Ogberg | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Henning Ogberg

It seems that the unseasonably mild temperatures that dominated December, with their associated sights of unsettling oddness such as daffodils blossom...

Why Cold Needs to Go Off-Piste

Toby Peters | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Tech
Toby Peters

I believe that it is possible to address the need for cooling - to ensure access to food, medicine, data - and to do so without negative environmental impacts. Achieving this requires a paradigm shift in the way we consider energy. We must go off-piste.

UK Energy: No Plans to Get FIT for the New Year

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

We have what we need in the UK to transition into a renewable economy - engineering capability, R&D to advance new technologies, and a government which can facilitate policies to engage business and individuals to play their part. But is the government thinking with this long term vision in mind?

A Defining Part Of Britain Ended This Morning With A Cup Of Tea And A Polite Salute

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK

Coal mining in Britain fuelled the industrial revolution, provided millions of jobs after the Second World War and defined Maggie Thatcher's premiersh...

Five Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels at Work

Marianne Stenger | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marianne Stenger

No matter how much energy you bounce out of bed with in the morning, there's always that one point during the day where your eyelids start to droop and sleeping at your desk begins to seem like an appealing option.

COP21 and The Corporate Coup

James Crawley | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
James Crawley

What we are experiencing in Paris amounts to a corporate coup aimed at preventing progress and effective solutions to our climate crisis. Now more than ever we need to advocate for system change rather than climate change, with climate activists planning creative ways to inform the public not only of the false solutions on offer, but the real solutions that will lead to positive change in our world.

Cooling a Warming World

Toby Peters | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Tech
Toby Peters

As the world's leaders come together to discuss climate change, cooling must be part of the debate around global warming. Cooling is currently part of the worsening problem, but it could become an important part of the solution.

Time for Business to Act on Climate Change - And Agroforestry Is Part of the Solution

Daniel Weston | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Daniel Weston

It is an important year for the future of our planet.