UK’s coal, wind, solar and hydro output fell in 2016

The UK’s coal, wind, solar and natural flow hydropower all decreased in output through 2016. That’s according to a new report from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which breaks down a range of provisional energy data from last year. It shows total energy production still increased, thanks to rising output from oil, […]

UK coal production halved to record low in 2016

Coal production fell by a massive 51% last year, hitting record lows. That’s according to a new set of provisional statistics released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The report suggests the fall in coal output is due to the closure of all large deep mines and remaining mines producing less coal as they near the end of operation. […]

It’s official! 2016 was warmest year on record

Scientists have confirmed 2016 was the hottest year on record and saw the planet near a 1.5°C warming. According to latest figures from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), part of the EU’s Copernicus earth observation programme, global temperature exceeded 14.8°C last year and was around 1.3°C higher than usual. Temperature last year was also […]

2016 set to be the hottest year on record

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record. New data released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) showed that this year’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels. That means global temperatures will be higher than the record-breaking ones in 2015. Temperatures for January to September this year have been about […]

Global green investment plunges from last year

Investment in green projects in the third quarter of this year was the lowest since 2013. Between July and September 2016, green investment fell by 31% from the quarter before and 43% from the same period last year, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It suggests this drop in renewable and smart investments to […]

Lack of supply saw gas and power prices soar in Q3

Supply concerns meant wholesale gas and power prices increased at the strongest rate in five years in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016. UK electricity prices increased at the end of Q3 due to concerns over potential power supply shortages over winter, according to market information firm ICIS. This saw more gas being needed to generate electricity […]

Rio’s Olympic rings get gold for sustainability

The six metre tall Olympic rings on Rio’s Copacabana beach are made of recycled plastic bottles. Dutch refillable plastic bottle manufacturer Dopper is behind the construction of the six by three metre decorative Olympic rings by the Beach volleyball courts. The firm claims it’s helping to reduce the rapidly growing volume of plastic waste around […]