EU boosts sustainable energy ties with Africa

The European Commission is to co-sign joint declarations in New York today to boost its co-operation on sustainable energy with five African countries. The agreements with Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Togo and Rwanda will aim to increase access to sustainable energy sources, especially in rural areas. The Commission plans to provide around €2 billion […]

Solar Power Goes ‘Global’

Despite the romance and ideals of many green technologies, it’s rare that any come with designs you could actually call beautiful.  The practicality of your average solar panel rules its design, whilst the amount of petitions that spring up in opposition to wind farms should tell you what most people think about the design of […]

How Dutch orange is turning green for London 2012

ELN Editor Sumit Bose finds out why sustainability, staying green – and of course beer – are an important part of the Dutch makeover of north London’s Ally Pally, now dubbed Heineken House during the 2012 Olympics.

Pigs in the sun…

How solar powered pig pens are spreading the sustainability message in Hackney

Scotland set to smash green targets

Scotland is set to hit its green energy targets and more this year, as the country’s Energy Minister said he expected around 35% of Scotland’s electricity to come from renewables in 2011, beating the Scottish Government’s target of 31%. Statistics published today show the amount of renewable electricity generated in 2011 rose by 45% on […]

Danish pledge to generate 50% electricity from wind

Denmark aims to generate half of its electricity from wind power by 2050. Last week the Danish Parliament voted in an agreement by a massive majority to deliver a renewable future (171 seats out of 179 in the parliament). The Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard welcomed last Friday’s decision as a “great […]

DECC move on renewable heat scheme is ‘premature’

Government contingency plans to temporarily halt payments under the renewable heat scheme in case it overspends its budget have been criticised as “premature”. Today DECC announced a new “cost control mechanism” which would stop new application for payments until the next financial year. The move sees the Government adopt a cautious approach to spending on […]

Scottish Renewables unveils more than 11,000 employees in energy sector

Scotland’s renewable energy sector employs more than 11,000 people, according to Scottish Renewables. The energy trade body claims to have assessed more than 200 companies across the wind, wave, tidal and solar sectors and found there are 1,526 people employed in renewable energy development. Another 8,701 work in the direct supply chain and 909 are […]

Brave solar cyclist battles on after truck hit

A London-based cyclist who is raising money for a solar charity with a round-the-world record attempt has pledged “to be back on road in a few days” after being hit by a truck in the United States yesterday. Zimbabwe-born Sean Conway, who lives in North London is attempting to cycle 18,000 miles through Europe, Africa, […]

Campaigners champion legal victory over DECC

A campaign group is championing its legal victory over DECC in the controversial solar FiTs court case. Today the Supreme Court refused DECC permission to challenge a ruling which would have let it cut the subsidy paid out to solar power from panels installed between 12 December and 3 March. Friends of the Earth said […]