Frack buddies – scientists’ clue to cheaper shale gas

Methane isn’t the only gas you can extract with fracking – there are several other types trapped in shale rock which drillers could make money from. Recently published research on samples from Lancashire’s Bowland shale rock has suggested gas explorers may be missing a trick when it comes to these Non-Methane Hydrocarbons (NMHCs). Changes to […]

Professor doubts shale gas potential

Natural gas from shale deposits will not be the solution for the UK’s future energy needs, according to a researcher at the University of Leicester. Professor Mike Bradshaw said Britain should not depend on gas as prices are likely to increase due to growing demand from countries like China and India. At a conference of […]

Are biofuels really all that green?

A study lead by researchers from the University of Leicester has revealed the impacts of using biofuels from oil palm plantations may be more damaging than previously thought. The team conducted work on behalf of the think tank International Council on Clean Transportation. The team concluded that a value of 86 tonnes of carbon dioxide […]

Leicester University building shortlisted for international green award

The University of Leicester’s redesigned Union building was made a finalist in a global greenbuild competition. The five storey Percy Gee building, recently revamped with £17million, was the only UK building to make the shortlist for the institutional category of the Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards. The prize recognises projects that update older buildings to be more […]