UK housing: Fit for the future? – Committee on Climate Change
The latest report from the CCC raises serious questions about whether the UK's housing stock is fit to meet the demands of climate change. Existing stock lacks proper insulation, energy efficiency and build quality to reduce environmental impacts. New stock, the report alleges, is often built below the standards set out, with inadequate flood protection and an over dependence on cars for transports. Whether the UK Government will heed the advice of its own advisory panel remains to be seen.
ABO sells off shovel-ready Finnish gem – reNews – Renewable Energy News
Luxcara, a German asset management company specialising in renewables, has bought the Valikangas wind farm in Finland. The site is due to be commissioned in mid 2020 with an expected 100MW capacity. Original developers ABO will complete construction. Given the farm has been constructed and will operate without subsidy, it's another sign that renewables are reaching the tipping point where they can provide clean energy and provide reasonable long-term returns for investors.
Solving the plastic pollution crisis requires focus on another ‘R’ — responsibility – GreenBiz
There's much news and action on plastic pollution at the moment. Most of what's coming down from government and action groups focuses on recycling. Voluntary codes and new laws and regulations are springing up across the globe that aim to ensure more plastic is recycled. This is a great step, but as Tom Dowdell argues, until we take responsibility for how we as individuals engage with plastic the problem is unlikely to change significantly.
A Small New York Town Plans a Profitable, 100% Renewable Energy Future – Alternative Energy Stocks
The US town of Marbletown has 5,500 people and a desire to go 100% renewable. Along the way it needs to make decisions about how to generate and buy in energy, the way it configures buildings and planning laws and how to adapt and adopt electric vehicles.
Life After Brexit: Sustainability And The European Regional Development Fund – Forbes
As the UK's departure from the European Union looms, questions are being asked about how EU funding will be replaced. One area of concern are the investments the EU makes in sustainability and regional development. These have supported some of the UK's most deprived areas and fed money into flood defences, renewables and other sustainable projects. While a replacement has been announced, detail is thin on the ground and concern is growing that once the EU's funding stops in 2020 their won't be anything to replace it.
How the high cost of going green is slowing denim’s sustainable direction – just-style
Denim may be a hard wearing materials that can last considerably longer than lighter alternatives, but its environmental impact is high. Producing the material requires large quantities of water, energy and chemicals. Manufacturers are making strides in reducing it's impact, such as cleaning water waste and using lasers instead of chemical finishes. However, the high cost of these techniques could be limiting their spread to smaller companies.
Protein from squid could become a sustainable alternative to plastics – Earth.com
Traditional plastics contain oil and don't degrade easily when discarded. Finding alternatives has become a pressing problem that has led to the growth in interest of "bioplastics". Researchers at PENN State University believe they found a suitable replacement in squids, specifically their rings. Rather than encourage large-scale farming of the animals, they're trying to duplicate the same proteins using bacteria in a lab.
Are leather alternatives really all that sustainable? – Fashion Journal
While the leather look is fashionable, the material is not so. Celebrities and influencers have been adopting a variety of leather alternatives, which is prompting growing sales for pleather, PVC and similar looks. As so often happens, there are unintended consequences and some of these materials are far worse for the environment. So how do you look fashionable and choose the latest in leather alternative fashion?
Floating Solar Farms Are the New Wave of Renewable Energy – Nanalyze
As global land prices surge and the demand for housing and agriculture increases, it's becoming more difficult to find the land needed for solar farms. An alternative solution, first trialled in 2007 in Japan, is to float panels on water, opening up new opportunities and areas for development. Some companies have already moved into the space, and with demand for clean solar energy growing, they're perfectly placed to profit from the technology, and help meet renewable targets.
Save our roadside flowers – Little Green Space
The verges and banks by the sides of our roads are cut regularly to improve road safety. However, they're also potential home to countless varieties of wildflowers and animals, if left to grow as wild meadows. Less frequent mowing could allow Britain's wildflowers to flourish once more.