Scottish 'energy entrepreneurs' now generate £350m a year
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01/05/2018

Scottish ‘energy entrepreneurs’ now generate £350m a year

Scottish 'energy entrepreneurs' now generate £350m a year. More than £82m was invested in 117 independent renewable energy projects across Scotland last year, according to figures revealed today. The spending by businesses, developers, farmers, landowners and communities means almost £700m has now been invested in the sector in Scotland in…
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Plastic straws could be banned
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25/04/2018

Plastic straws could be banned

The ban on plastic straw.   Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there will be a consultation into some banning some prevalent single-use plastics, including plastic straws and cotton buds at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Friday 19 April. Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown out in the UK every year,…
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Waitrose to stop using disposable coffee cups
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12/04/2018

Waitrose to stop using disposable coffee cups

Waitrose to stop using disposable coffee cups.   Some 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away annually in the UK, almost none of which are recycled because of their plastic lining. Disposable cups will be removed from all Waitrose stores by the autumn. Members of its loyalty scheme will still…
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Nestlé reveals packaging recycling target
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11/04/2018

Nestlé reveals packaging recycling target

Nestlé reveals packaging recycling target. Food manufacturer Nestlé has announced its ambition to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company – which employs 330 people at its factory in Dalston, near Carlisle – said it wants none of its packaging, including plastics, to end up…
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Scotland produces record amount of energy from renewables
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04/04/2018

Scotland produces record amount of energy from renewables

Scotland produces record amount of energy from renewables. Scotland has become a world leader in sourcing its electricity from renewables, after a record year in 2017 for creating eco-friendly energy, figures show. The nation got more than two-thirds – 68.1 percent – of its electricity from green schemes last year –…
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Drinks bottles and can deposit return scheme
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28/03/2018

Drinks bottles and can deposit return scheme

People in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste. The deposit will increase prices - but consumers will get the money back if they return the container. The scheme is expected to cover…
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22/03/2018

Renewable energy funding boost

Renewable energy funding boost could mean UK energy farms are built subsidy-free by 2030. Onshore renewable energy farms that are able to generate three times as much power as the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant could soon be built without subsidy from taxpayers, according to the report. It’s thought a…
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Burn or bury waste plastic?
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13/03/2018

Burn or bury waste plastic?

Burn or bury waste plastic? Since China refused last month to accept any more foreign waste for recycling, the UK is facing a challenge. How can it recycle more of its own waste? And should it bury or burn the low-grade waste that it can't recycle? We're trying to answer…
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06/03/2018

Businesses underestimate packaging waste by 50%

Business under estimate packaging waste - UK businesses are drastically underestimating the amount of plastic packaging waste they produce while paying “barely anything” to deal with the problem, new research claims. Britain generated 2.26 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste in 2015, according to the latest available Government figures. But the true figure is…
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Plastics made from plants could be the answer to waste problem
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28/02/2018

Plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world’s waste problem

Plastics made from plants could be the answer to waste problem? Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives. Bottles and forks aside, in the medical field alone plastics have been used for artificial heart valves, medical implants and…
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19/02/2018

Siberian Chill Is About to ‘Test’ Europe’s Energy Supplies

Prices for electricity, natural gas, coal and carbon rose across the region as colder weather is set to increase demand for heating. The chillier outlook is because of a weather event called sudden stratospheric warming, where the polar vortex of westerly wind is slowed down or reversed, pushing cold air flows…
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15/02/2018

Dealing with clinical waste

Waste is probably not your largest area of expenditure, therefore, can be your most wasteful if not properly handled. If not set up correctly, dealing with waste can take an inordinate amount of staff effort to manage. With the potential for fines and the ultimate risk of facility closure, it…
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12/02/2018

Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution?

Plant based plastic. We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet - our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we're rapidly running out of landfill sites with 9% only recycled. Burning it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. So could plant-based alternatives…
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06/02/2018

UK industry pays 33% more for electricity than rest of Europe

..UK Electricity market. s you will probably know, wholesale energy costs increased steadily over 2017. In addition, the fixed / pass-through charges levied by the Government also increased. As a result, you are most certainly going to pay more for your energy in 2018. There is something you can do.…
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Aldi
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02/02/2018

Aldi pledges to halve food waste by 2030

Aldi pledges to halve food waste. The Champions 12.3 initiative consists of government, business and civil society leaders, all of which have committed to accelerating progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 – halving food waste per capita and reducing food losses by 2030. Aldi announced on Wednesday (31 January) that…
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Scottish Whisky Association to ban plastic straws
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29/01/2018

Scottish Whisky Association to ban plastic straws to tackle waste

Scottish Whisky Association to ban plastic straws. The representative body for Scotland’s whisky industry has announced it will ban plastic straws and drinks stirrers in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic waste on the planet. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said the move is part of its…
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26/01/2018

Ofgem hunts for rescue supplier after energy firm goes bust

he energy regulator is on the hunt for an company in the sector willing to take on the 10,000 customers left stranded in the wake of another collapsed provider in the industry. Tyneside-based Future Energy on Thursday became the second energy minnow to fold this winter, triggering a scramble to find…
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24/01/2018

Budweiser switches to renewable energy for US brewing

Budweiser said it has switched all its US brewing to renewable electricity and is adding a clean energy logo to its labels as part of a global shift to green power by its parent AB InBev. A “100 percent renewable electricity” symbol will be added to US bottles and cans,…
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bottle-refill points to tackle plastic waste
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23/01/2018

New fountains and bottle-refill points to tackle London’s plastic waste

Bottle-refill points to tackle plastic waste. A new network of drinking fountains and bottle-refill points is set to be rolled out across London this year as part of a plan to reduce the amount of waste created by single-use plastic, the Guardian has learned. Twenty new drinking fountains will be installed…
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23/01/2018

1m more smart meters which hinder switching could be rolled out

So far 8.6m first generation, or SMETS1, meters have been installed. This year is meant to herald the first big push to roll out more advanced SMETS2 meters, which do not have the interoperability problems of the older ones. But in a private letter to energy companies on Thursday, the…
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