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Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub confirm series of low carbon workshops

The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) in partnership with Low Carbon South West have put together a series of free low carbon workshops to provide initial entry points into the STBAH programme for relevant companies.
There will be a number of sector specific events taking place in Bristol and Bath over the coming months.
“The workshop programmes have been set up to support businesses in low carbon innovation and we have identified a number of sector specific areas we feel are key" said Matt Tudge, General Manager from Low Carbon South West, who is organising and running the events. "Through our links with the University of Bath we are able to secure key speakers and researchers which delegates attending will benefit from and be able to tap into their expertise.  Funding is a crucial element for any start up or business seeing growth and we are delighted to hav…
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5 Companies and Their Efforts to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Manufacturing

By Rana Tarakji
The Industrial Revolution has undoubtedly affected the environment. From pollution to global warming, the environment has taken on a lot of the burden for many of the advancements that humans have enjoyed.
Unfortunately, the manufacturing industry is one of the biggest contributors to the significant damages and hazards on the environment. Manufacturing companies are among the biggest producers of solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes that lead to huge levels of pollution.
Although many manufacturing companies still do not have policies and practices in place to reduce their negative impact on the environment, there are many who are taking the lead to a more sustainable and environment-friendly approach.
Coca Cola When it comes to beverage manufacturers, Coca Cola is among the biggest around the world. They have started taking on a more responsible environmental commitment by making water preservation, sustainable packaging, and energy and climate protection among their goals.…

So Soros invests in fossil fuels. So what?

James Delingpole’s latest blog on Breitbart takes a predictable swing at international financier and advocate of action against climate change, George Soros, claiming that Soros is a hypocrite for investing in fossil fuels while simultaneously advocating solutions to climate change.
This claim originates from a Daily Caller story written by Richard Pollock and published on 9th February. The article claims that Soros invested in fossil fuel companies in the fourth quarter of 2017, companies that Soros apparently claims contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Eleven companies were reported by Soros Fund Management, a total of nearly $160 million worth of investments, according to the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings on 31st December 2017.
The problem here is that Soros has pledged action against the oil, gas and coal sectors, on the basis that those industries are exacerbating climate change. He also founded a climate change policy group called the Climate Policy Init…

Met Office State of the Climate 2016

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2017/state-of-the-uk-climate-report-2016

The Met Office 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report, released today, shows 2016 was the 13th warmest year (records dating back to 1910).
2016 has been 0.5 °C warmer than average and the last decade 0.3 °C warmer (1981-2010) over the UK as a whole and for many it was also sunny with sunshine levels 4% above the 30 year average (1981-2010) for the UK overall.

National Grid release Future Energy Scenarios (FES) 2017

The National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios (FES) document, released in July 2017, aims to encourage and inform a national debate about how the national grid should transition towards an energy system that is secure, affordable and sustainable. It is published every year with the assistance of stakeholders from across the industry.

One of its key messages is that an energy system with high levels of distributed and renewable generation has become a reality, with growth in this area set to continue. However, that in turn increases the complexity of running the energy system. Furthermore, market and regulatory arrangements need to adapt quickly to a more flexible energy system involving an increasing number of participants.

Electricity demand will increase in the future (the increasing entry of electric vehicles (EVs) into the automotive market springs to mind here) and the shape of that demand will also change. A range of solutions need to be introduced in order to deliver the bes…

Aiming for operational excellence: An interview with David Swindin of Cubico Sustainable Investments

http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/interviews/aiming-for-operational-excellence-an-interview-with-20170516



As mentioned previously in Renewable Energy Magazine, Cubico Sustainable Investments has acquired a portfolio of 18 Italian PV plants (109 MW) from Silver Ridge Power Italia, a Joint Venture between Riverstone and SunEdison. Cubico employs a unique business model where they invest in and then manage renewable assets for the long-term – typically 30-35 years. Cubico is backed by two leading Canadian pension funds and has very ambitious plans, aiming to expand rapidly and become one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies in terms of operational excellence.

REM talked to David Swindin, Head of EMEA at Cubico, to find out more about the company and its vision for the future.

H&M joins EP100 in order to enhance its energy efficiency

http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/energy_saving/h-amp-m-joins-ep100-in-order-20170515


International fashion retailer H&M has joined global collaborative initiative EP100 in order to enhance its energy productivity and transition to a net zero carbon company.