Environment

Policy matters

United Kingdom

New report details water management good practices
14/07/2016
A European Commission-funded project has published a guide for city planners on how to tackle the four main water management issues that urban areas face: flooding, water scarcity, water conservation and water quality. The report, from the POWER project, analyses best practices in each of these...
Project proposes policy packages for servitisation
13/07/2015
Servitisation, or selling the functions offered by a product rather selling the product itself, could play a major role in a more circular economy in the future. Servitisation already exists in a number of forms, such as the leasing or hire of vehicles or appliances, but in many other areas there...
'Clean and Cool' missions promote UK eco-entrepreneurs in major markets
30/09/2013
The United Kingdom is promoting its eco-innovative small and medium-sized companies through a series of The United Kingdom is promoting its eco-innovative small and medium-sized companies through a series of “Clean and Cool” missions that take entrepreneurs to explore the cleantech market...
28/07/2011
A UK government proposal to lift planning permission restrictions on domestic ‘microgeneration’ technologies could remove market barriers for micro-wind turbine technology. Despite a reported increase in consumer interest in domestic micro-wind turbines, many potential customers have been put...
Industrial symbiosis continues onward and upward
28/07/2011
A UK initiative that identifies synergies between businesses for economic, environmental and social benefit has chalked up impressive results and is now expanding into Europe. The UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) has leapt from success to success. Its ingenious central idea is...
UK outlines sustainable construction strategy
28/07/2011
A UK Government and industry initiative has published its aims to promote leadership and change to achieve sustainable goals among the public and the construction industry. The UK Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has introduced a joint initiative with industry...
Report provides roadmap for zero-carbon Britain
28/07/2011
A report published by the UK Centre for Alternative Technology outlines proposals to bring about a zero-carbon Britain by 2030 while emphasising the need for global collaboration. zerocarbonbritain2030 suggests the UK could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2030, while offsetting...
First green skills training centre opens in the UK
28/07/2011
British Gas has opened the first UK green skills training centre in partnership with the Welsh Assembly, job agencies and local authorities to train more than 1 300 people a year. The British Gas Green Skills Training Centre in Tredegar was opened in May 2010 and will play an important role in...
Cutting energy consumption and costs in UK households  
28/07/2011
The UK Home Energy Saving Programme is intended to provide over €1 billion to make British homes more energy efficient and enable householders to cut their energy consumption. The UK has announced a package to increase energy efficiency in households. The Home Energy Saving Programme will help...
Committee draws map for UK route to renewables target
10/07/2009
Wholesale changes to Government policy are essential to enable the UK to reach the EU renewables target for 2020 according to a recent report from the UK Parliament’s House of Lords. Energy savings and micro-generation of renewable electricity and heat should be central to the UK strategy for...

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