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Warrington Council invests in super advanced solar farms

6 Mar 2019 10:01

Warrington Borough Council has agreed to buy two cutting-edge solar farms to be built in Yorkshire, making it the first local authority to produce all of its own electricity from clean energy. The £62 million deal with green energy experts Gridserve will fund the construction of the two largest … View

Manchester tech firm agrees green targets

6 Mar 2019 09:57

Cloud technology firm UKFast has committed to investing in new technologies and efficient systems to meet stringent emissions targets under a government-backed scheme for data centres. The firm, which provides hosting services to thousands of organisations, has agreed to targets under the govern… View

Learn from new reporting rules for large companies

6 Mar 2019 09:55

From 1 April 2019, all large companies must follow new rules to disclose their annual energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, but SMEs can also learn from the regulations. From April, new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations come into force for all UK quoted and large u… View

Liverpool monitors traffic ahead of air quality plan

6 Mar 2019 09:52

Liverpool City Council has conducted a huge traffic monitoring exercise to help it understand how best to implement its own city-wide air quality plan. Forty cameras were placed at key routes into the city at the end of February to measure the amount of traffic, the type of vehicle and engine ty… View

Liverpool City Region to launch £10m Green Investment Fund

6 Mar 2019 09:50

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Steve Rotherham has announced plans for a new investment fund to back renewable energy projects and support the ambition for a zero carbon city region by 2040. Speaking at the New Statesman Northern Powerhouse Conference in Leeds in February, the mayor … View

Greater Manchester reveals Clean Air Zone details

6 Mar 2019 09:47

Greater Manchester’s leaders have officially tabled a plan to introduce the largest Clean Air Zone outside of London, as part of a package of measures to tackle harmful air pollution. The GM Clean Air Plan is described as an “unprecedented upgrade programme” to clean up the city region's pollute… View

Retailers using tech to make food waste progress

6 Mar 2019 09:45

Five major food retailers have backed ‘chill to freeze’ tech to cut food waste, while an online platform has helped another to redistribute 24 tonnes of food in Greater Manchester over the last year alone. Marks & Spencer, Iceland, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and The Co-op have endorsed a freezing inn… View

MPs: We must end throwaway fashion

6 Mar 2019 09:43

A parliamentary committee is calling on the government to introduce a 1p ‘producer responsibility charge’ on every garment to make the fashion sector take responsibility for the waste it creates. According to the Environmental Audit Committee’s report, Fixing Fashion: Clothing Consumption and … View

Half of small firms predict electric fleets within 10 years

6 Mar 2019 09:41

A global survey of small businesses has revealed a strong and growing demand for fully-electric fleets among even the smallest companies. The survey, commissioned by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive alliance, looked at the future of urban logistics among small business owners and logis… View

Six community energy projects get backing

6 Mar 2019 09:36

Electricity North West has awarded £71,000 to community energy initiatives across Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, from community-owned hydropower to ‘Eco Warrior’ children. The grant funding follows the launch of the network operator’s Community Energy Strategy in 2018, which set out… View