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Friends of the Earth distances itself from BPVA Powering Knowledge solar schools campaign

Solar panel at Fulston Manor in Kent

NGO says it is not 'working closely' with trade association, despite BPVA's claims to the contrary

31 Oct 2014

International climate targets are great, but the future's local

John Alker UK Green Building Council

John Alker of the UK Green Building Councils argues that international and national arguments over decarbonisation conceal the rapid progress being made at a local level

29 Oct 2014

National Trust launches new Snowdonia hydro turbine

Hafody Llan weir picture by Keith Jones

Charity says trial hydroelectric project marks first time system has been pre-fabricated offsite, reducing construction risks

28 Oct 2014

M&S installing UK's largest rooftop solar PV system

Project to fit 24,272 panels on distribution centre will make building almost energy self-sufficient during the day

23 Oct 2014

Why it is time for a Big Energy Vision

Paul King of the UK Green Building Council explains why businesses and NGOs are coming together to highlight how greener buildings can save everyone money

23 Oct 2014

Confidence in UK's energy efficiency market gathers pace

New report backed by Green Investment Bank shows growing demand for energy saving measures from offices, schools and public buildings

09 Oct 2014

Energy efficiency in buildings under threat from poor data

Study finds low take-up of Energy Performance Certificates crucial for efficiency investments is holding back real world savings

09 Oct 2014

Here's what's on Olive Garden's sustainability menu

Amid shareholder conflict and other turmoil, Darden Restaurants shows progress in reducing carbon emissions, energy and waste

03 Oct 2014

Cameron's first-time buyers plans slammed by green builders

Industry concerned Conservative proposal to build 100,000 cheap homes ignores zero carbon standards

29 Sep 2014

Hong Kong aims to halve greenhouse gas emissions

City administrator outlines plans to incentivise businesses to build greener buildings or reduce power use

24 Sep 2014

Do greener buildings mean more productive employees?

New industry report finds 'overwhelming evidence' linking office design with staff health and productivity

24 Sep 2014

CH2M Hill, Nature Conservancy aim to grow green infrastructure

Can the NGO-business hook-up accelerate efforts to put nature to work to protect cities and coastlines?

19 Sep 2014

Tenants demand better insulated properties

Survey finds strong support for government plans to prevent landlords from renting out low efficiency buildings, but is more action needed?

19 Sep 2014

Tesco software rollout aims to ensure every little energy-saving helps

Retail giant confirms it has inked a three year deal to deploy Elster EnergyICT management software across its estate

18 Sep 2014

Will cities take centre stage at the New York Climate Summit?

Skanska managing director demands 'tangible' results to drive green urban infrastructure investment, as new report outlines policies needed to protect cities from impacts of global warming

18 Sep 2014

How a tiny box promises to deliver a greener office

John Alker of the UK Green Building Council reveals how new smart monitoring devices promise to revolutionise our workplaces

18 Sep 2014

Will 'smart cities' prove smart enough?

Matthew Farrow of the Environmental Industries Commission reveals how the association is investigating whether green issues are getting a fair hearing in 'smart city' plans

05 Sep 2014

Green buildings spring up in Asia and Latin America

Report finds huge growth in 'eco-friendly' housing and commercial property in emerging markets such as Pakistan, Mexico and Bangladesh

13 Aug 2014

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