Member States Must Cut Emissions Across All Sectors to Achieve EU Climate Targets

Emission cuts in the European Union’s (EU) Effort Sharing sectors need to accelerate considerably from 2018 onwards to achieve the current EU 2030 targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published recently. In particular, the large amount of emission reductions from planned measures in the transport sector need …

This Is the Carbon Footprint of Your Internet Activity

Data centres processing and storing the world’s data already use around 1% of the electricity we generate, according to the IEA. Computing is expected to account for up to 8% of global power demand by 2030. The emissions associated with everyday computing could be surprisingly high. A stone’s throw from …

Trees in the City – Plaudits for Sustainable Urban Forestry Trailblazers

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation announced the first cities to be recognized under the Tree Cities of the World programme, designed to help create more resilient and sustainable cities. Among the first-movers were capital cities such as Ljubljana, Quito, Paris, Yerevan, …

Heat Pumps – What Savings They Make and How Much They Cost?

Advantages of heat pumps The main advantage of heat pumps over the competition in the market for heating and cooling appliances is that facilities equipped with heat pumps receive much more energy compared to the costs. Namely, the system is powered by electricity and generates between 3.5 and 6 kW …

Net Zero Carbon Neighbourhood to Be Built in South Wales

One of the world’s first net zero carbon neighbourhoods will be constructed in Wales after Neath Port Talbot council approved the development of 35 homes able to generate more clean energy than they use. Development of the £8m project in Pontardawe in south Wales is expected to begin this spring. …

Electric Cars Could Be Charged in 10 Minutes in Future, Finds Research

New battery technology could give electric cars more than 200 miles of charge in as little as 10 minutes, according to new research. Lithium ion batteries have had a dramatic impact because of their ability to store a large amount of energy in a small, compact battery and be recharged …