Sweet! Nestlé opens new wind farm in Scotland

The owner of brands such as KitKat, Smarties and Milkybar has opened a new wind farm in Scotland. It consists of nine turbines and will generate around 125GWh of electricity a year – enough to supply half of the annual power demands of Nestlé’s UK and Ireland operations. The company …

Hitting Toughest Climate Target Will Save World $30tn in Damages, Analysis Shows

Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to …

Plastic Bag Bans Actually Work, Study of European Waters Shows

If you ever feel like the world’s plastic nightmare might never end, a new study shows proof that plastic pollution legislation actually works. There are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor ever since a number of European countries introduced fees on the items, according to a 25-year study from …

MATT MCGRATH: Are Vehicles Greener on the Other Side as Well

With Matt McGrath, BBC journalist specialized in reporting on science and ecology, we discussed the steps that are being taken in the United Kingdom to alleviate the apparent climatic changes caused by the increased concentration of carbon dioxide. Ever since the European Commission warned the government of the United Kingdom …

Micosoft Inks 15-Year Deal to Buy Power from GE’s Irish Battery Wind Farm

Microsoft has inked a 15-year deal to use 100 per cent of the power generated by GE’s 37MW Tullehennel onshore wind farm in Ireland, in order to support growing demand for the software giant’s cloud services. Building on the strategic partnership between Microsoft and General Electric (GE) announced last year, …

Households Should be Paid for Their Solar Energy – Report

The Government’s long-awaited move to incentivise the scaling-up of solar energy development in Ireland should not exclude individuals and small businesses who wish to avail of an opportunity to reduce their energy costs by installing rooftop panels. That is among the recommendations of a report by the climate expert Joseph …

REN21: Solar PV ‘Star Performer’ in 2016

According to a new analysis of data, last year solar was the “star performer” in terms of new electricity generation, as renewables once again outstripped fossil fuels. The annual survey by REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, found that “Newly installed renewable power capacity set new …