Tag Archive for 'UK'

Wind energy’s growing importance for UK electricity generation

September 4th, 2014 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK said that August 2014 was an exceptional month for wind energy, with new records set and electricity generation levels exceeding both nuclear and coal generation, according to official National Grid statistics. On five separate occasions, wind energy overtook coal-fired plants for electricity generation over a single day, which is the first time this has […]

Ford Motor Company begins Focus electric car manufacture in Europe

June 13th, 2013 by Ford Motor Company

Ford has begun production of the Ford Focus Electric in Saarlouis, Germany. This is the first full-electric vehicle to be built by Ford in Europe. The zero-emission Focus Electric is spearheading Ford’s line-up of electrified and highly fuel-efficient vehicles, and will be joined in Europe by the Ford C‑MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle next year, […]

BYD e6 pure electric cars arrive in Southampton, UK

June 13th, 2013 by BYD Company Ltd

More than 50 of BYD e6 pure electric cars have arrived in the UK and will be going on trial with a number of fleet operators in the coming months. The right-hand drive cars were off-loaded at Southampton docks and are in the process of being registered. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese car manufacturer and […]

Wind generated electricity breaking records in the UK

September 17th, 2012 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK, the wind and marine energy association, is celebrating the record-breaking amount of electricity that was generated and supplied to the UK’s National Grid from wind energy on the morning of 14 September 2012. Wind turbines fed 4.131 gigawatts into the UK’s National Grid at 09.56 am on 14 September, which is sufficient electricity to […]

Chevrolet Volt Extended Range EV now available to order in the UK

March 1st, 2012 by Chevrolet UK

Order banks are now open for the Chevrolet Volt – the car that takes the range anxiety out of electric motoring. The Chevrolet Volt, with its extended range technology, overcomes the limitations imposed by the currently inadequate network of public electric charge points for long distance travel in the UK. The electric motor powered Chevrolet […]

UK has second warmest year on record in 2011

January 1st, 2012 by Met Office Hadley Centre

The UK had the second warmest year on record in 2011. All the UK’s top seven warmest years have occurred in the last decade, with 2006 leading the list. The UK experienced the warmest April and Spring on record, and the second warmest Autumn in 2011.

Friends of the Earth explains UK carbon budgets

May 17th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Under the Climate Change Act 2008 a legally binding target was set to reduce the UK’s emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Friends of the Earth led the successful campaign for the Climate Change Act. To ensure this target is met, a series of carbon budgets have […]

Poorly insulated cold homes are a health hazard costing health service a fortune

April 8th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Caring for people made ill living in cold rented homes costs the UK’s National Health Service £145 million a year, reveals new research launched by Friends of the Earth on 7 April, as the green campaigning charity calls for a new law to protect tenants. The modelling, carried out by public health experts the Chartered […]

Green Investment Bank Commission publishes report “Unlocking Investment to Deliver Britain’s Low Carbon Future”

July 1st, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) Commission has produced a report, Unlocking Investment to deliver Britain’s low carbon future, stating that Britain may need up to £550 billion in investment to achieve 2020 carbon emission reduction targets. “The investment required to meet UK climate change and renewable energy targets is on a scale not seen since […]