With all the doom and gloom of government cuts to the pre registration of Feed in Tariffs Reading Sustainabilty Centre have some good news. They have been planning to develop a hydro power scheme to supply renewable electricity generated by the fall of water at Caversham weir in Reading and they are moving
Struggling out of recession
The construction industry is starting to move out of its recent stupor, according to figures released recently (2 September) by industry analysts Glenigan.Read more
The September Glenigan Index shows that private sector construction starts have returned to growth, though the impact of election delays still hangs over the public sector starts. Overall the underlying value of construction starts was 8% lower during the three months to August than a year earlier, but this rate has improved from a 20% decline in July. Taking the month of August alone saw starts up strongly from a year ago.
The office, hotel and leisure and industrial sectors have all returned to growth during the last three months. The value of underlying office starts, which excludes those on schemes valued at over £100m, was 18% higher than a year earlier, while the hotel and leisure sector saw a rise of 8%. Retail starts remained 8% down on a year ago; however this an improvement on a 21% fall in the three months to July, with August alone seeing strong levels of new activity. Industrial starts were also up on a year earlier, rising 19%. Source: www.glenigan.com
Sweden - fossil fuel free by 2030!
By 2030, Sweden plans to become a fossil-free country and will be one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare nations. The benefits are clear in terms of creating a better environment, more attractive cities and new opportunities for jobs. One of the major questions being discussed at the upcoming COP21, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, is whether it is possible for nations to grow their economies whilst at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions, known as “decoupling”. Read more
Kristina Persson, Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Co-operation, also known as Sweden’s “Minister for the Future”, believes decoupling is not only possible, but a must for all countries to achieve.