Government announces funding for 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships

Interesting announcement from the Government – tackling the economy and creating jobs while investing in sustainability and the ‘green economy’. I think its a great initiative. An excerpt from the news item is below:

“The Government has announced today that it will help fund the training of 1000 apprenticeships as part of its flagship Green Deal programme. The Green Deal, which will come into effect in 2012, will fund energy efficiency measures, including insulation, heating and lighting, to Britain’s homes and businesses. The Government estimates it will support 100,000 jobs by 2015 with the potential to support up to 250,000 longer term.

“The Green Deal is about the future – and it is important we ensure that future generations have the skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities of the green economy. These apprenticeships are a perfect example of how Government and business can work together towards a low carbon future,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Scepticism
Today’s apprenticeship announcement has received the backing of leading companies, including B&Q, Carillion, E.ON, British Gas and InstaGroup, which are expecting to benefit from the supply chain opportunities being created by it.”

Full article: http://www.greenwisebusiness.co.uk/news/government-announces-funding-for-1000-green-deal-apprenticeships-2171.aspx

Michelle, Account Manager

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National Grid Education – new case study

We have recently updated the case studies on our website including the visually engaging National Grid Education ‘School Power’!

Screenshot of the National Grid Education web siteAimed at 4-11 year olds, their teachers and parents as well as being a portal of information for volunteers, National Grid Education’s School Power brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects to life in an extraordinary way.

Interactive storybooks deliver oftentimes complex science messages in a simple yet engaging way that allows children to relate science themes to their everyday lives.

To find out more visit: National Grid Education case study dbda

GO, Account Manager

 

Boris Johnson marks start of new energy from waste plant

A chilly grey car park in Dagenham was the rather uninspiring backdrop to what was, in fact, a rather inspirational event; the start of works on the UK’s biggest low carbon waste plant.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, gamely donned a reflective vest and clambered aboard a JCB digger mark the official start of works on the site.

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Every little helps: Tesco edges closer to zero

Global retail giant Tesco is looking to take its zero carbon commitments one step further by adopting energy-from-waste as a renewable technology.

Tesco has been working hard to reduce its carbon footprint over recent years with a firm commitment in place to halve emissions by 2020. On top of this, it is striving to become a zero carbon business by 2050.
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O2 retains Carbon Trust Standard

Mobile network O2 has released figures today for carbon efficiency across its business.
According to figures released by the company, in the last two years it has cut carbon emissions by nearly 30,000 tonnes CO2.

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Call for gas to meet emissions targets

Economist, Professor Dieter Helm CBE, told MPs yesterday (January 25) that new gas stations need to be built to meet emissions targets in the electricity sector.

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee held a question session on the proposed electricity market reform. A panel of experts were consulted at the session including Professor Dieter Helm CBE from the University of Oxford. Professor Helm, a specialist in utilities, infrastructure, regulation and the environment, said reform was necessary regardless of government objectives but to aim to reach the 2020 and 2030 emissions targets using only renewable energy was “absurd”. In his view, the only country in Europe that has a chance of reaching these targets is France, due to their government subsidised nuclear programme. Professor Helm said that consumers would face sharply rising bills by 2015 to meet the costs of renewable energy unless a plan of action was begun to avoid this. He said that there would need to be a reliance on a mix of energy sources: gas, nuclear and smart grid and renewables. Gas he said was less polluting than coal and has become more secure in recent times. Putting gas back into the energy plan would give a temporary breather to get to grips with climate change policies. He called for an agency with the right skills and expertise to be set up to implement the policy as he believes this does not currently exist in the electricity sector or government.

Source: Edie.net

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