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2021/09/18Zero Waste Week: North Yorkshire wants your reusable itemsIt’s Zero Waste Week and residents are being encouraged to drop-off their unwanted reusable items at North Yorkshire’s 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
2021/09/15Eco talks in Ryedale for Big Green WeekThis year’s event, run by Ryedale Environmental Group, coincides with The Great Big Green Week, which runs from Saturday, September 18 to the 26.
2021/09/15Sunderland e-scooters trial encourages drivers to ditch carsAn e-scooter trial in Sunderland has succeeded in convincing some drivers to ditch their cars, the city council has said.
2021/09/15Yorkshire climate tech company granted access to £28m fundThe Leed’s based creators of a ‘green debit card’ have been welcomed into Tech Nation’s government backed Net Zero growth programme.
2021/09/15Coal-free future ‘in sight’ as three-quarters of projects scrapped since Paris climate agreementGlobal collapse in planned coal projects piles pressure on handful of countries to halt new developments
2021/09/15North East cab company EcoCabs drives down carbon footprint with new investmentA Northumberland taxi company has tapped into investment in a bid to become the most eco-friendly transport service in the region.
2021/09/15Britishvolt signs up with green monitoring firm to check on gigafactory construction processThe company aiming to build a 3,000-job electric battery gigafactory in Northumberland has partnered with an environmental monitoring firm in a bid to ensure that its site is as green as possible.
2021/09/14Green jobs: The new generation of workers making it work for themFrom running huge wind farms out at sea to making new devices to heat our homes, the UK is seeing a rise in interest in so-called green jobs.
2021/09/14North best placed to reap rewards of net zero drive, report saysTowns and cities in the North are best placed to reap the rewards of the push to net zero, a new report says.
2021/09/14Wind farm base at Port of Tyne to be built to net zero guidelinesThe planned Port of Tyne maintenance base for the world’s largest offshore wind farm will be built to net zero carbon industry standards.
2021/09/14Yorkshire-based Morrisons to trial first ‘zero waste’ stores aiming to recycle all packaging and unsold food by 2025Morrisons has announced plans to launch six “zero waste” stores which aim to recycle all packaging and unsold food by 2025.
2021/09/13What would a successful COP26 look like for the UK?In November 2021, the UK will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow – a major gathering of world leaders, climate experts and campaigners designed to stimulate collective action and commitments to tackle climate change.
2021/09/11Meet the East Yorkshire novice farmer growing vegetables and herbs in a shipping container to supply top restaurantsSowing seeds that grow crops for harvest in eight to ten days is the way in which one East Yorkshire horticulturalist is going back to his Irish roots and fulfilling a dream of producing food.
2021/09/11Climate change: Former chief scientist Sir David King says restoring fish to the seas could help solve crisisThe UK could increase the number of fish in its waters 10 times over within just 15 years by adding seaweed and desert sand to the ocean, according to one of the world’s leading climate change experts.
2021/09/09Live outside Leeds: Britain’s first solar park’n’ride sparks up shoppers & busesBritain’s first purpose-built solar PV canopy over a public park’n’ride hub is now charging private EVs and electric shuttle buses two miles from Yorkshire’s biggest city centre.
2021/09/09Sustainable transport hub gives council staff access to 10 electric vehiclesSunderland City Council has bought 10 Nissan Leafs to give staff access to zero-emission vehicles
2021/09/09Quorn launches sustainability film fundMeat-free food company Quorn has launched a film fund that will offer £15,000 (€17,475) to three teams of film-makers from Britain or Ireland to create short documentaries about the future-proofing of food.
2021/09/07‘Park and sail’ could be a key solution to York’s car-clogged streetsA new report says the introduction of ‘park and sail’ services could help ease traffic jams, reduce pollution and help York go carbon neutral on transport.
2021/09/07Revitalising Our EstuariesGroundwork NE & Cumbria’s Revitalising our Estuaries project has been awarded a grant from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery.
2021/09/03Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm to Make North East Leader in UK Green RevolutionTom Nightingale, North East stakeholder manager at Equinor, is to share his experiences of working as part of the team behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm in the latest in a series of Business Talks by Invest South Tyneside.
2021/09/02‘North East can be at heart of UK’s green industrial revolution’Thousands of new energy sector jobs will help put the region at the centre of the UK’s green industrial revolution, a regeneration organisation official has said. Andrew Clark, North East Local Enterprise Partnership energy programme lead, says “sustainab
2021/09/01Northern Powergrid explores opportunity to invest £8.5M in powering a greener future for SeahamNorthern Powergrid, the company responsible for the electricity distribution network that powers the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is exploring an £8.5 million investment opportunity to improve Seaham’s power network.
2021/08/31Ofgem Offers £450m for Greener Ways to Heat and Power Homes and BusinessesNetwork companies, system operators, businesses and researchers can bid for the funding to help the UK accelerate its transition to an emissions-free energy system
2021/08/30Nissan Joins UN-Backed Race to Zero CampaignEarlier this year, the car manufacturer pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050
2021/08/30Northumbrian and Welsh Water Team Up for Smart Meter Trial to Reduce Leaks and BillsThey are working with internet experts B4T to trial its Jellyfish device clips on to existing water meters
2021/08/30Security Firm Offests its Carbon Footprint by Creating New Woodland in North YorkshireA nationwide security company has gone carbon neutral by creating its own patch of woodland in North Yorkshire.
2021/08/27Government to Cut Carbon with £50m Peatland InvestmentThe investment is set to save a projected 9m tonnes of carbon emissions by 2050, improving biodiversity and ecosystems in the process
2021/08/25North Yorkshire Housing Association Receives £80m to Drive Forward Net Zero AmbitionsA North Yorkshire-based housing association has received an £80m funding package from NatWest, to progress its green growth plans.
2021/08/25Huge Solar Farm to be Built on 50 Hectares of Farmland in North Yorkshire Will Power 15,000 HomesThe go-ahead has been given to a solar farm which will be built over 50 hectares of Harrogate farmland and power around 15,000 homes a year.
2021/08/24Electrification and the Opportunities it Brings for North East EnglandIn conversation with Paul Butler, Chief Executive of the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), about the opportunities electrification offers businesses in North East England, and those looking to invest in the region.
2021/08/24COP26 President Pushes the Button for End of Yorkshire CoalThe two chimneys and boiler house at SSE’s Ferrybridge coal power station in Yorkshire have been demolished
2021/08/19New Hydrogen Bus is a Winner for RegionA hydrogen fuel cell bus is to be delivered to the Tees Valley Hydrogen Hub after a national competition.
2021/08/18Teesside Airport Among Organisations to Trial Hydrogen Vehicles in £2.5m UK TrialIt is one of the winners of the government’s research and development competition to accelerate the use of hydrogen transport in the Tees Valley area.
2021/08/18Competition Winners to Deliver UK’s First Hydrogen Transport TrialsHydrogen transport pilots in the Tees Valley will establish the UK as a net-zero technology leader, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said as he unveiled the winners of a £2.5 million R&D competition
2021/08/18Cummins Given £14.6m to Develop Hydrogen Engine in DarlingtonA North-East engineering firm has been given £14.6m to develop a carbon-free hydrogen engine, protecting 640 jobs in Darlington.
2021/08/17Industry Response to Government’s Hydrogen StrategyThe government has set out plans to create a ‘thriving’ low carbon hydrogen sector in the UK over the next decade – but what does the energy industry think?
2021/08/17Will Tees Valley Become the UK’s Hydrogen Capital?Trials of diesel bus retrofits and NHS hydrogen vehicles have secured a share of a £2.5m government funding
2021/08/17Why North East England is in the Driving Seat of the UK’s Electrification RevolutionNissan in Sunderland is arguably one of the UK’s biggest automotive success stories, and the company is leading the way when it comes to innovations in electric vehicles. As well as producing Europe’s most successful electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, Nis
2021/08/16Partnership Seeks to Build Low Carbon Route Planner for EV DriversZap-Map has linked up with Advanced Infrastructure to create a new low carbon route planner function for electric vehicle (EV) drivers.
2021/08/16Kwasi Kwarteng Backs Heat Pump Training SchemeThe scheme has been launched by the HPA to upskill existing installers and train new ones to meet the needs of the government’s ‘Ten Point Plan’
2021/08/16UK Government Tells Firms to Use Cloud to Curb Their Carbon Emissions and Fight Climate ChangeBusinesses should consider picking up the pace of their cloud migrations to do their bit to help tackle climate change, the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has advised.
2021/08/16Flood Defence Scheme: Where Should New Trees be Planted in York?In partnership with the City of York Council, the Environment Agency has identified the importance of increasing tree cover in the city as a way of contributing to their carbon neutral goal.
2021/08/16Family-run Durham Firm Helps Wind Farm RevolutionA family-run Durham firm is starting work on a breakthrough windfarm – the UK’s first onshore site to have 200m-tall turbines.
2021/08/13Newcastle International Airport Announces 16MW Solar Farm PlansThis follows its pledge to achieve net zero by 2035 and its purchase of a brand new fleet of EVs. If approved, it will be built between 2022 and 2035 in four phases and have a total capacity of up to 16MW. The airport has set an aim for the farm to provid
2021/08/12UK Looks to Take the Lead of Global Innovation RaceThe government has unveiled its long-term vision to place innovation at the heart of building back better following the pandemic.
2021/08/12Mayor of West Yorkshire Visits Northern Powergrid Training Centre as She Announces Green Jobs TaskforceNorthern Powergrid, the company responsible for safely delivering power to 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, has hosted Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, as she announces a major step towards fulfilling her
2021/08/10A Boost for Wind Energy – an Integral Part of UK’s Net-Zero PlanThe UK’s offshore wind industry is taking new strides in energy innovation as Siemens Gamesa and GRI Renewable Industries expands its production in the north-east.
2021/08/10BP Announces Project for Blue hydrogen Production Facility to be Completed by 2030BP has announced that the clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) will be completed by 2030.
2021/08/02Leeds-based North East Heating Solutions Reports Rapid Growth as Homeowners Seek ‘Green’ Heating SystemsA Leeds-based heating company is seeing rapid growth as homeowners seek more environmentally friendly heating.
2021/08/02Major Global Initiative Aims to Improve Integrity of Voluntary Carbon MarketsThe Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative aims to help ensure credibility concerns are addressed so these markets fulfil their potential to support the goals of the Paris climate agreement and the net zero transition.
2021/08/02Wafer-Thin Solar Film Could be a Game-Changer for Harnessing British Sunshine as Renewable PowerAs the world looks for new ways to generate renewable energy, a British firm thinks it has a breakthrough discovery – Sunderland
2021/07/30Boiler Suppliers Club Together With Hydrogen Price PromiseThe UK’s largest boiler manufacturers have announced plans for a new price promise which means a hydrogen-ready boiler will cost no more than its natural gas equivalent.
2021/07/30Northumbrian Water Targets Net Zero by 2027Northumbrian Water has been approved by the United Nations to become part of its Race To Zero campaign, as it set its own ambitious target.
2021/07/30EVs Get You Five Times Further Than Petrol Cars for the Same MoneyNew research directly compares the Nissan Leaf E+ and the Volkswagen Golf across the countries in which both are available to buy.
2021/07/29Fossil Fuel Use Falls to Record Low in 2020 as Renewable Generation SurgesThe amount of electricity the UK generated from fossil fuels fell to a record low last year, official data has confirmed, with renewables producing more power than coal or gas for the first time in British history
2021/07/29Government Progresses Demonstration of Next Generation Nuclear ReactorThe UK government’s plan to have the latest nuclear technology up and running within the next decade has moved a step closer today as part of the drive to reach net zero emissions.
2021/07/29Growing Concern as Further Evidence Shows Climate Change is Impacting the UKLaura Tobin explains more about the recent paper released regarding the state of the UK climate.
2021/07/26South Tyneside Based Manufacturer, Metec UK, Rides on the Crest of a Wave With Major Contract Wins in Offshore Wind SectorSouth Tyneside-based Metec UK has won a series of offshore renewables contracts worth over £6.5 million to supply the Dogger Bank Wind Farm phases A and B, and a second offshore substation in France amongst others.
2021/07/23Government Looks to Future-Proof UK EnergyCutting-edge smart technologies and a new system operator are part of the government’s future vision for the UK energy system.
2021/07/21High-Tech Helps Slash Bills for New Residents at Lowfield GreenThe new Shape Homes at Lowfield Green in York have secured the highest-rated energy performance certificates (EPC) available, as the first residents move in.
2021/07/216,000 hectare North East Community Forest given the green lightCommunities across the North East will see tens of thousands of trees a year planted as six councils form England’s newest community forest.
2021/07/20Former fracking firm Third Energy looks to a renewable future and starts to demolish the Ryedale gas power stationWork has begun to dismantle the old generating house at the Third Energy site at Knapton in Ryedale. Third Energy previously had plans to frack for gas but since a change in ownership two years ago and the moratorium on fracking, the company has now repos
2021/07/19Yorkshire Goes Big on Hydrogen StorageSSE Thermal and Equinor has unveiled plans to upgrade their existing Aldbrough gas storage facility on the East Yorkshire coast to store hydrogen
2021/07/19North East Coal Mines Could Help Power the Green RevolutionIn the days when coal was king, the North East powered the nation and drove the industrial revolution.  Those days are long gone and coal is now known as a ‘dirty’ fuel, a cause of pollution, the pits closed leaving many mining communities without jobs an
2021/07/19Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group Calls for Significant Investment to Decarbonise HomesA leading coalition of businesses, green and fuel poverty groups has called on the UK Government’s Treasury to support a Better Buildings Investment Plan to help decarbonise the UK’s homes.
2021/07/15Government Reveals Plans to Decarbonise Transport by 2050The Government has unveiled its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, including an intention to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040, subject to consultation.
2021/07/13Teesside Chosen for UK’s First Net Zero Emissions Power PlantPlans for the first power station in the UK with net zero emissions have been announced. The natural gas plant at Wilton International on Teesside will capture and store carbon emissions offshore.
2021/07/09Teesside and Humber Unite for BEIS Bid to Back World-Class Clean Energy HubIndustrial regions Teesside and Humber have joined forces in a bid to win government support for carbon capture and storage deployment
2021/07/07600,000-plus New UK Jobs in Green Energy ‘to make up for 90% jobs destroyed by Covid’Britain’s boom in low-carbon energy and green infrastructure is on course to create 625,000 jobs, equivalent to 90% of the pandemic’s toll on employment, consultants EY Parthenon believe. 
2021/07/07Huge green jobs windfall for the North-East and YorkshireCash boost for British offshore wind manufacturing will unleash more than 1,000 new jobs across the Humber and North-East, with over £180 million of private sector investment.
2021/07/07bp’s Global CEO Visits Tees Valley Over Transformational Clean Energy ProjectsThe global CEO of bp has visited the Tees Valley today (Wednesday 7 July) to meet Mayor Ben Houchen to discuss the multibillion-pound clean energy schemes set to be developed in the region
2021/07/06Freight Portal Relaunched to Provide Greater Support for Operators to Tackle Carbon Emissions and CostsEnergy Saving Trust and the Department for Transport (DfT) reveal the relaunched and revamped Freight Portal, providing greater help and support to operators to reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills.
2021/07/06Northern Powergrid reveals plans to create 1,000 jobs across North East, Yorkshire and North LincolnshireNorthern Powergrid plans to create 1,000 jobs in the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire as part of a strategy to protect the environment.
2021/07/05World First Hydrogen Project Coming To The Tees ValleyA pioneering hydrogen energy project set to be launched in the Tees Valley has today been welcomed by Mayor Ben Houchen.
2021/07/02Net Zero Week Launches Free Webinar ProgrammeOver 45 organisations have united to address the many and varied impacts of net zero with an exclusive programme of free-to-attend live webinars between 14 – 23 July 2021.
2021/06/30Sunak Preapred £15bn Renewable Energy Savings Scheme for PublicPlans for £15 billion of green savings bonds are expected to be announced by the chancellor this week, allowing people to invest in renewable energy projects such as wind and solar power.
2021/06/24How Yorkshire Could Save £2bn a Year on its Energy BillsYorkshire could save £2bn a year on its energy bill by reducing its carbon footprint and improving efficiencies, a senior academic has claimed.
2021/06/17UK’s Power Backbone Will Run Carbon-clean “for periods” by 2025, National Grid HintsCarbon-free operation of Britain’s power backbone for ‘periods at a time’ can happen as early as 2025, National Grid ESO has indicated.
2021/06/09UK to end Sale of Halogen Lightbulbs in Effort to Tackle Climate ChangeThe UK Government has laid out plans to end the sale of halogen lightbulbs from October 2021, to be followed by a ban on the sale of fluorescent bulbs two years later.
2021/05/24£53 Investment Boost for Green Energy ProjectsA multimillion-pound investment boost is set to accelerate green growth and job creation across the North East and Yorkshire.
2021/04/28Stop Food Waste Day- Highlighting Food WasteNew data highlights 4.5 million tonnes of food through out every year.
2021/04/20UK enshrines new carbon target in lawThe UK’s sixth Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions for the first time.
2021/04/02£75 million collaboration fund announced to create technologies of the futureNine new partnerships will bring together expertise from some of the UK’s most prominent businesses and research institutions to develop innovations in support of the UK’s key priorities, such as tackling climate change and boosting medical research.
2021/03/05MPs hear about Humber’s successRichard Kendall, the Humber LEP’s Director of Business and Strategy, appeared at the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into green jobs.
2021/03/04Newcastle gets £27.5m energy fundingNewcastle City Council has been awarded £27.5m to install low carbon heating and other energy efficiency measures across 32 major sites.
2021/03/03Bank of England changes to support net zeroThe chancellor has changed the remit of the Bank of England’s interest rate-setting monetary policy committee to include a duty to support the government’s net zero carbon ambition.
2021/03/03European funding launchedThe European City Facility has announced a new funding round, with up to €60,000 available for local authorities developing low carbon projects.
2021/03/02Clean air zone for BradfordBradford’s new Clean Air Zone will be introduced in January 2022 after the council gave it the green light.
2021/03/01Hull gets ‘Tree City’ statusHull has been recognised as one of just 120 Tree Cities of the World by The Arbor Day Foundation.
2021/03/01Drax plans innovation in North YorkshireDrax is to kickstart the planning process for its proposals to build negative emissions technology, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage in North Yorkshire.
2021/02/16Homes of the futureThe UK’s first homes with household appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen are set to be built in Gateshead in the North East.
2021/02/15Leeds lands research hubLeeds has been selected as one of the locations for the UK’s new Centre for Greening Finance and Investment.
2021/02/07Blyth’s electric vehicle job boostPlans are in place to create a Gigafactory in Blyth to produce batteries for electric vehicles and create 3,000 local jobs.
2021/01/27New climate partnershipAn ambitious new partnership is being formed in Yorkshire and the Humber to tackle the climate crisis head on.
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