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Mar 1, 2012

London fashion students hail green as the new black

LONDON (Reuters) – Could “green” be the new black? Perhaps only if you can imagine wearing stilettos made from pistachio nuts and coffee beans and clothes from orange peel, fungi and mould.

While the fashion pack are hitting the catwalks at Paris Fashion Week, students at London’s Kingston University have taken up the challenge of trying to lower the industry’s carbon footprint by using biodegradable materials to produce luxury clothes, shoes and accessories for home and car interiors.

Feb 28, 2012

EU politicians back plan to withhold EU CO2 permits

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – European Union
politicians backed a proposal on Tuesday to allow the EU
Commission to intervene in the bloc’s emissions trading scheme
by withholding the supply of carbon permits in a bid to prop up
low prices.

The European Parliament’s industry committee passed an
amendment to the Energy Efficiency Directive that would let the
Commission take measures that “may include withholding of the
necessary amount of allowances” from the 2013-2020 phase of the
EU market.

Feb 27, 2012

EU industry emissions rise slightly in 2011-analysts

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – European Union industrial
carbon emissions rose by up to 2.4 percent last year, analysts
surveyed by Reuters estimated, below the market cap and keeping
the 27-nation bloc on track to meet its 2020 climate target.

The EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) limits the emissions
of over 12,000 installations, including power plants and
factories, and covers over 40 percent of the 27-nation bloc’s
total emissions.

Feb 19, 2012

UK must not lose lead in marine renewables drive

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Britain must not lose its
lead in the development of marine energy like it did with wind
power, and should focus on reducing costs and setting ambitious
deployment targets beyond 2020, a report by a parliamentary
committee said on Sunday.

Seven out of the eight large-scale prototype wave and tidal
devices installed worldwide are in the UK but are not expected
to make a large contribution to its energy mix before 2020.

Feb 16, 2012

Clean energy set for consolidation says E&Y

LONDON (Reuters) – The clean energy sector is unlikely to sustain its frenzied rate of investment growth and looks set for consolidation led by Asian players, said Gil Forer, head of global cleantech at Ernst & Young.

“The (renewables) space has grown dramatically in the last seven to eight years. No industry can continue to grow indefinitely at such rates, there is always a point of correction,” he told Reuters on Wednesday.

Feb 13, 2012

Soil erosion increasing global warming threat-UNEP

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Global warming will get
worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil
erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to
store, a United Nations’ Environment Programme report said on
Monday.

Soil contains huge quantities of carbon in the form of
organic matter. which provides nutrients for plant growth and
improves soil fertility and water movement.

Feb 9, 2012

Britain to urge green accounting at Rio+20 summit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will urge businesses and governments to start accounting for natural capital as an additional way of measuring economic activity at a U.N. sustainability summit in June, its environment minister said on Thursday.

This could mean moving towards a concept of GDP+, or measuring the use or loss of natural resources like water, agriculture and forests to gauge economic activity, in addition to relying solely on economic output.

Feb 8, 2012

New solar cell could boost efficiency by 25 pct

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A new type of solar cell
which could boost the efficiency of solar panels by over 25
percent compared to silicon-based cells has been developed by
British scientists, but they need another two or three years to
assess whether it is commercially viable.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a
hybrid solar cell which is capable of converting 44 percent of
sunlight into electrical power, 29 percent more than traditional
cells’ capability of 34 percent, they said in the journal
NanoLetters on Wednesday.

Feb 1, 2012

UK firm plans to firm up liquid air energy storage

LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – UK company Highview Power
Storage plans to develop a commercial facility which uses liquid
air to store renewable energy after a pilot project was
successful, the firm told Reuters on Wednesday.

One of the problems facing wind power development is how to
store surplus energy when the wind is strong and release it when
the weather is calm.

Jan 30, 2012

World lacks enough food, fuel as population soars: U.N.

LONDON (Reuters) – The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a U.N. report warned on Monday.

As the world’s population looks set to grow to nearly 9 billion by 2040 from 7 billion now, and the number of middle-class consumers increases by 3 billion over the next 20 years, the demand for resources will rise exponentially.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
      Languages:
      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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