New tech means electric battery run lorries can compete with diesel on cost, says study

A new study by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) shows that electric battery-powered freight trucks can be economically competitive with diesel counterparts. They say the study challenges a long-held view that has previously dismissed electric freight trucks as too costly. It argues that with with battery technology improving rapidly, heavy battery electric trucks can compete – and likely soon. To be commercially competitive, such vehicles need one critical … Continue reading New tech means electric battery run lorries can compete with diesel on cost, says study

Cop 26 Glasgow postponed over Covid-19 but climate crisis remains deadly

It would have been the worst April Fool in history had it not be so utterly, devastatingly true. Confirmation that this year’s planned Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow had been postponed. Of course, it had been expected. It would be all but impossible to do, not with so many deaths, paralysed economies and the risks of such mass movements of people. Even a virtual conference … Continue reading Cop 26 Glasgow postponed over Covid-19 but climate crisis remains deadly

OPINION: Clothing industry needs ‘moon shot’ to end fast fashion

The queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour, has made her views known about fashion and sustainability.  It’s a welcome influential voice in a sector that is using up global raw materials at an alarming rate.

According to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) global fashion production has doubled in the last 15 years but we are wearing 40% less clothing. This has led to a global figure of over 92 million tonnes of post-consumer clothing landfilled annually.

The planet is in crisis and you probably bought more clothes for the Christmas season – 12 million of us will have bought a novelty jumper with flashing lights and sequins.  Research by environmental charity, Hubbub, said that this purchase was one of the worst examples of fast fashion, a sector now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment. Continue reading “OPINION: Clothing industry needs ‘moon shot’ to end fast fashion”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote speech at All-Energy conference

SCOTLAND’S First Minister Nicola Sturgeon us expected to deliver the main address to more than 7000 delegates attending what is being billed as the UK’s largest renewables and low carbon energy conference. 

Her May 2 address to the All-Energy event is potentially significant, coming just eight months after she told the SNP party conference in Glasgow, that her government would will establish a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company to deliver renewable energy to Scottish customers “as close to cost price as possible”.

She said at the time: “The idea, at its heart, is simple. Energy would be bought wholesale or generated here in Scotland – renewable, of course – and sold to customers as close to cost price as possible.” Continue reading “First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote speech at All-Energy conference”