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How can we use water wisely?

How can we use water wisely?

So far the start of this year has seen nearly the entire country spared from the disastrous scenes of last year's flooding crisis. There have been pockets of small incidents, but rolling coverage of people travelling in dinghys from their newly moated houses have thankfully not been filling our...

Flooding: a rising threat

Flooding: a rising threat

Govtoday's Flooding conference was a timely reminder of one the major natural threats likely to be faced in the UK, with more than 2 million homes and businesses at risk.

Funding for Heat Networks – learning from past failures

Funding for Heat Networks – learning from past failures

Readers may not be aware, but some ten years before the current fanfare associated with the funding that DECC has supplied to over 100 local authorities from their Heat Networks Delivery Unit to explore of the feasibility of district energy networks in their areas, a similar fund was open for...

Continuing development in the floodplain is storing up costs and risks

Continuing development in the floodplain is storing up costs and...

"More than 200,000 new properties were built in the floodplain in England over the first decade of this century. 40,000 of these were in areas of significant flood risk, even after accounting for flood defences where they are in place. The government assumes that the National Planning Policy...

Infrastructure plans need devolved approach

Infrastructure plans need devolved approach

When it comes to the planning and delivery of UK infrastructure, we need to draw on a more decentralised approach to bring about balanced and sustainable growth.

Transport innovation is not all about new technology

Transport innovation is not all about new technology

Successful innovation in transport doesn't need a revolutionary new technology. You don't need a greener vehicle or a clever integration that makes a transport system more efficient.

A green answer for managing fracking water?

A green answer for managing fracking water?

With Govtoday's Fracking North conference approaching, the buzz has begun as to the main topics of concern, dialogue, and guest speaker focus. We are all in store for an energy charged meeting.

Have we lost our way in developing sustainable transport?

Have we lost our way in developing sustainable transport?

What is happening in the sustainable transport sector? As somebody who started his career with a university project on a supersonic business jet I don't think nearly enough.

Why Britain should continue the search for shale gas

Why Britain should continue the search for shale gas

Shale gas is particularly newsworthy at the moment. Developments in recent weeks have upped amount of coverage, often focusing on the risks of fracking.

Reducing footprints, increasing brainprints: universities and carbon reduction

Reducing footprints, increasing brainprints: universities and...

Universities are crucial to effecting the transition to a low carbon economy - so much so that the Committee on Climate Change is considering a report into the role of higher education in combating the threat.

Lessons for education from other energy intensive environments

Lessons for education from other energy intensive environments

In a feverish time for carbon emissions reduction and energy pressures, there are lessons for education from other energy intensive environments.

Shale gas fracking ‘will have disastrous consequences’

Shale gas fracking ‘will have disastrous consequences’

I was astonished to hear David Cameron on the news, shedding crocodile tears over the flooding on the Somerset Levels and in the Thames valley, when only a couple of weeks before George Osborne was proudly announcing the expansion of fracking for shale gas.

Our Government promised to be

Our Government promised to be "the greenest government ever" -...

Fran Leader has been an activist for 47 years and has recently been protesting against Hydraulic fracturing at Barton Moss in Salford. Today Fran told us why.

A Garden City guide to looking after places in the long term

A Garden City guide to looking after places in the long term

We know that in Britain – and particularly in England – we have to build many more new homes to meet housing need. However, the question is not just whether we build, but whether we have the determination to ensure that we build high-quality communities that will stand the test of time.

Sustainable TV production at the BBC

Sustainable TV production at the BBC

Few of us would deny that television plays an important part in our lives, however we may consume it in these digital days of tablets and smartphones. But have you ever thought about the TV industry's green credentials? Because it may surprise you that it's been calculated that, on average,...

'Economic illiteracy' at heart of opposition to HS2

'Economic illiteracy' at heart of opposition to HS2

How many votes do you think a general election candidate would garner in Manchester with the following offer to the electorate: isolate Manchester, shut down the West Coast railway line and close the M6?

Fracking: The debate between fact and illusion

Fracking: The debate between fact and illusion

Feelings are running high amongst anti fracking protestors at Barton Moss. Sixteen have been arrested since they set up camp there, seven weeks ago. They are angry that energy company IGas has been given permission to drill a borehole, down to 10,000 feet below ground level, in order to search for...

DECC's 'difficult second album'?

DECC's 'difficult second album'?

Last month, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker spoke at an annual energy conference about the progress his Government has made on the heat agenda.

Time for an honest conversation about fuel poverty

Time for an honest conversation about fuel poverty

Escalating energy prices are the biggest cause of more households going into fuel poverty.

Logistics sector takes voluntary approach to carbon reduction

Logistics sector takes voluntary approach to carbon reduction

The logistics industry provides a vital service for the whole economy. Whether it's delivering milk to supermarkets or supplies to hospitals, freight is imperative for keeping the country running.

Twitter interview: Richard Rugg, Carbon Trust

Twitter interview: Richard Rugg, Carbon Trust

Govtoday interviewed Richard Rugg - managing director for Carbon Trust Programmes: Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Advice - about reducing emissions and cutting energy usage in the public sector.

How the British public sector is leading the world on climate change action

How the British public sector is leading the world on climate...

Richard Rugg, Managing Director of Programmes at the Carbon Trust, explains how the UK's public sector is setting a global example on how to take action on carbon emissions.

Floods destroy: be prepared

Floods destroy: be prepared

Over 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea.

Parking management is here to stay – if we do things the right way

Parking management is here to stay – if we do things the right...

As Joni Mitchell sang famously in Big Yellow Taxi 'They paved paradise and put up a parking lot'. So car parks can't be paradise then? Why not? Some people talk about Utopia when referring to parking...Mary Portas for example says this: