December2016

Solar Impulse’s biggest legacy will be in your home – not in the skies

After 12 years of planning and testing, Solar Impulse has finally completed its epic voyage around the world. The solar-powered plane first set off from Abu Dhabi 16 months ago, and it has since travelled some 25,000 miles (40,000km) over 17 gruelling legs – all without using a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse is […]

The plug and play city: how shipping containers are changing infrastructure

We often take for granted our access to vast quantities of inexpensive goods manufactured overseas. And we often overlook the unassuming innovation that has made this global industrial revolution possible: the shipping container. While the shipping container was conceived in the 1950s by American businessman Malcom McLean, it was only widely adopted after the US […]

How to help energy demand match renewable supply

The amount of electricity generated in the UK from renewables such as wind and solar is growing year on year. Recent analysis by the Carbon Brief revealed that solar panels generated more electricity than coal over six months – from April until the end of September – for the first time ever, while the amount […]

Oslo’s ambitious ‘climate budget’ sets the bar for other cities

Oslo’s city government has issued an ambitious “climate budget” with the intent of halving its carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, and becoming completely carbon neutral by 2030. To achieve this goal, the city plans to limit access for cars with new tolls and fewer parking spaces, power the bus fleet with renewable energy, […]