National Grid splashes £5m on painting pylons

The National Grid is splashing out nearly £5 million on painting its pylons around Newcastle and Yorkshire. The deal to paint electricity pylons was awarded to services company Fountains, part of OCS Group UK and is part of National Grid’s ongoing maintenance and refurbishment programme of their overhead line network in the UK. A spokesperson […]

Government give £10million to cities’ district heating

The Government is taking a leaf out of the Scandinavian nations’ book by funnelling a total of £10 million into district heat network schemes around the country, it announced yesterday afternoon. Some of the country’s biggest cities – Manchester, Leeds (Leeds civic hall is pictured), Newcastle, Sheffield and Nottingham – will divvy up £1million to […]

Do you live in a green power city?

Do you live in a green power city? Eight core cities across the country are pushing forward the Government’s low carbon ambitions, new research suggests. Faye Scott, who wrote the “Green cities” report for Green Alliance, looked at the deals done between the Government and these cities to pull the UK out of recession – and […]

£12m boost to kick-start Green Deal in cities

The Government has announced a £12 million fund to help cities kick-start the Green Deal. Seven cities across England which have put forward proposals to cut their carbon emissions will receive a share of the fund. The cash is expected to help test key elements of the Green Deal like assessment and installation and provide […]

1,000 jobs from new wind turbine project

A Newcastle-based oil and gas firm says it can create 1,000 jobs by branching out into wind energy. OGN will begin building parts for wind turbines with its subsidiary, OGN North Sea. The Tyne and Wear firm announced it has won £640,250 from DECC to build a prototype steel jacketed foundation for turbines, called Triton. The […]

Newcastle is UK’s most sustainable city

Newcastle has been voted the UK’s most sustainable city for the second year in a row, while Hull has come bottom. The north east capital comes out top of an annual survey by Forum for the Future, which ranks cities on their environmental performance, measures they have taken for a low-carbon future, and quality of […]

Newcastle switched on to lighting savings

Newcastle council is taking major steps to cut its energy consumption and carbon emissions by tackling lighting across the city. It is carrying out an extensive upgrade programme which once completed is set to cut carbon emissions by 1,200 tonnes of CO2 a year. The work is being carried out with the help of lighting […]