All things energy

Act now on how to swap the gas boiler in your home

Over the last ten years which has had the biggest carbon footprint – cars, airline travel or home heating? “The answer may surprise you,” said Midlands green energy expert Ron Fox, “it’s our domestic boilers and that is why the Government may ban gas boilers from new-build homes by 2025, while [...]

Radical plan to cut city’s traffic pollution welcomed

A city’s experiment to launch a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) this week is a radical experiment which should be brought in nationwide if successful. That’s the view of Midlands green energy expert Ron Fox on Birmingham’s move to cut air pollution and which could see all private cars banned from driving [...]

Switch on to solar heating for your hot tub

An unexpected effect of lockdown has been a boom in people buying a hot tub for their garden. One company said sales were up by 200 per cent on last year while another reported they had sold more than 60 tubs a week in March. “I think one of the reasons is that householders have […]

New plan to turn food waste into green jet fuel

With another easing of lockdown this week many people are planning their summer holidays with more confidence. Many will prefer to stay within the UK rather than flying off to exotic locations abroad because they are worried about their effect on climate change. But scientists may soon come to [...]

Millions of home owners face vital seven years

2028 may seem a long way off, but the next seven years will be vital for 19 million homes in the UK. That’s because an influential committee has recommended that all homes for sale or seeking new tenancies should have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of at least C by then. The Energy [...]

Toy firms get into gear with green message

Now toy manufacturers are going green to teach youngsters about the threats to the environment.  Cars for children are being based on real-life electric vehicles and will be made using recycled materials, while other companies are to stop giving away free plastic toys, cut back on their [...]

Next stop is a £3bn bus service improvement scheme

Hundreds of miles of new bus lanes, 4,000 new electric or hydrogen vehicles and price caps on fares are just the ticket for an improved bus service. That’s the view of Midlands energy expert Ron Fox who said of the scheme: “It’s another move in the right direction for more sustainable [...]

My tribute to Prince Philip, a conservation champion

Prince Philip, who died last Friday morning at Windsor Castle aged 99, was a conservation champion well ahead of his time, says Midlands environment expert Ron Fox. “His efforts to promote the natural world were considerable and if world leaders had taken his warning seriously years ago in the [...]

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