Call for more air quality information to help change behaviour

Almost 90% of people in a UK survey on air quality said the public does not enough information on air pollution – with more than 80% saying a greater awareness would make them try to minimise their negative impact. Almost three quarters of the 4,063 respondents to a survey conducted by energy supplier E.ON wanted […]

UK’s net-zero target under threat through lack of green laws, new report warns as Johnson unveils new 10-point plan

A lack of legislative requirements on key sectors and infrastructure are putting the UK’s net-zero target at risk, a green thinktank has warned, highlighting an £11.4bn investment shortfall in reaching net-zero across transport, buildings, circular economy and natural infrastructure. The Green Alliance argues that a net-zero aligned approach to infrastructure would help the nation deliver […]

New Director in key air quality role

Syntegra has appointed a new Director of Air Quality to boost company credentials in this key area of business. Mark Chapman has managed technical and business development for some of the largest teams of specialist air quality consultants in the UK. A qualified Chartered Environmentalist, Mark provides specialist environmental assessments, such as air quality and […]

The new Green Homes Grant

Residents in England are now eligible for Government funding of up to £10,000 towards the cost of energy efficient home improvements. The Green Homes Grant 2020 scheme has been launched by the UK Government to provide benefits both to homeowners and the environment as the qualifying improvements will help reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions. […]

All UK domestic electricity to be wind-powered within 10 years, PM pledges

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans for every home in the UK to be powered with electricity from offshore wind farms within a decade. Addressing the Conservative Party’s virtual conference, he unveiled a £160m fund for the wind energy sector. He announced that the Government has increased its 2030 target for installed offshore […]

New Basement Impact Assessment Service launched

To help meet the current demand for basement development projects, Syntegra has decided to launch a new Basement Impact Assessment (BIA) service. A BIA outlines the direct and indirect impact of a proposed development. Given the nature of basement projects, with the associated risks of potentially undermining neighbouring properties, flooding, health and safety concerns, air […]

Green Finance Institute gathers businesses for taskforce to decarbonise UK heating systems

The Green Finance Institute has gathered together representatives from a variety of businesses with experts from local authorities, policy and science sector to create a new taskforce tasked with decarbonising heating systems in the UK. Heating and hot water for homes account for almost two-fifths of the UK’s annual energy consumption and one-fifth of greenhouse […]

Call to reduce dangerous levels of air pollution around schools

More than a quarter of the UK’s schools, nurseries and colleges are in areas with  ‘dangerously high’ levels of air pollution, new research reveals. A total of 8,549 educational establishments – 27% – are located in areas where annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels are higher than World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Asthma UK and […]

Calls for a Government hydrogen strategy

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has urged the UK Government to implement a Hydrogen Strategy to help decarbonise carbon-intensive sectors. The National Grid has also announced plans to build a new hydrogen testing facility. The EAC held an inquiry in July seeking views on effective technological responses to help combat climate change. More than 100 […]

AC systems maintenance key in COVID-19 crisis

It’s a message we keep hearing from the Government and medical advisors during the coronavirus crisis – ‘we’re following the science’. The problem we’re all learning, is the science, like the thinking and subsequent policies, is constantly being updated as more is learned seemingly by the hour about this lethal virus. And the advice can, […]

Renewables generation accelerating, report forecasts

As much as 65% of the UK’s energy demand could be met by renewable generation within a decade, according to the National Infrastructure Commission – a significant reassessment from its most recent forecast of 50% but a modest appraisal by industry insiders. In its latest report, ‘Renewables, recovery and Reaching Net Zero,’ said there is […]

UK broke renewable energy generation record in 2019, new figures reveal

A record 37.1% of electricity generated in the UK last year was renewable, according to the latest annual energy statistics published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) includes data on energy production, consumption, demand, imports and exports. The 2019 report, published at the end […]

Poor air quality still more of a threat to life than coronavirus

My head was turned by a headline I spotted last week during my routine media scans proclaiming that poor air quality is a greater risk to human health than the coronavirus. My research background and day job tell me that’s nothing new – I’ve long known air pollution is a mass killer the word over. […]

UK’s electricity system could be carbon-negative from 2033, new report suggests

Operators of the UK’s National Grid have predicted the country’s electricity supply could capture, offset or absorb more carbon than it emits by 2033 if more effort is put into increasing renewable energy generation and developing carbon capture technology. The National Grid Electricity System Operator’s (ESO) new Future Energy Scenarios Report said, in its ‘most […]

Defra unveils multi-million pound Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment fund

The UK Government has unveiled plans for a new £5m Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment to protect the environment as part of a new package of Environment Bill measures. Environment Minister George Eustice said the funding will help improve the data collection of how nature and biodiversity are used within the UK. The initial programme […]

Onshore wind and solar ‘could boost UK economy by £29bn’

Barriers to onshore ‘shovel-ready’ renewable energy projects should be lifted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Treasury to provide a £28.9 billion boost the struggling UK economy in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, according to a new report Renewable energy investment firm Thrive Renewables have published a report indicating […]

Green Home Grant 2020 announced

Green Home grant

The UK Chancellor has unveiled a huge package of measures to spark a ‘green recovery with concern for the environment at its heart’. Under his programme to boost the economy following damage caused by the extensive lockdown period, Rishi Sunak announced that from September, every household can apply for a £5,000 voucher under a £3billion […]

Covid recovery plan – ‘once in a lifetime chance’ for net-zero economy

The UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published what it described as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ plan to help the Government deliver a green COVID-19 recovery programme and transform the country into a net-zero economy. The CCC is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008 to advise the UK and devolved governments on […]

Historic planning overhaul unveiled to get Britain back in business

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled what he describes as ‘the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War’ and has pledged a ‘new approach’ to planning as new and greener building strategies were announced as part of his programme to bring Britain out of hibernation following the brunt of […]

Construction could hold key to economic revival post-COVID lockdown

Whatever your views on the relative merits of lifting lockdown measures while COVID-19 continues to live among us, it seems we are all agreed on one issue – it is a thriving construction industry that will give the clearest message that Britain is once again open for business. In support of kickstarting building projects, the […]

New service launched: Building Services Health Check – Get Britain Back to Work

Building Services Health Check

With the understandable focus on health and hygiene as the UK gingerly steps out of lockdown and gets back to work, we are delighted to offer customers a new ‘Building Services Health Check’ service.   This new service is mainly focusing on indoor air quality and the enhancement of workplace environment conditions – to ensure, […]

UK set to witness massive uptake in low-cost green power

A series of initiatives are being rolled out to boost the UK’s renewable energy programme as a report indicated clean energy sources would account for 76% of the nation’s power demand by 2050. RenewableUK claims that the UK’s net-zero target will spur rapid demand for green hydrogen and attract more than £50bn to an already […]