Efficiency isn’t always sufficient

Efficiency isn’t always sufficient

One of the problems of focusing on energy efficiency is that as buildings or products get larger, the impact is affected. Last week EiD had a related post. This week Susan Edmunds writes on the stuff.co.nz website about another example where the gains were cancelled. What is your experience?   Growing house size cancels out … Continue reading

Is air quality affecting house prices?

Is air quality affecting house prices?

As we see our cities tackling air pollution, we understandably first turn to the health of their citizens. Katie Morley writes in The Telegraph about another concern, the impact on house prices. Have you experienced this?   High pollution is reducing house prices by 15pc as buyers reject ‘unhealthy’ homes Property listings will include traffic … Continue reading

How sustainable is the paper industry?

How sustainable is the paper industry?

To mark Arbor Day in the US, Gary M. Scott, chair of the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Department at State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, answered five questions about the pulp and paper industry – a major consumer of trees. This was published on The Conversation website.   Is the … Continue reading

Comparing wind energy generation in the US and the EU

Comparing wind energy generation in the US and the EU

Michael MacDonald from the Energy Performance Measurement Institute and a friend of EiD provides an important comparison of wind energy developments in 2015, comparing the United States with the European Union.   Wind Electricity Generation for the US and EU28, 2015 Wind electricity generation has been growing dramatically this decade, and this brief note summarizes … Continue reading

Better understanding how polluting our cars are

Better understanding how polluting our cars are

Almost daily we are reading about the emissions coming from vehicles and what they are doing to our air quality and health. Paul Nieuwenhuis, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director, Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence (EVCE) at Cardiff University, writes a reviewed article on the Conversation website comparing diesel and petrol vehicles.   Are diesel cars really … Continue reading