London’s train stations transforming coffee waste to energy


Coffee bean waste produced at some of London’s main train stations is soon to travel to a more desirable destination. The UK’s Network Rail has agreed a contract with ‘Bio-bean’, an innovative company which can transform waste coffee beans into biofuels. Not only will these biofuels generate power for homes, businesses and vehicles, it will also benefit passengers in that any costs saved from expensive landfill disposal will be rerouted into upgrading the current railway system.

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Ten Cities Receive Inaugural C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards


The City Climate Leadership Awards Ceremony and Conference took place on September 4 and 5, jointly organized by C40 and Siemens. Ten winning cities were announced for the C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards. The inaugural event took place in London at The Crystal, the home of Siemens sustainable cities initiative. The cities represent the strongest project entries in each of ten sustainability and leadership categories.  Projects for consideration were culled from both the C40 members and the  120 cities profiled in the “Green City Index.” 

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London: EDF Energy’s sustainable schools programme 2012

EDF Energy’s sustainable schools programme, The Pod, started in September 2008 aiming on delivering sustainability commitment of engaging 2.5 million children until 2012. This was achieved two years ahead of schedule and the Pod now has over 14,000 schools registered to the programme and over 6.5 million children have been engaged to date. 

The Pod has as an objective to make real and measurable difference to the energy consumption and carbon footprint of schools within the UK by providing practical support, activities and materials for teachers and pupils. The programme also aims to help engender interest in pupils at an early age in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. This is important in supporting the development within the UK of the skills necessary to sustain our low-carbon generation business.

Switch-Off Fortnight is back on 19 November to 2 December 2012 where this year the target is students to spread the energy saving message to family and friends and encourage them to make an energy saving pledge.