Octopus Energy is collaborating with Severn Trent, the UK’s second largest water company, to develop renewable energy generation. It is the first time the supplier has worked directly with a major utility, and will see the two companies explore potential opportunities to generate clean energy on unused land across Severn Trent sites and other third-party locations. This will support the utility’s carbon pledge, after it announced plans to invest £565 million over the next four years in environmental and infrastructure projects across the Midlands. This is designed to help it attain net zero status while creating 2,500 new jobs through its Green Recovery Programme.
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Scientists have developed technology that can turn footsteps into electricity. By tapping into an unexpected energy source, wooden flooring, researchers from Switzerland have developed an energy-harvesting device that uses wood with a combination of a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals to produce enough energy to power LED lightbulbs and small electronics. This device, called a nanogenerator, is based on sandwiching two pieces of wood between electrodes.
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Scotland is in pole position to drive economic growth in the UK’s transition to net zero emissions, according to new research. The Green Growth Index, produced by Lloyds Banking Group and Oxford Economics, suggests that at least £1.4 trillion is expected to be spent between 2020 and 2050 as part of the move to a low-carbon economy and renewable energy. Up to 2.5 million jobs are forecast to be created over that time span in green industries. The researchers looked at measures including innovation, skills and infrastructure to rate each region and nation in the UK on its potential for growth. Scotland received the highest score with 80.6, followed by Wales on 63.5, southwest England on 54.6, the southeast with 52 and the Midlands at 48.7. Among the areas highlighted were that Scotland already had 21,000 green economy jobs, a skilled workforce, strong universities and expertise in low-carbon energy generation.
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