Green Alliance names new executive

Shaun Spiers has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Green Alliance think tank.

Spiers has led the Campaign to Protect Rural England since 2004.

He replaces Matthew Spencer, who held the role for six years and is now Director of Campaigns, Policy and Influencing at Oxfam GB.

> Read the Green Alliance's announcement

BBC to track carbon footprint

All factual, comedy, drama, entertainment and daytime television programmes shown on the BBC are to track their carbon footprint.
The corporation will use the Albert carbon calculator for TV production.

BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore said: “Making the calculator mandatory is a practical way to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment and to embed sustainable production values in all our shows.”

> See the BBC's statement

Welsh Government to invest £104m in energy efficiency

Up to 25,000 homes in Wales will have their energy efficiency improved over the next four years following a £104 million investment from the Welsh Government.

Lesley Griffiths, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs, said: “The Warm Homes Programme aims to make improvements to homes, such as boiler and heating upgrades and applying loft insulation, to increase energy efficiency, reduce household bills and in turn reduce energy use and climate change.

“There is also an emphasis on using the local supply chain to make these changes, creating jobs, developing skills and boosting the local economy.”

> View the Welsh Government's announcement

Scottish Water hits renewables milestone

Scottish Water is generating more renewable electricity than it is using for the first time.

The publicly-owned mutual company is one of the biggest users of electricity in Scotland and requires about 445 Gigawatt hours (GWh) per year across 4,500 sites such as water and waste water treatment works.

Chris Toop, general manager of Scottish Water’s energy programme, said: “We have invested in a number of innovative measures such as low-carbon, low-cost treatment technologies and doubled our renewable energy capacity to more than 54GWh through hydro, wind, photovoltaic solar, biomass boilers and combined heat and power (CHP).”

> See Scottish Water's statement

Community energy firm takes control of hydro project

Aberdeen Community Energy (ACE) has taken over control of the Donside Hydro, Scotland’s first urban community-owned hydro-electricity scheme.

The 99.9kW scheme sits on the River Don in the Tillydrone area of the city.

Funding for the project has included a bond issue.

> Read ACE's announcement