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Author : Don McLean
Jan 5th 2024
Why in-use building performance evaluation should be a net-zero priority for businesses in 2024

The following viewpoint initially featured in edie's Net-Zero November 2023 summary report. For further net-zero insights, covering everything from green policy and...

Dec 15th 2023
COP28: We must move faster to decarbonise the built environment

As COP28 negotiations closed and a deal was agreed, it was difficult not to have mixed feelings on the UAE Consensus. While many hailed the ‘landmark’ deal to move away from...

Sep 29th 2023
UK Government U-turn on Green Policies: we must work together to rise above it

Following the news in August of hundreds of new North Sea oil and gas licences being granted, we expressed our concern over the current UK government appearing to water down...

Aug 3rd 2023
The UK’s Net-Zero target is under threat: We must push forward despite policy barriers

The news that hundreds of new North Sea oil and gas licences will be granted is hugely concerning. It is the latest in a string of political developments in recent weeks that have...

Nov 11th 2022
Decarbonisation day at COP27: Why we must tackle our aversion to energy efficiency

Today, the thematic focus at COP27 is decarbonisation. The programme promises to discuss the many technologies which are emerging as potential solutions to reduce carbon in the...

Apr 26th 2022
The final warning: the role of the built environment in turning the tide on emissions

In the third installment of their sixth report, the IPCC have given their final warning that we must act to avoid the devastating consequences of climate change. The report states...

Nov 24th 2021
COP26 Reflections

Now that we have had some time to take stock and reflect on COP26, I wanted to share my thoughts on the event. During the conference, I had the opportunity to meet and hear a...

Oct 19th 2021
'Short-sighted' nuclear drive enshrines inefficiency at the heart of Britain’s energy strategy

The UK Government has announced its latest policy drivers toward a net zero future which focuses on de-carbonising energy production through a new generation of nuclear reactors...

Sep 2nd 2021
Response to Greta Thunberg: Scottish sustainability efforts should not be judged on government action alone

Greta Thunberg’s comments about Scotland perhaps not being the world leader it claims to be as proposals for a new oil field off the Shetland coast are considered are...

Feb 1st 2021
What's in a Name? Explaining the 'Intelligent Communities Lifecycle'

We are often asked: why have we called our new technology the ‘Intelligent Communities Lifecycle’? It’s a good question, so here I wanted to explain the logic behind it. Why use...

Aug 27th 2020
Response to Bill Gates' Blog on Climate Change Being Worse than Covid-19

Bill Gates recently published an interesting blog on the lessons we can learn from the impact of the coronavirus compared with the probable impact of climate change.   In...

Jul 30th 2020
The Three Levels of “How” to Decarbonise

The Decarbonisation of the Built Environment could be a much more expensive exercise and less effective than it needs to be.  To prevent this, we need to consider the three...

May 6th 2020
Investing to Protect Future Generations

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. However, governments are desperate to restart their economies and we will quickly see...

Apr 27th 2020
Decarbonisation Investment Strategies

In my last blog, I discussed the two major global problems humanity is currently facing: the Coronavirus pandemic and climate change. I described how there are lessons we can...

Apr 20th 2020
Climate Change: The Slow Motion Pandemic

There are clear similarities we can draw between the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and Climate Change. Both are global problems that need a global solution. But these...

Jan 21st 2020
Preserving (or Saving) our Environment

I have written many times that we do not need to save the planet; we need to save the millions of species that share this planet with us.   Recently I gave a presentation...