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Clean Tech

What next for the United Nations climate agreement?

02 June 2017

The United Nations has previously warned that humanity has never faced a greater challenge than climate change. At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. This included a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also recognised the importance of averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.

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Isle of Man Energy Award Winners 2016

03 August 2016

I would like to offer my congratulations to the winners of the Isle of Man Energy Awards 2016. Both private and public sector organisations have significantly reduced their carbon emissions with the use of the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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The Future of Offshore Wind Energy

04 May 2016

Now that the dust has settled after the recent UK budget, it is clear that offshore wind will have a significant future role to play in the UK energy mix. The UK Government has set aside a total budget of £730 million to support around 4GW of offshore wind and other less established renewable technologies in 2021 to 2026.

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Growing up energy efficient

07 April 2016

“Shut the door!” and “Turn off the lights!” were regular “hair-drying experiences” administered by my father growing up in the Cuthbert household at a time when central heating, double glazing and insulation were considered a luxury.

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What does the United Nations COP21 Climate Change Agreement mean for the Isle of Man?

11 January 2016

As I look at the rose bushes flowering in my garden, it is hard to believe it's January. Climate change is happening due to the CO2 levels in the atmosphere now exceeding 400 parts per million, well above the pre-industrial level of 280 parts per million.

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Sea of Change – clean energy generated in the Irish Sea

03 September 2015

I have been advising the Isle of Man Government on energy policy for over six years. During this time, the nuclear accident in Fukushima made Governments around the world think twice about the financial and human cost of nuclear power. Oil prices have significantly fluctuated from a peak of $145 per barrel in 2008 to less than $45 per barrel earlier this year which is uneconomical for most fossil fuel production.

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Isle of Man Businesses Going Green

14 August 2015

In my last blog I talked about how a small Island can help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions. At the Energy Awards presentation I learned how individual businesses can significantly reduce their energy consumption, utilise green energy and make big savings at the same time.

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The price of clean energy, an improved economy?

27 July 2015

Duncan Churcher is a 2nd year student, studying War, Armed Forces & Society, at the University of Birmingham. He is currently working as a STEP scheme student in the Department of Economic Development, building a supply chain matrix for the proposed offshore wind farm.

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Marketing the Destination not its sectors

26 June 2015

Tourism, or the ‘visitor economy’ as it’s better known these days has, over the last few decades, been seen by some as the poor relation to its Finance Industry counterpart. Bringing in 1.2% in terms of Gross National Income in comparison to 34% Finance, (the largest income generator to Isle of Man Government) it’s no wonder the Visitor Economy has lacked the profile of newer industries such as e-Business and ICT.

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Why sustainable economic development matters

12 March 2015

The increased sun and warmth of spring will see the residents of the Isle of Man enjoying outdoor pursuits. We are very fortunate on the Island to enjoy an excellent clean environment that is highly conducive to walking, cycling, playing golf and sailing.

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Is this the future of housing in the Isle of Man?

19 January 2015

The weather outside may have turned colder but imagine coming home at the end of the work day to a warm house that costs you nothing to heat. It may sound improbable but this is common for well insulated homes in Europe especially those built to “Passive House” standard.

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The next big splash in renewable energy!

02 October 2014

In recent years we have seen a boom in wind and solar power. Could marine renewable energy be the next big growth area in the sector?

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Marketing – it’s just common sense, right?

29 August 2014

I’m feeling depressed this week. I stumbled across a couple of articles and one blog that stated that marketing is actually mainly just common sense.

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What does the future hold for the UK offshore wind sector?

18 August 2014

One could be convinced that offshore wind has no future in the UK energy mix following the recent announcement from wind farm developers Celtic Array to hand back their licence to the UK Crown Estate for the Irish Sea development. However, this is far from the truth, as 14.9 per cent of the total UK electricity generation in 2013 was derived from renewable sources, with offshore wind generation increasing by 50 per cent on the previous year.

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Energy efficiency may not be sexy but will save your business money!

15 July 2014

I am often asked by businesses for advice on installing the latest renewable energy technology. It would appear that everyone wants their own wind turbine, solar panel, heat pump or micro water turbine to offset continually rising energy costs. My advice is always the same – start with the basics and concentrate on targeting energy usage as energy efficiency is always the most cost effective option.

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"Isle of Man? What's that then?"

23 May 2014

I had occasion to speak to a journalist a couple of weeks ago. She’s from the Isle of Man but works as a successful freelancer in London. She was saying that most don’t even know where it is! My tongue in cheek comment about standards slipping in the teaching of geography or, “have they ever watched the national weather forecast on TV and wondered what that big blob in the middle of the Irish Sea is between Ireland and England?”, didn't go down too well.

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Where electric motorbikes travel legally on public roads at over 140 mph!

22 May 2014

For over 100 years, the world’s fastest motorbikes have competed on the roads of the Isle of Man at the TT races. The world famous 37.73 mile TT mountain circuit takes in the beautiful Manx scenery and entices many bikers to make the annual pilgrimage to the Island for the racing.

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The best of both worlds

09 January 2014

Chatting to friends who came back to the island from London for Christmas, we got onto the subject of commuting. Two hours of their day, every Monday to Friday, is taken up by travelling to and from their offices in London – that’s 10 hours a week, 40 hours a month or 440 hours a year (taking four weeks’ holiday into account) – and two hours a day is considered quite reasonable in London terms.

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Turbulent times for wind farm developments

09 December 2013

It’s been a turbulent few weeks for the clean tech sector. Last week the government announced that incentives for onshore wind farms will be cut by 2015 to encourage investment in offshore wind (more on this later).

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The future is green

13 November 2013

Having recently returned from presenting at the offshore wind session of the Envirotech and Clean Energy Summit in London, it was reassuring to hear from the investment community that renewable energy continues to show sustained growth.

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