Plastic waste to flavour your food?

New research claims bacteria can turn plastic waste into vanilla flavouring fit for human consumption

University of Edinburgh to save £200k in annual energy costs with new solar farm installation

The solar project is predicted to provide 15% of the electricity consumption of one of the university’s campuses

Innovate UK backs tech which turns CO2 into animal feed with £3m funding boost

Biotechnology company Deep Branch has developed a process which uses industrial emissions to create high-value proteins for fish and poultry

University students compete in best climate investment idea challenge

The proposed business ideas include a carbon-positive timber real estate investment trust and a sustainable cattle farming fund

Edinburgh Uni granted £1.12m for hydrogen storage research

The HyStorPor study aims to increase the understanding of the hydrogen storage system, from the physical and chemical processes to social acceptability

Edinburgh University divests from fossil fuels

The University of Edinburgh has announced it is ditching all its fossil fuels investments. It follows its commitment, made in 2016, to become carbon neutral by 2040. The university aims to complete its transition out of fossil fuel investments – currently representing less than 1% of its total funds under management, which is around £1 […]

Wind farms saved 36m tonnes of GHG emissions in six years

Wind farms helped reduce almost 36 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK in six years. That’s equivalent to taking 2.3 million cars off the road, according to a study by the University of Edinburgh. It analysed National Grid’s figures of electricity generated by different sources including wind, coal and gas between […]

Scientists link dementia risks to air pollution

Air pollution is part of a list of environmental factors that could increase the risk of dementia. That’s the findings of a new study from Edinburgh University, which reveals metals and the lack of vitamin D also increase the risk of the mental illness. Dementia is associated with genetics and lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, […]

Universities in £1.6m energy research projects

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has commissioned four ambitious projects worth £1.6m. The projects involve researchers from 11 universities and institutes across the UK and address three key energy issues: the potential contribution of carbon capture and storage; spatial aspects of UK bio-energy development; and local and community governance of energy. UKERC research director […]