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Monday, February 26, 2007
News: it's all green.
While I was away...the following happened. In a sign of the times, its all about the environment.

Zero-carbon mania reached new heights, with Wales deciding to make all new buildings zero-carbon within five years. When will people realise that carbon isn't the only thing we need to worry about? but that's for another post.

Feilden Clegg, with Crest and Bioregional, won planning permisison for the "UK's greenest tower", the 'most environmentally advanced development in the UK'. The scheme has 172 apartments, including 54 affordable units, and aims to be a truly zero-carbon development. It will include an on-site woodchip biomass boiler, which will be operated by a community-owned energy company, eight roof-top turbines, and an array of photovoltaic panels.

Residents will be able to grow their own food on site, through rooftop mini allotment areas, which will be automatically irrigated. The latter sounds like a bit of a joke, I know, but apparently all true.

The Greater Gabbard wind farm, 23km offshore of my childhood haunts of east Suffolk, got planning permission for 140 turbines generating 500MW per year - enough for nearly half a million homes.

And Ken looks like missing his target of one zero-carbon development in every London borough by 2010, as so far only nine authorities have identified sites. Personally I think he's done well to get to nine, given how much he is disliked by many boroughs.


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