Glossary

Green Guide Glossary: words, acronyms, terms & common phrases explained


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Air and water source heat pumps
Heat pumps extract the heat from an external source, which can then be used for space heating inside a building. Water source heat pumps are able to provide heating, including hot water, and whilst these are far more efficient they do take up a bit more space than air source heat pumps.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty/National Scenic Area
A precious landscape in England, Wales and Northern Ireland whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them. They are administered by Natural England, The Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland. The Scottish equivalent is known as a National Scenic Area and these are administered by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Association for Responsible Mining (ARM)
A network of independent organisations that boast fair trade standards are now working in a global-scale effort to promote responsible standards and criteria for artisanal and small-scale mining.

Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
The Australian labeling scheme to certify organic standards have been met based on their specifications.



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