For a small device, mobile chargers are a high-profile product in the quest to cut energy use and carbon emissions. They’re part of the overall problem of things left on standby in the home of course, but also there are loads of them knocking around homes, calling into question the need for them being automatically sent with a new phone at all.
So, here we are. Green Deal, the UK’s oft-cited energy efficiency revolution is upon us.
The chatter has been increasing in decibels, but contrary to a section of the mainstream media’s view, there’s no use saying that it won’t be a success before it’s even started in earnest. Every new idea deserves a considerable amount of time to take off, and this idea offers the framework for something good. Write it off at your peril.
There are lots of cynics around who dismiss electric vehicles, and in the press over the last few weeks there have been a number of articles to reflect these attitudes.
But electric motoring is not so easily dismissed. Yesterday we launched our report that demonstrates that there is a good business case for plug in vehicles for a number of companies across the country.
We’ve just announced an extension to our labelling and verification services in light of the imminent launch of the Green Deal, and there is more standard setting to come.
But don’t fear: we haven’t just sprung it all on tradespeople now and expected them to pick it up in a flash. We’ve been working with those looking to get involved in making Green Deal and ECO a success for months now. No-one wants nasty surprises, and that’s exactly why robust verification needs to be in place so everyone knows exactly where they stand.
Welcome to our latest scoot round the web to find out what’s going on in the world of green-tech, energy efficiency and sustainability at various stopping points on our planet.
First stop, the Philippines. South East Asia is synonymous with hoards of small motorised vehicles buzzing around cities: rickshaws in Bangkok, motorbikes and scooters in Vietnam (which a roving blogger reported on a while back), and tricycles in the Philippines.
Being in tune with natural phenomena is a prerequisite of sustainability – but harnessing them to provide our basic needs is something that is in relative infancy.
Take the ‘Atmospheric Vortex Engine’ or AVE, a new idea that’s been funded to artificially generate tornadoes, which in turn could theoretically provide us with power by sucking up the waste heat from thermal power plants and turning turbines.
Some aspects of sustainable energy just seem to bubble along nicely without ever getting much mainstream attention at all. In some ways this can be a good thing; an opportunity for quiet progress and reasoned process.
District energy schemes –heating or electricity-generating projects, often including renewables, involving clusters of homes or buildings - certainly fall into this category.
Here at Energy Saving Trust HQ, we believe water efficiency should be at the centre of all thinking around sustainable homes, buildings and business.
But if you're still of the opinion we've got no problem with wasting a bit of our abundant British supply of ready wetness, perhaps a story from the whiskey trade in the most northern and wild part of the Kingdom may change your mind...
Now’s the sort of time when gazes are set towards this year’s promises. In terms of UK clean energy policies that affect people at home, one of the major items of interest for 2013 has to the domestic branch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).