Stephen Passmore is our expert on smart energy. In this, the first in a series of blogs on the subject, Stephen outlines the importance of engagement and what smart energy will mean for users in the future.
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Solar PV costs are falling fast. A new report has shown that roll-out of panels is doubling around every two years, and sending costs just under a fifth in a downward trajectory each time they do.
The ‘holy grail’ for the solar industry’s maximum impact is to reach $1.50 per watt. They’ve already gone from $7.50 to $2.50 and may well make that target in less than half a decade. This is the kind of stuff that would have seemed laughable a decade ago.
The highest-powered cars on earth speeding round a track so fast they have to replace their tyres every matter of minutes does not seem like the ideal starting point for a blog about environmental awareness and sustainability – but bear with us.
Formula 1 team McLaren have just been awarded the FIA Institute’s environmental award – the first motorsport team on earth to achieve the accolade.
There has just been a league table published by the Environment Agency looking at the energy efficiency performance of 2,000 organisations. Notably, energy companies are ranking quite highly, with EDF, Centrica, SSE and RWE Npower all making the top 300.
Is attractiveness in the eye of the beholder? Not according to Ernst & Young, at least in the field of renewable energy.
The accountants have just released their latest ‘renewable energy attractiveness index’ which looks at some very defined characteristics of what offers promise for renewable development in a nation.
In an exclusive blog, Energy Saving Trust CEO Phillip Sellwood highlights the importance of people when engaging households with the Green Deal.
The Green Deal covers 45 energy efficiency measures. With all these measures available, the importance of the people that will actually be installing these measures can easily be forgotten.
A mistake that sometimes occurs in the professional fields where good intentions lie is for lots of people to follow the same or similar intentions separately, thereby diluting the overall impact. Bringing good advice to one point of contact is the logical way to counter such a risk, and we’re pleased to say that we’re involved in just this in Scotland, after winning a key Zero Waste Scotland contract.
Increasingly, we’re not prepared to just accept statements from on high as to the specifics of decisions we have to make. We want to know why, how, and how much – and we want to work it out for ourselves. Call it digital liberation.
Of course, there needs to be a degree of expertise behind any numbers that we then tailor to our want – which explains the rise of the interactive calculator.
Back at the end of 2011, our blogger pondered the potential of fashion to go a pleasing shade of green. The piece looked at textiles going to landfill, water use in washing, and recycling.
Now, there’s a man from Belgium who’s taking an evangelical sort of approach to those sort of principles – and getting column inches in the process.