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Europe’s big energy plans: Part 1 - Energy Union

Europe has nipped in slightly ahead of China and the United States to announce its energy and carbon reduction plans to 2030. The new European Commission’s most bold - and some would say controversial - move was to announce an ‘ Energy Union ’ which will see EU nations working closer together on...

Submitted by Emilie Carmichael on Mon, 13/07/2015 - 15:58

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Putting world energy progress on the map

The latest progress report on the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative is out - and if you’re looking for reasons to be optimistic, it’s a mixed bag. The three aims of the programme are to provide universal access to modern energy services, to double global energy efficiency...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/06/2015 - 00:00

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Big renewables in little China?

Is fossil-fuel hungry China changing its ways? China often makes announcements about ‘greening’ its economy. It has an abundance of raw materials, a large agile work force and as the world’s largest trader it certainly has the capability to go green. But do its claims add up? There is a lot of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 08/05/2015 - 09:15

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Energy Performance Certificates - the Dutch model

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been in place in the UK since 2008. But have we made maximum use of them in promoting energy efficiency? In the Netherlands they’re taking a radical new approach – by sending every home in the country a document with their A to G home energy rating. Big...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:00

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UK could connect to a larger grid

Our energy future is likely to be a very connected one. Giant cross and even inter-continental cables could be regulating supply and demand within the next few years if some huge infrastructure plans come to pass. The map shows existing and planned connections in Europe. There are two major dotted...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:45

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Green issues gain celebrity support

Celebrities are at it again - setting a few positive examples on energy and climate change issues. In New York, a number of famous names were spotted among over 300,000 taking part in the international People’s Climate March on 21 September, including actors Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/10/2014 - 08:45

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The UK has draughty homes with lots of appliances and a desire for renewables

Homes are in a far better shape than a decade ago - there are now virtually no uninsulated lofts. The number of F and G rated homes in the UK (the homes which are extremely energy inefficient) has fallen from 29 per cent in 1996 to just six per cent in 2012. The average energy performance rating of...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Thu, 07/08/2014 - 09:02

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The future of eco-technology: An interview with Damian Tow

Eco Technology Show Director, Damian Tow, reveals his plans for this years show, while emphasising the importance of behaviour change to help adopt new technologies to ensure the success of sustainable options for the future. How will this years Eco Technology show be different? We have a Big...

Submitted by Ozge Ibrahim on Mon, 23/06/2014 - 08:45

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2014: An important year for energy saving

David Hall is Executive Director of social enterprise, Behaviour Change . In this blog he outlines three key reasons why this year is likely to be significant for energy saving. After Labour’s price freeze plan took the party conference season by storm, energy issues were rarely out of the...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Thu, 30/01/2014 - 09:00

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Sustainable toys – brick by brick

It may be remiss to suggest that Santa’s elfin helpers wear green to signify their important role in reducing the carbon footprint of the toy industry – but a company whose origins lie in the same part of the world as Lapland is taking action. LEGO seems to be having something of a renaissance...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 13/12/2013 - 08:45

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