Rich pickings in renewable energy

Rich pickings in renewable energy

Sometimes the easiest way to see which ideas are making a big breakthrough globally is to simply follow the money – and there have been some significant examples of late that show green energy is no longer at the fringes of global discourse. Firstly, the World Bank’s renewable energy support has significantly increased this year. [...]

International energy agendas make progress

International energy agendas make progress

India’s booming economic and population growth means smart cities are being seen as the future. The country’s plan to speed up the growth of energy efficient building involves a top-level panel of experts and encouragement for state governments to create new powers to improve the energy performance of new buildings through strict building codes and [...]

Hard work behind hydrogen hopes

Hard work behind hydrogen hopes

Hydrogen is expected to be a competitive fuel on our roads beyond 2020 – but the serious business of making one of the fuels of the future being the best it can be is well in motion. One of the major barriers preventing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles reaching the mass-market is cost – and a [...]

Research ranks renewable performance

Research ranks renewable performance

In spite of occasionally nervous rhetoric from the green energy industry in the UK, growth in renewables is unquestionably happening at some pace – 34 per cent in the last year, in fact. The study which offers this notable headline stat is by accountants PwC, who rank the UK second in the world carbon intensity [...]

Electrical energy rises on UK roads

Electrical energy rises on UK roads

Infrastructure is central to growth in any sector, and it’s proving absolutely essential as electric vehicles (EVs) look to gain a foothold on our roads. A rapid charging network is growing in the UK and is likely to have a strong influence due to the fact that electric car sales have topped 10,000 for the [...]

Renting cold homes: from dissatisfaction to action

Renting cold homes: from dissatisfaction to action

Disappointment with the status quo can often instigate action. Our recent research reveals that those who consider themselves to live in mouldy, draughty homes are more likely to take steps to tackle these issues. Similarly, our very latest opinion tracker shows that public support proposed restrictions on landlords from letting out poorly-performing homes rated F and [...]

Vacuum energy efficiency: After the dust settles…

Vacuum energy efficiency: After the dust settles…

Media coverage of the EU’s Ecodesign Directive might have had you believe that an end to the manufacture and sale of vacuum cleaners over 1,600W is the end of civilization as we know it. CNN seemed perplexed about the vacuum furore across the pond, and rightly so. What the new legislation,which came into practice on [...]

Energy efficiency: A dairy good idea

Energy efficiency: A dairy good idea

The UK agriculture industry  is working towards a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 11 per cent compared to 2008 levels by 2020 – and dairy farming accounts for around two per cent of total UK emissions. No wonder, considering the Brits’ love of milk products from cups of sweet white tea to [...]

More must be done to nudge consumers towards efficient appliances

More must be done to nudge consumers towards efficient appliances

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and department store John Lewis have just reported the results of a trial around in-store behavioural ‘nudges’ aimed at encouraging the purchase of the most energy efficient washers, dryers and washer-dryers in class. The trial compared stores where lifetime running costs in monetary terms were displayed to [...]

Striving for the social benefits of energy efficiency

Striving for the social benefits of energy efficiency

Good news in London: More money has been allocated to provide energy retrofits in social housing through the Decent Homes programme. Thousands of homes should benefit, and it is great to see money being targeted at the areas of most need, with the highest risk of fuel poverty. In addition, around 175,000 council homes in [...]