Energy efficiency confidence on the rise

Energy efficiency confidence on the rise

Confidence in the UK’s non-domestic energy efficiency has risen to its highest levels yet, according to a survey from three influential players in the industry. The EEVS Insight, Bloomberg and Green Investment Bank report shows confidence in such areas a policy and industry risk and effectiveness at record highs since measuring began in 2012, and [...]

The human side of green cities

The human side of green cities

Scandinavia is often the place to look for examples of sustainable infrastructure and making green living work on an individual level. Denmark is dubbing itself the ‘State of Green’, and as far as city-wide sustainability efforts go, there are few better examples than Copenhagen, which aims to be carbon neutral by 2025. To visit the city as a [...]

Sustainability on academic agenda

Sustainability on academic agenda

Attitudes to sustainability in academia are changing fast – and what’s more, it’s leading to definitive and diverse action on University campuses. Following the example of some high-profile higher education establishments internationally, Glasgow University is the first in the UK to sell its investments in fossil fuel companies. The movement behind the change gained a [...]

Making low-carbon motoring an easier decision

Making low-carbon motoring an easier decision

According to a new survey, 65 per cent of people in Britain would consider buying or leasing an alternative fuel vehicle over the next couple of years. Of these alternatives, hybrids came out top in the survey, which also showed some interesting regional variations in attitudes to electric vehicles (EVs). They were favoured the most [...]

Collective corporate sustainability

Collective corporate sustainability

The launch of a new site mixing sustainable innovation, community action and some massive corporations could be set to increase debate around the shape of the ‘green economy’. Collectively.org has the support of companies like Google and Coca-Cola, and showcases more than just green innovation, but there are some well-known thinkers from environmental activism behind [...]

Why Big Energy Saving Week is important: Age UK

Why Big Energy Saving Week is important: Age UK

In this guest blog, Age UK external affairs advisor, Mervyn Kohler, explains the importance of  Big Energy Saving Week in helping everyone save energy.  On the evidence of a handful of recent conversations with older people’s groups, the significance of the simplification of energy tariffs and the greater clarity of energy bills – changes which [...]

How to shop around for your energy needs

How to shop around for your energy needs

In this guest blog, Chief Executive of energy regulator Ofgem, Dermot Nolan, explains the importance of shopping around for better energy tariffs as part of Big Energy Saving Week.  We shop and compare prices for many things in life, yet we often don’t think about doing this when it comes to our energy bills. Comparing tariffs [...]

Love your community, get energy fit together

Love your community, get energy fit together

Environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan (GAP) is supporting Big Energy Saving Week. In this guest blog, Partner Hugh Goulbourne, explains how to get involved.  Since 2010, the Big Energy Saving Week programme has raised awareness of the support programmes available for vulnerable consumers around the UK. Taking control of household energy bills is a [...]

A big opportunity to save energy and money

A big opportunity to save energy and money

In this guest blog, Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey introduces Big Energy Saving Week.  As the weather turns colder, many of us start to get ready for winter. You might dig out your scarf or check your tyres – but how many of us remember to get our homes ready too. It’s Big [...]

In search of energy independence

In search of energy independence

In an age of energy volatility, providing your own supply is the Holy Grail for both nations and localities. One such case study is the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro, which will get all its power from renewables by the end of the year. The 10,000-strong island has never been on a power grid, [...]