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Our guide to the 2017 General Election manifestos: a focus on home energy

• We explain the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Party's pledges • Who has got it right and who has more work to do With people across the UK heading to the polling stations in just a few days, we’ve looked at the parties’ policies on energy; and in particular, energy in the home...

Submitted by Joseph Cosier on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 15:49



International fossil fuels Government

Progression towards a fossil-free UK?

• Government hopes to cut out coal entirely by 2025 • UK lagging behind Sweden, Norway and Iceland • Improvement to incentives would help momentum Good news: the UK has kicked coal. It may not be for good – but it's a start. There have been several recent drops to using zero coal to generate...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/06/2016 - 15:12



renewables FiT Government solar PV

Will renewables still make financial sense after the feed-in tariff change?

Last month in our reaction to feed-in tariff consultation launch we set out our initial thoughts on the proposed changes to the feed-in tariff (FiT). In this blog post we crunch some of the numbers for solar PV – the most popular technology under the scheme – to try to assess in detail the impact...

Submitted by Jim Cardy on Fri, 09/10/2015 - 09:12



Green strategy and politics Green Deal Government home improvements funding

A great deal to be happy about

The Green Deal has reached a major milestone. We’ve seen a rush of good news in the last month for the Government’s flagship energy efficiency drive - the Green Deal . The total amount of finance approved has exceeded £1.8m since Easter, with the average plan coming in at around £3,500. But now a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 29/05/2015 - 09:00



Green strategy and politics Local and community energy Government landlords tenants energy efficiency EPC

Give landlords a new LESA of life

It’s well known that the coldest homes in England are those in the private rented sector. 9.4% of private rented homes are F/G rated on the Energy Performance Certificate compared to 1.8% of housing association properties. A big part of the problem is that landlords have been reluctant to invest in...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Fri, 13/03/2015 - 14:24



Transport Products and technology Green strategy and politics Local and community energy Energy and water efficiency at home 2014 review Coalition energy policy Community energy DECC Ed Davey Government Green Deal green policy Renewable Heat Incentive RHI sustainability vacuum cleaner year review

2014: A green policy round-up

2014 may be remembered as the year when international debate on climate targets gave way to what looks like broad agreement . Certainly in Europe, more common ground has been found than ever. The green year in England has not been so turbulent by the standards of the sector, but it has still much...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:20



Green strategy and politics Government green economy Investment in sustainability Policy retrofit

Autumn statement 2014: quiet on the green front

Described by some as the Coalition’s “last big economic event” before the 2015 election, what turned out to be the major talking point on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement from an energy and climate change perspective was just how little there was to talk about. This was typified by sustainable...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Mon, 08/12/2014 - 09:00



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Meeting the UK's retrofit challenge

Head of Environment and Climate Change at Birmingham City Council , Sandy Taylor, outlines projects and initiatives used by the local authority to provide energy saving services to its residents. The Green Deal is providing a huge opportunity for housing associations and local authorities to access...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 09:00



Green strategy and politics energy companies energy sources Government renewables reports UK energy efficiency

Transforming the UK energy system: Q&A with Nick Pidgeon

The British public want to see change in order to achieve an efficient, clean, fair and safe energy system, according to the findings of a new report. Ozge Ibrahim speaks to report research leader, Professor Nick Pidgeon, about the findings and his views on how we can transform the UK's energy...

Submitted by Ozge Ibrahim on Thu, 25/07/2013 - 08:00