Energy Efficiency

The impending creation of a new energy efficiency regulation for UK properties could trigger the emergence of a green rental market, a leading credit rating agency has claimed. Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) will take effect as of 1st April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. These new rules will prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below band ‘E’. It is estimated that as much as 20% of commercial properties in the UK will would fail to meet the new standards.

Edie 21st Nov 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 November 2017

Energy Efficiency

Britain’s biggest housebuilders build “crap houses” that cheat the public because their energy efficiency is far lower than claimed — typically costing buyers £250 a year in extra fuel, according to Lord Deben, chairman of the government’s committee on climate change. He believes the energy performance certificates (EPCs) that developers obtain for their new homes routinely overstate how warm they will be — and understate the likely energy bills. A Sunday Times investigation confirms his allegations, with one accredited energy assessor describing how the industry uses “bodging” tactics to ensure new homes get higher energy ratings than they deserve.

The Times 19th Nov 2017 read more »

Posted: 20 November 2017

Energy Efficiency

Philips Lighting delivered its one billionth LED bulb at a special ceremony in Bonn attended by representatives of the UN and the International Energy Agency, becoming the first company to reach the milestone and setting it on track to meet its 2020 two-billion LED lamp goal. According to the firm, the energy savings resulting from all these power-efficient light bulbs is the equivalent of 30 medium-sized coal-fired power stations and the CO2 emissions from 12 million cars. As a result, the firm called on governments to commit to 100 per cent energy-efficient lighting targets in buildings and street lighting. “This milestone demonstrates that we can successfully drive the transition from conventional lighting technologies to LED, which can make a significant contribution to global climate change objectives,” said Harry Verhaar, head of global public and government affairs at Philips Lighting. “Energy efficiency is the low hanging fruit – today, energy efficiency improves by about 1.5 per cent every year but simply doubling this to three per cent, per year would set us on a sustainable path.” The milestone demonstrates that efficient and clean energy policies are an increasingly key part of global business strategies.

Business Green 17th Nov 2017 read more »

On 28 November, the Industry committee of the European Parliament will deliver a crucial vote on the EU 2030 energy efficiency target. According to Clémence Hutin, who works for the Climate Justice and Energy Programme of Friends of the Earth Europe, there is cross-party support for an ambitious 40% target, but she warns that two key rapporteurs on the file are no friends of energy efficiency. Both, she says, have incorrectly argued that higher energy efficiency could increase energy poverty. According to rapporteur Adam Gierek, energy poverty can only be fought by making power plants more efficient, de facto supporting so-called cleaner coal. This focus on primary energy disregards the opportunity to act on one of the root causes of energy poverty: leaky, inefficient homes that waste energy and drive up bills. Such a shift also risks exacerbating the problem of energy poverty, as Europeans would pay life-support for dirty power plants without reaping direct benefits of energy savings in terms of comfort and reduced bills. Markus Pieper is another problematic figure on the file, from the European People’s Party (EPP), as he presents ambitious efficiency policy as costly and unaffordable for citizens, and decries the “increase in energy bills” increased renovation efforts would represent.

Energy Post 15tyh Nov 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 November 2017

Energy Efficiency

Some of the biggest UK private housebuilding firms have faced criticism from the Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) for delivering new homes that allegedly fail to meet energy efficiency standards.

Edie 15th Nov 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 November 2017

Energy Efficiency

Philips Lighting has launched a new wireless connected lighting system which could help workplaces cut energy usage on lighting by up to 70%.

Edie 10th Nov 2017 read more »

Posted: 13 November 2017

Energy Efficiency

Domestic cost assumptions – what does it cost to retrofit homes? A report illustrating the costs of improving energy efficiency of dwellings through different measures, such as insulation.

BEIS 9th Nov 2017 read more »

Posted: 10 November 2017

Fuel Poverty

Utility Week – Scots pledge to eradicate fuel poverty. The Scottish government has pledged to set a legally binding target to eradicate fuel poverty. It will be enshrined in a Warm Homes Bill.

Utility Week 9th Nov 2017 read more »

Posted: 10 November 2017

Demand Management

The owner of British Gas has deepened its presence in the growing market for power control after paying €70m (£62m) for a European technology firm that can flex the electricity demand of heavy energy users to help balance fluctuations on the grid. Antwerp-based REstore uses software to control the energy demand of 150 industrial and commercial customers across Belgium, the UK, France and Germany by turning demand down when supplies are tight and letting it go higher when electricity is ample. In total REstore controls 1.7GW worth of power demand, the capacity equivalent of half the new Hinkley Point power plant.

Telegreaph 3rd Nov 2017 read more »

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Posted: 4 November 2017

Energy Efficiency

New research has found that British businesses could be risking 17% of their annual revenue by failing to adopt an energy resilience strategy. This equates to £2.8m each year in damages and lost opportunity for the typical British medium-sized business, according to findings from Centrica Business Solutions. The Resilience study is based on a survey of more than 300 businesses across the UK and Ireland which delivers insight into the state of energy resilience. While 88% of respondents said that it was important for their business to be energy resilient, and 52% predicted they will experience energy-related failure in the next year, less than one-fifth (18%) said they have a formal energy resilience strategy in place.

Edie 30th Oct 2017 read more »

Now that the clocks have gone back, you’ve probably noticed the street lights coming on earlier. They help us stay safe at night, but have you ever wondered how much energy they use? The bulbs that have been switched to super-efficient LED lights use a lot less energy than the old ones. But only around 20% of all our street lights are LED. If all UK street lights were changed, we could save a lot of CO2 every year – the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road!

10:10 30th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 31 October 2017

Energy Efficiency

US financial data and media giant Bloomberg has unveiled its new environmentally friendly European headquarters in London, which it claims is “the world’s most sustainable office building” having received an ‘outstanding’ rating under BREEAM criteria. Located between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral in central London, the development officially opened yesterday and includes 1.1 million square feet of office space, three new public plazas, a dining arcade with new bars and restaurants, and a new entrance to Bank tube station. Designed by renowned architect Norman Foster’s firm, the development offers a 73 per cent water saving as well as a 35 per cent savings in energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions compared to a ‘typical’ office building and reportedly uses many ‘first of a kind’ waste green solutions. Integrated ceiling panels throughout the building incorporate 500,000 LED energy efficient lights, while bronze blades on the outside of the building open and close for natural ventilation, reducing dependency on air conditioning. And on the roof, rainwater is captured, treated and recycled to serve vacuum flush toilets, with the building’s water conservation systems overall saving around 25 million litres each year – enough to fill ten Olympic swimming pools.

Business Green 25th Oct 2017 read more »

Posted: 26 October 2017