Energy Efficiency

Tens of thousands of businesses across Europe could be at risk of fines if they fail to comply with upcoming energy efficiency reporting rules. That is the warning issued this week by certification specialist and risk management consultancy DNV GL, which argued that with 18 months to go until the latest deadlines under the European Energy Efficiency Directive companies should start planning to ensure they are compliant with the rules.

Business Green 12th July 2018 read more »

Posted: 12 July 2018

Energy Efficiency

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a £500m fund to help SMEs, universities and public-sector organisations across the capital install energy efficiency measures in their buildings as part of his bid for London to become a “zero-carbon” city by 2050. Technologies eligible to receive a share of the funding include battery storage facilities, electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and low-carbon data centres. Small-scale renewable arrays and other measures to deliver decentralised energy are also viable through the fund.

Edie 9th July 2018 read more »

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Posted: 10 July 2018

Energy Efficiency

The organisation acting as a driving force in the corporate transition to renewables, electric vehicles and energy productivity has called on the private sector to slash energy demand from the built environment by switching to LED lighting. The Climate Group, best known for its RE100 renewable energy initiative, is creating a network of leading businesses that will commit to switch to LED lighting, in order to create energy savings across the private sector’s building stock. Around one third of global energy demand is estimated to derive from buildings, and The Climate Group has highlighted connected LED lighting as a fast-track solution for businesses.

Edie 6th July 2018 read more »

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Posted: 9 July 2018

Energy Efficiency

Over £2 million has been secured to help replace old central heating systems across Perth and Kinross. An investment of £1,092,051 by Perth & Kinross Council has been backed by a further £1,209,303 from the Warm Homes Fund, along with Energy Company Obligation funding of £138,550 from SSE. The council submitted a bid for funding from the Warm Homes Fund in partnership with energy company SSE in February. The £150m Warm Homes Fund (WHF) was launched by National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions in 2017. The fund is designed to support local authorities, and organisations working with them, to address fuel poverty.

Scottish Housing News 6th July 2018 read more »

Posted: 8 July 2018

Energy Efficiency

Homeowners are being mis-sold on the efficiency of boilers in a labelling scandal that is costing consumers hundreds of millions of pounds a year, an investigation by The Times has found. Energy performance labels are typically overstating the efficiency of boilers by 10 per cent because the official EU tests used to generate the scores do not reflect how most people heat their homes, according to a whistleblower. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said: “Consumers are being misled into thinking they are buying products that are more efficient than they actually are. If boilers operated at the efficiency levels stated, it would save every household £85 a year and deliver almost a third of the carbon savings needed from homes under the 2030 Paris Accord.” Under EU efficiency rules, every boiler sold must have a water heating score from A to G. Most of the 1.7 million boilers sold in the UK each year have an A rating, indicating an efficiency of 80 per cent or above. However, the tests used to get these grades bear little relation to real-world operation.

Times 7th July 2018 read more »

Posted: 7 July 2018

Energy Efficiency

To have even a 50/50 shot of hitting 1.5C, we need to get to net zero emissions globally by 2050. He reflected on this being “the best of times, the worst of times”, with low carbon action gaining momentum, but we are rapidly running out of time. We also heard from the former Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, who now works at C40. He provided a reaffirming moment, as someone who is notionally outside of the buildings sector, when he said loud and clear that “buildings are the answer”. Whether that is in the context of rapidly developing cities in the global south, or the retrofit of an ageing stock in Europe, it provides a common mission for Green Building Councils and our member companies.

Business Green 5th July 2018 read more »

Posted: 5 July 2018

Energy Efficiency

Making our homes as comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as possible is an aspiration of many. However, not enough people realise that measures to make their homes more energy efficient can also deliver these outcomes. How do we make sure people know about this and care? What is the role of government in helping those who can’t afford to make these improvements and are struggling to pay their energy bills due to the inefficient, old building stock they live in? These were some of the questions discussed at a roundtable event on ‘Warm Homes for All: Can a mix of integrated business models, flexible finance and community intermediaries close the policy gap?, hosted by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) on 25th June in London. The main purpose of the event was to discuss the policy recommendations of the new Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) report ‘Warm Homes for All’.

Sussex Energy Group 3rd July 2018 read more »

The UK will not meet its 2030 goals to boost energy efficiency in its housing stock until the end of the century, new research from think tank IPPR has concluded. The organisation’s Beyond ECO: The Future of Fuel Poverty Support report, published July 3rd, reveals that the Government is likely to “dramatically miss” its Fuel Poverty Strategy target of ensuring all fuel-poor homes are upgraded to an energy efficiency rating (EPC) of C by 2030, and will not meet this aim until 2091 at the earliest. The report attributes this slow progress to the current pace of deployment of energy efficiency measures under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which is set to be formally re-launches for the period 2018-2022 later this year.

Edie 3rd July 2018 read more »

Posted: 4 July 2018

Energy Efficiency

Some countries do strikingly better than others in saving energy, but all can better use efficiency to meet their Paris Agreement climate goals, according to The 2018 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). No country came close to a perfect score, and the average remained the same as in 2016 — 51 out of a possible 100 points. Overall, Germany and Italy tie for first place this year with 75.5 points, closely followed by France (73.5), the United Kingdom (73), and Japan (67). This fourth biennial scorecard ranks 25 of the world’s largest energy users on 36 efficiency metrics and highlights best practices countries can use to boost energy savings. For the first time, it includes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ukraine.

ACEEE 26th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 27 June 2018

Energy Efficiency

Are some landlords and agents fiddling new rules that ban them from letting out properties that are poorly insulated and inefficiently heated? Since the start of April, landlords have been prohibited from renting out “sub-standard” houses and flats, which, in this context, means those that don’t meet minimum energy-efficiency requirements. However, Guardian Money has been shown an example of a flat being listed on a letting agent website where the energy efficiency “score” appears to have been fraudulently changed to allow it to be advertised. The reader who brought the listing to our attention says the property – a one-bedroom flat in west London – has had its energy efficiency rating “miraculously increased” from 23 on the official certificate to 40 on the agent’s website. Landlords can be fined up to £4,000 if they let a sub-standard property in breach of the regulations, and can be “named and shamed” on a public register. But when Money tried to search the register, we could not find details of a single landlord issued with a penalty. These new rules relate to the energy performance certificate (EPC) that outlines the energy performance of a property, from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and recommends improvements that could be made. Virtually all homes sold, rented out or built since 2008, have to have an EPC, which must be available to a prospective buyer or tenant.

Guardian 23rd June 2018 read more »

Posted: 23 June 2018

Energy Efficiency

More than £2 million is being put forward to help Scottish households and businesses boost energy efficiency. Money has been given to 15 councils to help projects as part of the new Energy Efficient Scotland programme. The Scottish Government funding will also support local authorities to identify opportunities for efficiency improvements and heat decarbonisation. Councils with projects receiving funding are Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire. Energy Efficient Scotland was launched by the First Minister in May. The programme builds on existing legislation and programmes supporting the efficiency of homes, businesses and public buildings.

Scotsman 17th June 2018 read more »

Energy Voice 18th June 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 June 2018