Efforts from some of the world’s largest companies to use their energy more efficiency have collectively saved them $131m, while curbing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 134 US coal-fired power plants, according to the EP100 campaign. A new report by the global initiative, which is run by green NGO The Climate Group and the Alliance to Save Energy, details progress to date from its 50 member companies, all of which have committed to significantly improving their energy productivity.
Business Green 29th July 2019 read more »
A new report by the UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) argues that achieving the net zero carbon target requires prioritizing energy demand solutions and recognizing that these can have wider social and environmental benefits, such as warm homes, clean air and green spaces. For example, creating incentives and re-designing urban landscapes to promote cycling and walking can benefit individual health and community cohesion. This requires developing long term plans and rapidly scaling up policies that work. An ambitious program of retrofitting buildings to improve their energy efficiency could lead to energy and cost savings for householders and create local job opportunities. However, this will require new financing and business models, such as revolving funds, to enable these savings to be realized. Improving energy efficiency of buildings and promoting demand-side flexibility will be needed to enable decarbonization of heating options, either through electric heat pumps, use of hydrogen in gas networks, or more local heat networks.
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