Energy Efficiency

Can Renewables Face Down the Fracking Onslaught?

Jon Bennett | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Bennett

Earlier this month the tenth staging of the Ecobuild conference brought together leading lights from sustainable building. One of the conference highlights was a debate on the UK's energy future...

The Time Is Now to Move Away From Russian Gas

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

When countries set out their cases for energy independence, the main reason is generally cited as the need to ease reliance on oil and gas from unfriendly places. President Barack Obama's 'All of the Above' energy strategy for example, a plan that has seen this US administration extract more fossil fuels than any other, is very much predicated on the need to lessen oil imports from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Why Don't Economists Care More About Rising Resource Prices?

Julian Morgan | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Julian Morgan

Economists need to pay more attention to resources as there is a clear and pressing need to develop greater resilience to commodity price shocks. While this will not solve all our economic problems, it can make an important contribution to many of them. For this reason, the careful management of resources should be right at the heart of economic policy.

Time to End the Silence on Zero Carbon

Paul King | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

In just five years' time, every new office, hospital, school, library, supermarket - or any other building in the UK for that matter - will have to be built to ambitious new environmental standards... or at least that's the plan.

Saving Money by Turning Air Into Heat - a Modern-day Miracle

Andrew Denham | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

One word of warning, if you are considering applying for a payback, my advice would be to do it so sooner rather than later. The Government plans to review the scheme quarterly and will reduce the incentive as necessary based on the number of people wanting to join. This is one example where it really will pay to be in there from the beginning.

Why Davos Has Left Me With the Feeling That 2014 Is the Year the World Can and Must Rise to the Climate Challenge

Christiana Figueres | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

The mood, ambition and announcements at the World Economic Forum in Davos has left me feeling more energized and confident than ever that 2014 will be the year when the world can and must come together to meet the growing challenge of climate change and seize the opportunities manifest in a transition to a low carbon economy.

Why Energy Efficiency Must Be a National Infrastructure Priority

Paul King | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

A number of issues have been blamed for poor take-up of the Green Deal, from early IT glitches and inadequate marketing to overly-complex administration. But it is the relatively high interest rates on Green Deal loans - around 8 per cent - that have most commonly been cited for deterring consumers from signing on the dotted line.

It's Time to Get Smart About Energy Tariffs

Peter Rolton | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

I'm going to open with an indisputable truth: the UK suffers from an exceedingly antiquated attitude towards energy provision.With every other part of modern life becoming customisable and flexible, the sector remains as rigid as it has ever been.

It's Time for Real Action on Energy Bills

David Hall | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Hall

After Ed Miliband's price freeze plan took the party conference season by storm, energy was rarely out of the headlines in the final months of 2013. The most recent twist came last week, with uSwitch showing that bill payers are £53 a year worse off today than in January 2013, despite high profile action from government aimed at countering price rises.

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them

Sanjay Bowry | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Sanjay Bowry

So the saying goes "if you can't beat them, join them" and the latest raft of energy price hikes suggests now is the time for UK consumers to consider doing just that. We are a nation tired of being held to ransom by our energy bills - so has the time come to ditch our reliance on energy companies by becoming the bosses of our own energy supplies?

Taking Another Look at ECO

Peter Rolton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

The spotlight has been beaming down on green levies over the past few weeks; critics want them removed from consumer energy bills immediately to cut costs, whilst advocates argue that they are vital in the creation of a low carbon energy market.

10 Easy and Unusual Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Brian Smithers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Brian Smithers

We are moving to an Energy 3.0 future where technological innovations in the digital age will allow consumers to become masters of their own energy. However, in the mean time to help achieve the UK targets there are a number of easy and unusual ways consumers can reduce their carbon footprint...

Are We Heading for a Coal COP in Warsaw?

David Hone | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Hone

Like it or not, coal use is going to continue, but arguing for increased efficiency as an approach to managing its emissions is where the criticism should be leveled, not at the idea that coal use is potentially compatible with a very low emission future.

To Heat or to Eat, That Should Never Be the Question

Graham Duxbury | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Graham Duxbury

Real people are facing real agonies over whether to heat or eat. Indeed, some recipients of emergency supplies from food banks are so poor they're returning tinned goods that require cooking because they can't afford the power to heat the food.

Reducing the Risk of Building Sustainable Neighbourhoods

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Over the past five years, more and more of my work is with developers who are developing new neighbourhoods or updating existing areas. As a sustainability consultant, I look for ways we can take advantage of large scale development to transform the efficiency of our energy, water, waste and transport systems. Neighbourhood development often has benefits over individual sustainable buildings.

Top Tech Trends To Make Family Lives Easier In 2013

Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Tech

Chris Sanderson, futurologist and co-founder of trend forecasting consultancy The Future Laboratory, presents his top tech trends to make family lives...

Save Your Energy and Educate Consumers

Rose Schreiber | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK
Rose Schreiber

We will have to face the fact that the world is changing rapidly and the way we produce, transmit and consume energy must keep pace and become more customer focused.

Energy Policy Is a Moral Issue Too

Chris Walker | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Walker

The bill should help ensure the UK reaches its EU 2020 renewables target. Yet the government have backed out of an essential policy for guaranteeing the long-term direction of our power sector: a decarbonisation target.

Don't Hate Me Because I'm European: Why You Should be Glad the EU Banned the Incandescent Light Bulb

Dustin Benton | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK
Dustin Benton

The US and Japan rely heavily on efficiency regulation because it's common sense. Ecodesign gives consumers what they want - clean clothes, fast computers and warm homes - and a lower energy bill. You don't have to love the EU to love lower energy bills: be Eurosceptic, but don't be daft.

Lies, Damned Lies and Government Efficiency Savings – Yet Again

Colin Talbot | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Politics
Colin Talbot

NOT ONE of the 'savings' listed by Government today is an efficiency saving on the information we have - they are all just cuts to inputs. Many of them have the potential to not only damage immediate outputs but to cause longer-term problems that will costs Government dearly.

Let's End the Confusion: Green Deal Deployments Will Rise

Brian Smithers | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Smithers

There has been a lot of confusion around the Green Deal and what it means for consumers, businesses and the energy industry.

A Guide to IT Efficiency

Sumir Karayi | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK Tech
Sumir Karayi

Whether you're browsing Facebook on your mobile, sending a Tweet, Skyping someone on the other side of the world or using your supermarket loyalty card, IT is behind it all. IT is everywhere, but as our dependency on it grows, as does the opportunity for inefficiency.

The Government Needs to Green Up its Act

Richard Lloyd | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

Too many of the government's policies - from the carbon floor price to the £11 billion smart meter fiasco - are likely to prove ineffective at reducing energy consumption while consumers foot the bill.

Keeping Employees 'Appy

Dave Harding | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Tech
Dave Harding

Work - it's a fact we all need to face. It's an inevitable part of our lives that allows us to enjoy the finer things, such as holidays in the sun and fast cars. So if we have to work, then shouldn't it be as easy for us as possible?

Beginners Guide to the Smart Metering Programme

Tara West | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Tech
Tara West

If the phrase 'smart metering programme' means nothing to you, then it is time to get reading. This is your beginners guide and will take you from novice to being pretty well informed on the new government programme. Why is this important? The scheme is set to take off in 2014 and will be rolled out to every home and small business in the UK - you can't hide from it!