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Energy Efficiency

The latest energy efficiency news and issues affecting your business, from energy efficiency grants and programs to resources, regulations and policies.

UK SMEs are wasting over £82m on surplus energy, study finds

Small and medium-sized commercial office businesses in the UK are overspending by over £82 million per annum on their energy bills as a result of inefficient technology and old equipment, according to new analysis.

Energy efficiency of Samsung TVs in question as 'test cheating' row continues

Independent lab tests have found that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to use less energy during official testing conditions than they do during real-world use, raising questions about whether they are set up to game energy efficiency tests.

Cities urged to switch street lighting to energy efficient LED by 2025

The Climate Group, which is hosting its annual Climate Week NYC in New York, has called on every city and utility around the world to schedule the switch of their street lighting to LED by 2025.

Energy efficiency: How can innovation help consumers reduce their energy use?

Planet First ceo Steve Malkin says it's not always snazzy gizmos, but innovations changing human behaviour that are leading to the biggest wins in energy saving

Deep decarbonisation pathways report finds 57% cut in CO2 possible by 2050

A new study from an international research consortium argues that deeply reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is technically and economically feasible in the world’s largest economies and major developing countries.

Scotland launches £224m energy efficiency and renewables drive

A new fuel poverty scheme, backed by up to £224 million from the Scottish Government, will help as many as 28,000 Scots heat their homes, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today.

Conservative Government's green policy changes slammed by environment groups

Environment and conservation groups representing millions of people have written to David Cameron to register their "major concern" at the cancellation or weakening of 10 green polices since he was re-elected.

Cardiff University opens first 'energy positive' house in Britain

Britain’s first low cost 'energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants will use, opens on Thursday despite George Osborne axing plans to make housebuilders meet tough low carbon housing targets from next year.

Energy industry calls for climate deal in Paris that supports low carbon investment

World governments must sign a clear new agreement on greenhouse gas emissions at a crunch conference in Paris this December, leaders of the world’s energy industry have urged.

Make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, business leaders tell Osborne

Leaders of major UK companies, including Whitbread, BAM Construct, Willmott Dixon and Kingfisher, have called on George Osborne today to put energy efficiency at the heart of the Government’s economic plan.

Green Deal passes £50m loans barrier

The Green Deal, the Government’s home energy efficiency scheme that has struggled to get off the ground, has broken through the £50 million barrier in terms of loan applications and finance plans passing through the system.

Election 2015: £120 billion green sector sidelined in general election campaign

Nearly a million people are employed in the green business sector in the UK, but few would realise it from the debates so far in the 2015 general election.

Labour pledges to make energy efficiency a "national infrastructure priority"

Labour has promised to retrofit five million homes over the next decade, making them warmer and cheaper to heat, and to create a million new green jobs.

Election 2015: Tories right to buy is bad news for our sustainable homes crisis

Ignore the mudslinging. The problem with right to buy is that it’s a distraction we can ill afford from the real housing crisis – creating enough affordable, energy efficient homes in Britain – argues Andrew Eagles, managing director of Sustainable Homes.

UK flouting EU energy efficiency laws, campaigners say

Energy waste campaigners are calling for Brussels to file legal proceedings against the UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws, following new research by the AEA Ricardo consultancy.


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