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The latest news for green facilities and the environmental management of your business facilities, from energy efficiency regulations, resources and grants to the latest green building technology and policies

Fuel cell "mini-power stations" could reduce energy bills by 21 per cent

Low emission fuel cell systems could be deployed in more than five million premises by 2030, enabling homes and businesses to slash their energy bills, while delivering clean and secure energy to the UK, according to a new industry report released this week.

Facilities management sector tackles green skills gap with e-learning initiative

Some of Britain's biggest construction firms have come together to launch an online learning service to help facilities managers confront issues such as meeting energy and carbon reduction targets and ensuring fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains.

Sainsbury's to rollout pioneering heat recycling technology to up to 100 stores

A UK company that has developed a ground-breaking 'heat recycling’ technology is embarking on a major rollout of its innovative system across Sainsbury’s stores.

Three-quarters of businesses want to see energy security made a top priority, CBI poll reveals

Three quarters of UK businesses and households are worried enough about energy security to rate security of supply as a "crucial energy objective of the UK", according to a survey published today by the leading business group the CBI.

Businesses should be incentivised to protect themselves against flooding, climate watchdog says

Incentives for businesses to make their properties more resilient to flooding has been recommended by a new report by the Government's climate change advisor.

Onsite renewable generation by business jumps by more than 25 per cent

The number of businesses cutting ties with the 'Big Six’ and generating their own power has seen a dramatic rise in the past year, fresh figures revealed this week show.

Green retrofit cooperative aims to link up householders with local suppliers

A new green retrofit cooperative is aiming to answer the UK-wide call for energy saving refurbishment by forging better links between householders and local suppliers.

£5,000 savings up for grabs for SMEs that take action on resource management

Savings of "at least £5,000 a year" are up for grabs by small businesses that learn how to turn their waste into useful resources, according to a new study by professional body the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

£25 million biomass rollout underway at Bernard Matthews turkey farms

The UK’s largest biomass rollout has got underway with the first of 179 boilers installed at turkey giant Bernard Matthews' farms in the east of England.

Higher education energy efficiency fund to get £34m investment boost

An energy efficiency fund to help higher education institutions reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills is to receive a £34 million investment boost, creating opportunities for jobs and growth in the green goods and services sector.

From coal mine to wind farm: how the Oakdale onshore wind project is connecting to business growth

Just as a rail-road brings growth to communities, the Caerphilly County Borough Council in Wales has high hopes that two new wind turbines built on a former colliery – now a business park – will bring jobs and growth to the area. Thomas McMullan reports.

Threat of flooding as storms set to hit England and Wales

Torrential downpours from severe thunderstorms are threatening to bring flooding back to England and Wales on Saturday, according to a warning issued by the Environment Agency on Thursday. Both river flooding and flash flooding are feared, with only Devon, Cornwall and Pembrokeshire exempt from the risk.

Renewable Heat Incentive: more businesses to benefit as changes come into force

A considerable expansion of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) means more businesses across the UK will be able to claim substantial subsidies for the heat they generate.

Landlord-tenant divide bridged in first certified ‘Low Carbon Workplace’ building

A commercial building awarded a new Carbon Trust 'green’ workplace certification is being hailed as the first to bridge the 'landlord-tenant divide’ – one of the main issues blamed for a lack of progress on energy efficiency improvements in non-domestic buildings.

£3m anaerobic digestion loan fund launches for farmers

Farmers in England looking to set up small-scale anaerobic digestion plants on their farms will from today be able to apply for funding from a new Government-backed renewable energy capital loan fund.


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