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Energy efficiency: small businesses need more help and incentives to go green

Rising energy costs are barrier to growth for most small businesses, so why aren't they getting more help and support from Government and energy companies to go green, asks Mike Cherry is Federation of Small Businesses national policy chairman.

Peabody Energy 'clean coal' ad campaign ruled misleading

WWF on why it stood up to the world’s biggest private coal company over an advert that claimed 'clean coal’ technologies would help developing countries.

Why supply chain risk is something that should concern us all

The supply chain risk index shows that while risks have fallen businesses are still exposed to disruptions such as the Ebola outbreak and the Middle East crisis.

Will renewable energy be able to sustain an independent Scotland?

As September 18th – the day Scottish nationals vote whether to stay in or leave the UK – draws closer, Peter Rolton, ceo of the Rolton Group and former government advisor on the UK’s Renewables Advisory Board, considers what the clean energy landscape may look like in a post-referendum, independent Scotland.

Renewable energy supply chain toolkit will help local SMEs

SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) could get a boost to their business with the launch of a toolkit to encourage the use of local supply chains for renewable energy and low carbon retrofitting projects, says Terry McGivern, head of resource efficient buildings at the Institute for Sustainability.

IPCC report: now is not the time to abandon green policies to win votes

Scientists are gathering in Berlin this week ahead of the publication of a report by the IPCC on how best to address the emissions that drive global warming. Paul McCullagh, ceo of Glasgow-based UrbanWind, argues that given the dire situation the world faces from climate change, now is not the time to be abandoning green policies in order to win votes.

Giving it away: a new type of exit strategy for entrepreneurs?

I have just announced that I am giving away my international communications agency.

Why is the sustainability community so bad at sharing data?

Last month, tech companies got together and within 48 hour notice over 200 leading developers unlocked collaboration and innovation to share data and find the best and most efficient ways to tackle the UK flood crisis. Tyler Christie, ceo of big data firm Amee, asks why the sustainability community is so bad at sharing intelligence that could benefit both it and the rest of society.

Electric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits

With new models, new technology, improvements in infrastructure, and Government subsidies, more and more consumers are realising the cost and carbon benefits of electric vehicles – it’s time businesses did too, says Andreas Atkins, head of Electric Vehicle Services, British Gas.

UK flooding: dredging rivers is a policy with dubious benefits

Across the country, we have seen our neighbours' homes and farms devastated by the floods. We understand their anger and frustration.

Renewable heat: why the Government must do more

Silvio Spiess, ceo of Innasol, a leading UK distributor of renewable heating solutions, argues that the Government is not doing enough to tackle the way we heat our homes and businesses.

2014: green construction opportunities will come to those best qualified

For firms with the right low carbon skills and training, 2014 looks promising. But explains Tony Howard of CITB, the national training school for construction, those without could well run into difficulties as sustainability qualifications become a legal requirement.

The growth versus environment narrative needs to be challenged in 2014

Tony Juniper hopes sustainability will be firmly on the political agenda in 2014 but fears the philosophy of growth at any cost will continue.

ECO cutbacks: "perverse logic" that will hit start-up businesses

The Government has announced it will extend the deadline for the big energy companies to meet their targets under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). But, warns Andrew Warren, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), the decision will mean the loss of thousands of jobs and will hit micro and start-up businesses.

Ed Davey: "Japan needs to be at the forefront of taking ambitious action on climate change"

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has called on Japan to reassess its decision to slash its carbon emissions reduction targets, describing the move as "deeply disappointing". Here is his statement.

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