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Energy Performance Certificates - the Dutch model

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been in place in the UK since 2008. But have we made maximum use of them in promoting energy efficiency? In the Netherlands they’re taking a radical new approach – by sending every home in the country a document with their A to G home energy rating. Big...

Submitted by David Weatherall on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:00



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Green building gets big backing

Some of the biggest names in construction have come out in support of green building, claiming that firm targets to reduce carbon emissions are "far from a burden" to them or the economy at large. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph , signed by representatives of giants such as Balfour Beatty and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/11/2014 - 08:45



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Opportunities for home energy makeover

An ambitious home energy efficiency plan could add nearly £14 billion to UK GDP by 2030, according to a new report from campaign group Energy Bill Revolution. An apt year, considering a deal on EU climate targets up to then has just been agreed. The group says such a GDP boost would mean £3.20 was...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/11/2014 - 08:45



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The future role of green energy

By 2025, nearly half of all UK infrastructure spending could be on renewable energy, according to new figures from the government’s construction data provider. £81billion in new spending is proposed by then, with all but 17 of the schemes brand new developments. While not all of them will become...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 10/11/2014 - 08:45



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UK could connect to a larger grid

Our energy future is likely to be a very connected one. Giant cross and even inter-continental cables could be regulating supply and demand within the next few years if some huge infrastructure plans come to pass. The map shows existing and planned connections in Europe. There are two major dotted...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:45



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Energy efficiency confidence on the rise

Confidence in the UK’s non-domestic energy efficiency has risen to its highest levels yet, according to a survey from three influential players in the industry. The EEVS Insight, Bloomberg and Green Investment Bank report shows confidence in such areas a policy and industry risk and effectiveness...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 03/11/2014 - 08:45



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The human side of green cities

Scandinavia is often the place to look for examples of sustainable infrastructure and making green living work on an individual level. Denmark is dubbing itself the ‘ State of Green’ , and as far as city-wide sustainability efforts go, there are few better examples than Copenhagen, which aims to be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 31/10/2014 - 08:45



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Sustainability on academic agenda

Attitudes to sustainability in academia are changing fast - and what’s more, it’s leading to definitive and diverse action on University campuses. Following the example of some high-profile higher education establishments internationally, Glasgow University is the first in the UK to sell its...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 29/10/2014 - 08:45



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Collective corporate sustainability

The launch of a new site mixing sustainable innovation, community action and some massive corporations could be set to increase debate around the shape of the ‘green economy’. has the support of companies like Google and Coca-Cola, and showcases more than just green innovation, but...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 27/10/2014 - 08:45



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Why Big Energy Saving Week is important: Age UK

In this guest blog, Age UK external affairs advisor, Mervyn Kohler, explains the importance of Big Energy Saving Week in helping everyone save energy. On the evidence of a handful of recent conversations with older people’s groups, the significance of the simplification of energy tariffs and the...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Thu, 23/10/2014 - 09:00