India ‘to overtake China in oil demand’

India will see a rise in oil demand, overtaking China. That’s the view of Keisuke Sadamori, Director of Energy Markets and Security at the International Energy Agency (IEA). He believes India will be “the centre of new oil demand growth” in the medium term. Speaking at the International Petroleum (IP) Week in London, he said: “By […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Noughties all over again?

It’s always possible to say “we’ve been here before” and that is very much the case with the current oil price. What is different each time is that everything else has changed! Energy efficiency is massively important to the UK economy. It is almost an indicator of wider efficiency and attractiveness for investment. It can […]

Fruitful energy savings for UK company

A major fruit supplier for blue chip UK retailers and wholesale markets has seen savings worth £70,000 a year by joining an energy tax abatement initiative. A G Thames Holdings joined the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme, which are voluntary agreements made by the industry and the Environment Agency to reduce energy use and emissions. […]

EA ‘will lose credibility if no action is taken for ESOS non-compliance’

The Environment Agency (EA) could lose its credibility if it fails to take any enforcement action against businesses failing to comply with the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). That’s the view of Andrew Fletcher, Managing Director of Carbon Control, one of the lead assessors for the initiative. ESOS is a mandatory assessment scheme for large […]

UK building materials firm in smart energy partnership

UK building materials firm Tarmac is using a smart energy management software to deliver power capacity to the grid. It has partnered with demand side response (DSR) company Open Energi to use its so-called ‘Dynamic Demand’ technology which allows consumers to change how and when they use electricity to free up capacity for the grid. […]

Guest Blog: Tim Hipperson – Not complied with ESOS? It’s not too late

The deadline for large organisations to notify the Environment Agency of their compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has passed. You may already know that if you’re one of up to 14,000 businesses impacted and have yet to comply, then you are at risk of enforcement action and penalties. For non-compliance, the Environment […]

Public acceptance ‘biggest challenge for EVs’

The biggest challenge in getting consumers to drive electric vehicles (EVs) is the “lack of normalisation”. That’s according to Peter Laslett, Deputy Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), a team working across government to support the early market for ultra-low emission cars. They include pure battery-electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and plug in-hybrid vehicles. Mr […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – The lessons from ESOS

As large businesses enter the final straights of ESOS compliance, it’s worth reflecting on the lessons which may be learnt from what has, for many, been a fraught and unnecessarily painful experience. How could it have been done better? The people The number of suitably qualified personnel in the Lead Assessor and Auditor roles has […]

Energy management firm snapped up

A European energy management services company has been snapped up by a US fuel supply firm. Bergen Energi, which helps businesses reduce their energy usage, costs and carbon footprint, said it aims to provide its customers with “access to a worldwide energy network and more competitive offering in risk management products and set-up”. World Fuel […]

Guest Blog: Ian Davis – Smart meters: Getting the privacy controls right

What privacy controls should be put in place to ensure customers’ information shared with energy suppliers remain confidential? This question has been ongoing for a few years but it has reached a tipping point with the imminent wide-scale deployment of smart meters. Customers, energy suppliers and distributors who have historically relied on assessing domestic household […]