Sky’s green progress is hit and miss

Sky is on track to hit its goal of halving its carbon emissions by 2020 but is falling short on adopting renewables and energy efficiency measures. According to the company’s latest sustainability report, they have achieved a 44% reduction in emissions since 2008. Sky says it aims to make its fleet of vans 15% more efficient […]

Brewer hops towards sustainable goals

MillerCoors is continuing to reduce water usage and brewery waste ahead of its 2020 sustainability goals. It has released its 2016 Sustainability Report which reviews the company’s environmental performance and shows whether it’s on track to hit 2020 targets. The brewer, which is the second largest in the US, has managed to reduce water usage within its […]

Amber Rudd: Progress made towards 2020 green targets but there’s more to do

The UK has made some progress in the renewable sector towards achieving its targets for 2020 but there is still more work to do. That’s according to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd who answered questions from MPs at the House of Commons today. When asked if the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) proposals launched in a consultation […]

Energy efficiency schemes ‘should be aimed at the poor’

US energy efficiency schemes should be aimed at the poor for the most sucessful outcome. That’s according to Koichiro Ito, a researcher working with the Energy Policy Institute in Chicago. The paper, “Asymmetric Incentives in Subsidies: Evidence from a Large-Scale Electricity Rebate Program” , states offering people money to inconvenience themselves on behalf of the […]

Smart thermostats market to ‘rocket to $2.5bn in five years’

The European smart thermostats market is set to increase to $2.5 billion (£1.6bn) in less than five years. That’s according to a new report which states the boom will be driven by 2020 climate change targets and mandatory energy efficiency certification for buildings. It adds the enforcement of minimum standards for high energy consuming products, such as boilers, […]

National Trust invests £30m in a sustainable future

The National Trust is making its biggest ever investment of £30 million into green energy. The funding aims to boost renewable energy to heat and power more of the historic places it looks after. It is making the commitment after reaching targets to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and cut energy usage by 20% […]

IEA: Energy emissions could peak by 2020

A peak in global energy emissions could be achieved by 2020 at no net economic cost, according to a new report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said this can be met using only proven technologies and policies and without having to change the economic or development forecasts of any region. The IEA is an intergovernmental organisation which examines […]

EU to look at funding of 'energy corridors'

In a time of economic crunch, funding is a constant source of concern. With the European Commission proposing large-scale investments in infrastructure to meet ‘Europe 2020’ targets, its Committee on Industry, Research and Energy is holding a workshop this Thursday looking at how best to finance and assess infrastructure projects. As well as looking at […]

Renewable industry pushes EU to set 2030 targets

The EU has been pushed to set legally binding 2030 targets by the renewable industry in an open letter signed by 65 companies and associations. The letter was organised the European Renewable Energy Council and sent to the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the EU Energy Ministers and the EU Energy and Climate Commissioners. Signatories […]

Scotland faces uphill battle to meet 2020 renewable targets

Scotland is facing an uphill battle to reach its renewable targets for 2020 according to a report by Audit Scotland. The watchdog praised the Scottish Government’s “clear vision”, which was reflected across other policy areas but despite steady progress it suggested the need to pick up the pace – doubling annual increases in installed capacity. […]