DECC needs YOU – and your novel low carbon idea

Think you can create a ground-breaking system which cuts energy use in big buildings or saves on lighting costs? That’s the question being posed by DECC today as the government department is opening a £16 million fund for low carbon entrepreneurs to develop new ideas. It’s the first phase of the Entrepreneurs Fund, part of […]

500,000 drop out of fuel poverty – but not for long

The number of households in fuel poverty dropped by 500,000 in the year up to April 2011, government figures show. However charities are warning the government could fail to squash fuel poverty by its own 2016 deadline as this drop could be reversed over the course of this year. The figures released today show the amount […]

Kingfisher, British Gas, E.ON sign up to Green Deal

Kingfisher, British Gas and E.ON are just a few of the big firms which have signed up to be the first Green Deal providers in what ministers are calling a “watershed” moment. Under the Government’s home efficiency scheme, which is meant to begin in October, the owner of B&Q and the two Big Six energy […]

DECC changes RHI

The Government wants to change the rules of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) so that it can temporarily suspend the new scheme if it looks like it will overspend its budget. The RHI is a tariff which pays businesses to use renewable heating with methods such as biomass and heat pumps. The scheme opened for […]

Barker nips Green Deal doorstep selling in the bud

Illegal doorstep selling of the Green Deal is “unacceptable” and anyone who attempts to do so will be cut out of the scheme, according to Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. The minister was prompted to make the pledge about consumer protection in the Government’s energy efficiency scheme by Barry Gardiner, Labour MP and member of […]

Business says ditch CRC

UK business has said the CRC needs to be scrapped and that the Government’s changes would amount to “tinkering around the edges.” Rhian Kelly, CBI Director for Business Environment, said: “We’re disappointed the Government has not gone further to repair the damage caused by its decision to remove the incentive behind the Carbon Reduction Commitment. […]