Cycling machines put a new spin on sustainability

A 50-minute spin class with 10 participants can generate up to 3,300 watts of power

UK Government launches £6bn energy efficiency package

Two consultations have been launched on the Energy Company Obligation and Warm Home Discount schemes

Ofgem: Reconsider suppliers’ role as primary route to low carbon funding

The role of energy suppliers as the primary route in funding and delivering low carbon support schemes should be reconsidered. That’s the suggestion from Ofgem in response to BEIS’ consultation on building a market for energy efficiency. Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, suppliers with more than 250,000 household customers are obliged to help […]

Energy efficiency scheme benefits just 6% of homes

Just 6% of all households in the UK had a measure installed under Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, as of December 2016. That’s according to the Office for National Statistics’ latest data on the scheme, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. It does so through larger energy suppliers funding the installation […]

Energy suppliers to insulate more fuel poor homes

Energy suppliers will have to install more solid wall insulation measures every year in fuel poor homes under new reforms. Changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which has now come into effect, will ensure energy companies provide support to those struggling to meet their heating bills. The scheme has been extended until September […]

Government pledges more help for fuel poor homes

The UK Government has pledged to provide more help for householders struggling to pay their energy bills. It has published reforms to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, through which large suppliers have to deliver energy efficiency measures to homes in Britain. Launched in January 2013, it has delivered energy efficiency measures to 1.6 million […]

UK-Colombia announce £20m bioeconomy research

A new £20 million bioeconomy research programme between the UK and Colombia has been announced. The agreement was signed by Nick Hurd, Minister for Industry and Climate Change and Yaneth Giha, Director of Colciencias, a Colombian national research agency. The programme will help tackle pollution and deforestation and develop new drugs, medicines and bio-fertilisers that can sustainably increase crop yields […]

Installation of ECO measures decreased by 15% in June

More than 33,600 energy efficiency measures under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme were installed in June. That’s a 15% decrease compared to May, new data from BEIS has revealed. Of all the measures implemented under the programme during the same period 36% of them were for cavity wall insulation, 25% for loft insulation and […]

Green Deal scheme ‘put public money at risk’

Public money was put at risk by the government’s failure to implement household energy efficiency initiatives. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said forecast of demand for Green Deal loans was “excessively optimistic” and the uptake of the scheme was “woefully low” because it wasn’t adequately tested. The MPs believe it gave a “completely misleading picture […]

Around 1.91m energy efficiency measures installed by April

Around 1.91 million energy efficiency measures were installed at the end of April. They were installed in around 1.53 million properties through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund schemes, according to new data released by DECC. The largest amount of measures – 96%- were installed through the […]