EU’s energy efficiency gap in 2016 was 4%

The EU exceeded its primary energy consumption, also known as its energy efficiency target, by 4% in 2016. That’s according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, which compares this against the goal of cutting energy consumption by 20% by 2020. This limits usage to 1,483 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) – since 1990, […]

Big producers hit record with renewables and nuclear

The share of low carbon electricity generation by major power producers rose 7.2% to a record high of 50% in the second quarter of this year. That’s according to new data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which tracked energy production and consumption over the period – it shows this […]

Only 20 nations use 91% of global energy

A staggering 91% of the entire planet’s electricity is used by only 20 nations. The disparity in energy usage is highlighted in new research published by GoCompare Energy, which shows despite there being 196 countries in the world, power output is not distributed evenly. China consumes around 4,921 terawatt-hours (TWh) each year, followed by the […]

Flexing your site’s energy muscle

Smart technology deployed to monitor the energy consumption of industrial buildings and facilities is enabling ScottishPower customers to earn additional revenue. Head of Energy Services UK, Malcolm Paterson, explores why being flexible with your energy consumption can make good business sense.  Winter is coming which means a prolonged period in the demand for energy to […]

UK energy consumption down, imports up

The UK is consuming less energy than it did in 1998. Energy consumption fell by 17% between 1998 and 2015, new data from the Office from National Statistics (ONS) reveals. That’s due to the increased use of energy efficient technologies, government policies designed to reduce consumption and a decline of manufacturing, especially in energy-intensive industries, […]

Flexible working ‘increases lift energy use and emissions’

Lifts in modern buildings are using 36% more energy due to flexible working practices. That’s according to a study which compared on-site measurements of real lift energy consumption with predictions from industry standards. It found lifts consume between 16% to 36% more energy than the international standard predictions. Changing working patterns such as flexi-time and […]

Property firm cuts energy use in UK offices

Property firm JLL announced it has reduced its energy consumption at its UK offices by 38% per employee. The company claims the figure is “well above” the 10% target it has set globally. The reduction is the result of its UK sustainability strategy called ‘Building for Tomorrow’ launched last year, which set 15 targets across […]

Smart meters ‘a benefit for people in fuel poverty’

Smart meters are a benefit for people who live in fuel poverty. Ted Brown, Chairman at Energy Saving Trust said the technology will allow customers to change their behaviour on how they use energy. Speaking to ELN at a Smart Metering Forum he said: “Talking about fuel poverty covers people who live in their own […]

E.ON invests in US energy technology start-up

Energy giant E.ON announced it has bought a stake in a US start-up for $16.6 million (£10.6m). Bidgely offers an application to power companies which allows customers to better manage their energy usage and compare it with similar houses in their area. One of the start-up’s features is providing energy-saving tips for home electronics, appliances and heating […]

Energy efficient transport schemes could save $70tr by 2050

Investing in efficient urban transport schemes could help save $70 trillion (£46.9tr) on vehicles, fuel and infrastructure spending between now and 2050. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has called on Governments across the globe to adopt what it calls an “avoid, shift and improve” approach – policies that cut unnecessary travel in cars, those that […]