Carbon Trust to run £9.2m industrial energy efficiency initiative

The Carbon Trust is to run the government’s new £9.2 million industrial energy efficiency initiative. The four-year Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) aims to lower costs and increase the number of available energy efficient technologies for a range of industrial sectors, through demonstration of near to market innovations. Co-funding of between £150,000 and £1 million […]

Third of businesses ‘aren’t trying to make offices greener’

A third of businesses are not taking measures to make their offices environmentally friendly. That’s according to a new survey of 500 businesses conducted by money saving advisor Make It Cheaper, which shows many business owners are missing opportunities to reduce their energy emissions and save on costs – nearly half spend more than £1,000 on energy each month. Around 31% of […]

Scottish councils offered £11m for energy efficiency

The Scottish Government is offering a further £11 million of funding for energy efficiency projects. It is the second wave of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) pilot fund, aiming to help local authorities test new and innovative energy-saving approaches with homes, community groups and businesses. The projects will be part of the development phase of […]

Cheaper mortgages for energy efficient EU homes

A number of banks across Europe could soon be offering cheaper interest rates to people buying energy efficient homes or committing to implement energy saving measures. The European Energy Efficiency Mortgage initiative has been launched by a consortium led by the European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC). It aims to create a […]

Green dryer set to take the market for a spin

A new clothes dryer can save 70% energy by using ultrasonic vibrations rather than heat. Four out of five US households own a clothes dryer. Combined, they account for 4% of all residential electricity consumption and add around $9 billion to annual utility bills. Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with support from the US […]

Firms help save $1.3bn through energy efficiency

Businesses in the US have helped save more than $1.3 billion (£0.89) by being energy efficient. A total of 310 public and private organisations made energy-saving commitments through the Department of Energy’s ‘Better Buildings Challenge’, resulting in the cost savings. The initiative, which was launched by President Barack Obama in 2011, aims to make commercial, […]

Businesses want more energy efficiency grants, survey reveals

More than half (55%) of businesses would like the government to offer more financial aid and tax breaks for energy efficiency projects. A new survey of more than 2,100 firms in England and Wales also found only a small percentage believe more information (8%) or financing options (4%) such as bank loans for measures like […]

New £7m fund to help businesses cut energy bills

A new fund which will provide financial support to help smaller businesses reduce their energy use has been launched. The £7 million ‘Green Business Fund’ is being made available to small and medium sized firms in England, Scotland and Wales on a first-come, first-served basis. The Carbon Trust will offer energy-saving training, cost-saving assessments, implementation […]

Poland granted €75m for home energy efficiency

Funding worth €75 million (£58.6m) has been granted to improve the energy and resource efficiency of residential buildings in Poland. Bank Zachodni WBK will sub-loan the funds to homeowners, housing associations and private sector organisations for projects that will tackle high energy and water consumption. Households in Poland uses around 40% of the country’s primary […]

Scottish councils share £14m energy efficiency fund

The Scottish Government is providing a £14 million fund for energy-saving projects. Councils across Scotland will use the cash to makes homes, public buildings and businesses more energy efficient. Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) aims to help make properties warm, drive down energy bills and work towards reaching climate change targets. More than 900,000 energy […]