Energy efficiency manual for Belarus

A London-based bank has launched a manual to boost energy efficiency and renewable energy in Belarus. It will act as a guide for local businesses which are interested in introducing energy management systems. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects the guide to help them reduce between 10% and 30% of their total […]

Energy UK: Binding national EU renewable targets inappropriate

The trade body representing the energy industry is calling on the Government to continue to push against an EU 2030 national renewable energy target that will be legally binding. In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, Energy UK said its members believe it is “inappropriate” to set binding national targets for renewables or energy […]

We need cheap energy so scrap wind, says UKIP leader

UKIP’s Nigel Farage told ELN today the UK needs “cheap energy” and the Government should “scrap” policy backing wind power. Today he also criticised European lawmakers for bringing the country to a point where the “lights go out by 2015” and slammed the “stupidity” of letting control of the country’s energy supply slip out of […]

EU kicks off sustainable urban transport campaign

The European Union has launched its annual campaign on sustainable urban mobility in a bid to encourage green daily transport and tackle air pollution. The 12th edition of the European Mobility Week kicked off yesterday and runs until Sunday under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’ With urban traffic a growing source of […]

EU launches renewable project in Uganda

The European Union has launched a renewable energy initiative in Uganda in an effort to promote using it. Called the Sustainable Energy Markets Acceleration (SEMA), the €850,000 (£682,000) project, which lasts for four years, is funded by the European Union and Hivos People Unlimited, a development agency. It aims to educate people about the importance […]

Carbon compensation for Norwegian firms

The Norwegian Government has announced a $90 million (£55.9 million) scheme to keep its energy-intensive users in the country. Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference yesterday that the energy-intensive manufacturing industry would be compensated for higher electricity prices. He said: “The purpose is to prevent Norwegian manufacturing industry from moving their enterprises […]

UK in eighth place in EU waste management table

The UK has come in eighth place in the European Union’s table for waste management. A new report unveiled yesterday graded the member states against 18 criteria such as total waste recycled and pricing of waste disposal, with the UK receiving a red flag for its failure to restrict biodegradable waste going to landfill. Environment […]

Maths experts asked to cut costs of wind farms

Mathematicians in the UK and France have been given an estimated €1.8 million (£1.4 million) funding to find ways of cutting the cost of moving parts needed for offshore wind farms. This is part of an EU initiative in which logistics experts from the Universities of Portsmouth, Plymouth and Le Havre are looking at reducing the […]

Government dirty air court case thrown out

The court of appeal has ruled that the UK’s breaches on air quality are a matter for the European Commission. The court of appeal dismissed a case yesterday brought against the Government by environmental lawyers ClientEarth. Back in December DEFRA admitted that it was breaching European Union pollution limits. The judge in charge of the case, Mr […]

EU airline emissions plan upsets India

The European Union’s airline emissions plans have upset India, in a row that could stall global climate change talks. The European law that charges airlines over their emissions is set to come into play next year. India’s environment minister said on Wednesday the effect on emerging economies was “unacceptable.” According to Reuters, Jayanthi Natarajan said […]