Major businesses call on Government to back carbon targets

An alliance of more than 100 organisations including businesses, trade groups, investors and NGOs, have urged the UK Government to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and stick to its carbon reduction targets. Firms including SSE, Kingfisher, DONG Energy, WWF and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) published a joint statement in […]

Energy efficiency helps US manufacturers save $1bn

More than 120 manufacturers in the US have saved around $1 billion (£0.62bn) in energy costs by investing in efficiency measures. They made the investments as part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) ‘Better Buildings, Better Plants’ programme, where manufacturers voluntarily signed a pledge to reduce energy intensity by around 25% over 10 years. […]

Metal-crafter to cut energy costs by £11k

A firm which crafts metal parts is set to save itself £11,000 a year in energy costs. The West Yorkshire-based company Cirteq which turns wire into metal fasteners has seen its energy costs have fallen from 3.36p per hour to 1.47p an hour since installing variable-speed drives, according to the installer ABB. Variable speed drives or […]

Manufacturers warn UK could miss out on £880bn green growth

British manufacturers have warned that UK green technology output is “faltering” and the country could miss out on a potential £880 billion boost to the economy by 2050. A new report by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF suggests the UK is the sixth and largest producer and provider of low carbon goods and services, with £112 […]

Step forward for carbon compensation for big energy users

Government plans to compensate large energy users with a £250million package took an “important” step forward today as BIS and DECC opened a consultation on how the scheme would work. Chancellor George Osborne announced the cash last year to help manufacturers cope with the cost of emission-cutting taxes such as the EU Emissions Trading System […]

Green car registrations rocket in July

The number of new green cars on the road has jumped this month according to a trade body’s new figures which show a wider trend of car registrations going up in July. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the number of alternative fuel vehicles registered rose by almost half – with a big […]

‘Cluttered climate policies are failing us’, say businesses

Businesses believe the Government’s “cluttered” climate policies are “failing” them, a British manufacturing trade body warned over the weekend. The EEF which supports more than 6,000 manufacturers and engineers in the UK, is calling for an urgent full scale review of the government’s climate and environment policies ahead of the next Spending Review. The complaint […]

Industry complains of “moving low carbon goalposts” says thinktank

Firms in energy, transport and manufacturing are concerned the Government is “moving the goalposts” on low carbon policy, according to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The left-leaning thinktank says British industries which produce the largest chunk of emissions don’t think they’re getting the “stable” and “consistent” policy signals needed. […]

Climate policy pushing UK manufacturers’ bills higher than German levels

Climate policy is pushing major energy users’ bills higher than German levels, claims a leading UK manufacturers’ group the EEF. It warns that UK firms are paying significantly more than their European rivals. A recent survey of over 200 manufacturers by the group also found that only one in eight think current policy will boost […]

Manufacturers want compensation for Treasury carbon tax

Manufacturers have demanded action from Chancellor George Osborne to compensate companies put out of pocket by climate change policies. EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation wants a “compensation package” to be included in the Chancellor’s Autumn forecast, due at the end of November. The energy intensive industry has been vocal in its disappointment over the Treasury’s carbon […]