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, […]

UK’s green economy worth £46.2bn in 2014

The UK’s low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy generated £46.2 billion in 2014. Final estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal around 96,500 businesses in the UK operated in the LCRE sector, employing 238,500 full-time workers. The majority of businesses were in the construction industry, which generated £12.4 billion and employed 96,500 […]

UK’s nuclear sector generated £3.5bn in 2014

The UK’s nuclear sector generated a turnover of around £3.5 billion in 2014. It also exported £43.5 million and imported £303 million in goods and services during the same period, new data from the Office for National Statistics revealed. It added the nuclear sector also employed 15,500 full-time workers. Of those, 30.3% were working in businesses where […]

UK green sector employed 233k people last year

Around 233,000 people were employed in the low carbon and renewable industry in 2014. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also revealed more than 96,500 businesses were “active” in the Low Carbon and Renewable Energy (LCRE) economy during the same period. A total turnover of £43.5 billion was generated as a result […]

Major new survey to measure UK’s green economy

A major new survey that aims to find out the contribution of low carbon and green energy to the UK economy has been launched. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will send out the ‘Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economic Survey’ to 40,000 businesses, including those involved in energy production, manufacturing, construction and waste production. […]

Household energy spending up by 55% over decade

Householders in the UK have seen their energy bills soar by 55% in a decade despite cutting the amount of gas and electricity they use by almost a fifth. New statistics reveal consumers spent an average of £106 a month on household energy in 2012 compared to just £69 a month in 2002 although the […]

31,100 winter deaths due to ‘poor insulated homes’

The UK saw a steep rise in the number of winter deaths last year, with charity and green groups claiming it was a result of “poor insulated homes”. There was an extra 31,100 winter deaths in England and Wales last year – a 29% rise compared to the previous winter, according to the Office for […]

Power cut hits ‘millions’ in northeast Brazil

A fire on a farm in Brazil triggered a power blackout in eight states in the north-eastern part of the country yesterday, reports claim. Two sets of transmission lines that provide power to the nation’s populous states – including Pernambuco, Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí, Alagoas, Ceará, Paraíba, Sergipe – were damaged. That caused […]

UK households’ energy use falls by a quarter

Householders in England and Wales are using less energy compared to 2005, with a 24.7% drop on average. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed energy consumption decreased from 12.2MWh in 2005 to 19.7MWh in 2011. Within England and Wales, the East Midlands had the highest household energy usage every year between […]

Brazil’s Olympic planners get power tips from the UK

The UK’s Carbon Trust is to draw on its experience and knowledge and help Brazil manage its power grid during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It will be holding workshops in London for technicians and planners from Brazil’s National Electric Systems Operator ONS to show how the UK prepared for surges in power demand during […]