Energy UK: Government must tweak energy auctions

The industry organisation suggests changes are needed to “not only keep up the pace of decarbonisation in future but go further and faster”

Councils call for government support on new-build emissions

Local authorities want more freedom to set higher sustainability standards in new homes

UK to seek advice from Committee on Climate Change to cut emissions

The request is likely to be made following the publication of a special report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October

Labour: ‘Tory inaction on energy has left households £1,000 worse off’

The Labour Party says households may have paid £526 too much for gas and £431 too much for electricity as a result of not capping prices earlier

Energy price cap introduced: Industry responds

The UK Government has introduced new legislation to cap energy prices and help consumers save money. The move will allow regulator Ofgem to cap prices until 2020, protecting 11 million households across the UK, who are currently on a standard variable tariff (SVT) or other default deals. Urgently needed Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, […]

A fifth of commercial energy efficiency standards fall

A fifth of commercial properties’ energy efficiency standards have fallen ahead of new legislation arriving in April. Software firm arbnco says around 20% of commercial real estate, worth a total of £130.7 billion, has fallen into a lower Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) category ahead of the introduction of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). These will […]

RE100 says businesses really rate renewables

Renewable energy is becoming the power source of choice for corporate electricity users. That’s according to a new report from the RE100 initiative, which sees international companies commit to using 100% clean power to accelerate the move towards a zero emissions global economy. The group says on-site electricity generation from companies’ own facilities has increased […]

House of Lords Committee demands waste policy clarity

A House of Lords Committee has urged the government to provide clarity on the UK’s future waste policy. The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee wrote a letter to Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey expressing concerns about the impact Brexit might have on waste policy and trading. The UK currently exports millions of tonnes of waste to […]

‘Highlands energy rip-off must end’

A Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) has urged the UK government to end a 2p electricity surcharge paid by Highlands customers despite the region facing some of the country’s highest rates of fuel poverty. Scottish National Party (SNP) MSP Kate Forbes said the government should end this fee as part of its proposed energy […]

EU reaches agreement on car-testing reform

The EU has reached a provisional agreement to reform car-testing procedures. The Commission claims changing the rules around type-approval for new cars will modernise tests on car emissions data and help “restore credibility” to the sector following previous scandals. The Council Presidency and European Parliament will now submit their plans to the Committee of Permanent […]