Sainsbury’s and Bosch get behind community fridges

Sainsbury’s and Bosch are among companies supporting a new network of community fridges across the UK. Environmental charity Hubbub aims to set up 50 sites across the UK within the next year to redistribute unwanted perishable food to low-income households in the local area and cut down on waste. The average British family wastes £470 a year by throwing […]

Scottish fuel poverty ‘worse than rest of UK’

Fuel poverty in Scotland is significantly worse than in the rest of the UK. Scottish cities filled the top five places on a leader board of the worst afflicted areas, with rates way above the UK average of 10.8% of households, according to new data from MoneySuperMarket. The data also highlights the amount of household […]

Nearly 100k Scots escape fuel poverty

Around 97,000 Scottish households have escaped from extreme fuel poverty in the last year. The 4% drop between 2014 and 2015 is attributable to a substantial fall in fuel prices (2.3%), energy efficiency improvements in housing stock (1.3%) and higher incomes (0.6%), according to a new report from the Scottish Government. These figures refer to […]

Third of UK families ‘struggle to pay energy bills’

A third of families in the UK struggle to pay their energy bills. That’s according to price comparison site uSwitch, which reveals four million homes are already worrying about potential costs this winter. This could be made even worse by suppliers raising their prices for the first time in nearly three years, it adds. Approximately half of all […]

World Bank: Climate change could push 100m into poverty by 2030

Climate change could force more than 100 million additional people into poverty by 2030. That’s according to a new report from the World Bank, which said climate change is already preventing people from escaping poverty. It found the poorest people are more exposed to climate-related shocks such as floods, droughts and heat waves and higher […]

Britain joins the US in calling for an end to coal

The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has said Britain will join the US in agreeing to end support for public financing of new coal-fired power stations abroad. Mr Davey made the announcement at the UN’s climate change conference in Warsaw. He said: “It is completely illogical for countries like the UK and the US to be […]

World Bank to limit funds for coal-fired plants

The World Bank has announced it will limit funding for new coal-fired power plants in developing countries expect in “rare circumstances”. In its “Energy Sector Directions Paper,” updated every 10 years, the bank said it would focus on scaling up cleaner natural gas and increase support for hydropower projects for electricity generation. It also aims […]

Peru to power two million fuel poor homes

More than two million homes in Peru (pictured, Cusco city) will soon have access to electricity following the Government’s plans to install solar panels in 500,000 households across the country. Minister of Energy and Mines Jorge Merino Tafur announced the start of the new National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Programme (NPHEP), which aims to provide energy […]

Just 1800 homes assessed for Green Deal so far

Around 1800 homes have been assessed for the Government’s energy efficiency scheme the Green Deal so far according to new statistics released yesterday. The scheme is meant to overhaul the UK’s inefficient housing stock. A month since the scheme officially launched on 28 January in England and Wales and 25 February in Scotland, the number […]

World Bank warns leaders against 4°C temp rise

The World Bank today warned international leaders against letting the world’s temperature rise more than 4°C because it claims this could trigger a “cascade of cataclysmic changes” by the end of the century. This includes extreme heat waves, food shortages and a sea-level rise hitting hundreds of millions of the poorest people in coastal or […]