New plans for greener buildings in the Philippines

The Government of Philippines has announced plans to reduce the annual power usage and carbon emissions of new buildings by up to 20% and 25% respectively. International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, met the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways recently to help the country build and operate more […]

Political intervention ‘main threat’ to utility companies

Political intervention through changes to energy policies is seen as the greatest threat to the future of power and utility (P&U) companies, a new poll suggests. Based on a survey of 110 P&U senior executives from 20 countries, the “fast-paced” change of regulations was highlighted as the highest priority of risk. Price volatility and access […]

DECC scraps business red tape

DECC has scrapped 86 rules and slimmed down 48 others to make life easier for businesses. Part of the Government’s ‘red tape challenge’ which was launched in 2011, it is said the changes could save businesses around £400 million over the next 20 years alongside other reforms to the energy market. This includes simplifications to […]

Environmental campaigners welcome low carbon building plans

Environmental campaigners are “delighted” with the Government’s latest plans to change building regulations. One of the proposals would see homeowners extending their properties be required to upgrade the energy efficiency of their house to the same level as their extension. Zoe Leader, sustainable homes policy officer at environmental charity WWF-UK said: “WWF has long argued […]

Energy firms to be charged for roadworks

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has announced he will introduce measures to cut road works by imposing charges on firms wanting to dig up roads during the daytime. New proposals could help councils charge utility companies wanting to dig up the busiest roads during peak times when road works cause the most disruption. The Department for […]