Energy criminals get cuffed after almost 2,000 tip-offs

An anonymous tip-off service for the public to report energy crime received almost 2000 pieces of information in 2017. Crimestopper’s Stay Energy Safe initiative allows people to ring in and bring attention to issues such as electricity theft, meter tampering or dangerous wiring. It aims to help avoid the financial losses and safety risks that […]

Transparent green energy package launched

The UK’s first independently certified 100% renewable energy package has been launched. SmartestEnergy’s electricity product has been verified by the Carbon Trust to make sure that every MW/h sold to its customers has had zero carbon impact and originates only from renewable sources. Many suppliers already provide 100% green offerings but this is the first in the market to have its carbon credentials checked by an […]

BT tops sustainability list of FTSE 100 firms – again

Telecommunications giant BT has been rated as having the best sustainablility strategy out of FTSE 100 companies for the third year running. M&S and Unilever were awarded second and third place respectively in Carbon Clear’s latest annual sustainability report. Each company in the FTSE 100 was given a percentage score based on their carbon management strategy, targets, […]

Government invites experts for IPCC climate report

The government is calling on experts in the UK to help scope a special report on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing the report which will set out the feasibility of limiting rise in temperatures to 1.5C and the changes needed to achieve the target. It will also cover land […]

Chinese “green energy revolution” is underway

A third of the world’s greenest companies are now Chinese. This is according to the Corporate Knights’ Clean 200 report, which ranks the largest 200 companies worldwide by their total clean energy revenues. Firms must be worth over $1 billion (£770m) with at least 10% of revenue coming from clean energy. It does not include companies that […]

UK sees lowest emission levels since 1990

Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to their lowest level since 1990. A report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also shows energy consumption from renewable and waste sources reached a record high in 2014, accounting for 7.1% of total energy consumption. The amount of resources consumed per person is shown to have fallen […]

Private power lights up Scotland

The number of Scottish companies, communities and farms generating their own electricity has risen by more than 50% in the last year. New figures show £80.8m was invested in 775 green technologies – up from just 509 in 2013. They included wind (497), hydro (173), solar (32) and anaerobic digestion (43). The projects generated £271 million […]

UK should ‘extend green funding to meet 2050 emissions targets’

The UK should extend funding for low carbon electricity generation to 2025 in order to meet its emissions targets. That’s according to the latest report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). It suggests the government should do this by helping support investment and innovation which will cut costs. The paper reports the UK’s progress its emissions reduction […]

Emissions drop 23.6% since 1990

Greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly a quarter from 1990 to 2013. A new report released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 were 643.1 million tonnes. That’s 23.6% lower than the 1990 figure. The fall is due to the reduction in emissions from the manufacturing, energy supply, water and waste […]

Scotland prepares for climate change

New measures are being taken in Scotland to help cope with climate change. These include flood defences, transport planning and specialist training for emergency services. A new report from the Scottish government looks at how climate change will affect people, homes, communities and landscapes in Scotland and what can be done in preparation. Scottish Climate Change Minister […]