Heat pump sales chill in Europe

Sales of heat pumps in Europe fell in 2012, according to new figures released by research group EurObserv’ER. Its latest Heat Pump Barometer for 23 countries in the EU found combined sales of ground and air source heat pumps fell to 1.65 million – a 7.9% drop from 2011. EurObserv’ER said the market had seen a series […]

Electric scooter sales to surge 50% by 2020

Worldwide sales of electric scooters are estimated to grow 50% by 2020 according to a report from Navigant Research. It forecasts that global e-scooter sales will hit 18 million in 2020, up from 12 million in 2013. Asia Pacific is far and way the world’s largest region for e-scooter sales, accounting for 99% of all […]

Green businesses worth £25bn to London economy

London’s green economy is booming as the sector is worth around £25.4 billion to the capital’s economy, a new report revealed. Figures from Mayor Boris Johnson’s Office also showed the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCGES) sector has grown from £20.9 billion in 2007/08 to £22.9 billion in 2009/10. It also rose by […]

Electric is “quickest growing” part of car market

Electric vehicles may not be everywhere yet but they are the fastest growing part of the car market, new figures show. There are small but encouraging signs for the electric car market in the UK as close to 2,000 pure electric cars have registered for the Government’s plug-in car grant so far in 2013. Sales […]

US sees double EV sales in 2013

Electric vehicle sales in the US have doubled in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales tripled from around 17,000 in 2011 to 52,000 in 2012 whilst more than 40,000 have already been bought in the first six months this year – more than […]

Scotland’s oil and gas sales reach ‘record levels’

Scotland saw an 8.4% rise in exports in its oil and gas supply chain, reaching $12.7 billion (£8.2bn) in the last two years. Latest figures showed international activity in the sector accounted for a “record” 47.6% of total sales, an increase from 31% over the last decade. Total oil and gas supply chain sales, including […]

Mixed profits for energy giants

Russian energy giant Gazprom’s net profit fell 10% in 2012 compared to the previous year due to rising costs and lower sales whilst its rival BP saw underlying profits of $4.2 billion (£2.7bn) in the first quarter of 2013. Gazprom’s profits last year totalled RUB1.183 trillion (£24.6bn) compared to RUB1.30 trillion (£27bn) in 2011. The […]

Ex-SSE sales rep ‘spills the beans on mis-selling’

A former SSE sales employee appears to have spilled the beans on the energy supplier’s dodgy practices when trying to get consumers to switch to their tariffs. Ofgem yesterday slammed a £10.5 million fine, believed to be the largest of its kind to date, as it revealed the company’s “prolonged and extensive” mis-selling and published […]

Consumer champs gunning for dodgy solar salesmen

The Government should ban firms doing dodgy ‘deals on the day’ for solar panels and heat pumps, says a 30-strong group of green energy installers and a consumer group. They have begun a petition to stop salespeople taking money from homeowners on the first day they speak to them over the phone or in person. […]

E.ON under investigation for ‘misselling’

Big Six supplier E.ON is under investigation over its energy sales practice. The regulator Ofgem said the investigation was being launched following information which has come to their attention regarding E.ON’s marketing activities. The investigation will examine whether E.ON is complying with standard licence condition 25, which regulates face-to-face and telephone sales activities. E.ON said […]