Aviation emissions must lose altitude by 2020

The aviation industry has outlined a new set of goals to reduce emissions in the future. The aviation industry aims to increase fuel efficiency across the fleet by 1.5% a year until 2020, to stabilise CO2 emissions at 2020 levels and cut CO2 emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. These goals will be addressed through technological, […]

Leaked letter reveals UK will miss green target

The UK will miss a major legally-binding renewable target, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted in a leaked letter. In a candid private message to other cabinet ministers, she reveals the country is predicted to fall short of its EU obligations of generating 15% of its energy from green sources by 2020. The letter, which […]

Public asked views on EU efficiency

A new public consultation has opened on the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Open until 31 October 2015, this consultation offers you the chance to give feedback on EU rules designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Under the 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, energy performance certificates must be included in all […]

UK not on track to meet renewable energy targets

The UK is not on track to meet its renewable energy targets, according to a new report. In 2013, the nation’s share of renewable energy stood at 5.1%, lagging behind its 2020 goal of 15%. However, the UK Government claims the country is on track to meet the interim target of 5.4% for 2013/14 by […]

IEA: Energy emissions could peak by 2020

A peak in global energy emissions could be achieved by 2020 at no net economic cost, according to a new report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said this can be met using only proven technologies and policies and without having to change the economic or development forecasts of any region. The IEA is an intergovernmental organisation which examines […]

Global renewable targets quadrupled since 2005

Renewable energy targets have quadrupled globally since 2005, according to a new report. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found 164 countries have adopted at least one type of green energy target – up from just 43 countries in 2005. IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation which promotes the adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. […]

Japan could improve climate targets

Japan could achieve stronger climate targets than their recent government proposal intends, new research claims. The Japanese government recently indicated the country would cut emissions by 18% from 1990 levels by 2030. However, the study by the institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) found Japan could cut emissions by 25-30% in this time, with no nuclear […]

MPs urge Britain to stick to climate targets

Britain must stick to its targets for limiting greenhouse gas emissions despite criticism from the Treasury, a group of MPs have warned. The UK Government is required to set a series of targets for greenhouse gas emissions over five-year periods up to 2027, known as carbon budgets, which aims to put the nation on track […]

Northern Ireland Water makes gains in efficiency

Northern Ireland Water has improved its efficiency – saving £12 million through reduced running costs. According to its annual report for the year up to March, the savings were made through voluntary redundancies as well as more efficient procurement, sourcing contracts internally and making better use of in-house skills. It beat the target for operating […]

EU seeks views on recycling targets

The European Commission aims to boost recycling in the EU and is seeking views on whether the current targets need reviewing. It is calling for businesses, public authorities, NGOs and citizens to give their opinions, with the results from the consultation to be used to help develop potential new policies in a bid to prevent […]