Theresa May urged to show leadership towards zero carbon economy

Leading businesses and investor organisations are urging the UK Government to show leadership towards a zero carbon economy. They are calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to lead on climate change in order to drive jobs, sustainable growth and investment and remain competitive with other major economies. That includes setting clear policies through flagship proposals […]

Next UK Government urged to prioritise energy efficiency

The next government should recognise energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority and commit to improving the energy performance of homes in the UK. The call from the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) comes as it has set out key recommendations for the government ahead of the general election. It says improving the energy efficiency […]

Building giants back 2050 zero-emission target

Three major companies are backing a global campaign which aims to ensure all buildings are net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Engineering firm Integral Group, international property and infrastructure group Lendlease and product manufacturer ROCKWOOL Group have joined the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) initiative as official sponsors. The goal of the Advancing Net Zero […]

Brexit ‘could allow UK to reset and future-proof policies’

Brexit offers a chance for the UK to reset its industrial strategy and ease the transition to a green economy. That’s according to The Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), which has released a discussion paper to inform a government consultation commencing today. The group brings together 24 leading businesses from across Europe, including Unilever, GSK, 3M, Tesco, Sky and EDF. It argues […]

UK zero emissions target to be legally binding

The government has said it will make it legally binding for the UK to establish a zero emissions target. Under current regulations, emissions must be reduced by 80% by 2050. Speaking at the House of Commons yesterday, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said: “The government believes that we will need to take the step of enshrining […]

Government consults on small sites’ zero carbon exemption

The UK Government is seeking views on its proposals to exempt small housing sites from the zero carbon homes policy. It aims to implement the zero carbon homes standard from 2016, which requires house builders in England to decrease all carbon emissions from energy arising from fixed heating, lighting, hot water and other building services […]

Slash your energy bills by moving into a new home

Moving into a new built home can reduce energy bills by around £500, according to research from a homebuilder. Linden Homes claims new built homes are six times more energy efficient and generate up to half the CO2 emissions than older properties. This is equivalent to driving 10,000 miles less a year per household. Steve […]

Tesco installs turbines at grocery centres

Tesco has installed wind turbines at three of its distribution centres in England and Wales. The retailer, which wants to be carbon neutral by 2050, has put up two 90-metre turbines at Crick in the Midlands and Magor and Newport in Wales. Tesco renewables manager Jake Ronay said: “The wind turbines will make a major […]

Energy efficiency is ignoring people power

A report on energy efficiency warns that ‘people power’ is being ignored in favour of an over-focus on technological solutions to climate change. The UK Energy Research Centre argues that more time should be spent educating consumers on energy use rather than relying on technologies like smart meters to cut consumption. According to report author […]

UK renewables "playing in Europe’s amateur league": Huhne

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has branded the UK’s renewables industry as “amateur”. Speaking at a clean technology conference yesterday, he said the UK was “playing in Europe’s amateur league when we ought to be in the Premiership”. He also lambasted the country’s Euro-renewables ranking. “We are 25th out of 27 EU members states on renewables.” […]