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Open data provides £400m opportunity for UK heat networks

The UK energy market could save £400m and reduce emissions by 800,000 tonnes over the next decade by using open and transparent data to reveal energy generation, consumption and distribution inefficiencies, new analysis has revealed.

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock

Meet the E&E Award-winner: Energy Manager of the Year - Jude Hughes, NIBSC

Over the past seven years in her role as energy manager at NIBSC, Jude Hughes has achieved the following headline figures for this large and energy-intensive government research centre: a 17% reduction in carbon footprint, a 12% reduction in electricity consumption, a 20% reduction in gas consumption, and utilities cost savings amounting to £746,000. Meet the Energy Manager of the Year...

In July last year, the Treasury scrapped the so-called ‘zero-carbon homes standard’

Housing efficiency: Retrofitting offers 'better bang for your buck' than new-build regulations

EXCLUSIVE: Britain should focus its housing energy efficiency efforts on retrofitting existing stock rather than trying to improve new-build performance, a senior building industry executive has claimed.

The new scheme will make it easier and cheaper for Scots to heat their homes

Scotland begins national drive to tackle fuel poverty

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (15 September) announced the launch of a £224m energy efficiency scheme to tackle the growing issue of fuel poverty across the country.

The Home Quality Mark has been designed to empower and enrich the quality of new residential properties

Sustainability rating scheme to promote 'healthier' UK homes

A new 5-star rating scheme is being introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help house-buyers make informed decisions about the green credentials of their homes.

Sheffield City Council says it plans to deploy the heat meters to 6,000 homes on its district heating network

Sheffield heat meter pilot saves locals £238 on heating bills

A trial of heat meters in 227 council homes in Sheffield has cut heating bills by approximately £238 per house.

Kingspan was one of more than 200 businesses to sign a letter condemning the Government's halt of its zero-carbon homes policy

New insulation technology could boost building efficiency by 20%

Kingspan Insulation has developed what it calls "the most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade".

Many issues continue to hamper energy efficiency improvements accross the UK's solid wall housing market

Energy efficient homes: What can the Government do to help?

David Kemp, sustainability manager at Procure Plus, discusses how the newly-formed Government can support housing providers in upgrading the insulation of their solid-wall stock.

An artists' impression of the new building, which

VIDEO: Uni building to become UK's largest Passivhaus

The University of Leicester has unveiled development plans for its new Centre for Medicine building which is set to become the largest Passivhaus building in the UK when it opens during the next academic year.

It will reportedly bring improved comfort and financial benefits to tens of thousands of Scottish people by reducing CO2 levels and improving Scotland's housing stock

Scotland to upgrade efficiency of 28,000 homes

The Scottish Government has announced a £224m energy efficiency scheme to tackle fuel poverty in Scottish homes.

The coalition Government has caused

Caroline Lucas: Green Deal disaster sums up chaotic coalition

EXCLUSIVE: Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has labelled the Green Deal an "absolute disaster" which epitomises a so-called green Government that has failed to deliver on a raft of environmental policies.

Individual households can apply for up to £5,600 from this newest release of Green Deal funding

£70m available in third round of Green Deal

The Government has announced the third round of its Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), with £70m being made available to help homeowners in England and Wales install energy-saving measures.

The technology is already installed at 30 Sainsbury's stores across the country, cutting overall energy consumption by 30% at the chosen locations

Sainsbury's heats stores using fridges to slash energy consumption

Sainsbury's is pioneering the use of ground-source heating technology by collecting the warmth from the back of its refrigerators to heat up its stores - cutting energy use by more than 30%.

Straw panels have been used to build seven eco homes in a first for a low-cost and fuel efficient building material which promises to reduce heating bills by 90%

Straw houses could unlock potential for ultra-low-carbon homes

Straw panels have been used to build seven eco-homes in Bristol in a first for a low-cost and fuel efficient building material which promises to reduce heating bills by 90% over that of brick-built housing.

The 4,800 module system will generate 1.1GW of electricity a year

Kingspan Energy unveils largest rooftop solar PV array in Ireland

Solar provider Kingspan Energy has installed Ireland's largest rooftop solar PV system on a manufacturing plant in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.


Green Deal gold rush: Home Improvement Fund snapped up after one day

A £24m Home Improvement Fund budget lasted just over 24 hours before the cash was fully allocated thanks to a glut of applications.

Up to £30m in vouchers will be available - £24m for solid wall insulation and £6m for two additional measures

Government revives Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with £30m investment

Today (10 December), the Government has re-opened its flagship Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures.

 British Gas' senior management failed to take appropriate action to ensure it delivered energy efficiency measures on time

British Gas charged £11.1m for missing energy efficiency targets

British Gas has been hit with an £11.1m fine for failing to meet binding targets for delivering domestic energy-efficiency upgrades by an agreed deadline.

Scientists turn sawdust into renewable fuel

Belgian researchers have developed a new process allowing them to turn sawdust into the building blocks for gasoline.

Dutch energiesprong ('Energy Leap') pilot project in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Photograph: Rogier Bos/Energiesprong

Ikea kitchens help sell insulation to Dutch - and UK could be next

Dutch consortia Energiesprong could give zero carbon retrofits to social homes across England, using innovative wrap-around insulated panels, if EU funding is approved.

Business leaders answered UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's challenge to make bold pledges ahead of the Climate Summit

UN Climate Summit: The bold pledges business leaders want to see

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York, environmental lobby organisation The Aldersgate Group gathered industry executives to find out what bold pledges they believe would close the emissions gap.

Mark Group had bolstered its workforce to meet the expected demand for insulation

'Hasty politics' forces insulation firm to axe 670 jobs

One of the UK's largest insulation installers, Mark Group, has confirmed that it is to cut up to a quarter of its UK staff, prompting calls for political parties to put their differences aside and focus on stabilising the energy industry.

DECC's statement said that the £120m allocated budget for the fund had been reached

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund closes suddenly after applications skyrocket

The £120m Green Deal Home Improvement Fund was closed for applications last night (24 July) after all the funds were allocated in just six weeks.

The total cashback incentives available per household under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been reduced to £5,600

DECC cuts Green Deal Home Improvement Fund incentive after £50m of applications

The Government is to cut the amount of cash available under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund by £2,000 per household after 12,200 applications with a value of more than £50m were received in the first six weeks of the scheme, DECC announced yesterday (22 July).

The Green Deal, designed to encourage energy-savings measures such as loft insulation, has been criticised for a low uptake.

UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn

Government's flagship energy efficiency schemes are found wanting in report by Committee on Climate Change.

Rolling out energy efficiency measures would equate to a saving of £189 per year per every person in the UK

Greener buildings could save UK £12bn a year says SEA energy manifesto

INFOGRAPHIC: A new manifesto published today (7 July) by the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has calculated that the UK could save £12.1billion per year by 2050 by focusing energy policy on greener buildings.

Existing energy efficiency programmes will miss recommended targets from the government's climate advisers for insulating all remaining cavity walls and lofts by 2015, said ACE

Home insulation installs 'have collapsed because of UK policies'

Association for the Conservation of Energy says total number of energy efficiency measures has fallen 60% in the past year.

Up to £7600 will be available to homeowners that install energy-saving measures such as insulation

New Green Deal cashback scheme issues £2.6m in first week

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has got off to a flying start, issuing £2.61m to households during its first week.

One major issue for public debate is the future of agriculture, which causes 9% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions

UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation

It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser

Andrew Warren is director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy

Green Deal incentives leave 85% carbon gap

The Government's new incentive scheme is coming up short on the carbon emission reductions it was supposed to deliver, says Andrew Warren.

Up to £7600 will be available to homeowners that install energy-saving measures such as insulation

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launched to incentivise homeowners

The Government is set to breathe new life into its ailing Green Deal with the launch of a new Home Improvement Fund that will offer thousands of pounds to homeowners implementing energy efficiency improvements.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud

Designers recycle airliner on Channel 4 programme

Three designers, who specialise in turning scrap into cash, have made an array of new products from an Airbus aircraft which was featured on a Channel 4 programme hosted by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

Changes to the Green Deal will mean 'room in roof' insulation pay-back, will increase from £220 to £1000

DECC raises cap on Green Deal pay-back scheme

The Government has announced changes to the Green Deal scheme which will see the amount of money consumers get back increase on some installed efficiency measures.

Green deal applications fall by a fifth

Fewer households applying for assessments under government's flagship energy-saving scheme

Rolling back the Energy Company Obligation could

PM's 'green levy' roll-back could cost thousands of construction jobs

More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost if the Government decides to cut "green levies" on energy bills, the construction industry has warned today.

Efficient operation at M&S' Cheshire Oaks store has resulted in 21% less electricity and 60% less heating fuel consumption than the designer's predicted

M&S' Cheshire Oaks store exceeds energy and carbon expectations

Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Cheshire Oaks store has achieved a 42% reduction in energy use compared to an equivalent store - against a target of 30% - in its first year in operation.

Kingfisher CEO Ian Cheshire:

EXCLUSIVE: Effective partnerships key to bringing sustainable products to fruition

Manufacturers, installers and retailers must come together effectively to drive consumer up-take of sustainable products and services, says Kingfisher CEO Ian Cheshire.

Shadow energy minister Tom Greatrex (pictured):

Labour: Smart grid crucial to overcoming energy challenges

The UK needs a smart grid to achieve a low carbon energy future that is affordable, says shadow energy minister Tom Greatrex MP.

The house features a range of lighting, heating, and water conservation measures that are

Most resource efficient house in Scotland launched

One of the first projects to be delivered by the Scottish Government's Resource Efficient Scotland programme has been launched.

The EU's 2009 Ozone Regulation prohibits the import or export of equipment relying on Ozone Depleting Substances

EU Commission clarifies ozone regulation for freight transport market

The European Commission has today clarified when the EU's ban on ozone-depleting substances (ODS) applies to intermodal containers used in international transport.

'Government action' needed to ensure UK meets second and third carbon budget

The Government must do more to ensure the UK meets its third and fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) annual progress report.

London schools to benefit from interest free energy efficiency loans

Schools in London could save £32m and cut carbon emissions by more than 125,000 tonnes over the next ten years under a new scheme, launched today by the Mayor Boris Johnson.

Sainsbury's new store in Haslucks Green Solihull

Sainsbury's claims new store in Solihull is Britain's 'greenest'

Sainsbury's claims it has opened Britain's most environmentally friendly convenience store in Haslucks Green, Solihull today.

VW's solar PV array is the largest of any car manufacturer in the US

Why being green means thinking blue for Volkswagen

Waterless technology, rainwater harvesting, Platinum LEED certification and the largest solar PV array of any car manufacturer in the US, Rob Bell finds out what's driving VW's 'Think Blue.Factory' strategy at its Chattanooga facility stateside

Greg Barker

Greg Barker announces multi-million pound Green Deal finance package

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has announced that the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has signed a deal with the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to release £244m of funding.

Ireland saving millions with energy efficiency retrofitting

Ireland is reaping the benefits of an energy efficiency retrofit programme, making €35m worth of energy savings in 2012.

The chemical reaction of sustainability

Akzonobel's drive to become a sustainable business started 10 years ago, when the chemical industry, along with the power industry, was public enemy number one for the environment, explains Leigh Stringer.

Nationwide launch Green Deal alternative

Nationwide has launched a loan for household energy efficiency improvements, which threatens to reduce the uptake of the Government's corresponding Green Deal.

Landlords choose MITIE as Green Deal installer

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has appointed outsourcing firm MITIE as its exclusive Green Deal installer.

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Green Deal facing frosty reception with little appetite for energy efficiency

Money-saving incentives through the Green Deal will not necessarily lead to a flood in demand for energy efficiency measures, according to new research.

Businesses urge ITRE Committee to recognise energy efficiency

Businesses have called on members of the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee to ensure they recognise energy efficiency as the single most cost-effective means of achieving the goals set out in the EU Energy Roadmap 2050.

EU must recognise link between energy efficiency and competition

The European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) has called on the European Commission to fully acknowledge the role energy efficiency can play for growth and job creation in the European Union.

Local energy schemes receive £46m cash injection

The Government has today awarded £46m to 132 projects across the UK, aimed at reducing fuel poverty, boosting energy efficiency and encouraging collective switching and purchasing.

Confusion reigns over Green Deal

One in five people are confused about what to buy under the upcoming Green deal, according to a survey conducted by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Green Deal cashback cap abolished

Householders who make energy saving improvements, could receive more than £1000 as part of the Green Deal cashback scheme, the Government announced today.

OFT calls for better standards from energy efficiency providers

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has urged the energy efficiency sector to ensure it is providing consistently good standards to consumers.

Moving in with energy efficiency

The Government is tackling the UK's building emissions challenge in the residential sector through the Green Deal and ECO. But what about the non-residential side - commercial and industrial buildings in particular, asks Alex Savidis.

Consumers support expansion of renewables

Consumers believe energy companies should invest their profits in renewable energy, according to new research.

Brits clueless about Green Deal

Results of a survey have found that 96% of the British public have never heard of, or do not understand the Green Deal.

Greg Barker hits back at Green Deal sceptics

The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker, has defended the Green Deal despite news last week that no assessments for energy efficiency improvements had been received since the policy was launched last month.

£125m Green Deal incentive receives sceptical welcome

A £125m government fund, announced today, to be made available to homeowners and businesses investing in energy efficiency improvements has received a mixed reception from organisations.

Modifications to this house cut energy costs by 75% and CO2 emissions by 83% a year.

Brighton and Hove's 20 eco-homes to open doors public

The public will be able to tour Brighton and Hove's 20 eco-homes at the council's annual household efficiency event.

The Green Deal has the potential to support a quarter of a million jobs through installation measures such as wall insulation

Free Green Deal support for SMEs in London

A support package has been launched by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to prepare small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the upcoming Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Ministry of Defence reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 11%

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 by more than 11%, making significant progress towards the governments green operations and procurement targets.

The Royal College of Music has replaced its lighting with energy efficient LED lights to reduce carbon emissions

Royal College of Music on track towards carbon reduction target

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is making substantial progress towards its carbon reduction target through a number of energy efficient projects.

Change your model to mitigate climate change, water firms warned

Water companies need to change their business models to ensure security of supply and support the economy, according to industry watchdog Waterwise.

Concern over climate change measures 'grinding to a halt'

Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 7% in 2011, but not because of any surge in renewable energy or improved carbon savings.

B&Q sets up energy saving call centre for customers

An energy saving call centre, backed by online and in-store advice, is being launched by home products retailer B&Q.

Welsh Government allocates £9m to flood risk and fuel poverty

Wales is set to benefit from a new £9m investment which aims to reduce flood risk and tackle fuel poverty.

Green Deal must gain 'credible reputation early'

Encouraging take-up of the Green Deal is going to be a "hell of a challenge" for green deal providers (GDP), but could provide a "niche" for SMEs looking for business opportunities.

New national body and DECC to pool Green Deal expertise

A new national body has been launched to provide industry with Green Deal expertise and identify energy efficiency opportunities in the UK through collaboration with DECC.

Welsh housing estate to get a green facelift

A major project to regenerate a deprived housing estate in Wales into an eco-friendly hub and slash domestic fuel bills has been unveiled.

The straw build underway at Lush's site in Dorset

Why it's not the last straw for Lush

Lush has embarked on its first straw bale construction project in a bid to slash carbon emissions in the built environment, as Maxine Perella finds out

Brian Paddick hopes his green issues will prove a vote winner

Mayor candidate Paddick pledges carbon-neutral London by 2030

Former deputy assistant police commissioner Brian Paddick has pledged to make the nation's capital carbon-neutral by 2030 if he gets elected as London Mayor.

Government forks out £3.5m for green skills training

Energy secretary Ed Davey has unveiled £3.5m of green skills funding in a bid to train hundreds of people ahead of the Government's flagship Green Deal roll out.

One of the tips contained in the guide is to create a maintenance manual, recording all work done on the boiler, and who did it

Businesses wasting £400m on bad boiler practice

UK businesses could make savings totalling more than £400m per year, simply by improving the efficiency of their boilers, according to new research from the Carbon Trust.

Damien Hirst's eco-homes are expected to come with a hefty price tag

Damien Hirst eco-homes 'out of reach' for ordinary buyers

Plans by controversial artist Damien Hirst to build 500 eco-homes in North Devon have been greeted with optimism by sustainability experts, but some question whether the scheme will do much to promote affordable housing.

British Gas and Thames Water to work on resource shortages together

Tackling droughts and energy inefficient homes are at the centre of new partnership between two of the UK's biggest utility firms.

E.ON offers free insulation and cash to needy households

'Big Six' energy giant E.ON has pledged to give free home insulation and cash to up to 700,000 deprived homes.

Reactions to proposed Green Deal scheme mixed

The Government's energy efficiency Green Deal scheme has received a mixed reaction from industry experts and businesses, after the Treasury reveals plans to commit £200m in incentives.

Details released today show Government analysis expects household energy bills to be 7% lower by 2020 thanks to its policies

Huhne outlines details of Green Deal scheme

A consultation on the Green Deal was launched today, outlining plans to stimulate billions of pounds of private investment home energy improvements over the next 10 years. However, Mr Huhne also said energy prices would rise by some 27% by 2020.

B&Q turns old terraced home into a concept 'eco house'

edie's sister publication DIY Week reporter, Rachel Hunter, takes a look at B&Q's house of the future.

Chris Huhne MP with deputy vice-chancellor Dr Adrian Graves

Chris Huhne opens new energy research centre

Secretary of state for energy and climate change Chris Huhne has unveiled the University of Salford's (UoS) latest research centre for energy and public policy.

The house in Snow Hill wrapped in the 20m long scarf made of pipe lagging

Water users urged to wrap up

With record lows of -19 degrees Celsius recorded in some parts of Yorkshire last winter, Yorkshire Water has launched a campaign to encourage its customers to 'Wrap Up' for winter.

Energy Summit's suggestion of £200 saving an insult to consumers

The government, big energy firms and consumer groups have agreed to a very voter friendly drive aimed at reducing power bills at least in the short term.

E.ON to green thousands of homes

A multi million pound scheme hopes to green deprived areas of a city through a series of scheme to massively cut its energy use.

Why it's time to get smart

Customers across the UK have said that they like combined water and energy efficiency messages, says Andrew Tucker, water strategy manager at the Energy Saving Trust, so why wait any longer?

Huhne to beef up Ofgem to fight energy price rises

A standing ovation followed energy secretary, Chris Huhne's, announcement of energy price reforms at the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham.

Cash conscious households delay turning on the heating

Households are putting off turning on the heating despite cooling temperatures, according to new research.

Energy minister Chris Huhne

CERT a cert claims Huhne as he tells energy companies 'pull your finger out'

Energy minister Chris Huhne claims the government's green initiatives are saving people money as he hit back at his critics following a damaging leak on rising energy costs.

Brits wasting £1bn in energy by failing to insulate

Brits are wasting around £1bn in energy each year as they simply "can't be bothered" to insulate their homes.

Organic Energy managing director, Andy Boroughs

Dogs Trust kennel gets £5M of environmental imporvements

Abandoned dogs are to be kept warmer through a more environmental way after a wood pellet heating system was built at their kennel.

Londoners would be 'crazy' not to go for new energy saving programme, says Boris

London mayor, Boris Johnson, has unveiled a new energy efficiency programme to help Londoners make savings on their annual energy and water bills.

Bradford set to house Europe's largest sustainable business site

A new sustainable building development in Inspire Bradford Business Park is set to become Europe's largest construction of environmentally friendly office spaces after securing funding.

'Our purpose is to help businesses see the value of sustainability,' says Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Katie Coyne meets Rachel Brown, CEO and founder of New Zealand's Sustainable Business Network

UK deindustrialisation has boosted emissions

'Major policy reversals' are needed to ensure a transition to a low carbon economy, according to a new report.

Homes must be converted to zero carbon if targets are to be met

Almost any home could have its carbon footprint reduced to zero and measures to convert them should start immediately if government targets are to be met, a building performance expert has claimed.

Chris Huhne on the Fourth Carbon Budget

Energy minister, Chris Huhne, has written about why the Coalition Government has set an ambitious fourth carbon budget.

Polystyrene foam gets compacted in preparation for recycling

West Midlands gets polystyrene foam recycling boost

A polystyrene foam collection centre has opened in the West Midlands, enabling local businesses and residents to drop off their foam for recycling free of charge.

Taking the heat out

Wastewater is now the largest source of heat leakage in new buildings that are well insulated, but the heat can be recycled, says Frank Rogalla of Aqualia

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