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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
£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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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