Overshooting Again: A personal reflection

Overshooting Again: A personal reflection

The danger of being positive

The danger of being positive

Positive things are being reported in the world of sustainability but is this a "false dawn" and we may prematurely assume success is inevitable and thereby prevent it.

Building Management System or caretaker: which route to energy savings?

Building Management System or caretaker: which route to energy savings?

If you listen to manufacturers, Building Management Systems (BMS) are technology's solution to the energy manager's need to reduce wastage in building services. They are often rated as saving up to 30% of energy consumption in heating and cooling for investment purposes and by the company providing the finance. However, they save absolutely nothing unless expert hands manipulate them.

Getting ahead of the curve on energy efficiency

Getting ahead of the curve on energy efficiency

Energy management isn't a matter of life and death - it's the only way we'll save the planet.

New five pound note: the price of sustainability?

Sometimes sustainable decisions can have unfortunate consequences - is the new five pound note an example?

Do we really need an electricity grid?

Do we really need an electricity grid?

Electricity generation is being increasingly localised and a large electricity grid wastes energy in transmission over distance - so do we need a national electricity grid?

Sending the wrong message: we don't care how hot the room is

Sending the wrong message: we don't care how hot the room is

It seems that the UK Government is beset with following the Law of Unintended Consequences. An example of an underused and possibly badly repealed law from 2014 might send the wrong message.

“I’m using a Biomass Boiler I’m one of the Environmental Good Guys”

Well possibly you're not. If you consider carefully there may be reasons why you are continuing to damage the ecosystem

What have we done to upset HMG?

What have we done to upset HMG?

Is it possible that one of the minor provisions of the latest Budget will fall foul of the 'Law of Unintended Consequences' and actually increase carbon emissions and climate change?

'Dieselgate': Fiddling the system...

Volkswagen (VW) have been caught fiddling tests. Well they're not unique. A couple of examples from my own experience highlight where something similar has been attempted.