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'Crack on': Alok Sharma implores businesses to join £2bn Green Homes Grant

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has called on tradespeople across the UK to access the Government's new £2bn Green Homes Grants scheme to mobilise efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock.

The UK’s net-zero emissions target for 2050 will require every household to replace their heating system with lower carbon alternatives

Government urged to ratchet up spending into household energy efficiency

The UK Government has been urged to implement a Home Improvement Plan to facilitate more than £5bn in annual spending to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock to contribute to the net-zero target for 2050.

Hosted across the Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea areas, the VPP system will incorporate solar panels, batteries and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure 

West Sussex's £31m 'smart' local energy system to progress during lockdown

A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project in West Sussex which is aiming to streamline how low-carbon energy is generated, stored, traded and consumed is still running "at full speed" despite the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 80% of the UK’s building stock for 2050 is already built

Government taskforce sets out tools to unlock £65bn investment into green housing

The UK Government's Green Finance Institute (GFI) has found that scaling up green retrofitting of the UK's existing housing stock would require investments of up to £65bn while supporting the economic recovery, as the Green Alliance calls for policy amendments to retrofitting in the UK.

The decentralised energy toolkit for business

This free Decentralised Energy Toolkit breaks down how organisations can utilise distributed energy solutions to take control of their energy use and realise various competitive and environmental benefits – from increased energy resilience and better efficiency to reduced emissions, lower costs and new revenue streams.

More than 9,000 facilities across the UK benefit from participation in the scheme

Businesses called upon to consult on £300m energy-saving Climate Change Agreement

The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a two-month consultation on an extension to the Climate Change Agreement (CCA), a legislative mechanism that enables businesses to save up to £300m annually on energy costs.

The Council has committed to installing an additional 182 electric vehicle charging points by the end of the year

Hackney Council powered by 100% renewable electricity

Hackney Council is now sourcing 100% of its electricity demand from renewables, with the council accelerating towards a goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Energy professionals, like most, are currently dealing with changes to their role. These key considerations will help to navigate these changes in the coming weeks.

Coronavirus: Seven key considerations for energy professionals

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to slow economies across the world, industrial and commercial energy demand is falling as domestic demand increases. Here, edie summarises seven ways which energy professionals can respond to this challenge and others borne by the current pandemic.

The Leeds RERF was opened in 2016 to burn up to 150,000 tonnes of landfill waste annually

Houses and businesses connect to low-carbon heating network in Leeds

Households and businesses in Leeds are set to benefit from reduced energy bills and carbon emissions after being connected to a £36m district heating network that connects to the city's Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF).

Using 33% of revenues for energy efficiency can ensure fuel-poor households are not adversely affected by carbon taxation

Carbon tax rises 'could fund energy efficiency drive'

The government could siphon off a large chunk of the revenues from increased carbon prices to improve the energy efficiency of fuel poor households, according to a new report from the London School of Economics' Grantham Institute.

Those connected will also have their emissions reduced by 500 tonnes annually

Waste heat from London Underground to warm homes in Islington

More than 1,350 homes, a school and two leisure centres in Islington are to benefit from a new energy centre that is harnessing waste heat from the London Underground tube network.

The built environment accounts for 40% of national energy use and around one-third of emissions

UK commercial properties wasting £60m in avoidable energy bills

UK businesses are wasting energy to the tune of £60m in unnecessary energy bills, according to a new Green Alliance report that is calling for better commercial energy management to help reach the UK's climate targets.

The unstoppable momentum of net-zero

With approximately 40% of the UK's carbon emissions attributable to the built environment, our industry represents a huge slice of the pie when it comes to driving down emissions. And with the legally binding target of the UK being net-zero by 2050 in place, now is the time for construction and property businesses to step up and take action.

The manifesto places a big focus on energy efficiency and bills

Conservatives confirm plastic export ban and £9bn energy improvements in manifesto

The Conservatives have finally unveiled their party manifesto, which commits to ban plastic exports outside of developed countries, a multi-billion pound energy efficiency scheme for homes and a promise to "go carbon neutral by 2050 and Corbyn neutral by Christmas".

Yanbu Cement (pictured) is among the group of 18 companies 

EP100: Energy-efficient businesses slash $55m off annual bills

A coalition of 18 large businesses have collectively shaved $55m (£45m) off their energy costs by implementing better efficiency measures, a new report from The Climate Group has concluded.

The UK's heat networks currently serve about 500,000 customers, but this could rise to five million by mid-century 

Citizens Advice: Government lacking 'credible' plan to decarbonise heat

The Government's failure to implement a "credible" framework for the decarbonisation of heat for commercial and domestic use could undermine public confidence in the net-zero transition, Citizens Advice has warned.

Plans are in place to roll the AirDoor out to more Waitrose stores

Waitrose to launch 'invisible door' that could save retailers £1.5bn on energy bills

Waitrose & Partners will introduce an "invisible" door" to combat the amount of avoidable energy that is lost at entrance doors to retail stores, with research suggesting that a widescale rollout could help British retailers save £1.5bn annually on energy bills.

The report criticises the withdrawal of key low-carbon policy frameworks, notably the zero carbon homes scheme

UK homes jeopardising national climate targets, report warns

The UK will not hit its legally binding carbon reduction targets unless the Government acts now to address the "increasing uncomfortable and unsafe" national housing stock, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

With the right incentives, the government can eventually “end the UK’s dependency on natural gas,” the think-tank affirms

UK gas must be 'completely' decarbonised by 2050, says think-tank

Britain must get rid of fossil-based natural gas in the coming three decades if the country is to meet its long-term climate change objectives, according to a report published on Friday (15 February) by a think-tank close to the ruling Conservative party.

Gateshead. Energy efficiency in buildings is neglected across Britain, according to the study, and is worst in the Midlands, northern England and Wales

UK energy revolution risks creating a 'two-tier' economy

The UK's transition to a low-carbon economy is masking stark regional divides, according to new research, with regions such as the North of England and East Midlands being left behind.

Zero Waste Scotland claims that SMEs could cut their energy bills by 24% by installing technologies such as modern boilers, building insulation and LED lighting

Scottish Government launches 'cashback' scheme to help SMEs bolster energy efficiency

The Scottish Government has partnered with Zero Waste Scotland to launch a "cashback" scheme which offers interest-free loans to small businesses that install energy efficiency measures.

A two-year postponement in adopting the latest package would cost consumers and business €46bn (£41bn) in increased energy bills

Delays to energy efficient goods will cost EU consumers 'billions' in lost savings

New energy efficient eco-designs for 15 products including fridges, TVs and dishwashers have been delayed, EU diplomats say, even though experts consider them "crucial" to meeting Europe's Paris climate pledge. The delays are also expected to mean consumers will miss out on lower energy bills.

The industrial sector - which accounts for one quarter of the UK’s electricity demand - has been challenged by the Government to improve its energy productivity by 20% by 2030

Report: UK manufacturers could save £540m through clean technologies

New technologies such as battery storage and solar could "inspire a new industrial revolution" and save the manufacturing sector at least £540m on its energy bills.

The Climate Coach: Renewable Energy

I have a dream, of a society where children play safely outside in green, common areas, where there are no cars. People travel to work in electric powered trains, buses and through electric car share. They walk and cycle to school, to the local shop and to meet friends. A dream where renewable energy sources provide all the power we need - for heating, electricity and transport - in businesses as well as in homes.

The report calls for the  Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme to focus solely on fuel-poor homes

Report: UK set to 'dramatically' miss 2030 energy efficiency targets for homes

The UK will not meet its 2030 goals to boost energy efficiency in its housing stock until the end of the century, new research from think tank IPPR has concluded.

The UK Government will also aim to halve the energy costs for the existing building stock - both domestically and commercially

Theresa May unveils plan to halve building energy use by 2030

Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to halve the energy use from new buildings by 2030, as part of a speech that championed the role that science and technology will play in delivering the Government's Industrial Strategy.

Energy savings of £91m can be recognised by the adoption of smart LED street lighting

5G to deliver £6bn opportunity for smart, resource-efficient UK cities, says O2

The next generation of mobile connectivity, or 5G, will enable councils to generate £2.8bn annually through smart lighting and refuse collection, according to a new report from O2 outlining a £6bn opportunity of the UK economy.

Around 2,000 Energiesprong homes have been completed in the Netherlands, of which around 60% were renovations of existing properties and 40% new builds

In Practice: The UK's first Energiesprong homes

A pioneering new pilot project in Nottingham aims to make select households ultra-low carbon and fit for the future by renovating them using the 'Energiesprong' techniques used in the Netherlands.

Network companies will “rapidly increase the use of competitive markets”

Power networks pledge to deliver £17bn of smart grid benefits

Electricity network operators will today (6 December) pledge to deliver £17 billion of energy system benefits by 2050 through the creation of a smarter, more flexible power grid.

In the UK, more than 330,000 private rented homes currently do not meet energy efficiency standards

Housebuilders 'cheating the public' over energy efficiency standards, claims Lord Deben

Some of the biggest UK private housebuilding firms have faced criticism from the Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) for delivering new homes that allegedly fail to meet energy efficiency standards.

How business can help halt the rise in global emissions

There's been a lot of media coverage over the past week about rising levels of CO2 and the likely impacts, despite international efforts to cut greenhouse gases.

The Problem with Solar (and other Renewables)

Night is the Achilles Heel of solar and this leads onto other interesting problems with other domestic renewable options

Get the latest business guide - edie Explains energy resilience

From ensuring business continuity and mitigating the risks of black or brown outs, to protecting your business from energy price rises the latest edie Explains guide, has it all.

edie Explains: Energy resilience

Energy resilience is about ensuring a business has a reliable, regular supply of energy and contingency measures in place in the event of a power failure.

Productive workplaces: what we need from the Clean Growth Strategy

On 25th September, BEIS Climate Change Minister Claire Perry set out her reflections on Climate Week. She noted that we are decarbonising faster than any other G20 nation, and highlighted the opportunity for UK businesses offered by further progress in this economic transformation.

edie Explains: Energy data optimisation

The latest in our ‘edie Explains' series is dedicated to understanding energy data optimisation. This can be a complex issue, but our step-by-step guide takes you through the process and provides top tips for success.

More than 40 social landlords including local authorities will be involved across England and Wales. Photo: Solarplicity

£1bn solar project set to power 800,000 UK homes

More than 800,000 low-income UK households will have access to cheap solar electricity in the next five years thanks to a £1bn Government-led programme.

Cost of Energy Review: will it deliver lower bills?

Earlier this month, BEIS announced details of its 'independent review to ensure energy is affordable for households and businesses'. Here are my initial thoughts on whether or not it will deliver lowest cost, sustainable energy services for consumers.


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