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The Energy Bill - a case of government oversight

The shorter and colder days of winter mean higher energy bills for many businesses. Research has found that an office based company will use 50% of its annual gas consumption in winter. So, it’s no surprise that many businesses are focused on cutting energy usage, not only to save money but also to build corporate reputation.

 

UK coal use still growing but steady progress on renewables

The UK government’s latest figures on energy production and use, released yesterday, reveal that while coal use is at its highest share in 14 years, renewable electricity is still growing steadily.

UK government’s ECO scheme will benefit few, warns report

The UK government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme, which requires suppliers to help the fuel poor with energy efficiency improvements, will help only a few, warns a report out today.

UK’s ‘dash for gas’ will boost bills, warns committee

The influential Committee on Climate Change has today warned that increased reliance on unabated gas generation could add £600 to the average household bill over the coming decades.

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UK government promises consumer security in smart meter rollout

UK government promises consumer security in smart meter rollout

The UK government yesterday outlined new rules to protect consumers’ privacy and security as smart meters are rolled out across the country over the next seven years.

Businesses “sleepwalking” into resource crisis, warns research

Businesses “sleepwalking” into resource crisis, warns research

Businesses are unprepared for the effects of dwindling resources and are “sleepwalking” towards a crisis, warns the Carbon Trust.

Apple powers ahead with fuel cells and solar panels at data centre

Apple powers ahead with fuel cells and solar panels at data centre

Apple is making progress on its plans to run its new data centre in North Carolina on renewables.

London 2012 organisers hail success on cutting emissions

London 2012 organisers hail success on cutting emissions

The final post-games sustainability report reveals that the London 2012 Olympic Games had a 28% smaller carbon footprint than predicted, saving 400,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent from construction to the closing ceremony.

Changes to CRC scheme will save UK businesses £272 million

Changes to CRC scheme will save UK businesses £272 million

The UK government’s plans to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment efficiency scheme will save businesses £272 million, says Energy Minister Greg Barker.

UK government puts £100,000 up for grabs for efficiency training

UK government puts £100,000 up for grabs for efficiency training

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change has put £100,000 up for grabs to support energy efficiency skills training.