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EU efficiency targets 'lack ambition'

The European Union's targets to improve energy efficiency by 2030 "lack ambition" and are a "complete disappointment", according to a leading lobby group. Last week (July 23rd), bosses proposed a goal of 30 per cent savings in gas and electricity consumption across the bloc... More >

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Housing association appoints energy efficiency champions

A Somerset-based housing association has described tackling fuel poverty as its "top priority" and revealed the steps it is already taking to support its tenants. Yarlington Housing Group has been reacting to the latest Department for Energy and Climate Change figures on the issue, which... More >

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Redditch fuel poverty 'showing no signs of letting up'

More households are struggling to pay their energy bills in Redditch, according to new figures. The Redditch Standard reports the town is the only part of Worcestershire where incidences of the problem have increased, with the Department for Energy and Climate Change revealing a total of 3,537... More >

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GDHIF closure 'disappointing' for industry

The decision to close the doors to the government's Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been met with all-round dismay by the industry bodies and organisations that have supported it since its introduction earlier this year. Under the programme, homeowners could apply for up to... More >

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GDHIF doors close after 'overwhelming demand'

Householders will no longer be able to apply for financial support to complete work on their property via the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), after the scheme used up its allocation of cash. The final applicants were accepted on Thursday (July 24th), before it was announced in the evening... More >

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DECC aims to retrofit 'as many fuel-poor homes as possible'

Plans to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016 are being abandoned in favour of aiming to reduce the power consumption of "as many fuel-poor homes as is reasonably practicable" by 2030. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has adjusted its original targets so that properties in the... More >

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30% energy efficiency target set by EU

European Union (EU) member states will be required to aim for an improvement of 30 per cent in their energy efficiency by 2030, after leaders revealed their latest proposals yesterday (July 23rd). Under the plans, it is hoped that consumers will be able to benefit from cheaper sources of power and... More >

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£2.9m green housing development opens in Huyton

A £2.9 million housing development in Merseyside that specifically focuses on energy efficiency has been officially opened. The estate in Huyton comprises of 26 properties and will be used as affordable rental homes, operated by Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT). Among the features built into each... More >

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Residential energy efficiency schemes 'not ambitious enough'

The ambitions of the government's energy efficiency initiatives should be increased if they are to realise their potential, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). A new report published by the organisation has suggested that carbon budgets can be met in an affordable manner,... More >

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UK 'is a global leader in low carbon energy technology'

The UK is one of the most attractive propositions in the world for investing in energy infrastructure, according to energy secretary Ed Davey. Mr Davey told delegates at the Confederation of British Industry Energy Conference on Friday (July 18th) that he believed the country could now have "a... More >

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EC energy-saving goals 'could be less than 30%'

The European Commission (EC) is considering altering its initial target of what it would like to achieve in energy efficiency savings by 2030. Reuters reports the EC is now looking into the possibility of setting a goal of bringing down levels of power consumption by between 20 and 29 per cent - a... More >

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Germany most energy-efficient nation, report reveals

A report into the energy efficiency of 16 of the world's major economies has found Germany to be the best-performing. The study - conducted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) - found Mexico to be the least eco-friendly, while it also voiced concerns over the... More >

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Short-term thinking 'is risking the UK's energy future'

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) deputy director-general will tell delegates at today's (July 17th) CBI Energy Conference that too many organisations and individuals are focused on the short term when it comes to the UK's energy needs. Katja Hall will highlight the importance of... More >

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UK 'struggling' to meet 2020 carbon targets

The government needs to be doing more to ensure the UK hits its 2020 carbon reduction targets, according to a new report. On Tuesday (July 15th), the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released the details of its annual progress update, emphasising the stark reality that missing the goals were... More >

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Energy efficiency 'important' to first-time buyers

Having a low level of energy consumption is now considered to be a priority of the majority of people looking to purchase their first home, according to new research. The study, conducted by E.ON, found that while location remained the number one dealmaker or breaker when it came to choosing a... More >

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Bromsgrove residents benefit from external wall insulation

Almost 150 properties in Bromsgrove should benefit from a reduction in their energy bills upon the completion of a three-year programme to make homes in the area more energy efficient. The Bromsgrove Advertiser reports the houses in Sidemoor have been undergoing improvement work as part of a... More >

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Energy efficiency solutions firm hoping to tackle fuel poverty

It is hoped that a new partnership between energy efficiency solutions business Anesco and power supplier First Utility will support more households in their efforts to avoid falling into fuel poverty. The two organisations have signed a three-year deal that will see thousands of the most... More >

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Green Deal 'could be gone by next month'

Households looking to take advantage of the government's Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) may only have until next month to apply for its support. The Telegraph reports the initiative, which was relaunched in June, is proving to be significantly more popular than the previous... More >

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Wigan Council fronts new energy campaign

People living in the Wigan borough of Greater Manchester are being encouraged to take advantage of government support to help them become more energy efficient. The Little Bill campaign, launched by the local council, aims to educate residents on what they need to do to reduce their electricity and... More >

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UK residents 'admitting to lack of energy efficiency'

One in eight people rate their home's insulation and other energy efficiency measures as "poor" or "very poor", according to a new survey. The research, carried out by Ocean Finance, has found that many of those who responded in this way blame the age of their property as... More >

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Annual energy bills could rise to £2,000 by 2035, study reveals

The price of gas and electricity could skyrocket over the new two decades unless something is done to improve our energy efficiency and establish new sources of power. That is the key finding of a study focusing on the future of the energy sector, which the National Grid has now published. Its... More >

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DECC urges families to 'act now' on energy efficiency

Households across the UK are being invited to take advantage of the government's flagship home energy efficiency programme, while funding is still available. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) launched on June 8th, with 4,405 applications having been accepted across England and Wales... More >

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Housing association's investment in eco measures paying off

A Sunderland housing association has launched an ambitious 20-year plan to upgrade its properties so they are more energy efficient. Gentoo Group has already fitted eco-friendly measures into 2,000 of its homes, thanks to more than £10 million in funding that has been supplied by a... More >

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NIA 'looking to tackle' solid wall fuel poverty

The issue of how people who struggle to pay their energy bills can be supported is to be the focus of a special workshop hosted by the National Insulation Association (NIA) later this month. Scheduled for July 23rd, the NIA is acting upon recent analysis it carried out alongside the Centre for... More >

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Help for those in fuel poverty 'isn't enough'

The poorest people in society are missing out on having energy-efficient homes because of the shortcomings of the government's schemes. According to the latest statistics, the number of homes having measures like solid wall insulation (SWI) and new boilers installed has dropped by 60 per cent... More >

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Global insulation market 'expected to see strong growth'

The insulation sector is predicted to experience significant growth over the next six years, according to new figures. A study - carried out by Grand View Research - has forecast the the worldwide market will achieve a compound annual growth rate of 8.5 per cent, meaning it should be worth... More >

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2030 EU energy targets boosted by €38bn funding pot

Funding for energy efficiency initiatives across Europe will be boosted by a funding increase. Euractiv reports European Union (EU) bosses have increased the amount of money available to support such projects by 40 per cent, meaning the total cash pot will be an estimated €38 billion... More >

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Green Deal provides £8.5m funding in first 2 weeks

The government's new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has seen a total of 2,821 applications made over its first fortnight of operation. According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, industry estimates suggest a total of £8.5 million has been issued during the first two weeks... More >

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Link between households and efficiency suppliers 'needs strengthening'

The UK's power consumption could be reduced if the relationship between households and their local suppliers was improved. This is according to a nationwide cooperative of 20 organisations hoping to bring the country's energy efficiency up to scratch by 2020, GreenWise Business... More >

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NIA: Nearly 8m homes in need of SWI

Almost eight million homes would benefit from having solid wall insulation (SWI) installed, according to the National Insulation Association (NIA). The organisation wants to see more being done to raise awareness of the benefits of such measures, as well as encouraging the government to offer more... More >

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