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Europe agrees on energy efficiency target

Leaders across the EU have finally come to an agreement regarding the bloc's energy efficiency targets over the next decade and a half. At a summit in Brussels on October 23rd, bosses committed to a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 40 per cent, while they also need to... More >

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New campaign hopes to 'champion' energy issues

Highlighting the benefits of becoming more energy efficient to the UK public is the aim of a new initiative being launched by a group of businesses and charities. The Big Energy Vision project is backed by big names including John Lewis, Kingfisher, uSwitch, the UK Green Building Council and... More >

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UK population 'clueless' about energy efficiency

The UK public needs better education on energy efficiency issues, according to the results of a new survey. Research carried out by ComRes on behalf of the National Energy Foundation (NEF) quizzed people on a range of topics, from what they think is the most effective way to meet the country's... More >

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D-Day looms for EU energy policies

Europe's leaders will meet tomorrow (October 23rd) and attempt to agree on the foundations of a new EU Climate and Energy Policy for 2030, with energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewables top of the agenda.   Back in 2008, EU member states came together to sign up for a 2020... More >

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City leaders call for energy efficiency target

City leaders in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Aberdeen and Bristol have asked for the government to seriously consider signing up to a fixed energy efficiency goal by 2030. The four cities have teamed up and sent a letter to prime minister David Cameron ahead of this week's European Council summit,... More >

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Energy efficiency app aiming to make difference to retailers

Small retailers are being encouraged to take action that will result in them becoming more energy efficient via a new mobile application. The Green Retail App was revealed as part of the Resource Efficient Scotland programme yesterday (October 16th) at a major event hosted in London by the Retail... More >

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UK govt 'hopes to find compromise' on energy targets

The government has revealed it believes a compromise on plans for the country to become more energy efficient by 2030 is possible ahead of an EU summit meeting next week. Despite continuous messages over how the coalition intends to reduce power consumption across the country over the next decade... More >

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London 'not interested' in Green Deal

Interest in the government's Green Deal finance initiative was lower in London than anywhere else in the country. This is according to new official figures, which looked at how many assessments for the funding were carried out in different regions across the UK, Energy Live News reports. The... More >

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Energy efficiency market confidence continues to soar

Confidence in the non-domestic energy efficiency market has never been higher, according to a new report. Figures released by the Green Investment Bank - and produced by EEVS Insight - revealed demand for the sector's services is continuing to increase, while almost half of the... More >

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Focus on data 'could improve energy efficiency take-up'

Not enough organisations are taking advantage of the information provided in Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to help boost their energy efficiency, according to a new study. Business Green reports an investigation carried out by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has found... More >

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Is the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund about to return?

Homeowners looking to add energy-efficient improvements to their property have received a boost, with one of the government's flagship subsidy schemes set to be reintroduced. Energy secretary Ed Davey announced at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow yesterday (October 7th) that the... More >

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Energy efficiency 'great for the UK'

The UK would receive a significant jobs and GDP boost if it were able to succeed in reducing its energy consumption by 40 per cent by 2030. That's according to new figures published by Cambridge Econometrics, following the group's study into the possible ramifications of a range of... More >

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UN summit 'fires starting gun' for energy efficiency race

More than a year of discussions on global climate change has been kicked off following a United Nations summit in New York, with worldwide policies on the issue likely to be created as a result. Over 120 high profile leaders attended the event, which set out what the UN hopes to achieve between now... More >

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Report links green offices with productivity

We often hear about how investing in energy efficiency technology in the workplace can save a business significant sums of money, but new research is now suggesting there's another way it can have a positive impact. According to a report published by the World Green Building Council (WGBC),... More >

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Final call on eco grants for Derby firms

There is just one week to go until businesses in Derby will no longer be able to take advantage of a scheme that could see them receive financial support to make their firm more eco-friendly. The deadline for applications for the BESPOKE (Business Energy Support Promoting Opportunities and... More >

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Scottish govt in £4.5m energy efficiency push

A new energy efficiency initiative in Scotland is being launched, with the aim of helping around 1,700 households manage their bills more effectively. Details of the programme - the Green Homes Cashback Scheme - have been revealed by the Scottish government, with council houses and properties that... More >

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NHS to invest £50m in energy efficiency

A deal worth £50 million has been agreed to enable the NHS to invest in energy efficiency improvements across the organisation. The sum has been secured thanks to an alliance between the UK's Green Investment Bank (GIB) and De Lage Landen (DLL) - with both parties contributing £25... More >

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Labour sets out energy efficiency plans

The Labour Party has set out its plans to increase the country's energy efficiency through legislation and policy, should it come to power following the 2015 general election.  Shadow energy minister Caroline Flint set out a five-point election manifesto detailing these proposals in a... More >

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New York shifts focus to energy efficiency

New York City (NYC) is set to become the largest in the world to commit to efforts to decrease the levels of greenhouse gases it produces. A raft of measures are set to be unveiled today (September 22nd), ahead of tomorrow's United Nations (UN) Climate Summit. The conference itself will see... More >

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Labour to unveil energy efficiency plans

Energy efficiency will be a key focus at the Labour Party conference tomorrow (September 23rd) in Manchester. Business Green reports shadow energy and climate change minister Caroline Flint will unveil a five-point plan on how the opposition intends to reduce the country's power consumption... More >

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Tenants call for energy-efficient improvements

The majority of householders are in favour of government plans to put a limit on how many draughty homes are rented out. A study by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) found that seven out of ten said this, with this figure rising to 78 per cent among renters, Business Green reports. In addition, four in... More >

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SMEs feeling the effects of rise in energy prices

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are feeling the pinch from rising power bills, leading to a number of businesses having to find new ways to control their energy consumption.  Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) national policy chairman Mike Cherry has told the Guardian companies are... More >

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Green Deal branded 'a failure'

The government's flagship energy efficiency finance scheme - the Green Deal - has been branded a failure by ministers. A group of MPs have described the outcome of the initiative as "disappointing", blaming inadequate planning and flawed implementation as the main reasons why... More >

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Energy efficiency 'could boost global economy by $18tn'

Governments and organisations across the world have been encouraged to adopt a renewed focus on energy efficiency. New research from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests an increase in funding in this area could boost the international economy by $18 trillion (£11 trillion) by... More >

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'Big bills on their way' as heating gets switched back on

Despite it still officially being summertime, an increasing proportion of homeowners and businesses are already opting to turn their heating on. New figures released by boiler manufacturing firm Worcester Bosch Group suggest that one in 20 people turn the thermostat up in September, while this will... More >

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Community Energy Fortnight gets underway

Help is being offered to residents and businesses alike to help them become more energy efficient as part of a nationwide scheme being launched today (September 15th). Community Energy Fortnight will focus on offering advice on the issue, while also encouraging others to come up with their own... More >

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IEA: Energy efficiency linked to economic growth

Efforts to improve energy efficiency will not only provide a boost to the environment, but it would also be good news for economic growth, according to a new report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the findings of its Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency study,... More >

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Why we need to focus on energy efficiency sooner, rather than later

While it's been an issue that has been bubbling under the surface for quite some time, the issue of Europe's dependency on Russia as its primary energy supplier is once again under the spotlight. According to Eurostat, the country provides approximately 30 per cent of the bloc's gas, as... More >

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Smart meters alone 'won't be enough to cut bills'

Relying purely on the installation of smart meters to improve a building's energy efficiency is unlikely to be an effective approach, according to government ministers. The Public Accounts Committee has published its latest report into the progress of the UK's preparations for smart... More >

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New energy efficiency standard leaves many tenants out cold

A newly proposed standard addressing energy efficiency consumption in households is expected to alienate many tenants due to a loophole which sees the regulation exclude those living in multi-occupancy housing.  The government has proposed plans to impose energy standards on private rented... More >

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