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Report highlights energy-saving business priorities

The green technology sector is expected to experience a significant boom over the next few years, according to a new study. Figures released by engineering and electronics conglomerate Siemens have suggested that nearly four in five firms (79 per cent) now view the issue of energy as a... More >

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Lib Dem's cut tax bills as energy incentive

The Liberal Democrats have promised cuts to household council tax bills if improvements are made to the energy efficiency of properties.  New figures released by the political party within their manifesto states households will save an estimated minimum of £100 per year if they make... More >

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SMEs require government energy bill support

Small businesses are feeling the effects of the rise in energy prices which show little signs of coming down, one body has argued.  Action is required from the government and energy providers alike to offer support to smaller businesses through the introduction of smart meters and solar panels... More >

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Green Deal 'picking up pace'

July was one of the Green Deal's most successful months, according to new statistics released by the government.  Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) data claimed 543 energy efficiency measures were installed in England and Wales last month under the Green Deal Home Improvement... More >

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GDHIF pay delay hitting suppliers

Businesses fitting properties with eco-friendly upgrades under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) are apparently experiencing financial problems due to late payments.  The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) should pay GDHIF vouchers for work worth up to £7,600... More >

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Energy efficiency concerns could affect office rentals

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) changes set to come into force in April 2018 could affect organisations looking to sign new office rental leases.  The amended EPC rules will make it unlawful to let residential and commercial buildings that fall within the two lowest categories of energy... More >

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Will the GDHIF ever be reintroduced?

The government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) closed in July, just six weeks after it was opened, following an unprecedented take-up rate that saw the £120 million pot completely drained ahead of schedule. Offering homeowners the opportunity to offset some of the costs that... More >

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Government under pressure to bring back GDHIF

The government is facing calls to bring back the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), just a month after it was terminated. Originally introduced to address criticisms of the Green Deal, which offers homeowners the opportunity to pay for energy efficient improvements to their property via a... More >

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ESOS 'is not a burden'

Businesses should not view a new energy-saving regulation with contempt, according to consultancy firm Utilyx. Bosses there believe the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) could make a significant difference when it comes to helping companies identify where they are currently going wrong with... More >

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Businesses 'paying too much' for their energy bills

Retailers need to improve the way they manage their energy if they want to reduce the amount they currently spend on their power consumption, according to research carried out by Oxford University. Experts have been working on a new project - Working with Infrastructure, Creation of Knowledge, and... More >

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London mayor fronts retrofit drive

The mayor of London has revealed details of a significant cash boost to the capital's residential properties, which will see older homes retrospectively fitted with energy-saving technology. Thousands of houses are set to benefit as a result of the Decent Homes Funding programme, which has made... More >

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What do the new EU energy targets mean for Britain?

Proposals to increase energy efficiency targets for EU member states could well impact on the manner in which businesses across the UK - as well as the rest of the continent - use power and the steps that they take going forward to make their operations more sustainable. While member states are... More >

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UK energy research projects receive £4m funding boost

Several educational institutions across the UK are starting new research projects to try to determine fresh approaches for how to improve the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings. The universities of Southampton, Oxford, Cambridge, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Imperial College London have all... More >

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Businesses given access to £10m to improve energy efficiency

The government is offering companies across the UK a share of £10 million set aside to help them improve their energy efficiency and reduce their annual power bills. It is hoped the initiative will make it easier for businesses to boost their environmentally-friendly provisions, while also... More >

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The world's top 5 most energy efficient cities

All over the world, the focus on how everything from individual buildings to entire cities are being designed and managed seems to be on energy efficiency - and with good reason. By reducing the amount of power consumption, both the economy and the environment can benefit greatly. Not only that,... More >

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Climate change action 'doesn't impede economic growth'

Schemes designed to tackle climate change shouldn't be avoided over fears they will negative impact on the economy, according to the UK's energy and climate change minister. During a speech in India, Ed Davey said it was a myth that policymakers were required to make a choice between... More >

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Jobs and GDP 'will suffer as result of EU energy targets'

The European Commission's (EC's) failure to create higher targets for the bloc's energy efficiency levels over the next two decades will impact on gross domestic product (GDP) and job prospects, according to an industry expert. Writing for The Parliament Magazine, Climate Action Network... More >

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Singapore puts $100m focus on energy efficiency

Officials in Singapore are taking an active stance in trying to improve the region's energy efficiency levels, by investing $100 million (£59.43 million) in research and development to help tackle the issue. Eco-Business reports the main focus will be on boosting the performance of... More >

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Was the GDHIF a missed opportunity?

It was all over so quickly. On Thursday, July 24th, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was to be closed immediately, due to the fact its budget had run out. Three days earlier, there was an estimated £70 million still in... More >

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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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