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The Voice of the Poor Needs Must be Heard at Durban

    Through the clamour from business and political leaders, it's the voices of the world's poor to which we should now listen. They are coming from Burundi, from Rwanda, from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, from Zimbabwe and South...

Posted November 28, 2011    

Big Names Shamed As Carbon Emissions Made Public For The First Time

The public is now able to see for the first time which companies and organisations are making a real effort to reduce their carbon emissions and which are not.The carbon savers and the carbon slackers have all been made visible under the first...

Posted November 15, 2011    

How To Eliminate Fuel Poverty

Thousands of lives could be saved by giving energy bill rebates to the fuel poor that are conditional on having smart meters, advice, energy audits and eco-refits.A recent report by Professor John Hills of the London School of Economics for the...

Posted November 1, 2011    

UK Pulls PV Subsidy For Inefficient Buildings

Greg Barker has told the domestic solar industry that all new domestic PV sites from April 2012 must meet minimum energy efficiency standards.Speaking at the Solar Power UK conference yesterday in Birmingham to an audience of PV installers angry at...

Posted October 28, 2011    

IEA Chief: Scrap Fossil Fuel Subsidies

As academics warn the world could exceed "safe" temperature levels in our lifetimes, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged the world to slash hundreds of billions of dollars of fossil fuel subsidies or face...

Posted October 24, 2011    

Weightman Warns Nuclear Industry To Do More Research

The post-Fukushima Weightman report into nuclear safety has been welcomed by the Government and industry as being favourable, but contains warnings to the industry.Chris Huhne has interpreted the report on the UK's nuclear power stations and...

Posted October 12, 2011    

Renewable Electricity Reaches 10%, Sky Doesn't Fall

Wind, hydro and other renewables supplied 50% more electricity than in the same period last year, and now represent almost 10% of all electricity generated.But there have been howls of protest from energy intensive industries, echoed by Goerge...

Posted October 5, 2011    

Why Don't More Businesses Save Money Through Energy Management?

Richard Rugg, the Director of Carbon Trust Programmes, really can't understand why more organisations are not taking advantage of the free advice available from the Trust. Because at relatively low cost a wide range of industrial, commercial and...

Posted September 26, 2011    

The Future of Offshore Wind: Floating Turbines and Innovative Suspension

As the UK announces new proposals for maintaining offshore windfarms in rough seas that could save up to £3bn, Japan is planning a floating windfarm off the coast of Fukushima to help replace its lost nuclear power generation.The Carbon Trust has...

Posted September 20, 2011    

Proposed Changes to Climate Change Agreements Could Increase Carbon Emissions

Firms which are eligible for Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) should find it easier to comply and some will save money under new Government proposals. However, the Government has not presented any estimates of the impact it will have on emissions....

Posted September 6, 2011    

Political Will Prevents the Dawning of the Long-Predicted Solar Age

Here is an intriguing question for anyone interested in tackling climate change: who said this, and when? "Eventually industry will no longer find in Europe the resources to satisfy its prodigious expansion... Coal will undoubtedly be used up. What...

Posted August 31, 2011    

All Buildings Should Display Energy Certificates

Forcing all commercial buildings to display data on their energy performance would bring huge economic as well as environmental savings. The Government's Energy Bill is in its second Report Stage, prior to its Third and last Reading. Its...

Posted August 12, 2011