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Archive for March, 2010

Tesco to spend £100m with UK green tech companies

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

logo-tescoSupermarket giant Tesco opened its first zero carbon supermarket in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire. It was built with sustainable wood, LED lighting and a combined heat and power plant using renewable fuel.

Terry Leahy, CEO of Tesco said: “We want to cut our own carbon footprint and help suppliers and customers do the same. We’ll be a zero carbon business by 2050 but only by working with our suppliers and others across the industry.”

Tesco then announced that it will spend more than £100m with UK green technology companies. It is hoped that this will safeguard or create thousands of jobs and boost the economy.

London a step closer to becoming ‘electric car capital of Europe’

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Electric car plugged in

Electric car plugged in

The Energy Saving Trust reports that London has secured £17m of funding toward setting up a charging point network for electric vehicles.

It is hoped that the network will consist of 7,500 nodes by 2013.

The charging points will be part of the governments “Plugged in Places” scheme and will be installed at work places, tube stations, on the street and at car parks in the capital.

EU Directive forces phase out of older industrial lighting

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Office_interiorFrom April 2010 new legislation is scheduled to be introduced by the EU.

The Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive 2009/125/EC will enforce the gradual phase out of the most inefficient industrial lamps.

Lighting accounts for 19% of global energy consumption so it is hoped that the enforcement of the ErP Directive will lead to a saving of 15m tons of CO2 per year.

The section of the Directive that deals with industrial lighting will come into effect in April 2010 and will phase out the most inefficient products over the next few years. Once a product falls under the terms of the directive it will not be legal to sell that product anywhere in the EU.

For example, about 70% of commercial installations use inefficient fluorescent tubes despite greener alternatives being readily available. These modern fluorescent lights offer energy savings as well as excellent light and colour and reduced maintenance.

Does my Carbon Footprint look big in this?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Girls_back_on_beachThe Carbon Trust has published the findings of a survey of 2047 British adults interviewed in February 2010 and asked about what they put in their shopping trolley. A quarter of people say it’s not just carbs but carbon that now influences their shopping habits.

The research shows that carbon counting now stands shoulder to shoulder with calorie counting when it comes to the weekly shop.

  • 86% of consumers want their favourite brands to help combat the threat of climate change by reducing their carbon footprint.
  • Almost half (43%) are actively seeking information about the carbon impact of the products they buy and more than half (52%) would be more loyal to a brand if they could see at a glance they were taking steps to reduce their footprint.
  • It seems we’re more ready than ever to stand by our carbon principles, with almost a quarter (22%) of respondents willing to stop buying their favourite brands if they didn’t commit to bearing the Carbon Reduction Label.
  • Cars, electrical goods and food were the products we most wanted to see making the carbon commitment.

Euan Murray from the Carbon Trust said: “People are increasingly looking for simple ways to reduce their carbon footprint, without sacrificing on price, taste or convenience.  They want to protect the environment, but are often confused about how they can make a difference.

We know they don’t want to hear about big numbers and global targets – they want to see at a glance which companies and brands are doing their bit to tackle climate change. The Carbon Reduction Label is on a wide range of our favourite household brands and is a badge of assurance that consumers can look for to help them decide what makes it into their trolley”.

Audit Commission slams councils’ energy saving strategies

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The Audit Commission has published a report entitled “Lofty Ambitions” in which it examines and reports on the progress made by councils to cut domestic emissions in their areas. It gives practical examples to show councils how they can tackle emissions, and at the same time help to reduce fuel poverty. The report also considers how councils can achieve improvements in value for money from their actions to reduce CO2.

The report finds that few councils have adopted stretching targets to deliver energy savings and fewer still have developed long term ambitious strategies.

The Audit Commission recognises that “financial constraints will limit councils’ spending” but councils can still “lead, oblige and subsidise” home owners and landlords into action.

The full report is available for download at the Audit Commission web site.