America’s energy transition: what the Trump administration is doing to energy efficiency standards

The US President has waged a war against energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, washing machines, boilers, cars - and now even showerheads, writes Andrew Warren, a former special advisor to the UK House of Commons environment select committee, first published on the Business Green website.   On Seinfeld, shower heads, and Trump's war on efficiency … Continue reading America’s energy transition: what the Trump administration is doing to energy efficiency standards

Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

The UK Government claims it wants to take the opportunity to set more ‘ambitious’ rules after the end of the post-Brexit transition period. This obviously means that the UK will not stay in ecodesign that is the directive for minimum energy performance standards for products or the energy labelling regulation. This will be quite a … Continue reading Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

Councils across Britain are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations for rental properties

Fewer than 20 councils in England and Wales have taken any enforcement action against landlords for renting out cold and draughty properties. Madeleine Cuff discusses the problem in an article on the inews website.   Little punishment for landlords flouting energy efficiency rules designed to protect renters Councils are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations … Continue reading Councils across Britain are failing to enforce energy efficiency regulations for rental properties

News from America: new federal rule will make it difficult to update energy efficiency standards

A news item from Smart Energy International website explains the changes made by the Department of Energy to add more complexity to procedures to update energy efficiency standards. This will reverse benefits and slow down, if not stop, any new developments. New US policy to make it hard to update efficiency standards A new policy … Continue reading News from America: new federal rule will make it difficult to update energy efficiency standards

Refusing to follow EU rules on energy efficiency standards will put UK manufacturers on the back foot

In recent months, Andrew Warren, a former special advisor to the House of Commons environment select committee and a regular contributor to EiD, has written on the impact of Brexit on aspects of British energy efficiency policy.  Actually, these have implications for important industries in Britain. In this article, recently published on the Business Green … Continue reading Refusing to follow EU rules on energy efficiency standards will put UK manufacturers on the back foot

Toyota’s reputation at stake because it is not siding with California over fuel-efficiency standards

Toyota has spent decades cultivating an environmentally conscious reputation for pioneering the Prius, the first mass-market hybrid in the United States, along with other hybrid cars. Now that reputation may suffer because it has sided with the federal government against the government of California over stricter fuel efficiency standards for vehicles.  Dino Grandoni explains in … Continue reading Toyota’s reputation at stake because it is not siding with California over fuel-efficiency standards

Lawsuit in US challenging federal government’s rollback on energy performance standards for light bulbs

The US federal government is actively rolling back on  its energy and climate policies. Only this week President Trump confirmed it will leave the Paris climate agreement next year, the earliest date possible to withdraw. The federal government is also challenging California on fuel efficiency standards.  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has now recently … Continue reading Lawsuit in US challenging federal government’s rollback on energy performance standards for light bulbs

Understanding the importance of EU energy performance standards in Britain

Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, asks an important question in the October issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry about Britain’s future in EU energy performance standards. They have had an important impact in lowering electricity consumption in recent years but, because of Brexit, there are worries that Britain may take … Continue reading Understanding the importance of EU energy performance standards in Britain

New Ecodesign measures: adding new energy savings to reach 2030 target

The European Commission recently adopted new Ecodesign measures for 10 product groups. For the first time, the measures include requirements for repairability and recyclability, contributing to circular economy objectives by improving the life span, maintenance, re-use, upgrade, recyclability and waste handling of appliances. Industry, environmental and consumer groups welcomed these new requirements.  The Commission has … Continue reading New Ecodesign measures: adding new energy savings to reach 2030 target

Blog from Catrin Maby – Minimum energy efficiency standards for homes now? Time is running out…

The urgency of action on climate change seems at last to be widely accepted – and we know we have to take radical action now, and consistently into the future. One of the many challenges we face is decarbonising the housing stock: while new homes can and must be built to much higher energy and … Continue reading Blog from Catrin Maby – Minimum energy efficiency standards for homes now? Time is running out…