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…

Proposal to reverse an Obama-era rule affecting efficiency standards for certain types of lightbulbs will have serious impact on long-term energy and climate objectives

Globally, there has been considerable success in improving the efficiency of lightbulbs through energy performance and labelling standards. The current administration in Washington is proposing to reverse a 2017 decision to expand the types of bulbs covered under stronger standards. Manufacturers argue the stronger 2017 standards were put in place illegally, but the process-driven debate … Continue reading Proposal to reverse an Obama-era rule affecting efficiency standards for certain types of lightbulbs will have serious impact on long-term energy and climate objectives

Scotland challenged to meet its target for improving energy performance of its buildings

Around 66,000 homes in Scotland will require major retrofitting work every year over the next two decades if the Scottish Government is to meet a key target. Chris McCall discusses latest developments in an article on The Scotsman website.   1.8 million homes in Scotland failing to meet energy efficiency target Homeowners in Scotland may … Continue reading Scotland challenged to meet its target for improving energy performance of its buildings

Trump administration plans to roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs will cost Americans billions and pollute widely

There is always a push from different communities to reduce regulations. Maybe that is good, maybe not. When it comes to our energy performance standards, there is quite a cost if they are made less stringent.  Igor Derysh writes on the Salon website about the potential impact if the Trump administration rolls back on efficiency … Continue reading Trump administration plans to roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs will cost Americans billions and pollute widely

What is the true impact of fuel economy standards on the poor?

Energy efficiency policies in the US certainly have their challenging moments.  Steve Hanley writes a spirited article on the CleanTechnica website about the divergent views on fuel economy standards for vehicles on the most vulnerable. What are your views?   Big Oil Claims Higher Fuel Economy Standards Hurt Poor People The Most. That's A Lie. … Continue reading What is the true impact of fuel economy standards on the poor?

Strong argument why US Energy Star programme is needed more than ever

It is good to see an article arguing why a minimum energy performance programme continues to play a vital role more than 25 years after it was first introduced. Jon Moeller explains his views in an article on the Colorado Real Estate Journal website. It will be good to see a similar article on the … Continue reading Strong argument why US Energy Star programme is needed more than ever

Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

It is encouraging to see that the Consumer Federation of America has reported to the Department of Energy of the benefits that consumers are enjoying from important federal minimum energy performance standards. This is their article on YubaNet.com from Nevada County, California. Are comparable calculations available for Europe?   New Analysis Shows Energy Efficiency Standards … Continue reading Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

With Britain leaving EU, there is still need to maintain appropriate regulations

Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, warns energy saving product rules that slash domestic and business costs could be at risk post-Brexit. The article first appeared on the Business Green website. Importantly, Andrew’s comments were echoed by Energy Institute vice president and former National Grid CEO Steve Holliday who warned that "the … Continue reading With Britain leaving EU, there is still need to maintain appropriate regulations