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

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

In 2015 Australia set an energy productivity goal of 40% improvement by 2030 but so far it has only improved 1.1 percent

In 2015 Australia set an energy productivity goal of 40% improvement by 2030 but so far it has only improved 1.1 percent

Hugh Saddler, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Australian National University explains in an article on The Conversation website that Australia is failing miserably to reduce GHG emissions through improved energy efficiency.   Australia has failed miserably on energy efficiency – and government figures hide the truth Amid the urgent … Continue reading

Northern Ireland’s unique context, particularly in energy, will require further innovation and a strategic joined up approach to improve energy performance of its buildings

Northern Ireland’s unique context, particularly in energy, will require further innovation and a strategic joined up approach to improve energy performance of its buildings

While decarbonisation of the heat network remains one the toughest challenges, an energy efficient building fabric is needed to be both effective in cost savings and emissions reductions. Patrice Cairns discusses the situation in Northern Ireland in an article on The Irish News website.   Overhaul of energy performance in existing housing stock essential Under … Continue reading

Energy transition challenge: the Canadian government backs both climate action and its oil and gas sector

Energy transition challenge: the Canadian government backs both climate action and its oil and gas sector

For countries that have based much of their economy on fossil fuel resource extraction, a low-carbon energy transition is a major challenge. Ryan Heath discusses these challenges in an article on the Politico website.   Justin Trudeau walks sustainability tightrope Canada has long been on a climate collision course. The country extracts some of the … Continue reading

Climate campaigners issued proceedings for a judicial review of the energy planning policies in UK

Climate campaigners issued proceedings for a judicial review of the energy planning policies in UK

After officials refused to overhaul the rules, climate campaigners issued proceedings for review of rules supporting fossil fuel projects. Jillian Ambrose discusses the latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Legal case launched over UK’s ‘outdated’ energy policies The government faces a legal challenge over a set of “outdated” energy policies which … Continue reading

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

We are increasingly discouraged by the environmental policies of the Trump administration. H. Christopher Frey, the Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University writes in an article on The Conversation website about the EPA’s latest rejection of science that will have an impact on air quality.   EPA … Continue reading