With little time left of the Trump administration, career Environmental Protection Agency employees still find themselves in bureaucratic battle with the agency’s political leaders

The presidential transition underway in Washington is full of challenges to the incoming team. The Trump administration is trying to ensure its legacy by accelerating the push to deregulate in many areas. Lisa Friedman writes on the New York Times website about the efforts of career experts to minimise deregulation and ensure environmental controls are … Continue reading With little time left of the Trump administration, career Environmental Protection Agency employees still find themselves in bureaucratic battle with the agency’s political leaders

Changes underway to weaken environmental standards in the US

President Trump has been determined to loosen environmental standards.  We have seen his approach to fuel efficiency standards, LEDs and many more. What is of serious concern is that another change would restrict the kinds of scientific studies that can be used when writing new environmental regulations. Juliet Eilperin explains in an article on The … Continue reading Changes underway to weaken environmental standards in the US

US Environmental Protection Agency pushing forward with policy that could limit the use of science used to underpin regulations

British cabinet minister Michael Gove said during the Brexit referendum in 2016 that “people in this country have had enough of experts”. Now the US is following that view. Brady Dennis wrote on The Washington Post website that the EPA wants to limit the science used to develop its regulations. What are your views?   … Continue reading US Environmental Protection Agency pushing forward with policy that could limit the use of science used to underpin regulations

New renovation rules will require existing homes to be twice as energy efficient as current standards in Ireland

New and existing homes in Ireland will have more ambitious standards. While Ireland has consistently been ranked in the first three in the world for energy efficiency in new homes built since 2011, the big challenge is the 2 million homes built when standards were much lower. Harry McGee explains in an article on the … Continue reading New renovation rules will require existing homes to be twice as energy efficient as current standards in Ireland

Expert reaction to Trump administration plans to roll back on fuel efficiency standards for vehicles

While announced a week ago, there is still great concern about the pull back on fuel efficiency standards. Alyssa Danigelis provides a good article on the Environmental Leader website about the reaction from auto industry experts.   Auto Industry Responds To Fuel Efficiency Standards Rollbacks In the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement last week … Continue reading Expert reaction to Trump administration plans to roll back on fuel efficiency standards for vehicles

Any energy policy shifts in US should reflect the benefits from past regulations

With the Trump administration determined to radically shift away from the regulatory approach that has been taken, Joseph Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, writes on The Conversation website about the benefits that have come from regulations.   What Trump misses about regulations: They produce benefits as well as costs President Trump … Continue reading Any energy policy shifts in US should reflect the benefits from past regulations

Reflecting on the first-ever efficiency standards proposals for commercial and industrial compressors in US

In developing energy efficiency strategies, we are well aware of the importance of minimum performance standards. Meg Waltner, writes on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s website about proposed the first-ever efficiency standards for commercial and industrial compressors. It is important that regulations move more towards industrial and commercial products   Energy Savings on the Way … Continue reading Reflecting on the first-ever efficiency standards proposals for commercial and industrial compressors in US

The debate continues on how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Barbara Carss wrote a fascinating article on the Building Strategies + Sustainability website about a debate going on in Canada over the use of energy efficiency standards to address greenhouse gas emissions. She writes that one economist calls emission caps the most efficient greenhouse gas reduction tool. Why don’t you let us know what you … Continue reading The debate continues on how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Explaining new energy efficiency standards for commercial properties in England and Wales

Sarah Brimacombe of the law firm Clyde and Co LLP has written an excellent article on the Lexology website about the implications of the new minimum energy efficiency standards on commercial buildings. Is there anything comparable in other countries?   New regulations on minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial properties: tenants beware! New minimum energy … Continue reading Explaining new energy efficiency standards for commercial properties in England and Wales