The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles this week, creating regulatory confusion for the auto industry

Alyssa Danigelis, writing on the Environment + Energy Leader website, discusses  the confusion that has been created by the Trump administration rolling back on the previous planned approach to improve fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Now the annual improvement is significantly lower than previously planned. But there are still clashes with the new federal standards … Continue reading The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles this week, creating regulatory confusion for the auto industry

Four ways companies can drive financial results and mitigate risk through energy efficiency

John Schinter, Executive Vice President of Client Solutions at Redaptive Inc., provides his views on how to encourage energy efficiency. What do you think of his four suggestions?   Shifting The Paradigm Of Energy Efficiency Improving the bottom line is always top of mind for companies. The trouble is, costs are always going up, whether … Continue reading Four ways companies can drive financial results and mitigate risk through energy efficiency

Boosting access for SMEs to energy efficiency

David Paul writes on the Digit website about a new effort to be able to get SMEs to improve their energy efficiency. The plan is to develop a platform that will simplify the process of engaging with energy efficiency by automatically optimising a business’ total energy consumption and the energy performance of its premises specifically. … Continue reading Boosting access for SMEs to energy efficiency

The value of improved energy efficiency in decarbonising the power sector

Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, writes in the March issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry that the power sector has been decarbonising rapidly this century. But this is due more to energy efficiency than a switch to alternative supply sources   It may be under-valued but efficiency provides a win-win … Continue reading The value of improved energy efficiency in decarbonising the power sector

European companies are leading the world in climate action

Encouragingly more than a third of the largest EU companies have targets to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement. Now to get the rest to do so.  Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website. As we talk about the industrial sector, it is unfortunate that the corona virus crisis has forced … Continue reading European companies are leading the world in climate action

Planning the first interregional transfer in the US of carbon-free electricity made available as a result of savings from energy efficiency measures

Ralph Cavanagh writes on the Natural Resources Defense Council website about an attempt to send to California electricity produced in the Pacific Northwest, and not needed there because its customers exceeded energy savings targets established by regional planners to ensure adequate Northwest power supplies. This looks like an excellent opportunity to take advantage of electricity … Continue reading Planning the first interregional transfer in the US of carbon-free electricity made available as a result of savings from energy efficiency measures

Recent study shows Estonia amongst the countries with the most energy efficient buildings in Europe

The Estonian Research Council has published on the Eurekalert website the results of a recent study that shows the progress made in Estonia to build energy efficient buildings.   Scientists: Estonia has the most energy efficient new nearly zero energy buildings A recent study carried out by an international group of building scientists showed that … Continue reading Recent study shows Estonia amongst the countries with the most energy efficient buildings in Europe

Energy efficiency has the power to replace dirty fossil fuels and decarbonise the energy sector

Forest Bradley-Wright explains in an article on the Clean Energy website that the choices we make in the next decade will either lock us into a future of fossil fuel dependence or transition us toward a clean energy future. Energy efficiency has the power to replace dirty fossil fuels and decarbonise the energy sector.   … Continue reading Energy efficiency has the power to replace dirty fossil fuels and decarbonise the energy sector

Airtight homes could be trapping toxic air pollutants indoors

Present building regulations place more emphasis on energy efficiency than on air quality and house builders are failing to comply with minimum standards on ventilation, the report says. Only three out of 80 new homes studied in seven developments in England met ventilation guidelines.  Ben Webster explains in an article on the New York Times … Continue reading Airtight homes could be trapping toxic air pollutants indoors

North America needs to give priority to net zero passive houses

Natalie Leonard gives a good argument on the Bloomberg Environment website why North America needs to move towards net zero passive houses.  This is a good read for everyone.   INSIGHT: Net Zero Passive Houses Are Answer to Housing Energy Efficiency The building sector accounts for 50% of all energy used in North America but … Continue reading North America needs to give priority to net zero passive houses