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

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

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