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James Smith, Shell's outgoing UK bossGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Chairman James Smith says Shell has had to respond to the global warming challenge. Now is a good time to be running an oil company. Prices are sky-high, energy demand is increasing at an unprecedented rate as the global economy recovers, and there are new markets to be explored. Royal Dutch Shell largely dodged the criticism heaped on the industry after BP's catastrophic oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico, and is delivering golden results to shareholders.
Greenpeace targets Facebook employeesGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Unfriend Coal campaign calls on world's most successful social networking site to free its energy-intensive business from coal power. Greenpeace says it is targeting Facebook employees in a renewed campaign that is urging the world's most successful social networking site to lead an energy revolution. A local television advert broadcast on Wednesday in Silicon Valley, where many of the company's 2,000 employees live, will urge the company to "Unfriend Coal".
EU climate chief sees green fuel debate in monthsReuters | 25 Mar 2011
European Union governments may begin talks in the coming months on a proposal to promote greener fuels, potentially black-listing fuels whose production is more polluting, according to Europe's climate chief.
Scrapping fuel duty rise will hurt UK economicallyGuardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2011
A small fuel duty increase means less consumption. The Green party wants to ease the strain by scrapping the VAT rise. Even if like me you don't spend a lot of time behind the wheel, you can't ignore the cost of fuel. According to AA figures released this week, it's now averaging at just over 132 pence a litre. With the situation in Libya deteriorating and the pressure for reform across the Middle East meeting fierce resistance from other absolutist regimes, costs could rise further.
Homebuyers ignore efficiency labelsGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
A Consumer Focus report found 79% of prospective buyers did not act on recommendations of energy performance certificates. Homebuyers overwhelmingly ignore energy labels designed to encourage greener homes, a new survey revealed on Wednesday. Consumer Focus carried out a survey to find out how useful prospective buyers and tenants found energy performance certificates (EPC), which vendors and landlords are legally required to provide when selling or letting a home.
Energy efficiency- 'a win for all'Epolitix.com | 01 Mar 2011
Ahead of a Carbon Connect report launch in Parliament, Lord Teverson discusses how government and business can collaborate in promoting energy efficiency.
PortZED, the self-powered apartmentsGuardian Unlimited | 24 Feb 2011
The UK's largest ever off-grid housing development will have a traffic light system prompting residents to keep their energy use low, say developers awaiting planning permission. PortzED is the 67-apartment development dreamed up by Bill Dunster - the architect famous for the BedZed eco-development in Sutton – and it is designed to be entirely self-powered.
Making Smart cars smarterGuardian Unlimited | 25 Jan 2011
Scientists at Newcastle University are working on a Smart car battery that will allow the electric cars to travel the same distance as petrol and diesel cars without re-charging
Top 10 small-scale renewables innovatorsGuardian Unlimited | 19 Jan 2011
Abu Dhabi hosting the World Future Energy conference is like Dracula running a meeting of blood coagulant specialists. Never mind that the emirate has vast oil and gas reserves and is throwing up scandalously inefficient buildings by the score, it really wants to make the world believe that the...
'Hello Mum, I'm on Rockall': The £100bn piece of rockGuardian Unlimited | 01 Jan 2011
Rockall is a stormy crag 240 miles off the Orkneys, and the last land grab of the British empire. John Vidal tells of his personal attachment to it - and why it could be worth £100bn. On 15 September 1955, three marines and a civilian scientist from the Royal Navy's new survey ship HMS Vidal were winched from a helicopter on to a tiny, pyramid-shaped outcrop of granite sticking out of the Atlantic Ocean 240 miles west of the Orkneys.
Cold weather turns UK gas demand up to record levelsGuardian Unlimited | 20 Dec 2010
Increased gas consumption will add about £10 to the average household's energy bill this week. Britain's gas system is under unprecedented pressure after cold weather pushed demand to a new record today. Gas consumption hit an all-time high of 465.8m cubic metres today as people opted to work from home instead of braving the icy roads to the office, and turned the heating up a notch or two, according to initial estimates by National Grid, the network operator.
Snowbound? Why not warm up with Darren!Guardian Unlimited | 17 Dec 2010
The Green Party AM keeps his coat on...And gives Boris a grilling. Read more about that Re-New project here. Your further puns and quips about inclement weather and insulating materials are (possibly) welcome.
Shaking off the dominance of energy giantsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Dec 2010
Any move to a sustainable future is unlikely while it is not in the interests of the energy companies to deliver more efficiently. After more than 25 years working on energy issues, I have recently come to an extraordinary personal realisation: there is very little need to have heating bills at all. Since refurbishing my coastguard's cottage in July, I have - to my total surprise – been able to more or less rely on solar heating for warm water and a wood burning stove, occasionally, for heating.
Passivhaus flats for Exeter tenantsGreen Building Press | 07 Dec 2010
Three cosy flats in Exeter are the first new council homes built by the city in more than 20 years. The flats, known as Rowan House, will arguably be the first social housing scheme in the UK to enjoy standards of energy efficiency reaching the Passiv-Haus standard. Managed by Exeter City Council, the flats will be for people over the age of 55 paying social rent, with priority for those downsizing from larger homes.
US embassy cables: Gordon Brown's 'hastily arranged' food summit has no takersGuardian Unlimited | 02 Dec 2010
Brown-hosted meeting to address increases in food prices, participants disagreed about future trends and the impact of biofuels, agreed that action needed to be taken both for immediate social protection and longer-term agricultural investment, and that care should be taken not to talk up a...
'Stay inside' plea as winter bitesYahoo! News | 27 Nov 2010
Some of the worst widespread early snow for 17 years has seen much of the country disrupted and police in affected areas are urging people to stay indoors.
One third of all Scots living in fuel povertyDaily Record | 25 Nov 2010
RISING energy prices have pushed one in every three Scottish households into fuel poverty, according to the Government. About 770,000 households were placed in that category in 2009, an increase from 618,000 over the previous year.