Oil price hits two and a half year highGuardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
Libyan unrest and Opec chair Iran's refusal to sanction production increases pushes US crude to $108.74. The oil price has hit its highest level since the financial crisis, amid continuing supply fears over the conflict in Libya and renewed optimism about global economic growth. The cost of a barrel of Brent crude, sourced from the North Sea, hit $119.95 on Monday, its highest level since August 2008.US crude rose to $108.74 on Monday morning, its highest level since September 2008.
It's not easy being green... rating white goodsGuardian Unlimited | 02 Apr 2011
Does an A rating really guarantee energy efficiency? On the surface it looks good. Some 95% of dishwashers and 98% of washing machines now claim to be A-rated. Until you realise that for an appliance not to score an A it would need to belch out a visible cloud of soot during every wash. The point of energy ratings for machines is to reduce environmental pressures through better efficiency and to let the consumer make that choice.
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".
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
Earth HourGuardian Unlimited | 26 Mar 2011
At 8:30pm on Saturday 26th March 2011, landmarks across the world switch off their lights for one hour in a bid to highlight global climate change.
Strengthening our relationship with natureGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Don't think of the clocks going forward as losing an hour's sleep - a few more minutes of sunshine can change us for the better. Many people moan like mad at the thought of losing an hour's sleep. I do. But the move to British Summer Time is actually about opportunity, not loss. One can mitigate for sleep deprivation by going to bed progressively earlier during the week leading up to the clock change, even if that means shortening time spent drifting off in front of the TV.
Letters: Europe, Japan and energy optionsGuardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
The EU commission's 2050 low-carbon road map released last week needs to raise Europe's sights beyond its current 2020 emission reduction targets (Report, 7 March). While the EU has agreed that emissions must be reduced by at least 80% by the middle of the century, it has not so far set out how to...
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.
'Oil prices make the case for green economy'Guardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
Climate and energy secretary says an oil price of $100 a barrel transforms the economics of climate change. Britain is facing a 1970s-style oil price shock that could cost the UK economy £45bn over two years, the climate and energy secretary, Chris Huhne, is expected to warn in his first...
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.
Newcastle hopes to tap deep heat with 2000m geothermal probeGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Britain's greenest city has launched a hunt for virtually free hot water more than a mile below its central streets. Drilling has started in Newcastle Upon Tyne on a borehole which hopes to tap inexhaustible supplies of groundwater naturally kept at 80C (176F) by geothermal heat. The project, based...
Juror in activists' trial hits out at absence of police tapesGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Jezz Davis, 39, says police's behaviour was 'outrageous' and left him feeling betrayed by the British judicial system. A juror in a controversial trial of environmental activists has castigated police for withholding covert recordings that he said could have led to them being declared not guilty....
SSE applies for EU funding for carbon projectYahoo! News | 09 Feb 2011
Scottish and Southern Energy has applied for European Union funding to develop a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its gas-fired power station in Peterhead Scotland the utility said on Wednesday.
UK must own up to the full scale of the problemGuardian Unlimited | 08 Feb 2011
Outsourced emissions are a growing problem that the government is failing to acknowledge. Last week the Guardian reported that the UK's carbon emissions have dropped. In fact they've gone up. New material released under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) reveals that the government knows this, but is actively deciding to do nothing. Recent reports show that the UK's emissions have risen once our consumption of imported goods and services are factored in.