Facilities Managers struggling to implement sustainability policies

A recent survey of facilities managers in the UK shows that many of them are struggling to implement new sustainability policies. The survey carried out by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) found that confidence in sustainability planning had fallen sharply. Out of the 309 facilities managers surveyed 40% said they felt ‘very good’ … Continued

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Housing Associations prefer solar power over other green technologies

Recent research has shown that solar power is the preferred green technology of the low-cost housing association sector. According to research carried out by the National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation two-thirds of housing associations have experimented with sustainable technologies, with 75% of those organisations saying solar was the option they would most likely use again. … Continued

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Amber Rudd appointed as new Energy Secretary

A week on from the Conservative’s majority win at the General Election, David Cameron has announced his cabinet. The appointment which was of the most importance to the utility industry is that of the new Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd. Generally speaking, Amber Rudd’s appointment has been well received. She is respected by green businesses and … Continued

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ISO 14001 revision due for September release

The ongoing revision of the environmental framework ISO 14001 is due for release in June and, following a ballot of members, will be officially published in September. ISO 14001 is a voluntary environmental framework which is designed to help businesses remain commercially competitive whilst not overlooking environmental responsibilities. The revised framework will place a tightened … Continued

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Shopping centres engage retailers to reduce energy costs

Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough has recently engaged its retailers into achieving a massive overall utility saving for the shopping centre. The store launched its Growing Greener Pledge and has now reported a 4,253,000kWh saving in energy use as well as a 3,000m3 in cut in water consumption. The environmental benefits have been a reduction … Continued

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New EU rules require large UK companies to carry out energy-efficiency audits

Energy efficiency has a fundamental role to play in the transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system. While energy powers our societies and economies, future growth must be driven with less energy and lower costs. There is, of course, a role to play for renewables but the priority should always be given … Continued

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Golf clubs go green with biomass installations

The biomass boom is sweeping into the world of golf with two UK clubs investing in wood pellet boiler systems to reduce energy costs and enhance their sustainability credentials. Windermere Golf Club in the Lake District and Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club in Somerset have installed 100kW and 120kW biomass boiler systems respectively – both … Continued

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