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The Green Deal - banker's delight

The Green Deal was launched without fanfare on January 28, 2013, accompanied by howls of industry criticism. So far take up has been modest, and is likely to remain so given that the scheme is fatally flawed.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2013
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Ecotricity attempts to boost electric vehicles by providing "range anxiety" cure

Ecotricity and Welcome Break Services have installed the first electric vehicle charging points at a UK motorway rest stop. Within the next 18 months all 27 Welcome Break service stations will be equipped with both slow and fast chargers, free of use to those who register. The extension of charging points beyond urban areas could propel electric vehicles into the mainstream.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2011
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CommentWire

UK Waste Policy Review: a surprising lifeline for utilities

The disposal of industrial, commercial, and residential waste in the UK has too long been a question of waste management. Rising energy prices, scarce landfill space, and improved pollution control are slowly changing the energy landscape too. Energy from waste should serve the dual purpose of increasing energy security and freeing up landfill space. Utilities must take notice and act now.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2011
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Early action is essential if the EU is to meet its ambitious 2050 climate targets

The European Union has laid out an ambitious plan to reduce emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. The plan is an extension of its ongoing 20-20-20 by 2020 target framework, and to a large extent will depend upon gains achieved during the target period. However, member states' ability to meet the European Union's climate targets varies significantly across the region.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2011
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CommentWire

UK Green Gas Certification Scheme: first milestone towards renewable gas supply

The Green Gas Certification Scheme identifies whether gas has been produced from renewable sources, allowing customers to opt for a green gas supply and reduce their carbon footprint. While green gas production is currently limited, the scheme will drive greater market diversification and development, marking a significant progression for the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2011
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Adjudication on Good Energy: was the Advertising Standards Authority overzealous?

In a recent ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority concluded that Good Energy wrongly implied the direct supply of green electricity to its consumers, while in an unconnected claim Jersey Electricity successfully argued that it imported electricity only from EDF in France. Both rulings seem to point in different directions as to the regulator's opinion of direct supply of power to consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2011
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Datamonitor's top five green business predictions for 2011

Following three turbulent yet encouraging years for the global cleantech industry, oscillating traction is now crystallizing across some of the more mature cleantech markets. Against this uncertain and shifting backdrop, Datamonitor makes its top five predictions for global green business in 2011 and beyond.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Mar 2011
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CommentWire

UK: government intends to "stamp out" corporate greenwashing

The UK government recently announced its plans to "stamp out" corporate greenwashing by updating the guidelines first published by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs in 2003. However, guidelines are no longer enough. The time has come for a European-wide standard to substantiate claims of sustainability, which will provide impetus to the region's key environmental aims.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2011
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Sustainability is on the rise across sectors and geographies

The last decade saw rising interest in sustainability among governments, industries, and the public. With the effects of the recession still lingering, state and private stakeholders are looking towards green and energy-efficient technologies as new avenues for growth. The key emerging trends around the sustainability space relate to industries as diverse as energy, transport, and construction.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2011
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CommentWire

Redditch City Council: using waste heat from a crematorium to cut costs

Redditch City Council has announced a bold and environmentally friendly cost-cutting measure which has spread unease among much of the wider UK population. A new sports center, including a swimming pool, could be heated economically by utilizing waste heat from the council's crematorium. However, the council needs to think bigger if the scheme is to develop into a veritable symbiosis project.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011

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