At the Ashden Awards ceremony last month, designer and presenter Kevin McCloud spoke of the need for us not only to have a clear vision of what the future looks like, but real concrete research that informs how we will best get there, and targets that will make it a reality:
Blog posts tagged with 'energy efficiency'
Aga Khan Planning and Building Service stands out for bringing warmth and comfort to homes in Northern Pakistan
The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS) generated huge media excitement when it was announced as an award winner for this year’s Ashden Awards. They were recognised for their work to develop and stimulate the uptake of a range of energy efficient items that make the lives of families living in the harsh regions of Northern Pakistan more comfortable.
‘With Ashden Award money, we can start planning and opening new production and training centres in other African countries right away. I see Toyola being very big in the next few years.’
Suraj Wahab, Founder, Toyola
The Energy Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons today, and an impressive coalition of different organisations has formed to lobby MPs to Demand a Better Bill. They include Ashden Award winner CSE, Islington Council (who are doing excellent work on home energy efficiency), Federation of Master Builders, RIBA, Travis Perkins, three supermarkets (M&S, Asda, The Co-operative), UNISON and environmental NGOs.
Five new reports show efficiency measures bring jobs, savings and CO2 reductions for businesses across the Northwest
In Cheshire and Warrington over 1,200 businesses have been helped through the programme, saving them 18.7m per year. For example, through the support of an ENWORKS advisor from Groundwork Cheshire, the Ellesmere Port headquarters of Protocol Skills, a national vocational training provider, has saved £7,100 a year by reducing boiler settings, setting up a weekend switch-off regime, installing water saving devices and low energy lighting and establishing a switch off campaign.
Property coordinator, Nick Biglowe, said:
“Other companies are missing out. A lot of people don’t realise how some really simple changes can make a huge difference. There’s no catch with Groundworks Cheshire – everyone benefits."
Business Green reports:
“According to the research ... a wide range of materials will face constricting supplies over the next few decades as the global population rises towards an estimated nine billion by 2050. [T]he report warns that the supply of rare earth elements is likely to be particularly constricted. Companies will have to increase recycling rates and make better use of metals such as indium (a component in solar panels), as well as cobalt and lithium (elements in electric car batteries and solar cells).”