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What does the solid fuel ban mean for renewables?

In February, the government broadcast that the sale of the most polluting fuels burned in household stoves and open fires will be phased out in England from 2021, in order to clean up the air.   Plans for the ban were first announced 18 months ago, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has now confirmed it is […]

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Is hydrogen the future of home-heating?

With more countries including the UK, adopting net-zero emission goals, companies and governments are investigating whether replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen could be the answer to cleaner domestic heating. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government invited comments on plans to reduce emissions from new homes built after 2025. The frontpage proposal is aimed […]

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Heat pumps – more than just a renewable heating solution?

The Climate Change debate and the obvious need to reduce energy use mean that Heat Pumps on a commercial and industrial basis are becoming increasingly relevant. However, the application of Heat Pumps on a wider retrofit basis, to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions for existing buildings and processes, can be restricted due to the […]

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ECA’s Luke Osborne optimistic about technology’s role in low-to-no-carbon future

Luke Osborne, the Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions advisor at ECA, sees many opportunities and solutions ahead on the road to a low-to-no-carbon future, but the correct measures must be firmly in place first. In the past decade, renewable energy has undergone a considerable shift within the UK. Having once been a virtual non-entity, it […]

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Time to reinstate DECC?

Former Secretary of State for Energy Sir Ed Davey has dismissed the idea of recreating the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). His rebuttal follows in the wake of rumours that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is about to reverse the decision taken by his predecessor Theresa May in July 2016 to abolish DECC, as […]

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Emission reduction first, electric car revolution second 

Even if the UK Government accelerates its plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, there will still be millions of fossil-fuelled vehicles on the road well into the 2030s and 40s.  In parallel to the roll-out of electric cars and charging infrastructure, more needs to be done to reduce emissions from […]

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What are the next steps when it comes to renewable energy?

The climate is changing in many ways, with global warming being a particular concern for scientists, NES recruits renewable energy specialists across the world. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), greenhouse gases are largely responsible for the warming of the planet, which explains why renewable energy has become such a topic of […]

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Anesco warns election must be catalyst for renewables policy stability

The General Election needs to be a catalyst for the Government to bring some much needed stability to the renewables sector, the executive chairman of Anesco has said. Steve Shine made the comments following the recent election, which ended in a hung parliament and has left the country facing yet more uncertainty. “What everyone in […]

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How installers can tap into the renewable rewards of air source heat pumps

Richard Paine, Product Manager for Domestic Heating and Renewables at Daikin UK, discusses the reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive and how installers, with the support and tools offered by leading manufacturers, can reap the rewards of renewable air source heat pump technology. The long awaited reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were announced […]

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ECA president optimistic on business outlook

Dave Kieft, the outgoing President of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), believes there is significant potential for business growth in the engineering services sector, as a result of recent developments and new commercial opportunities. One of the key themes for Mr Kieft’s ECA presidential term, which ends in May, has been to raise the profile […]

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