How to engage your employees with energy saving

How to engage your employees with energy saving

 Johann Van Dyke, House Manager, Smart Energy GB  Green business; green employees Getting a team of employees to take action on energy saving in the workplace can feel like herding cats. Nonetheless, it’s a time investment worth making – and one that benefits your staff as much as it benefits you. Keeping business energy use and bills under control, reducing carbon, and building a green brand are more important than ever. With new principles such…

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Are Energy Managers ready for an upsurge in on-site energy demand?

Are Energy Managers ready for an upsurge in on-site energy demand?

The recent commitment from the UK Government to phase out Internal Combustion Engine cars by 2040 was not as ambitious as many would have liked, and certainly not as ambitious as the 2032 date set by the Scottish Parliament, but it will encourage vehicle manufacturers to continue spending their R&D budgets on Electric Vehicle (EV) development, and new and better models will emerge from their production lines as uptake continues. To comply with CSR and…

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The Brexit Storm – how procurement in the energy sector is performing since the UK voted to leave the EU

The Brexit Storm – how procurement in the energy sector is performing since the UK voted to leave the EU

The tidal wave of change has hit the UK and European economies offering highs and lows since the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The resulting volatility in currency has offered advantages for exporters while importers have struggled with higher costs and less uncertainty than they once knew. Keeping supply chains of goods and services open to fuel customer and business needs is a fascinating study in these interesting times. So CIPS (The Chartered institute…

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The UK’s geology won’t support UK fracking, claims expert

The UK’s geology won’t support UK fracking, claims expert

We’re 55 million years too late for hydraulic fracturing to work in the UK The UK’s geology is unlikely to be suitable for hydraulic fracturing, research by a Scottish university has discovered. Professor John Underhill, Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University, revealed that while opponents of fracking continue to focus on the environmental impact of this method of oil and gas extraction, the geology of the UK doesn’t support it. Professor Underhill explains: “Both sides of…

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How Does Modern Fossil Fuel Extraction Affect Our Planet?

How Does Modern Fossil Fuel Extraction Affect Our Planet?

By James Murphy, Extreme Low Energy Fossil fuels have been an essential source of energy for the Western world since their inauguration during the industrial revolution. Extraction of these fuels has previously involved a significant workforce of labourers engaging in mining and smelting, but through advances in technology extraction it has become easier and increasingly time-efficient for economically-developed nations. Methods such as fracking, drilling (on/offshore), and oil sand extraction have become conventional methods of contemporary…

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Paving the Way to Safer, More Cost-efficient Nuclear Reactors

Paving the Way to Safer, More Cost-efficient Nuclear Reactors

In 2014, The Independent newspaper reported on an impending “nuclear crisis” in the U.K. Unlike many other fears commonly associated with that expression, this was a crisis of age and the possible extinction for the country’s aging nuclear fleet. At the time, all but one of Britain’s reactors was predicted to close in 15 years due to “concerns over their economic viability or safety” and fears circled the possibility of an energy black hole as…

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The Potential Role of AD in Tackling Climate Change

The Potential Role of AD in Tackling Climate Change

By Matt Hale, International Sales Manager, HRS Heat Exchangers With a few notable exceptions, such as new US president Donald Trump and our own Nigel Lawson, the scientific consensus on climate change is well established. As far back as 2004, 75% of US scientific papers accepted the premise of human modification of the climate. Today, as the evidence and scientific literature has grown this figure has risen to 97% or more. The most recent provisional…

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“There’s Only One Thing Wrong with the Capacity Market – and it isn’t the Price”

“There’s Only One Thing Wrong with the Capacity Market – and it isn’t the Price”

Comment from Dr Alastair Martin, founder and chief strategy officer at Flexitricty on the Early Auction for delivery year 2017/2018 result: In truth, there are many things wrong with the Capacity Market (CM) – the UK Government’s flagship policy for the security of national electricity supplies. Among these is not whether or not the CM will work. It will – the lights will stay on. Probably. Nor is it the somewhat disappointing price in the…

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Old Lags or New

Old Lags or New

I often see pictures of installations posted onto sites like Linkedin by their proud creators. The trouble is given my experience I can often see something wrong from the picture; it might be that the gas meter is fitted too near bends and would therefore be inaccurate, it could be that the boiler would be impossible to service or maybe a simple filter change would require significant dismantling and hours of downtime. But most often…

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Public Sector Scotland Hemorrhaging £Millions Due to Lost Savings & Overcharging on Water Bills

Public Sector Scotland Hemorrhaging £Millions Due to Lost Savings & Overcharging on Water Bills

Since the water industry in Scotland opened its doors to competition many years ago Public Sector Scotland  have been literally hemorrhaging £millions on incorrect charges and losing out on potential savings and reductions on water bills due to poor administration of water supply contracts, lack of water consultancy expertise and zero control. Even now a massive Public Sector Scotland water contract went out to tender to the retail water suppliers worth a reputed £350 million…

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