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UK pension funds warned of legal action over climate risk

Environmental lawyers at ClientEarth have warned 14 of the UK’s biggest pension funds of legal action if they fail to consider the risks associated with climate change. They have written to the trustees of the pension schemes, including BP Pension Fund, Tesco Pension Fund, National Grid UK Pension Scheme and Rolls-Royce Pension Scheme, asking them to make a public statement […] MORE

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Go Green: Hotels, Trends and Sustainability

Eco-consciousness is on the rise in the hospitality industry, with hotels going green. Guests are looking for sustainable and authentic experiences with luxury hotels going green as millennials demand sustainable travel options. With trends continuing to change every year, WorldHotels has gathered the latest trends in sustainable travel. This year, we will see more eco-friendly […] MORE

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New battery technology ‘could recharge Electric Vehicles in seconds, not hours’

It is claimed that a new liquid battery could mean electric vehicles can be charged in seconds rather than hours. Research Scientists say it works by simply pumping ‘charged up’ liquid in to a vehicle and removing old battery liquid to be recharged. Chemists from the University of Glasgow claim to have developed a new liquid battery […] MORE

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Property investors (not just landlords) may be caught out by new energy rule

People who invest in property via a pension, for example in a SIPP, could see their returns severely dented as a result of a new energy rule. The new energy rule – Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES), which came into effect in England and Wales in April, requires all buildings within its scope (listed buildings, for example, […] MORE


Europe’s urban air pollution ‘as unhealthy as smoking’

If you weren’t convinced of the need for electric vehicles, here’s yet more evidence of the problems with internal combustion engines. Spending a long weekend in Istanbul or Prague could have the same health impacts as smoking up to four cigarettes. That’s according to clean air campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E), which says pollution […] MORE

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Hydrogen trains on track for low carbon freight sector

Hydrogen fuel could prove a highly effective low carbon fuel technology for powering trains. That’s according to Polish coal mining company JSW and PKP Cargo, a national rail freight operator, which are working together to research, analyse and potentially produce new types of shunting locomotives and freight wagons powered by hydrogen fuel. The main goal is […] MORE

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Porsche’s first electric car to shoot out of the showroom in 2019

The 600bhp battery-powered Porsche Taycan will be able to accelerate to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds. Porsche has announced it is to launch its first electric car in 2019. It claims the 600bhp battery-powered Porsche Taycan will be able to accelerate to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds and drive for 310 miles between charges, all while producing […] MORE

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Manufacturing firm’s new technology lowers energy costs

A Black Country business has purchased a new energy saving air compressor thanks to a £5,000 Low Carbon Workspaces grant, bringing estimated electricity savings of £8,600 a year. Midtherm Laser’s old Alup Largo compressor was reaching the end of its life cycle, so the decision was made to invest in a modern, state of the […] MORE

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Government sets out updated UK climate strategy

The government has unveiled its second National Adaptation Programme, setting out an ambitious strategy for dealing with the effects of a changing climate in an updated UK climate strategy. It follows the Climate Change Risk Assessment published in January 2017 and studies the risks affecting communities across England, as well as how they are being addressed. It […] MORE

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Liverpool to use blockchain technology to become world’s first climate-positive city

Liverpool City Council has announced a new partnership with a blockchain platform company to offset more than 110% of its carbon emissions, with the city announcing its bid to become the world’s first climate positive city by the end of 2020. Liverpool City Council (LCC) will conduct a year-long trial with the Poseidon Foundation to […] MORE

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UK announces £343m lift-off for electric and hybrid planes

Around £68m of funding will support small and medium-sized businesses for research and development opportunities for electric and hybrid planes. The UK Government has announced £343 million of funding to ensure the UK is at the forefront of a new era of “cleaner and greener” flights. Around £255 million, supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute […] MORE

Hydrogen power

Hydrogen ‘could power Britain’s transition to a low carbon economy’

Hydrogen power could enable Britain’s transition to a low carbon economy. That’s according to Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, who has set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hydrogen to lobby for energy projects using the low carbon gas. She believes hydrogen produced in Teesside as a by-product from industrial processes could be used to heat […] MORE

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UK rail freight company on track to be powered by 100% renewable energy

A rail freight company in the UK has announced all its sites and offices will be powered by 100% renewable energy (electricity). DB Cargo UK has signed a three-year agreement with SSE Business Energy, which will supply its sites with renewable energy – estimated to help reduce 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year. That’s equivalent to powering almost 4,000 […] MORE

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‘Economy-wide carbon tax would slash emissions’

An economy-wide carbon tax paid by companies that sell fossil fuels in the UK would help slash emissions. That’s according to a new report from Policy Exchange, which suggests such a move would level the playing field for Britain’s heavy industry, fund a dividend to be paid to taxpayers and tackle climate change. The group says the UK […] MORE

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Bartlett Mitchell achieves record sustainability scores

Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Bartlett Mitchell, one of the UK’s leading independent caterers has retained its three-star SRA – achieving record scores for the business​ in several key areas. The company, which was the first caterer to achieve three-star success in 2014, was especially commended for its commitment to preserving and valuing natural resources, support […] MORE

NHS could save 130m a year

Upgrading outdated energy tech ‘could heal NHS spend by £260m a year’

NHS could save £130m a year by adopting distributed energy solutions. If just half of NHS trusts adopted distributed energy solutions, they are expected to save at least this amount a year. That’s according to new research, which states the NHS trusts spend around £500 million a year on energy but could reduce those costs […] MORE

Vegan tariff launched

Ecotricity launches ‘world’s first vegan electricity’ tariff

First vegan tariff launched by Ecotricity and the supplier says vegan or vegetarian customers are unaware a portion of their energy is provided using waste meat and dairy products. The green energy supplier said customers who are vegan or vegetarian are unaware a portion of the gas and electricity they use are provided using waste […] MORE

Bristol Airport aims higher in bid to cut its carbon emissions

Bristol Airport aims higher in bid to cut its carbon emissions after gaining accreditation

Bristol Airport aims higher in bid to cut its carbon emissions. Bristol Airport’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint have been recognised with accreditation in a global industry programme. The airport, which last year handled 8.1m passengers and is one of the UK’s fastest growing, has been awarded the second of four levels in the Airport Carbon […] MORE

South West energy lawyer awarded MBE

MBE for South West energy lawyer’s dedication to community energy

South West energy lawyer awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Sonya Bedford a partner and head of energy at Stephens Scown LLP has received the honour for her services to community energy. At Stephens Scown Sonya has built up one of the strongest energy teams in the South West. She has been involved […] MORE

UKPN installs virtual power station on Londoners’ rooftops

UKPN installs ‘virtual power station’ on Londoners’ rooftops

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has announced it will create a virtual power station in London, entirely made up of solar panels on residents’ rooftops. The distribution network operator, which delivers electricity to more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England, claims it will be the first ever project of its […] MORE

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Energy ministry’s London offices are ruled energy inefficient

  The government department that runs energy policy has offices in highly energy inefficient buildings, BBC Freedom of Information requests show. Four of the eleven offices leased by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) received the lowest G rating. The energy display ratings are used to measure the energy performance of public […] MORE

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Uber announces cash incentives for electric cabbies in the US

  A very smart move towards electric cabbies from Uber. The ride-sharing and taxi app said it aims to cut the number of vehicles on the road and reduce transportation’s climate footprint. No mention of whether they’ll do it in the UK, but we wouldn’t be surprised… Uber has announced cash incentives for its drivers […] MORE

What's the easy way get a 5% increase to your bottom line

What’s the easy way get a 5% increase to your bottom line, without a 20% sales increase?

  So what’s the easy way get a 5% increase to your bottom line? Any business can reduce their energy spend and improve their bottom line. Here’s a great example from The Carbon Trust. Elite Plastics Ltd saw the potential to reduce their annual energy spend by more than £60,000. Elite Plastics Ltd will reduce […] MORE

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DS Virgin Racing Formula E team set to become carbon neutral

The Carbon Trust has partnered with DS Virgin Racing E team to help them take the necessary steps to make their core operations carbon neutral. This commitment will also be complemented with a carbon reduction strategy to reduce the team’s impact over time. DS Virgin Racing Formula E team recently launched its Race Against Climate Change programme, in […] MORE

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BP Buys UK’s Leading EV Charging Company

EV charge points – BP set to electrify the UK with the acquisition of Chargemaster. BP has entered into an agreement to buy Chargemaster– the operator of the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network and the leading supplier of EV charging infrastructure The acquisition is an important step to scaling up and deploying fast and […] MORE

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Lighting Upgrade Helps Reduce Dublin Airport’s Car Park Energy Consumption By 80%.

Dublin Airport has achieved an 80% saving in car park energy consumption thanks to an upgrade to the lighting and control systems used in one of the short-term and some of the long-term surface car parks. Previously car park lighting accounted for 45% of the airport’s car park energy consumption. The new system will reduce […] MORE

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Adande Reduces Cold Air Spillage for Grab-and-Go Operators

Adande reduces cold air spillage for grab-and-go operators. Adande Refrigeration has just launched a new refrigerated, open front grab-and-go cabinet using Aircell technology. The ‘Sarma’ integral multi deck incorporates unique and patented Aircell technology, which significantly reduces cold air spillage from the cabinet. It is particularly suited to harsh environments, such as stores with cross […] MORE

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The Body Shop Is Exploring ‘Back-Up Plans’ To Help Reach Energy Targets

That is according to the retailer’s international director of corporate responsibility and campaigns, Christopher Davis, who admitted that “not everything has gone to plan” as the brand strives to deliver on its Enrich Not Exploit sustainability goal of becoming the “world’s most ethical and sustainable business”. The Body Shop’s latest sustainability report, released last week, revealed that strong progress to […] MORE


Farmer Champions Energy Efficiency To Transform Business

A great example of farming energy saving measures. A YouGov survey commissioned by ScottishPower has found that only one in ten businesses have reduced their energy consumption in the past year, and that 60% of small business owners don’t regard energy efficiency as a priority, potentially missing out on vital savings. As part of an […] MORE

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Energy Saving Opportunities For Office Based Companies

Office Energy Efficiency. Energy is one of the largest controllable overheads in office buildings which means there are many opportunities to make savings. Reducing energy consumption and improving office energy efficiency not only saves money but improves working conditions which can increase staff productivity. Furthermore, the environment will benefit from reductions in energy use and […] MORE


UK businesses could save £1.3bn per year by investing in energy efficiency measures

That’s the opinion of energy management experts on energy efficiency measures from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers who recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy efficiency. With many large corporates claiming to […] MORE


How to mitigate rising energy costs across the produce supply chain.

Very interesting Q&A article with nPower, published by ‘Produce Business UK’ and aimed at the fresh produce industry, but relevant for all of us. ‘Energy costs in the UK are forecast to rise by 15-20 per cent by 2021, meaning unless fresh produce businesses manage their energy spend effectively, the burden of this additional cost […] MORE


May Vows to Halve Energy Usage in New Buildings

Mrs May described the goal of the mission was to use “new technologies and modern construction practices” to “at least” halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030. This announcement comes just months after the UK Treasury quietly released a document late last year which signalled the end of the UK’s popular renewable energy […] MORE


Gravitricity Technology Turns Mine Shafts into Low Cost Power Storage Systems

How’s this for a clever energy storage idea, especially in places as heavily mined as Cornwall and parts of Devon? A report by independent analysts at Imperial College London has found that Scotland-based Gravitricity’s gravity-fed energy storage system may offer a better long-term cost of energy storage than batteries or other alternatives – particularly in […] MORE


Don’t be fooled by new electricity penalty charges

Businesses are being warned not to get caught out by a new excess penalty charge for electricity usage which were introduced on 1 April 2018. The new charge, called DCP 161, is applied to all organisations which have a Half Hour (HH) electricity supply and are exceeding their agreed consumption rates. It poses a dual […] MORE


Official! IU Energy named as best in the South West

South West-based Energy consultancy IU Energy has been named as ‘Regional Consultancy of the Year’ at a major awards ceremony in London last night. The company were singled out by a prestigious judging panel at the TELCA Awards 2017 – Energy Live News’ annual celebration of excellence in energy consultancy. The panel, which included senior […] MORE


Don’t dive into water deregulation too quickly

From 1 April 2017 businesses in England will, for the first time, be able to shop around for their water supplier. Over 1.2 million eligible businesses and other ‘non-household’ customers such as public sector bodies and charities in England will be able to choose their water supplier soon. “Finally some choice!” will be the cry […] MORE


Commercial Properties: Meet Energy Standards, Or Get Fined, Says UK Gov

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Cut Your Business Water Costs

Water deregulation in England April 2017 MORE


Announcement: Merger Deal Creates New Integrated Power

"This deal will further differentiate us in a noisy energy market..." MORE


IU Energy Deliver Impressive 4000th Biomass Boiler Install

Innasol and IU Energy, together as part of successful a partner network, celebrate their 4000th biomass boiler installation, just as heating season goes into full swing! Innasol is the sole UK distributor of ETA biomass boilers, which is regarded as one of the most trusted premium technology brands in the market – one of many […] MORE


Water deregulation is coming

Water deregulation is on its way. Next year, all businesses in England will be able to move away from regional monopolies and have the power to choose who supplies their water, waste water and drainage services. The new powers, which already exist in Scotland and has so far produced £35 million in water efficiency savings, […] MORE


Missed the ESOS deadline?

If you haven’t complied with ESOS yet, the chances are you have either received a call from the Environment Agency or you are on their list. They want to know if you are in the process of completing your ESOS assessment and when you expect to be compliant.  Failure to do so could result in a […] MORE

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The Santander Breakthrough Event: 23-27 May 2016

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Academy School Proves That It Pays To Be Resourceful

IU Energy and The Market Bosworth School both shared the desire and vision to reduce the school's energy costs. MORE


DECC guide to implementing ESOS

Read our summary of the 62 page guide here. MORE

Enhanced Capital Allowance

Understanding Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA)

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Being Green – It’s not all about Renewables

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Finance Options for Schools

There is funding out there to help you finance energy efficiency projects. MORE


Primary school setting great example for energy efficiency

Energy-efficient LED lighting via Salix Finance. Becoming a greener school has set a great example to the children & parents in the community. MORE

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Succession Group Achieve Environmental Compliance

The Environment Agency (EA) can impose the fines of up to £50,000 at any time for non-compliance. MORE


Did You Miss the 29th Jan 2016 ESOS Deadline?

What do if you have missed the ESOS Deadlines (5th December & 29th Jan discretionary waiver). MORE


COP21: What does this mean for businesses?

KEY POINTS: ♦  Deal has been agreed by all countries involved to curb global warming to less than 2°C ♦  Nearly 200 countries took part in 2 weeks of intense negotiations st COP21 ♦  The pact is the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions, which will come into being in 2020 KEY AGREEMENT […] MORE

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EA issues final warning regarding ESOS Deadline 29 Jan 2015

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a reminder of the ESOS Deadline, warning of the risk of enforcement action (up to £50,000). MORE



Businesses are being urged to act now to curb the financial implications brought by non-compliance. MORE


Insights From Industry Leaders: Plessey Semiconductors

This is the first of our series titled "Insights from industry leaders" - we learn from Plessey Semiconductors (Engineering & Manufacturing) MORE


Will P272 affect your business?

The changes can be a great opportunity to improve how and when you use energy. MORE


G20: World leaders call for “ambitious” climate change agreement

Ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (United Nations Conference on Climate Change - named COP21) which will be taking place from November 30 to December 11 2015, the G20 world leaders have called for an 'ambitious' agreement. MORE


Firms Facing Hefty Fines over ESOS

5-figure fines being risked by non-compliance for 5 December 2015 deadline MORE


Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) payments to be cut by March 2016

FIT Tariff payments being cut from January 2016: Meaning that people are being urged to secure renewable technologies (supported by the FIT payments) before the deadline. MORE


Siemens invest €100m in plans to become Carbon Neutral

Siemens aim to be the world’s first major industrial company to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. MORE


ESOS Warning Issued: 99% of Businesses not ESOS Compliant

Energy Live News have recently found that just 1% of affected companies have submitted audits ahead of the impending 5 December deadline. MORE

Free Energy Health Check

High Profile Law Firm Achieve ESOS compliance

UK Top 100 law firm, has now met its obligation under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). MORE

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Investment in the National Grid

“Investment in renewables needs to be matched by investment in the infrastructure so that we achieve maximum efficiency and sustainability..." MORE


Environment Agency Issues Second ESOS Warning

The Environment Agency has issued a second letter to those who qualify for the government's mandatory ESOS scheme MORE


IU Energy shortlisted for national TELCA Energy Management Award

We are celebrating after being shortlisted for a prestigious national award for the second year running. MORE


Large companies risking huge fines over ESOS

Almost three quarters of large UK businesses are running the risk of five-figure fines by missing the deadline to submit their Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) audit. MORE


The May General Election 2015 – Where do parties stand on Energy & the Environment?

IU Energy take a look at policies relating to Energy and the Environment. The article also consults IU Energy's CEO, Duncan Banks, for his opinion on the situation and opportunities within the sector. MORE


Common Misconceptions – LED Lighting

LED lighting has come a long way in recent years. Here we run through the common misconceptions many of our clients initially held about LED lighting. MORE


ESOS – Are you compliant?

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme requires large enterprises to conduct mandatory energy audits every 4 years. MORE


Sticking with your current provider doesn’t pay – 95% of the time

A staggering 95% of dual-fuel big 6 energy company customers could have saved money according to a recent report... MORE


Fix now as oil prices tumble

Duncan Banks, CEO at IU Energy looks at what the fall in world oil prices means for businesses MORE


FCA and ISO Approve Our Approach

In addition to retaining our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditations we are now one of a small number of energy consultants in the country to receive authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority. MORE

Free Energy Health Check

A move to continue our growth

We are delighted to announce that we have moved to larger premises in Plymouth - a key part of our expansion plan. MORE