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Make accreditation mandatory for low-carbon heating installers, says Which? | Heat pumps

Make accreditation mandatory for low-carbon heating installers, says Which? | Heat pumps

The next government should force all tradespeople who install home heat pumps, solar panels and insulation to sign up to a mandatory accreditation scheme to counter mistrust in the industry, a leading consumer group is demanding. A report from Which? found that households face “significant anxiety” in choosing tradespeople to fit low-carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps, and insulation after “press stories about poor work and rogue traders”. It said 45% of households report that they do not know what qualifications to check for when selecting a tradesperson to carry out work in their homes, and 55% find it difficult to trust the available information, including contractors’ own claims and customer reviews. The lack of clear information and quality controls threatened to delay home upgrades that were essential if Britain was to wean households off fossil fuel heating and hit its climate targets, the consumer group said. Under current rules, installers who undertake work through the government’s boiler upgrade and energy efficiency schemes must sign up to either the Microgeneration certification scheme or the …

Kent’s Europa to run routes on low-carbon fuel for DPD Netherlands

Kent’s Europa to run routes on low-carbon fuel for DPD Netherlands

Europa Road has signed a contract with DPD Netherlands to run new daily line hauls between the UK and Netherlands using cleaner fuel. Its vehicles will run exclusively on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO-100), replacing diesel. The transition comes as the EU and UK announce new targets for the road freight industry, calling for operators to reduce emissions 42 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. Opened in 2015 close to the Dartford Crossing, Europa Road’s 26,368 sq m transit hub has seen a 15 per cent increase year on year in the volume of European road freight, and a record 40,000 consignments a month pass through the terminal. Stuart McKie, regional manager for Europa Road, explained how the company plans to adopt the use of HVO-100 on DPD movements. “Phase one of the implementation is for the ecommerce line hauls flowing from Netherlands (Eindhoven) to the UK (Hinckley)”, he said. “This consists of two trailers per day, five days a week. “We’ve committed to replacing 30,000 km worth of diesel fuel with HVO-100, a major condition …

UK spends least among major European economies on low-carbon energy policy, study shows | Greenhouse gas emissions

UK spends least among major European economies on low-carbon energy policy, study shows | Greenhouse gas emissions

The UK spends less on low-carbon energy policy than any other major European economy, analysis has shown, despite evidence that such spending could lower household bills and increase economic growth more than the tax cuts the government has planned. Spending on low-carbon measures for the three years from April 2020 to the end of April 2023 was about $33.3bn (£26.2bn) in total for the UK, the lowest out of the top five European economies, according to an analysis by Greenpeace of data from the International Energy Agency. Italy topped the table for western European economies, having spent $111bn in the period. Germany spent $92.7bn, France $64.5bn and Spain about $51.3bn. The data includes spending on electricity networks, energy efficiency, innovation on fuels and technology, low-carbon and efficient transport and low-carbon electricity. UK low carbon expenditure relative to major European economies In addition to spending on these measures, all the countries spent substantial amounts on holding down energy bills for households, in many cases more than was spent on low-carbon measures. The UK spent about $42bn …

Low-carbon milk to AI irrigation: tech startups powering Latin America’s green revolution | Wildlife

Low-carbon milk to AI irrigation: tech startups powering Latin America’s green revolution | Wildlife

Leo Prieto’s passion for nature started during his childhood by the sea. “I was obsessed with what was under the surface. I’d anchor myself to a rock with my snorkel, and I was fascinated by all the little animals doing things that go unnoticed.” His teenage years coincided with the arrival of the internet in Chile, where he became a web pioneer, launching and selling several startups. Inevitably, his interests in the environment, the internet and business merged, driven by the feeling that technological advances should not be wasted. “We’re living at a time when science and technology allow us to do almost anything, and we’re spending all that energy, all those resources, helping people put cat ears on a photo. Really?!” says the entrepreneur. “Why don’t we use all these advances to solve actual problems? We have real issues, and we have real tools – let’s combine the two.” Prieto is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean embracing the green revolution and establishing businesses and non-profit initiatives …

Uptake of low-carbon activities affected by inequality rates

Uptake of low-carbon activities affected by inequality rates

A new study has found that promoting low-carbon activities will be more successful in societies where everyone has the capacity to make changes. In a new report, researchers argue that tackling inequality is vital for the clean energy transition due to constraints on those who can adopt low-carbon behaviours. Changes across society are needed if climate change is to be mitigated. Although wealthy people have larger carbon footprints, they also have the means to reduce their carbon footprint more easily than those on lower incomes. There is currently a lack of political recognition of the barriers that can make it difficult for people to adopt low-carbon behaviours. The new report, ‘Tackling inequality is essential for behaviour change for net zero,’ suggests that policymakers should provide equal opportunities for low-carbon behaviours across all income brackets. Carbon footprint reduction is restricted by low-income The report defines inequality in the following ways: wealth and income, free time, access to low-carbon options, and political influence. Dr Charlotte Kukowski, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Cambridge Departments of Psychology …

Shell boss set to cut jobs from low-carbon division | Shell

Shell’s new chief executive is poised to cut hundreds of jobs from the oil giant’s low-carbon division as part a plan to boost the company’s profits. Wael Sawan plans to shrink the number of staff working on low-carbon solutions by around 200 next year, after vowing to shift Shell’s focus towards high-profit oil projects and expanding its gas business when he became chief executive in January. Shell managers reportedly told staff in the division last week that they will also consider culling a further 130 roles from the business unit, which in total would represent a 25% cut from the low carbon solutions team. Some of the employees will be reassigned to other parts of the company, which employs a total of 90,000 people in 70 countries. The low-carbon team is focused on the transport and heavy industry sectors, but it does not include staff working within Shell’s renewable power business. The job cuts are expected to target those developing solutions for hydrogen-powered light vehicles. Shell was an early adopter of the technology, which has …