Wellington Barracks now uses less energy thanks to new exterior lighting [pic: Philips 2013]

Defence Infrastructure Organisation saves over £2m with energy efficiency upgrade

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has made energy efficiency improvements to its lighting systems which it says has saved over £2million in addition to greenhouse gas emissions.

'A combination of domestic and international factors' has affected the UK's attractiveness as a destination for renewable investment

UK’s renewable energy investment at lowest level for five years

Ernst and Young's Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index has shown that the attractiveness of UK renewable energy has fallen to its lowest level for nearly five years.

All SSC members signing up to the code will agree to responsible seafood sourcing policies

Seafood retailers agree to standardised sustainable sourcing and labelling codes

Seafood retailers and suppliers have signed up to a new code for standardised responsibility and sustainability labelling. The Sustainable Seafood Coalition will launch two codes of conduct this week.

'Insulating our homes […] will bring benefits both for homeowners and for society', says Tim Yeo

Energy and Climate Change Committee urges revival of flagging Green Deal

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has published a report urging the government to introduce new incentives to revive the flagging Green Deal scheme.

Manufacturing

Katie Jones is among the designers featured in the Estethica Emerging Talents for SS15 showroom

Sustainability-focused designers confirmed for London Fashion Week

The designers accredited with the Estethica label at London Fashion Week have been confirmed, while WRAP announces the launch of the new Extending the Life of Clothes Awards.

Retail

Many shoppers look at whether products have been produced locally, the poll found

80% of consumers ‘consider the environment when shopping’

Eight out of ten consumers say their buying decisions are influenced by manufacturers' and distributors' respect for the environment, according to a new poll by Tiendeo.

Energy

'The potential for reliable hydrogen production from renewable sources is huge', says the researchers

University of Glasgow announces breakthrough in hydrogen production

The University of Glasgow has developed a new, faster form of hydrogen production which it says 'solves common problems' normally associated with producing electricity from renewable sources.

Transport & Cities

Johnson says a scrappage scheme would support the British car industry and promote the early uptake of ULEVs

Johnson supports cash incentives for diesel scrappage scheme

Boris Johnson has reiterated his call to scrap diesel cars with the highest emissions and supported proposals to offer incentives of up to £2,000 per vehicle for a scrappage scheme.

Green Living

The British Gas Smart Meter Challenge follows 15 households

Smart meter households can ‘picture energy use’

British Gas has released the results of the first week of its Smart Meter Challenge, finding that many have been 'pleasantly surprised' at the low levels of energy used.

Design

The government should do more to help sustainable technology entrepreneurs to bridge the 'valley of death', says the committee

Government ‘punching below its weight’ in support for low-carbon tech

The cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee says the government 'must do more' to support UK businesses' development and sale of low-carbon technologies.

Events

The policy prepares for a 'legally binding global climate deal' for Paris 2015

UK government sets out climate change stall for Paris 2015

Ed Davey has released 'Paris 2015: Securing Our Prosperity Through a Global Climate Change Agreement', setting out the UK government's plans for a climate deal ahead of next year's United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.