Boost for Green Deal

The Green Deal has been given a boost with the involvement of the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings (EEPB), which will create a network of Green Deal providers, financiers, and product and service suppliers.

EEPB is a relaunch of the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, a network set up in 1999 that brought together 760 such organisations.

The new body has received widespread backing from large corporations and is expected to unlock opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the energy-efficiency supply chain.

The EEPB will help address the challenges of delivering the Green Deal in the non-domestic sector, and ensure that as many buildings in the UK will benefit from the scheme as possible. It has been established as a subsidiary of the National Energy Foundation, an energy-efficiency charity that was established over 20 years ago to reduce energy use in buildings.

Dr David Strong, chairman of the EEPB, said: ‘Our priority working groups will be looking at how we overcome market barriers and unlock opportunities from Green Deal and ECO, especially for SMEs. We will be organising a lot of constructive dialogue and interaction with policymakers to develop practical solutions to all the current issues
of concern.’

Industry cautious over claims that LEDs can harm children

The lighting industry has given a cautious response to a report from a French government watchdog that says the blue component of LEDs can be harmful to the eyes of vulnerable people and children.

BBC launches UK’s first industry guide to low energy lighting

The BBC has launched a guide to low energy lighting for television