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Green Issues

What is the Government’s new Clean Growth Plan?

 Oct, 17 - 2017   BlogGreen Issues

The Clean Growth Plan is a document that sets out the Governments plans for a low carbon future. This is to protect the natural environment and invest in the UK’s low carbon economy. What will it do? It builds on the initiatives set up in the Climate Change Act that...


Solar independence day 2017

 Jul, 01 - 2017   Green Issues

July is here – No we can’t believe it either. The 4th July is Solar independence day, a yearly celebration of all things Solar and we want as many people as possible to get involved (so do the Solar Trade Association.) STA are keen to get as many people on...


Latest RHI news 2016

 Dec, 08 - 2016   Green Issues

Things have been quiet on the domestic RHI front in recent months. After last year’s election and with Brexit this year, you could be forgiven for thinking that climate issues have fallen by the wayside. It has certainly been a while since our last RHI update but last week we...


Ecobuild 2016

 Mar, 11 - 2016   Green Issues

Logic4training’s Jonny Lawrence took the opportunity to visit the Ecobuild 2016 show at the Excel centre in London Docklands. Here is a brief look at some of the highlights from Wednesday 9th March. Ecobuild 2016 is a massive show and the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy...


Feed-in Tariff and Renewables Obligation review decision published

 Dec, 17 - 2015   Green Issues

The DECC have just published the Feed-in Tariff decision, as well as the decision on the sub-5MW Renewables Obligation closure. The announcement comes just days after the historic Paris Agreement on Climate change was agreed at the UN conference.   As expected it’s bad news for installers and everyone connected to...


Autumn Statement 2015: disappointment for renewables

 Nov, 30 - 2015   Green Issues

The government has been accused of falling short on renewables in its Autumn Statement, with an overall air of disappointment among key industry figures, particularly as The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s core budget has been slashed by 22 per cent for 2019-20, with the potential of 200 staff...


Help save solar pv!

 Oct, 01 - 2015   Green Issues

The government is being put under mounting pressure to reconsider their ‘extreme’ Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) proposals following extensive consultation with the industry, organisations and stakeholders. In a statement issued to government, organisations such as The Solar Trade Association (STA), IKEA, TUC and NFU have asked not to take the power away...


What do installers really think of ErP

 Sep, 11 - 2015   Green Issues

ErP arrives on the 26th September 2015 and it’s clear to us that this is one of, if not THE biggest talking point for installers and plumbers over the last couple of months. The trade press have reported on the mixed nature of the response from installers. One story in Heating &...


5 reasons the Green Deal was a flop

 Jul, 31 - 2015   Green Issues

The Green Deal, a government policy which promised so much but failed to deliver. On Thursday the 23rd July 2015 the department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) pulled the plug on funding to the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) effectively killing off the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF)....


Energy Related Products Directive – who benefits?

 Jul, 27 - 2015   Green Issues

It would seem as though we have reached a state of confusion with ErP labels. Gas installers are scratching their heads wondering what the ErP is really all about. 75% of you feel underprepared and worse still, most don’t see the benefit of the labelling system.   Unnecessary bureaucracy? A recent...


Calls for the conservatives to uphold their green promises

 May, 12 - 2015   Green Issues

The votes are in and have been counted – the Conservatives have succeeded by a slim majority to land a second term in office.   Following the announcement, David Cameron has promised to lead a government for ‘one nation’ and make ‘Great Britain greater’, claiming that he was on the...


Green policies explained ahead of the UK election

 Apr, 29 - 2015   Green Issues

It’s not long now until we will be casting our vote for the UK’s next government. All parties have been bombarding us for what seems like months, professing their ‘greatest’ manifestos yet, but, aside from their thoughts on immigration and saving the NHS, what are their green policies and hopes...


RHI figures hit 25,000 accreditations!

 Mar, 25 - 2015   Green Issues

According to the Department of Energy and climate Change (DECC), some 25,000 homes have signed up to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), presenting a great business opportunity for suitably trained installers. Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change, explained: “It’s very encouraging that in only a...


Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Updated

 Mar, 11 - 2015   Green Issues

The government are set for the third release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund on the 16th March 2015. Releases one and two have already helped thousands with energy saving home improvements and the new release is set to be just as popular. Installers will be in demand for...


Green Deal Home Improvement Fund extended

 Feb, 13 - 2015   Green Issues

The green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been extended.   The expiry date of vouchers from the first round of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) have been extended until the 31st March, allowing more time for millions of pounds worth of installations to be carried out.   The one-off...


Free electricity could be just around the corner

 Feb, 16 - 2015   Green Issues

“Free electricity” could be just around the corner. Thanks to the increasing role of solar photovoltaics and other renewables, electricity could soon be free, or at least ‘too cheap to meter’, meaning how we pay for power will have to be rethought in the future. As we move away from...


New ErP Directive is on the way

 Jan, 13 - 2015   Green Issues

The new Energy-related Product ErP directive from the EU will come into force as of the 26th September 2015. Energy related products (the use of which has an impact on energy consumption) account for a large proportion of the energy consumption in the EU. This includes Energy-using products (EUPs), which...


Green fund re-launch sees £24m spent in 24 hours

 Jan, 07 - 2015   Green Issues

Green fund re-launch sees £24m spent in 24 hours, despite IT teething problems on the morning of the launch. Just one day into round two of the green deal home improvement fund (GDHIF) the £24 million pot allocated for solid wall insulation was all used up! The latest phase of...


Solar power will beat Gas by 2018

 Dec, 23 - 2014   Green Issues

Britain’s Solar power will be cheaper than gas by 2018, that’s according to new analysis from the Solar Trade Association (STA). The STA says that as long as the government provides stable policy support (something that has certainly been an issue in the past), it will be cheaper to generate...