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- Use smart technology to cut energy demand and emissions, say MPs
- Public believes wind subsides are 14 time higher than they are
- Report: UK faces rising water bills without efficiency measures
- UK hotel industry could save £38m through water and energy efficiency
- Government faces calls to raise Zero Carbon Homes standards
29 April headlines
FTSE joins Blackrock to help investors avoid fossil fuels
Blackrock, the world’s biggest fund manager, has teamed up with London’s FTSE Group to help investors avoid coal, oil and gas companies without putting their money at risk. In a sign that a global campaign against fossil fuels is entering the financial mainstream, companies that extract or explore such fuels are excluded from a new set of indices created by FTSE. Financial Times
Consumers confused over energy bills – BBC survey
A survey for the BBC has revealed that half of households have not switched energy companies in the past five years despite deep dissatisfaction over rising bills. The study showed that even though Ofgem has forced suppliers to simplify bills, many people still do not understand how they are calculated. BBC.
Warning over ‘privatisation’ of environmental science research body
Long-term research in Britain on issues ranging from bees to tree disease could be threatened by plans to open up the environment department’s science agency to private investment, MPs and unions say. Official are expected to announce that the Food and Environment Research Agency will become a joint venture with a private-sector investor. Guardian.
US hits Russia’s oil kingpin with first energy sanctions
The US has tightened the noose yet further on the Russian economy, imposing a sanction on the kingpin of Russia’s oil industry in a move that could have more serious consequences. The US Treasury blacklisted Igor Sechin, chairman of Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft. He is thought to be the mastermind of the Kremlin’s energy strategy. Telegraph.
The good, bad and ugly of shareholder activism – Telegraph
Super funds must start investing ethically – Sydney Herald
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