Energy Efficiency

Stone building covered in earth

A passive solar corridor and good insulation helps keep the temperature constant in this earth sheltered berm house so it requires no heating system. Photo: Lyndsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

As an individual it can seem daunting and pointless to do anything about energy efficiency. However as households produce 25% of our national carbon dioxide emissions it is vital we all play our part in reducing how much carbon we produce.

Stand up to George Osbourne

George Osbourne

Photo: © Ewan McIntosh

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has declared war on the environment, and the Lib Dems are letting him get away with it.

The announcement that wind subsidies have been spared a massive 25% cut has been spun as a big victory for Ed Davey, the Lib Dem Energy Secretary.

Choose clean British energy

Clean British Energy logo 

On 9 May Elizabeth Windsor will make her Queen's Speech. In it she will announce that the Government is introducing a new Bill to transform Britain's energy production. Many people want the Government to choose a clean energy future.

We are at a crossroads. Britain can either go down the route of yet more coal, gas and nuclear power. This would lead to:

Final Demand petition delivered

Four campaigners standing outside 10 Downing Street with the Final Demand petition

Photo: Friends of the Earth

Four members of Friends of the Earth went to 10 Downing Street on Monday to deliver our Final Demand petition. It had tens of thousands of names on it.

Tell Norway to ditch Shell

Two oil wells surounded by a lake of oil in grassland.

Leaking oil wells in the Niger Delta Photo: Friends of the Earth

Last month 28 Right Livelihood Award winners wrote to the Norway Government Pension Fund asking it to sell all its holdings in Shell because of the environmental harm caused by it in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.

EU politicians back energy-saving law

Workman installing cavity wall insulation

Photo: Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Friends of the Earth are pleased that MEPs yesterday backed a set of energy-saving proposals. This clears the way for a deal by the end of June on a law that could boost jobs, household incomes and cut fuel imports.

LEGO buys wind turbines

Lego model wind turbine

Cardiff Friends of the Earth welcome the decision by LEGO's parent company to buy almost a third of a German offshore wind power project. This will allow LEGO to add a label to its boxes saying that it uses wind energy.

Help protect us from pollution

chemicals pouring from a pipe into a stream

Photo: Robert Brook, Science Photo Library

The Cabinet Minister, Oliver Letwin, is considering scrapping all green safeguards and replacing them with a single 50-page document.

This would mean our protection from pollution could be dangerously simplified. He is consulting on scrapping Laws on:

Energy bill scandal

Final demand. Stop the big energy companies taking us for a ride.

The Big Six energy companies have got us hooked on dirty fossil fuels and make huge profits from a stitched-up system.

Friends of the Earth want the Government to launch a public inquiry into energy prices.

With the Big Six's soaring profits in the headlines we have a fantastic chance to fix our broken energy system.

Government loses solar appeal

Two workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

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