April 2015: Energy, Enviro and Industry News Round-Up

A few words from the editor…

A belated but Happy Easter to all of you… It’s ‘that time’ again. Yup, it’s time for the Content Coms media & market intel round up for April 2015. This month has seen some interesting ‘happenings’ including the sale of 80% of lighting giant Phillips’s lumiLeds business for a stonking 2.8 billion dollars.
Plus, there’s plenty of news from the UK too – including a fascinating (and worrying) survey which says three quarters of businesses captured under ESOS are yet to start their survey process. Why? I can’t imagine – apart from inertia and a market capacity issue. But, in terms of guidance on ESOS, there’s plenty of advice out there, after all – which leads me to flag up our top news item about the ESOS Hub which is on the shortlist for a 2Degrees award. We’re delighted! However, The Hub needs your votes (VOTE VOTE VOTE here)! Aside from this, there’s plenty more stories from the worlds of energy, environment and industry – just scroll down.

Wishing you a very happy post-Easter week.

Joanna Watchman – and the Content Coms team.

Our News

ESOS Hub nominated for 2degrees Champion Award

Content Coms project for leading energy consultancy Inenco Group shortlisted for 2degrees Champion Award (and you can VOTE VOTE VOTE for this great project to win right here!)


Digital news

The Content Coms Guide: Google’s mobile algorithm update

The latest algorithm update from Google is said to affect websites which are not fully responsive ie compatible on mobiles. Here’s how your website could be affected.


Playing Mr Google at his own delightful game

Google now updates its search algorithm over 500 times a year. Our features writer Chris Bilko finds out how marketeers can cope with Google’s ever-changing demands.



E-SOS time for business energy audits?

Three quarters of businesses have yet to start their mandatory energy audits which must be completed by 5th December 2015


UK needs ‘local approach’ to energy efficiency

Millions of homes have not had energy efficiency upgrades, according to a new report


Energy efficiency upgrades for UK social housing

More than 1000 homes across the UK are to benefit from efficient heating systems, thanks to new fund


UK flouting EU energy efficiency laws, campaigners say

Energy waste campaigners call for Brussels to file legal proceedings against UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws


Green Building Councils launch 2.35m European retrofit project

2.35 million euros to be spent on deep energy efficient renovations in 13 countries


Smart meter roll-out contractor requests more time to deliver

Ed Davey gives key contractor behind smart meter roll-out extra four months to deliver crucial communication links



Carbon floor price hike will trigger UK coal slowdown, say analysts

Doubling of UK carbon tax expected to force coal plants to switch off, as EU emissions trading system hits 2020 target six years early


Big business uses trade associations to derail EU climate policy, report warns

Many major multinational companies with strong sustainability policies are also members of trade associations lobbying against UK climate policy, according to new research


Fossil fuels: Scientists draw up investment principles

Climate scientists at leading universities join forces to discuss basis of principles governing investment in fossil fuels


Sustainability can underpin Europe’s economic recovery, report finds

New WWF report states a focus on nature should be at centre of 300 billion euro investment to kick-start Europe’s economic recovery


Sustainability stars shine at UK’s first National CSR Awards

Marks and Spencer, Wyke Farms and Zurich Community Trust among winners of first National CSR Awards


UK at risk of manufacturer exodus without global emissions deal, says EEF

Senior climate and environment policy adviser at EEF says a global agreement would have “a truly profound effect” on British manufacturers


New project to track health and profit benefits of green retail stores

UK Green Building Council launches new scheme to help measure the health, wellbeing and productivity benefits of sustainable retail property


Business and Industry

UK manufacturing production falls unexpectedly in January

Steep drop in hi-tech goods sector blamed for decline in monthly figure


CBI says UK economic growth picked up in first quarter

Confederation of British Industry estimated that UK’s economy expanded by 0.7% in three month run-up to March, up from 0.6% in previous quarter

UK service sector growth picks up speed

Activity in the UK’s service sector accelerated in March at its fastest pace since August last year, according to survey


Retail sector continues to be hit by falling UK food sales

British Retail Consortium figures suggest UK shops affected by supermarket price war in Feb as economic recovery continues to ‘bypass the sector’


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