Ewan Paterson is an Energy Assessor, Section 63 Advisor and Chartered Surveyor at Metro Commercial.

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Fife homes to be heated by world-first green hydrogen heating network

Metro-Blog-hydrogen-gas-networks-text Hydrogen network for Fife homes

If we could replace our standard central heating systems with a carbon-free solution, we would have the potential to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by as much as a third. Source: OFGEM. This would go a long way towards meeting the UK and Scottish governments net-zero targets. One solution is to replace natural gas-fired boilers with hydrogen fired boilers and produce the hydrogen using renewable resources. 

Such a solution is precisely what gas distributor SGN is planning to do in its H100 Fife project in Levenmouth. The aim is to manufacture the hydrogen at an electrolysis plant powered by an offshore wind turbine. The gas will then be stored safely and transported through a network to provide fuel for heating homes. 
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Emerging from lockdown - re-occupying commercial buildings

Emerging-from-lockdown Safely re-occupying commercial buildings
As the UK and devolved governments continue to provide a phased exit strategy from Covid-19 lockdown, businesses and institutions must emerge safely and in line with the latest public health advice. The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published a set of guidelines on how we can accomplish this. H...
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Geoengineering - can it help address climate change?

Geoengineering-ClimateChange An alternative to reducing CO2 emissions and energy use?

"When a weather-controlling satellite system suddenly breaks down, a scientist must race against the clock to prevent a climate cataclysm on Earth." Geostorm - Currently on Netflix

You may be confused but this is not a film review! During the recent lockdown some may have watched the film Geostorm on Netflix. Essentially the film is an action and adventure sci-fi fantasy film loosely based on geoengineering. The idea being that if the climate of the planet gets out of control we can fix it through large scale intervention of the earths climate system by using satellites. It got me interested in the science behind geoengineering and large scale climate intervention and whether this might be an easier option than reducing CO2 emissions the energy efficiency route.

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The coronavirus pandemic and climate change

Coronavirus-and-Climate-Change-Web The coronavirus pandemic and climate change-what have we learned?

The skies are bluer, there are virtually no con-trails creating cloud cover, and the air smells so much cleaner. It's just like the olden days that our grandparents would wax nostalgically about. Doubtless, the shutdown has improved air quality in our cities, and the effect is global. But is it just a blip or will it have a long term impact on health and climate change? 

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CO2 emissions from cement production - a new net-zero ready mixed product

CO2-emissions-from-cement-production CO2 emissions from cement production
 A new net-zero ready mixed cement product Concrete is the most important structural material in the world. A composite material made from cement, aggregates such as gravel, sand and rock, along with water, humankind has been using it since the times of the ancient Egyptians. However, behind concrete's many benefits lurk massive dangers t...
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Climate Change in Rich Countries

Climate-change-in-rich-countries Climate change in rich countries
While extreme weather events have their most significant impact on poorer vulnerable countries, rich countries are experiencing the effects of climate change to an increasing extent. The exposure and vulnerability of countries to extreme events are indicated by the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) published by Germanwatch. This focusses on both fatalities and economic losses. Perhaps surprisingly, some of the world's richest countries appear high on that list. For instance. For the year 2018, Germany, Europe's most prosperous country, was ranked third on the CRI scale, Japan and The Philippines filling slots one and two respectively.
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Decarbonising gas - a solution to meeting zero-emission targets

Decarbonising Gas A solution to meeting zero-emission targets
​The UK Government has committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with the Scottish Government having committed to become net zero by 2045. This includes decarbonising heating and hot water generation, which currently account for around a third of UK's total greenhouse gas emissions. There are two feasible options: full electrification of all h...
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"Flying Shame" and the CO2 savings when choosing alternative travel

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In addition to new regulations for reducing energy use and CO2 generated as a result of operating existing buildings,  air travel is also attracting a  lot of attention so much so that the term "flying shame" has been coined recently with pressure for consumers to reduce flying. Whilst we usually consider CO2 reduction in buildings&n...
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Improving air quality in urban areas

Air quality in cities: Vehicle emissions and Low Emission Zones  It is not only buildings that are being required to improve their environmental credentials with many councils across the UK having introduced low emission zones (LEZ) for all but the latest combustion engine vehicles. In London an Ultra zone Emission Zone has been intr...
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Residential buildings in Scotland: Minimum energy efficiency standards update

As previously reported, a consultation was carried out by the Scottish Government to investigate improving the energy efficiency of the private sector residential stock. Some of the key questions and statements made are as follows. Responses to this consultation have been collected and are being reviewed by the Scottish Government. Some o...
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Scottish consultation on minimum energy efficiency for residential property

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Minimum energy efficiency for residential property  The Scottish Government intend to introduce minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented residential property to Scotland, similar to that due to be introduced in England and Wales through Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in England and Wales. The Scott...
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Solar photovoltaic revolution - PV's take centre stage in worlds energy economy

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The world is bathed in energy beamed directly from our sun. The energy content of solar radiation is sufficient to supply all the planet's power requirements multiple times over. Unlike coal and other fossil fuels, the sun's energy will never run out. It is also entirely non-polluting, and doesn't result in carbon dioxide emissions. But converting ...
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Section 63 Action Plans - Scotland

Section 63 Action Plans - Scotland
Improving energy efficiency in large buildings in Scotland Buildings exempt from Section 63 regulations. ​Buildings with a floor area less than 1,000 sq mBuildings that have met or exceed the 2002 Scottish Building Regulations energy standards.Temporary buildings with an intended life span of less than two years.Workshops and agricultural...
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The UKs largest shopping centre Photovoltaic (PV) system

The UKs largest shopping centre Photovoltaic (PV) system
​The owners of the The Galleries Shopping Centre in Tyne & Weir have announced they will install the UK's largest shopping centre photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof. They say the system will comprise 1,317 individual photovoltaic panels, covering an area of 41,000 sq ft – equivalent to a professional football pitch - on an othe...
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Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirements in England & Wales

Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirements in England & Wales

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

These Regulations introduce measures to improve the energy efficiency of certain private rented property in England and Wales.

It provides that, the landlord of a non-domestic private rented property must not grant a new tenancy of the property after 1st April 2018, and must not continue to let the property after 1st April 2023, where the energy performance of the property is below the minimum level.). It prescribes a minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented properties: that is, is an energy performance indicator (evidenced on the energy performance certificate for the property) of band E.

This legislation is triggered by new leases and lease renewals although not sales.

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Section 63 - Scotland's minimum EPC regulations

Section 63 - Scotland

Section 63 - Scotland's minimum EPC regulations               

Summary The Scottish Government aims to reduce CO2 emissions and energy use in non-domestic buildings by setting energy performance and emission targets. These targets will be met through identifying and carrying out improvement works to be carried out in the new Action Plan. The Action Plan will be in addition to the EPC and the improvement work measures must be legally met. This legislation take effect from 1st September 2016. These new regulations will have implications when selling and letting property.

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IPD Sustainability Index

IPD Sustainability Index

The Investment Property Databank (IPD) Sustainability Index was introduced in March 2008 and monitors the ungeared performance of sustainable commercial properties in comparison to standard investment properties.IPD sustainability Index

Results are published twice a year showing performance results or more and less sustainable properties in the UK market. Performance data is drawn from over 1,200 properties, from over 100 portfolios and worth £23.1bn (as at March 2011).

The data is collated from all sectors of property including retail (£12,336m), office (£7,742 million), industrial (£2,487 million) and other (£553 million). 

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Carbon Trading

a1sx2_Thumbnail_Carbon-Credits.jpgThe Kyoto Protocol introduced many initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions, one was Carbon Trading; however carbon credit prices have fallen by 50% since June 2011.

The idea behind Carbon Trading was that a limit would be established to emit greenhouse gases from high emissions. Once the limit was established then polluters would either have to buy the right to pollute or stop polluting or a combination of the two. Paying to pollute would involve purchasing carbon credits.

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Latest UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Latest UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions

These are the latest greenhouse gas emissions as of 2015.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released the greenhouse gas emissions for 2010 during February 2012. In 2010, UK emissions of the basket of six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were estimated to be 590.4 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). This was 3.1% higher than the 2009 figure of 572.5 million tonnes.

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CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to be abolished

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (formerly known as the "Carbon Reduction Commitment") will be closed following the 2018-19 compliance year. The scheme applies to large energy users in the public and private sectors across the UK, including supermarkets, water companies, banks, local authorities and all central government departments. Organisations that meet the qualification criteria are required to participate, and must buy allowances for every tonne of carbon they emit.

In the Budget on 16 March 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the government has decided to close the CRC scheme following the 2018-19 compliance year. Doing this will significantly streamline the business energy tax landscape by replacing it, in a revenue neutral way, with an increase in the Climate Change Levy.

Organisations will report under the CRC for the last time by the end of July 2019 and surrender allowances for emissions from energy supplied in the 2018-19 compliance year by the end of October 2019.


 

Previous Post: February 2014: The league table ranks each participant (2,103 in total) based on a weighted average. The CRC energy efficiency scheme was set up to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions of the UK's largest energy users. It is said that the participants energy use account for 10% of energy use in the UK.

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