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It’s no secret that the government is under extreme pressure to meet energy and climate control targets, such as supporting a sustainable and secure energy system, reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions and lowering consumer bills.
The Community Energy Strategy, made up of existing policies and initiatives, is the government’s new suggestion for making those targets a reality. Politicians believe residents, businesses and local authorities etc., can work together in their communities to help our country overcome these challenges. Community energy isn’t a new initiative, in fact over 5,000 groups have been active in the UK since 2008. Now with proof that developing solutions to meet local needs can bring energy usage down, the government is keen to share these best practices across the UK to make these groups the norm, rather than the exception.
The strategy enables community groups to get involved in four main types of energy activities:
- Generating energy (electricity or heat)
- Reducing energy use – (saving energy through energy efficiency and behaviour change)
- Managing energy (balancing supply and demand)
- Purchasing energy (collective purchasing or switching to save money on energy)
So as a vital part of communities, how can businesses support the initiative? Cinque Energy Solutions can certainly help with both points 1 and 2 above.
Point 1 encourages communities to look at how they currently receive energy and consider new ways of generating it. Renewable energy, such as solar power, is ideal; the source is constant and essentially free after the initial installation. This is a great way for a community to secure their power and reduce costs in the long term as the UK heads towards an energy shortage, which will see prices rise. Both residential and commercial properties can benefit from solar panels and the great news is most roofs are suitable for installation. Cinque Energy Solutions installs solar panelling for commercial buildings, so if your community group does want to go down the renewable energy route, give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Point 2 mentions reducing energy use, which property surveys can help businesses to do. It’s estimated that energy savings for commercial and residential buildings vary between 30-70% so the chance of being able to reduce your usage is extremely high. Finding out how efficient your building is means you can put a stop to wasted power consumption, which in turn will help you save money – it’s a win, win situation. If your group is interested in carrying out property surveys, give us a call. We use expert auditors who carry out thermal imaging, ClimaCheck and electrical energy profiling in a wide range of environments, such as schools, shops, offices etc. We’ll discuss the findings with you and talk you through the ways in which you can become more energy efficient.
We’re passionate about reducing the amount of energy the UK uses and we know community groups will be too. There are plenty of options to become more energy efficient and support the Community Energy Strategy, so give us a call today on 01252 345050 to see how we can help.
Community Energy Strategy government material: www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-energy-strategy
Existing policies that make up the Community Energy Strategy:
- Reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050
- Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and using planning to protect the environment
- Helping households to cut their energy bills
- Maintaining UK energy security
- Increasing the use of low-carbon technologies
Financial help has been arranged by the DECC / Defra Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), the Urban Community Energy Fund (UCEF), the Ynni’r Fro scheme and the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) to support community groups carrying out energy efficiency projects.
Major energy suppliers will raise less under the “green levy” as ministers move to cut rising fuel bills for households.
The move will cause outrage among insulation suppliers who have been campaigning hard to keep the levy. The Government said it will be “reducing the cost of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), an insulation scheme delivered by major energy suppliers.
“This will result in £30-£35 off bills, on average, next year.”
Ministers are hoping to counter industry fury over watering down of the scheme with a package of energy efficiency measures worth £540m over the next three years.
- In future, when people buy a new home, they could get up to £1000 from the Government to spend on important energy-saving measures – equivalent to half the stamp duty on the average house – or up to £4000 for particularly expensive measures. The scheme will be available to all people moving house including those who don’t pay stamp duty, helping around 60,000 homes a year.
- Government will also introduce a scheme to support private landlords in improving the energy efficiency of their properties, which will improve around 15,000 of the least energy efficient rental properties each year for three years. Together, the homebuyers and private rental schemes will be worth £450 million over three years.
- £90 million over three years will be spent improving the energy efficiency of schools, hospitals and other public sector buildings.
Paul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “Make no mistake, this is bad news for people who cannot afford to heat their homes, especially if they live in solid walled properties, and bad news for thousands of construction industry workers who may well be joining the dole queue this Christmas.
“It remains perverse that the Prime Minister is attempting to reduce energy bills by slashing the very scheme that is designed to bring them down for good.”
On November 25th, industry leaders, Lord Deighton (Commercial Secretary to the Treasury) and Michael Fallon (Business and Energy Minister) signed a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure. It’s believed this initiative could save a whopping 24 million tonnes of carbon and £1.46 billion a year by 2050.
The Infrastructure Carbon Review, developed jointly by government and industry through the Infrastructure Cost Review and Green Construction Board, sets out a series of actions for government, clients and suppliers to reduce carbon from the UK’s construction and infrastructure operations. Currently infrastructure and related areas like energy, account for around half of all UK carbon emissions. Cutting the volume of construction supplies or using low-carbon materials, as well as employing new technologies, construction techniques and existing resources more efficiently will reduce cost as well as carbon.
The review will run in line with the UK’s climate change commitments, which involve achieving an 80% reduction in its carbon emissions by 2050 and halving UK emissions during the 2023 to 2027 carbon budget period.
What does this mean for your business? For information and advice, take a look at the Infrastructure Carbon Review
Information sourced from the Infrastructure Carbon Review.