In 2014-16 Greengage acted as Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Lead Assessors for several organisations, providing energy efficiency advice to identify prospects for investment in energy efficiency projects. One of those organisations was McLaren Construction Ltd who have been leading voices in the industry seeking to minimise the environmental impact of construction activities. When the business was initially assessed in 2015/16 we focussed on identifying the energy use of … more

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Summer has seen the culmination of Greengage’s work to support a planning application for a large, residential-led mixed use development at Clapham Park, London. Greengage were appointed as the energy lead for the development. Additional duties included supporting the environmental design to achieve occupant comfort and provide natural ventilation strategies within some buildings. The project has benefitted from our wider environmental design services to lead the creation of … more

From October 2016 zero carbon homes in London has been GLA planning policy, however a recent review of the latest planning submissions shows developments are avoiding, at least in part, the cost of this additional requirement. London Plan policy 5.2. requires that new homes built in London are built to a zero carbon standard with any residual emissions being offset by payment to Boroughs; for most projects this … more

From this week (1st October) all new major residential development in London will be required to be zero carbon which will increase costs for development and the time to complete Energy Statements to support planning applications. In the recent publication of the guidance to developers for Energy Statements, the GLA reiterated their London Plan policy 5.2 commitment of zero carbon residential development from 2016. The timetable was updated … more

Developments seeking to reduce carbon dioxide emissions often allow for the installation of a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) engine. However, two recent decisions (one technical, the other policy based) could signal an end to the use of CHP and re-examination of existing/proposed schemes. CHP engines enable the generation of heat and electricity for use or export within buildings. The use of heat produced as a by-product of … more

Recent bad publicity for the Environment Agency could influence how new fines are applied to businesses and make organisations reassess their attitudes towards energy use. From 2016 the Environment Agency (EA) will look to recover their operating costs of £10m through the enforcement of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and subsequent fines on large organisations. From the beginning of February the Environment Agency will, therefore, be hunting businesses … more

On 12 December governments from nearly 200 countries agreed to limit global warming to ‘well below 2C and to pursue temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels’. Now that the dust has settled on this historic deal, we look at what the implications and opportunities are for our sector. Intended nationally defined contributions (INDCs) from governments (pledges to curb or cut emissions) are a significant aspect recognised by the … more

Here at Greengage we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver truly sustainable solutions through a holistic, innovative and no nonsense approach. We asked our expert team to describe how we apply our wealth of knowledge in a way that provides our clients with bespoke sustainability and energy advice. Watch our video below to see Ruth Geeson, Iain Fraser and Richa Kumar discuss our work within the energy … more

In our latest CPD, Greengage will help project managers, architects, engineers and cost consultants to understand the importance of embodied carbon and how you can deliver buildings with a lower carbon footprint. The UK Government’s Construction 2025 strategy sets out a strategic vision for the future of the industry. Amongst the key challenges to the industry is the target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in … more

Whilst new research commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change has found that there has been a significant increase in awareness about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) many companies still don’t know what they need to do to comply. An IFF Research survey found that 89% of businesses had heard of ESOS by June this year compared to 56% it reported in November 2014 but … more

Following a review of the Carbon Reduction Committment (CRC) the government recently launched a consultation  seeking views on proposals to significantly reform the requirements for businesses to report on their energy use and measures to reduce it. The current policy landscape has been criticised by businesses that they are required to report similar information through a number of different schemes, leading to unnecessary administrative costs that could have … more

On Thursday last week, Greengage attended the UK Green Building Council Embodied Carbon Conference, an event that is built on the outputs of the 2014 Embodied Carbon Week. At a time when we are seeing a reduced likelihood of legislation driving embodied carbon measurement and reduction, the industry came together to share and encourage best practice. In the absence of central political leadership, local authorities explained how they … more

Following the July review of the CRC, this week HM Treasury launched a consultation seeking views and evidence on proposals to reform the business energy efficiency tax landscape and associated regulations, including the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and Climate Change Agreements, and energy and carbon reporting including links to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. In short, a major shakeup of energy and carbon regulations is around the corner. … more

Whilst new research commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change has found that there has been a significant increase in awareness about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) many companies still don’t know what they need to do to comply. An IFF Research survey found that 89% of businesses had heard of ESOS by June this year compared to 56% it reported in November 2014 but … more

Does the recent CRC review hint at a further government environmental policy shift? In July 2015 a review of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme was undertaken by the government’s environmental advisors. In this post we analyse the findings from the review and consider how these may relate to emerging government policy applied to companies. The research focussed on phase 1 (April 2010 – March 2014) … more

The government has made the shock announcement that it will be scrapping the zero carbon policy for new homes in 2016, and has also confirmed that it will not be going ahead with the zero carbon policy for non-domestic buildings in 2019. The move has been stated as a way to get new homes built without the financial barriers that zero carbon initiatives place on developers. But the … more

It’s almost five months to go before the end of the first phase of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme. Significant UK businesses will be required to identify energy saving measures and report these to a nominated board level Executive. Six months into phase one and the scheme has seen some significant milestones: Assessors have undergone training and been assessed for their competence; Clients have begun to participate in … more

Earlier today the Government announced its intention to review the business energy tax landscape to consider approaches to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the regime. This review will include the Climate Change Levy, CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and Climate Change Agreements and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. The Government has stated that it will launch a formal public consultation in the Autumn. Pending any changes that the … more

Development projects in London are poised to become more expensive to deliver should the proposals in a new GLA consultation be adopted following the removal of the CSH. On Wednesday 25th March 2015 a Written Ministerial Statement was issued which sets out the conclusions to the government’s Housing Standards Review. The Statement  was timed to coincide with completion of the passage through Parliament of the Deregulation Bill 2015 … more

Earlier this year, the long awaited regulations on minimum energy efficiency standards in England and Wales became law. These regulations make it unlawful to let residential or commercial properties with an EPC Rating of F or G (i.e. the lowest 2 grades of energy efficiency). This could have very significant implications for landlords, and for occupiers who wish to assign or sublet space with estimates that approximately 20% … more