Monthly Archives: "February, 2016"

Property Investors Can No Longer ‘Bank’ on Financial Backing
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The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 require landlords to secure an EPC certificate with an E rating or higher in order to issue a new lease for a property from 1st April 2018. Beyond this, there is an additional requirement to secure such an EPC for properties with existing leases by April 2023. With only two years to go until the legislation takes effect, the pressure to be compliant is mounting. Current estimations suggest that up to 40%...

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Business Energy Reporting and Tax Reform – Mandatory Emissions Reduction is Essential to Achieving Climate Change Target
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During the Summer 2015 Budget, the Government announced that it would review the business energy efficiency tax landscape and the interactions between business energy efficiency policies and regulations. These include the Climate Change Levy (CCL), the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC), Climate Change Agreements (CCA), Mandatory Carbon Reporting (MCR) and the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The review aimed to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the current reporting regime. The Government expressed its intention to move...

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Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings – Scotland Fails to Set Minimum Efficiency Standard
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According to the latest announcement, regulations requiring the non-domestic property owners in Scotland to carry out energy efficiency improvements before they can sell or lease the premises will not be incorporated into the current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regime. Instead, the Scottish Government has redrafted the proposal as a separate statutory instrument to implement domestic and EU policy on emissions and energy reduction which fails to set a minimum energy efficiency standard.   The draft regulations have been produced under...

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Why the Renewable Heat Incentive is Critical to UK Decarbonisation
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The UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels, the RHI is helping the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change. There are two parts to the RHI; the domestic RHI which...

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Government Announces New Climate Change Plan – It’s Time to Redress the Balance for the Energy Trilemma
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The Government has announced that it intends to publish a new climate change and emissions reduction plan by the end of 2016. This is in direct response to the landmark Global Climate Change Agreement from the Paris COP21 Conference in December 2015. The Paris Agreement commits its signatories to the long term goal of limiting global temperature increase well below 2°C, with the intention to hold the increase to 1.5°C. All participant countries must produce Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC),...

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Heat Network Regulations 2014: The Heat is Still On For Commercial Landlords
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The first phase of the Heat Network Regulations 2014 which required participants to submit notification of communal and district heating systems by 31 December 2015 is now complete. Many UK landlords have heaved a sigh of relief that they have complied on time. The second phase, undertaking the feasibility studies for heat meters, what happens next is unclear. The government is rewriting the regulations with an announcement expected around June or July 2016. For those with heat meters already installed...

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Respond to the Government Consultation on Proposed New Energy Legislation
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The Government has published the Draft Legislation on Energy which addresses smart metering, supply and switching, and competitive tendering for onshore transmission. The aim of the new legislation is to increase competition in the energy market, reducing energy costs for consumers. The Government has further reinforced its commitment to ensuring every supply, even those serving homes and small businesses in Great Britain will have a Smart Meter installed by the end of 2020. The draft legislation enables the Government to...

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