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Energy Legislation Double Bill – Save the Date
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Institute of Directors, London SAVE THE DATE:  22 September 2015, 08:00-12:00     Following on from the success of our last double bill event in June, we will be hosting our next morning of breakfast debate in September and would be delighted if you could join us. The agenda will consist of: 08:00  Breakfast 08:30  Seminar 10:00  Energy Legislation Forum (ELF): Sharing knowledge, experience and best practice 12:00  Close Our last seminar saw the Department of Energy and Climate Change discuss the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for privately-let commercial and...

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Energy Legislation Forum – 17th June 2015
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Industry experts within corporate real estate gathered in Central London last week to discuss the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for privately-let commercial and domestic properties passed through parliament earlier this year. Hosted by the energy consultants Carbon2018 Limited, the governing body DECC joined the forum to answer questions and address any concerns. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 require that from 01 April 2018, private commercial and domestic property landlords must upgrade their properties...

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World Leaders at G-7 Summit Back 2° Target to Fight Climate Change
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World leaders at the G-7 summit pledged on Monday to keep global warming below a rise in average global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius, a benchmark that scientists say is critical to stave off the most devastating impacts of climate change. The 2 degree pledge was delivered as part of a communiqué released as major economic powers—including the United States, Britain, and Canada—convened in southern Germany for a meeting of the G-7 economic summit. In addition to signalling support for efforts...

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Cuts to solar tariffs ruled unlawful
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has lost its latest appeal in a case brought to the High Court by solar companies seeking damages from changes to renewable energy subsidies.   On 28th April, the Court of Appeal published a judgement which backed the position of 19 solar PV businesses affected by cuts to the feed-in tariff (FITs) regime. The case is based around DECC’s proposal in October 2011 to halve solar FITs for domestic projects from up...

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UK Government must act on air pollution
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the UK government must take immediate action on air pollution.   The judgment was handed down on 29th April, after the case began in the Supreme Court on 16th April. The challenge was brought by environmental lawyer organisation ClientEarth over the government’s failure to meet EU air pollution limits. DEFRA must now develop revised air quality plans by the end of the year.   This follows the landmark ruling by the Court of Justice...

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EPC Improvements Cannot Wait Until 2018
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You cannot afford to wait until 2018 to improve your EPC rating – that is the message from Melanie Kendall-Reid, Carbon2018’s Compliance Director this week. The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 requires 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....

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Energy, Climate Change and the Queen’s Speech
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The Government has set out its early priorities for the new Parliament. The priorities for DECC are clear: keeping the lights on and powering the economy; keeping bills low and getting a robust climate deal in Paris this year. In the Queens speech, the plan to deliver this was outlined.  It was observed that the UK is one of the most energy secure countries in the world. The National Grid has the right tools in place to deal with the...

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Current Energy Legislation – Well Intended But Missing The Point
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Saving energy is high on the political agenda. The UK has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to at least 35% below 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80% below by 2050. In order to meet this target the UK will have to make significant changes to the current generation and use of energy. In response to this target, the Government has enacted a number of legislations aimed at achieving its pledge. Unfortunately the legislation does not go far...

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Energy Legislation Double Bill Event – 17 June 2015
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Energy Legislation Double Bill Event - 17 June 2015, IoD   'Asset Value Warfare: Attack is the best form of defence' Institute of Directors, London SAVE THE DATE:  17 June 2015, 08:00-12:00     Guest speaker: DECC Following the success of our previous double bill event in February, we will be hosting our next morning of breakfast debate in June and would be delighted if you could join us. The agenda will consist of: 08:00  Breakfast 08:30  Seminar: 'Asset Value Warfare – Attack is the best form...

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Smart Meter Roll-out Contractor Given More Time To Deliver Communications
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The Government has allowed the key contractor behind the UK’s smart meter roll-out programme an extra four months to deliver the crucial communication links. The Data Communications Company (DCC) was handed the licence to provide the communication services between smart meters and the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised service users.  The DCC was expected to deliver the infrastructure by the end of the year. However, Parliament has allowed a request by the company to now...

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