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BEIS to Consult on Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a consultation on the emissions of commercial buildings to be launched as soon as possible as it considers the sector to be a huge untapped area for improvements. Speaking at a BEIS Committee hearing, the Energy and Climate Change Minister announced that the Government would consult on what actions would drive improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the commercial built environment sector. Around 60% of the sector...

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Scottish Government Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2045
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The Scottish Government has announced plans to amend its Climate Change Bill and commit to a legally binding target of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest demonstrating its commitment to better pledges from the rest of the UK. Amendments to the Climate Change Bill have already been tabled which call for a reduction in emissions by 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040. The Scottish Government claims that these are the most ambitious statutory targets in...

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UK Parliament becomes first in the world to declare a ‘climate emergency’
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In a largely symbolic move, Parliament declared a climate emergency, admitting the need for a cross-party approach that would enable the UK to set a world-leading standard on climate action. During a debate at the House of Commons, the Labour Party Leader tabled a motion for the UK parliament to become the first in the world to declare a climate emergency in recognition that legislative action to date has not been enough to address the issue. Corbyn stated that current...

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Post-Brexit Green Watchdog Announced in Draft Environmental Bill
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The Government has published a partial draft for the 2019 Environment Bill outlining the of the UK’s new post-Brexit watchdog for green standards. The regulator will replace the power currently held by the European Commission to hold governments account for not fulfilling their commitments. The document confirms that the watchdog will be called the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) and will work alongside the Environment Agency and Natural England to uphold existing standards once Brexit is complete. The OEP will...

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Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Statutory Instrument is Approved
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The Government announced the demise of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme in 2016 to reduce the administration burden on participant organisations. As it is widely recognised that carbon emissions reporting has a valuable role to play in decarbonisation, the government introduced the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) as a new reporting framework from April 2019. The SECR aligns with best practice, building on the existing mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by UK quoted companies The UK government and...

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Reflecting on the Budget Statement – Bolder Climate Action is Required
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With no significant announcements for climate change in the last two budgets and following the Chancellor’s UK Government’s 2018 Budget, the industry was poised for some good news for the green economy. Whilst there were some positive pledges, the avoidance of some issues has caused a mixed reaction across the industry. The key announcements were as follows: The plastic packaging tax - the Chancellor declared that the UK will lead the world with the introduction of a new tax on...

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RICS Overhauls Commercial Property Service Charge Rules From April 2019
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RICS has launched new requirements that set a marker for the standard of management required in commercial property and provide mandatory obligations that its members and any RICS regulated firms engaged in this area must comply with. The new rules are effective from 1st April 2019 and have been put in place to ensure service charges to commercial tenants are transparent, upfront and fair, and that any costs incurred are in accordance with the terms of the occupational lease. The...

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Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting
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The Government announced the demise of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme in 2016 pledging to recover the lost revenue by increasing the Climate Change Levy (CCL) in 2019. It is widely recognised that carbon emissions reporting has a valuable role to play, after all you cannot manage what you do not measure, and therefore the Government also pledged to introduce a streamlined energy reporting mechanism. The Government’s intention is to reduce the administrative burden of participation in what was a...

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Clean Air Strategy Consultation: Will Proposed Measures Reduce the Current £20bn Health Costs?
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DEFRA, the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment,  has launched a consultation on its draft long-term Clean Air Strategy outlining the steps it plans to take to address emissions from a range of sources. The strategy outlines ambitions to make the UK’s air healthier to breathe, to protect nature and boost the economy. This includes proposals to tackle air pollution from domestic solid fuels, agriculture, non-road mobile machinery, aviation and shipping. The consultation will inform the final...

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Energy Efficient Scotland: Consultation on Long Term Emissions Reduction in Buildings
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On 2nd May 2018 the Scottish Government released its latest publication ‘The Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map’. The 20-year plan outlines the vision of Scotland being energy efficient and ensuring that all homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient by 2040. The Scottish Climate Change Plan, published in February 2018, sets out the policies and proposals that will keep Scotland on course to achieve the 2050 target of cutting total greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. To achieve...

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