This is the second in a series of six policy briefs setting out our current thinking on policies for decarbonising buildings over the next two decades as outlined in ‘Six Steps to Zero Carbon Buildings’ and the accompanying ‘Towards an enduring policy framework to decarbonise buildings’.
Ofgem commissioned Energy System Catapult and the Centre for Sustainable Energy to develop a methodology and initial set of quality standards that could be adopted as a framework for scaling up Local Area Energy Planning across Great Britain.
Local Energy Asset Representation (LEAR) pulls together information on energy generation, storage and distribution assets, social factors like fuel poverty and characteristics like building types and local geography using data analysis and aspects of machine learning. It enables planners and innovators to strategically decide how they might deploy and grow low carbon businesses.
Energy Systems Catapult has responded to a consultation by the Scottish Government seeking views on proposals to set a standard for energy efficiency and to make it mandatory for homeowners from 2024 onwards.
A new report by Energy Systems Catapult found Net Zero by 2050 is possible if the UK supports innovation and scale-up. The report was accompanied by the Catapult’s flagship event for 2020: The presentation slides are now available to download.
Anna Stegman, Technical Liaison Manager for the Energy Revolution Integration Service, writes from the archipelago of Orkney off the northeastern coast of Scotland where efforts to build one of the UK’s first smart energy systems has become talk of the town.
With the UK legislating a target to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions across the economy by 2050, the case for an enduring policy framework to decarbonise buildings is clear: everything – all buildings, cars, and industries – must be zero carbon in aggregate by 2050.
Decarbonising heat is the biggest challenge the UK faces in terms of transforming the energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions. Between 2015 and 2019, Energy Systems Catapult delivered the UK’s largest smart, consumer-focused project aimed at overcoming the barriers to the decarbonisation of residential heat – the Smart Systems and Heat programme.
Energy Systems Catapult has responded to a consultation which seeks views to help the government finalise the design of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund.
The Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration project delivered unique and detailed insight on mainstream consumer behaviour when using and charging battery and hybrid electric vehicles, to understand the changes that will be required of existing infrastructure with the growth in low carbon transport.
How do we ensure that community energy projects benefit both the communities involved and the wider energy system? Planning consultant Richard Leach thinks a local focus on planning for the changes needed in the energy system could help provide the answer.
The move towards increasingly decentralised, distributed generation assets poses challenges for the existing governance, regulatory, and commercial structures. Local Energy Markets are emerging as one solution to the issue of coordinating this increasingly complex system.