More than 11 million UK homes could be suitable for a highly energy efficient, Dutch-style approach to retrofitting that could drastically slash carbon emissions, gas demand, and consumer bills, according to a new study today by Green Alliance. The think tank’s latest report argues the UK’s approach to incentivising energy efficient home retrofitting has proven “incremental and expensive”, highlighting the previous coalition government’s Green Deal scheme, which closed in 2015 after just two years, before being sold into the private sector.
Business Green 6th Feb 2019 read more »
Scotland’s universities play a fundamental part in the life of the country and are diverse and complex institutions. Between them they have five medical schools, three dental schools and two vet schools. There is an art school, a conservatoire and an agricultural college. But no matter what the size, the speciality or the location, Scotland’s 19 universities are committed to reducing their carbon footprint. As for any other business or institution change comes at a cost and a lack of funding can mean the difference between a carbon reduction project happening and it remaining a well-intentioned idea in a strategic plan. It was a desire to help remove this barrier that led the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to introduce its University Carbon Reduction Fund. Launched in 2017, the fund has two strands; one that su pports large-scale programmes from £500,000 to £5 million and one that supports smaller-scale energy efficiency projects. In the first year of the funding scheme 15 applications were funded to a tune of just over £16 million. Amongst the larger projects was funding towards the University of Strathclyde’s £20 million Combined Heat and Power (CHP) District Heating system, itself part of a long-term, £650 million investment in the university’s infrastructure which is set to reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by 4,500 tonnes and save £2 million a year. SFC’s University Carbon Reduction Fund provided £852,500 to improve the efficiency of the existing heat network. Central to the improvements was the need to balance out variations in demand and prevent heat being vented into the atmosphere when demand was low. This is being achieved by the installation of a huge 100,000 litre thermal store. The funding also paid for over two kilometers of piping to extend the university’s district heating network.
Herald 6th Feb 2019 read more »