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Government deal to boost offshore wind

19 March 2019

In a recent article from the BBC the extent of the UK’s offshore wind and renewable energy efforts is realised. A projected 30% of the country’s energy supply could be supplied solely from offshore wind by 2030, further progressing towards the 2008 Climate Change Act’s emissions reductions targets. However, the issue surrounding this is that despite the offshore wind sector growing quicker than ever, the sources for the remaining 70% of energy are uncertain. Nuclear

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‘Cars should be banned from near schools due to air pollution’

14 March 2019

What about emissions from the Built Environment? Air pollution is being described as the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK according to Public Health Chiefs, in a recent BBC article. There is now a call for cars to be banned near schools to minimise pollution and improve air quality for the younger generation. Although a very important and pressing issue that does need to recognised, emissions from our buildings, both residential and commercial,

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Big Benefits for those using Energy Management Consultants

06 March 2019

With the continual drive towards achieving a low carbon economy and meeting government environment targets, organisations need to comply with a rising number of compliance regulations. In order to ensure they’re complying, as well as deciding and implementing their own initiatives, many organisations are now turning to environmental consultancy firms. Businesses, large and small, have environmental issues that need to be considered. Many large companies are forced to identify such issues through mandatory legislation such

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Renewable Energy For Commercial Sustainability

05 March 2019

It is mandatory for large businesses to carry out an energy audit through the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. ESOS compliance is important to calculate an organisation’s total energy consumption and assess the potential in using more cost-effective and sustainable energy measures. Driven by regulatory mandates such as ESOS, along with the desire to be more socially responsible, many private companies are looking to follow renewable building practices and use sustainable energy solutions. Here are some

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Is ESOS actually enforced?

26 February 2019

Over our 25 year history at Elmhurst Energy Consultancy, when discussing mandatory schemes such as ESOS and Carbon Reporting, there is one question we get asked more than any other… Are these schemes actually policed and enforced? This question comes from the position of organisation risk analysis, with decision makers wanting to find out whether their investment in partaking in the schemes will avoid the company receiving definite fines, or whether, as with some previous

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Only 1 in 3 firms have long term climate goals

20 February 2019

It might come as a surprise to learn that only one in three European companies have a climate plan that stretches beyond 2025. This is despite 80% of them seeing climate change as a business risk, in a report released by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The report received climate disclosures from 849 European companies in 23 countries and revealed that although 53% of companies do not have long term climate goals, 58% reported carbon

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The importance of energy management for businesses

13 February 2019

Businesses constantly scrutinise every part of their operations to cut costs and become more efficient. But one area that is frequently overlooked is companies’ energy use. Many mistakenly associate energy management as what former Prime Minister David Cameron termed ‘green crap’. Where supposedly companies are forced to install a windmill, switch to a more expensive ‘green’ energy tariff and write meeting notes on the back of recycled napkins. Unsurprisingly this bears no resemblance to the

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Five important dates for your diary in 2019

04 February 2019

The year of 2019 is expected to bring about changes to the way in which we purchase, use and save energy. Although we advise this should be a regular consideration for all those involved in the Built Environment industry, there are five key dates in 2019 that we think you should be aware of.   1. OFGEM Targeted Charging Review – consultation deadline 4th Feb 2019 This consultation looks to review the costs of electricity

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What will happen to ESOS after Brexit?

28 January 2019

As the UK approaches ‘exit day’ from the European Union on 29th March, businesses have been asking whether they still need to complete ESOS and, if so, will there be any changes to the scheme. At Elmhurst Energy Consultancy, we have been keeping a very close eye on all developments relating to how our exit from the EU may impact ESOS and other environmental legislation in the UK. The good news, at present, is that

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Importance of Air Tightness Testing

23 January 2019

What is Air Tightness Testing? Air Tightness Testing is a recognised method that measure the uncontrolled airflow in a building. It ensures that there are no holes or gaps in the building fabric that may draw cold air from outside sources and plays an important part in establishing the energy performance of a dwelling. Why is Air Tightness Testing important?   Reduces Emission of Greenhouse Gases Reducing air leakage is beneficial for both the client

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