decarbonisation

Update: PM’s row-back on net zero will ‘undermine industry confidence’

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s revised plan to delay the phase-out of gas boilers and other net zero has done little to reassure the industry which has been working to deliver net zero, but it did seek to soften the blow with a surprise increase in the grant available for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

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Industry responds to major changes on the route to net zero

Rishi Sunak confirmed major changes on the route to net zero in a speech yesterday, including increasing the Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant and delaying the phase out of fossil fuel boilers.

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RICS updates Whole Life Carbon Assessment standard

Following a public consultation in March 2023, RICS has updated the standard to be used globally and to cover all built assets and infrastructure projects throughout the built environment lifecycle.

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NAO publishes net zero report

The report looks at the importance of effective working relationships between the UK and devolved governments, given the different net zero targets, carbon budgets and policies.

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Portsmouth International Port to decarbonise shore power

Portsmouth International Port has been awarded £19.8m from the Zero Emissions Vessels and Infrastructure competition (ZEVI) for a decarbonisation project with Brittany Ferries, alongside the University of Portsmouth, MSE International, B4T, IOTICS and Swanbarton. The SEA CHANGE project will design, build and operate a ‘shore power’ system across the three busiest berths at Portsmouth International Port, meaning that visiting ferry or […]

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Coalition launched to fund decarbonisation of homes using carbon credits

Under PNZ Group’s scheme, houses will be retrofitted with measures such as heat pumps and additional insulation, financed by corporate buyers looking to fund local projects which deliver benefits in their areas. 

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Hounslow Council cuts carbon by 10%

Key projects undertaken since the council adopted a Climate Emergency Action Plan in 2020 have included renewable electricity generation and an extensive retrofit programme to decarbonise council buildings and schools.

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Green Home Festival to take place in Scotland

Scotland’s second Green Home Festival to be launched by Housing Minister Paul McLennan. The Housing Minister will be the keynote speaker at the first session of the five-day renewables event, which is again being organised by the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) as part of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe. McLennan is scheduled to join […]

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The Crown Estate seeks partners for net zero homes pilots

The Crown Estate is seeking partners for two net zero homes pilots. The projects have been identified to explore the opportunities and challenges of delivering industry-leading net zero housing developments. Both will draw on best practice in sustainable design and construction and encourage innovation to minimise operational and embodied carbon. The two projects are: A […]

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Salix Finance appoints new CEO

Emma Clancy has been appointed as the CEO of Salix Finance. Emma will take the position from mid-October after joining from The Consumer Council for Water (CCW), where she has been championing the needs of people in the water sector for the last three years, building the profile of CCW and turning it into a […]

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Bette reaches 100,000 bathroom products from carbon-neutral steel

Bathroom specialist Bette has celebrated the production of 100,000 bathroom products using ‘green’, CO2-neutral steel. By using the steel, Bette, based in Delbrück, Germany was able to reduce its CO2 emissions by 10% per cent in 2021, and by almost 40% in 2022, which corresponds to around 8,000 tonnes of CO2, the firm said. Managing […]

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Chivas Brothers makes heat recovery success ‘open source’ to help wider industry

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, has made the expertise and learnings from its successful integration of enhanced heat recovery technologies ‘open source’. The application of the technology at its Glentauchers site showed significant benefit in carbon emissions reduction, providing insights that will benefit the industry at large if adopted at other […]

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