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A masterclass delivered by Chris Bingham from Craggs Environmental in regards to  changes to the Climate Change Act 2008, and how this will impact everyone, whether you’re a business owner, home owner, or both.

The reality 

“Society’s relationship with energy will fundamentally change over the next 5 – 10 years.” – Chris Bingham. 

Chris set the scene around climate change at present, looking at the impact both Greta Thurnburg and Sir David Attenborough are having on climate change at present which have been highly publicised. 

Recently, Prime Minister Theresa May has signed an amendment to the Act which reduces our greenhouse gas production from the previous target of an 80% reduction, to a new target of net zero by 2050.

Between 1990 and 2017 the UK dropped its energy usage in households by around 40%, due to a reduction in waste going to landfill.

The changes

The changes in targets mean widespread changes to our energy usage, both at home and at work. Chris listed some of the key changes which have been put forward include:

To name a few.

We’ve also seen a reduction already due to the use of coal free power stations. 

The issues

3 big issues were identified that are the biggest focuses moving forward, and these are:

Chris’ predictions in regards to these are that we’ll see a greater emphasis on electric cars, oil will no longer be used to heat homes, which will have a significant impact on rural homes, and that log burners may well be banned. 

In terms of power generation the prediction is for more renewable energy to be used, and a greater move to offshore wind production, as well as solar farms in the South of the country, with more energy being generated locally from things such as solar panels on roofs, and battery packs to store energy in homes and businesses. 

Chris explained that with the changes which will be needed to meet the targets businesses need to move forward, and it will mean that businesses such as his will have to adapt completely. 

Personal v Business

Whilst a range of strategies are available Chris stated that one size doesn’t fit all, and that each business and home owner needs to look at their own use, and understand where savings can be made, what they use at the minute, around oil, gas etc, and look at different methods to help them. 

This included methods such as better insulation, a greater use of technology to manage energy use such as Hive, solar panels, smart lighting, heat reclamation and energy storage to name a few. 

The key message from Chris was that this is something to start looking at now, and to understand what you can do, trying to find your sweet spot for making the changes which you need both at home and in your business, to allow you to manage the costs before the changes become too expensive.

The future

At present Chris is working on a project within his own business where he will be adapting the business in light of these changes. The aim is for the project to become a test case looking at how much work is needed, and the prices etc which are incurred to meet the future requirements.

Once these are done Chris is hoping to report back to everyone on the work, giving a true reflection of the impact on businesses and home-owners alike. 

PowerSolutions

After Chris’ presentation Robert Mitchell from our Energy Partner, PowerSolutions detailed the work of his company and how they work with businesses to ensure you are on the cheapest energy tariffs to meet your needs.

Robert explained how they do this, and the free audit they will carry out to support businesses, where they simply require a recent energy bill, and a power of authority, with them sorting everything else. 

The prices from PowerSolutions include all relevant costs, where others will often add additional costs on after informing you of the price, whilst they also aim to secure fixed prices to support businesses.

Whilst Chris looked at the long-term impact of the changes, Robert highlighted the short-term and what can be done. 

Chris closed the event with his opening comment: 

 “Society’s relationship with energy will fundamentally change over the next 5 – 10 years.” – Chris Bingham.

 

Craig Batham

12/07/2019