In climate change there is often a tendency to focus heavily on the energy elements (energy use, energy efficiency and renewable energy) but true sustainability goes much wider. Indeed, it is now recognised that the triumvirate of climate change, biodiversity, and air quality are all inextricably linked. This is important in policy terms, as it is vital
Hydrogen is working its way ever further up the agenda for local authority renewable projects. Whether in transport – where we are seeing hydrogen bus projects. Or as a substitute for gas. There are huge opportunities at present in the hydrogen space and it is important to leverage innovations from the private sector
Many local authorities are rolling out frameworks, approved lists and grant schemes for energy efficiency works to homes – everything from insulation to heat pumps. There are lots of approaches out there in the market and we will talk through some of the opportunities and some of the risks and challenges too.
All too often local authority energy projects focus on renewable infrastructure. However very little is done in respect of biodiversity projects. By this we mean rewilding areas or exploring carbon neutral crops. We have seen some truly innovative ideas emerging from the private sector and consider that local authorities could explore these
Local authorities continue to strive towards their net zero targets, but there can be no doubt that progress is stronger in some areas than others. One particular ‘Cinderella’ area is energy efficiency, but this is rapidly rising up the agenda due to the energy crisis and rocketing costs for householders and business premises.
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