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Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023

Introduction

On the 29th of June the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 (the ‘Act’) received Royal Assent. The Act makes provisions for changes to the operation, status and content of Retained EU Law (‘REUL’) which was created under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (‘EUWA’) based on EU and EU-derived law

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The Energy Act 2023 – Heat Network Zoning: implications and opportunities for local authorities

The Energy Act 2023 (the “Act”) received royal assent on 26 October 2023. Part 2 of Chapter 8 of the Act introduces powers for the Secretary of State to introduce a framework via regulations to establish ‘heat network zoning’ in England.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (“DESNZ”) describes heat network zoning as a

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NEC 101 Series: Option X29 Climate Change

Our partners Rachel Murray-Smith and Allan Owen examine the key features and implications of the Option X29 (Climate Change) clause in the NEC4 suite of contracts (the ‘Contracts’) which aims to enable users to reduce the climate change impact of the construction operations.

What is the new Option X29 Clause?

Option X29 was implemented principally to tackle ‘greenwashing’ whereby

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Subsidy Control Act 2022: in force as of today

The Subsidy Control Act 2022 (the “Act”) comes into force today, 4 January 2023. The Act sets out the UK’s prevailing subsidy control rules. Public authorities should consult the Act when contemplating the award of subsidies.

 

Background

Since EU State aid rules ceased to apply to UK authorities on 1 January 2021, public bodies across the UK have been

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Net Zero – What’s New for Local Authorities?

This week central government released two major climate publications: the Heat and Buildings Strategy and the Net Zero Strategy.

Both documents contain a myriad of policies and approaches. Both documents are hundreds of pages long.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy and the Net Zero Strategy contain opportunities and challenges for local government. Opportunities present themselves in the form of grant

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Warm Feelings or Hot Air: The Heat and Buildings Strategy and Heat Networks

This week the government published its Heat and Buildings Strategy (Strategy). This contained vital innovations and essential step changes in terms of how heating is provided.

The scale of the challenge in terms of heating is considerable. According to the Heat and Buildings Strategy:

  • There are about 30 million buildings in the UK.
  • In total, these buildings are responsible for
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