thSW Climate Change Action Plan – Existing non-domestic sector workshop – 14 December 07
Outline of the workshop:
; Presentation by Mark Hodgson followed by Q&A’s
; Current regional and sub-regional activity mapping exercise
; Identified gaps in knowledge, and regional activity in this sector
; Identified barriers to regional activity and solutions
; Identified priority regional actions
Workshop leader Mark Hodgson
Graham Wiltshire Brittany Ferries Chris Kemp C3 Resources Paul Treble Carbon Trust Duncan Bardsley Cornwall County Council Mike Shilston eMC Business Consulting Nathan Baranowski Environment Agency - Bridgwater Elaine Marshall Environment Agency - Exeter Phil Moore Federation of Small Businesses - Bristol Vivienne Rayner Flybe Steve Parrott ICE South West Barry Griffiths Inspirations Advertising and Design Peter Williams National Farmers Union - SW Region Paul Cottington North Devon District Council Mark Saunders Rolls Royce Plc A G Duffy Salisbury District Council Paul Clegg
Severn Wye Energy Agency Lucie Davies South West Food & Drink Nick Cork
University of Exeter Sam Hunt
Wessex Water PLC Dan Green
SWRA Attendees Clare Brewster
A Existing regional / sub-regional activity
POST-IT NOTES 1 Local Authorities
- Political engagement in climate change;
- Local action plans;
- Sustainable policies;
- Setting targets but no funds
2 Local Partnerships
3 Local Area Agreements
- fuel poverty etc
4 Y-Waste – sound enterprise started by group of small businesses to
enable them to recycle their own and others waste.
5 Reducetheuse.org.uk – website on changing the way you run a
6 Sustainable construction 7 Aggregate recycling 8 Carbon Reduction Commitment 9 Sustains next phase – cycling to work 10 Energy from waste 11 Rolls Royce – 55% reduction in emissions 12 Exeter climate change strategy 13 BREW energy efficiency support 14 Envision support 1900 SMES 15 Pollution prevention and control legislation 16 Debut SW MoD initiative 17 LA declaration of intent 18 Waste to energy 19 Energy prices up 20 Building design incorporates solar heating/power as custom and
21 All new and existing developments go through project review process
which includes environmental impacts
22 Price driven energy efficiency 23 Process ARGA monitoring (efficiency)
B Gaps in knowledge / activity:
FLIPCHART TEXT CCAP NOTES
1 Lack of benchmarks in manufacturing Whilst standard energy benchmarks for buildings exist this is not
as clear for manufacturing processes. Need to identify what action
2 Lack of standards for carbon footprinting (British Standard being Noted. Need to wait for national standards on carbon footprinting
produced) Lack of an ISO but support roll out of those when they are in place.
3 Lack of regional targets for energy efficiency Lack of energy efficiency targets noted in existing housing sector
also. Is there any framework we can use to apply a regional target ?
Does LCHFPS recommend one ? Can we set one ?
4 Lack of EE experts – lack of training for EE Skills and capacity in SW needs increasing…
Need for more SW provision of EE courses…
Need to provide more funding for the EE work that could be done
easily but isn’t being…identify actions to achieve this.
5 Lack of data on energy use by type and sector SWCCAP aims to support regional and local carbon accounting
work and availability of base data is essential for this. Need to
identify actions to enable clarification and availability of data
6 Knowledge re embedded energy in supply chain Knowledge of embedded energy in every product will be a slow
process at a national and international level. Carbon Footprinting /
Carbon Management will need to take this into account ( see
7 Getting simple messages to business in an optimum manner SWCCAP aims to support more co-ordinated and streamlined
communication on CC activity. Need to develop action for this
sector if not already identified.
8 Assessment of outputs & target setting not a priority Linked to setting EE targets & having benchmarking – see above.
9 EE needs to be higher on board level agendas Higher energy prices probably driving this up the agenda anyway
but could take advantage of this to boost still further with clear info
on what to do / where to get info. RDA to lead ?
10 Training needs to be focused on EE – lots of skills & training but More complex issue of re-designing business processes to be less
not focused on EE energy intensive – needs case studies & training courses & ‘sector-
specific’ guidance. Need to clarify barriers to this happening &
work on those too.
11 Lack of legislation – to provide driver / structure, tends to set
minimum standards not high standards A lot of this is about national policy issues but there’s a message re
seeing opportunities to get SW into a culture of using ‘best
available technology’ to take a lead & gain advantage through
that…as well as cut emissions.
12 Lack of a business cost for carbon – creates forecasting problems / Again a national policy issue but suggestion of doing analysis of
no clear scenarios how businesses will be effected by fiscal & legislative instruments a
C Barriers D Solutions CCAP NOTES
1 Lack of (awareness of ) standards eg 1 Lobby national Govt Leadership needed on setting standards
BSI & ISO and providing training & guidance to roll
out to all. Nation lobbying plus regional
2 Lack of incentives for boards to be 2 Provide financial incentives or an avoidable An issue of ‘cost/benefit’ re cost of grants
more sustainable in their business penalty eg through business rates to owners vs increased GDP ( plus lower emissions),
operations of the building plus linked to ‘best available technology’
issue and SW leading the field…RDA
3 General lack of belief in man-made 3 Use different message – emphasise money Agree.
climate change or denial saving & energy security / brand the
4 Lack of progression of actions 4 Leadership – Have a single regional agenda Can SWCCAP help to unify the policies of
which integrates regional bodies, policies the main regional bodies so that clear
and strategies. policy & programme objectives are
established across the board ? Needs to be
part of the action plan process.
5 Industry has only voluntary standards 5 Co-ordinate regional industrial associations Agree. Use existing networks to share best
– share best practice practice more effectively.
6 Lack of Govt strategy 6 Lobby national Govt. Lobbying activity – but need to be clear
7 Lack of simple information about 7 Get energy companies to put carbon values Clear action to work with energy
carbon costs to all sizes of business on people’s utility bills and provide info on companies on clarifying carbon info for
how to get help to reduce carbon. Target edf their customers – both domestic &
etc. commercial / public sector.
8 Complexity of the issue 8 Include cost of carbon in business models – Probably too many unknowns re future
future projections of ?8 / ?25 / ?100 etc. costs of carbon to make this easily
Each Dept to consider CO2 footprint impact achievable – but may be research that can
in decision making & liaise with each other be done to help ?
on impact of their decisions.
Need a common approach / format for all 9 Govt depts. Working in silos 9 Public sector workshop picked up this
LA’s point already. Carbon Trust CMP partly
provides a common structure & LA
indicators will drive similar approach to
Original point made refers to national
govt depts. Not easy to remedy !
10 No financial incentives 10 Lobby for better fiscal measures to provide See C2 above
11 Large % of listed buildings in SW – 11 Listing Authority to consider environmental Same point raised in existing domestic challenging to incorporate energy impact of making it a listed building - & workshop – need to work with Listed saving measures should be less prescriptive on existing listed building authorities to find a solution as
buildings they comprise significant % of SW
12 Planning system not favouring energy 12 Create & apply an advanced version of the dRSS does provide higher standards & efficiency etc Merton Rule drive to increase EE & support for LA’s to
favour this. Await outcome of RSS
process before further action ?
13 Poor public transport infrastructure to 13 Individual CRN tax – tax to fund public CRN – Carbon Reduction N… ???
help export goods & ensure sustainable transport etc Some research suggest public happy to access for employees fund public transport via tax if it’s ring
fenced. Eg Exeter CC now using some
parking charge receipts to fund PT
14 Public attitude to home working & 14 Individual CRN tax – trial area Point made originally in workshop was re.
urban living – dispersed housing Regional assessment of/for? transition culture of work commute now accepted &
growth & unsustainable travel towns difficult to shift. Planning policies aim to
increasing. increase urban living & employment close
to residential areas.
15 Green movement don’t like concept of 15 Suggestion was that environmental
technological fix (??) campaigners prevent technology eg
landscape vs wind farms
16 SW LA’s disadvantaged through 16 SW to lobby central Govt Need to clarify which financial
national financial settlements settlements being referred to & what
comparatively to other regions causes are for any disparity.
17 LA’s limited to loan finance & then only 17 Remove red tape on joint LA/industry Concerns were that current legislation
with acceptance of Govt ventures limits what LA’s can fund & how they can
Self financing LA’s fund it & this limits potential for
innovation & joint ventures.
18 Rented non-domestic buildings – no 18 Change regional planning rules – allow Concern was that rented properties have
incentive for energy efficiency by existing buildings to become more energy poor record of EE work & there is a need
landlord efficient to find a mechanism to change this.
MH comment on public sector owned
Energy Performance BD targets for all property suggests leadership by example
owners, from public sector.
F Priority Actions
FLIPCHART TEXT Lead org’n CCAP NOTES
1 Work with energy companies to get carbon RDA, with edf & Agree.
values put on utility bills & fuel receipts, Sustainable Energy
with info on how to reduce carbon Network, & businesses
Develop a Regional Communication BREW partners In workshop idea of a non domestic sector Communication Strategy
Strategy – use money saving / risk Business Link was linked to the Communication Strategy suggested as part of the
reduction messages CBI Sustainable Energy Network development – idea being that the 2
would complement each other.
2 Lobby LA’s and national govt re fiscal rates SWRA Suggested action is to lobby central govt on providing fiscal
actions (2+10 in barriers) using regional measures to provide incentives to business, possibly with regional
levers ring fenced fund for re-investment in carbon reduction activity.
3 Region to support LA’s activity on setting SWRA & LGA Suggested action is for regional orgs to support LA’s activity to
strategies accompany regional targets for EE etc.
Sub-regional carbon reduction agencies to be set up ?
4 Set up ‘Better Buildings Partnership’ for BREW partners & Idea is to transfer idea from London of the ‘Better Buildings
businesses in non-owned buildings Future Foundations Partnership’ to ensure all existing buildings including rented ones
meet specific EE targets. Would need funding, development and roll
Additional comments from Mark Hodgson:
Key points / Other activities.
; Need a real capital grant funding for EE, rather than just for LCBP. This could be achieved through Carbon fund as mentioned.
; Need to model de-carbonised business model as future strategic intent, see PSS. ; Regional Energy Efficiency target & benchmark?
; De-carbonise the Public sector supply chain
; Business rate relief for decarbonised businesses
; Increase current support programmes
; RSS type CO2 target on existing buildings
; Business product innovation & skills incentives
; Carbon budget for the SW, broken into sub-regional budgets
Commission a CO2 consumption assessment for the SW rather than using DERFA’s CO2 production modelling statistics, as this would more
accurately reflect business (all) use of carbon, and highlight where changing in the business and consumer process could have maximum effect
in the household and business (see Dieter Helm 2007 Oxford Uni).
Business & Public Sector accounts for 37% (50% in urban areas) of CO2, & if including transport over 50%.
What does a 60% less Co2 business look like, PSS, whats the steps in the value chain for existing business to achieve 60% reduction, what actual operational (upto 20%), what structural, what new business model. And therefore what incentives are required both policy, fiscal and consumerist (STEEPLE).
Follow Devon carbon strategy looking at initiatives so far, highlight gap in co2 now and future reductions and interventions needed. This should be supported by more accessible, stepped services that also offers intensive support available to all businesses, as stated in flipchart above. Covering capital grants, business development, expert support, skills training, integrated with smart ways of working (ICT etc).