SW Climate Change Action PlanExisting non-domestic sector

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eMC Business Consulting, Nathan, Baranowski. Environment Agency - Bridgwater, Elaine Is there any framework we can use to apply a regional target ?

    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

     Anne-Mette Jacobsen

     Ian Smith


Workshop outputs:

    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

    - CSEP

    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 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:


    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

    is needed.

    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

    where possible.

    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

    useful recommendation.

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

    action ?

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

    on what…

    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


    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).

‘Road map’

    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).


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