The latest take-up figures for the Green Deal and Eco are now available. The Green Deal energy efficiency scheme has exceeded £50m milestone, with an average of 586 households applying each week. At the same time the Independent reports “The Green Deal no longer has a minister directly responsible for the programme” and “DECC’s £3.3bn annual budget is expected to be one of the biggest casualties in percentage terms of George Osborne’s latest austerity drive”, signalling the potential end of the Green Deal.
The latest quarterly forecasts for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme have been released. The non-domestic scheme will see the small biomass tariff reduced by 25% from the 1st of July, while the bio-methane will have a 5% reduction from the same date. For domestic the biomass tariff will be reduced by a further 20% from 1 July.
The BBC have reported a rise in building on green belt land, quoting figures from Glenigan. A survey by the Royal Horticultural Society has highlighted the environmental impacts of the decline of the front garden.
The NHBC have issued an infographic: on sustainable technologies and housing associations and the ONS have issued an infographics on renewables, insulation, waste water and waste management and the impact the economy has on the environment and some steps being taken to respond to environmental issues.
Renewable energy and jobs – Annual review 2015 reports that more than 7.7 million people world-wide are now employed by the renewable energy industry. This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure. A study of 48 non-residential buildings, Building Performance Evaluation Programme by Innovate UK, highlights pitfalls in terms of design, installation, control and use. Anyone working in the energy efficiency sector will find it useful reading.
Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050 has been published. This, developed by the Government and industry, provides guidance on how the eight most heat intensive industrial sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency by 2050. Some of the construction industry big players are supporting the WWF open letter to the Prime Minister, leading the call for “a new approach to governance that places low-carbon growth and the responsible management of natural capital at the heart of economic policy.” In Scotland the SNP have welcomed news that the Scottish Government is stepping up efforts to cut emissions with new investments across the energy, environment and transport sectors.