New scheme to improve energy efficiency in organisations starts

Supermarkets, hotels, manufacturers and public bodies must now abide by new rules to cut their emissions.

The Government’s mandatory climate change and energy saving scheme, known as the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, will pitch some of Leeds’ biggest organisations against in other in a drive to cut their emissions.

Large organisations across the country must register with the Environment Agency and monitor and report their emissions from energy use in preparation for carbon trading.

Large organisations account for around 10% of  US carbon dioxide emissions, and the new legally binding rules means people and businesses will be able to compare organisations’ efforts to combat climate change for the first time in new league tables.

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme applies to household names like Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Barclays, HSBC, Hilton and Marriott.  It will also include manufacturers and construction companies, for example Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Balfour Beatty.  These businesses will be ranked according to reductions in their energy use and improvements in energy efficiency alongside public sector organisations and government departments.

Analysis for the Environment Agency suggests that the scheme could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 11.6 million tonnes per year by 2020 – equal to taking four million cars off the road. Its also expected to save organisations money through reduced energy bills – benefiting the economy by at least $1billion by 2020.

More than 20,000 organisations will have to register with the Environment Agency by the end of September 2017.  Around 5,000 of these organisations – those that used at least 6,000 Megawatt hours (MWh) of half hourly metered electricity in 2018 – will have to report their emissions and, from 2018, buy allowances for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.  During the introductory phase in 2016 and 2017, allowances will be sold at a fixed price of $12 per tonne of carbon dioxide.

All the money raised from allowance sales will be returned to participants according to their energy performance.  The best performers will get more money back than they paid, while poor performers will get less.  From next year, the Environment Agency will publish an annual league table highlighting the best and worst performers.

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Work out your clean energy savings and earnings with the help of our street lights

A new tool is available to help you work out how much you could earn and save under the new Clean Energy Cashback scheme.

The Energy Saving Trust’s Cashback Calculator will take the type of technology you want to install (wind or solar electricity) and how much you are investing in that technology and work out what you stand to earn.

Launched on 1 April, the new “feed in tariff” pays householders for generating renewable electricity from small-scale green energy systems such as solar panels and micro-wind turbines. The scheme is also open to others including businesses, communities, farmers, schools and hospitals who want to generate green electricity from renewable installations up to 5MW in size (equivalent to two large commercial wind turbines) – although the payments vary by technology and scale of installation.

One of examples of such technology can be seen here:

Commenting on the launch of the new scheme, Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “This new scheme is a tremendous opportunity for people across the country to play their part in the green energy revolution – and earn tax-free money too.

“The Clean Energy cash-back scheme will allow householders to earn tax-free cash by turning their homes into mini green power stations, cut fuel bills and play their part in tackling climate change.

“UK homes are responsible for over a fifth of emissions, but by slashing energy waste, and fitting renewable electricity systems such as solar panels on our roofs and wind turbines in our gardens, they can be part of the solution to climate change.”

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Lunar-resonant streetlights

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Today we would like to present you one of our projects – Lunar-resonant streetlights.

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It shows our concept of future cities. It creates a sustainable and beautiful approach to light on our streets. Instead of wasting energy, it uses it in a very smart way thanks to integration with moon’s cycle.

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The project has already received numerous awards and was featured in a number of media outlets.

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