Category Archives: Regulation and legislation

Why have UN sustainability goals been adopted? 

By Lydia Newman You might think it distressing to find that ‘humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate, equivalent to 1.75 Earths.’ But this could increase to approximately 3 Earths if the population …

The Clean Growth Strategy

By Lydia Newman HM Government released The Clean Growth Strategy report in October 2017; an account of where investment will be made into research and implementation of low carbon technologies by identifying which sectors require the most attention. What is …

The road to net zero emissions – what does it mean for us?

By Lydia Newman The energy performance of our buildings is likely to become more crucial than ever before. According to Chris Stark, the CEO of the Committee of Climate Change (CCC), it is expected that there are approximately 30 million …

Which energy regulation is part of UK law rather than European?

By Stanley Rayfield The table below shows current UK regulation and legislation. Whilst the list is not exhaustive, collectively it shows the UKs plan to reduce carbon emissions from buildings, from which around 40% of the UK carbon emissions are …

Minimum energy standards in a nut shell

By Stanley Rayfield Many of those involved with managing property have been aware of the approaching minimum energy standards for buildings. Now the regulation is here. ‘The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015’ was required by …

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014

District heating systems are subject to new regulations with a deadline of 31st December 2015. This means that heat suppliers will have a number of new duties, such as to make a notification to the National Measurement & Regulation Office. …

Are Landlords ready for new metering regulations?

The way that Landlords account for the heating, cooling or hot water supplied to tenants is changing. If a landlord supplies more than one tenant within the same building, then it’s likely that ‘The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations …

What is the Montreal protocol?

The Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, is an international treaty that entered into force on January 1st 1989. It is designed to protect and help restore the Earth’s ozone layer by phasing out the production of …

What is the Kyoto Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which sets binding obligations for industrialised nations to reduce their levels of Green House Gas emissions. The Protocol was adopted in Japan …

What is the Green Deal?

  High Street retailers such as Marks and Spencers and John Lewis will soon be helping homeowners with insulation, double glazing, solar panels and a range of other improvements. The initiative is being led by the Department of Energy and …