July’s Energy Advice Hub roundup: green policy to carbon insetting

Welcome to the latest roundup of news and news and advice from BiU’s Energy Advice Hub.

It’s been a busy month for green policy announcements as the government looks to stimulate a clean economic recovery post-COVID 19. We’ve got the details below.

We’ve also got the lowdown on carbon insetting, which is becoming a key part of the net zero strategy for a growing number of companies.

Our full roundup of stories is here – and if you need advice on your company’s low carbon challenges, get in touch.


Mini-Budget 2020: the green announcements

In his Summer Economic Update the Chancellor announced a raft of green recovery measures, including a £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme:

Questions about the Green Homes Grant

Last month, the government announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant last month to fund home energy efficiency improvements. We’ve outlined the issues and questions that need to be answered.


The Hub’s guide to carbon insetting

Most of us are familiar with carbon offsetting, but insetting is less well understood. Our guide to carbon inserting explains all.

Government announces measures to move aviation towards net zero

A £400 million funding pot was announced for green R&D projects, as well as the launch of a ‘Jet Zero Council’.


UKGBC launches task group to ‘demystify’ procurement of renewables and offsetting

The UK Green Building Council wants to establish guidelines for tackling residual emissions in buildings via renewables and offsetting.

UK’s largest pension scheme announces plans to go net zero

Nest has established a roadmap for becoming net zero across its investments by 2050.


National Grid’s Future Scenarios report: net zero is possible before 2050

National Grid ESO’s latest report shows the nation could reach net zero earlier if we implemented fundamental policy and technology changes now.

Offshore wind may soon be the cheapest form of energy in the UK

New research from Imperial College London concludes that offshore wind will soon operate with “negative subsidies” and bring down energy bills.


Further reading

August’s energy and climate news from hydrogen strategy to damning climate change news

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IPCC report the message is stark, but there is hope

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Energy price spikes jeopardises the bottom line

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