The Implications of Brexit on Skills and Delivery in a Service-Based Economy

Five-and-a-half years ago I, together with two partners, set up EVORA, a specialist consultancy focused on the delivery of sustainability advice to the real estate industry. Our plan was simple: we believed that the level of sustainability support to real estate businesses was limited. We wanted to create a consultancy that delivered value-adding sustainability advice…

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World Envoys Reach Agreement To Phase Out HFCs

Almost 200 nations reached an agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, last weekend to amend the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and introduce a global phase-out of hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. HFCs were introduced to limit damage to the ozone layer and replace refrigerants that have now been phased out – including R22. However,…

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2016 GRESB Results Day!

GRESB results are out today. Visit our GRESB support service page. In 2016, there were 759 entries covering 63 countries. The gross asset value of companies and funds reporting was $2.8 trillion. Here at EVORA, we’re working hard to review our client results and analyse progress against previous submissions. Findings are positive, reflecting work done…

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Scotland’s Approach to Building Energy Efficiency

This post originally appeared here on the UKGBC blog, to which we are regular contributors.   Scotland’s ‘competitor’ to the much publicised Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), due to be introduced in England and Wales in 2018, has been finalised and will be introduced next month. The approach is markedly different to the plans in…

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Publication of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Data

In an effort to make more data publicly available, the Department for Communities and Local Government will be releasing cumulative EPC data for domestic and non-domestic buildings. Until 30th June 2016, owners and occupiers of commercial property who hold EPCs are able to opt-out of the data release should they not want their EPC information…

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Legal Update: Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme

Changes to Scottish Energy Performance in Building Regulations Publicity surrounding the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), which set a minimum EPC rating of E for leasing of properties from April 2018, has increased significantly in recent months, and rightly so. However, the Scottish Government has chosen to implement a different approach to drive…

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Budget 2016: Changes to the UK Government Energy Efficiency Strategy

Significant changes to the Government’s energy efficiency strategy were announced in today’s budget (16 March 2016).  Key points are summarised below: The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme will be scrapped at the end of the 2018-19 compliance year (the end of Phase 2). Obligated businesses will be required to surrender allowances for the…

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70% of organisations on the road to ESOS compliance

Latest figures from the Environment Agency show 6000 organisations have ESOS compliance. In the two days before 29 January deadline, the agency received a further 1,015 notifications of compliance. This last-minute action reflected earlier fears of a slow start to compliance by organisations covered by the scheme. More information via The Environmentalist

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Regulatory Energy Regime under Review

Last week, the UK Government announced plans to review the business energy tax landscape to consider approaches to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the regime. This message was circulated to all CRC, Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and Climate Change Agreement participants (who have been further advised to continue to participate in the various schemes…

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Goodbye GRESB (until September)!

So that’s GRESB done.  This year we supported many of our clients to complete their GRESB submission on a pan-European basis. It may be an onerous and tough task to complete but I personally applaud the GRESB approach. The industry pays increasing attention to the survey results (released on 2nd September) and I believe, over time, that…

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