Navigating the Energy Cost Crisis to Deliver Net Zero Public Sector Buildings
Powering the UK public sector already costs in the region of £3.4 billion every year and carries a sizeable carbon footprint, estimated at 13.3 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Soaring energy bills and looming climate emergency targets mean the situation for local authorities is even more strained.
Our homes, workplaces and publicly-owned properties are responsible for 17% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions. Building performance improvements are therefore critical for councils to deliver on Net Zero. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has yet to respond to the High Court’s ruling that its net zero strategy didn’t provide enough information on how emissions are to be reduced. But councils cannot afford to wait – not least so they can make use of Social Housing Decarbonisation Funding and other government grants.
What are the paths that councils must navigate to reduce carbon in both new buildings and existing stock? Understanding and measuring operational energy and embodied carbon is firmly at the top of the agenda – but how can it be done? What can digital technology do to embed energy and performance analysis across the entire building lifecycle – helping to deliver Net Zero and identifying energy cost savings and meeting local methodologies, regulatory standards and planning guidance in the process.
In partnership with Inner Circle Consulting, this webinar included expert panellists from Birmingham City Council, London Councils, Perth & Kinross Council and Stirling Council and Greater London Authority and discussed:
- How local authorities are funding Net Zero delivery for their buildings
- Where councils feel prepared for Net Zero delivery – and where the chief concerns lie
- How to demystify the measurement and optimisation of building performance and opportunities and challenges presented by digital technology