BEIS – Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker (May 2017)

AttitudeBEIS published findings from Wave 21 of the Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker on 4 May 2017.

The report presents headline findings from March/April 2017, and makes comparisons with data from Wave 17, conducted at the same point last year. For certain questions, the report elaborates on the reasons people gave for their stated positions.

The data were collected using face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of 2,180 households in the UK.

Key findings include:

? “The level of concern over climate change has remained stable…seven in ten (71%) said they were very or fairly concerned about climate change.”

? “Worries over paying for energy bills have remained relatively consistent over the last two years. At Wave 21, 30% were either very or fairly worried about paying for their energy bills.”

? Similar to previous waves, “A quarter claimed to give a lot of thought to saving energy at home (25%), whilst half claimed to give it a fair amount of thought (52%).

? “Support for renewable energy has been consistently high…at around 75-80%.”

? “Six in ten claimed to be aware of the Energy Performance Certificate (58%), but only 7% said they knew the exact rating of their property.”

* This is a summary. Always check and reference the primary source when using the information.

BEIS’ Household Energy Efficiency Statistics (April 2017)

BEIS statsBEIS released the latest (provisional) energy efficiency national statistics on 20 April 2017.

The statistics cover the measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal in Great Britain.

Additional useful information such as ECO delivery costs, and estimates of energy and carbon savings, is also included. A full size version of the graph above, which shows ECO measures installed by obligation, by month, up to the end of February 2017, is in BEIS’ release.

Headline findings include:

  • Around 2.2 million measures were installed in around 1.7 million properties through ECO and under the Green Deal Framework to the end of January 2017
  • 96% of those measures were delivered through the ECO
  • 14,030 households had Green Deal Plans at the end of February 2017; the same number as those in progress at the end of January 2017
  • Of all notified ECO measures installed, 35% were for cavity wall insulation, 24% were for loft insulation, and 23% were for boiler upgrades. There were around 141,000 solid wall insulations which accounted for 7% of all measures
  • On average, around 6% of all households in Great Britain had a measure installed under ECO funding up to the end of December 2016

CCC’s Advice on the Design of Welsh Carbon Targets (April 2017)

CCC walesThe Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a paper on 13 April 2017 providing independent advice to the Welsh Government on the design of their carbon targets.

The Welsh Government has enacted legislation requiring that, before the end of 2018, they set in regulation interim emissions targets to 2040, and carbon budgets to 2025.

The CCC’s report provides advice on the form of future emissions reduction targets and the accounting framework. A second report, due in October 2017, will cover the level of ambition for future carbon targets and specific opportunities to decarbonise.

Key points in the report relevant to energy performance in buildings include:

  • “In 2014, the level of emissions in Wales was around 18% below 1990. That, however, compares to around a 36% reduction across the UK as a whole. We [the CCC] will therefore need to look carefully at where the opportunities are to go further.”
  • “Wales accounts for 9% of UK-wide emissions, but only around 5% of UK population.”
  • “We recommend that all targets…are expressed relative to 1990 emission levels (i.e. as percentage reductions), rather than on an absolute (i.e. megatonne) basis.”
  • “Direct emissions from buildings are down 32% on 1990 levels. The Welsh Government’s Arbed and Nest schemes have been successful in delivering energy efficiency measures to over 45,000 households.”
  • “While the EU ETS provides an incentive to undertake some incremental improvements in energy efficiency it looks unlikely to drive the more significant measures that will be required.”

Energy Trends: Renewables (April 2017)

Renewables 180417The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the latest trends in renewable energy in the UK on 13 April 2017.

The figure to the left shows the change in renewable electricity generation in terawatt hours in each quarter between 2013 and 2016. A full size version is in BEIS’s report.

Headline findings for 2016 include:

  • Renewable electricity generation in 2016 fell by 1.0% compared to 2015
  • However, 2016 was still “the second highest year ever for renewable electricity generation”
  • Renewables share of total electricity generation was 24.4%
  • Generation from solar PV rose by 73% from 0.8 TWh to 1.4 TWh due to increased capacity across the year
  • Renewable installations eligible for Feed-in Tariffs (all except Micro CHP) represented 17% of all renewable installed capacity
  • Solar PV represents the majority of both installations and installed capacity confirmed on the FiTs scheme, with, respectively, 99% and 81% of the total

CCC – Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions (April 2016)

Quant GHGThe Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a report on 11 April 2017 which looks at how the UK’s GHG inventory is constructed, sources of uncertainty, how these could change over time, and priorities for improving the inventory. The focus is on what the findings imply for setting carbon budgets and monitoring progress.

Each year the inventory is compiled according to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines. The report examines the emissions from all key sectors, including buildings, reiterating the key assumption that by 2050, “nearly full decarbonisation” of power, transport and buildings will be needed.

Key findings for 2014 include:

♦ “Uncertainty in buildings emissions was 3.4% in 2014. This is slightly higher than economy-wide CO2 uncertainty” (which was +/- 3% with 95% confidence, which is low by international standards.”

♦ “Fossil fuel emissions from buildings comprise 16% of all UK GHG emissions in 2014.”

♦ “CO2 emissions are mainly from burning gas for space heating and are split between homes (75%), commercial buildings (15%) and public sector (10%).”

♦ “Buildings emissions reduced by 1% on average between 2009 and 2014 (temperature adjusted). Progress has been particularly poor for commercial and public sector buildings.”

♦ “The gap between modelled impacts of energy efficiency measures in this sector and actual emissions continues to make it difficult to effectively monitor progress. Better statistics in this area would facilitate this.”

* This is a summary. Always check and reference the primary source when using the information.