Category Archives: Research

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.

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.

Where can I find analysis on the potential for improved energy efficiency to displace the need for additional nuclear power? (August 2016)

Hink3The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit published a report on 26 August 2016 which investigates what the options are if UK plans for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station do not materialise.

The options analysed include replacing Hinkley’s output by increasing wind power capacity, providing additional interconnector capacity, and improving energy efficiency and our demand side response. The authors find that “At the bare minimum, two-fifths of Hinkley’s annual 25.2 TWh output of electricity could be replaced by improving energy efficiency above business-as-usual.”

See the full report and methodology at Hinkley: What If? Can the UK solve its energy trilemma without Hinkley Point C?

Where can I find information on how well measures were installed under the Energy Company Obligation? (July 2016)

OfgemOfgem produces a quarterly technical monitoring report on measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The latest report was published on 26 July 2016 covering the period October to December 2015.

Technical Monitoring is a compliance regime under ECO that requires obligated suppliers to commission on-site inspections of at least 5% of measures installed in a quarter, conducted by an independent party.

The report finds, for example, that “429 of the 6,878 measures monitored failed to comply with a standard of installation of the measure (~6%).” This is a similar level to quarter two.

See the full report at ECO2 monitoring report

PWC – Seeing through the gloom report (Published July 2016)

SolarPWC and the Solar Trade Association published the results of survey of 238 representatives from the UK solar industry on 25 July 2016.

The report highlights the overall growth and resilience of the sector, but finds that the current policy environment contributed to a third of solar jobs being lost in the past year. A third of respondents also expect to cut staff in the next 12 months and many companies are looking to diversify into other products and services.

The report concludes with the advice: “these survey results show there will be a structural shift in the market and solar players need to consider alternative products and markets. Our three case studies [in the report] highlight the kind of innovation that can secure a positive future for solar energy in the UK.”

See the full report at: Seeing through the storm: UK solar seeks stability after subsidy cuts