The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today announced a team of cross-industry experts who will support the delivery of new guidance on renewable energy procurement.
The new project aims to better equip those who procure energy for buildings to do so in a way which enables them to achieve their climate goals at the asset level, said the organisation.
How buildings procure energy has a critical part to play in enabling change across our energy supply system in support of net zero.
The project will build on guidance published in 2021 on Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting and seeks to provide greater insight into the myriad of procurement circumstances which the industry currently faces.
To support the project, UKGBC has mobilised a 17-strong team of experts ranging from developers and energy consultants to legal experts.
The new Task Group will be responsible for fine tuning the final scope of the project, sharing knowledge, completing research, and reviewing material in support of the project’s final guidance documents.
Together with the Task Group, UKGBC will produce further guidance to inform and improve energy procurement decisions for stakeholders of all types and scales.
The project will also seek to improve engagement between energy suppliers/generators and energy customers, as well as consider how the insight from the project can be used in an advocacy capacity to support energy market reform.
UKGBC’s Senior Advisor, Tom Wigg said: “Transitioning the energy supply system to zero carbon renewables has been the cornerstone of national decarbonisation progress to date, with electricity now around 70% lower carbon than it was in 2012.
“As we move away from fossil fuel sources of energy to heat our buildings and power our transport systems, rapid action is needed now to secure a resilient supply of renewable energy and ensure our climate targets can be achieved.
“The new Task Group will work together to determine how to robustly assess the quality and performance of an energy product and create tailored guidance to enable customers of all types and sizes to better navigate the procurement options available to them, as well as considering how this information can help customers more accurately calculate the impact of their consumption and procurement strategies.”
This project forms part of UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero Programme, which includes programme partners BAM Construct UK, Berkeley Group, Buro Happold, CBRE, Grosvenor Property UK, Hoare Lea, ISG, JLL, Lloyds Banking Group, ROCKWOOL, Turner & Townsend, and project partners Ampersand, Landsec, Low Carbon Alliance, Macfarlanes and Stanhope.
Earlier this year, the UKGBC published a guide on how to accelerate commercial retrofit.
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