Policy update: Change to guide on 'green' tariffs
- Management ,
- Reporting ,
- Renewable ,
IEMA's Nick Blyth on potential changes to Defra guidance on reporting GHG emissions from green power
Defra is running a four-week consultation on new corporate greenhouse-gas (GHG) reporting guidance for renewable or “green” electricity tariffs. IEMA is concerned that the revised guidance could lead to confusion in how organisations report GHGs and, in some cases, lead to an under-representation of corporate emissions.
The environment department’s 2009 GHG guidance advises organisations to report electricity consumption using the grid average emission factor and only allows a reduction in net emissions if a purchased tariff demonstrates clear additional carbon savings. Many experts feel this approach is best suited to the UK, where public funding has been a lead driver in securing electricity generation from renewable sources. Some organisations, however, would like to account and report using zero-carbon generation characteristics for any renewable electricity they purchase.
In its consultation, Defra is proposing to enable such reporting and outlines two options. In option 1, gross GHG emissions are calculated using the grid-average factor and zero-carbon characteristics of purchased green renewable electricity can be accounted in net emissions. Option 2 factors in zero-carbon characteristics to the reporting of gross and net emissions. In the second option, organisations will report at least two figures for emissions; if they use net and gross lines four values will be reported.
Both options are a significant change to the 2009 guidance, which is widely used. IEMA believes that option 1 will be a more proportionate change and is concerned that option 2 could be confusing. There are also concerns that option 2 could disincentive firms from installing energy-efficiency measures. Members involved in GHG reporting are encouraged to respond to the Defra consultation. The consultation closes on 24 March.
Demand for fossil fuels will peak by 2025 if all national net-zero pledges are implemented in full and on time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecast.
The Green Homes Grant is set to deliver only a fraction of the jobs and improvements intended, leading to calls for more involvement from local authorities in future schemes.
COVID-19 recovery packages have largely focused on protecting, rather than transforming, existing industries, and have been a “lost opportunity” for speeding up the global energy transition.
Half of the world's 40 largest listed oil and gas companies will have to slash their production by at least 50% by the 2030s to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, new analysis has found.
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.