This topical one-day workshop seminar covers the key renewable energy planning policy drivers and the practical implementation process from both the LPA and private consultant’s perspective.
It includes talks on National, Regional & Local policies, and also covers the technical basics of renewable/low-carbon technologies. The day concludes with an examination of policy monitoring and compliance.
The Housing Standards Review retained the provisions of the Planning & Energy Act that permit Local Planning Authorities to require new Development to meet on-site renewable energy (the Merton Rule), and low-carbon energy/district heating targets. After 13 years of implementing Merton Rule style policies, the seminar will review and discuss the initiative, and assess the part it can play in progressing a low-carbon future.
The briefing and workshop format is a combination of presentations and an interactive Masterclass approach that enables participants to ask questions and bring their own experiences to the group - and in so doing help cover the issues in greater depth.
Benefits of attending
At the end of this event attendees will:
- Explain the renewable and low carbon energy planning policy background and development
- Understand the renewable/low-carbon technologies and the wider industry
- Be able to implement policies on a day-to-day basis
- Gain in depth knowledge of case studies – from the smallest to largest
- Analyse the relevance of the Feed In Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive
- Be able to establish a robust technology and policy evidence base
- Construct a monitoring and compliance regime.
Who should attend?
This briefing and workshop is designed for:
- Local (and other) government officers with responsibility for planning and implementing renewable/low-carbon energy strategies
- Private company planners and energy consultants needing to understand how to prepare strategies to progress planning permission
- Development control planners
- Climate change and sustainability officers/consultants
- Directors and heads of environment, policy development and Planning
9.00 Registration and coffee
9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair
Adrian Hewitt, Director, Energence Ltd (ex-London Borough of Merton)
9.40 Quick knowledge upload
- Basic calculations. How much renewable/low-carbon equipment is needed?
- Guide to different types of renewable and low-carbon technologies
- Why is it important? Concentrating the mind on climate change and energy security
10.10 Policy update
- Energy Strategies from the private consultancy perspective
- Key national and local policies
- Formulating and evaluating Energy Strategies for new building development
- Ensuring compliance with Building Regulations, and Local and London Plan policies
- Discharging planning conditions in relation to energy and sustainability
- Updating Local Plans, Supplementary Planning Documents, and Sustainability Frameworks
David Carlyon, Sustainability Consultant, Low Carbon Europe
10.50 Coffee and networking
11.10 Opportunities for local government leadership on solar
- Brief overview of policy landscape for solar
- What the UK solar sector could deliver in next five years
- How local government/metro mayors can help now
- What changes in national policy would support making solar a standard feature in all new build developments
Chris Hewett, Policy Manager, Solar Trade Association
11.50 Local authority perspective
- Energy Strategies from the Local Planning Authority perspective
- Evaluating Energy Strategies with regard to SAP, BREEAM, and CO2 targets
- Compliance with the Mayor's energy/CO2 policies.
- Liaising with the developer's consultants.
- Enforcement Conditions and policy compliance.
Donna Skordili, Energy & Sustainability Officer, Ealing Borough Council
12.30 Participant’s input: Questions, issues, and discussion
12.50 Outline of afternoon case study
A case study is set for participants to collectively discuss over lunch and resolve in the first afternoon session
2.00 Case study session
- Technical options for discharging renewable/low-carbon policies
- Commonalities and site specific
- Other factors (known and unknown) to consider
3.30 Monitoring and compliance. Is it installed and is it working?
- Establishing a robust evidence base
- Full implementation. How to confirm compliance with policies and targets
- The “Ealing Condition” best practice monitoring enforcement condition
- Monitoring methods. Basics of what’s involved and the role of LPAs
4.15 Round up questions and discussion