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Renewable and low-carbon energy planning

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
The Hatton (etc Venues), 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 standard price
RTPI Conferences

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

Adrian Hewitt

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

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Case study session

  • Technical options for discharging renewable/low-carbon policies
  • Commonalities and site specific
  • Other factors (known and unknown) to consider

Adrian Hewitt

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

Adrian Hewitt

4.15 Round up questions and discussion

4.30 Close