Frazer Mackay, UK Managing Director of Water, Energy and Industry at WSP:
"Decarbonisation is key to delivering green growth targets and helping the UK meet our climate change commitments. Increasing the proportion of green gas in the grid is an important step in reducing our impacton the environment.
"The UK energy landscape is changing faster than ever before with new technologies and business models having an impact on the whole energy system. Decarbonisation has an important role to play in the UK’s economic growth and productivity and I see WSP at the forefront of this change”.
SME Business Energy Efficiency Scheme
Barny Evans, Head of Energy, Waste and Sustainable Places at WSP, says:
"We welcome this consultation. Indeed SMEs remain the Cinderella of energy efficiency, and focusing on them is overdue. It complements the work we doing with large businesses and manufacturers through ESOS and the industrial heat recovery scheme.
"Clearly, SMEs are diverse in size and nature of business and this makes it a challenging business group, so it will be interesting to see how Government addresses this. As well as energy efficiency, BEIS should consider the opportunities to reduce costs and increase outputs through smart energy solutions such as electric vehicle charging, energy storage and smart energy management. Through our Future Ready agenda, this is something we are pushing. The good news is that it is a win win from a productivity perspective.
"The future of homes standard announcement, due in 2025, is welcome. It builds on the Committee on Climate Change’s report which called for all new homes to be all-electric from 2025. We have been calling for this since 2014 in our paper, Powering Ahead – Fast-Forward to the All-Electric City. We stand ready to contribute our expertise in this area, ensuring that the full benefit of the smart energy revolution is recognised and seized. With close collaboration, WSP believes this standard could be brought in before 2025, to ensure it covers the 1m new homes currently in the pipeline.."
Tom Butterworth, Head of Biodiversity at WSP, says:
"This is really good news. We have been working with developers for a number of years demonstrating that delivering net gains for biodiversity through development is not only possible but it is desirable for the developer. Setting a clear requirement that can be consistently applied across the country creates a level playing field for all developers, and by setting this nationally it means that we know what is required from the development at the outset.
“Making net gains for biodiversity mandatory for all new developments in England will lead to significant benefits for developers, communities as well as wildlife. We are yet to see the detail of the proposal but this is a great step in the right direction.”
Jenny Merriman, Natural Capital Lead at WSP, says:
“Enhancing the natural environment is fundamental to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UK’s own commitments to clean growth. It is therefore encouraging to see the Government recognising the role of biodiversity in delivering economic benefits and contributing to prosperity, as was demonstrated in The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study conducted almost a decade ago. Exploring how the natural environment can be better integrated into business and development decisions will be a cornerstone of discussions on the post-2020 biodiversity framework that will be adopted in 2020.”