Energy Saving Trust in partnership with the Energy Skills Partnership held a free seminar on 1st November at West Lothian College, Livingston. This took place to help inform you of the funding and routes available to your business to take on modern apprentices.
This seminar followed up on a workshop we did with the energy efficiency industry back in May looking at the barriers facing the industry in Scotland. One of the barriers identified was a lack of awareness about the funding and support available for modern apprenticeships, so we organised this seminars to try and address this.
Topics covered included: funding available, market insights, and options for taking on modern apprenticeships. The seminar presentation will be available here shortly.
The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016, made in response to Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, form part of the Scottish Ministers' action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions arising from building use, and came into affect on 1st September 2016.
These regulations apply to the sale or rental (to a new tenant) of most buildings over 1,000 square metres in size. Owners of qualifying buildings are required to assess their building and make an 'Action Plan' available in support of the sale or rental process. These 'Action Plans' are carried out by Section 63 Advisors.
The owner must then either undertake improvement work to meet the energy performance and emissions targets identified in the Action Plan or, alternatively. may defer such work by reporting annual operational energy use. The latter is achieved by production of a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) and, in response, the DEC Assessor role is being introduced into Scotland for the first time.
These advisors are persons who have demonstrated competence and understanding in identifying practical energy improvement measures for existing buildings. They will be non-domestic EPC assessors who are either construction professionals who are members of a professional body or institution or have demonstrated competence by other means.
The key skills for the advice aspect of this role are drawn from elements already defined in relation to the non-domestic Green Deal Advisor role.
If you are interested in becoming a Section 63 Advisor (or a DEC assessor) then you should contact one of the Scottish Government's Approved Organisations appointed to register and manage Section 63 advisors and DEC assessors.
Find full details of the new regulations and their application. This includes a guide for building owners and a 'frequently asked questions' document.
You can view the slides from this webinar.
On 21st March 2016 the Carbon Trust opened the Green Business Fund* for small and medium sized businesses in Scotland, England and Wales. The Green Business Fund is designed to help SMEs identify energy saving opportunities and to develop a robust business case for the purchase of the appropriate equipment. The programme of support includes a capital contribution of 15% of the project cost (up to a max of £10,000) to small and medium sized businesses installing energy saving equipment. This could mean up to £10,000 towards energy saving measures to help reduce costs, save energy and save carbon.
For SMEs to access this capital they must use a supplier / installer who is accredited by the Carbon Trust. Suppliers must accredit and become listed on the Carbon Trust Green Business Directory in order for their customers to take advantage of the fund. The aim of this webinar was to inform the supply chain about the Green Business Fund and how they can take advantage and help their customers.
The webinar is part of a series of events funded by the Scottish Government through the Sustainable Energy Supply Chain programme from the Energy Saving Trust.
Topics covered included:
*subject to criteria, terms and conditions apply
You can view a recording of this webinar.
The output of this workshop will be a report highlighting the key barriers facing the industry in Scotland which will be shared with the Scottish Government. The report is also expected to include recommendations for overcoming these barriers.
A webinar is simply a presentation you can join online from the comfort of your own home or office. Using your computer and telephone, you can hear a presentation (like a conference call) and also see the presenter's slides (watching over an internet connection). You won't be able to see the presenter or the moderator, or others attending the program and they won't be able to see you. Webinars are usually relatively short, perhaps between 30 and 45 minutes long.