Financially Viable 
Solutions To Save Carbon And Reduce Energy Bills.

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Financially Viable 
Solutions To Save Carbon And Reduce Energy Bills.

We offer 3 software driven solutions to support local authorities and businesses reduce the carbon emissions and energy bills of their buildings and meet future EPC rating obligations from MEES.

Software Solution #1 Building Measures Assessment To Improve EPC Rating 

  • Identifies all 'measures' to increase a building's EPC to meet new MEES requirements from 1st April 2023

  • All measures are fully costed, with energy and carbon saving, payback and positive impact on EPC

  • This platform allows different simulations of different measures to be run to determine the optimum solution

  • Most cost effective solution on the market 

Software Solution #2 Financial Modelling To Decarbonise Corporate Buildings

  • Financial modelling of ASHP with solar PV over 3 different energy tariffs to allow for future price increases

  • Proves financial viability and carbon reductions for Salix funding

  • Results show an 81% carbon reduction (average) with 6-8 year financial payback

  • Provides energy security protection

Solution #3 How A Local Authority Can Decarbonise Their Local Economy

  • Provides immediate solutions for smaller business to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions

  • Zero carbon solution available

  • This is a no cost solution for the local authority

  • Carbon reductions can be measured with authority receiving the recognition

Testimonial : Gloucestershire County Council (Software Solution #2)

“Asset Utilities has recently completed financial modelling of solar PV, ASHP and combined technologies over 3 tariffs as a way to help them achieve energy protection and decarbonisation of our buildings.  This has very clearly demonstrated below 5-year paybacks across the board, which we have used to develop our £1.1m 3-year heat decarbonisation programme, covering 12 corporate sites and 4 traveller sites.  

 

The work was endorsed by the council’s Property Board.  

 

This has enabled us to safeguard the council’s £1m Salix Recycling Fund and will take us the rest of the way to achieving our 80% carbon reduction target by 2030, which we should now reach by 2026.  The work included building surveys and providing financial assessments, to exacting timescales, which are now being used to develop the full business case for approval by Cabinet in the Autumn.  

 

I have no hesitation in endorsing the work.”

 

Pete Wiggins, Gloucestershire County Council

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SOFTWARE SOLUTION #1

Building Measures Assessment To Improve EPC Band

Here is the problem.

 

From 1st April 2023, MEES regulations require all commercially leased property to be able to demonstrate an EPC band of ‘E’ or higher, and a ‘C” by 2027 and ‘B’ band from 2030.

This creates a major headache for landlords who must now spend money on energy efficiency measures to improve their building's EPC rating, but

  • which measures should be installed?

  • how much will they cost?

  • how much energy and carbon will they save

  • what is the payback period?, and 

  • how much will the increase the EPC rating?

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We have the solution and it has been used on over 11,000 UK businesses,

including the UK REIT's for the last 10 years.

We provide a service that uses the existing EPC and its datafile (so no site required) to provide the following outputs.

  • All measures that can be applied to the building

  • Each measure is fully costed, energy and carbon reductions along with financial payback timescale provided

  • Asset Energy Report shows five different strategies of measures and their positive impact on the EPC, namely​

      1. Lowest cost to a Band A or better:

      2. All measures within 7 year payback: This strategy demonstrates the application of all recommendations from            the assessor which are not exempt under MEES

      3. Maximised EPC rating with longer payback period: This strategy seeks the best possible EPC rating                          considering a payback period of 15 years discounted at the building's discount rate

      4. Lowest Cost to Achieve a Band B or better:

      5. Lowest Cost to Achieve a Band C or better:

  • The landlord can also run their own different simulations of measures to see the impact on the EPC

  • Building Zone Information report with the zoned description and usage, heating, lighting, hot water, construction details, glazing, plant efficiency, and EPC expiry date

  • This is the only tool that can calculate the impact of the new MEES regulations for a minimum band B by 2030.

  • EPOS reporting to allow actual energy data for a property to be added to the database and then re-calculating the savings based on these new inputs.

  • Full unlimited training Zoom training available for 12 months

This is the most cost effective solution in that includes 12 months support, training and licensing UK at £230 + vat per building plus one off set up fee.

Information required for each property includes :

  • Current EPC plus its datafile

  • Annual electricity use

  • Annual gas use 

If properties require an EPC or have an EPC but the datafile is missing, we can organise an EPC to be completed with our partner who works regularly with local authorities. 

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SOFTWARE SOLUTION #2

Financial Modelling To Decarbonise Corporate Buildings 

We have developed a process in conjunction with Gloucestershire County Council to model ASHP combined with Solar PV on their corporate buildings to :

  • maximise the carbon reductions achievable (81% on average achieved)

  • achieve acceptable paybacks (6 - 8 years achieved)

  • meet funding requirements (Salix and PSDS achieved)

  • protect the authority from future energy price rises

The first stage is to complete financial modelling for the installation of renewable technologies, namely Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) and Solar PV.

 

Each technology is assessed individually and then combined to understand the benefits of utilising generated electricity to power the heat pump. 

 

Each financial assessment considers both the financial returns and carbon emission reductions that can be achieved.

 

1.   Financial Modelling : Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) as a standalone technology

2.   Financial Modelling : Solar PV as a standalone technology

3.   Financial Modelling : Both technologies combined

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The second stage is to understand how increases in the electricity and gas tariffs, due to the uncertainty in the energy sector will impact on the financial results from the modelling.

 

This is important for the following reasons :

 

1. Future Energy Price Rises

Experts are predicting that energy prices could double from their present levels.

 

2. Installation Timescales 

The installation of these renewable technologies will be in 12-18 months following technical design, council approval, tendering and installation/commissioning.   

We therefore calculate the financial modelling by applying three tariffs (which can be amended to suit each client) as follows :

Local Authorities 

  • Low Tariff        (present) of 20p electricity and 5p gas

  • Medium Tariff  (doubles) of 40p electricity and 10p gas

  • High Tariff       (trebles) of 60p electricity and 15p gas

 

SME Businesses

  • Low Tariff        (capped rate) of 21p electricity and 7.5p gas

  • Medium Tariff  (post April 2023) of 60p electricity and 21p gas

  • High Tariff       (Possible future rate) of £1 electricity and 35p gas

 

This results in 9 reports being produced ie 3 for each technology.

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The final stage produces a final summary report that compares each of the results in a format that permits the authority to gain internal support for the likes of Salix and PSDS funding applications.

 

Being able to verify that the technologies are financially viable will successfully decarbonise each building, allowing the authority to instruct technical surveys and assessments on each building. 

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Our fee to complete this exercise including all 9 reports that provides the financial justification to complete all technical surveys starts from £800 + vat per building.

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SOLUTION #3 : ZERO Carbon Solution For Businesses

How Local Authorities Can Decarbonise The Local Economy

There are 5.8 million smaller businesses in the UK that represent 99.5% of all businesses, who employ 16 million people (61% of all employed), generate 52% of GDP and are responsible for 30% of all UK carbon emissions. So they are essential to the UK economy. 

 

The present carbon reduction strategy of reduce energy, invest in renewable technology and then buy carbon offsets is FLAWED for these companies as they find it too expensive and too difficult to reduce carbon for these four reasons :

 

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Reason #1 : Many buildings have either unsuitable roofs or the buildings is leased and   there is no incentive for the tenant to install solar PV panels. 



​Reason #2 : ASHP are a financially unviable options as they increase the utility costs and there is no way to achieve payback of the capital costs even with a grant.


Reason #3 : Electric vehicles are an option, but they involve having to increase the         financial commitments of the business in a 'cost of living crisis', which for many is a non starter. With electricity costs predicted to rise further, many businesses are also unwilling to switch to an electric vehicle.

 

 

Reason #4 : Many businesses are unwilling to make an investment improving the           building as many property's are leased and no financial benefit is received from long paybacks.

This means that many of these 5.8 million companies will play no part on the UK carbon reduction agenda

and therefore million tonnes of carbon that could be saved, will still be emitted.

 

We set up ZERO Carbon Companies to solve this problem. 

Businesses can either join with a :

 

  • Free membership and receive a considerable amount of free advice, top tips and discounts on innovative products (like technology that reduces gas bills by 15-20% and paybacks in 12 months) to reduce energy bills and carbon

  • Full Paid Membership where carbon credits are used to make them zero carbon and then a full social media promotional package is provided to promote their green credentials to attract more customers and increase their profits.

We feel the priority is having businesses involved in the carbon reduction agenda, which is failing to happen because the present agenda is FLAWED. 

If they can see the financial benefit of being ZERO carbon, they are then incentivised to find more ways to reduce energy use, their energy bills and carbon emissions. 

  • 18% more profit is made by 'green sustainable businesses'                    (The Guardian)

  • 81% of shoppers prefer shopping with green businesses                        (SmartestEnergy)

We conservatively estimate that 27 million tonnes of carbon

can be saved EVERY YEAR with our new strategy.

Fully paid members receives :

  • Carbon audit

  • Carbon credits (to 30 tonnes) 

  • Carbon and energy saving report

  • Carbon certification (PAS 2060)

  • Digital certificate

  • Appointed as a Carbon Champion

  • Physical shop window stickers

  • 6 promotional videos a year to increase customer attraction

  • Inclusion in UK director and google map of ZERO carbon businesses

  • Inclusion in our Food Forest rewilding project

Should the local authority wish promotes this project and encourages local businesses to join ZERO Carbon Companies, it creates the following benefits :

  • all carbon reductions are tracked and recorded

  • the local authority receives recognition for such carbon reductions

  • local businesses have a greater opportunity to increase profits

  • local businesses are more likely to win more tenders

  • all carbon savings help protect the Planet

We also offer the local authority a discount of £75 which in can pass in part or full to its local businesses.

The cost to join ZERO Carbon Companies has been priced to make accessible for every business at £497 plus vat per annum, which can also be split over 2 equal payments.

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