In 2012 residential properties produced almost 75 million tonnes of CO₂ and were responsible for 13% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Many UK cities are undergoing a rapid programme of urban regeneration, with local authorities and their private sector partners under increasing pressure to make our cities more sustainable. Finding the right solution for residents has far reaching implications in areas as diverse as gaining planning permission, capital investment savings and reducing your carbon footprint.
A significant challenge facing residential projects is how to provide affordable energy. With an estimated 7 million people in the UK living in fuel poverty, driving down energy bills is one of the tangible ways to improve residents’ standard of living.
To meet these challenges, housing associations and local authorities are seeking out viable and sustainable solutions, often setting up new partnerships with companies experienced in efficient energy.
Vital Energi is already working with a number of local authorities, housing associations and regeneration companies to deliver these new low carbon communities. We are also helping to ensure their long-term sustainability by implementing technologies such as community heating schemes incorporating CHP, where energy is supplied from renewable or low carbon energy sources.
With CHP technologies financial savings and reduced CO₂ emissions go hand in hand, making them cost effective, sustainable and reliable solutions for residential projects. One example of this is the Wyndford Estate project where the CHP Energy Centre provides affordable energy for 1,900 residences while saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Vital Energi people are experts at helping clients access funding for their projects and have worked on multiple Community Energy Savings Performance (CESP) funded developments and, more recently, projects funded by the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
In many instances, organisations experience a funding gap which can be a seemingly insurmountable hurdle to getting their project off the ground. Vital Energi have a strong track record of helping organisations to bridge this funding gap by accessing grants, funding schemes, acting as an ESCo and maximising a client’s position through government revenue incentives and feed in tariffs. This has seen us work on multiple projects which resulted in no capital expenditure by the client.