Net Zero Carbon Development.

Net Zero Carbon is the dominant thematic for businesses and the built environment. Some say we should be working towards carbon negative and there may be a lot of truth in that-but either way how do you get there?  Many opportunities are still out there-especially around hydrogen as a fuel, waste heat recovery, waste as a resource, as well as new forms of energy generation and storage options.

The UK Industrial Strategy, December 2017, drives Clean Growth and the shift of global investment towards the clean economy is highlighted through the growth of Green Bonds issuance. Although the UK has reduced CO2e emissions by around 38% in 2017 from the 1990 base line, which is very good going. We still need to reduce our annual CO2e  emissions by around 250 Mt to achieve our national target of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Whilst we have achieved a lot-we still have much to do. We also know through direct experience that the carbon savings going forward will be tougher to attain without truly embedding process and systemic step changes using new technologies including thinking such as 

  • Hydrogen as a fuel replacement;
  • Microbial fuel cells -harnessing the power of bacteria;
  • Photovoltaic glass using salts to absorb energy; and
  • Heat recovery from waste gas sources becoming more and more prevalent including using waste heat from cooling technologies. 

 

Energy efficiency is still important within the process sector and the built environment.

Within the UK built environment, drivers such as Energy Performance Certificates, (EPC) and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) compliance for buildings linked to tenancy legal requirements pushes the need for higher energy performance in buildings in general.

New more accurate design elements such as Dynamic Simulation Modelling (DSM) of the building environment therefore becomes more important with the interface with BIM design processes and for the “in-use” phase of the occupied building. If you feel your building is overheated or over cooled, this may be affecting staff outputs. DSM can help.

If any of the above has got you thinking please get in touch-we may be able to help you.