Urban Energy

Combining renewable energy generation with greater efficiency is vital in any serious plan to slow down climate change and meet the energy demands of modern living. New models of energy production and distribution tend to focus on renewables and a peer-to-peer network, rather than a typical, centralised, fossil fuel energy production model. In addition, we need to consider how we can decrease the amount of energy used, by making buildings and systems more efficient. 

We work with cities, universities, governments, electricity companies, housing associations and local energy service companies to up-scale new energy technologies, whilst making them financially sustainable

What do we do?

We work towards a sustainable energy future in various ways:

Sustainability Masterplanning

We help make real estate and city development managers to develop sustainability masterplans by using data modelling tools and our knowledge of European legislation, trends and funding.  

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P2P Energy trading

We have valuable legal expertise and a broad overview of countries that can participate in P2P Energy Trading. Current legislation within Europe constrains initiatives for developing energy trading communities. However, some countries can provide exemptions.

Delivering a sustainable energy future

Climate change is arguably one of the biggest concerns of the 21st century. Thirty percent of global CO2 emissions are due to residential energy consumption, but this can be reduced by making homes more efficient and the means of energy production greener. Thanks to our wide network, we can connect our clients to innovators and academia to help improve the energy consumption in cities and rural areas.

Shall we get started?

If you want to work towards a sustainable future but don’t know where to begin, contact us.  

  • 成人appViale Francia, a 102 dwelling building, located within 2 towers of a 6 tower complex at the outer edge of Treviso, has secured almost €1m from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims to minimize power consumption by optimising the passive systems and minimising the active ones; geothermal optimal solutions to reduce the demand for electricity; electricity production from renewable sources (photo-voltaic). The project also plans for the future management through an Energy Performance Contract, to be implemented by a local ESCO contractor to support the replacement of the thermal boilers with heat pumps and underground heat storage, and installation of roof mounted solar thermal system and storage.

  • With €3M support from the European Investment Bank, Rotterdam will set up a programme that will provide intensive, tailored support for such associations. Where the municipality’s team will develop a general communication programme, an independent centre of expertise will make general information on the benefits of renovation via pop-up stores widely available. Furthermore, a group of external advisors will be recruited to engage with associations of owners to provide tailored advice on technical, financial and legal matters.

  • With a grant of €900,000, the ambitious housing provider of the city of Alingsas, Sweden aims to renovate all its dwellings to near-zero energy standards. As a test case, buildings from the ´million home programme´ period will be renovated. The Council of Europe Development support the programme with technical assistance to develop the most effective renovation options.

  • 成人appWith a €800,000 grant from the Council of Europe Development Banks’s ELENA instrument, the City of Rotterdam will start collaborations to improve energy labels to C or B for almost 200,000 dwellings. Four of the city’s largest social house providers set out to jointly develop the knowledge and expertise to renovate its ageing building stock. This includes for updating knowledge on the potential of specific heating and lighting technologies, the development of standard renovation packages for common building types, and long-term planning of investments. Over the course of the 4-year programme, 900 dwellings will be renovated.

  • UK affordable housing provider, Places for People secured €900,000 in grants from the Europe Commission to demonstrate a state-of-the-art solution to replace old and inefficient, all-electric heated properties, in Padiham. Some ideas to accomplish this are: introduction of common electrical purchasing program for all PFP homes, installation of solar photovoltaic electricity supply, electric only homes, and installation of POD solar thermal and heat storage. By increasing the standard of energy services to their residents through increased comfort and reduced costs, the aim is to reduce resident turnover in this common dwelling type.