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By Accounting for Energy – (3 min read)
If you are a landowner it’s important to make sure you are getting an accurate return for your investment, and with this year set to be one of many unknowns as we try and make sense of life outside of the EU, it could be the perfect time to work with specialist auditors to ensure you are still getting the best deal on your land.
The government’s draft environment bill published last month, which promises to create a body which will legally hold ministers to account for their actions regarding the environment, is an attempt to reduce the risks of Brexit, but there is still no way of truly knowing how any of this will impact renewable energy and land rent payments.
We are able to make a robust assessment of your past payments and amend any inconsistencies that may have been missed by the most experienced property, legal or internal accounts team. This is because we have expert knowledge of lease agreements, renewable energy, power stations, market prices, current legislation and performance trends.
When you work with us we can:
- Perform periodic land rent reviews to make sure you are receiving the correct returns.
- Provide a detailed analysis of the site’s past performance and its contribution to the local environment.
- Assist your site operator to correct any underpayments and ensure all payments are brought up-to-date.
- Provide an in-depth report to explain our findings and give you a greater appreciation of how well the site is performing.
Our audit will give you peace of mind, and you could receive a back-payment, and have an improved rental agreement going forward.
If you want to get your new year off to a great start, then why not get in touch with us and see how we can help you. You have nothing to lose.
By Accounting for Energy – (3 min read)
As the year draws to a close, we take a look back on some of the blogs we have brought you this year…
We started the year by showcasing some work we have done with a client who saw a 56 per cent increase in wind farm income following our audit. We also highlighted how as one of the biggest landowners in the country, this client is seeking to ‘green’ their organisation. We have had another great year of helping organisations to get the best deals on their land rent payments and we have more stories like this to share with you in 2019.
Conwy Borough Council lead the way
This forward-thinking Welsh council is the embodiment of excellent waste management, as they have bucked the trend with a scheme that increased recycling rates, made big saving and cut residual waste. Conwy’s recycling efforts are definitely a leading example for local authorities.
Plastics, plastics, plastics
Plastics has been a buzzword this year with zero waste initiatives growing rapidly on both a micro and macro level. We sought to keep you up to date with all that was happening though articles like our Carrots and Sticks piece where we looked at worldwide incentives to help behavioural change around waste such as the Plastics Pact, as well as legislative efforts such as the ambitious targets set by the Scottish government. With this week’s announcement on the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, and hopefully more clarity on Brexit, we will continue to keep you informed with developments within the Energy from Waste sector.
Coverage in Materials Recycling World
We were interviewed for this popular trade magazine back in the summer. It is the first piece of coverage we have had, and as the UK’s leading independent provider on land rent payments, we plan to build on this in 2019.
Green Brexit Pledge
In the early Autumn, it looked like we were making firm progress with our departure from the EU, and this ‘Green Brexit’ pledge felt like a stepping stone towards certainty. In this article guest writer Paul Spackman outlined how the Agriculture Bill, and the Environment Bill which was announced this week as a draft, will help shape the UK’s agriculture and energy sectors after leaving the European Union and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on 29 March 2019. However while we now have detail of what the government proposes, such as a new green watchdog with statutory powers after Brexit, we have no more clarity than we did when this article was published on the details of Brexit.
By Travis Benn – (3 min read)
If you think the British public is sick of the sight of wind turbines, think again. A recent YouGov poll has challenged the accepted wisdom to show that two-thirds of the population would support a change in policy to allow the building of more onshore wind farms.
Since the government introduced new rules governing subsidies for the construction of onshore turbines, the number of new sites applying for planning permission has crashed. Applications have dropped by 94% and, although the rules have recently been amended to allow some applications to compete for subsidies, the only onshore projects currently sanctioned are those based on remote Scottish islands
For a population coming to terms with the effects of climate change, and one trying to balance concerns over energy security and the cost of power with a commitment to greater levels renewable energy, the stifling of the cheapest form of renewable energy generation is a blow. However, it ties in clearly with wider attitudes towards environmental behaviour.
When it comes to energy, cost is a great concern. Government data, collected through the BEIS Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker in 2018, shows that almost a third of people worry about paying energy bills. This is coupled with a clear majority – 72% – expressing concern that the UK is becoming too dependent on energy from other countries, and 71% agreeing that we are not investing quickly enough in alternative sources of energy.
It is clear that we have moved on significantly from the days when recycling was a novelty. Twenty years ago, packaging targets had just been introduced, and local authorities were developing systems to allow householders to recycle from home. Awareness was a big problem, while the possibility of separate food waste collections, or the achievement of targets in the region of even 30% seemed like an unattainable fancy.
Recycling is still important, but to those seeking to push the agenda and drive meaningful change, it remains a distraction from the core elements of the waste hierarchy – reduce and reuse. The arrival of the Circular Economy, with its focus on design for reuse and recycling, has shifted the debate further still.
Where recycling and renewable energy diverge, perhaps, is in the willingness of the public to engage with the technology itself. Waste facilities still often struggle to gain the support of residents close to the site whereas, according to the BEIS report, 66% would be happy to see a large scale renewable development in their area. If we are to provide cheap energy produced in the UK, perhaps it is time to test this support further.
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