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Incentives update
– Contracts for Difference and reforms to the RHI

Thursday 16 March 2017, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The last three months has seen significant developments regarding incentives for the provision of heat and power from renewable sources.

First came the announcement of the second allocation round for Contracts for Difference (CfDs) in November 2016 and the Government response to the consultation on reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in December. In addition, proposed changes to the Feed-in-Tariffs scheme and closure of the Renewables Obligation to new generating capacity at the end of March mean big changes in the form of support for renewable heat and power producers.

In this webinar, we will review recent and future planned changes to the various incentives schemes to allow you to understand the drivers for these changes and the opportunities and challenges presented.

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Transparency under the Paris Agreement: Helping deliver your NDC targets

Wednesday 5th April 2017 12:00PM - 12:45PM BST

The Paris Agreement requires each Party to the UNFCCC to regularly provide “Information necessary to track progress made in implementing and achieving its nationally determined contribution (NDC)” (Article 13(7)). This is known under the Paris Agreement as “Transparency” (also known as measurement, reporting and verification, or MRV).  Transparency (or MRV) is about more than just providing information on progress towards your NDC - it can help countries actively steer towards those targets in the most effective and efficient manner possible and maximise national benefits. 

Transparency doesn't need to be complex and costly, and can often be achieved with existing data. This webinar will give you a clear understanding of how you can use transparency/MRV in a simple manner to inform policy decision-making, helping to ensure that mitigation and adaptation actions bring all the desired benefits and that your NDC targets can be reached. You will also gain concrete ideas on how to track progress in implementing and achieving your NDCs.

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Preventing and successfully resolving disputes in the waste industry

Tuesday 11 April 2017 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM BST

Problems and disagreements during waste facility construction and commissioning occur frequently and can lead to disputes between parties, sometimes multiple parties, that can be time consuming, costly to resolve and sometimes damaging to the public image and reputation of those involved.

This webinar will look at ways of reducing the risk of disputes occurring and how to improve the likelihood of a successful outcome in the event a disagreement goes to dispute resolution.

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Landfill Tax evasion by landfill operators
and the new offences of facilitation

Monday 24 April 2017 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Last year was the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Landfill tax in the UK. Over this time, evasion of this tax has been an increasing concern and in 2014, the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET) report ‘Waste Crime: Tackling Britain’s Dirty Secret’ estimated the annual cost of landfill tax evasion at around £157M.

Over the last 2 years, HMRC and the Environment Agency have received additional funding to tackle this crime and a Loss of Ignition (LOI) threshold has been introduced to clarify what material is eligible for the lower rate of tax.  And in October 2016, the Government introduced a new corporate criminal offence in the Criminal Finances Bill of failing to prevent or facilitating tax evasion. This will have a major impact on landfill operators and result in significant additional administrative burden in order to reduce the risk of prosecution.

In this webinar, we will review recent changes to the landfill tax system and the new facilitation offence and set out the actions that your business should take to ensure compliance and reduce the risk of action by HMRC and the Environment Agency.

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If you missed our previous webinars you can access them here:

      Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

  • Waste contract management – making your contracts work for you View online
    Your waste contracts will only work for you if you know three things: 1) Do you know exactly what you want from your contract? 2) Do you know if you’re getting what you asked for? 3) Do you know how to go about getting what you were expecting? Watch this webinar to learn more about getting the most from your contracts, so that you get back from them what you put in.

  • 2017 Changes to the EIA Regulations – what you need to know View online
    Amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations that were agreed by the European Parliament in 2014 are required to be transposed into UK legislation (even after the Brexit referendum) by 16th May 2017. In the beginning of December, the Scottish and Welsh Governments published draft revised EIA Regulations but the English revisions are still awaited. The consultation on implementation of these regulations in England were issued on 14 December. The implementation of the proposed regulations will have a significant influence on EIA practices in England. This webinar investigates the changes proposed for the Regulations in England and the implications for EIA applicants and decision makers.

  • Austerity revisited – to cut, to change or to charge? View online
    Two years on from the launch of the CIWM austerity report, we take another look at what adaptations and efficiencies local authorities have implemented to realise further cost reductions, whilst maintaining a quality service. This webinar video looks at the three Cs for responding to austerity: Cuts, Changes and Charges..

  • Time to cure (recycling) contamination View online - open access
    Recycling contamination has been hitting the headlines regularly throughout the summer; but how big an issue is it? And, more importantly, how can it be effectively managed? ‘Time to Cure Contamination’ is the next in our webinar series on covering recycling contamination and communications. If you have a problem with recycling contamination you cannot afford to miss this video.
    It covers operational and communication initiatives, in particular looking at: the financial cost of recycling contamination; how to minimise contamination and maximise recycling rates when changing your service; targeted eradication as part of routine collections; and effective ideas for reducing contamination in flats.

  • Waste prosecutions and how to avoid them View online
    The message from the Courts is loud and clear: non-compliance with waste regulations can result in seven figure fines, compensation orders and confiscation orders, not to mention costly proceedings and negative publicity. At this webinar, Burges Salmon’s environmental law specialist and Ricardo Energy & Environment’s waste sector due diligence and expert witness services lead explore the trends in sentencing and provide you with practical advice on how your organisation can stay out of Court.

  • Reducing contamination and improving recycling from flats View online
    - Watch this webinar to find out how to:make the business case to secure the required budget; align operations and communications for internal buy-in; use research to better understand your audience and their barriers; involve stakeholders for maximum reach; and deliver communications and engagement activities with the greatest impact.

  • Hot topics impacting waste management conference call series - biomass projects and incentives View online - open access
    - Experts from Ricardo Energy & Environment and Simmons & Simmons talk about the main issues relating to biomass heat delivery projects and their analysis of the subsidy regimes. The presentation looks at the subject from the perspective of the customer and the party delivering; explore the key commercial aspects of the deals, key risks and mitigation strategies; and include case studies.

  • Making recycling communications cost effective View online
    - Learn how to use communications and engagement to build better waste strategies, identify and understand your audiences and how to deploy the most appropriate and cost effective communications to address different service issues.

  • Achieving TEEP waste legislation compliance and maximising service efficiency
    - Find out how to use a TEEP assessment to identify cost efficiencies and service improvements, and implications when proposing service changes.  View online 

  • Easily quantify the carbon impacts of local authority waste management 
    - See how a carbon assessment can quickly help you identify service improvements, and how to build carbon analysis into your ongoing service monitoring and KPIs to optimise improvement. How does your authority rank on the Local Authority Waste Management Carbon League Table? View online

  • Waste on the frontline – challenges and innovations 
    - See how other local authorities have responded to the economic climate and how they might be able to redesign their services.  View online

  • Austerity: challenges and opportunities 
    In this session we discuss the challenges of austerity and the opportunities that can arise. View online

  • Waste crime and landfill tax 
    - This session covers waste crime in the context of regulation, the various ways in which criminals exploit the waste market and Landfill Tax evasion and the consequences of this. View online

  • Implementation of national, local and neighbourhood planning policy - legal issues and the impact on waste projects 
    - Find out the legal issues relevant to plan making and implementation processes for waste projects, and how waste projects can contribute to the delivery of local planning policy for the benefit of all stakeholders.  View online


      Energy & Carbon Management

  • Preparing for Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) Directive View online
    The Government has recently published its response to the consultation that was held earlier this year on the implementation of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive in the UK. The introduction of this Directive is the latest step in the inevitable trend towards more transparent ESG reporting, as Investors and other stakeholders are increasingly wanting clarity on more than just the financial results that a company is reporting on. Watch our webinar recording to understand what the likely requirements will be, how they will interlink with existing initiatives, and some practical steps that your company can take to prepare itself to report effectively. 

  • The 2050 Decarbonisation Roadmap Action Plans (x 2 webinars) View online
    The Industrial Decarbonisation & Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050 were published by the Government in early 2015. Since then, your industry sector associations have been working with Government to define the specific actions, roles and responsibilities to deliver significant decarbonisation in the short, medium and long term. These action plans will be published in early 2017.

  • Energy taxation is changing. How will your organisation respond?  View online
    The CRC is ending in 2019, and energy taxation will be collected via the CCL instead. At the same time, changes to the CCL means that the energy tax burden is going to be different for all companies. Irrespective of whether you are in a CCA or not, the CCL creates new opportunities for cost saving. But to exploit these you will need to look again at your overall future energy strategy. This webinar explains the changes that we expect to see, how they are interlinked, and what the impact of them will be. We also discuss our recommendations on what you can do to minimise impacts and maximise cost savings.  

  • Better energy management - lessons learnt from ESOS  View online
    - At this webinar we share our experience of ESOS, identify where we think that energy management can be improved in even the best organisations and considered the case for ISO 50001 as a route to cost-saving and future ESOS compliance. 

  •  Getting familiar with the new Scope 2 reporting guidance View online - open access
    - The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocol has recently issued new guidance on the reporting of Scope 2 emissions. This has been offered as an amendment to the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, and should now be considered when developing any GHG report. But how simple is it to adopt and integrate with your existing GHG reporting regime? Find out what you can do now, to prepare your organisation for the potential changes to your reporting regime.

  •  Preparing for the 2016 energy efficiency tax reform View online - open access
    - Find out how you can prepare your organisation for the potential changes to the following schemes: CCL and CCAs, ESOS, CRC, Mandatory greenhouse Gas reporting and ECAs.

  • Growing your Solar PV business through collaboration View online - open access
    - There are now major opportunities for UK businesses to benefit from emerging market opportunities for solar PV in India. Watch the webinar to get an overview of Solar PV market gaps in India, the key barriers faced in the off-grid market, the specific technology, services and partnerships that Indian companies are interested in.

  • The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOSView online
    - Are you planning to just comply, or to maximise the opportunities to reduce energy costs that ESOS presents? How will you decide which Lead Assessor will best suit your needs and where will you get one from? Through this series of videos we share our knowledge and experience of ESOS and combine this with our unrivalled understanding of how the scheme works.


  •  Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement View online
    - This complimentary webinar we will be sharing our insights on turning INDC ambition into action and broader implementation of the Paris Agreement.