Decarbonising heat is a critical and complex challenge that will need both national and local government to work together effectively.

During the first half of 2022, Regen is exploring what a national – local partnership on delivering heat decarbonisation could look like in England.

Website Setup3– Regen, The decarbonisation of heat paper, 2020

Energy efficiency and low carbon heating are not just about the climate emergency; they have the potential to radically improve the quality of life of the poorest and most vulnerable in society, build healthy resilient communities and create new green jobs.*

However, despite some notable successes at a local and community level, progress across England is slow. The market is still in it’s infancy, public engagement is poor and the supporting policy isn’t there.

The Committee on Climate Change’s independent assessment of the Net Zero Strategy in 2021 also highlighted the need for greater clarity:

The Net Zero Strategy recognises that 30% of the emissions reductions that will be needed depend on actions that involve local authorities. It represents a positive first step in acknowledging the role that local leaders can play in engaging their communities and delivering change that works within their local contexts, and in identifying steps to unlock effective local delivery.

However, greater clarity is needed on the roles of different layers of government to enable a full contribution from local actors, along with adequate resourcing and strengthened capacity and capability.

No single group or method is capable of setting us on the path towards zero carbon heating. While there is consensus that there will be commonalities, each region, community and household must be empowered to do what makes the most sense given their circumstances. Read more on our thoughts on this here.

We also know that a level of strategic planning is required both locally and nationally, supply chains need some initial support and we need to present as a clear, cohesive front to the public.

*BRE estimates excess cold in poor housing costs NHS England around £1 billion a year.
Greenpeace estimates over 100,000 new jobs could be created by 2030 in the UK for fabric measures and changing to low carbon heating.
According to a study by Energy & Climate, gas boilers account for a fifth of NOx emissions in Greater London, a gas which significantly raises risk of chronic mortality.

Our approach to developing the framework

Our aim is to develop the framework for a national and local partnership on decarbonising heat. We want to set out the powers and responsibilities localities need: to carry out heat planning for their area; to ensure the skills and infrastructure are in place; and to lead a conversation with their communities and consumers on the need for a major renovation of our homes and buildings.

We want this work to reflect the work of local authorities and other organisations that have already made important contributions to developing this policy area. Therefore, we are engaging stakeholders to gather ideas and input throughout the process.

We are working across three key themes, where we will be exploring what different roles, powers and resources are needed and at what level in government. The themes are:

Timeline Early May

Our previous work which led to this project

Thought leadership:

Advisory work:

Other communications:

 

This project is funded by the European Climate Foundation.
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People on this project

Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…

Project duration: July 2020 – July 2022

Across Greater Manchester, this project is looking at how the electricity needs of the GM city-region can be met through local innovations to help them achieve their target of becoming a zero-carbon emissions city region by 2038.

The Greater Manchester Local Energy Market is a 2-year project from July 2020 to June 2022 that sees Greater Manchester Combined Authority and 11 partners work together to look at how we adapt our local energy system. This includes how to accommodate shifts in supply and demand from the expected increases in electric vehicles. It’s the first project of its kind to be delivered at scale across a city-region.

The project is funded by InnovateUK (opens in a new window) and the 11 partners are:

  • Bruntwood
  • OvoEnergy
  • Carbon Co-Op
  • Hitachi
  • Daikin
  • Cornwall Insight
  • Graham Oakes Consulting
  • Cadent
  • Regen
  • Electricity North West
  • Northwards Housing

The project will investigate ways to increase the use of smart technologies and local storage of energy to spread the increase in peak loads these changes may bring. It will also factor in the increases in our population and number of homes.

The project vision combines two key themes:

  1. A place-based approach to Local Area Energy Planning (LEAP), bringing together the demands of the energy transition with a traditional local authority-led approach to planning, enabling us all to understand where and what we need to retrofit, where to place future energy assets and to support the network operators to plan based on an informed regional position. New services and tariffs to support and enable the changes and measure identified through the Local Area Energy Planning.
  2.  The design and development of unique tools required to optimise how we use, trade and supply energy across the region in the form a new Local Energy Market (LEM).The GM LEM will support the integration of new smart technologies across heat, power and transport, capable of responding to local energy network distribution and national energy transmission.

The design for the project puts customers at the heart of our approach, incorporating commercial property clients, early adopter owner occupiers, social housing tenants and the public sector. This approach creates an understanding of customer needs and energy usage levels. Recognising the economic, environmental and societal challenges the energy transition presents, the project involves citizens, the public and private sector and seeks to protect the most vulnerable in society from the impact of rising energy bills or poor-quality homes.

The consortia has commissioned the Energy Systems Catapult to deliver the first region-wide Local Area Energy plan, encompassing all 10 districts from street level to Energy network.

KrakenFlex will support the design and integration of the new Local Energy Market.

Regen is leading on the investor relations and business plan work package, developing an investor prospectus that will setout the roadmap of the LEM from now until 2038 and how it can be achieved. We are also supporting other partners on the business models, buildings and user-centric design work packages.

The project page is available here.


People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
Ellie Brundrett
Ellie Brundrett
Project manager
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Geography in 2016,…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Project manager - community and local energy
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2021 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is the events manager at Regen, leading on the development and efficient management…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: September 2020 – March 2021

View the paper here.

‘Rethinking heat’ is a thought provoking discussion paper that challenges policymakers to apply whole system thinking to ensure that increasing the deployment of heat pumps delivers value for consumers and the overall energy system.

The paper explores the existing evidence base and includes new analysis to establish whether there is a greater scope for use of ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) to decarbonise heat than previously assumed, along with assessing benefits that could be derived from a higher level of GSHPs deployed where heat is electrified.

Key findings from the paper
Regen’s analysis suggests that supporting the deployment of more GSHPs in a net zero scenario could:

  1. Unlock new business models that separate the capital cost of ground array from the upfront cost of installing the GSHP.
  2. Enable flats and terraced houses that do not have large gardens (representing 11m homes, 49% of housing) to be suitable for GSHP.
  3. Make GSHP costs comparable with ASHP costs and other low carbon solutions.
  4. Reduce peak electricity demand by 10% in a scenario with 20m heat pumps deployed.
  5. Enable minimised running costs through flexibility in domestic heat demand.
  6. Support UK manufacturing and develop more jobs in the supply chain.

Rethinking heat inforgraphic

Kensa Heat Pumps Logo 370x150

As with previous insight papers, Regen has partnered with leading organisations that are willing to provide sponsorship. This discussion paper has been kindly sponsored by Kensa Group Ltd. All views and opinions expressed in the paper are Regen’s, unless otherwise indicated, and have been taken independently of the paper sponsor.

 

People on this project

Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…

Project duration: March 2020 – March 2022

Regen is a partner in a new £3 million Innovate UK-funded project to deliver a detailed design of a smart local energy system for Rugeley Town in Staffordshire and its local area, including the 2,300 houses being built in the former ENGIE Rugeley coal-fired power station. The post-industrial town, and the large brownfield development, is an opportunity to assess the options for a smart local energy system, using proven technologies at scale. This project will focus on user-centric approaches to engagement, business models and marketplace design, bringing together a number of leading organisations that are delivering solutions in the heat, transport and power sectors.

Rugeley town map

Zero Carbon Rugeley Map

Zero Carbon Rugeley Partners

 

The funding secured is part of the UK Government’s (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) £21m Detailed Design of Smart Local Energy Systems programme, part of a wider Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme called Prospering from the Energy Revolution.  It aims to create a pipeline of highly innovative, ambitious and investable local UK energy systems that will be ready to roll out across the country over the next decade.

Regen is leading on the policy and regulation work package, reporting and collating the latest changes and the impact on the Zero Carbon Rugeley project. We are also supporting other partners on the business models, buildings and user-centric design work packages.

The project page is available here.


If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk.

 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
Ellie Brundrett
Ellie Brundrett
Project manager
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Geography in 2016,…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Project manager - community and local energy
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2021 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is the events manager at Regen, leading on the development and efficient management…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: July 2017 to September 2019

Regen’s whole-system thinking is seeking to understand how both the electricity and gas networks will evolve, in a decentralised and decarbonised UK energy system. Building on the growth scenarios work Regen has undertaken for WPD and other DNOs, Wales and West Utilities (WWU) commissioned Regen to develop a methodology to create regional growth scenarios to support long term demand and investment planning for the gas network.

 

The development of this methodology used common assumptions and approaches that Regen developed for electricity network scenarios, but also developed an approach that was bespoke for sources of demand and supply connected to gas distribution networks. The scenarios focus on the evolution of heat demand, delivery technologies and fuels, the growth of gas fired power generation and the changing gas supply mix, including the introduction of hydrogen and injection of biomethane.

WWU used the outputs of this assessment of their network, to inform their business plan submission to Ofgem in 2019.

WWU Business Plan DFES

Figure 1: Progression of WWU’s Net Zero Vision, based on Regen’s DFES analysis. (Credit & Source WWU RIIO-GD2 business plan, December 2019, WWU website)

The outputs of the project are available to download below:

Phase 1: Inception and scope report (Final)

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Phase 2: South West regional results report

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Phase 3: Wales regional results report

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Technical companion document

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Wales And West (cropped)

 

 

 


To find out more about this project, or our scenarios work more generally, contact Ray Arrell at rarrell@regen.co.uk.


 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's technical capabilities…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Energy analyst
Bruce is a new intern at Regen. He will be assisting the data analytics…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
Ellie Brundrett
Ellie Brundrett
Project manager
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Geography in 2016,…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Project manager - community and local energy
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Jonathan Lamont
Jonathan Lamont
Energy analyst
Jonathan is an energy analyst at Regen. Jonathan achieved a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics,…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2021 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: July 2019- July 2020

Regen is supporting the Bristol City Council Energy Service on its heat network delivery, by providing project management support, funded by the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU).

Heat networks (also known as district heat) are networks of underground pipes that carry hot water and supply heat from a central source to consumers. The central heat source is known as an energy centre and many solutions can be used to generate heat. Across Bristol, networks are being designed to be low carbon.

Since July 2019, Regen has been embedded in the energy infrastructure team, providing sector knowledge and project management expertise. We are responsible for managing and critiquing feasibility studies, engaging with internal and external stakeholders and ensuring the successful delivery of projects with a view to increasing the build-out of low carbon heat networks across Bristol, in line with the Council’s declaration of  Net Zero by 2030.

 

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To find out more about our work on Heat networks, contact  Kerry Hayes at khayes@regen.co.uk.


 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
Ellie Brundrett
Ellie Brundrett
Project manager
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Geography in 2016,…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Project manager - community and local energy
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2021 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: May 2018 – June 2020

Zero Energy Buildings Catalyst (ZEBCat) is a three year, European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) programme that aims to help enterprises interested in whole house retrofit to engage with this growing market.

The programme ran until June 2020 and:

  • Undertook the whole-house retrofit of homes in Devon, using the innovative Energiesprong approach
  • Delivered significant energy savings on a difficult to treat public building in Exeter
  • Supported at least 80 enterprises in Devon to engage with new models of delivering whole house retrofit at scale

The project partners are Devon County Council (Lead), Regen, Energiesprong UK, Exeter City Council, North Devon Homes and Sanctuary Housing. Each of the social landlord partners provided homes in Devon to be retrofitted as part of the programme, during 2018 and 2019.

Zebcat

Reinventing Retrofit

The ZEBCat programme commissioned The Green Alliance to produce a report outlining how the Energiesprong approach could be used to help radically transform UK home energy efficiency.

Titled, ‘Reinventing Retrofit’,  the Green Alliance make the case that 11 million homes in the UK could benefit from an Energiesprong retrofit, helping cut energy bills and prevent excess winter deaths, currently at their highest level for forty years.

View the report here and below:

Business Support

Enterprises in Devon could apply for 12 hours of free support. To be eligible, enterprises had to be an SME (or community energy group with some economic activity), registered in Devon and looking to engage more with the whole-house retrofit market.

The support on offer was flexible, and included:

  • Technical training courses on energy efficiency, whole-house retrofit and new business models
  • UK based study tours to see other demonstrator projects deliver whole house retrofit
  • Toolbox talks and seminars in Devon, focusing on the ZEBCat demonstrators
  • Support from the ZEBCat supply chain network that will build over time, offering networking and peer-to-peer sharing

View the Innovation in Whole house Retrofit ZEBCat guide here and below:

 

Combined Logo May 2018


If you are interested in finding out more about the ZEBCat programme, contact Tim Crook tcrook@Regensw.co.uk.


 

People on this project

Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…

Regen worked with the Energy Saving Trust and other key regional partners to deliver the £6.3 million European funded programme, Ready for Retrofit.

Regen took the lead in providing intensive business support to over 600 south west businesses in the construction, energy efficiency and micro-renewable sectors.

September 2011 – September 2015

The vision was to create a sustainable domestic energy efficiency and microgeneration sector in the south west, capable of delivering a massive refurbishment of south west housing stock. This sector would take full advantage from national finance mechanisms up to 2020, such as the Feed in Tariff, Renewable Heat Incentive, Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation.

The programme resulted in:

  • the creation of more than 203 new jobs, as well as safeguarding a further 77 jobs
  • an increase in local business turnover of £19.8m

The project provided an opportunity to understand and analyse the varied supply chain in the south west. The publications below provide further detail.

Ready For Retrofit Investment Opportunity EST

Ready For Retrofit South West Retrofit Market Study

Ready For Retrofit Supply Chain Study Summary

 

Lead by: Olly Frankland

Contact: ofrankland@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Senior project manager - electric vehicles and innovation
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
Jonty is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…

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