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Fresh insight from Verco’s team of industry experts available as downloadable resources, covering policy and in-sector research, best practice guidance on energy and resource management initiatives and thought leadership.

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CRREM Update: Verco report on changes and implications for real estate

In this report, we provide the key headlines of the CRREM update as well as a summary of what CRREM is, the purpose and background of the tool and the 'what and why' behind the changes.

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SBTi FLAG and draft GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals guidance- implications for corporates

A very handy FAQ summary of the SBTi FLAG target setting guidance and associated draft GHG Protocol accounting guidance.

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Webinar: An introduction to TCFD and how to approach it for business benefit.

Reporting on the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) is already mandatory for UK Premium listed companies and is likely to become mandatory for all large companies and LLPs in the next few years, so it's a good idea to stay informed and get your business ready.

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The 2021 Glasgow Climate Pact: steps on the transition pathway towards a low carbon world

This peer-reviewed paper co-authored by our Technical Director Robert Cohen and published last month, provides a succinct summary of the commitments made by many nations at CoP26.

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Navigating the complexities of ESG reporting frameworks

It is becoming a business necessity for companies and financial institutions across the globe to report on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy and performance in disclosures made both to investors and publicly. There are now, more than ever before, market expectations for comprehensive finance-grade, auditable and comparable ESG reporting.

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Contract Energy Manager Service for Manufacturers

Our experienced engineers work as part of your team to focus on energy improvements at your site. You can choose one of three tiers of involvement to suit your needs, time constraints, and objectives.

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Energy for Offices Ratings. NABERS UK breakfast event

The technical detail and extensive industry engagement underpinning the NABERS UK rating were presented at the NABERS UK launch event by Robert Cohen, Verco Technical Director. The presentation is available here.

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Webinar: Why is it so hard to decarbonise heat?

Thanos Patsos, Head of Deliver for zero draws on our wealth of experience from working with clients and industry groups on this topic. He provides best-practice examples of the approaches we take with our industry-leading clients.

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Podcast: The challenges of heat decarbonisation in manufacturing

In this podcast, Thanos Patsos, Head of Deliver for Zero, talks about the common challenges that manufacturers face when trying to tackle this important area and how they can be overcome.

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ebook: enact

Accelerate your journey to net zero with fast operational savings.

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Webinar: enact

Manufacturers are facing increasing pressure to reduce their cost base and deliver their carbon reduction targets. The enact service allows you to confidently and effectively use your data to identify opportunities and generate tangible benefits within weeks of implementation.

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15 minute expert webinar: GRESB guidance for 2022

This 15 minute expert webinar reflects on the changes to the guidance and highlights areas that you need to be aware of in order to maximise your GRESB potential in 2022.

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SFDR Service document

For details about how we can help streamline and simplify your reporting requirements, download the SFDR service document here.

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Podcast: The challenges of SFDR and how to overcome them

We discuss the challenges of SFDR and what real estate investors can do now, to put themselves in a strong position when the disclosure requirements come into effect.

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Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

This on-demand webinar will give you an introduction to what is needed for the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) scheme and provide advice for how you can ensure compliance in a way that is most time efficient and benefits your business.

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Webinar: Pathways to net zero in real estate: Insights from the Verco research team

IPF has published research, undertaken by Verco, into the transition of global real estate to net zero carbon emissions. Members of the Verco research team share some of the details behind the report.

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Webinar: Net zero target setting- what's a realistic timescale to achieve zero?

Clients often say that they want to set a net zero target but don't know how soon they can realistically achieve net zero. This webinar is designed to help answer the question.

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Verco explains: SBTi net zero standard

Following on from the popularity of our recent Verco Explains webinar: SBTi basics, we have created a webinar which looks in more detail at the SBTi net zero standard.

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Verco explains: Challenges and lessons learned from Scope 3 reporting

Andrew Todd, Director and scope 3 expert explains Scope 3 emissions- a quick reminder of the 15 categories and an example of where they feature in a manufacturing value chain, approaches to calculations, identifying data requirements using an example from a brewing company and 6 lessons learned from our extensive work with the manufacturing industry.

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Webinar: Pathways to net zero buildings

The drive towards ‘Net Zero’ is now an urgent call to action for governments and businesses. The promises made at COP26 now need to be swiftly transformed into action.

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Carbon Desktop walkthrough video

Watch a walkthrough video of this market-leading energy management and reporting platform.

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Reduct walkthrough video

See a demo of Reduct in action, the dashboards and reporting outputs. Get a feel for what Reduct can do for you!

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Verco explains: Measurement and Verification (M&V)

Diarmaid Sheehan, Services Manager, Ireland and certified M&V professional explains: What Measurement and Verification is, how M&V is useful and who uses it, the IPMVP standard, how M&V is conducted and tips and tricks for M&V.

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Verco explains: CHPQA

In this short webinar, Tom Purkhardt, Consultant, Deliver for Zero explains:

Details of the CHPQA scheme and why you might want to consider it, differences between simple and complex schemes and the forms they require, an overview of the stages of your CHPQA journey and the certification process, key information you need and our advice on the drivers for scoring.

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Verco explains: Renewable energy claims

In this webinar, Andrew Todd, Director (Corporates) explains: How companies are able to make claims about purchased renewable energy, what energy attribute certificates are, a brief overview of the different schemes, what care should be taken when incorporating EAC's into a carbon reduction strategy.

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Verco explains: Internal carbon pricing

In this webinar, Andrew Todd, Director (Corporates) explains: What an internal carbon price is and who is using one, what options there are and how they differ, why companies are using an internal carbon price, what price should be considered.

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Verco explains: Carbon offsets

Tim Crozier-Cole, Head of Aim for Zero (Corporates) explains: What a carbon offset is, how carbon offsets are created, how much they cost and considerations for an offset strategy.

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Verco explains webinar: Science Based Targets

In this webinar, Hannah Jones, Senior Consultant, Aim for Zero (Corporates) explains:

Who the Science Based Targets Initiative is.What a Science Based Target is and how they have been developed.What setting a Science Based Target means for a company and what they need to do.How Science Based Targets are likely to evolve.

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Verco explains webinar: The GHG protocol scopes

In this fifteen minute webinar, Principal Consultant, Aim for Zero (corporates), Zahir Lazcano explains:

The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.How emissions are classified into 3 scopes.The scope 3 categories and sources.The inventory process and how to make it more manageable

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Verco explains webinar: What is net zero?

In the first of this series of short 10-15 minute 'Verco Explains' webinars, Head of Aim for Zero (Corporates), Tim Crozier-Cole explains net zero.

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Webinar: Carbon offsetting and insetting- how can they be used in net zero pathways?

This webinar is a primer for anyone interested in understanding how carbon offsetting and insetting can be used within net zero carbon pathways.

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Webinar: Independent Design Reviews: why, what and how.

Design Review panellist member, Greg Waring will talk you through the process of an Independent Design Review (IDR), illustrated with typical examples from Verco’s experience.

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Webinar: Operation of a net zero building

The drive towards ‘Net Zero’ is an urgent call to action for governments and businesses. Energy use in buildings accounts for approximately a third of the UK’s carbon emissions. In addition to this, Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) is an ever increasing business priority.

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Webinar: Characteristics of a net zero building

This webinar provides a summary of common technical solutions you are likely to be presented with for optimisation, energy efficiency, deep retrofit, heat decarbonisation and onsite renewable energy generation.

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Webinar: How to approach net zero for food and drink.

We have extensive experience of working with international food and drink companies on their carbon strategies, with a focus on net zero. In this Grocer hosted webinar, Andrew Todd, Director- Corporates, will use a range of case studies and industry insight to discuss:

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Estates Gazette podcast: Why the route to net zero is not a straight line

We have created a podcast with Estates Gazette. In this podcast we discuss some of the scenarios that could see a shift in these goalposts, we talk about what real estate needs to do to be able to react quickly and how the sector can learn from and work with other industries to navigate the ever-changing environment of sustainability.

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Heat mapper: What's the right fit for decarbonising heat in your building?

A dizzying variety of options are available to decarbonise non-domestic buildings at scale. Our newly developed Heat Mapper breaks the task down and provides signposts for the right route to follow.

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IDR service explainer

A handy reference for anyone who is considering an Independent Design Review (IDR). The IDR service explainer document outlines our service, what it involves, the outputs you will receive and some options to consider.

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Net zero for food and drink: The challenges and opportunities

A must read for all food and drink manufacturers. In this comprehensive e-document we look at all aspects of the net zero carbon journey, from setting the targets and creating milestones, to selecting, implementing and reporting on the projects that propel our clients to their net zero target.

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Choose the right options for decarbonising heat in your factory

Achieving net zero requires bold steps and tangible results right away. Setting a strategy for low carbon heat is integral to any net zero road map, particularly for energy intensive manufacturers. Ruling out options is the first stage in the process, removing distractions so that you can focus on the right approach with confidence.

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Webinar: The challenges of decarbonising heat: Insight from industry leaders.

One of the most pressing and difficult areas for many companies is decarbonisation of industrial heat. This is an area where not all of the questions have been answered. We believe it will take the collaboration and initiative of industry leaders to fully overcome this challenge.

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IET Government funding phase 1: Spring 2021 now available

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) competition Phase 1 second window (Spring 2021) is now open (8th March 2021) and closes on 14th July 2021. This briefing document will give you a full understanding of what the competition is, eligibility for the project and when to act.

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Prove the business case for M&T in your factory at zero cost

Manufacturers are facing growing pressure to reduce their cost base. Utility management is the key to this and its success depends on effective use of data. However, engineering managers struggle to prove the business case for a monitoring and targeting system (they need the kit to prove the need for the kit). We have a zero cost, zero commitment solution.

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Thrive in a zero carbon future and transform the carbon impact of your assets

Organisations that have strategies to adapt to the net zero economy will lead this transformation and stand the best chance of enhancing the long-term value of their investments.

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Technology briefings webinar series: Power to Heat

Our Technology briefings series helps you weigh up the right options for decarbonising heat in your factory. This 10 minute webinar gives an overview of Power to Heat.

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Technology briefings webinar series: Power to Gas

As part of our technology briefings series, we give an overview of the common technology options for decarbonising heat in factories. This bite-sized webinar reviews Power to Gas.

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Technology briefings webinar series: Solar Thermal

This bite-sized webinar gives an overview of Solar Thermal- the common technologies, considerations for its application and our view on some trends in this space.

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Technology briefings webinar series: Biofuels

As part of our technology briefing series to help you find the right fit for your decarbonising pathway, this 10 minute webinar will talk you through the key considerations for Biofuels.

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Net Zero for real estate ebook

An essential read if you are responsible for net zero target setting and delivery. This ebook is focussed on real estate, providing sector specific information and expert tips.

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Net Zero for industry ebook

A comprehensive document, packed with industry specific information and actionable tips. This is a useful read for anyone responsible for net zero target setting and delivery.

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Phase 1 of the IETF is now open

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) competition launched on 20th of July 2020.

The programme will initially provide up to £30 million matched funding (Phase 1) and over £300m in total for feasibility studies, engineering studies and demonstration projects in England, Wales and NI.

This document explains details about the funding including eligibility, timescales and what you could be doing now.

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15 minute expert webinar: How to report your net zero progress

Delivering a net zero strategy needs simple and clear metrics that show people across a business where their focus should be. This brief webinar will provide you with an overview of industry definitions of net zero. You will get a feel for the types of metrics you should consider for internal operations and See how dashboards can be used to communicate them.

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Podcast: Operational ratings discussed

The UK Government is intending to consult on operational ratings this year, but what are they? How do they work? And why do they matter?

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Industrial net zero pathway publication

This publication looks at the net zero pathway from an industrial perspective, exploring the longer term sector specific challenges and how they can be tackled.

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ESTA Energy Services Contracting group directory

Energy Service Contracting has a big role to play in the energy transition, but is often seen as a complicated area. We've recently contributed to this handy beginners guide focused on Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) published as part of an ESTA member's directory that is freely available for download.

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What does zero carbon mean?

The dictionary definition of zero carbon is “causing or resulting in no release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere”. While this definition is easy to grasp, determining what is zero carbon in practice can be complex and rests on how carbon emissions are measured and quantified. The term ‘carbon neutral’ is also widely used to describe a process where there are actual carbon emissions from a process, but these are only returning to the atmosphere carbon that was only recently removed (e.g. biomass combustion). Similarly, ‘net zero’ is an often used term to describe a process which might be carbon positive at some periods of the year and negative at others, and over the whole year, the positive equals or outweighs the negative.

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Building Optimisation service brochure

Our Building Optimisation service achieves sustained building performance improvements through expertise, technology, capacity building and behaviour change.

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BEIS Consults on £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund

Find out more about the £315m fund to support businesses with high energy use and understand what you can do to maximise your chances of securing IEFT support.

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Verco's research into carbon offsetting and reduction for international aviation

From 2016 to 2018, Verco were commissioned under the FCO’s Global Britain Fund with the British Embassy in Russia to provide policy advice and evaluation for the Russian Federation. Over three years, we delivered research and advice for the Ministry for Economic Development and Ministry for Natural Resources on international best practice examples of carbon regulation, carbon pricing and energy efficiency policy including the UK.

In September 2018, Senior Consultant Adam Smith presented the findings of a research project looking at the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA, an emission reduction approach for the global airline industry, developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Adam spoke at the second Climate Forum of Russia Cities, held in Moscow, alongside an international panel of guest speakers from across Europe and Asia.

This report summarises the findings of the research.

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Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) briefing

The Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme is to provide matched funding for feasibility studies and the capital cost of implementing industrial heat recovery projects in England and Wales. The programme is due to run from late 2018 to March 2021. This note provides a summary of the programme.

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Science-based target setting – Part 1 of 3

Over 300 companies from across the world are now committed to setting evidence-based corporate carbon targets. The Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi) – a collaborative project between the CDP, UN, WRI and WWF - has recruited dozens of global giants from many economic sectors to the ‘Call To Action’.

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ESOS – What your Evidence Pack should contain

As the name suggests, the Evidence Pack documents evidence to prove that you have complied with the ESOS Regulations. It is also an internal resource to organise and store all ESOS information.

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An introduction to the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP)

IPMVP is now the most widely used and recognised M&V protocol in the world . Originally developed in the mid-1990s by the US Department of Energy, IPMVP provides a standardised, transparent approach that ensures all parties can understand the parameters to be used in evaluating the performance of an energy saving project and hence can have confidence in the result.

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Webinar: Pro-tips for cost-effective data integration and increased ROI

Head of Industrial Energy Management, Athanasios Patsos will explore the opportunities of fast, cost-effective data integration so that you can make the most of existing resources.

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Webinar: Fast-acting energy efficiency programs for high impact and low investment

This webinar is for those responsible for energy efficiency at manufacturing and industrial sites. Get a feel for what really makes a comprehensive energy efficiency program.

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Webinar: Control utility costs and prevent losses with exception alerting

Using example client applications and lessons learned from past experience, Head of Industrial Energy Management, Athanasios Patsos will provide practical tips for controlling your utility cost and avoiding unnecessary spend.

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