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    At Accounting for Energy, our vision is to build a mutually beneficial, rewarding marketplace
    for landowners who have renewable energy projects on their land.

    That’s why all our services help to increase transparency in this new and largely unregulated
    industry – while equipping and empowering landowners and the other people we help with
    the insights they need to benefit fully from their renewables projects.

     

     

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    Waste underdog drives change towards net zero future

    By Travis Benn  – (4 min read)

    For years, landfill sites were seen as the only option for municipal solid waste. Now, although landfill quite rightly sits at the bottom of the waste hierarchy, it is still a globally viable waste solution. Aside from its role in disposing of solid waste, it is also contributing to the renewable energy market, which has become increasingly important in tackling climate change.

     
     

    Landfill gas is a natural by-product of the decomposition of organic material. Because the gas is mainly made up of methane and carbon dioxide, if it is released into the atmosphere, it can have a devastating effect on a planet already under pressure. Capturing landfill gas to feed into the electricity grid is standard practice in the UK, but the industry is also seeing new innovation.

    Innovative system transforms landfill gas into transport fuels

    One of the country’s leading waste management firms Viridor announced in November that it was investing a whopping £2 million in a gas clean-up system which transforms landfill gas into transport fuels while also capturing CO2. 

    Viridor will work with Dutch company CarbonOrO to deliver the project at its Dunbar landfill site in Scotland.

    How does the clean-up system work?

    In the system, landfill gas is extracted from the ground, where it then undergoes a stripping process to upgrade the methane into fuel-grade biomethane and a temperature regeneration process to enable the capture of carbon dioxide and other contaminants.  

    All of this can be done in a ‘matter of minutes’, representing a huge potential for the renewable energy market. The biomethane can then be put into the gas grid, used as a gaseous transportation fuel or use in liquid gas applications. 

    What will happen to the fuel produced?

    Once the site is up and running, Viridor will use the fuel to power its own fleet of waste collection vehicles, as well as building supply agreements with filling stations.

    The process will also see the carbon dioxide captured used in agriculture, chemical and manufacturing processes. 

    How much carbon could this fuel save?

    The Dunbar landfill site is currently producing 2,500m3/hr of gas, which Viridor predicts can create transport fuel for 34,000 truck miles per year. This is equivalent to a carbon saving of 380 tonnes a year compared to diesel. The process will also use heat from Viridor’s existing energy recovery facility representing a closed-loop, efficient service.

    The plant will be installed soon, with commissioning taking place this summer. If commercially successful, Viridor plans to roll out the technology across the rest of its landfill sites.

    Showing commitment during uncertain times

    Viridor’s announcement comes at an uncertain time in environmental policy. Incentives set by government to encourage best practice, such as the landfill gas renewable obligation certificates (ROCs), are due to come to an end in 2026/7, so it has become essential for businesses to develop these processes regardless of government support.  

    Viridor’s financial backing in what it believes to be the world’s first gas clean-up site is an exciting sign of a resource industry ready for a net zero future.

    For further information, please contact:

    Travis Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 375 6144

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    Sustainability – the future of finance

    By Accounting for Energy  – (4 min read)

    Here at AfE we are passionate about ensuring landowners’ green energy is working hard for them. The very heart of what we do is  to help our clients to be both sustainable and profitable,  and we get excited when we see other businesses working toward the same goal. Our Editorial Director, Sharon Davis, sat down with our Operations Director, Freccia Benn, to find why she thinks sustainable businesses are the future. 

     

    What are your thoughts on sustainability in business?

    Sustainability provides businesses with an opportunity to lead environmental outcomes. Historically,  a business was seen as ‘green’ if their raison d’être was environmentally linked, but the reality is any company  can have this focus. I think the definition of a green business today is one that puts sustainability at the heart of their strategic decisions. This could be changing the way they process waste, measuring their environmental impact or reassessing their supply chain to see if they can work with greener suppliers and other partners.

    What does this mean for AfE?

    It’s our mission to empower landowners to be financially and environmentally shrewd. At a time when the UK government has scaled back its subsidy support, making renewable energy production appear less commercially viable, we are creating a cultural shift, so that renewable investments are fair, attractive and rewarding, rather than being perceived as complicated and non-transparent.

    How do you do that?

    Through our royalty audits which proves that renewable energy makes good business sense and has identified significant saving for our landowner clients since we began in 2014. Such savings are maximising the benefits of renewable operations for UK landowners.

    Why is this important?

    This is an unregulated area. We are increasing transparency and equipping UK landowners with comprehensive knowledge about their renewable projects, and our royalty audits help our clients to gain more ownership over the renewable energy produced on their land.

    For too long the perception around renewables and eco-friendly activities has been that it’s a good thing to do, but not necessarily financially beneficial and this simply isn’t the case. Both go hand in hand, and I’m sure many financial professionals would agree.

    Do you think sustainability is the future of finance?

    I do. Many organisations realise that current financial models and our general attitude toward the environment has to change, and organisations such as Accounting for Sustainability are doing a great job in this area, one of the ways they do this is by galvanising financial leaders to think about how they incorporate sustainable methods into the heart of their financial processing.

    It’s also great to see many big businesses taking their carbon footprint seriously, plus I’m inspired by smaller companies such as Abundance Investment which is a platform that provides finance for projects with long-term sustainable outcomes, and bio-bean which recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. There is a lot going on and I do believe the tide has turned. Businesses have a unique opportunity to be the driving force for environmental change while simultaneously being profitable.

    For further information, please contact:

    Freccia Benn

    Co-Founder

    0203 876 0324

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    Materials Recycling World Interview

    By Accounting for Energy – (1 min read)

    Last month Travis Benn was the subject of the Little Interview feature in the August edition of an influential waste magazine. The piece was a light-hearted and fun Q& A, and Travis was asked questions such as: “What one thing would you change about the waste / recycling industry?” and “What would you do as prime minister for the day?”

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  • Testimonials

    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing
      and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles,

      Exeter

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      Durham

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      Peterborough

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    • Tracy Maria,

      Cumbria

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      Devon

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker

      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

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    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones,

      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

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    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
      decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon,

      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    Before Accounting for Energy, Freccia was a successful entrepreneur in the healthcare space. When Travis told her about the challenges in the renewables sector, she was convinced that they could use their combined expertise to help landowners.

    Fuelled by her passion for business and making a difference to landowners, Freccia then developed her ideas for Accounting for Energy’s services, strategy and pricing in a way that would best serve their clients.

    She is now responsible for all the business’ operational activities and client services, and her passion for helping landowners in the UK continues to drive her work.

     

     

    “With the threat of climate change to our planet looming, my mission is to develop a business that helps build the infrastructure of the renewable energy market. I also want to make sure those who are invested in it receive fair returns. As this is still a new industry, we are able to help to avoid the pitfalls of other more established industries and by doing so, help the wider green economy.”

     

    Freccia Benn
    Co-Founder

     

    0203 876 0324

     

  • Our Clients

    Our Clients

    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing
      and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles,

      Exeter

    • “Job well done”

       

      Sara James,

      Durham

    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts,

      Peterborough

    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria,

      Cumbria

    • “We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased
      that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much”

       

      David Terrence,

      Devon

    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker

      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones,

      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practising arbitrator

    • ““I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
      decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon,

      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers


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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing
      and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles,

      Exeter

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    • Sara James,

      Durham

      Share
    • Martin Roberts,

      Peterborough

      Share
    • Tracy Maria,

      Cumbria

      Share
    • David Terrence,

      Devon

      Share
    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

      Share
    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker

      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

      Share
    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share
    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

      Share
    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones,

      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

      Share
    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
      decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon,

      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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