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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… Spotlight On… Conwy Borough Council lead the way Plastics, plastics, plastics Coverage in Materials Recycling World Green Brexit Pledge
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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…
Conwy Borough Council lead the way
Plastics, plastics, plastics
Coverage in Materials Recycling World
Green Brexit Pledge
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?”
By Accounting for Energy – (3 min read)
If you’re a landowner and feel like you’ve pulled the short straw with your land payments, or like you could be getting more out of your land but you don’t know how, those feelings may not be completely misplaced. Read on to understand why you may be entitled to more, and to find out how to go about getting it.
There are an estimated 7000 onshore wind turbines across the UK which have an operational capacity of 12,078 MW* – one-fifth of this capacity is due to the record-breaking amount of wind power that was created in 2017. Wind power has had a good run recently, which wouldn’t be possible without the landowners who contribute a vast amount to the energy sector and often get little recognition for it.
We estimate that one-third of landowners are individuals, and individual wind farm landowners generate 10.5 million MWhs* of energy which is worth more than one billion pounds to the UK economy, and landowners see a small fraction of this.
Individual landowners also reduce carbon emissions by 4.5 million tonnes each year, and power more than 2.5 million homes – that’s enough to power all households in Scotland.
So if you’re a landowner and have had some nagging questions in the back of your mind about the wind turbines on your land, rest assured there could be some grounds for these thoughts.
What you can do
Firstly recognise that the land you own has contributed to the surge of wind power generation, and without your land the economy would be worse off. Armed with the information above, hopefully you have a bit more confidence to at least explore whether you are indeed getting paid less than you should be.
Based on numerous audits, co-founder of Accounting for Energy, Travis Benn, estimates that 75% of land rent payments could be underpaid. Payment figures are reached using complex calculations, and we have found that even highly-skilled in-house legal and accounts teams don’t have the time and resources to completely understand them. But this is where specialist auditors come in, they can check if you have been receiving accurate payments. If nothing else, it’ll give you peace of mind, and at best you could receive a back payment, and have an improved rental agreement going forward. The service is free and charged on a contingency basis and all that is required from you is the relevant paperwork.
*Figures are estimates and all stats are for sites 100kW and over.