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On 8th February our dedicated Zero Carbon team hosted a webinar focused on best practice when creating a zero-carbon roadmap. Questions were asked and below we share the answers.
Posted on Feb 10, 2022
We are heavily focused on helping our public sector customers tackle their zero carbon challenges and have actions in place to achieve their targets. On 8th February, the LASER Zero Carbon team hosted a webinar for local authorities focused on best practice when creating a zero-carbon roadmap.
During the webinar we opened the floor for questions from our attendees and we received some really great questions. We wanted to share those in this blog article along with the answers that we gave in case they may help with some questions you may have on your mind when it comes to a zero carbon pathway and what to do.
We have developed our own tool in house through our work with our public sector customers. This tool allows us to reliably calculate carbon footprints, forecast emissions into the future and build in the impact of current and potential projects. We have also built the high level financial profiling into this model as well to show indicative financials for the proposed sets of actions.
We are in the process of developing an app to automate large parts of this process and this may also be available to customers in the future.
LASER Energy would be keen to act as a conduit to agree best practice around scope as we are seeing a lot of variety in this area. LASER will consider how to best gather this consensus and respond.
This is rumoured to be in the pipeline, possibly for April 22 but details are yet to be confirmed. The best advice is to be prepared and ready to bid.
Anecdotally there is an advantage as the cetane levels are higher than road diesel however LASER’s study focussed on the viability of use. This MPG advantage would actually improve the case for HVO.
Currently this is a developing technology and market and, as mentioned in the presentation, there is testing being carried out by a number of public sector bodies. The early indications are that the results of this are extremely positive. LASER would anticipate that once this proof of concept is concluded, demand for the fuel will increase substantially for the reasons outlined in the webinar.
New build is not an area that we specialise in in-house however we have a Consult, Design and Install DPS through which public bodies are able to procure specialist consultancy to look at issues like this.
Similarly to the question around scope, LASER think this is a great idea and would be happy to act as a conduit for these discussions. LASER will consider how to best gather this consensus and respond.
We don’t have an answer for this one, there has been a clause in some prior PSDS contracts preventing matching with other grant funding but we don’t have details.
All valid points. LASER have gathered customer experiences and opinion of PSDS from a large number of public bodies and composed a letter to Government, which we believe influenced their decision to extend deadlines.
LASER will be continuing to monitor funding opportunities and helping our customers prepare to access this funding. Preparation is key to ensure that you are ready to bid as soon funding becomes available and LASER are happy to discuss this.
If you are a local authority and would like to watch our webinar please complete the request form in the button below and we will send you access.