Detailed guide: Make a claim under the enemy property compensation schemes

During the Second World War the UK government confiscated assets in British territories owned by residents of enemy countries under the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939.

The Enemy Property Payment scheme and Baltic States scheme were established to compensate those who had their assets in the UK incorrectly confiscated. Claimants can be victims of Nazi persecution or those who were only considered ‘enemies’ at the time because their countries were under occupation.

How to apply for compensation

If you believe that you are eligible you can seek further information from:

Janette Plumridge
Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel (EPCAP) Secretariat
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
United Kingdom

Email: Janette.Plumridge@beis.gov.uk

The secretariat will check the records and let you know what information and supporting documentation is required.

How claims are assessed

Both schemes are administered by an independent Enemy Property Compensation Advisory Panel (ECAP). Their role is to consider and make decisions on these claims. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provides a secretariat to the panel.

Further information

Contact

Janette.Plumridge@beis.gov.uk

Detailed guide: Innovations in the built environment

Updated: Winner of hydrogen innovation for heating competition.

Innovation in the built environment

Across Government, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and BEIS expect to invest around £184 million in research and innovation in the built environment.

As part of this commitment, within the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS expects to invest around £90 million in low carbon heating and energy efficiency options for UK homes and businesses.

Investing in Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation

Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies that reduce the carbon emissions associated with providing heat and hot water to UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and tools are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 to £2 million.

Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.

Full details about the grant scheme, including how to apply, are set out in the guidance notes.

Apply to the Low Carbon Heating Technologies Innovation Fund

For more information, please email BuiltEnvironmentInnovation@beis.gov.uk using the title Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation Fund in the email subject.

Low carbon heating guidance and application notes

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Investing in Building Thermal Efficiency Innovation

Government has launched a grant scheme to invest up to £10 million to develop technologies and approaches to improving the energy efficiency of existing UK buildings. Innovative technologies, processes and business models are eligible for support and applicants may apply for a grant of £200,000 to £2 million.

Registration is required by 12 December 2017. Applications should be submitted by 2 January 2018.

Full details about the grant scheme, including how to apply, are set out in the guidance notes. There is a separate application form for this scheme.

For more information, please email BuiltEnvironmentInnovation@beis.gov.uk using the title Thermal Efficiency Innovation Fund in the email subject.

Thermal efficiency innovation guidance notes

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Thermal efficiency innovation application form

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Thermal efficiency innovation fund finance form

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Investing in hydrogen innovation for heating

BEIS is undertaking a £25 million project to explore the potential use of hydrogen gas for heating UK homes and businesses. Following a competition, BEIS has appointed Arup+, a team of contractors led by Ove Arup to run this project.

This project will run from 2017 to 2021 and will aim to define a hydrogen quality standard, and to explore, develop and test domestic and commercial hydrogen appliances.

Investing in smart heating systems

BEIS is investing £9.8 million in phase 2 of the Smart Systems and Heat Programme, run by the Energy Systems Catapult. This phase will build on the work from phase 1, including developing a ‘Home Energy Services Gateway’ to change the relationship between consumers, heating systems, and energy suppliers. The project will also include work with local authorities on developing low energy plans, including the support the development and expansion of domestic low carbon heating projects.

Detailed guide: Green finance

Updated: Green Finance Taskforce terms of reference published

UK support for low carbon innovation

Government is supporting private investment into sustainable projects and infrastructure. The City of London’s Green Finance Initiative was established in 2016 at the request of Government to promote the UK as a global centre for green finance. Government has supported the LENDERS project through Innovate UK which aims to improve estimations of energy costs for homeowners when calculating mortgage affordability.

Green Finance Taskforce

To build on the UK’s global leadership in the sector, BEIS and HMT will be co-hosting a Green Finance Taskforce that will bring together senior leaders from the financial sector. This Taskforce will work with industry to accelerate the growth of green finance, and help us deliver the investment required to meet the UK’s carbon reduction targets.

Green Finance Taskforce Terms of Reference

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Members of the Green Taskforce

  • Sir Roger Gifford (Chair), Representing the Green Finance Initiative
  • Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange
  • Michael Sheren, Senior Adviser, Bank of England
  • Robert Trezona, Head, Cleantech, IP Group
  • Rhian-Mari Thomas, Managing Director, Barclays
  • Daniel Klier, Group Head of Strategy and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC
  • Edward Northam, Head of Investment Banking, Green Investment Bank
  • Charlotte Morgan, Partner, Global Energy and Infrastructure Group, Linklaters
  • Mark Zinkula, CEO, with Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy, Legal and General Investment Management
  • Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency
  • Bruce Davis, Co-Founder, Abundance
  • Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group
  • Dr Ben Caldecott, Founding Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Dr Paul Fisher, Senior Associate, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Green Finance and Clean Growth

Government endorses the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures’ recommendations and encourages all listed companies to implement them. These recommendations aim to integrate the risks and opportunities posed by climate change into mainstream financial disclosures.

Government is working with the British Standards Institute to develop a set of green standards to provide clarity to financial institutions over the credentials of green financial products.

Government will also be working with mortgage lenders to support the development of green mortgage products that take account of the lower lending risk associated with more efficient properties and the reduced outgoings for customers living in more energy efficient homes.

Investing in Clean Technologies

Government will be providing up to £20 million of new investment to support clean technology early stage funding. Further details will be available in due course.

Government will also be developing an online platform to showcase UK businesses which have received innovation support, with the aim of making this information more easily accessible.

Detailed guide: Heat networks

What are heat networks?

A heat network – sometimes called district heating – is a distribution system of insulated pipes that takes heat from a central source and delivers it to a number of domestic or non-domestic buildings. The heat source might be a facility that provides a dedicated supply to the heat network, such as a combined heat and power plant; or heat recovered from industry and urban infrastructure, canals and rivers, or energy from waste plants.

Heat networks form an important part of our plan to reduce carbon and cut heating bills for customers (domestic and commercial). They are one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions from heating, and their efficiency and carbon-saving potential increases as they grow and connect to each other. They provide a unique opportunity to exploit larger scale – and often lower cost – renewable and recovered heat sources that otherwise cannot be used. It is estimated by the CCC that around 18% of UK heat will need to come from heat networks by 2050 if the UK is to meet its carbon targets cost effectively.

Available support

The Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU)

The Heat Networks Delivery Unit was established in 2013 to address the capacity and capability challenges which local authorities identified as barriers to heat network deployment in the UK. The Unit provides funding and specialist guidance to local authorities who are developing heat network projects.

Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP)

The Heat Networks Investment Project is delivering £320m of capital investment support to increase the volume of heat networks built, deliver carbon savings for carbon budgets, and help create the conditions for a sustainable market that can operate without direct government subsidy. The pilot phase of the Heat Networks Investment Project ran for six months and awarded £24m to nine successful Local Authority projects in March 2017.

Investing in heat networks

UK heat networks represent a significant investment opportunity across distribution, generation, storage, controls and customer interface. Various guides have been published for potential investors:

Delivering UK Energy Investment: Networks 2014 Investing in the UK’s heat infrastructure: Heat networks

Tools and toolkits

The National Heat Map provides accessible high-resolution web-based maps of heat demand by area:

National Heat Map

The Community Heat Network Toolkit provides guidance on community-led heat network projects:

Community Heat Network Toolkit

Regulation and consumer protection

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) regulations 2014 implement the requirements in the Energy Efficiency Directive with respect to the supply of distributed heat, cooling and hot water:

Heat network metering and billing regulations: compliance and guidance

The government is supporting industry-led initiatives to improve consumer protections and technical standards. These include the Heat Trust and the CIBSE Code of Practice.

Other Publications relating to heat networks

The future of heating: meeting the challenge, March 2013

Low Carbon Cities evaluation

Summary evidence on district heating

Rural Community Energy Fund

Costs of heat networks

Heat network innovation competition (25 June 2015).

Detailed guide: An introduction to Heat Networks

What are heat networks?

A heat network – sometimes called district heating – is a distribution system of insulated pipes that takes heat from a central source and delivers it to a number of domestic or non-domestic buildings. The heat source might be a facility that provides a dedicated supply to the heat network, such as a combined heat and power plant; or heat recovered from industry and urban infrastructure, canals and rivers, or energy from waste plants.

Heat networks form an important part of our plan to reduce carbon and cut heating bills for customers (domestic and commercial). They are one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions from heating, and their efficiency and carbon-saving potential increases as they grow and connect to each other. They provide a unique opportunity to exploit larger scale – and often lower cost – renewable and recovered heat sources that otherwise cannot be used. It is estimated by the CCC that around 18% of UK heat will need to come from heat networks by 2050 if the UK is to meet its carbon targets cost effectively.

Available support

The Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU)

The Heat Networks Delivery Unit was established in 2013 to address the capacity and capability challenges which local authorities identified as barriers to heat network deployment in the UK. The Unit provides funding and specialist guidance to local authorities who are developing heat network projects.

Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP)

The Heat Networks Investment Project is delivering £320m of capital investment support to increase the volume of heat networks built, deliver carbon savings for carbon budgets, and help create the conditions for a sustainable market that can operate without direct government subsidy. The pilot phase of the Heat Networks Investment Project ran for six months and awarded £24m to nine successful Local Authority projects in March 2017.

Investing in heat networks

UK heat networks represent a significant investment opportunity across distribution, generation, storage, controls and customer interface. Various guides have been published for potential investors:

Delivering UK Energy Investment: Networks 2014 Investing in the UK’s heat infrastructure: Heat networks

Tools and toolkits

The National Heat Map provides accessible high-resolution web-based maps of heat demand by area:

National Heat Map

Community Heat Network Toolkit provides guidance on community-led heat network projects:

Community Heat Network Toolkit

Regulation and consumer protection

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) regulations 2014 implement the requirements in the Energy Efficiency Directive with respect to the supply of distributed heat, cooling and hot water:

Heat network metering and billing regulations: compliance and guidance

The government is supporting industry-led initiatives to improve consumer protections and technical standards. These include the Heat Trust and the CIBSE Code of Practice.

Other Publications relating to heat networks

The future of heating: meeting the challenge, March 2013

Low Carbon Cities evaluation

Summary evidence on district heating

Rural Community Energy Fund

Costs of heat networks

Heat network innovation competition (25 June 2015)

Detailed guide: Heat Networks Delivery Unit

Overview

Local authorities have a key role to play in making heat networks succeed. Their involvement, particularly in the development stages, can help realise the benefits of heat networks, while also delivering jobs and growth. In order to address the capacity and capability challenges which local authorities identified as barriers to heat network deployment in the UK, the government set up the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) in 2013.

The Heat Networks Delivery Unit provides grant funding and guidance to local authorities in England and Wales for heat network project development.

Since its inception, the HNDU has run six funding rounds – awarding £14 million in total – and is currently running Round 7. Over 200 unique projects have so far been supported across 139 local authorities.

Scope

The Heat Networks Delivery Unit provides support to local authorities in England and Wales through the early stages of heat network development:

  • heat mapping and energy masterplanning
  • techno-economic feasibility
  • detailed project development
  • and early commercialisation.

See the table below for details about each stage.

HNDU support does not provide funding for late commercialisation costs and costs associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of a heat network. The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) is a £320m capital investment programme providing support for the capital costs of heat networks.

The process

Local authorities apply for HNDU support through bidding rounds. All bids are reviewed by HNDU assessors before final recommendations are approved by a panel of financial, commercial and policy specialists.

Grant funding is provided to successful local authorities under Section 31 of the Local Government Act. Eligible costs are defined as externally commissioned consultancy costs for heat network development work. HNDU funding comprises no more than 67% of eligible costs.

If successful, each local authority is supported by a team of specialists within HNDU.

Round 7

Round 7 is open for applications.

Round 7 is an open funding round, running from January 2017 to December 2017 (subject to budget availability). For details on how to apply, please see HNDU Round 7: Overview:

HNDU round 7: overview

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For more information on this or previous funding rounds, please see relevant documents on this page below or email hndu@beis.gov.uk.

HNDU Pipeline

We are pleased to provide our new look HNDU project pipeline with accompanying spreadsheet summary. We will update and separately publish the pipeline each quarter. Currently the pipeline reflects a portion of the total projects that HNDU is currently working with. The projects selected are the ones we believe to be close to, or actively considering, finance solutions. We will expand this list over the coming year to reflect our full portfolio and subsequent editions will make clear which projects have progressed to different development stages – mapping and masterplanning, techno-economic feasibility, detailed project development and commercialisation.

The projects we have captured in the pipeline are of course live projects with assumptions being refined almost continuously as new information is made available. As such whilst every endeavour has been made to try to reflect as up-to-date information as possible, the information will invariably represent a single point in time (typically a consultant’s report – we have indicated the year of the information). We hope that the one page summaries will be used as intended:

  • to shine a light on some of what is happening in district energy across England & Wales;
  • better enable potential sources of finance to assess the scale of the sector;
  • facilitate conversations; and
  • ultimately enable new finance to enter the sector.

If you are an investor and have recommendations on what else could be provided to better enable your investment do please email these to heatnetworks@beis.gov.uk FAO George Robinson.

HNDU Pipeline 2017 Q3

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HNDU Pipeline Summary 2017 Q3

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Local authorities supported by the Heat Networks Delivery Unit in rounds 1-6:

Successful local authorities rounds 1-6
Local authorities supported by the Heat Networks Delivery Unit in rounds 1-6

Successful Local Authorities: Rounds 1-7

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Successful Local Authorities: Rounds 1-7

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Project development stages supported by HNDU

Phase Detail
Heat mapping Area-wide exploration, identification and prioritisation of heat network project opportunities
Energy masterplanning Area-wide exploration, identification and prioritisation of heat network project opportunities
Feasibility study Project specific - An increasingly detailed investigation of the technical feasibility, design, financial modelling, business modelling, customer contractual arrangements and delivery approach, up to business case
Detailed project development Project specific - An increasingly detailed investigation of the technical feasibility, design, financial modelling, business modelling, customer contractual arrangements and delivery approach, up to business case
Commercialisation Reasonable legal costs such as in relation to developing customer commercial agreements, heat supply contracts, necessary land purchase, land access arrangements, etc.; further development of tariff structure for customer contracts; further development of financial model and business case and associated commercial advice costs where necessary

Evaluation of the Heat Networks Delivery Unit

The future of heating: meeting the challenge, March 2013

Detailed guide: Oil and Gas Environmental statements reviewed

A

Agip (U.K.) Limited

Alpha Petroleum Resources Ltd

Amerada Hess Limited

Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Company

Apache (North Sea) Limited

Atlantic Resources

ATP Oil and Gas UK Ltd

B

BBL Company (v.o.f)

BG International Limited

BG plc

BHP Billiton Petroleum Limited

BP Amoco

BP Exploration Operating Company Limited

Bridge North Sea Ltd

Burlington Resources (Irish Sea) Limited

C

Caledonia EU Ltd

Centrica

Century Exploration (UK) Limited

CH4 Limited

Challenger Minerals (North Sea) Ltd

Chevron North sea Limited

Chevron U.K. Limited

ChevronTexaco

ChevronTexaco Upstream Europe

Chrysaor Limited

CNR International (U.K.) Limited

Conoco (U.K.) Limited

ConocoPhillips

D

Dana Petroleum (E & P) Limited (Dana)

DEA UK SNS Ltd (DEA UK)

DNO Heather Limited

Dong E & P (UK) Ltd

E

E.On Ruhrgas

E.ON UK plc

Eclipse Energy

Elf

Encana UK Limited

Endeavour Energy UK Limited

Energy Development Partners (EDP)

Energy Resource Technology UK

ENI Hewett Limited

EnQuest Dons Limited

EnQuest Heather Limited

Enterprise Oil Plc

EOG Resources United Kingdom Limited

F

Faroe Petroleum

Focus Energy

Gateway Storage Company Limited

G

GDFB

GDF SUEZ E&P

Granby Oil and Gas Plc

H

Hess Limited

Hurricane Exploration plc

Hydrocarbon Resources Limited

I

Ithaca Energy (UK) Ltd

Iona Energy Company (UK) Limited (Iona)

J

JX Nippon

K

Kerr-McGee North Sea (U.K.) Limited

L

Lasmo North Sea Plc

Lundin Britain Limited

M

Maersk Oil UK Limited

Marathon Norway

Marathon Oil U.K. Limited

Mobil North Sea Limited

N

Newfield Petroleum UK Ltd

Nexen Petroleum (U.K.)

O

Oilexco North Sea Limited

P

Paladin

PanCanadian Petroleum (U.K.) Limited

Perenco (UK) Limited

Petro-Canada UK Ltd

Petrofac Energy

Phillips Petroleum Company United Kingdom Limited

Port Meridian Energy Limited (PMEL)

Premier Oil Plc

R

Ranger Oil U.K. Limited

RWE Dea UK

S

Serica Energy (UK) Limited

Shell U.K. Exploration and Production Limited

Silverstone Energy Limited

Statoil ASA

StatoilHydro

Suncor Energy UK Ltd

T

Talisman Energy (U.K.) Limited

TAQA Bratani Ltd

Texaco North Sea U.K. Company

Total E & P UK Plc

TotalFinaElf Exploration U.K. Plc

Tullow Oil Uk Ltd

Tuscan Energy (Scotland) Limited

V

Valiant Causeway limited

Valiant Petroleum Plc

Veba Oil and Gas

Venture North Sea Gas Limited

W

Wintershall Noordzee B.V

Reviews under the Assessment of Environmental Effects Regulations 1999

Bord Gais Eireann

Detailed guide: Energy Innovation Evidence: the Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group

This page hosts key documents from the LCICG group that provide energy innovation evidence for the ongoing work of the Energy Innovation Board.

Strategic framework

The strategic framework was developed and published by the LCICG in March 2014.

LCICG strategic framework

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Technology Innovation Needs Assessments (TINAs)

The LCICG also led a project to develop Technology Innovation Needs Assessments (TINAs). The TINAs aimed to identify and value the key innovation needs of specific low carbon technologies, using a consistent methodology with an analytical framework developed by the Carbon Trust and with input from sector experts.

The TINAs were developed and published by the LCICG in March 2014 and some subsequently updated, as stated below:

Bioenergy TINA

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Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) TINA

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Domestic buildings TINA, March 2016

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Electricity networks and storage TINA

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Heat TINA, March 2016

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Hydrogen for transport TINA

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Industrial sector TINA

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Marine TINA

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Non-domestic buildings TINA, March 2016

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Nuclear fission TINA, February 2016

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Offshore wind TINA, March 2016

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Solar PV and thermal technologies TINA, March 2016

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TINA content was not intended to describe or replace the published policies of LCICG members and any statements in the TINAs do not necessarily represent the policies of former LCICG members.

Detailed guide: Spaceplanes and sub-orbital flights in the UK

Overview

The Government is enabling a new commercial market for sub-orbital flights. This will allow licensed providers to operate sub-orbital flights for the purposes of passenger experience and scientific research.

The Government aims to enable Commercial Spaceflight from UK spaceports by 2020.

Licensing

You will have to be licenced to operate sub-orbital flights in the UK.

The Commercial Spaceflight team, a partnership between the UK Space Agency, Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority, supported by the Health and Safety Executive, are currently developing new regulations to licence sub-orbital flights in the UK.

This page will be updated with the latest information on licensing as it is released.

Get in touch

If you are interested in operating sub-orbital flights from the UK, the Government’s Commercial Spaceflight team can help answer any questions you may have on the regulation being developed, the UK space industry and the support that is available.

Email us at: launch@ukspaceagency.bis.gov.uk

Detailed guide: Operating a spaceport in the UK

Overview

The Government is enabling new commercial markets for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flights in the UK. Both of these markets will require the development of UK spaceports.

The Government aims to enable Commercial Spaceflight from UK spaceports by 2020.

Licensing

You will need a licence to operate a spaceport in the UK.

The Commercial Spaceflight team, a partnership between the UK Space Agency, Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority, supported by the Health and Safety Executive, are currently developing new regulations to licence UK spaceports.

Until the licensing criteria are set-out in regulation, potential spaceports can refer to the ‘UK Government review of commercial space plane certification and operations’ for general guidance on their suitability for hosting sub-orbital spaceflights.

This page will be updated with the latest information on licensing as it is released.

Get in touch

If you are interested in operating a spaceport in the UK, the Commercial Spaceflight team can help answer any questions you may have on the regulation being developed, the space industry and the support that is available.

Email us at: spaceports@ukspaceagency.bis.gov.uk