A Background to LoCus for Potential New Partners Jane Wallis, Project Manager On behalf of Reading Borough Council and the...
What is LoCus <ul><li>LoCus is a free to the user (ERDF funded) business support programme </li></ul><ul><li>It provides e...
Commercial Property & The Landlord:Tenant Issue I’ll change the bulbs but not the light fittings.  Its not my energy bill,...
Commercial Property & The Landlord:Tenant Issue
Consequently …  Carbon emission trends for commercial property
Lease Issues  – traditional lease structure Landlord Tenant Rent Lease Obligations Service Charge Service Obligation Quiet...
Landlord Tenant Rent Lease Obligations Shared building related CSR objectives Service Obligation Quiet Enjoyment Tenant  e...
LoCus talks to Landlords and SME tenants about the issue. LoCus recruits as many businesses on a commercial site as possib...
Create Clusters Reporting Contact Landlord Site based Services CO 2 Customer Journey Contact  Neighbours
Recruitment & cluster building Create Clusters Contact Landlord As an  SME engages with the programme we use them as a gat...
Initial Service Delivery <ul><li>We start with a conversation either face to face or by phone.  </li></ul><ul><li>What are...
Carbon Reporting Reporting CO 2 Once we have quantifiable carbon data, we load it into our CO² tool. (to be sourced) Ideal...
Following up and implementing actions After the initial report is sent, we follow up.  From our work to date, we know what...
Site based service delivery Create Clusters Reporting Contact Landlord Site based Services CO 2 2 hrs – 2 days+ When a clu...
Reporting Reporting LoCus is developing a comprehensive reporting suite to manage and monitor both client interventions, p...
Plenty to do to reduce carbon cost effectively:  Carbon emissions in commercial property
Plenty to do to reduce carbon cost effectively:  Cost effective solutions to Carbon Reduction
Behind the Scenes: The Partnership N Technical Advisory Service  Energy and renewable to SME’s and landlords  Delivery  Th...
Behind the Scenes: The Partnership Y Diamond Partner, local delivery to promote project resources & disseminate outputs.  ...
Match Funding Cash ERDF projects require 50%  Match Funding. Match is taken “in kind” from Partners’ existing delivery.  M...
Outputs, Performance and the need for New Partners A separate document is available for potential Partners explaining the ...
Jane Wallis, Project Manager On behalf of Reading Borough Council and the 19 Partners 0118 973 4014 / 07713 082330  [email...
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  • This presentation is intended to be viewed by potential new Partners to the LoCus programme, as a pdf with notes.
  • LoCus stands for “Low Carbon Understanding for SMEs” – BUT Its only half of what we do on the programme, so we don’t refer to ourselves as anything other than “LoCus” LoCus can work with larger businesses in order to facilitate the delivery of the service the SMEs need Its more like “Low Carbon us” (as in, you &amp; me) LoCus will work with businesses as part of a local business community, including the people who own the building / site etc. We aim to bring commercial property owners and their (mainly SME) tenants together as a community with a shared interest: carbon reduction. So behavioural change for the tenants and retrofitting / renewables installations, business models, funding solutions and implementation assistance for the Landlords.
  • Desire to Act on CO2 reduction is great, but to materially affect CO2 in the commercial sector, Change needed is at the LL / T relationship level, the nub of which is the Tenancy Agreement. Individual Objectives Need to meet the lease agreement CSR objectives of each are outward facing, possibly counteract eachother
  • Desire to Act on CO2 reduction is great, but to materially affect CO2 in the commercial sector, change needed is at the LL / T relationship level, the nub of which is the Tenancy Agreement.
  • LoCUS wants to work with a minimum of 1000 businesses and 40 Landlords over the next 3 years, with regards to advice, information and awareness of Landlord / Tenant relationship and low carbon partnership solutions. We’ll also be asking peole to use our Carbon Footprinting and management tools online. We’ll populate this information from the 600 or so businesses and 20 or so Landlords that we want to work with in a more material hands-on manner: such as environmental reviews, integrated action plans (ie environment action plans that are integrated with mainstream business objectives and activities), Tenancy agreement options for the landlords and modelling of options etc, focus group work with landlords and / or tenants, action implementation, creation of clusters / networks of tenant businesses and their landlord, carbon measurements using online tools etc. (We’ll be conducting research at the same time through our close association with University of Reading. We’ll also be drawing on active workstreams, research programmes and published findings from Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University and Cardiff University. Some of this work is engineering based ) We’re hoping we can find some really exciting and committed places where there’s good takeup of the LoCUS offer and some interesting place-based clusters are created – about 300 businesses and maybe 10 or so cluster sites, that we can work up some dramatic retrofitting and renewables assessments and feasibility studies, We can work with those clusters to create business plans and models to attract in investment for the installation. A LoCUS ambition would be to help 2-3 committed sites scope and maybe develop as an ESCo (Energy Service Company)
  • The partnership needs to expand to include some specialists in the landlord sector, eg a law firm, Facilites Management organisation, Letting Agents, RICS etc
  • The partnership needs to expand to include some specialists in the landlord sector, eg a law firm, Facilites Management organisation, Letting Agents, RICS etc
  • In working through the environment and economic development National Indicators sets we calculate that the Partner Local Authorities are collectively spending around £800K over 3 years on locus eligible activities. However, despite all this work, few LAs have the cash to take their work out into the business community. However, the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), managed by SEEDA, is a 50% match funded pot where any cash or “in-kind” cash can be used to draw real cash. ERDF is designed to stimulate balanced and sustainable development of economic activity, improving competitiveness but balancing this with environmental protection and opportunities equality. By pooling the collected LA resources, led by Reading Borough Council, a successful bid was made for ERDF money to top-up the existing LA activity and create a service to businesses based on improved competitiveness through environmental performance. And that’s LoCUS.
  • The partnership needs to expand to include some specialists in the landlord sector, eg a law firm, Facilites Management organisation, Letting Agents, RICS etc
  • Introducing lo cus for potential new partners

    1. 1. A Background to LoCus for Potential New Partners Jane Wallis, Project Manager On behalf of Reading Borough Council and the 19 project Partners
    2. 2. What is LoCus <ul><li>LoCus is a free to the user (ERDF funded) business support programme </li></ul><ul><li>It provides environment advisory services to SMEs in Partner areas </li></ul><ul><li>It specialises on SMEs in rented premises </li></ul><ul><li>It stands for “Low Carbon Understanding for SMEs” </li></ul><ul><li>… but its more like “Low Carbon us” (as in, you & me) </li></ul><ul><li>LoCus is UNIQUE in that it seeks to work with Landlords and Tenants of a commercial building in order to find pathways to address the Landlord:Tenant divide. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Commercial Property & The Landlord:Tenant Issue I’ll change the bulbs but not the light fittings. Its not my energy bill, and it won’t increase rental Tenant: Energy costs a small % of turnover and not a material decision. Landlord: Property is just a long-term investment. <ul><li>Owners & Occupiers have conflicting needs and priorities of a building. </li></ul><ul><li>This is known as the Landlord: Tenant divide </li></ul><ul><li>It is a key reason for lower uptake of meaningful carbon reduction activity </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a notoriously difficult topic to address </li></ul>
    4. 4. Commercial Property & The Landlord:Tenant Issue
    5. 5. Consequently … Carbon emission trends for commercial property
    6. 6. Lease Issues – traditional lease structure Landlord Tenant Rent Lease Obligations Service Charge Service Obligation Quiet Enjoyment Tenant CSR Objectives Landlord CSR Objectives Source: Cardiff University Centre for Research in the Built Environment Angela Langley & Lara Hopkinson 2009 Some hidden barriers in traditional leases include: Short leases “easy in- easy out”; the Dilapidations clause; and technical ownership of building fabric under insuring / repairing leases.
    7. 7. Landlord Tenant Rent Lease Obligations Shared building related CSR objectives Service Obligation Quiet Enjoyment Tenant external CSR Objectives Landlord external CSR Objectives Source: Cardiff University Centre for Research in the Built Environment Angela Langley & Lara Hopkinson 2009 Shared cost / benefit Lease Issues – new lease structure “Green Lease”
    8. 8. LoCus talks to Landlords and SME tenants about the issue. LoCus recruits as many businesses on a commercial site as possible. Hopefully the Landlord engages too. Tenants work on their own Resource Efficiency with LoCus’ help. Landlords work with LoCus to quantify the business case of improving buildings, tenancy agreements and / or renewables. Localised energy production can be modelled as potential new business ventures. How LoCus Helps
    9. 9. Create Clusters Reporting Contact Landlord Site based Services CO 2 Customer Journey Contact Neighbours
    10. 10. Recruitment & cluster building Create Clusters Contact Landlord As an SME engages with the programme we use them as a gateway to develop a cluster. Occasionally, the Landlord is the gateway and through them we contact the business community. Contact Neighbours Recruit
    11. 11. Initial Service Delivery <ul><li>We start with a conversation either face to face or by phone. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the business objectives environmentally. </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualise the environmental activities to other business tasks, objectives and priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>What does the business want to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership and information on the building, fabric and lease arrangements. </li></ul><ul><li>This defines the first Service Delivery. Most commonly some form of environmental auditing but not always. Delivered by LoCus team OR contractor </li></ul><ul><li>This is light-touch auditing with simple action plans in order to maximise action implementation. </li></ul>2-4 hrs 6-10hrs Initial 1:1 Service Delivery 1
    12. 12. Carbon Reporting Reporting CO 2 Once we have quantifiable carbon data, we load it into our CO² tool. (to be sourced) Ideally the client will be involved with this. Then can then add to the CO² picture as they go. 2-4 hrs Service Delivery 1
    13. 13. Following up and implementing actions After the initial report is sent, we follow up. From our work to date, we know what the next stage is likely to be. This might be more environmental support, help implementing actions, training, Landlord negotiations, policy and EMS writing, etc. It’s up to the customer what happens and when. 2-4 hrs ? 6-10 hrs Assist Service Delivery 2 Ongoing
    14. 14. Site based service delivery Create Clusters Reporting Contact Landlord Site based Services CO 2 2 hrs – 2 days+ When a cluster forms with good SME take-up on the site and preferably an engaged Landlord, LoCus can develop site based environmental programmes. This might be renewables assessments, business modelling and installation assistance; travel plans and activities; co-operative buying, etc. This is where the big carbon impacts can be realised. The time taken on these activities will be shared among the registered participants.
    15. 15. Reporting Reporting LoCus is developing a comprehensive reporting suite to manage and monitor both client interventions, programme activities and evidence outputs. A CRM system (Salesforce) will track all client activities and interventions, plus manage the pipeline. We can also use it for communications. We can also manage all our Partner and other stakeholder information using this application. A CO² tool will be synchronised to this to form 1 reporting application.
    16. 16. Plenty to do to reduce carbon cost effectively: Carbon emissions in commercial property
    17. 17. Plenty to do to reduce carbon cost effectively: Cost effective solutions to Carbon Reduction
    18. 18. Behind the Scenes: The Partnership N Technical Advisory Service Energy and renewable to SME’s and landlords Delivery Thames Valley Energy Y Engage Berkshire businesses to raise profile and broker services offered by project. Delivery Business Link Berkshire N Overseeing delivery of project and aligning with other sub-regional programmes. Strategic Climate Berkshire Partnership (BESB) Y Promote to SME’s and landlords, cluster management and provision of technical support to SME’s and landlords Strategic West Berkshire Council Y Promote to SME’s and landlords, cluster management and provision of technical support to SME’s and landlords Strategic Slough Borough Council Y Promote to SME’s and landlords, cluster management and provision of technical support to SME’s and landlords Strategic Bracknell Forest Borough Council Y Promote to SME’s and landlords, cluster management and provision of technical support to SME’s and landlords. Strategic Wokingham Borough Council Y Coordinate and develop project – Project manage Delivery (Lead) Reading Borough Council Match? Y/N Responsibilities (as stated on proposal) Strategic /Delivery Partner Name
    19. 19. Behind the Scenes: The Partnership Y Diamond Partner, local delivery to promote project resources & disseminate outputs. Delivery Oxfordshire County Council (OEP) N Dissemination of project and approach across southeast diamonds. Strategic development of approach across Southeast Strategic Diamonds for Investment and Growth Y Diamond partners to work with businesses and public sector organisations to reduce carbon footprint. Host to one member of project team serving Eastern area. Delivery Medway Council N Technical advisory service for SME’s and landlords, particularly with respect to building design, technical assistance with refurbishment and building solutions. Delivery SECBE N Technical advisory service for SME’s and landlords. EMS support and training package guidance and specialist advanced delivery. Delivery CEAC Y Technical advisory service for SME’s and landlords. Integration into taught courses, alignment with student MSc and PhD projects, technical development of solutions for landlords. Alignment with business programmes and business focused learning packages. Delivery University of Reading N Business Contact , networking opportunities, Promoting and disseminating project outputs to SME’s and landlords in Reading area Delivery Reading UKCIC Match? Y/N Responsibilities (as stated on proposal) Strategic / Delivery Partner Name
    20. 20. Match Funding Cash ERDF projects require 50% Match Funding. Match is taken “in kind” from Partners’ existing delivery. Match is used to draw Cash from ERDF. Cash pays for additional resources to enhance Partners’ existing delivery. Match Funding Existing resources New resources for delivery / development
    21. 21. Outputs, Performance and the need for New Partners A separate document is available for potential Partners explaining the Project history, outputs & Performance and reasons behind expanding the Partnership.
    22. 22. Jane Wallis, Project Manager On behalf of Reading Borough Council and the 19 Partners 0118 973 4014 / 07713 082330 [email_address] www.locusproject.org.uk

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