Efficiency, Employment and Waste

Efficiency, Employment and Waste

News from CEO – Mike Hopkins     

So, we have another three years (at least) of a Labour government and while Ministerial portfolios have not been announced yet, one thing we can be confident of is that the Onslow project review will go ahead. Interesting then, that this week several systems operators around the globe announced a consortium to research and accelerate the integration of renewables into established power systems. The consortium, which includes systems operators from Australia, California, UK, Texas, Ireland and Denmark is looking to accelerate integration to enable a global reduction in electricity system emission of 50% by 2030. Onslow was described to me this week (no names to protect the sometimes innocent) as a 20th Century solution to a 21st Century problem. The outcome of the review will be fascinating.
Targeting energy hardship has also been a stated objective of the new government. CEP has long advocated that efficiency is the best instrument for addressing energy hardship. The EU agrees and this week announced details of its “Renovation Wave”. The programme targets the renovation of 35 million buildings across the EU by 2030, includes public buildings and is expected to create 160,000 jobs.
Those of you who attended our Pacific Island webinar series recently may be interested in this week’s announcement of the go ahead for region’s largest solar project. The 15MW, US$15m project by Energy Fiji Ltd is supported by the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group). It will help transition 14,000 households to renewables.
Before winding down for the long weekend, please take a look at the training courses still on offer this year. We’re currently very light on registrations for all of these courses and need a few more registrations to make sure they can run. All are being delivered online at reduced rates, so there’s no better time to pick up some cheap CPD while you can – and please mention them as well to clients and colleagues. Details below.
Food waste is one of those things many of us could try and cut down on. It wastes money, clogs up landfill and produces six times as many GHG emissions as the aviation sector. While supermarkets and the agricultural sector often shoulder much of the blame for food waste, it is households that can do most about it. A report published in the UK this week reveals 70% of food waste comes from homes. Pro rata,
New Zealand is unlikely to be much different. In the UK, 9.5 million tonnes of food is wasted each year and the report’s authors speculate that 4.5 million of these were needlessly disposed of. Some of the numbers are staggering. Bread waste in the UK racks up 318,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year and the 920,000 bananas wasted each day use up 330bn litres of water a year to grow.
The latest “hearts and minds” climate change initiative aims to recruit 1 billion people to make adjustments to the way they live. Targeting the “non-activist middle”, the
Count Us In campaign is aiming to reduce global emissions by 20% through promoting 16 practical steps. You can see the steps and sign up here.
Have a great and safe long weekend.
Mike and the team

Industry Events

Decarbonising Heat Conference
Pathways to the decarbonisation of heating and industrial process heat.
MC: Mike Hopkins (CEO, CEP)
Dates: 8 & 9 December 2020
Location: Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland
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Upcoming Events

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Tender Opportunities

Gore Multisports Complex- Ventilation System

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Gore District Council (GDC) looking for suitable suppliers to submit their solutions and proposals including supplying and installation of an appropriate and sustainable ventilation system for the Gore Aquatic Centre.
Close Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 4:00 PM

Ongarue School: AMS: ILE Roof Replacement, floor Coverings & Heating
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Block C Heating: – Remove Old heaters, Replace heat pump of, appropriate size for the area/ space. Outdoor unit to being galvanised cage on concrete plinth at ground level, not roof mounted.
Close Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020 5:00 PM

Main Contractor for Lighting Replacement (JR, MD, SR) at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate

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The Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Board of Trustees are seeking a Main Contractor for the Lighting Replacement works

Close Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020 5:00 PM

Canterbury Climate Change Risk Assessment 

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Environment Canterbury, on behalf of the Canterbury regional climate change working group, wish to contract climate change risk assessment expertise to develop an approach to a detailed climate change risk assessment, design and carry out an engagement process and produce a technical report and public-facing outreach/engagement materials on methodology and results.The purpose of this request for expression of interest (‘ROI’) is to invite interested parties to register their interest with Environment Canterbury (ECan) for the above tasks.

Close Date: Friday, 30 October 2020 3:00 PM

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reporting for Otago

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This Request for Proposal (RFP) is an invitation to selected consultants to submit a fixed price proposal for the delivery of Otago region’s Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory reporting by Otago districts.

Close Date: Friday, 30 October 2020 4:00 PM

Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme Impact Evaluation
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EECA is seeking evaluation services to conduct an empirical study of the WKH programme (2018-2022), primarily focused on the clean heating intervention given the case for insulation is so well established. This will seek to answer two key questions: a. How much warmer and drier are WKH homes? b. What occupant behaviours or other factors are affecting the results?In addition to this empirical study we are also seeking a revised cost benefit analysis, based on the results of the empirical study and previous work.EECA is procuring these evaluation services through a two-stage process: This open ROI, and a closed RFP or RFQ. The purpose of this ROI is to invite innovative proposals for how robust answers to our key questions can be delivered. The subsequent RFP/RFQ will include a defined study methodology and budget envelope, informed by responses to this ROI.
Close Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2020 PM

ROI HVAC Goods and Services

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We are approaching the market for a supplier with the capability, capacity and experience to deliver a national Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) service.
This procurement will include Ministry of Social Development (MSD)’s commercial sites and through a closed cluster agreement; Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children (Oranga Tamariki)’s commercial and residential locations.

Close Date: Thursday, 5 November 2020 2:00 PM

Advance Notice: Pacific Island Climate Change Environmental Vulnerability

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Climate Change Programme
MFAT has initiated a Climate Change Programme (CCP) as part of its commitment to support countries to respond to climate change. The CCP has a significant focus on the Pacific region and on adaptation. MFAT now seeks to procure Services to better understand Pacific current and future exposure and vulnerability to fast- and slow-onset disasters resulting from the environmental impacts of climate change.

Close Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2020 5:00 PM

Advance Notice – Improving Classrooms in Small or Remote Schools Programme
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This notice is to inform suppliers that the Ministry will be embarking on a programme to improve the internal environments of almost 600 state schools that are small or remote. The programme is expected to take up to four years to complete. Inclusion definitions are:
• Schools that have four or less entitled* teaching spaces (about 100 students)
• Schools that have an isolation index* of 2.0 or higher on the Ministry’s Isolation Index
The improvements will enhance aspects of the learning environment associated with fitness for purpose, operational efficiency and condition. The improvements are: LEDs, acoustic panels, thermal blankets and residual current devices (RCDs) for electrical safety.
Close Date :Thursday, 31 December 2020 5:00 PM

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