Net Zero Development

Lifetime emissions from the site should be net zero. Although these sites are generally considered to have a positive impact on emissions reduction because of the production of renewable electricity, there is still the need to ensure that lifetime emissions from the construction, operation and decommissioning of sites are minimised, by for example electrifying the construction and maintenance fleet or by offsetting embedded emissions from the production and construction of the site. All ancillary buildings onsite should also aim to be net zero. Low carbon construction materials and practices should also minimise the carbon footprint of the development e.g. by local procurement and minimising transport of materials; also supporting the local economy and green growth and seeking to maximise social value benefits throughout the project lifetime in procurement, construction and operation processes. Solar developments should also contribute to the greening of the local economy through increasing green jobs, and green sector skills through upskilling their workforce for example, as these skills will be transferable for both large- and small-scale solar installations. This will also support the Essex Climate Action Commission recommendation to “make Essex a centre of innovation for emerging renewable technologies (e.g. small scale nuclear, & manufacturing of renewables products such as solar tiles)”.

Page updated: 27/06/2022

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