Energy strategy

Arup’s practical advice brings clarity to energy technology, regulation and markets.

Too often, specialists consider energy from one standpoint only. Arup takes a different approach. We join up technical, commercial, planning and policy expertise to help clients make informed plans – and take decisive action – to improve performance through energy and carbon management.

We assist public and private sector clients, from the University of California to property firm British Land, to find better ways to secure dependable, affordable, low-carbon energy, or to use it more efficiently.

Our global energy skills equip us to take energy strategies from concept to realisation. But we stay attuned to the specific goals and constraints of each client to achieve tangible value.

Realistic analysis

We bring accuracy to targets and plans. With energy audits, consumption studies or carbon footprints, we set highly precise baselines so that clients can establish defined goals, examine feasibility and track progress.

Arup’s worldwide scope keeps us abreast of international and local industry standards. Our carbon measurement tool, Beacon, uses unmatched global data on supply-chain emissions to bring our reporting in line with the most widely used standard in carbon measurement, the 2011 Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Robust analysis is an essential precondition for effective action. For that reason, organisations like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) come to Arup. We produced their Climate Action in Megacities report: the first comprehensive analysis of how some of the world’s biggest cities can contribute to a global low-carbon economy.

Setting strong strategies

From a realistic grounding, Arup helps clients develop a clear and practical direction to meet their energy and carbon challenges. Our high-level thinking rests on relevant, real-world expertise in financial modelling, energyinfrastructure and more.

When Arup updated the City of Melbourne’s Zero Net Emissions by 2020 strategy, we focused on the City’s potential to drive change but also realistically assessed its ability to influence emissions. To do so, we drew on our current knowledge in carbon measurement and mitigation in transportcommercial and residential sectors.

Pragmatic programmes

We empower clients to move from strategy to action. Using our tested skills, which span renewable and distributed energy as well as building retrofit, we design and implement programmes that are technically and commercially sound.

These may be regional or city-wide, such as the London Thames Gateway Heat Network – our design for a district heating system with potential to bring low-carbon, affordable heat to more than 100,000 homes. Or, on another scale, our engineering and project management helped the Mount Zion Research Centre cut annual energy costs by 33%.

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