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The future of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial buildings and the drive for zero carbon




This event is a collaboration between Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire Greentech. It will give participants a greater understanding of the need for energy savings in non-domestic buildings in the light of recent Climate Emergency declarations and existing legislation.




This session will look in detail at current and future progression of the statutory Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for non-domestic buildings. Topics covered include detailed information on MEES itself, landlord and Council perspectives, potential solution providers and importantly gives delegates the chance to feed back to Government on current issues with non-domestic MEES and the future proposals for it.

The Climate Change Act 2008 aims to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon emissions (from 1990 levels) by 2050. To help meet the targets set by the 2008 Act, various statutory and regulatory measures were introduced with the aim of reducing the reliance of the UK’s building stock (some of the oldest in the world) on carbon sources. One of these measures is the Energy Act 2011 which, in its turn, produced MEES; the purpose of which is to improve the energy performance of the UK’s properties.

From 1st April 2018, the MEES regulations prohibited a landlord from either renewing or granting a new let on a property which falls below an E rating in the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), unless the landlord registers an exemption. On 1st April 2023 this will be extended to existing letting arrangements.

More recently, the UK Parliament and many Councils have declared Climate Emergencies, requiring the zero carbon target to be met earlier, by 2030 at the latest, and pushing this issue up the political agenda. With an estimated 9% of all UK greenhouse house gas emissions in 2014 coming from non-domestic buildings, energy efficiency here is vital in tackling climate change.


What will you learn?

At this event, you will:

  • Hear more about these proposed updates to the MEES regulations from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

  • Be able to feed back your learning and concerns to shape the future of MEES.

  • Learn more about MEES itself; utilising Oxford City Council’s experience and existing examples of non-domestic energy efficiency retrofit

  • Hear from potential solution providers

  • Find out more about why a climate emergency is important to your business



Who should attend?

The target audience for this event is anyone who has an interest in the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings. This includes non-domestic landlords, facility management companies, estate agents, non-domestic EPC assessors, loca l government professionals, energy specialists and a range of retrofit providers.



Emerging Agenda

12:30 - Registration, refreshments and networking

13:00 - WELCOME and Introduction - Cllr Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford at Oxford City Council

The Governmental Perspective – Dominic Humphreys, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Understanding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards’

Facilitated questions and answer session

14:15 - COFFEE BREAK and networking

14:30 - Non domestic Retrofit examples

Energy efficiency retrofit solutions

Questions and Answer

Networking and collaboration

16:30 – FINISH and CLOSE




Oxfordshire Greentech is the business network for the low carbon future. It has been developed in partnership with Bioregional and Cherwell District Council as part of the Oxfutures Programme.

OxFutures is a £3.2m project to boost low carbon economic development in Oxfordshire. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and run through a collaborative partnership between the Low Carbon Hub, Oxford City Council, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Cherwell District Council and Bioregional. More information can be found here.

Oxford City Council has been funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to increase awareness and compliance of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in both domestic and non domestic properties.

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