Legal Frameworks for SEI

This Task Group has been formed to work with legal experts from industry and local government to provide guidance on legal frameworks for navigating the complexities of Sustainable Energy Infrastructure (SEI), such as district heating and heat networks.

Date founded: 01/11/10   

Number of members: 14

Download the report

Background to the Task Group

In February 2010, UK-GBC produced a Sustainable Community Infrastructure (SCI) report in conjunction with the Zero Carbon Hub - a move that proved a timely intervention with the coalition Government's focus on community engagement and localism.

The task group report suggested that delivering successful, integrated and sustainable energy infrastructure would not be possible without overcoming certains barriers including the lack of standardised frameworks and agreements available for the delivery of SEI. Currently, every time partners (developers, utility providers, local authorities etc) come together to seek to deliver SEI they, in effect, start from scratch on the legal arrangements – causing unnecessary delays, cost and bureaucracy. There was clearly a need for guidance in this area, resulting in the launch of UK-GBC's SEI Legal Frameworks Task Group in November 2010.

The work of the Task Group

The full report was launched on the 5 July 2012 and can be downloaded here.

An interim report was produced on the 19 May 2011 and can be found here.

Who's involved?

  • Colin Hall, Winckworth Sherwood, Chair
  • Robert Tudway, Greater London Authority 
  • Michael Barlow, Burges Salmon
  • Joanna Brown, Lend Lease
  • Peter Ferguson, Johnson Controls
  • James Jeffery, Firstbase
  • Tim Lunel, National Energy Foundation
  • Charlotte Parkes, Islington Council
  • Laraine Phillips, Berkeley Group
  • Peter Stuckey, E.ON UK
  • Derek Tadiello, Laing O'Rourke
  • Liz Turner, Barratt Developments
  • Alasdair Young, Buro Happold

This Task Group is being supported by the Zero Carbon Hub, and sponsored by the NHBC FoundationE.ON and Berkeley Group.