Tuesday 12 December 2023

Local authorities granted £25m to accelerate net zero transition

Local authorities granted £25m to accelerate net zero transition

Local authorities have been granted a £25 million package to help accelerate net zero in regions and local communities across the UK.

A total of seven local authorities will share the between £2 million and £5 million of funding from Innovate UK for practical demonstrator projects, showcasing how non-technical barriers to implementing carbon-cutting measures can be overcome.

They include developing a financing model for new low carbon heat networks in traditional terraced streets in Lancashire, building a digital system that councils can use for net zero project design, management and delivery, developing rural energy hubs in Orkney and the Shetlands to integrate transport, heat and power.

In addition, a project in York will facilitate retrofitting homes with low carbon measures, improving the householder experience of retrofit and contributing to better energy efficiency standards across the city.

Mike Biddle, Executive Director for Net Zero at Innovate UK said: “We know that many local authorities find it hard to plan and deliver decarbonisation of heat, power, and transport locally. Often the technology is available but there are big gaps in capability, resource and evidence of what works best in reality.

“That’s why we have issued this package of targeted support to help places all around the UK tackle the challenges, prove what can be done, share experiences and speed up their journey to net zero.”

Written by

Sumit Bose

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