Transforming the way we produce and consume energy locally is vital for the sustainability of our future. We need to take responsibility for caring for our environment and planet so our people and businesses can thrive and flourish in the future.
Our Energy Strategy provides a framework for transition to a low carbon economy including actions to reduce carbon emissions across the heat, power and transport sectors and balancing decarbonisation with clean growth. It also makes recommendations on how our area can take advantage of clean growth technology – a sector which is projected to grow four times faster than the rest of the economy and make up 8% of the UK’s total economic output by 2030.
The strategy, we have developed with Coast to Capital and South East LEPs, and its recommendations will set out how we can make sure clean growth is at the heart of our approach, creating new businesses and investing in cost effective energy saving technologies in existing industries. It also includes a calculation model for the purpose of conducting a high level techno-economic assessment of an integrated energy service, to help inform future planning.
From strategy to action we know we have to move quickly to make a difference to our sustainability. We are working with 11 LEPs covering the South East, East of England, Greater London and the Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge growth corridor, to create The Greater South East Energy Hub. The Energy Hub, funded by BEIS, is one of five across the country.
These Energy Hubs will co-ordinate, manage and create the technical feasibility studies needed to promote and accelerate delivery of new local energy infrastructure. The Hub will reference the six new Local Energy Strategies being created across the geography plus the existing London strategies and plans relating to local energy. All local authorities and principal stakeholders will be engaged to ensure that emerging requirements are also considered. The ambition is that the Hub is financially self-sufficient from April 2020 and that it becomes a delivery vehicle to address infrastructure issues that current organisations and delivery models are unable to satisfy.
Energised by the work we are doing and care about sustainability in our economy, we welcome all sparks of ideas to develop and transition to a low carbon economy @enterpriem3