Local Area Energy Planning: Building robust plans to meet Net Zero

Published: 30 July 2020

The UK has committed to a Net Zero carbon target by 2050 and many towns and cities around the country have declared a climate emergency.

Yet Energy Systems Catapult whole system modelling has shown that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is not the most cost-effective way of achieving Net Zero.

Each local area is unique and the right decarbonisation strategy will depend on the geography, building types, energy infrastructure, energy demand, resources, urban growth plans and low carbon ambitions of the local community.

Local Area Energy Planning is a whole system approach pioneered by Energy Systems Catapult to help inform and support local authorities, energy network operators, businesses and communities to plan for a data-driven, cost-effective low carbon transition.

How does Local Area Energy Planning work?

Over the past five years, Energy Systems Catapult has developed a tried and tested 7-step process to LAEP backed by a revolutionary suite of modelling tools – EnergyPath Networks™ and EnergyPath™ Local Energy Asset Representation.

These tools and 7-step approach enable us to analyse the current energy infrastructure within a local area, while working alongside local authorities, energy networks and other local stakeholders to explore and develop a range of decarbonisation pathways in line with local objectives.

Our detailed evidence and expert guidance will deliver a cost-effective decarbonisation strategy that provides a sound foundation for effective and sustained local action towards achieving Net Zero.