Peterborough City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has made tackling climate change a priority. In response, Peterborough City Council worked with Energy Systems Catapult to develop a Local Area Energy Plan (LAEP) – our pioneering, data-driven, collaborative and cost-effective approach to planning for decarbonisation of local places.
The LAEP – which covers 70% of all emissions generated in Peterborough – evaluates the current and future energy demands of the city, considering electricity demand, heating demand, retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging demand to produce a plan to get to Net Zero carbon.
Energy Systems Catapult helps local places explore potential pathways to Net Zero that considers a range of technologies and scenarios, and when combined with stakeholder engagement leads to the identification of the most cost-effective preferred pathway and a sequenced plan of proposed actions to achieving an area’s Net Zero goal.
Peterborough was divided into ten zones based on areas served by primary electricity substations, rather than any political or geographical boundary. Dividing Peterborough into ten zones was necessary owing to the distinctions between urban/rural and commercial/residential areas that require different decarbonisation solutions.
The LAEP demonstrated that meeting a Net Zero target of 2040 would require investment of £8.8 billion into Peterborough. The forecast investment required is the total capital costs of the whole energy system (including domestic heating, insulation, networks etc.). Investment would most likely come from a combination of private investment, residential home upgrades, and government grants.
The LAEP has supported Peterborough City Council by:
- Identifying potential projects that inform the Council’s decisions on where to focus public and private investment to best meet their decarbonisation efforts.
- Providing an open and transparent approach for engaging with local stakeholders on findings, barriers and solutions.
- Creating a stakeholder group to lead the delivery of LAEP projects through the development of viable business cases to unlock investment.
- Supporting development of its City-Wide Climate Change Action Plan.