Accelerating local places towards Net Zero with model, tools and skills that help to develop zero carbon strategies, scale-up innovations, attract investment and create jobs

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Accelerating local places towards Net Zero with innovative models, tools and skills

Energy Systems Catapult has developed a Place-based Net Zero Toolkit for local authorities, energy networks, businesses, communities and innovators to accelerate zero carbon solutions.

Each local place 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.

We’ve developed a toolkit that helps clean companies and communities flourish, combining cutting edge whole system models, tools, guides, case studies and information to support the growth of innovative low carbon businesses, attract infrastructure investment and create jobs.

Place-based Net Zero strategies

Our pioneering Local Area Energy Planning is data-driven, collaborative, cost effective and recognised as the leading approach to decarbonising local places.

Creating Smart Local Energy Systems

Supporting the creation of Smart Local Energy Systems to attract innovative low carbon businesses, infrastructure, investment and jobs.

Accelerating zero carbon businesses

Our Place-based Net Zero Toolkit supports zero carbon innovators to help local places decarbonise and supports local places to attract zero carbon businesses.

Decarbonising local places and complex sites

We’ve developed systematic, repeatable and scalable approaches to decarbonising sites, like housing estates and schools, with consistent technical and financial approaches.

What we offer

Energy Systems Catapult offers models, tools and labs to help local places, industry, innovators and communities navigate to Net Zero.

Our Place-based Major Programmes

Energy Systems Catapult delivers multi-year, multi-million pound programmes to help decarbonise local places and complex sites.


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Our Place-Based Net Zero Toolkit

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How to work with us

Energy Systems Catapult provides technical, commercial and policy expertise to drive innovation across the whole energy system.

Our independent and technology-agnostic approach, has built a trusted track record in delivering thought leadership, collaborative R&D and commercial commissioning.

Providing a range of capabilities, tools and labs – from world class Net Zero modelling and cutting-edge systems engineering – through to digital and data science and real-world innovation trials that drive start-ups to success.

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Supporting energy companies and networks, industrial sites and commercial businesses to navigate to Net Zero.

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Supporting government, local authorities and innovators to create the new policies, markets, business models and technologies we need to deliver Net Zero.

Case Studies

Local Area Energy Planning

Around 75% of local authorities in the UK have declare a climate emergency and targets of achieving Net Zero before 2050, yet few have a clear plan on not clear how to get there, what needs to be done in what order, or which technologies and infrastructure to invest in.

Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP) is a data-driven, whole system approach – that considers how to decarbonise the entire energy system at least cost across electricity, gas, heat and transport, down the supply chains from energy generation to distribution and consumption in homes and businesses, and across systems – the physical, digital, market and policy systems.

Bridgend Country Borough Council were one of the first local places in the country to to collaborate on a LAEP – focused initially on the decarbonisation of heat.

Working with BCBC, Wales and West Utilities and other key local stakeholders we developed a street-by-street LAEP unique to the area – that found decarbonisation of heat could be achieved at a cost premium of just 15% above the cost of decarbonising electricity alone.

The LAEP delivered future local energy scenarios; insights and evidence to help develop of a pipeline of innovation projects to transform the energy system to zero carbon over time; and identified opportunities and risks to help support more open dialogue, future engagement and investment in building retrofit, heat, gas and electricity networks.

Bridgend returned in 2021 to collaborate of extending the LAEP to include transport, energy storage and hydrogen.

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Energy System Catapult is the UK’s leading independent authority on helping local places local places and organisations take real action on the climate emergency. Our pioneering approach is data-driven, collaborative and cost effective.

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Energy Systems Catapult helps accelerate zero carbon innovation with independent, technology-agnostic and whole systems models, tools and labs.

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