We empower Local Authorities for Net Zero action providing the plans, projects, approaches and partners needed to decarbonise our local places

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Accelerating local authorities to Net Zero

Over 80% of local authorities in the UK have declared a climate emergency, with most targeting Net Zero before 2050. Yet few have a clear plan on how to get there, what needs to be done in what order, or which technologies and infrastructure to invest in.

Energy Systems Catapult are experts in local energy system decarbonisation, so whatever stage you’re at in your Net Zero journey, talk to us about how we can help you.

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

Step 1 – Define your Net Zero baseline

Find out what energy assets are in your area already? Local Energy Asset Representation.

Step 2 – Put a Net Zero action plan in place

Our pioneering Local Area Energy Planning approach will model the scenarios and determine the most cost effective route to achieve your Net Zero target.

Step 3 – Identify locations for your Net Zero projects

Need to identify locations for your projects? We’ve developed a series of datasets that identify suitable locations for the most common local authority project type. Browse our Net Zero Data.

Step 4 – Deliver the Net Zero projects in your plan

Need help preparing for funding calls or developing your projects? Net Zero Go is trusted by hundreds of local authority officers to provide guidance, tools and templates, plus access to others that have been there, done it.

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Case Studies

York & North Yorkshire LEP

Local Area Asset Representation is a modelling tool developed by Energy Systems Catapult. It pulls together local information on energy demand, generation, storage and distribution assets, social factors like fuel poverty and characteristics like building design types and local geography, using geospatial data analysis and aspects of machine learning. It enables planners and innovators to strategically decide how they might deploy and grow low carbon businesses.

The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (YNY LEP) needed  a LEAR to support their vision for achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and milestone of 78% reduction by 2035. Locally, five local authorities have declared a climate emergency setting challenging decarbonisation targets up to twenty years ahead of that target. YNY LEP area covers well over 8,000 km2 and has a population of around 825,000 people.

YNY LEP requested their LEAR provide an understanding of the building stock in the local area by geographic location, including analysis of:

  • Types of dwellings including building fabric
  • Types of heating systems
  • Annual and peak energy demands
  • Potential for domestic on-roof solar PV and off-street parking for electric vehicle charging
  • An assessment of energy networks that serve them including capacity and embedded generation.

The LEAR also provided information on the levels of employment and deprivation correlating to the building by building assessment in each area.

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