Pioneering a whole systems approach to accelerating local places to Net Zero with low carbon innovation

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Accelerating local energy innovation for Net Zero

More than 75% 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 helps local places build robust strategies to navigate to net zero. By combining cutting edge whole system modelling with network expertise, stakeholder insight and engagement, and integrated planning and procurement advice, we are able to support local authorities become informed decision-makers around

Our 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.

We have developed a Place-based Net Zero Toolkit for local authorities, energy networks, businesses and innovators, including a range of models, tools, guides and case studies to support the growth of innovative low carbon businesses, infrastructure and jobs.

Place-based Net Zero strategies

Our pioneering Local Area Energy Planning is recognised as the leading approach to decarbonising local places.

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 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 helps local places navigate to Net Zero, with a pioneering approach that offers practical steps to deliver real action with consumers at the heart.

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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

Decarbonising Local Places

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 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 on extending the LAEP to include transport, energy storage and hydrogen.

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Helping accelerate zero carbon innovation with independent, technology-agnostic and whole systems models, tools and labs.

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The UK’s leading independent authority on helping 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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