Below are recommended strategies for improvement in key areas for this local authority, based on performance across the Index’s energy indicators. These are high-level suggestions only; local authority personnel will no doubt have considered the issues carefully, and will have the best sense of what is appropriate given their area’s specific situation.
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- Promote the installation of micro-generation capacity by:
- supporting community-led projects (through direct funding or indirect subsidies, advisory services and micro-generation surgeries)
- fast-tracking planning permission (where required) for installation of capacity
- partnering with providers of energy from micro-generation (these may be large or small energy companies) to fund the installation of capacity in or on public buildings.
- encouraging the development and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure.
- Learn from existing ESCO success stories (e.g. Blue Sky Peterborough). Carry out the feasibility studies to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of a council- owned ESCO.
- Stimulate local uptake of ECO by:
- partnering with energy companies (for ECO)
- raising public awareness and understanding of these programmes
- raising public awareness of the environmental, financial and health benefits of a well-insulated, energy-efficient home.
- Pursue building stock rationalization strategies to improve efficiency of the authority’s real estate portfolio. Retrofit operational facilities Implement energy management systems at relevant facilities and energy efficiency as a procurement criteria. Run education and behaviour change campaigns among council employees. Develop micro-generation capacity for Council facilities.
- Evaluate the potential for and develop local micro-generation, especially on council-owned property. Where the feasible local micro-generation capacity falls short, purchase low or zero carbon energy.
- Consider the financial and environmental benefits of applying ISO 50001.