CSE’s West of England energy study report and recommendations now available
24 January 2019
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has made available CSE’s report, commissioned in December 2017 to provide the underpinning analysis for a new West of England Energy Strategy.
The report, Towards a Sustainable Energy Future for the West of England: Report and recommendations of the West of England energy study, was completed by CSE in May 2018 with the support and endorsement of the representatives of the four West of England local authorities (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who sat on the study Steering Group.
In addition to the detailed analysis undertaken by CSE, led by Chief Executive Simon Roberts, the report’s content benefitted from extensive stakeholder engagement. This included a workshop in February 2018 jointly convened with Bristol Green Capital Partnership, attended by more than 70 business, community, academic and public sector stakeholders from across the West of England.
The analysis identifies ten key building blocks and one over-arching commitment that together provide the foundations for a strategic approach to achieving the region’s energy ambitions as developed with stakeholders during the study. CSE’s report provides a set of 22 recommendations for early action to establish these key building blocks and to guide the region’s representation to national government. These, and associated follow-on actions between 2019 and 2025, are presented as a road map to show how progress can be sustained.
WECA has published its draft energy strategy for the region which it subsequently developed.