Gloucestershire maps out its path to a zero carbon energy future

CSE analysis underpins the county’s ambitious plans

5 February 2019

Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP, has published the county’s new sustainable energy strategy, setting out how Gloucestershire will play its part in achieving a zero carbon energy future. Committing the county to become carbon neutral by 2050, the strategy has developed from detailed analysis and stakeholder engagement undertaken by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), led by Chief Executive, Simon Roberts, and with support from Severn Wye Energy Agency.

The strategy builds from an extensive review of available data and evidence alongside engagement with stakeholders. It includes a detailed SWOT analysis, identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in both the current capabilities, policies and practices across Gloucestershire and in national policies and funding programmes. CSE’s Simon Roberts said, “This approach ensures the strategy is starting from where things are, rather than where anyone might want them to be. This means the recommended actions are realistic first next steps which will create the conditions for future success.”

Establishing six strategic energy ambitions for Gloucestershire, the strategy identifies nine key building blocks required to deliver them. Its Road Map outlines specific activities to ensure short, medium and long-term changes from 2019-25. The strategy also sets out the need to ensure that all policies and programmes align with these ambitions. As GFirst LEP’s CEO, David Owen, says in his foreword to the Strategy, “The ambitions outlined in this energy strategy for Gloucestershire will become key factors in the development of other projects within the county as well as playing a vital role in the development of the county’s Local Industrial Strategy.”

To download the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy, click here.

To download CSE’s report on the analysis and evidence which underpins the strategy and its recommendations, click here.

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