Decarbonising North Somerset with the UK Community Renewal Fund

18 March 2022

Over the next few months, the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will be working alongside North Somerset Council to support its decarbonisation of local schools, leisure centres and public buildings.

CSE is working with North Somerset Council to engage with tenants of council-owned buildings and homeowners across the area. Together, we’ll explore the best way to support decarbonisation – the process of reducing carbon dioxide emissions - of buildings in the coming years.

We’ll be running a series of focussed training programmes with selected local buildings and their tenants to raise awareness of the importance of decarbonisation. These sessions will:

  • Give people the knowledge and confidence to make changes to reduce building emissions.
  • Help to build support networks.
  • Investigate ways North Somerset Council can support with making the necessary changes to buildings and how they are used.

Alongside this, Bristol City Council will complete feasibility studies on the chosen public buildings to understand how they can be upgraded to become more energy efficient.

As well as collaborating with tenants of council-owned buildings, we’ll reach out to local people to raise awareness of the benefits of decarbonisation at a local and individual level. Through several public events and social media, we’ll highlight where to find support and guidance on household emissions.

40% of all UK emissions come from households, by encouraging people to be more aware of household contribution, and understand the steps to reduce this, will help to achieve North Somerset Council’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. We all need to make changes to create a greener, smarter and fairer energy system, by adjusting our priorities, making different choices in what we buy and invest in and changing our habits.

Throughout April 2022, we'll attend local events to offer energy advice, guidance on how to save money on bills, and how each person can do their bit to reduce carbon footprint. You can find us here:

  • Clevedon Market – Thursday 7 April
  • Eat.Weston Festival – Saturday 9 April
  • Nailsea Farmers Market – Saturday 16 April
  • Portishead Library –  Friday 22 April 

We understand that it’s complex for communities to work out how to get to carbon net-zero. One of these challenges is the need to upgrade our homes to make them more energy-efficient and reduce emissions. A retrofit survey is unique to each home, looking at everything from draught-proofing to installing heat pumps instead of gas boilers. It includes the exact steps to make a home more energy-efficient, including a bespoke report of the most impactful and cost-effective measures.

As part of this programme with North Somerset Council, we are offering four North Somerset residents a chance to win a free retrofit survey for their homes worth £600. All surveys will be completed by one of our skilled assessors. Find out more about this competition and how to enter here.

North Somerset Council, in partnership with local organisations, received more than £2.8m of government funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund. Enabling Thriving Places in North Somerset is one of four projects delivering this investment in skills, communities and businesses, and supporting people into employment. Work is taking place during the first half of 2022. More information is available on the North Somerset Council website www.n-somerset.gov.uk/crf

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