What We Know about Local Authority Engagement in UK Energy Systems

Date of the report

17 November 2017

Author of the report

UK Energy Research Centre, Energy Technologies Institute and University of Edinburgh

Purpose of the report

This report examines UK Local Authority clean energy plans and investments.  Local strategies can contribute significantly to energy savings in public, commercial and residential buildings; statutory duties, planning and development powers are important in catalysing cross sector innovation for clean energy systems.  Many leading edge Local Authorities have made pledges to achieve 100% clean energy in their area by 2050.

What SWM likes

This publication provides an excellent evidence base and benchmarking of local authorities across the UK, in terms of their engagement with clean energy systems. The document provides case studies and real-life examples of good practice from various councils along with an honest appraisal and quotes of issues faced by councils when implementing energy projects.

This is a very important document that highlights both the need and desire for central government and other bodies to resource local authorities to help them develop clean energy systems and a mechanism to enable the UK to achieve its energy and carbon reduction goals. There is included a series of recommendations for both supporting authorities and local authorities. We are also pleased to see contributions by West Midlands authorities and SWM members to this report, such as the Energy Systems Catapult, and we fed in our knowledge at a workshop hosted in Birmingham thanks to our local expertise, through running relevant networks and the longest-running local authority sustainability benchmark in the country.


The full report is available here