Low carbon future for Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire County Council has signed up to the UK100 clean energy pledge, committing to secure 100% clean energy by 2050.
By signing up to the UK100 network the Council is pledging to secure clean energy, relegating fossil fuels to the past as much as it can, and for Cambridgeshire to become part of an exciting smart new energy system.
More renewable energy and battery storage is needed to support the Government’s net zero carbon commitments by 2050 and deliver on the County Council’s climate emergency declaration in May 2019.
The Council is already at the forefront of renewable energy investment, and has so far invested £19 million into energy projects including solar parks. With an investment programme of a further £55 million to deliver during the next few years, this will help Cambridgeshire move towards the new energy system our future needs.
Our vision is to secure renewable and resilient energy supplies and infrastructure that can support local needs. We will do this whilst maximising commercial benefit for the Council and making best use of Council's assets to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impacts, reaching our aim of net zero carbon by 2050.
Our journey began in 2012 with a grant from Intelligent Energy Europe. This helped us to identify a framework for investing into energy infrastructure, to upskill staff and understand the risks and issues in developing energy projects.
We have worked with over 57 schools, 7 corporate buildings and built a 12MW solar farm. We are developing a pipeline of projects including Smart energy Grids, Battery Storage and Community Heat Networks. While providing tried and tested energy savings solutions, we aim to test new approaches, replicate them and share the learning.