LEP Secures £50,000 BEIS Grant to Develop Our Energy Strategy in the North
YORK, North Yorkshire & East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured a £50,000 grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop the evidence base for informing our areas energy strategy. The LEP is just one of ten across England who were successful in receiving the funding. In the North, Leeds City Region, Cumbria, and Cheshire and Warrington LEPs were also successful.
The funding has been used to procure an evidence base to inform our energy strategy, with activities and outcomes firmly linked to our Strategic Economic Plans and collaborating at a Northern Powerhouse level. The evidence base and resulting strategy will also be used to influence key stakeholders to support energy related inward investment, increase research and development activities, and explore the feasibility of implementing the ‘Paris Agreement’ (a commitment to tackling climate change) at a local level.
We’ve developed four work streams to produce a low carbon energy strategy for our area:
- Establish a robust energy baseline for our area.
- Appraise the Technological options.
- Discern our ‘Energy Opportunity Areas’.
- Use this information to develop an Energy Strategy.
Our ambition is underpinned by our area’s significant expertise in waste valorisation (the turning of our waste into further useful products), as well as implementing energy saving and energy microgeneration activities (the production of heat or power on a smaller, more local scale, closer to its point of use).
Due to the geographical overlap with Leeds City Region, we will be seeking opportunities to work closely together with them to maximise our areas low carbon potential.
Funded work will need to be completed within the 2017/18 financial year.
Some background: Our Area’s Energy Potential
York, North Yorkshire & East Riding is the energy powerhouse of the North; including Drax and Eggborough Power Station, and the Humber Estuary with one of the largest wind farms in the world. Allerton waste Recovery Park proposes to add 203 GWh to the mix (1GWh is enough electricity to power around one million homes for an hour).
However, our region has some of the highest end-user emissions in the country. This is why our LEP has an ambition to become a global leader in the Bioeconomy – to build our areas bio-renewables potential and low carbon supply chains and work towards a circular economy – one in which wastage is reduced and resources are kept in use for as long as possible.
The recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper highlights several ways in which energy will need to be considered in order to build an economy that works for everyone. Alongside this, the forthcoming Emissions Reduction Plan will set out how decarbonisation will be achieved across all sectors of the economy, in line with carbon budgets through to 2032.