EU cash will boost Devon’s low carbon sector by up to £16m
Posted on: 15 October 2018
Devon County Council has been awarded £1m of EU funding for activities to help deliver a range of energy projects which will boost Devon’s low carbon energy sector and reduce its carbon footprint.
The money is Devon’s slice of £3m of funding from the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) initiative.
It follows a joint application by Bristol City Council, Devon County Council and Plymouth City Councils, who form the South West Energy Partnership (SWEP).
This funding will kick-start a range of new energy projects in the South West which will be supported through grants and a dedicated team who will work to ensure that each project has the best possible chance of being delivered.
The three-year programme will consist of a series of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and heat networks projects across the region.
The South West Energy Partnership will support the delivery of several projects to help the region reduce carbon emissions, reduce costs and improve services.
In Devon this includes reducing the running costs of 55,000 street lights by cutting the amount of energy they use by around 60 per cent.
Other projects include installing solar arrays on public buildings to reduce costs and making them more energy efficient, new cycle paths for commuters and increasing the number of electric vehicle charge points in Devon.
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for
Environment, said: “The funding will help us to kick start a range of projects which will support the council in delivering its target of reducing the region’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
“These projects will also give us more control over energy use, will reduce air pollution from transport and generate energy which will improve the quality of life for Devon’s residents.
“We anticipate that this funding will stimulate Devon’s low carbon energy sector and lead to at least £16m being invested into low carbon projects in the county.”