Grant will fund energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport projects
Posted on: 14 January 2019
A new wave of energy projects are set to be delivered across the South West by a consortium that includes Devon County Council.
Almost £2 million has been awarded to Bristol City Council, in partnership with Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council.
The €1.9 million grant from the European Investment Bank and the European Commission will fund new energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and heat networks projects across Bristol, Devon, Plymouth and the wider region over the next three years.
This is the second successful funding bid from the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility to the south west, but the first with a multiple authority focus and will
kick-start a number of new energy projects across the South West.
This will mean hundreds of projects to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and domestic properties , as well as increase the electric vehicle infrastructure.
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 Devon 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 energy sector and lead to at least £16m being invested into low carbon projects in the county.”