Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Effective carbon reduction approaches for large developments, Worcestershire councils, Midlands Net Zero Hub

A main role of the Midlands Net Zero Hub is to provide resource capacity and support to meet council gaps in expertise and time.

Electric Vehicles - Revive Network, South Gloucestershire Council

The ‘Revive Network’ runs across authorities in the West of England, as a council-owned network with its operation and management completed by Bristol City Council on behalf of all the participating local authorities.

Decarbonisation of Public Sector Buildings, London Borough of Barnet

The London Borough of Barnet secured Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) funding (PSDS1 and PSDS3) from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures in public buildings, including offices, schools, libraries and community services, with a focus on heat pumps.

Homes Retrofit Measures within a Holistic Approach, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council have brought together environmental, sustainability and carbon reduction objectives together under one strategy.

Sustainable Warmth - Community Energy Groups, Devon County Council

Retrofit is a key part of the decarbonisation agenda, and there has been a push by Devon County Council to increase uptake for the ‘able to pay’ market as well as to best use and target grant funding for households who are ‘unable to pay’ for such home upgrades.

Salt Ayre Leisure Centre Decarbonisation, Lancaster City Council

Lancaster City Council declared a climate emergency after councillors unanimously voted to work towards creating a zero-carbon district by 2030.

Green Economic Recovery - Lewes District Council

Lewes District Council adopted a new corporate plan in February 2020, following the declaration of a climate emergency in July 2019. The corporate plan, ‘Reimagining Lewes District’, set out the council’s ambitions to achieve net carbon zero whilst continuing to embed community wealth building principles within the district. This case study sets out how delivery has progressed since.

East Lindsey District Council, Phase 1b Green Homes Grants delivery

In December 2020, the East Lindsey District Council successfully secured £2.2million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for Green Homes Grants. Over the next 18 months, a team was built, contractors were procured, and 192 properties received energy efficiency upgrades to help make them warmer, more affordable to run and less impactful on the environment through reduced carbon emissions.

Scrap metal licensing case studies

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 gave councils the responsibility for the licensing of scrap metal dealers and collectors, as well as the enforcement of the licensing regime alongside the police.