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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Kirklees use solar panels as part of their green ambition

Kirklees Council have a green ambition to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent between 2005 and 2020. As part of that, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) has installed photovoltaic (PV) panels on several estates.

Estates redevelopment: Scowerdons, Weakland and Newstead

This case study looks at how Sheffield City Council approached the tricky task of demolishing and rebuilding an out-of-date estate.

Good practice library for compare renewables

Biomass Barnsley sets off biomass boilers Suffolk's Wood Fuel Programme Worcestershire uses new biomass boiler for their primary school

South Bucks and Chiltern

Get me to the CAB in time The two district councils of South Bucks and Chiltern are partnering with Citizens Advice Bureau and a local young homeless charity. They are providing debt management advice and helping young, previously homeless people become tenants through a specialist support worker.

Anaerobic digestion: reducing landfill waste

Leicester is a very urban city with limited pavement space for kerbside containers. But Leicester City Council was determined to cut its waste sent to landfill.

Cornwall goes retro with heat pumps

In 2006 Carrick Housing began an ongoing programme to install ground source heating in rural properties that cannot get gas heating.

Hull uses heat pumps as part of their eco-efficiency plan

How do you fund renewable energy technologies if they significantly increase the overall costs of a project?

Woking uses CHP to make major cuts in carbon emissions

Woking's town centre combined heat and power (CHP) project serves a mixture of public buildings and homes. It is a key part of the council's climate change measures.

Wind turbines

This section explains how energy is generated from the wind and how to identify opportunities to do this in your local area.

Suffolk’s Wood Fuel Programme

As part of its bid to become the greenest county, Suffolk County Council has installed 20 wood-fired boilers in schools and offices. Its Wood Fuels programme now produces a total heat output of 3.2 megawatts (MW) at a saving of about 420 tonnes of CO2 each year. And the local biomass industry has created about 40 jobs.