Local Authority Engagement in UK Energy Systems: Highlights from early findings
Key findings:
  • The majority of local authorities have ambitions for action on sustainable energy, and 82% of those researched are active to some degree
  • Local authorities were more likely to have an Energy and Carbon Plan than investment in projects
  • Local authority investment in energy was focused on infrastructures for combined heat and power alongside the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings
  • Across the UK, Scotland had a higher proportion of leaders in providing low carbon systems – the leading local authorities in England were in Yorkshire and Humber, Greater London and the North East
  • The scale of local authority energy projects in relation to overall energy systems remains limited
  • Local authorities have very limited capacity for strategic energy management