Local communities have a new way to help the country meet its obligation to tackle climate change, following this month’s approval of the historic Paris Agreement . With the need to develop a genuinely sustainable energy system more pressing than ever, a new consultation tool published today [30 November] lets towns, villages and neighbourhoods shape their own genuinely sustainable local energy plans.
Published by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and CPRE, it aims to bring communities together to share their passion for local landscapes with their enthusiasm for a more sustainable future.
CSE and CPRE’s new ‘Future Energy Landscapes’ approach shows that putting local people at the centre of energy planning can result in ambitious vision and targets. Through a series of participatory workshops, with visual tools and consumption calculations, communities are empowered to combine their understanding and views of their landscape with planning for energy needs Together, local planners and communities can create robust energy strategies that could deliver radical reductions in carbon emissions and enjoy genuine local backing. Continue reading