Hub to support Freeport to deliver on net zero

Plymouth and South Devon Freeport. Image credit: Oceansgate Plymouth City Council

The South West Net Zero Hub is supporting the Plymouth and South Devon (PASD) Freeport with their ambition to work with local partners to achieve a net zero emissions target for the Freeport area and the wider region, ahead of 2050.  Freeports are designated areas where a range of economic incentives are available. These include […]

£5 million fund for industrial decarbonisation to launch this summer

birds eye photograph of Avonmouth port

Following engagement with the Net Zero Hubs on the concept of taking a place-based approach to industrial decarbonisation, the government has announced the launch of a £5 million Local Industrial Decarbonation Plans (LIDP) competition.   The competition will support groups of industrial businesses such as glass, cement and ceramics manufacturers, to join together in ‘local industrial clusters’. Collaboration […]

Council gets go-ahead for net zero planning policy

Photograph of houses with solar panels on roofs

We are delighted to share the news that Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) is the first local authority to receive the go-ahead to adopt planning policy to ensure that future new homes are built to net zero standards, based on total energy use and space heating demand requirements.  Following examination, the Planning Inspector […]

Sunshine powered surfing at The Wave

Drone photograph of person surfing

Work is set to start on a solar installation to power The Wave surfing lake in South Gloucestershire with 100% renewable energy.  The South West Energy Hub is proud to have played a part in this innovative project by carrying out a feasibility study which supported South Gloucestershire Council to understand the finance of the […]

£36m for green energy projects in the Solent area

Photograph of solar panels in a field, a solar farm.

The South West Net Zero Hub has played a successful supporting role in Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to green light investment in an ambitious programme of ‘Green Living’ projects.  Feasibility studies funded by the Hub have contributed to the programme of exciting ‘Green Living’ projects agreed by the council’s Cabinet last month. The investment in renewable energy systems […]

£5m for home energy improvements in Swindon and Wiltshire

Photograph of a person installing loft insulation

Some of Swindon and Wiltshire’s most vulnerable households will receive energy efficiency improvements over the next year. The South West Energy Hub, hosted by the West of England Combined Authority, will work with Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council to deliver over £5m worth of home upgrades across Swindon and Wiltshire, following a successful bid […]

South West Energy Hub secures £4.7million for social housing green upgrades

Photograph of solar panels fitted to a roof with scaffolding and ladders used to install in situ.

People living in over 400 social homes in the South West of England will benefit from improvements to boost energy efficiency, following a successful bid by South West Energy Hub. £4.7million of funding provided through the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) will see 467 homes in the region receive new heat pumps, double glazing, […]