May 262012

Last year CLASP offered funding support awards to 7 local authority led projects that were judged to be both innovative and potentially useful to a range of authorities outside the main applicant.

All the outputs from 4 of those projects are now online, and the others will follow shortly.  I’ve attached short summaries of these 4 projects which include links to the full resources.  We hope you’ll find these interesting.  All materials are available for public sector organisations to adapt.  Full links and contact details are in the summaries.

You can find out about all the projects that were selected last year, and download the 2012/13 application information at:

 The summaries attached include:

 Low Carbon & Adaptation Indicators

Sefton Council (on behalf of Liverpool City Region)

Developing a usable set of baseline environmental (low carbon and adaptation) indicators that can provide straightforward, innovative, effective and flexible monitoring and benchmarking at a number of different spatial levels. LCR Indicators Summary

 Renewable Deployment and District Targets

Lancashire County Council (on behalf of Lancashire sub-region)

Taking forward the deployment of renewables, working with each authority to identify renewable energy targets to help inform the preparation of Local Development Plans. Lancs Renewable Deployment Summary

Biomass Heating System Specification Guidance

Cheshire West & Chester Council & Liverpool City Region

Working through Mersey Forest to produce handy guidance on biomass heating systems to assist public sector authorities, specifiers and operators. Biomass Spec Summary

Improving Emissions Inventories and Reporting

Manchester City Council

Developing emission data and analysis tools for carbon performance management across the Greater Manchester authorities.   MCC Emissions Metrics Summary

Mar 252012
Strategy Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services Sector Strategy for England’s Northwest
Lifetime 2010 – 2020
Summary The vision for the LCEGS sector in the strategy was :‘In 2020 the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services Sector will be the largest industrial sector in the region and the leading LCEGS sector in theUK. The sector is diverse to support all the requirements of a low carbon economy with segments which are internationally leading, such as nuclear energy and smart grids’.
Aims and objectives There were three main aims to support the vision:- To realise a rate of sector growth of above the national average over the next three years by developing the existing portfolio of capabilities and exploiting emerging market opportunities- To raise the level of innovation activity and increase the rate of successful technology from the regional research base

– To secure targeted private sector investment in support of regional business growth

Six strategic priorities supported the aims:

  1. Strategic leadership
  2. Market development
  3. Innovation support
  4. Investment
  5. International trade
  6. Skills
Lessons learned Extensive consultation with key sector organisations was essential to the development of a robust strategyEnvirolink Northwest, set up by NWDA as the cluster body to support the Northwest’s LCEGS sector, managed a number of NWDA funded projects and programmes. As an organisation they had to re-organise their structure in order to successfully deliver projects and programmes as staff numbers grew.Envirolink Northwest benefited from strong and industry focused leadership both through its Executive Board and Steering Group.
Future outlook The LCEGS sector continues to be a growth sector for the region and UK; support on a regional level continues through Envirolink Northwest.
Links Envirolink Northwest
NW Low Carbon And Environmental Technologies Sector Strategy Full 2010
NW Low Carbon And Environmental Technologies Sector Strategy Full 2010
NW Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies Sector Strategy Full 2010.pdf
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NW Low Carbon And Environmental Technologies Sector Strategy Summary 2010
NW Low Carbon And Environmental Technologies Sector Strategy Summary 2010
NW Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies Sector Strategy Summary 2010.pdf
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Mar 252012


Strategy Northwest Climate Change Action Plan
Partners The Northwest Climate Change Partnership – Government Office Northwest, 4NW, Environment Agency (Northwest), Envirolink Northwest, Confederation of British Industry North West, Northwest Improvement & Efficiency Partnership, Carbon Trust, Homes & Communities Agency, Joule Centre (University of Manchester), The Mersey Partnership, Business In The Community, Northwest Business Leadership Team, The Commission for the New Economy Manchester, United Utilities, Enworks, Groundwork Northwest, Energy Saving Trust, Community Forests Northwest, NHS Northwest, Northwest Energy Council, Lancashire Economic Partnership, Northwest Domestic Energy Alliance, Cheshire & Warrington Economic Alliance, Cumbria Strategic Partnership.
Lifetime 2006 – 2012 (Refreshed 2009)
Summary ‘Rising to the Challenge – A Climate Change Action Plan forEngland’s Northwest’, first published in 2006, was a groundbreaking plan outlining the approach to the challenges and opportunities in our transition to a low carbon, well adapted region. The CCAP was refreshed in 2009 in order to strengthen our approach, in light of progress made to date and developments at national and international level. The plan was steered by the Northwest Climate Change Partnership, and delivered by the Northwest Climate Change Unit. It was intended that the plan would be reviewed again once the region’s strategic priorities are confirmed through the development of the Regional Strategy.
Aims and objectives The vision of the Northwest Climate Change Action Plan was to create ‘A low carbon and well adapting Northwest by 2020’. It is worth noting that the vision was amended slightly from the first CCAP to include ‘Adapting’ rather than ‘Adapted’ in recognition that climate resilience would be an ongoing process post 2020.The three overarching objectives were to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Adapt to unavoidable climate change
  • Capitalise on opportunities for economic growth.

The CCAP also articulated the key outcomes by 2020, which provided an overarching framework by which all actions would be designed.

Lessons learned A broad partnership of stakeholders is vital at the start of a new and emerging programme: however, over time, it is important to break the issues down and revise governance arrangements accordingly.For emerging new areas of work, there are significant advantages in working collaboratively, including economies of scale in research and evidence, the ability to share best practice and the opportunity for partners to focus on differing priorities whilst remaining aware of the entirety of the programme.

The creation of a dedicated multi-agency team to deliver the plan assisted significantly, through bringing together different skills, networks, and building a consultative and open approach by all stakeholders.

Managing large, interconnected change programmes, such as the CCAP, is complex and challenges existing performance management systems. Care should be taken at the outset to ensure that appropriate metrics are in place, or developed quickly, to enable all outcomes to be evaluated and compared fully.

Future outlook The profile of climate change in the region has been significantly raised through the CCAP and the Agency’s involvement, and the opportunities in moving to a low carbon economy have been recognised at local level. During the remainder of its life, the Agency will seek to ensure that the legacy from the four years of the CCAP is maintained and opportunities for cross border collaboration are explored.
Links  Climate Change Northwest

Rising To The Challenge Climate Change Action Plan 2010
Rising To The Challenge Climate Change Action Plan 2010
Rising to the Challenge Climate Change Action Plan 2010.pdf
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NW CCAP Progress Summary 2008
NW CCAP Progress Summary 2008
NW CCAP Progress Summary 2008.pdf
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North West Climate Change Action Plan 2007
North West Climate Change Action Plan 2007
North West Climate Change Action Plan 2007.pdf
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Mar 252012


Strategy Making it Happen – the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan for England’s Northwest 2010-2012
Partners NWDA, Environment Agency, Government Office Northwest and 4NW.
Lifetime Developed during 2009.
Summary Produced by the NWDA, in partnership with 4NW, GONW and the Environment Agency, the plan was developed in consultation with a wide number of partners.  It provided the framework for SCP in the region building on existing activities and identifying new transformational activities for the region.
Aims and objectives The plan set a vision to:Achieve a more productive, resource efficient, low carbon Northwest by 2020 through continuous economic and social progress that makes best use of resources to meet the needs and aspirations of the Northwest for a better quality of life.The vision was to be delivered through 5 outcomes:Transformation of resource use with the region consuming sustainably – especially in terms of food, chemicals, construction and water.Businesses are sustainable and provide resource efficient, low carbon products and services.

Waste, when unavoidably produced, is seen as a valuable resource – a pathway towards zero waste to landfill is established and commercial waste recycling rates have improved

The Northwest’s Low carbon and Environmental Goods and Services sector is providing sustainable consumption and production solutions and the Northwest is the premier hub for waste and recycling technologies.

The public sector is leading the way – transforming its use of resources and purchasing resource efficient, low carbon products and services.

Lessons learned The plan developed was a plan for the region, not NWDA.  The expertise and enthusiasm for this agenda and region were absolutely vital to developing the plan.  The extensive consultation makes the plan still relevant whoever has the capability, funding and desire to deliver it.The paucity of data on resource use at a regional level is a significant barrier to identifying strategic actions to target use.
Future outlook The plan was launched on 23rd February 2010.  In June 2010 it was announced that the RDA would be closing.  This restricted delivery of the new activities, however, most of our business support activity was already underway and contracted. 
Making It Happen SCP Action Plan 2010
Making It Happen SCP Action Plan 2010
Making It Happen SCP Action Plan 2010.PDF
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Mar 192012


Project Natural Economy Northwest  
Partner Natural England and the SITA Trust        
Lifetime 2007 – 2010
Funding NWDA £1.2m
Natural Economy Northwest (NENW) was a regional partnership programme led by Natural England, the NWDA and the SITA Trust to deliver under the Regional Economic Strategy. The programme was only been possible through the involvement of a wide range of partners and stakeholders from the public, business and voluntary sectors. At the heart of NENW’s ethos was the vision for a prosperous economic future with a thriving natural environment for the Northwest.  The focus of the programme was to maximise the economic benefit from existing and new investment in the natural environment. NENW’s emphasis was on direction, delivery and dissemination:
Outputs The environmental economy contributes to the region’s economic prosperity through 109,000 jobs and £2.6 billion Gross Value Added.
Lessons learned Green infrastructure should be considered as a critical infrastructure. It needs to be planned, managed and invested in at different spatial scales as with any other critical infrastructure.Natural environment projects must incorporate socio-economic outputs and outcomes to benefit society.

Grey infrastructure projects must integrate green infrastructure for enhanced benefits and sustainability.

Natural tourism is an important area of sustainable economic growth. The Northwest’s stunning natural assets give it the potential to be a leader among the English regions.

Businesses can benefit from the natural environment, and business is part of the solution for sustainability.

We need to manage natural assets effectively in hard times to optimise the multifunctional benefits.

The natural economy is a unique selling point for Northwest England.

Future outlook Project has ceased, but learning remains available and is used regularly by the Northwest GI Unit.
Links Natural Economy Northwest  Green Infrastructure North West

A Future For The Natural Economy
A Future For The Natural Economy
A Future for the Natural Economy.pdf
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