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 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
3.5 MB
NW CCAP Progress Summary 2008
NW CCAP Progress Summary 2008
NW CCAP Progress Summary 2008.pdf
1.4 MB

North West Climate Change Action Plan 2007
North West Climate Change Action Plan 2007
North West Climate Change Action Plan 2007.pdf
362.0 KB
Mar 182012
Project Low Carbon Market Development Programme
Partners Envirolink and Sub-Regional Partnerships
Lifetime 2009 –2012
Funding NWDA / ERDF £2.4m
The aim of this project was to increase the market for renewable energy in the region and to help grow the renewable energy companies within the environmental technologies sector.  It did this by providing

  • Advocacy and research support services for renewable technologies to stimulate market demand and to help increase the supply of low carbon technologies.  Providing up to date information that can be used for planning consultations and enquiries, to help reduce barriers to installation and encourage take-up.
  • Expanding market opportunities.  Identifying potential projects at a regional level that could stimulate demand for renewable technologies.  Advocacy and technical support services were used to encourage uptake of renewables in such projects.
  • Technical support.  Support in grid connection, specialist support through the planning process, and specialist support for financing of renewable projects, including advice on establishing and partnering with Energy Service Companies (ESCos), innovative funding models and signposting to existing funding programmes.

The services were targeted at technologies that have been identified as having substantial opportunity in the Northwest, in particular:

  • Onshore wind·  
  • Microgeneration and small scale renewable
  • Energy from waste
Forecast Outputs Forecasted as 43 jobs created, 323 Intermediate Business Assists, £1.7m public/private investment levered,.12 applications of low carbon technology.
Lessons learned Awaiting Exit Report
Future outlook Awaiting Exit Report
Links Envirolink
Market Survey Of NW Renewable Energy Companies
Market Survey Of NW Renewable Energy Companies
Market Survey of NW Renewable Energy Companies.pdf
148.9 KB

Solway Energy Gateway Feasibility 2009
Solway Energy Gateway Feasibility 2009
Solway Energy Gateway feasibility 2009.PDF
2.2 MB
Economic Opportunities From Renewables 2009
Economic Opportunities From Renewables 2009
Economic Opportunities from Renewables 2009.PDF
1.3 MB
Esco Feasibility Study 2007
Esco Feasibility Study 2007
Esco Feasibility Study 2007.pdf
2.0 MB
Broad Areas For Renewables Deployment 2008
Broad Areas For Renewables Deployment 2008
Broad Areas for Renewables Deployment 2008.PDF
465.1 KB


Mar 182012
Project Manchester Is My Planet
Partner Manchester Knowledge Capital
Lifetime 2009 –2011
Funding NWDA / FP7 / IEE £385,000
(NB: In addition to the above,Manchester and Oldham local authorities plus SURF contributed £216,000 in kind support to the research projects)
The project provided significant strategic value added for the Northwest through both promoting the region at the forefront of climate change thinking and applying learning from across the European Union to both Greater Manchester and the wider region by funding the delivery and dissemination to the rest of the region of two innovative action learning projects on climate change, i.e. to explore the potential and applicability of continental-style Energy Planning within the Region, using Greater Manchester as an example (PEPESEC), and to better understand the success factors in engaging energy end-users to reduce their carbon emissions (Changing Behaviour). In addition it supported further stakeholder engagement activity on climate change by the nationally renowned Manchester Is My Planet programme (MIMP).
Outputs £39,000 public sector leverage and 20 business assists
Lessons learned EU funded projects benefit from involving partners who have the administrative capacity to take on the contract management aspects and relinquish technical staff to focus on achieving the outputs and outcomes.In assembling a trans-national partnership project, partners should be chosen from fully engaged technical colleagues.
Future outlook The PEPSEC evidence base has been utilised for the development of the GM Climate Change Strategy and the GM Energy Plan. The SEAP has been disseminated to other partners across the region. M:KC and MIMP have ceased trading.
Links Manchester is My Planet
Economic Impact Mini-Stern For Manchester 2008
Economic Impact Mini-Stern For Manchester 2008
Economic Impact Mini-Stern For Manchester 2008.pdf
2.6 MB


Mar 182012
Project Carbon Efficiency Advice Services (CCAP Transport and Domestic Portfolio)
Partner Energy Saving Trust
Lifetime 2009 to 2011
Funding NWDA / public £6m
This project delivered specific elements of the domestic and transport elements of “Rising to the Challenge” a Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) forEngland’s Northwest. The programme was lead by the Energy Saving Trust a nominated lead body for actions within the Northwest Climate Change Action Plan and involved the delivery of a number of activities, including awareness raising on low carbon transport, marketing campaigns to 200,000 householders to increase the uptake of carbon efficient measures and behavioural change, field trials of microgeneration technologies in homes, development of the local mircogeneration supply chain and smarter driving lessons for employees. The Energy Saving Trust was able to improve the travel advice provided to householders in the region through close working with LTAs and 4NW. This work lead to an improved evidence base used across local authorities to inform regional and local strategy development; training and awareness raising on low carbon transport and by the Energy Saving Trust for ground breaking new householders interactive engagement tools for the entire Energy Saving Trust UK advice network. The Energy Saving Trust were also able to improve the local demand and supply of Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited installers and products and extend the national microgeneration field trails for Ground Source Heat and Solar Thermal to include North West homes to provide a robust evidence base on the performance of these technologies up across the UK.
Outputs 29 companies supported through MCS accreditation with 230 jobs safeguarded or created.5,000 stakeholders engaged indirectly through microgeneration promotion

Other outputs included 26 microgeneration installations (11 Ground Source Heat Pumps and 15 Solar Thermal), 123 businesses assisted with resource efficiency, and communication and marketing initiatives covering over 200,000 households.

Lessons learned There was a widespread distribution of response across the region, demonstrating that there is interest in microgeneration technologies not only in rural but also in urban areas. Microgeneration campaigns have proved successful in encouraging installers to achieve MCS standards. Transport advice has been more difficult to engage, with respondents demonstrating a significant level of inertia which has required one-to-one advice and follow-up. The appetite for smarter driving, linked to tangible cost savings, was higher and the project could have catered for a significant scaling up.
Future outlook The transport activity through the CCAP has been mainstreamed within the delivery model for advice services. The lessons learned and value for money findings from the projects will also assist future low carbon programme development across the Northwest.
Links Energy Saving Trust

NW Modal Shift Mapping 2009
NW Modal Shift Mapping 2009
NW Modal Shift Mapping 2009.pdf
314.2 KB

Smarter Driver Training Project 2010
Smarter Driver Training Project 2010
Smarter Driver Training Project 2010.PDF
504.2 KB