Climate Action Timeline

Early 1980s

Building Energy Management System (BEMS) installation commenced across Council buildings.

WCC schools with BEMS used 25% less energy than those without.

1993

Opened Bishops Wood Environmental Education Centre - Cutting edge sustainable design that paved the way for future sustainable design of WCC buildings.

1995

Local Agenda 21 Action Plans produced – one of the first in the Country.

1996

WCC biomass heating programme commenced.

1997

Established Learning for Sustainability Programme to support schools around education for sustainable development, and support for Worcestershire Schools working towards the international Eco Schools Awards.

2000

WCC develops the Council’s first Sustainability Strategy.

2001

Installed largest Public Sector wood fuel biomass boiler in Europe at County Hall.

2002

County Council’s First Carbon Management Plan launched.

Countywide Climate Change Strategy launched - one of first in the UK.

2004

‘Choose How You Move’ 5-year programme launched with the aim of reducing congestion and car dependency, alongside the added benefits of improved. health and fitness.

2006

Won National Green Apple Award for “Mission Impossible” Waste Action Pack.

2007

Red Hill Primary School, Worcester – First school in the UK designed to take account of climate change projections.

2009

Beacon Council Award for Tackling Climate Change for action on both mitigation (reducing emissions) and adaptation to climate change.

LSP Green Flag Award for partnership working on climate change.

2010

WCC Energy Efficiency Spend to Save programme commenced to invest in energy efficiency measures across the Council’s property portfolio.

2011

First solar PV installation through the Council’s Energy Efficiency Spend to Save Fund.

To date we have installed 750 kWp of renewable solar energy on our buildings, including schools, most of which has been funded through the Spend to Save programme. This has resulted in a financial benefit of just under £0.5 million over the last 6 years.

2012

The Hive, Worcester1 – multi award winning public and University library opened by HM The Queen.

The building hosts a number of sustainable design features, including river water cooling; biomass heating; and natural ventilation.

Utilised UK Climate Projections in the design of the building to increase preparedness for future climate and more extreme weather events.

1 The Hive - Sustainability (link opens in a new window)

2013

Resource Efficient Worcestershire Business energy efficiency advice and grant support programme launched.

2014

Programme to convert street lights to LED, and part-night switch off programme commenced.

Installed 12 rapid electric vehicle charge points around County following successful Government funding bid.

2015

Habberley Learning Campus - a sustainable development (both new build and refurbishment) to create a shared learning environment for three Kidderminster Schools. Built to low energy principles using high insulation and airtightness values, and utilised PassivHaus approaches.

Worked alongside the Energy Saving Trust to support renewable installers with accreditations and training.

The Council received £3million funding to offer grants to private households towards the cost of solid wall insulation for around 750 homes under the Green Deal Communities fund.

2016

Two electric pool cars and one electric courier van introduced to WCC fleet.

New phase of business energy advice programmes launched, including renewable energy advice, low carbon innovation, and grant programmes (Business Energy Efficiency Programme – BEEP2; and Low Carbon Opportunities Programme – LoCOP3).

2 Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

2017

Completed ‘Boilers on Prescription’ project which upgraded heating systems in 70 Worcestershire households where a resident has a long-term health condition that could be made worse by living in a cold home.

Won Vulnerable Customer Support Campaign for this project in the Regional Energy Efficiency Awards.

2018

Single-use plastic packaging removed from all food and drink made on County Hall campus, replacing the packaging with compostable plant based products.

Natural Networks Programme4 launched – biodiversity advice and grant programme for Worcestershire organisations.

Let’s Waste Less5 volunteer programme launched to support residents to reduce the amount of waste produced.

Won Council of the Year at the Regional Energy Efficiency Awards and Third place in the National Energy Efficiency Awards.

4 Natural Networks Programme

5 Lets Waste Less volunteer Events

2019

Launched Worcestershire LEP Energy Strategy.

The Council recorded a 36% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions since 2009/10.

Running the Warm Homes Fund project for first. time gas central heating for fuel poor households.

Won Council of the year at the Regional Energy Efficiency Awards.

Electric pool bikes introduced for staff to use at County Hall.

2020

Energy efficiency and renewable energy advice and grant programme for Worcestershire public sector organisations  (Public Sector Energy Efficiency Programme – PEEP).

Continued investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy across the Council’s portfolio.

Development of the Council’s Zero Carbon Plan and how we will achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050.

  • launched the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Programme (PEEP) which offers energy efficiency and renewable energy assessments and associated grant funding to Worcestershire Public Sector organisations
  • publication of the Council’s first Net Zero Carbon Plan and how we aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050
    • the Council recorded a 40% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions since 2009 to 2010

2021

WCC secured around £885,000 of grant funding through the Salix Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to fund a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across the Council’s estate.