County Energy and Climate Strategies
Worcestershire Energy Strategy
The County Council is now working as part of Worcestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the county's Energy Strategy. The strategy, which covers the period to 2030, was launched in March 2019. It sets targets, including countywide carbon reduction, renewable energy generation and growth of the low carbon sector.
The vision for the future of energy in Worcestershire:
By 2030, Worcestershire will have a thriving low carbon economy which supports the creation of high value jobs, and stimulates investment and clean growth across the county. We will have high quality energy efficient housing stock and a robust, diverse energy infrastructure, underpinned by low carbon generation which utilises Worcestershire’s unique local resources.
There are three key measures that are aimed to be delivered as part of the strategy:
- Reduction in carbon emissions of 50% on 2005 levels by 2030.
- Double the size of the low carbon sector by 2030.
- Tripling energy production from renewable generation by 2030.
- Executive Summary
- Worcestershire Energy Strategy
- Appendix II References
- Appendix IV Key projects summary
- Appendix V Funding and Support
- Appendix VI SWOT Analysis Stakeholder Input
County Climate Change Strategy
In 2003 the County Council, working as part of the Worcestershire Partnership, published one of the first partnership climate change strategies in the UK. The strategy was revised in 2008 and the Partnership received national recognition for its work tackling climate change. A further strategy was published in 2012, covering the period up until 2020.
A copy of the Worcestershire Climate Change Strategy 2012 to 2020 is available upon request:
The strategy's aims were to achieve both carbon reduction and resilience to a changing climate across a range of sectors.
It set a vision of a county:
- Making the most of opportunities that a low carbon economy brings.
- Resilient to volatile costs of fossil fuels and severe weather.
- Where businesses and residents were empowered to take action themselves and the most vulnerable people and assets were protected.
Its aims were to:
- Build Worcestershire's low carbon economy.
- Hit tough but critical carbon targets.
- Adapt to inevitable climate change.
- Empower Worcestershire's communities to take action.
The Impact of Climate Change on Worcestershire
The Worcestershire County Council completed a climate impact study specifically for Worcestershire which identified changes in Worcestershire's climate, including hotter and drier summers, and milder but wetter winters. We are likely to see an increase in extreme weather events too, such as storms and flooding. Future climate projections will depend on carbon emissions scenarios - the higher the emissions we are more likely to see more extreme changes to the climate.