Priority 3: Clean energy and Environmental Resilience

To ensure long term economic resilience and success, the City Region needs to plan for and manage future climate change impacts. Green Infrastructure can assist with this and help to attract and retain investment, skilled people and tourism.

We will apply a low carbon and sustainable approach in everything we do. As a leader in low carbon, we will exploit new economic opportunities with potentially huge global market opportunities. Our businesses will be highly efficient in their use of energy and resources, allowing them to de-couple growth from carbon emissions and pollution.

Poor air quality and fuel poverty will be a thing of the past – homes will be well-insulated, while efficient energy generation, usage and smart networks will ensure everyone is actively in control of their energy consumption. We will not just have maintained and enhanced our already beautiful landscape, but will have found innovative new ways to work with it.

Priority 3 Projects

  1. Clean Bus Technology Fund

    This project aims to reduce the amount of NO2 by retrofitting accredited emission control technology onto 231 older buses across West Yorkshire to significantly improve tailpipe emissions.

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  2. Energy Accelerator

    The LEP’s Energy Accelerator is an innovative programme designed to help low carbon and energy efficient projects become a reality where they may otherwise not have been completed due to a lack of capacity, expertise and funding.

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  3. Leeds Pipes

    The Leeds PIPES district heat network, which will benefit from £4 million from Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding, will bring low carbon, lower cost heating and hot water to the city of Leeds, while also cutting 22,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. The ‘PIPES’ project uses super-insulated steel pipes to connect the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) in the Aire Valley to customers across the City of Leeds. Heat will be extracted from the centre as steam, which will then be used to transfer heat to the heat network and into people’s homes. Council housing tenants will be the first to benefit as we continue work to make the City Region a resilient zero carbon energy economy.

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  4. Resource Efficiency Fund

    We provide advice and grants of up to £10,000 to small and medium-sized businesses in Leeds City Region (not Barnsley) to help them lower their carbon footprint, energy use and water and waste costs.

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  5. Tackling Fuel Poverty

    We’ve helped over 1,440 households across the Leeds City Region lower their energy bills and heat their homes more efficiently through our Growth Deal-funded Tackling Fuel Poverty Programme. In partnership with the LEP, we’ve invested £5.7m into the £10m scheme to improve insulation and heating in homes in Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York. Over the next 42 years, it is estimated that households under the scheme will save almost £13.5m combined in heating bills or over £220 per household, per year on average. In addition to money and carbon savings – calculated to be 42,000 tonnes over the lifetime of the insulation – 228 local jobs will also be supported by using local contractors. The Tackling Fuel Poverty Programme and related projects have been delivered through Better Homes Yorkshire, the only Council backed energy efficiency and heating provider in the Leeds City Region.

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  6. Warm Homes

    Our Leeds City Region Warm Homes programme will help more than 700 households across the City Region lower their fuel bills and keep their homes warm. Funding through the programme will install gas-fired central heating systems and gas connections in eligible privately-owned and privately-rented homes in Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York as well as eligible council housing properties in Leeds. The scheme is being funded through the £150m National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions Warm Homes Fund (£1.6m), along with partner councils, EON, Northern Gas Networks, and private landlords.

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