Reepham Low Carbon Community Challenge

DECC

DECC / Low Carbon Communities Challenge

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced that Reepham in Norfolk is one of the first winners of the Low Carbon Communities Challenge (LCCC).

Reepham is the only community in the East of England to be chosen as a winner of the Low Carbon Communities Challenge.

The Low Carbon Communities Challenge is a two-year research programme designed to test delivery options for achieving ambitious cuts in carbon emissions at community level.  The LCCC will enable the development of bespoke local schemes to improve energy efficiency and tackle the wider issue of climate change.

Helping to challenge and shape government policy, and to galvanise and support local action, LCCC will provide vital insights into the technical innovations and social changes required to enable Britain to reach its carbon reduction targets.

Specifically, the programme will help government understand the potential role of communities in the transition to a low carbon future, and the systems, infrastructure and governance required to make this future a reality. It will also help to establish positive models for community action, and enable the sharing of ideas, stories and information to inspire other communities to launch their own low carbon initiatives.

Local Energy Assessment Fund

In December 2011 DECC launched the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) through the Energy Saving Trust.

In January 2012, Reepham was selected as a phase one winner as part of the Local Energy Assessment Fund and was awarded funding to deliver five projects in the community by April 2012.