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A Climate for Change 2021 - 2022 action plan

Last updated 19 July 2021

Warmer, healthier homes

Description Who Expected outcomes/timescale Resources Notes and more information
Ongoing promotion and delivery of schemes to install domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

Health and Sustainability

Private Sector Housing

Act on Energy

Ongoing promotion and delivery throughout the year. 150 measures to be installed through the various schemes.

Act on Energy Service Level Agreement in place.

Internal funding used for fuel poverty assistance where external funding not available.

For more information visit our energy efficiency page.
Develop and co-ordinate energy efficiency schemes, utilising external funding e.g. Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, Sustainable Warmth.

Health and Sustainability

Private Sector Housing team

Ongoing throughout the year

County wide activity through the Warmer Worcestershire Network to bid for external funding and channel in ECO funding.

LADS 1a and 2/ Sustainable Warmth funding streams

To read the Statement of Intent visit Worcestershire County Council's website
Run the Wyre Forest Big Energy Switch collective switching scheme.

Health and Sustainability

iChooser

100 + residents to switch through the February 2022 Auction (promotion begins December 2021) Promoted using existing resources. Since the scheme began, 369 Wyre Forest households have switched, saving £90,000 cumulatively. Energy efficiency is promoted alongside switching tariffs. Electricity tariffs offered now have to be 100% renewable.
Participate in collective scheme for domestic solar panel installation

Health and Sustainability

Warmer Worcestershire Network

Spring 2022 Existing resource in place through Warmer Worcestershire Network N/A
Deliver a Winter Warmth awareness campaign in Wyre Forest Health and Sustainability Autumn / winter 2021 Promoted using existing resources. Promotion of the various energy schemes through newsletters, social media, partnership work.
Energy advice/information/training sessions- online or face-to-face.

Act on Energy

Health and Sustainability

12 sessions to be held throughout autumn and winter 2021 Act on Energy Service Level Agreement in place To be promoted once details confirmed.

Building a low carbon economy

Description Who Timescale Resources
Publicise available resource efficiency / low carbon support to local businesses and encourage uptake. Health and Sustainability Ongoing Existing resources
Participate in county wide work on the low carbon economy sector

Health and Sustainability

Wyre Forest Green Alliance (WFGA)

Ongoing Staff time
Investigate opportunities for renewable energy generation/ storage on council owned land.   Ongoing Staff time

Transport and infrastructure

Description Who Timescale Resources
Ongoing support to the Wyre Forest Cycle Forum to strive for cycling infrastructure improvements and promote cycling opportunities.

Health and Sustainability

Wyre Forest Cycle Forum

Ongoing throughout the year Staff time
Support and work wWork with Cycle Forum to develop local, easy family friendly cycle routesith the Wyre Forest Green Alliance, including identification of new/ shared projects on climate change.

Health and Sustainability

Wyre Forest Cycle Forum

Routes to be in place by summer 2021 Funding already in place
Develop and implement planning policy as part of the Local Plan work- low carbon and renewable energy; sustainable transport, electric vehicle infrastructure.

Health and Sustainability

Planning Policy

As per local plan review and implementation timetable Staff time
Increase provision of electric vehicle charge- points in WFDC car parks and encourage the owners of privately owned car parks to do likewise.

Health and Sustainability

Planning

TBC TBC
Investigate opportunities for EV Taxi charging

Health and Sustainability

Worcestershire Regulatory Services

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership

Autumn 2021 External funding would be sought.
Fleet review to look at carbon and fuel savings and opportunities for Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles.

Health and Sustainability

Fleet Management

Energy Savings Trust

Fleet Review to be carried out in 2021 Review can be carried out for free by the Energy Savings Trust.

For more information on cycle routes within Wyre Forest please visit our cycling information page.

Healthy and resilient communities

Description Who Timescale Resources
Assist voluntary groups in promoting environmental initiatives e.g. Wyre Forest Repair Café, Art 4 Planet Earth exhibition. Health and Sustainability Ongoing Existing resources
Support and work with the Wyre Forest Green Alliance, including identification of new/ shared projects on climate change.

Health and Sustainability

Wyre Forest Green Alliance (WFGA)

Ongoing Staff time
Develop activity on/ links between work on climate change and biodiversity/ tree planting.

Health and Sustainability

Community and Enviroment

Ongoing Staff time

Cross-cutting actions

Description Who Timescale Resources
Deliver carbon literacy training (in house) Health and Sustainability Summer 2021 Existing resources/staff time
Ongoing communications/ awareness on energy/ fuel efficiency etc (websites, newsletters, events, press releases, social media etc). Health and Sustainability Ongoing Staff time
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