Publication - Research and analysis

Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES): phase 1 pilots - social evaluation

Published: 6 Sep 2019
Directorate:
Chief Economist Directorate
Part of:
Energy, Environment and climate change
ISBN:
9781839601224

Findings from the social evaluation of the first phase of LHEES pilots, in which 12 local authorities participated between September 2017 and March 2018.

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Contents
Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES): phase 1 pilots - social evaluation
1. Introduction

32 page PDF

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1. Introduction 

Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) are currently being piloted under the Energy Efficient Scotland programme. LHEES aim to establish area-based plans and priorities for systematically improving the energy efficiency of buildings, and decarbonising heat. The Scottish Government have outlined LHEES as including the following components[1]:

1. An assessment of existing local and national strategies and data availability
2. Authority-wide assessment of the existing building stock’s energy performance and heat supply
3. Authority-wide setting of aggregate targets for heat demand reduction and decarbonisation of buildings – short and long term
4. Socio-economic assessment of potential energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation solutions
5. Selection of areas/ prioritisation of opportunities leading to the designation of zones
6. Costing and phasing of delivery programmes.

Under Phase 1 of the LHEES pilot programme, 12 local authorities around Scotland were awarded £50-70K to trial the development of an LHEES (see Figure 1). The funding was used to provide resource in the form of staff time, to procure consultancy services to carry out aspects of the work, and to conduct stakeholder engagement. The pilots ran from September 2017 to March 2019.

The primary aims of the LHEES pilots were to test and develop methods for creating an LHEES, identify relevant sources of data (and any data gaps), and gain a fuller understanding of the resources and capabilities required to deliver an LHEES.  Each of the 12 local authorities involved also had their own specific aims for their pilot. A summary of the initial aims and scope of each LHEES pilot is included in Table 1.

Local Authority LHEES pilot stated initial aims
Aberdeen City Council
  • To develop LHEES for the Ward of Tillydrone, Seaton and Old Aberdeen, which contains a large part of one of the city’s regeneration areas: Tillydrone, Woodside and Seaton.
Clackmannanshire Council 
  • To develop a number of key LHEES elements in the Clackmannanshire settlements of Alloa and Tullibody. 
  • To provide a framework for targeting energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures using current funding streams and potential future funding.
Dundee Council 
  • To develop LHEES for the Lochee Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) area. The area situated towards the west of the city and includes 11 distinct community areas including a district centre (Lochee), retail, leisure and industrial areas.  
  • To understand how LHEES can fit into existing city-wide commitments and strategies such as the Covenant of Mayors ‘Sustainable Energy & Climate Action Plan’ (SECAP).
Dumfries & Galloway
  • To pilot the development of an LHEES in the small off-gas grid settlement of Glenluce and dispersed properties in the surrounding data zone area.
City of Edinburgh
  • To develop guidance for an LHEES for the Royal Mile and Old Town areas of Edinburgh, focusing on an area where two Energy Efficient Scotland pilots were already taking place. 
Glasgow City Council
  • To develop LHEES for the whole of Glasgow city. This will be a progressive & iterative evolution of the Council’s Energy & Carbon Masterplan which expires in 2020. It will be a 17-year strategy and delivery plan for Glasgow that culminates in 2037. 
Highland Council
  • Produce LHEES to set out targeted energy efficiency & heat decarbonisation delivery programs in Inverness Central, Millburn, Culloden and Ardersier wards.  
  • To define standardised approaches for the assessment and production of future LHEES
Perth & Kinross Council 
  • To develop a pilot LHEES for the Perth City North/West area (Perth City Centre, Perth City North and Strathtay). 
Renfrewshire Council
  • To test the veracity of a data processing tool, Energy Data Integrations System (EDIS), used by Oxford and Coventry Councils, and developed by Ricardo.
  • To assess whether the data available is suitable for the EDIS tool, if there are key data gaps which can be addressed either by the local authority or Scottish Government, test the veracity of the data and then test the engagement rates and output rates of interventions delivered. 
Scottish Borders Council
  • To develop a LHEES for Peebles in the Scottish Borders, as part of the Energy Efficient Scotland pilot 2017/2018 based on the full integration of a range of data sources and a high level of stakeholder and community engagement.
Shetland Council 
  • To deliver an LHEES for the island of Yell, considering how best to maximise the use of constrained local renewable generation to decarbonise heating on the island.
Stirling Council 
  • To develop a pilot LHEES for the area covering Braehead, Forthside and Raploch to set out targeted energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation pilot delivery programmes in Stirling which can then be replicated across the area. 

Table 1: Summary of LHEES activities for each local authority.

Figure 1: Map illustrating the 12 local authorities that took part in the first round of LHEES pilots

Figure 1: Map illustrating the 12 local authorities that took part in the first round of LHEES pilots


Contact

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