Toolkits and resources

The Midlands Net Zero Hub have worked with partners across the region to create a toolkits and resources to support organisations to explore and implement projects to reach net zero.

Transport Hubs

Exploring opportunities to co-locate energy generation, refuelling, and other activities such as freight consolidation and public transport.

Spatial Energy Planning

Providing an evidence base to ensure better planning of energy systems to mitigate the climate crisis at local and regional levels.

Electrification of Council Depots

Empowering local authority officers by providing them with a detailed guide to make their depot projects a success.

Farm of the Future

Pioneering a new study that delivers a vision of how UK farming will respond to climate change.

Low carbon horticulture

Increasing our understanding of the links between energy and the agri-food sector.

Retrofit Toolkit

Helping local authorities to deliver PAS 2035 compliance. Download the toolkit.

Low Carbon Environmental Goods and Services Sector Study

Helping to grow the green economy by understanding the LCEGS sector.

Rural Community Energy Fund Feasibility Studies

Supporting community groups to explore energy projects in their local areas.

Mine water energy

Informing stakeholders on how to harness mine water for heat projects. Take a look at the presentations from our recent webinar.

Climate Action Plan: Decarbonisation

The Department for Education (DfE) has set an expectation for all schools to have a clear climate action plan by 2025. To support this, Energy Systems Catapult has developed the ‘Climate Action Plan: Decarbonisation’ guide. Designed for teachers, estate teams, governors, and other sustainability leads, the guide breaks down the actions needed to develop the decarbonisation pillar of your climate action plan. It avoids technical jargon to ensure that those whose main focus is the education and comfort of their pupils can quickly put plans in place.

The guide has been developed with input from Ashden and Local Partnerships, who have a wealth of expertise and guidance to offer through the Let’s Go Zero initiative (scroll for more on this Ashden programme) and extensive work with schools.

What’s inside:

• Taking the first steps: Understand your school’s energy performance and explore funding opportunities.

• The building audit process: Learn about what’s involved, and how to get the best audit for your school’s needs.

• Your decarbonisation plan: Develop a comprehensive decarbonisation plan tailored to your school.

• Funding: Discover various funding options to support your decarbonisation efforts.

Net Zero Go

Net Zero Go is a tool funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and provided by Energy Systems Catapult. It aims to support local authorities across the UK to deliver local projects by offering free access to a library of guides, articles, case studies, toolkits and more. Net Zero Go also offers a forum with tailored assistance from a range of industry experts.

Join more than 250 local authorities using Net Zero Go now to make your local projects happen.

Each of the five regional Net Zero Hubs across the country have been tasked with creating a toolkit based on a national energy projects. The purpose of these toolkits is to share best practice with local enterprise partnerships, local authorities, and other interested parties.

Establishing public-private joint ventures and partnerships for investment in and delivery of energy schemes – Midlands Net Zero Hub

This guide will help you to develop mutually beneficial relationships to complete energy related projects by setting up public-private joint ventures. With the help of this introductory information, local authorities can attract investment to deliver local and regional energy projects at a greater scale and scope.

Local energy best practice guide – South West Net Zero Hub

This suite of high-level guidance is designed for local authorities with less experience of the energy sector. The local energy guide sets out the role of local net zero hubs, while the Local Authority Procurement for Energy Assets best practice document sets out key elements for successful energy project procurement. The South West Net Zero Hub has also created a step-by-step guide to energy projects from initial questions and scoping to making an investment decision.

Managing investment and delivery of energy and renewables schemes – North West Net Zero Hub

Local Energy North West Hub has created a resource for identifying and organising information relevant to the delivery of energy projects across England. By raising awareness of best practice and funding options, as well as enabling programmes, their guide will help local hubs to drive public and private investment into clean energy infrastructure.

Assessment of potential barriers and routes for decentralised energy schemes in rural and urban fringe areas in the UK – North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub

Decentralised energy production is the generation of electricity or heat on a local scale. This report sets out the values available in the current market to new energy producers who are looking to enter the market, as well as looking at the potential barriers and routes to entry.

Mapping energy and utilities infrastructure for regional spatial planning – Greater South East Net Zero Hub

The South East Hub is investigating current processes to spatial mapping of energy assets to understand how a national approach might be beneficial. This exercise will result in a proposal being developed for a national platform for energy mapping that all Hubs can use.

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