As part of the Low Carbon Community Challenge (LCCC) initiative, 22 area-based communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, both rural and urban, were awarded funding of £500,000 each to explore pioneering approaches to becoming a low carbon community (LCC) and help inspire and lead the rest of the country towards the same goal.
Typically, the low-carbon interventions adopted by these 22 LCCs can be categorised as: behaviour change of inhabitants through better monitoring and display of energy use; technological improvements to buildings (domestic and public/community) in terms of fabric, systems and controls; low and zero carbon technologies in buildings; and community-based renewable energy systems (Heat pumps, Solar Photovoltaic, Wind turbine, Micro-hydro). This formed the basis for the selection of our case study communities.
The empirical part of this project is constructed around six selected geographical case-studies representing the whole range of typical low-carbon interventions, and also based on their socio-economic status. In addition, the mix of selected communities represents those with a strong track record in achieving carbon reductions and those which are emerging and promising to develop strong low-carbon credentials.
About the communities
has helped over 800 households become more energy efficient through energy advice and practical help
have installed 2 wind turbines in 2 primary schools, heat pumps and solar panels in community and domestic buildings
have installed solar pv panels on community buildings and 53 homes in the local area
Low Carbon West Oxford:
have installed solar panels on local community and domestic buildings as well as a small wind turbine in a local community park
Hook Norton Low Carbon:
have installed solar panels on community buildings, provided loans for energy efficient refurbishments and a community car club
Awel Aman Tawe:
have organised arts & climate change workshops, and are finalising the installation of a community wind turbine