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Oxfordshire County Council tackle decarbonisation head on to achieve their net zero target

Learn how the local authority created their decarbonisation strategy for the entire estate.

Oxfordshire County Council partnered with LCMB to help create a decarbonisation strategy for the local authority’s buildings estate and helped support public sector decarbonisation grant applications.

  • Analysis and review of each estate building and the existing heating and building system.
  • Implementation of optimised and efficient heating system using heat pumps and infrared heating and eradication of fossil fuel usage in OCC buildings.
  • Recommendations for electrical efficiency improvements using renewable generation technology.

These alternative sustainable recommendations provided Oxfordshire County Council with a plan that was in line with their ambitious net zero 2030 target.

“One of the key aspects that has really come out the work that LCMB have done is looking at the different buildings and implementing the heat decarbonisation plans. Having a detailed understanding for each individual building has helped us understand what the estate wide picture looks like.”
Sam Thomas - Decarbonisation Manager, Property Team Oxfordshire County Council.
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Business challenges

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) are the local authority for Oxfordshire, delivering services across the county for over 600,000 residents.   In line with an ambitious net zero 2030 target, the Property team were responsible for managing and implementing a decarbonisation strategy for their real estate, which includes offices, schools, libraries and other facilities across the county.

With limited resource and knowledge in-house, a large and complex real estate and pressure to obtain essential decarbonisation grant funding, OCC required the knowledge and experience of the LCMB consultancy team, to assess, create and deliver a decarbonisation plan.

LCMB solution

LCMB firstly had to audit the existing heating and energy consumption in each estate building.   This analysed usage and energy requirements of each building, such as building occupation rates and existing heating system in place, before making a recommendation for the most suitable heating solution.

An example of this is the replacement of the heating solution in a Fire Station, where the building was being heated for many more hours a week than occupation required.  Instead of replacing the gas heating system with an air source pump, based on the Fire Station requirements, an infrared heating solution was the recommendation.

This detailed analysis and recommendation was delivered across the entire OCC building estate.

Benefits

This individual analysis across the entire building estate, ensured that OCC has complete visibility of their estate landscape and provided a wider decarbonisation programme where both energy and cost efficiencies could be achieved through the delivery of renewable and sustainable solutions.  This in turn provided OCC with the detailed data and information required to secure much needed grant funds for implementation.

LCMB also highlighted potential areas to assist OCC to offset carbon, such as small-scale solar farms, which would help them achieve their 2030 net zero target.

  • Identification of sites and buildings that were under heated or underperforming.
  • Expert guidance and knowledge to ensure that the decarbonisation project could begin.
  • Detailed information that formed a decarbonisation plan across the entire estate.
  • Support to gain access to grant funding.

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