Priority Axis 4 - Low Carbon
Supporting the Shift Towards a Low Carbon Economy
The signing of the Paris agreement on climate change in 2015 marked a pivotal point, for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy, limiting the global average temperature rise to below 2° C of pre-industrial (1850-1900) levels.
Prior to this agreement the UK was already plotting its own course in moving towards a low carbon future, with the 2008 Climate Change Act legally committing us to reducing emissions by at least 80%, from 1990 levels, by 2050.
In the West of England we have been playing a significant role in contributing towards achievement of this target. The employment structure of the West of England is characterised by a significant proportion of relatively high-knowledge and low carbon intensity businesses. Related economic sectors, such as the Environmental Good and Services (EGS) sector are well represented in the area, as are academic institutions specialising in disciplines such as sustainable development and environmental technologies.
Respected organisations such as Regen SW, Low Carbon South West, the Environment Agency, the Soil Association, are based here and we have benefited from activity such as the Future Foundations construction project, Go Green Challenge, West of England Carbon Challenge, the ELANA (European Local Energy Assistance) programme, Bristol’s year of being European Green Capital, and Office for Low Emissions Vehicles funding towards the increased use of ultra-low emissions vehicles.
We can also draw upon the strengths of existing businesses like Filwood Green Business Park, a pioneering development providing BREEAM Outstanding office space for SMEs with an environmental ethos, and the National Composite Centre, which supports advanced engineering and other high value sectors to improve the efficiency of manufactured products, reducing costs, saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
Despite the above, there is still significant progress to be made in moving to a low carbon future. We anticipate that ERDF projects will assist in pushing us towards it.
ERDF Investment Priorities under Priority Axis 4 are as follow:
4a: Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable sources
4b: Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises
4c: Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector
4e: Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures
4f: Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.
Supplementary guidance on Priority Axis 4.
Calls and current position
The ERDF programme also supports the operation of the West of England Technical Assistance (TA) team, who can provide advice/guidance to potential applicants, and those working up full applications. The team is available to ensure that the projects being proposed are deliverable within ESIF regulations and address the West of England EU SIF strategy.
The ERDF Technical Assistance Team held a Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon) pre-call briefing event in May 2016. Presentation: Introduction to ERDF
The first Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon) call for the West of England ended on February 17th 2017, a second call closed on November 10th 2017, both outline and full applications are currently being strategically assessed by DCLG.
A briefing session/open house was held in January and October 2017. Presentation: West of England ERDF Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon Call)