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Energy efficiency and sustainability

Improving sustainability and reducing carbon emissions across West Lancashire is important to us. To help achieve this we have developed a sustainable energy strategy to inform, guide, and progress carbon reduction projects across the borough.

The objectives of the strategy are to improve the energy efficiency of West Lancashire's buildings, reduce fuel poverty, increase renewable energy generation, and encourage sustainable business and travel.

The strategy also includes action plans showing how we intend to achieve this, working in partnership with local stakeholders and communities, and provides useful information on a wide range of topics for homeowners, businesses, and developers. 

The strategy has been split into sections below, with a brief summary of the information it includes, to help direct you to the most relevant chapter for your needs:


Introduction (PDF 467kb): aims and objectives of the strategy; its relation with local and national policies; timescales for implementation.

Residential and Domestic Sector (PDF 840kb): energy efficiency, fuel poverty, and affordable warmth in homes; a residents' guide to reducing energy consumption and bills; financial help to install energy reduction measures; action plans to progress work in this area.

Renewable Energy (PDF 855kb): energy demand and supply, renewables and low carbon energy in West Lancashire; a guide to renewable energy installations and the financial incentives available; case studies; action plan to further increase renewable energy generation across the borough.

Green Communities (PDF 795kb): community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; district heating networks; support programmes; case studies; action plan to support and aid community energy projects.

Sustainable Development (PDF 852kb): regulation and policy; national and local standards; a guide to sustainable developments; case studies; an action plan to encourage low carbon developments.

Business and Industry (PDF 369kb): a guide to reducing energy and carbon emissions from your business; support programmes and financial incentives; case studies; action plan to encourage sustainable business across the borough.

Transport (PDF 219kb): a guide to reducing transport emissions in West Lancashire; air quality issues; action plan to encourage sustainable travel.

Appendices (PDF 266kb): references, Climate Local Declaration; WLBC HECA report.