The County Council’s Community Energy Team remit covers sustainable development, sustainable and community energy, climate change and sustainable schools.
Within the County Council, the team supports staff to mainstream sustainability principles and practice throughout the County Council’s services, strategies and policies. It also leads the County Council’s work on carbon management and environmental resource efficiency to enable the authority to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact from its buildings and operations.
Externally, the team leads and supports the Dorset Energy Partnership, an active group of public, business and community stakeholders to oversee the development and delivery of the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategies.
The Team also develops and delivers county-wide sustainable energy projects and initiatives. Currently the team is leading the development of the European funded Dorset Low Carbon Economy Programme which aims to establish a grant fund and technical assistance programme to support the development of innovative low carbon projects in the business, public, community and biomass sectors.
The Team also supports education for sustainable development and is currently developing a project to support primary schools across Dorset take forward the international Eco Schools programme.