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. It has recently launched Low Carbon Dorset, in partnership with Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This new programme of activities will help boost Dorset’s low carbon economy, and reduce its carbon footprint. It is now open for applications and expects to benefit more than 100 organisations across the county.
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.