leap Case Studies

It is well-recognised that citizens, politicians and administrators at all levels of government need to be mobilised, together with the private sector, to drive forward energy savings and efficiency, embrace renewable energy and to act on climate change.

The LEAP project facilitates both the production and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). Each of the nine local authority partners will be implementing priority SEAP Actions, either from their new or existing SEAPs, and the results of many of these actions will be made available as case studies.

The actions have three themes:
•  Citizen and business campaigns on energy use (reduction and renewables)
•  Increasing new and renewable energy sources
•  Low/zero carbon building (new development and via retrofit)

From municipal staff to business champions, from neighbourhood residents to schoolchildren and from investors to developers – the actions target a wide-ranging audience to improve knowledge and skills; achieve behavioural change; and increase the value and status attributed to a sustainable local energy regime.

The actions which are considered the most successful, and which have the greatest potential for replication in other localities across Europe, are written up into case studies and showcased here. Each case study offers a description of the geographical location, details of the development and implementation of the action, and a discussion of the outcome of the action in delivering sustainable energy benefits and other positive impacts.

The LEAP project will also see three partners pilot an integration of energy planning with spatial planning. Their experience will be presented in a case study report, which will be published here when available.

SEAP actions are implemented throughout the course of the LEAP project, and case studies will be available when actions are completed – this page will therefore be updated regularly.

Case Studies

Feb 2014

Community energy Polperro United Renewable Energy (PURE)

The PURE community cooperative has found that conducting detailed energy studies has led to a good local understanding of the energy needs and chal...

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Feb 2014

Community energy Ladock Low Carbon Village

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Transition Ladock and Grampound Road have been working with Communities for Renewables CIC to develop a larger scale wind...

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Feb 2014

Community energy renewable energy cooperative (WREN)

WREN, a not-for-profit cooperative in Cornwall, was set up to make energy a local asset to the town or Wadebridge.

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Feb 2014

Energy saving campaign for Kaunas staff

Kaunas takes the lead in sharing energy knowledge with staff who are not regularly involved in sustainable energy actions.

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Feb 2014

Connect with Energy in South Dublin

How to make energy more exciting by working with school children and offering free workshops for citizens.

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