Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
European Structural Investment Fund Strategy
Low Carbon Theme
Keith Budden – E.ON
Chair – CWLEP Energy Business Group
Michael Checkley – Coventry City Council
Energy Group Purpose
Providing the CWLEP Board and its partner organisations advice and access to specialist expertise, best
practice and investment opportunities in sustainable energy generation and supply, low carbon infrastructure
and the development and integration of innovative low carbon technologies. Specific support is provided by
the Energy Group to assist the CWLEP in:
 Attracting inward investment to create jobs and growth
 Delivering apprenticeships and skills
 Reducing business operating costs through energy efficiency & sustainable
 Enabling the local supply chain to deliver green growth
 Supporting green innovation and new business development
 Influencing regulatory change to support the CWLEP Energy Group priorities
 Regional collaboration with LEPs to maximise investment opportunities
Key Sectors
 Energy generation including renewables and district heating
 Smart grid and energy infrastructure
 Energy reduction and efficiency in commercial and residential buildings
 Low energy commercial and residential new build properties
Successes 2012 -13
3,500 + homes refurbished in Coventry, Nuneaton and Rugby
£14 million inward investment (E.ON, British Gas, Npower)
£1 million DECC funding secured by Local Authorities
420 construction jobs delivered
Local supply chain developed and supported by RETA
GVA uplift circa £1 million (each home approx. £300 better off)
Heatline district heating programme
£5.3 million public/private sector investment
Delivering low carbon heat to Coventry City Centre
Electric Vehicles
On street and rapid EV charging points delivered by E.ON
Electric bus service in Coventry operated by Travel De Courcey
Successful innovative EV4GP project demonstrating commercial
case for Electric Vehicles with local GPs
Skills, Apprenticeships, Learning and Research
Low Impact Building Centre and £5.2m Sustainable Building
Futures business support project established at Coventry University
150 training places and 15 apprenticeships delivered by E.ON
Coventry top of English cities league table for reducing carbon footprint for third year
running – down by one quarter since 2005
Priority investment areas 2013 - 2015
Housing energy refurbishment investment - £60 million
Securing ECO and Green Deal, 1,800 jobs, £3.6 million GVA
Community Heat and Smart Energy investments - £100 million
Mira, Rugby Masts, Friars Gate, Coventry Gateway
Commercial and public building energy efficiency - £20 million
Energy Performance Contracts for Private sector and public sector
Renewable Energy investments - £10 million
Commercial solar PV and renewable heat in non domestic buildings
Maximise EU funds - £40 million Structural funds and Horizon 2020
Deliver low carbon initiatives from EU LEP fund of £116m 2014 to 2020
Priority areas for EU Structural Investments
Addressing skills gaps in the renewables and retrofit markets
Supporting the development of whole place low carbon solutions in key development locations
Supporting investment in community energy initiatives
Enhancing SME competitiveness and sustainability through the provision of targeted energy
efficiency advice
Supporting SME investment in low carbon technology
Supporting low carbon innovation in SMEs through collaborative mechanisms
Ensuring that SMEs are able to access the right support to enable the development
of low carbon products
Supporting the expansion of heat networks through capital investment
Supporting the introduction of smart grids within communities in Coventry and Warwickshire
Supporting the provision of low carbon vehicle and cycling infrastructure
Possible specific actions
Support for activities that realise and enhance the job-creation capacity of the
low carbon sector
Support the non-domestic sector to develop low carbon technologies and
focus on energy Efficiency
Development of “whole place” low carbon solutions
Activities that accelerate the development, innovation, adoption, deployment
and cost reduction of low carbon technologies and related supply chains/
Are we on the right track?
What do you think?
Energy Group Membership Sept. 2013
Paul Fairburn - (Director Business Development, Coventry University)
Chris Reeves - (Commercial Manager, Intelligent Mobility and Future Transport
Technology, MIRA)
Keith Budden - (Strategic Partnership Manager, EON)
Michael Checkley - (Sustainability and Low Carbon Manager, Coventry CC)
John Barnham - (Head of Sustainability Investment, Orbit Housing Group)
Dr Sam Hardy - (Corporate Energy Sector Lead, Warwick University)
Caroline Holman - (Operational Carbon Strategy Manager, JLR)
Joseph Donohoe - (National Grid)
Hayley Morton - (Mental Health NHS Trust)
Jim Allen - (Director, Green Energy Networks & Chair RETA)
John Cave – (FORCE)
Andy McDarmaid – Independent consultant
Potential members:
Sainsbury’s, Western Power Distribution, Chamber of Commerce

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