Creating a low carbon future
Phase 2 of OxFutures is a £3.2m project to boost low carbon economic development in Oxfordshire. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and run through a collaborative partnership between the Low Carbon Hub, Oxford City Council, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Cherwell District Council and Bioregional.
The three-year project will offer free energy audits to SMEs identifying energy saving opportunities to reduce energy bills and cut carbon emissions. The project will then part-fund the implementation of the audit recommendations.
OxFutures has a further innovation strand which will encourage knowledge sharing between academics, local authorities and SMEs with a view to supporting innovative projects, new start-ups, and low-carbon products and technologies.
The result will be an improvement in SME competitiveness, a reduction in SME energy bills and CO2 emissions, and a boost to Oxfordshire development as a UK leader in the new low carbon economy.
OxFutures phase 1 was a four-year programme, grant funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe of the European Union, which leveraged £18 million of investment into local renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects across the city and county. Read more about the results of the project.