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Our partners’ contact details are below if you would like to know more about specific projects.
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Low Carbon Hub
Low Carbon Hub is a social enterprise that develops community-owned renewable energy projects and supports low carbon groups in Oxfordshire. The Hub was part of OxFutures 1 and was the lead partner in the bid for the current European Regional Development Funding.
Bioregional is a social enterprise that champions a better, more sustainable way to live. We work with partners to problem solve and deliver real examples of sustainability. We want to see thriving regional low carbon economies where we meet more of our needs from local, renewable and waste resources, enabling people to live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. We call this One Planet Living.
As part of the Oxfutures group, we will help build new business models for local green energy generation and for energy-saving services. We will help establish Oxfordshire Greentech and support Oxfordshire SMEs on their journey to a low carbon economy.
Contact: Nicole Lazarus | email | 07828 019653
Cherwell District Council
Cherwell District Council, working with BioRegional, is developing Oxfordshire GreenTech; a countywide network which will support its members to create sustainable workplaces, logistics, products and services for a stronger, greener economy. Within this, key focus areas called ‘special interest groups (SIGs)’ will be formed, identified from the needs of the member organisations, looking at, for example, the move to electric vehicles, built environment and social enterprise, amongst others. A range of knowledge transfer sessions will be offered to ensure sharing of best practice and enrichment of Oxfordshire’s low carbon economy.
In 2018, the Eco Business Centre will be opened, providing technology space for innovative start-ups. This £4million, 1400 m2 building within Bicester’s Eco Town at Elmsbrook is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent, maximising use of natural resources, and minimising environmental impact. Funding from the European Regional Development Fund (innovation call) has contributed to 175 m2 specifically for SME’s being assisted by this programme of work.
Contact: Dale Hoyland | email | 01295 221640
Oxford City Council
Oxford City Council is a local authority with an ambitious carbon management plan in place for their own estate and a variety of live partnership projects working towards a reduction in the city’s overall carbon emissions. In 2011 Oxford City Council achieved their target 25% reduction in their own carbon emissions by employing a range of energy and fuel saving measures, investing in renewable energy generation and engaging their workforce around positive behaviour change. It has continued to reduces its emissions by 5% each year since then.
Oxford City Council have been named as an exemplar local authority by the Carbon Trust and are leading other partner organisations in the city to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions in Oxford by 2020.
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University will offer SMEs (small and medium enterprises) free energy audits. Any recommendations that come out of the audits have the potential to be part-funded through grants accessed via the project’s GreenFund.
Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University will build on work already done in Bicester by developing a region-wide case study of its LEMUR energy demand model using the acclaimed DECoRuM carbon mapping model,
OISD will also share learning from its research on smart energy technologies with SMEs via the GreenTech forum.
Contact:Michael Esvelt | email
Oxford University’s ‘Oxford Martin Program on Integrating Renewable Energy’ (Integrate) project investigates methods of integrating modern renewable energy technologies into national, regional and local grids. Through OxFutures, the university will use Oxfordshire as the first regional case study for this work with the goal of SMEs making this research a reality for the county.
Contact: Victoria Noble | email