Plymouth City Council – sustainable energy strategy Plymouth City Council – sustainable energy strategy

Plymouth City Council – sustainable energy strategy

Following an earlier study in which we were involved with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Plymouth City Council wanted to look at the potential for renewable energy in two specific areas - the city centre and Derriford – as part of an integrated sustainable energy strategy up to 2026.

While the city centre had rather limited scope for micro-scale low or zero carbon options, our study found that Derriford was more promising with its different development mix and layout. Meeting later targets post 2016 would be unachievable with micro-scale options alone – and implementing them as an interim measure would reduce the effectiveness of macro CHP and district heating network options.

We recommended gas CHP as the most appropriate choice for the city centre with a 70% reduction in regulated CO2 emissions, while the preferred option for Derriford was to encourage biomass CHP. We recommended bringing forward and implementing macro scale technologies at the earliest opportunity.