Energy experts from different local organisations met at Loxley House in Nottingham on 7th March 2016 to take a look into the future. They were tasked trying to agree on some plausible scenarios through till 2030 for Nottingham’s energy and waste systems, future building and transport developments, and housing fabric. Six options were developed by academics at the University of Nottingham (as part of the EU-funded InSmart project, which includes three other cities alongside Nottingham in Greece, Italy and Portugal) and offered up for debate. Specialists from Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham City Transport, Nottingham City Council and others considered the different energy scenarios and suggested which ones should be kept or dropped and which ones should be amended. They agreed on five scenarios as follows:
- Reference, which assumes nothing changes beyond existing plans and commitments
- Local Leadership, which assumes strong commitments from the City Council and other large organisations to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency and renewables, through targeted action in small areas of the city
- No Investment, which assumes austerity continues long term and means there is little public money available to invest in energy
- Green Governance, which assumes that national and local government work together to incentivise energy investment and set challenging targets for improvement
- Green Growth, which assumes that D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership is very successful in stimulating local economic growth across the wider region and that this enables major new investments in energy
The University of Nottingham will now work on the detail of these scenarios and run them through a model to help identify the effectiveness of different options and their associated costs. The results of this exercise will be presented at a further stakeholder workshop in May for review. Nottingham City Council will then use the outputs from this process to develop a new and improved Energy Strategy for Nottingham for the period 2020 – 2030. The InSmart project will have provided a range of benefits to Nottingham, including the sharing of expert knowledge from different parts of Europe, the application of a rigorous methodology, new detailed research and modelling and engagement and review by knowledgeable stakeholders.