An introduction to the CRIF - Alex Plant

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An introduction to the CRIF covering energy demand, the role of renewable energy and why doing nothing is not an option for Cambridgeshire

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An introduction to the CRIF - Alex Plant

  1. 1. Cambridgeshire Renewables Infrastructure Framework Alex PlantThis project is being developed as part of the Climate Change Skills Fund. The fund is managed by Sustainability East on behalf of Improvement East
  2. 2. Global – Energy Demand
  3. 3. The UK Energy Trilemma Affordable Energy £200 billion energy investment required in Britain Global competition for energy over the next decade (Ofgem, 2009) Reducing supply of fossil fuels Securing alternative energy supplies UK Energy Security Low carbon energyGlobal demand for energy Climate Change Act 2008,forecast to increase by 45% reduce CO2 emissions bybetween 2006 and 2030, (IAE 2008) 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels
  4. 4. What does this mean forCambridgeshire?• We need to find a way of dealing with rising fuel prices.• We need to find a way of responding to targets – and the policy framework it offers. If we don’t we’ll find investment and opportunities go elsewhere.• We need to know what options are on the table - how much energy will we need to generate, - how much will we have to rely on energy efficiency and - what investment, skills and resources do we have to tackle these problems• CRIF is Cambridgeshire’s attempt to deal with this in an honest, sensible and transparent way.
  5. 5. The CRIF Project• Given that doing nothing is not an option, the project is looking at our current and future energy requirements and asking the following:• What options are available to us?• What choices make sense for us in Cambridgeshire?
  6. 6. CRIF Aim & Objectives• To be proactive about addressing the known energy issues facing us in Cambridgeshire• Identify opportunities for renewables investment by communities, private sector and use of public sector assets• Make best use of the growth agenda to support renewables and investment in existing housing stock• Creating and supporting green jobs• Involving stakeholders in developing the CRIF
  7. 7. What will the CRIF give us?• An evidence base on which informed decisions can be taken• A menu of technology options from which Cambridgeshire will need to choose how to move forward• A view from stakeholders on how they can invest and deliver in Cambridgeshire to support the low carbon economy

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