The Low Carbon Lake District initiative is a comprehensive programme to help tackle climate change in the National Park, working in partnership with local businesses and communities to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
The project has received £4,216,868 funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014- 2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) are the Managing Authorities for European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/europeangrowth-funding
The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK. Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse. The European Social Fund has supported the Keswick to Threlkeld Multi User Trail, a lake source heat pump and energy efficiency enhancements to the White House at Brockhole, a solar powered (with battery backup) electric vehicle charging system and a demonstration of electric autonomous vehicles, also at Brockhole.
The Low Carbon Lake District II Programme builds upon the successful Low Carbon Lake District I programme. Led by the Lake District National Park Authority, other key partners include the Lake District Foundation, the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria Tourism.
The Lake District National Park Authority and a range of partners are collectively looking at innovative ways to help local businesses, residents and visitors lower their carbon footprints. The Low Carbon Lake District initiative is funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and European Regional Development Fund. The second round of ESIF and ERDF funded projects as part of Low Carbon Lake District II, runs from October 2019 until March 2023. These projects aim to support a ‘whole place’ Electric vehicle charging destination, community and business transition to low carbon, technological innovation and low carbon travel. Placing the Lake District at the forefront of action on climate change.
The projects already underway include:
European Structural and Investment Funds
Northern Powerhouse - HM Government
Zero Carbon Cumbria