Accelerating a shift to ULEV Vehicles
- Expedite the roll out of EV charging stations across the region so that we have the necessary infrastructure to capitalise upon the work being undertaken in both power electronics and vehicle manufacture.
- Engagement with bus and freight operators will be key to encouraging ULEV uptake. Our aim will be to increase operators’ knowledge and awareness of different technologies and support them with access to funding. However, take up is likely to remain low until the necessary charging and refueling infrastructure is in place.
- £700m – In the form of repayable stimulus funds to incentive transitions – split £400M, £200M, £100M – domestic refits / renewables and ULEV.
- Derogations – A derogation or ability to flex the Council Tax system in order to establish repayment mechanisms.
Domestic Energy Retrofit
- 154,000 homes need to be improved from EPC band G, F and moved to E to D, C and B;
- 112,000 homes currently heated by fossil fuels to move to low carbon heating;
In order to increase take up of measures we propose the following:
- Undertaking a full review of potential funding mechanisms. Consideration of grant funding where no suitable payback measures are viable.
- Commissioning a wraparound survey and specification offer to enable properties to be rapidly assessed and projects developed at scale and pace.
- Implementation of a trusted contractor scheme to deliver the works.
Renewable Electricity Generation
Galvanise the construction of renewable proposals and de-risk the local ownership requirement through injecting a public sector stake into the mix. A stimulus injection of funds equivalent to a 20% equity stake into the 1.6gw pipeline would heighten investor confidence and expedite activity.