Energy

Our energy usage is warming the planet and contributing to climate change. The majority of energy used in the county is derived from fossil fuels (74% of our energy use in Oxfordshire is from natural gas, petroleum products and coal) with the largest CO2 emitter in the county being road transport, followed by our homes. Countywide annual energy usage emits 4,500 kilotons of CO2. This is equivalent to 6.6 tonnes of CO2 per person, which is above the national average of 5.9.

By 2030, at least 56% of our electricity demand (additional 2,050 GWh) and 40% or our heat requirement must be met by renewables if Oxfordshire is to achieve carbon reduction targets.

And by 2050 all of our energy demands will be met by zero carbon technology, this will be a big challenge; however projects like Local Energy Oxfordshire are providing the foundations for Oxfordshire to be at the forefront of a dynamic efficient zero carbon energy system.

Unattractive  Renewables

What if…Renewables made financial and practical sense for everyone in Oxfordshire? What could this look like? Could there be a countywide renewable energy matchmaking service, with a range of options to suit all situations?

A bit like…Brooklyn, USA.  A local renewable microgrid for the community complete with backup battery storage and fuel cell power. Not only does it provide green, clean, locally sourced energy, it also reduces the community’s monthly power bill by 10% - 20%.

Missing Infrastructure

What if…Oxfordshire led the way in trialling and rolling out renewable infrastructure?  What could this look like? Could the county collaborate with businesses and research institutions to pilot and launch renewable technologies, for example?

A bit like…
eRoadArlanda, Sweden.  Electric road technology has been live in Sweden since 2018. It enables electric cars, buses and trucks to charge seamlessly as they are driving. The wireless charging equipment is placed directly in the road.

Wasted Energy

What if…Oxfordshire never knowingly wasted recoverable energy? What could this look like? Could homes be heated with waste heat from industry, for example?

A bit like…Snohetta, Norway.  From 2021, the Lyseparken data centre will power an entire neighbourhood. It uses a liquid cooling system rather than fans to keep the servers cool, which will transfer excess heat to nearby buildings using a district heating system.

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