New Southwark Community Energy Fund

Community Energy London is extremely pleased to hear of Southwark’s announcement of their £400,000 community energy fund as part of their new 7.5 million investment on green projects in its updated climate action plan.

Southwark Council’s emissions, and emissions across the borough have both decreased in the last year, however, sustained action and investment is needed to become net-zero by 2030. To do that, alongside the new funding for biodiversity improvements, Southwark Council is also spending money in a number of other key areas, such as:

  • A £1 million investment in walking improvements to support the Citizens’ Jury’s top recommendation
  • A new £400,000 community energy fund available to support residents’ to club together and work on green energy projects
  • Accelerating plans to decarbonise, by halving the council’s own emissions again by 2026, backed by £5 million of investment
  • An additional £100,000 to expand the use of cargo bikes in the borough

You can access the full press release here.

In recent months community energy funds have been set up in Hounslow (May) and Hackney (June) and now Southwark. These funds add to existing ones in LBs Camden, Islington, Lewisham and Haringey.

CEL’s really pleased with this progress which has built on our 2020 guidance document Setting up a Local Authority Community Energy Fund and work we did with London councils in 2021 through our workshop with officers for our study Community Energy in a Climate Emergency.
CEL will continue to work with additional London boroughs to help set up community energy programmes, as well as with the Mayor, who’s support through the London Community Energy Fund, which provides feasibility funding for projects, has been instrumental in bringing forward these individual borough capital funds.