Latest Findings from DECC’s Low Carbon Community Challenge

August 2011: DECC’s Low Carbon Community Challenge (LCCC) was officially launched in February 2010. Amongst the 22 successful applicants supported was one scheme in London – the Muswell Hill Low Carbon Zone, in Haringey, which involves the “installation of photovoltaics on four schools to be used as a learning tool and to encourage behaviour change; a mobile sustainable learning facility; cycle parking and a community renewable energy company that aims to gain funding to generate income for carbon reduction measures in the community.” Winnings projects were given funding of approximately £500,000 each,  mainly to install low carbon technologies by March 2010 (phase 1 communities) and March 2011 (phase 2 communities) although the LCCC runs until March 2012.
DECC have today published three reports setting out some of the findings to date from the LCCC, and sharing thoughts from the various community groups on their experience taking forward such projects.
The Low Carbon Communities Challenge: Findings from the engagement support by Dialogue by Design
Analysis by Dialogue by Design of information collected from the community groups throughout the LCCC projects.
LCCC process evaluation: report 1 – application process
LCCC unsuccessful applicants’ feedback about the programme’s application process.
REAP Petite analysis of LCCC
Face-to-face interviews with 4,977 respondents across the Low Carbon Community Challenge (LCCC) areas  were conducted in 2010 as part of the LCCC baseline research. This survey yielded considerable attitudinal data.

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