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Sustainable Projects

In order to achieve the targets set within the Carbon Management Plan, teams within the Council have delivered numerous projects within the county.

The most prolific projects have been:

  • Schools Collaboration on Resource Efficiency (SCoRE) project delivered to all 361 LCC schools, focussing on behavioural changes, boiler optimisation, boiler room insulation and action plan implementation
  • Automatic metering in over 1,000 LCC schools and buildings on their gas and electric meters, providing half hourly data on energy consumption
  • Street lighting and traffic signals changed to LED bulbs, combined with a reduction in street lighting times
  • Development of a Travel Plan and the monitoring of business miles
  • Lincoln area property review
  • Solar PV for waste transfer stations at Louth, Sleaford, Gainsborough and Grantham
  • Lighting upgrades, boiler optimisation and boiler room insulation for LCC property buildings

Since 2006, the council has invested over £8.3 million in the above projects, providing annual savings of over £1.8 million. In addition, £2.1 million has been invested through Salix Finance, which sees annual savings of over £400,000.

For more information about some of our flagship projects, please continue reading or you can email to speak to one of our Sustainability team.


The SCoRE programme was established in 2013 by LCC to help all schools become more sustainable. It is a bespoke, paid-for programme developed for upper KS2 and lower KS3, with students taking a lead on energy issues within their school and looking into ways to overcome these. Registered schools have reported energy consumption savings of around 10 - 15%, simply by making a few small behavioural changes. There are many additional benefits, such as: access to funding streaming; personalised advice and guidance; links to the curriculum and the opportunity to practically apply STEM subjects; helps students to develop personal skills and values; and regular updates and recognition for all the hard work put in by the school.

It is open to all schools and takes two terms to complete. A SCoRE Officer will visit your school three times over that period and work with a selected group of students called the Lincolnshire Carbon Ambassadors (LCAs). They will also help the school to run an Action Week and will organise a celebration event for all LCAs and accompanying staff. For primary and SEND schools the programme is £200 and for secondary schools it is £400. If you would like to register your interest then just email any time, quoting your name, school, job title and contact details.

Street Lighting

The council has saved over £1million and thousands of tonnes of carbon by changing all street lights and traffic signals to highly energy efficient LED bulbs. In addition to this, the council has reduced the length of time the street lights are switched on during night, which has reduced energy consumption further and helped the council to reduce its carbon emissions and costs.

Salix Funding

Salix Finance is dedicated to implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through interest free internal ‘loans’. It is available within the County Council and for maintained schools. Salix Finance is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Education, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government. So far, Salix Finance has invested over £2m in green technology in Lincolnshire, which has seen annual savings for the council of over £400,000.

Verge Biomass

We have been working with Peakhill Associates, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and local anaerobic digestion plant owners to explore the options relating to verge maintenance. A trial exploring whether grass cuttings from roadside verges can be used to create clean, green energy has been deemed a success. Removing the cuttings from the roadside also helps to encourage and protect our wildflowers and slows down the regrowth of grass, reducing the need for roadside cutting and therefore reducing costs to the council. With approximately 5,500 miles of ‘rural’ highways, Verge Biomass could be extremely beneficial for the county.


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Last updated: 7 December 2017

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