Partnerships and stakeholders
Jacobs & UrbanTide collaborated with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Welsh Government to consult with a wide group of stakeholders for researching and scoping a smart/low carbon project proposals programme.
The final proposals were based on a number of factors including alignment with policy objectives and contribution towards smart maturity.
To support this initiative a vision was formulated for Neath Port Talbot and the wider Swansea Bay region:
Scalable demonstration projects
The pivotal aim of the smart/low carbon programme is to demonstrate how the effective implementation of smart/low carbon technologies can be applied to enhance services, support local and national energy and climate change ambitions and deliver a range of complementary benefits. By adopting a scalable approach, the demonstration projects provide an opportunity to disseminate and roll out good practice throughout the Swansea Bay region and wider Wales.
A stakeholder questionnaire provided insights into the types and levels of smart/low carbon projects in use or aspired to within NPTCBC and across Wales.
The questionnaire identified data around key sectors and themes, related policies and service area projects and potential contributions of individual projects for developing NPT's maturity into a smart region. The insights gained helped to identify possible links and complementary benefits between existing, planned, committed and aspirational projects. These analyses, combined with findings from a UK and international review of over 100 existing and aspirational smart/low carbon projects and programmes, were used to develop a set of credible proposals for smart/low carbon demonstration projects in Neath Port Talbot.
Demonstration Projects Study Full Report & Engagement Report
The key objectives of the study were to properly scope the vision of NPTCBC and to outline a series of credible options for demonstration projects. The full report outlines the journey from vision → sectors/ themes → policy /service areas → options → delivery mechanisms → benefits.
UrbanTide and Jacobs produced a summary report (10 pages) for stakeholder engagement.
Stakeholder Consultation & Best Practice Review
UrbanTide and Jacobs undertook a stakeholder consultation that achieved over 40 responses providing information about current, planned and aspirational projects. A UK and international review of over 100 existing and aspirational smart/low carbon projects and programmes was also researched to inform the demonstration project proposals.
Presentation of Project Proposals and outline of next steps for Phase 2
The report has been presented to NPTCBC, Welsh Government and wider stakeholders as an initial step towards taking the concepts and aspirations of the Smart/Low Carbon Demonstration Projects Study and developing them into cogent and potential opportunities as part of Phase 2.
On completion of Phase 1 of the feasibility study and in light of the project ideas identified within the summary report, Christopher Jones, Energy Manager for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council stated: