Communities

We think that communities are the key to a clean energy future for Oxfordshire

At the Low Carbon Hub we work with community groups across Oxfordshire which have a focus on low carbon and sustainability actions. On this page you’ll find information on how we support communities, and how you can get involved.

The Low Carbon Hub supports communities around Oxfordshire to make this work possible.

Find a community group near you

There are lots of community groups around Oxfordshire working on low carbon and sustainability, which are always looking for passionate individuals to get involved in their work.

This involves the community groups which are part of the Low Carbon Hub CIC, as well as others working more broadly on climate change and sustainability (beyond energy) which are part of the CAG Oxfordshire network.

Working with community groups

We work with community groups across Oxfordshire to offer advice and support their activities, including grant funding. To access this advice and support, a community group needs to join the Low Carbon Hub Community Interest Company (CIC) as a community shareholder.

For your group to become a CIC shareholder it must be working on the transition to low carbon, with a focus on the energy system. To enquire about your group becoming a CIC shareholder, contact our Community Engagement Manager, Cathy Ryan.

If your community group is already part of the Low Carbon Hub CIC, then head to our page for community members.

Community building energy audit

Please note: due to government guidance on non-essential contact during COVID-19 we are currently unable to complete energy audits. We are still welcoming applications, and they will be processed when guidance allows.

Thanks to a grant from Westmill Solar Co-operative, we are able to offer fully funded energy audits for community buildings. You can nominate a building to receive a free energy audit to help identify ways they could become more energy efficient, saving them money on their energy bills and reducing their carbon footprint.

Get advice from our helpdesk

We’re here to help if you have any questions about saving energy or developing your own community-owned renewable energy project.

If you’re a social enterprise elsewhere in the UK, or the world, and interested in replicating Low Carbon Hub’s model for community-owned decentralised energy, we’re also happy to share information about our ethos and business model. And we’d love to learn about your experience too. Complete our enquiry form to get in touch.

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