Lake District National Park
The Lake District National Park Authority the public body responsible for statutory and strategic aspects of the Lake District National Park. Statutory responsibilities include planning, the Partnership Plan (Management Plan) and Rights of way, access and bylaws. The Authority’s Strategic priorities are: Covid recovery, Net Zero Carbon, Nature Recovery, The Future of Farming, Landscape Culture and Beauty, Smarter Travel, Affordable Housing and Lake District for Everyone.
The Net Zero Carbon priority is outlined as follows:
We will have largely implemented the necessary offsetting measures through externally funded projects on land under our control to achieve net zero carbon for our organisation in 2025. We will be leading net zero carbon in the National Park by 2037 through the Lake District National Park Partnership to resource the measurement, monitoring and communication of progress.
Low Carbon Lake District
The Lake District National Park Authority has secured £4,261,683 funding from the UK European Structural and Investment Fund to deliver a £7,314,990 programme of projects called Low Carbon Lake District (LCLD). LCLD consists of three projects:
1. Keswick to Threlkeld Multi User Trail
2. Brockhole Energy Projects including Solar PV and EV Charging; and
3. Autonomous Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project (AEV)
Low Carbon Lake District is funded under Priority Axis 4: Supporting the shift towards a Low Carbon Economy in all Sectors. It focuses on reducing business CO2e emissions, whilst also aiming to stimulate market growth of the local environmental technology sector and showcasing low carbon transport alternatives.
Delivery of a Low Carbon Lake District programme by the Lake District National Park Authority has been underway for several years now, commencing in July 2019.
Between July 2019 and June 2021 the three projects have been delivered, with some aspects of works ongoing at Brockhole, due to Covid-19 limitations in 2020.
The key output of the programme was to deliver annual CO2 savings of 211 tonnes, c43 tonnes from energy savings and investment in low carbon at Brockhole and 168 tonnes per annum from vehicle trips avoided with pedestrian and cycle use of the new route between Keswick and Threlkeld.

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