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Major Sustainable Energy projects delivered in Dorset

Dorset County Council has been a partner in European and nationally-funded sustainable energy projects delivered in Dorset

Sustainable Energy Across the Common Space (SEACS)

Dorset County Council's Community Energy Team (previously the Sustainability Team) played a major role in developing the European INTERREG IVa project SEACS in partnership with Devon County Council, Wiltshire Council and 2 local authority partners from Brittany. The 3 year project was delivered from 2011 to 2014 and focused on supporting sustainable energy and behaviour change in schools and communities. A wide range of useful resources including videos, case studies and lesson plans are available to download from the SEACS website.

Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset (CLS-Dorset)

The Community Energy Team worked closely with Dorset Community Action to submit a £1m funding bid to the Big Lottery based on supporting community-based sustainable development in Dorchester, Bridport and surrounding parishes. The bid was one of only 10 awarded funding from 270 original expressions of interest. The CLS-Dorset project was delivered from April 2013 to June 2016 and included 5 strands:

  • community based renewable energy (including community woodlands)
  • energy efficiency and 'Greener Choices'
  • educational activities including Eco Schools
  • local food and climate change adaptation

Downloadable resources developed through the CLS in Dorset project are available on the CLS legacy website.


Dorset County Council was a partner in an EU funded research project Rokwood, designed to tackle the barriers to the uptake of woody energy crops such as willow coppice. The project ran from 2012 to 2015 and included 18 partners from the local authority, business sector and research institutions in Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Spain and the south west of the UK. Our UK partners were Crops for Energy Limited and the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol. The project publications and videos are available on the Rokwood project website.

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