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Local Government Support Programme

Receive updates on Energy Saving Trust funding and support for local authorities

The Local Government Support Programme focusses on building and strengthening our relationships with local authorities. Funded by the Department for Transport, it enables us to provide the most effective and tailored support possible to improve local air quality and reduce CO2 emissions.

How can we help?

  1. Supporting the development of baseline knowledge: keeping officers and Councillors fully informed of the industry by running workshops and masterclasses on low emission transport policy, market status, technology and innovation and wider Mobility as a Service (MAAS).
  2. Supporting the sharing of best practice: developing more effective and well-rounded strategies through observing findings and experience of similar projects run by cities and authorities.
  3. Helping to identify transport programmes at a local and regional level that will help make a real difference in air quality, and support the development of current programmes to see greater project outcomes and impact.
  4. Helping to join the dots: linking existing programmes and initiatives to develop a stronger strategy for broader regional plans or wider strategies that support MAAS and the Smart City agenda.



Who are we? 

Our three Relationship Managers enable us to provide tailored, one-to-one support to authorities, based on their own unique needs and situations. 

If you wish to discuss any of the areas covered by our Local Government Support Programme or would like to speak to a dedicated Relationship Manager, please fill in our enquiry form.

South: Richard Drew

Richard has previously delivered Local Sustainable Transport Fund, Sustainable Travel Transition Year and Access Fund projects for South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with the other authorities in the West of England region. He also has extensive experience of developing and operating car club services across the UK having worked for one of the major car club operators. 


Midlands: Luke Redfern

Having previously supported many local authorities in the strategic procurement of infrastructure and identifying ways for organisations to implement low emission vehicles into fleet operations, Luke brings specialist knowledge of improving air quality through ultra-low emission vehicle strategies to the Midlands. He was also seconded for a year to support the delivery of the £6.2m Nottingham Go Ultra Low City project.


North East & North West: Fiona Appleton

Fiona has experience in managing sustainable transport projects. She previously worked with Transport for Greater Manchester in their Travel Choices team engaging with businesses on reducing carbon emissions from transport. She also worked in EST’s Edinburgh office where she assisted local authorities to review their grey fleet and benchmarked the carbon emissions from Scotland’s public sector fleet. 



Fleet and business support

  • Energy Saving Trust provides business fleets with advice and support on how to reduce emissions, cut costs and how to respond to legislative changes.
  • Our support includes examining existing fleets, planning for vehicle replacement and integrating electric vehicles (EVs) into fleets.
  • Our fleet support managers can conduct fleet reviews to analyse your fleet and provide recommendations based on real-world whole-life costs to reduce costs and emissions.

More about our Fleet support services.

Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure

  • With over seven years’ experience in electric vehicle (EV) guidance, we can help reduce air pollution through providing local policy guidance, and the mapping of EV charging infrastructure based on locally tailored EV demand forecasts.
  • Energy Saving Trust currently operates the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS), which has made funding available to local authorities until 2020 to install EV chargepoints in areas where there is no off street parking available.
  • We provide advice and support on introducing electric taxis and private hire vehicles into towns and cities.

More about electric vehicles.


  • Energy Saving Trust is supporting the government, as well as freight and logistics operators, to bring emissions savings to the freight sector.
  • Our Freight Reviews, online Freight Portal and our work to help fleets measure freight carbon emissions can support cities in reducing the significant environmental impact of road freight.

More about our Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) and the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) Certification.


Sustainable travel (grey fleet and the commute)

  • Fewer employees are now accepting company cars and instead opting to use their own vehicle – typically less safe, worse for the environment and more expensive for the company. We offer a programme of support to help public and private sector organisations in tackling this issue, known as grey fleet.
  • Energy Saving Trust is working to explore alternatives to travel, transitioning to public transport and adopting active travel for local journeys.

Loans and grants

  • Removing the finance barrier to electric vehicle (EV) adoption is a key step in helping to accelerate their uptake.

    • In Scotland, Energy Saving Trust has years of experience in designing and running interest free loans and grants to support uptake of EVs and charging infrastructure.
    • We have been working with the Joint Air Quality Unit and local authorities to examine how local loans and grants may work for consumers and businesses.

Helping car retailers understand electric vehicles (EVs)

  • The market for new vehicles is developing rapidly, and the used vehicle market is still adjusting to the shift away from petrol and diesel vehicles.
  • Energy Saving Trust is working with local car dealerships and motor auction groups to deliver training and market stimulation for used EVs, a crucial part of creating a healthy used market, and protecting the residual values of EVs.

Driver behaviour

  • Driver behaviour can impact an electric vehicle (EV)'s range. Energy Saving Trust can provide EV range maximisation and familiarisation training to ensure EV drivers achieve the best they can from their vehicle.
  • Driver behaviour and unnecessary idling are key factors in a vehicle’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, affecting local air quality.
  • Energy Saving Trust offers a subsidised driver training scheme along with a range of other initiatives to improve driver behaviour.