Car Parks

Have you thought about using your car park to help deliver your net zero objectives, enhance the car park’s revenue potential, and benefit your local community? Greater South East Net Zero Hub provides free support to local authorities and other public sector organisations with a range of car park projects.

If your organisation is planning a new project or has hit a barrier with a scheme already in progress, please get in touch:

Go to net zero with help from the Net Zero Go service!

Net Zero Go helps local authorities to deliver local net zero projects by offering free access to a library of guides, articles, case studies, toolkits and datasets, alongside tailored assistance from its network of experts.
The facility is provided by Energy Systems Catapult and supported by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
Click HERE to register for this free service.

Did you know that car parks can support residential EV charging?

In Oxfordshire electric vehicle (EV) chargers are being installed in car parks under the Park and Charge Oxfordshire scheme, giving residents with no off-street parking the ability to park for free overnight and charge their electric vehicles with competitive prices: CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

How We Can Help

Solar Canopies – Modelling and assessment service for your project

A common net zero project for car park sites is the installation of solar canopies. We can help you to understand the potential of your car park for solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and assess your options. We use our own solar calculation tools to undertake modelling. The tools calculate the potential size of the solar array and generation capacity, and provide guidance on the projected capital and revenue costs, and on the possible financial delivery models. If you need help, please get in touch.

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Solar PV, plus EV Chargepoints, plus Battery Storage – New modelling and assessment tools

We are in the process of enhancing the tools we use to assess the potential of net zero projects for car parks. We are developing a model for car park sites that can undertake assessments for solar canopies in combination with EV charge points and with battery storage. If this is of interest to you, please contact the Greater South East Net Zero Hub.

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Hub Guide to Electric Vehicle Projects

Greater South East Net Zero Hub has produced a series of downloadable Hub Guides to support those involved in net zero project delivery. Our Hub Guide to electric vehicle projects includes the key considerations around developing EV charge points in car parks, including working with chargepoint operators.

Download the Hub guide.

Car Park Decarbonisation Challenges and Solutions

Sometimes an organisation has a net zero requirement that common technology cannot meet. In response to this situation Innovate UK KTN has developed an Innovation Exchange process, which matches an organisation’s needs and challenges to companies with relevant innovative solutions. Greater South East Net Zero Hub has recently worked with Innovate UK KTN to create two distinct Innovation Exchange challenges for car-parking sites owned by local authorities. Although these have been tailored around the specific requirements of the local authorities concerned, the resulting solutions may be suitable for other organisations. Scroll down for more information on these challenges.

What is the Innovation Exchange process?

Innovation Exchange Challenge: Secure and Accessible EV Carports for Multi Storey Car Parks - West Northamptonshire Council

A project to adapt multi-storey car parks in Northamptonshire to be able to generate and distribute energy to electric vehicles. The challenge is to design and implement physical hardware solutions that can integrate with the existing infrastructure, provide energy generation that can be distributed to electric vehicle chargers, and ensure that a secure environment is maintained, and that the capacity provided by the existing car parking spaces is conserved.


Find out more about the EV carports for multi-storey car parks challenge

Innovation Exchange Challenge: Using Car Parks to create Sustainable Energy - Surrey Heath Borough Council

The challenge is to adapt multi-storey car parks in Camberley to enable energy generation and/or storage on site, with the energy being used within the locality for electric vehicle charging or for use by local business or facilities.

Find out more the multi-storey car park energy generation challenge

Looking for a solution? Get in touch with the Hub

We want to hear from local authorities and other public sector organisations with car park sites, whether surface or multi-storey, that might benefit from the Innovation Exchange challenges or which are looking for similar solutions. We are also open to hearing from parking organisations, as well as railway stations, airports and other transport interchanges, that could benefit from the Innovation Exchange process.

The Innovation Exchange process would be provided to public sector organisations free of charge. There is no commitment required from participating organisations to any solution that might arise. The Hub can also provide support and advice to help identify funding for any project that might be developed. Please contact us if this is of interest

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