A LEADING energy company has been appointed to help reach net zero carbon at a new garden village in Oxfordshire.

The county council has appointed Urbanomy, a new spin-off of EDF, to advise on energy decisions at the Salt Cross garden village near Eynsham.

The garden village will see 2,200 homes, a primary school with a 1,000 pupil capacity, a health centre and a science park built.

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Urbanomy will support Project LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire) and build on the Energy Action Plan (EAP) of the area.

It will also assess the energy supply and demand at the garden village, and its impact on the local grid.

Llewelyn Morgan, head of innovation at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Achieving net zero carbon is integral to the council’s vision for a thriving county.

“Our newly launched climate action framework sets out the areas where we can work in partnership to meet this goal and we highlight our commitment to support zero carbon new developments.

Oxford Mail: Aerial view of the Salt Cross garden village site. Picture: West Oxfordshire District CouncilAerial view of the Salt Cross garden village site. Picture: West Oxfordshire District Council

“As a partner in Project LEO, we are developing the new approaches and tools that will help us better understand the steps needed to achieve this.

“Urbanomy will join us to create a new model that will enable a net zero carbon energy system for Salt Cross, one which benefits the new residents and those already living nearby.”

Sandra Fives, chief executive of Urbanomy, added: “Climate change challenges us to rethink our living spaces both collectively and individually.

“Our energy solutions adopt a human-centric approach, offering practical and system-scalable models.

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“At Urbanomy, we combine the agility of a start-up with the global experience of EDF Group, working independently from recommended technologies.

“Through our collective solutions and expertise, we provide the best possible response to our clients’ needs, factoring in their location, the shape of their urban landscape as well as the needs of the local population.”