LCCN Newsletter – Issue 22



Welcome to the 22nd LCCN newsletter! These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. We’re keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at:www.lowcarboncommunities.net
In this issue:

  • New research on the need for a capital fund for Community Renewables
  • Conference on funding Community Renewables in London, 21 March
  • The British Council’s ‘Active Citizens’ programme
  • WWF poll on renewable ideas (!)
  • Research input wanted on ‘DECC’s Low Carbon Community’ challenge
  • Latest news on CO2 emissions is bad, but on deforestation is good
  • LCCN on Facebook


 

New research highlights the need for a risk capital fund for community renewables
A brand new report by Richard Hoggett (a keen supporter of LCCN and working with the University of Exter) looks at the rapid emergence of revenue-generating community renewables and at how local renewable assets are providing communities with a sustainable revenue stream to support a range of other low carbon and sustainable action. There are relatively few examples of these sorts of projects to date, but a large number are in development.
The report looks in detail at this work area and suggests that there is a need for new funding mechanisms to support this. A summary press release and an 8 page summary are on our website.

Carbon Leapfrog

Carbon Leapfrog has announced that it will be hosting a major conference on ‘Financing Community Renewables’ on 21 March 2011 at the Guildhall, thanks to the generosity of the City of London Corporation. Simon Mills, Head of Sustainable Development for the Corporation, has granted them permission to use the venue to help us bring together sustainable communities that are keen to find ways of financing their renewable energy initiatives. Community led projects from around the UK will be invited to discuss funding issues, seek pro-bono advice from Carbon Leapfrog and other leading organistations that are supporting the event. The event will form part of ‘Climate Week‘ next Spring. More deatials soon but in the meantime you can register your interest in attending by emailing belindacarroll@carbonleapfrog.org. For more information on Carbon Leapfrog visit: carbonleapfrog.org



LCCN and ‘Active Citizens’
LCCN has joined with Transition Brixton in a training and support project that is part of the British Council’s ‘Active Citizens’ programme. This is focused around the new Brixton Re-use centre and is part of our ongoing work on mentoring. Information will be on the website as this gets started.

 

Vote for your Favourite ‘Renewable Idea’
From now until the 30th Novemebr, you can still vote on ‘renewable ideas’ submitted by people to WWF. They “are looking for the best idea that we can implement next year that you feel will help people to understand the importance of renewability, to encourage them to make positive changes to their behaviour and live in a more renewable way”. Every vote raises 10p for their conservation work: some of the ideas are interesting – others are a little off the wall: www.renewableidea.co.uk

Did your community group apply to the DECC ‘Low Carbon Community Challenge’?
Was your application unsuccessful?
If so, Richard Baldwin, a researcher at the University of East Anglia investigating the impacts of using community as a means of engaging individuals with climate change as an issue, would like to hear from you.
He is currently researching DECC’s Low Carbon Communities Challenge and is looking to contact as many of the unsuccessful applicants to the challenge as possible. His aim is to assess what differences, if any, are present in the way the community initiatives have been described compared to the successful bids, along with the impacts of being unsuccessful on the community group in achieving their low-carbon goals.
If you are interested in taking part in his research or finding out more information please contact him directly at r.baldwin@uea.ac.uk or 07878374964.


Global Crabon Dioxide Emissions May Reach Record Levels in 2010
Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions –the main contributor to global warming– show no signs of abating and may reach record levels in 2010, according to a study led by the University of Exter (UK). The study, which also involved the University of East Anglia (UK) and other global institutions, is part of the annual carbon budget update by the Global Carbon Project.
In a paper published November 21st in Nature Geoscience, the authors found that despite the major financial crisis that hit the world last year, global CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuel in 2009 were only 1.3 per cent below the record 2008 figures. This is less than half the drop predicted a year ago.
The global financial crisis severely affected western economies, leading to large reductions in CO2 emissions. For example, UK emissions were 8.6% lower in 2009 than in 2008. Similar figures apply to USA, Japan, France, Germany, and most other industrialised nations.
However, emerging economies had a strong economic performance despite the financial crisis, and recorded substantial increases in CO2 emissions (e.g. China +8 per cent, India +6.2 per cent).
Professor Pierre Friedlingstein lead author of the research, said: “The 2009 drop in CO2 emissions is less than half that anticipated a year ago. This is because the drop in world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was less than anticipated and the carbon intensity of world GDP, which is the amount of CO2 release per unit of GDP, improved by only 0.7 per cent in 2009 – well below its long-term average of 1.7% per year.”
The poor improvements in carbon intensity were caused by an increased share of fossil-fuel CO2 emissions produced by emerging economies with a relatively high carbon intensity, and an increasing reliance on coal.
The study projects that if economic growth proceeds as expected, global fossil fuel emissions will increase by more than 3% in 2010, approaching the high emissions growth from tropical deforestation.
The study also found that global CO2 emissions from deforestation have decreased by over 25% since 2000 compared to the 1990s, mainly because of reduced CO2 emissions from tropical deforestion.
“For the first time, forest expansion in temperate latitudes has overcompensated deforestion emissions and caused a small netsink of CO2 outside the tropics,” says Professor Corinne Le Quéré from the University of East Anglia and the British Anatartic Survey, and the author of the study. “We could be seeing the first signs of net CO2 sequestration in the forest sector outside the tropics,” she adds.
Thanks to ScienceDaily (Nov. 22, 2010)



Big Oil in Church Stretton
John Hofmeister, a former President of Shell Oil, now founder of ‘Citizens for Affordable Energy’ will be addressing a meeting at Church Stretton Secondary School at 7.30pm on Friday 26th November.
“A rare chance to listen to this inspirational speaker and hear the inside story of BIG OIL”
For more infromation click here.


LCCN Facebook page
Please like the Low Carbon Communities facebook page here 

You want more good local stories? – well send those stories to us!

Website: lowcarboncommunities.net 23/11/2010

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