LCCN Newsletter – Issue 51

Welcome to the 51st 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. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at: www.lowcarboncommunities.net

  • Energy Bill Progress
  • Scottish Climate Challenge Change Fund review published
  • LCCN Survey – last ten days!
  • LCCN – looking for people like you
  • No newsletter next week!
  • Vote on warmer homes for a cooler planet today
  • Fairer Train Fares
  • Community Renewables Conference
  • TUC Climate Conference
  • Open Eco Homes
  • Training
  • Building LCCN – your help needed

Energy Bill progress
This week over 50 organisations ranging from Marks & Spencer and B&Q, through the National Children’s’ Bureau and the Royal Institute of British Architects to Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF (and the LCCN) sent a letter to Chris Huhne at DECC expressing concern about the
 Energy Bill and the Green Deal.
The key concern is that the Bill does not show adequately how the Green Deal links to meeting
 to the UK’s emission reduction targets of 80% by 2050, nor do the policies in the Bill reflect the government’s aspirations for this to be the “biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War”.
The government has tabled new amendments but these do not meet the goals set in the proposed ‘Warm Homes’ amendments that we have covered in this newsletter before. 

A copy of the letter is available here
 
Scottish Climate Challenge Change Fund review published
The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) was set up to help communities address climate change by reducing their carbon emissions. Communities were funded to encourage people to adopt new low carbon behaviours and measures (but not capital funding for the development of renewable energy).
The CCF made 331 awards to 261 communities located throughout Scotland in seven funding rounds between 2008 and 2011, with further funding announced in March 2011 for 130 projects.
To illustrate the range of outcomes achieved by the CCF, 21 projects were selected for an in-depth review.

That review is just published, and makes interesting reading:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/13142135/1
 
LCCN Survey – last ten days!
A big thank you to all of you who have taken the time to fill in the LCCN Annual Survey.
If you’ve not done it yet please do take the 5 minutes needed to do so. We’d like to know how your group is going and what you think about what we do. The information that we get help us run the network better (and will hopefully help us find the resources to do that) and we will of course share the results.
The survey is here – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/75YN72C

LCCN – we’re looking for people like you
The LCCN Management Group met last week. Notes will be out shortly. Since the January AGM two people have left the Group. We are interested to recruit new people. It’s just 3 – 4 meetings a year and email contact and discussion, giving you a chance to help steer and develop this unique network.
If you’re interested please contact the LCCN Chair, Chris Church via – chrischurch@cooptel.net

No newsletter next week!
Even LCCN staff have to go on holiday sometimes, and being a normal network that means a gap, but normal service will be resumed in the first week of July.

Vote on warmer homes for a cooler planet today
Thanks to everyone who emailed their MP and spread the word to friends and family to do the same. Your lobbying efforts are very much appreciated. The Energy Bill committee will today vote on whether to accept the Warm Homes amendment. There are live updates on the state of play in the Committee on Twitter. Search for energybill for the latest on how the debate is going or visit ourDemand a Better Bill site to view the latest stream of updates. 

Once we know the outcome of the vote, we will be amending our e-action demanding that MPs vote for amendments that survived the committee stage which optimise the climate credentials of the Energy Bill. We’ll be announcing our reaction of Facebook andTwitter so watch this space!
For more information on our Demand a Better Bill campaign, please visit: www.demandabetterbill.org.uk 

Fairer Train Fares
Public transport is of course a key component of a low carbon future and we need the government to invest in our rail system if we’re to keep more cars off the road, and carbon out of the atmosphere. But the government is now considering whether to raise ticket prices above the levels of inflation.
The Campaign for Better Transport is running a campaign for Fairer Train Fares:
http://bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/fair-fares-now
They are keen to get in touch with local groups linked to LCCN: you can contact them direct via their website. If there’s someone in your group particularly interested in rail transport please pass this on to them.


Community Renewables Conference
DTA Wales are organising a Community Renewables Conference on July 4th in Ebbw Vale. All are welcome – you don’t have to be Welsh! The main involvement is from Scottish development trusts who’ve built wind turbines or got negotiated Joint Ventures with commercial partners on wind schemes. Some are also involved in hydro. Jim Brown is also presenting who’s advised on many of the share issue funded renewables, as well as Cwmclydach who’ve just commissioned their 60kw hydro scheme. Please send on to others who may be interested. This event will be really useful in developing a broader understanding of our sector. There are bursaries for individuals or community groups available from dta wales (details on booking form).
To download the booking form and information on the conference click the links below.
Booking Form
Information Sheet
Programme
TUC Climate Conference
July 6 2011, Congress House, London
Chris Huhne (Coalition), Meg Hillier (Labour) & Caroline Lucas (Green Party) open the TUC’s climate change conference with a Parliamentary Panel debate and Q&A on What makes a good green government? It’s followed by three workshops with Labours Shadow Ministers feeding into Labour’s economic and environment policy reviews. With the economy stuck on no real growth, and government missing huge opportunities for green jobs and skills, the afternoon workshops focus on green economic and industrial policy. Don’t miss it! For further details and registration:
http://www.tuc.org.uk/events/index.cfm
 
Open Eco Homes
July 9th & 10th 2011

Nearly 30 homes will be taking part from in an Open Eco Homes weekend organised by Bishop’s Castle’s Household Energy Service on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, located from the Gravels Bank area north of Bishops Castle down to Presteigne by way of Montgomery, Clun and Knighton. The homes will be open from 10-4 each day and all are taking part because they have something special to share about saving energy and therefore money, and, importantly, about reducing carbon emissions.
The Open Eco Homes weekend gives everyone the chance to get practical advice on systems, products and installers direct from the householders and to learn from their experience about practical solutions to particular problems.

Directions on how to reach all the houses will be available on the HES website or from the information hubs in each town. These will be Decorative Antiques, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle, Tower House Gallery and Café, High Street, Knighton, Caractacus, Market Square, Clun and The Workhouse Gallery in Presteigne Industrial Estate. Open Eco Homes weekend 2011 will be a chance to see a wide range of interesting answers to the question “But what can I do in my own house?” from the people who have found out what works for themselves.

For more information, contact Prue Dakin on 01588 630683 or pruedakin.hes@gmail.com



Training
Workshop:  Starting Up a Community Reuse and Resource Centre “Making Ourselves Unstoppable:  Overcoming the Challenges” 10 – 4pm,  13th July, 2011  Bricks and Bread, Aldershot.
This one day workshop is for anyone starting-up a Community Reuse and Resource Centre.  The day is designed to give you the chance to work through the issues you face in setting up your social enterprise with people who’ve done it before and to link into the support you need to make it happen. The morning will start with a tour of Bricks and Bread http://www.bricksandbread.com/ and an exploration of the challenges in reuse, repair, remanufacture and retraining. The afternoon will have advice sessions on the issues you face such as making reuse pay its way, choosing the right business structure, getting the logistics right and partnering with local authorities. There will be plenty of space to work out your next steps and make sure you are linked in to the support available. 

Social enterprise Talk Action are running another training coursessoon in London:

Climate Change: Effective Communication (July 15th) at the Town and Country Planning Association.

Building LCCN – your help needed
This newsletter now goes out weekly to more than 600 people and groups, but we’d like to get it to many more. You can help!

If you find the newsletter useful , why not forward it to other people you know, either in your group or within  your network. Let them know it comes out weekly, it’s free and all they have to do to get it is to join the network…by sending an email requesting a membership form to – membership@lowcarboncommunities.net

Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.

LCCN Facebook page
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Tell us your stories
We are very keen to get local news – reports, project launches, meetings etc… Send us the details!

Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                          21/06/2011


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