LCCN Newsletter – Issue 54

Welcome to the 54th 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

DECC launch Renewable Energy road map
This new document shows how the UK can meet its’ target to deliver 15% of the UK’s energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. It suggests that  ‘8 technologies are capable of delivering more than 90% of the renewable energy we need for 2020’  and can deliver a total of 29 GW of operational capacity by that date.
It also looks at heat and road transport:

www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/renewable-energy/2167-uk-renewable-energy-roadmap.pdf
Chris Huhne on the ‘big picture’


Chris Huhne’s speech on the geopolitics of climate change is available on the link below.
It sets out his views and is worth a read to get his views on the bigger issues (and the language used):

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/chsp_geopol/chsp_geopol.aspx
 

Community turbine blows up – the myth that wind doesn’t pay
Hockerton’s community-owned wind turbine is beginning to reap financial rewards for both its shareholders and the village. It has just paid out its first interest payment to members of 5%, only 18 months after production started.
It has also made money available to the village – for the full article on this click here.



Severe drought could hit 45% of UK by 2035
May not be the most timely story, this one….
A new report published by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the  Committee for Climate Change has said the country could be hit by severe droughts in 45% of the UK’s resource zones by 2035 if mitigation against climate change is not planned for now.
Well written up at the Edie business and sustainability site:
www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=20396&title=Severe+drought+could+hit+45%25+of+country+by+2035


Heatwaves in the US and climate change

Much of the US media seems to be trying hard to deny any links to climate change for the record breaking heatwave. As the year generates records worldwide, the Climate Progress site offers this assessment of what’s happening in the USA:
http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/07/13/267754/heat-wave-nbc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29




A second call for help
Did your community group apply to the DECC ‘LowCarbon Community Challenge’? Was your application unsuccessful?
In November last year, Richard Baldwin, a researcher at the University of East Anglia, put out a request via the LCCN for unsuccessful applicants to DECC’s Low Carbon Communities Challenge to contact him regarding their application.
Whilst he had a large number of responses to his original request he is now looking to contact some more of you to build up as broad a picture as possible of the types of challenges you’ve been facing in your attempts to create a low carbon community since applying to the challenge, and in particular what impact the policy landscape of the Big Society and the Green Deal are having on your work.
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.




LCCN Annual Survey
The LCCN Annual Survey is now closed.
A big thank you to everyone who took part, the results will be released on our website soon.
 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!

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Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                          19/07/2011

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