LCCN Newsletter – Issue 63 – Including Energy Bill Update

Welcome to the 63rd 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

Moving Planet Day
Is just a few days away – but still time to get involved. Climate Change actions are taking place all over the world –  the website http://www.moving-planet.org has links and examples and is very much worth checking out. Not much so far from the UK!
If you are doing something send us a report or put the info on our Facebook page or the UK climate Action map – both via our website.
 

The Energy Bill – update

The final Commons stages of the Energy Bill are complete.  MPs voted against our amendments – 300 voted no. 229 voted aye.
There’s a short blog available on the campaign website: 
http://www.demandabetterbill.org.uk/latest-news/energy-bill-is-still-inadequate/
WWF’s view is that we take this to Number 10 now. They are proposing a joint letter and briefing to Cameron. The major concern is that the Bill, which now goes back to the Lords, will not ensure that the Green Deal, the Government’s flagship energy efficiency policy, is taken up.
Thank you for all you’ve done so far. The Parliamentary stages are pretty much complete and we won two thirds of what we called for. We’ll keep going until the issue is squarely in the Prime Ministers sights and we have some movement on key issues from Number 10.

1.
 WWF’s parliamentary briefing for the Commons Report Stage is available here: 
http://www.demandabetterbill.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Report-Stage-briefing-Energy-Bill.pdf

2.
 Great British Refurb Campaign market research into the Green Deal that was referred to during the debate is available here: 
http://www.greatbritishrefurb.co.uk/images/pdfs/gbr-greendealmarketresearch.pdf


Climate Reality continues
The Climate Reality project has posted some very useful videos developed as part of their work. A four minute short on the value of grass roots action is at – http://vimeo.com/29108206
That page has links to others including a good short that compares deniers now with what happened in the tobacco industry.

For a summing up of this excellent piece of work see: 
http://climaterealityproject.org/


Government progress on climate change assessed

Green Alliance has just launched Climate Check in collaboration with WWF, RSPB, Greenpeace and Christian Aid. The report provides detailed analysis of the Coalition government’s progress against its low carbon commitments in a range of areas – international negotiations, electricity markets, energy efficiency, green taxation, low carbon transport and renewables.
The report concludes that the government has shown real commitment to the low carbon agenda by making some good decisions in challenging economic times, but its overall record is weakened by delayed or poorly-designed policies on many other coalition commitments. The government will have to raise the level of cross-government ambition if it is to reduce the risk of failing to successfully deliver the majority of the Coalition’s low carbon policies.
The report proposes three ways the government could address the structural problems that we think are hampering overall performance. These involve increasing cross-government accountability for the low carbon transition and boosting the Prime Minister’s engagement on both the international and domestic agendas.
Read the report here.


UK emissions – rising before they fall

A report this week by Cambridge Econometrics suggests that the UK will miss carbon targets by wider margins each year in the near future and that without radical policy measures, it will be impossible for the coalition to ‘make a reality out of rhetoric’.

The Guardian article on this is at: 
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/16/uk-miss-carbon-targets

The full report is at: 
www.camecon.com/UK/UKEnergy/PressRelease-UKEnergy.aspx



More on sceptics

A new book by Avery and Singer seeks to suggest that this is of course all natural. The Real Climate site has a useful ‘point / counterpoint’ short article that takes this to pieces.
 
www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/11/avery-and-singer-unstoppable-hot-air


The 10 Pillars of Local Energy Security

https://member.lgiu.org.uk/whatwedo/Publications/Pages/10Pillars.aspx

This guide from the LGiU helps local authorities and other public sector organisations navigate their way through the policy choices and financial considerations of delivering safe, secure low carbon energy.

Successfully delivering safe, secure low-carbon (future-proof, affordable, life enhancing – JMS) energy will be one of the main challenges facing public sector organisations in the next decade. The choices are bewildering and the stakes very high.

In response to this challenge the LGiU has published this guide to help local authorities and other public sector organisations to navigate their way through the policy choices and financial considerations.

The result is a set of key factors:
The 10 Pillars of Local Energy Security
 is available to download as a PDF by clicking on the link above.

The LGiU’s 10 Pillars of Local Energy Security that it says will help councils develop strategies to address the social, economic and environmental challenges of energy supply are:

  • 1. Keep the lights on – Government policies to decentralise energy supply mean that councils will be consulted more often and have a direct impact upon the type and location of energy supplies.
  • 2. Manage costs – The less energy a council uses, the less it will have to pay.
  • 3. Install the right technology
  • 4. Compliance – There are several important laws that councils have to comply with, including the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, Display Energy Certificate, Home Energy Conservation Act and the fortchoming Green Deal.
  • 5. Reduce carbon emissions – For a local authority only two main strategies exist – to reduce energy use or to switch to energy which results in less carbon emissions.
  • 6. Minimise the impacts on communities
  • 7. Maximise the benefits for communities – Councils who have expertise in energy security can share that expertise with other councils, selling their services and building an income stream. Councils also have a role helping their communities to take advantage of the changes.
  • 8. Make decisions democratically – Decisions which affect people so fundamentally should be part of the local political process.
  • 9. Look to the long term – Instead of detailed predictions councils should aim for a direction of travel which enhances the resilience of their communities and removes points of fragility.
  • 10. Get the right advice – Councils are being approached by consultants and financiers offering different packages around the Feed in Tariff. However, there are still organisations that provide independent advice.




Promote your renewable energy share offer

YouGen has just added a new section to the website where we will publish information about community share offers to raise money for renewable energy schemes. If you have a scheme, and would like to reach wider than just your local community you can list your offer, free of charge, on the YouGen website.
Just send the following details to info@yougen.co.uk:

  1. Brief paragraph about the offer
  2. How much you aim to raise
  3. Closing date of share offer
  4. Expected interest rate
  5. Minimum and maximum investment
  6. Link to website for more information and a prospectus.

The listing is on our community renewables page http://www.yougen.co.uk/renewable-energy/Community+Renewables/, click on investment opportunities.


Exciting updates on the Blacon Sustainability 
Convention
Keynote Speaker: Baroness Worthington of Cambridge

Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change will be speaking at the event.

To book your place please visit: http://blaconsustainabilityconvention.eventbrite.com/
For more information please go to: http://sustainableblacon.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=60&Itemid=122


Sustainable Thermal Energy Management

In the Process Industries

International Conference

25-26 October 2011, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

With the support from the Research Council UK (RCUK) Energy Programme and Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS), the Process Industry Thermal Energy Management (PRO-TEM) Network will be organising SusTEM2011 at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park on 25th-26th in October.

Registration – Please click here to register online now and pay by credit card to secure your place. If you wish to pay by cheque or bank transfer, please contact the conference secretary, Janie Ling Chin (j.l.chin@ncl.ac.uk or+44(0)1912464945). Registration fee covers conference proceeding, delegate badge, refreshments, lunches and conference dinner. Accommodation is not included.
Our conference agenda can be accessed via the link:
http://research.ncl.ac.uk/pro-tem/components/pdfs/SusTEM2011_Conference_Agenda_draft.pdf

We have also created a webpage for SusTEM2011:
http://research.ncl.ac.uk/pro-tem/page.php?pg=2_2
Contributors wanted!
We are looking for people to send us stories – local, regional or national – relating to climate and low carbon living. There’s a lot going on out there that we never hear about! We like them short and with a web link, but we can post longer texts on the website. If you fancy helping us develop this resource then drop a note to hello@lowcarboncommunities.net.

Building LCCN – your help needed
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Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                             20/09/2011

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