LCCN Newsletter – Issue 64

Welcome to the 64th 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

Representation to the PM on the Green Deal
Following the frustrations over the Energy Bill a range of organisations, coordinated by WWF, are sending a letter and supporting document to the Prime Minister. LCCN will be one of the signatories. A full copy of the briefing, which sets out some key points on how the Bill should be developed is available to download from our website here.
The key points call for the government to provide
:

  • A package of incentives that will encourage uptake (including cutting the rate of VAT on the Green Deal to 5%)
  • Additional support  to make the Green Deal affordable and attractive.
  • Certainty and clarity of the scale of the challenge and market potential by linking the aim of the Green Deal to what is required to ensure that carbon budgets are met and to tackle fuel poverty; and
  • A cross-government plan for energy saving

Meanwhile in Scotland, a ‘Universal Home Insulation Scheme’ has been launched (even if it only helps 200,000 households) –
http://breakingnews.heraldscotland.com/breaking-news/?mode=article&site=et&id=N0601911317051287723A


Community Energy Film ‘ Wind of Change’ released
Wind of Change is a short film telling the story of the village of  Fintry in rural Stirlingshire.  After long negotiations they became the first village in the UK to enter a joint-venture agreement with a wind farm developer that secured a wind turbine for the community. From the income stream the turbine generates, Fintry has given free insulation to more than half of all households in the village and is now embarking on new ambitious projects to eventually make the village carbon-neutral.
The film portrays Fintry as it carries out a number of new projects such as installing micro-renewable heating systems, planting a community orchard and opening a woodland learning area for the local primary school.  

The film is 14 minutes long and can be shown at community meetings, events or conferences. The Fintry Development Trust can  supply copies – contact: kelly@fintrydt.org.uk


Wrexham £60 Million social housing solar scheme
Wrexham Council
 has announced a multi-million pound scheme to fit almost a third (3,000) of its social houses with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.  The plans are aimed at cutting residents’ energy bills by up to £200 per year and form a key part of the council’s wider carbon reduction strategy.
The panels will be retrofitted on existing housing stock later this year with the project due for completion by March 2012. The scheme, which is expected to save up to 3000 tonnes of CO2 a year, will provide subsidised green power to thousands of Wrexham’s tenants.
The panels will be supplied by Sharp Solar, a global company with a panel factpry in Wrexham, where they have also launched their ‘Renewable Energy Academy’ to train 25 to 50 people a month, giving electricians, roofers, building contractors and heating engineers the chance to change career and move into the renewable energy sector.
Recent news from AEA is that solar panels are the most popular way of generating renewable power, accounting for 75% of feed-in tariff scheme payments. So far, more than 44,000 solar installations have been registered for the FIT, with small domestic systems making up the majority (38,300).

The Community Action Groups Project

Community Action Groups (CAG) is a network of local voluntary groups in Oxfordshire at the forefront of community led climate change action. CAGs organise events and initiatives to raise awareness and take action on climate change issues including waste reduction, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, and food, energy and water issues to live a more sustainable and less resource dependent life in their local community.
Each group of volunteers works with their local community to develop projects such as Low Carbon Living Programmes, community-owned renewable energy schemes, permaculture workshops and car shares. Regular swap shop, food days and other events are held weekly, offering hundreds of opportunities over the year for communities to come together and make a real difference.
For a full list of Community Action Groups across Oxfordshire and a detailed calendar of sustainability events visit – www.cagoxfordshire.org.uk
For more information contact Peter Lefort at peter.lefort@resourcefutures.co.uk, sign up to the online newsletter and follow CAG on Twitter @CAGOxfordshire.




Parish councillors – advice wanted!

Chris Church, Chair of LCCN, is speaking soon at the annual conference for the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) (the professional body for Town, Parish, Community and Neighbourhood Council staff, linking over 4000 councils). The theme is ‘Communities ,Climate Change and local action: from problems to opportunities’. It’s always good to have good examples of what is working and not working. Anyone with experiences to share of parish action or specific problems, please email Chris at chrischurch@cooptel.net.


Environment Agency’s new Adapting to Climate Change programme – SURVEY

From 1 October 2011, the Environment Agency is taking on a new role as the Government’s delivery body for climate change adaptation in England. This role will build on the work of the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), based at Oxford University. The new programme will complement our existing roles and responsibilities and is being developed closely with the cross-Government Adapting to Climate Change Programme.
More information can be found at:
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/132323.aspx

Environment Agency are really interested to know your views and opinions, especially on what advice you need to help you adapt and on what types of tools/approaches you do or don’t find helpful. Please take part in the survey at:
https://web.questback.com/theenvironmentagency/atccp/




And now, the ever popular global bad news section…


Artic sea ice is melting far faster than climate models predict…

Find out why at the Economist… www.economist.com/node/21530079
This is perhaps a sign of negative feedback and short-term forcing. Not good news!

While emissions grow

(Sorry for the distinctly un-encouraging tone of this week’s newsletter!)

There has been a major increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialised countries with binding Kyoto targets according to a new EU research report. Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 45 % between 1990 and 2010, and reached an all-time high of 33 billion tonnes in 2010. Increased energy efficiency, nuclear energy and the growing contribution of renewable energy are not compensating for the globally increasing demand for power and transport, which is strongest in developing countries.
See the press release and links here:
http://edgar.jrc.ec.europa.eu/news_docs/JRC-PBL%20news%20release%20CO2%20emissions%20report%20-%2021%20Sept.pdf
And how much higher would it have gone without us?….

And finally, a word from Bill Clinton…

Climate deniers make US ‘look like a joke’
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
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.

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Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                             27/09/2011

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