LCCN Newsletter – Issue 68

Welcome to the 68th 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 

The FITs review and community energy – for your urgent action
It is possible even likely that this week will see an announcement about radical and imminent cuts to the FITs for solar PV. Rumours of government action are becoming increasingly solid. To try and head off what might be disastrous impacts on social enterprises and community projects the Communities and Climate Action Alliance – LCCN and other organisations are calling for the establishment of a ‘Community Tariff’ for solar PV projects.  Under this arrangement, solar power systems installed by community energy projects would be paid a premium over the domestic payment rate.  This could be at a lower rate than the current level (solar panel prices are falling) but would be at a level adequate to ensure that these new businesses do not collapse. See the article on ‘The FITs review – our concerns’ on our website here.
This needs to be done fast, and first we need good evidence. If you are a community energy project and concerned about this we need you to act NOW by filling in our survey. This asks some simple questions about the outputs from your existing / proposed project and also asks you to estimate the impacts of various levels of FITs cuts.
Your first action: fill in the survey, it’s quick and online:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WRRGTC2

Please do this on Tuesday if you can or as soon after as possible. Once we have this information we will be better equipped to lobby and we will invite you to join us in that work.  We will send out more information and invite you to lobby and to encourage others to do the same.
If you want to know more about the CCAA see the new (under development) website at: http://ccaanet.wordpress.com/


The 2°C Challenge Communiqué – from the private sector

Leaders of nearly 200 major companies around the world call for tougher action on climate change, saying it will reduce prosperity if unchecked.  Commenting on the statement, Chair of the UNFCCC negotiations, Christiana Figueres said: “Corporate leadership that provides powerful vocal support for action gives governments the greater confidence they need to move forward a global climate change agreement” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15352764

The 2°C Challenge Communiqué PDF is here: http://www.2degreecommunique.com/~/media/Files/Communique/Communique%2020%20Oct/The_2_Degree_Challenge_Communique_20_Oct_English_Final.ashx



Global warming confirmed bu independent study
If you missed this story, and it’s a significant one, see the BBC for details. Work part-funded by sceptic-backers comes up with results 0n global temperature rise almost identical to NASA, the Met Office, UEA etc..  (well surprise me!).
See – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15373071 


Thermal mapping of energy waste – Appleby does the whole village

A very interesting way to show people just how much energy is being wasted in their homes.
The Appleby (a village in Leicester) project is here:
http://www.applebymagna.org.uk/appleby_environment.html 
The imaging case study is here:  http://www.ruralcc.org.uk/uploads/294de4c6558c348888336668.pdfFuel Poverty – an issue for us all
Fuel Poverty Action are running a teach-in at Tottenham Chances 399 High Rd, Tottenham, London N17 6QN on Saturday 5 November 2011 from 12.30 – 5:30 pm. It’s entitled “The Big Bill – What can we do about the high costs of energy? http://fuelpovertyaction.wordpress.com/

Some background to this (Thanks to FPA for these links!):

AND – any in London working on this should get along to:

Measuring fuel poverty: does the current approach measure up?

John Hills is Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion & leading an independent review of fuel poverty measurement for DECC. He will discuss the findings of the interim report on fuel poverty and its measurement. The report puts forward an alternative designed to focus more clearly on the issues at the heart of the problem.
Wednesday  26th October 2011  12:45 – 14:00 Michio Morishima Conference Room (LRB 505), 
5th Floor, Lionel Robbins Building, London School of Economics, entrance in Portugal Street, London WC2A



RURENER Network

Are you a rural community looking to reduce your carbon footprint by introducing energy saving measures in your public and private buildings or by generating your own energy from renewable sources? If so, don’t work in isolation – become part of the RURENER Network!

RURENER is a European-wide network, established through funding from the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, to link rural communities who are working towards energy neutrality, enabling them to share experience, access established tools and obtain advice.  As a network, RURENER is able to publicise the achievements of its members and highlight the needs of sustainable rural communities amongst EU decision-makers.

We are now expanding the network, and would welcome any rural communities in the UK wishing to join.  We are also keen to link up with existing networks in the UK to enable them to raise their profile at a European level.

Best of all, membership is free! If you’d like to know more, visit http://rurener.eu or email d.ellis@ruralnetfutures.co.uk 


BBC radio programme, now available online: The Search for Kyoto’s Successor
BBC One joins a mini-gathering of diplomats, academics and negotiators debating the future of climate change action. Lord Nicholas Stern, talks about why the costs of non-action have swelled significantly since the publication of his report five years ago this month.
One of the EU’s lead negotiators explains why a successor to the Kyoto Protocol – which expires next year – is not going to come into force until 2020. The former chair of the IPCC tells us why a heavy dose of realism is needed, and the world must acknowledge that the idea we’re going to keep temperature rises to under two degrees is misguided.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ksv4h

 

Can we power our cities more efficiently?
3 November 2011, 18.30 – 20.00, The Bell at Belbroughton, Bromsgrove Road, DY9 9XU

Cities need urgently to reclaim energy planning as a strategic business, community and political priority. Sandy Taylor, Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, Birmingham City Council, is responsible for the development of the City Council’s response to Climate Change, working across City Council Directorates and with other partners in Birmingham. This talk will describe how Birmingham has begun its journey to develop a 21st century sustainable energy plan working with its energy providers and distributors.For more information or to reserve a place, please contact:
David Bryan CEng MEI 
EI West Midlands and Mid Wales branch, t: +44 (0)1926 495648, e: 
david.j.bryan@btinternet.com


Talk Action training events
(1) 1st December, Engaging Communities on Climate Change: 

Organisations and individuals need to take energy and climate change issues into account when planning their work. 
Delivering climate goals will require the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders, including community organisations.
This course will teach you the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of civil society organisations, groups and individuals in work on climate change and low-carbon living.

(2) 7th December, Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace: 
 
A practical and comprehensive training day to help your organisation make real efficiency savings, engage with staff and stakeholders and improve the environmental impact of your workplace. Want to improve the environmental sustainability of your organisation and save money on energy? Wondering if there is more to it than simply recycling paper? Need help putting your good ideas into practice? 
This thought provoking training day is designed to help you to gain a detailed understanding of the issues surrounding environmental sustainability and develop a meaningful action plan that will have a real and positive impact on your organisation and the environment. Through a combination of presentations, workshops, group discussions and real life case studies, this course provides an invaluable resource for organisations looking to tackle their environmental performance and make energy savings.
For more information click here.

This is Rubbish new newsletter
This is Rubbish aims to communicate the preventable scale of food wasted in the UK, through policy, community and arts led public events. Formed in 2009 by volunteers, TiR now a Community Interest Company has an extensive portfolio of successful events thorough England and Wales.
They have just started a new newsletter, to sign up and receive the newsletter visit their website here.


LCCN website upgrade

We’ve been revamping our website. Check it out and comment!  We are looking to start to include examples of good local action. If you’d like to be one of our first pilots for this, send us some text now. This should be broadly structured like this:

  • Who we are
  • What we’re doing
  • How we involve our community
  • The results we’ve achieved

250 words max, and please include a photo and logo.
Please also ensure that you are listed on the UK Climate Action Map, which can be accessed through our site here.

Please email your details 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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General Email: hello@lowcarboncommunities.net
Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                             25/10/2011

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