Welcome to the 71st 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
A busy newsletter! Book now for our conference, and note the updates on FITs and the Green Deal, and support the pro-solar campaigns.
The LCCN conference
The Low Carbon Communities Conference “New times, new ways forward” is set for the 14th January 2012 at the Kings’ Conference Centre, Oxford. Our 2012 annual conference will look at new ways forward for community action in a time of significant economic and social change. National speakers will include Jonathon Porritt, former head of the Sustainable Development commission. Local organisations from across the UK will also be well represented, along with speakers from local government, universities, and energy companies. It will focus on two key areas:
- Community Energy – now and for the future
- New partnerships to tackle climate change
The conference will include four main sessions:
1. Opening session: keynote speakers to consider the challenges and opportunities facing those tackling climate change and working on community energy.
2. Community Energy – now and for the future, short plenary followed by parallel workshop sessions (each will be repeated) on issues including:
- Community Renewables: new developments and opportunities
- Green Dealing? What will the new national energy programme mean for community groups?
- Working with the Feed-In Tariffs
- Home Energy Efficiency – lessons from leading projects
- Energy efficiency, renewables and fuel poverty: How can community action link environmental economic and social goals?
- Making a difference? evaluating the impacts we make
3. New partnerships to tackle climate change, short plenary followed by parallel workshop sessions on:
- Communities working with local councils and other agencies
- How can communities access and work with the expertise and information in our universities?
- How can voluntary groups work well with social enterprises and other new structures?
- Communities and the private sector – challenges and opportunities
4. Next steps and the years to come. Keynote speakers and discussion on the developing roles of community-based organisations.
We invite you to join us for this exciting and dynamic event, to further develop the role of community action in tackling climate change and creating a low-carbon society. We expect over 200 local community-based organisations to take part in this free event.
Book now by visiting – http://lccnconference2012.eventbrite.com/
Attendance is free but a cheque for £20.00 made out to Low Carbon Communitites Network must be received within 10 days of registering or the ticket will be cancelled. You will receive your un-cashed cheque upon arrival at the event. The cheque must be sent to:
The Old Music Hall,
106 Cowley Road,
The Kings Centre
The Kings Centre has ample space for exhibitions, stalls and interactive displays, so if you’d like stall space please contact – email@example.com
It also has 50Kw of photovoltaic cells on its roof!
For a detailed map and travel directions from Oxford train station (only 10 min walk) visit – http://www.kingscentre.co.uk/findus/index.php
Green Deal and communities
There is a range of work being done by communities and local councils as we gear up for the Green Deal. Some LCCN members are actively involved in work that may see active partnerships between the community, the council and a delivery partner. In some cases the community organisation may have a key ‘anchor’ role in this work, in other the arrangements may be different.
If you are active on this and have working links with your local council we’d like to hear from you. This work will be discussed at our conference, but the LCCN management group also believes that we need more detailed discussion and will seek to follow up the conference with a working seminar, perhaps in February. We will be contacting those we know are active, but if this is of interest to you then please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
The discussions on FITs and the community tariff continue.
LCCN Management Group discussed this yesterday. We would urge you to take part in the DECC consultation (see previous newsletter) but bear in mind that this runs until December 23rd. We will, over the next week, draw together various papers that are being and have been written on what a community tariff could and should look like and make these available on the net. We will also produce a short paper for discussion with the view to making our own submission after consultation with you. We would be happy to receive any papers, consultation responses that you have already produced – send them to Olly Cumming at email@example.com
The impact on the solar trade has been set out in a report by the STA: http://www.solar-trade.org.uk/news.cfm?id=60
The ‘Cut Don’t Kill’ campaign is at http://www.oursolarfuture.org.uk/support-solar/get-campaigning/ with plenty of ideas on how you can help.
The legal challenge on FiTs by FoE and others is under way. One of the key points is that the amount of money for FITs was capped by the CSR (Comprehensive Spending Review) and unless that figure is changed we are likely to face very similar problems again in the not-too-distant future. We will cover this as it develops.
Stop Climate Chaos are running a number of events on this theme in the time from now to the COP meeting on climate change in Durban – see www.stopclimatechaos.org for details and there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in this.
Meanwhile Christian Aid have produced a series of reports on ‘Low-carbon Africa: leapfrogging to a green future’ that look at the potential for genuinely sustainable low-Carbon development:
Job available at COIN
The Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN), where LCCN is based is looking to appoint a ‘Carbon Conversations Manager’
Do you want to help people across the UK to cut their carbon footprint?
COIN is recruiting a dedicated project manager, with strong marketing and communication skills, to develop the Carbon Conversations programme in order to realise Carbon Conversations’ full potential across the country, both in terms of geographic reach and in accessing new groups and sectors of society. Carbon Conversations is an engagement process of six friendly, practical meetings to help participants halve their carbon footprint.
The successful candidate will have proven marketing and publicity skills, be an excellent communicator, preferably with experience in community mobilisation programmes, as well as have sound project management skills. £26,000 FTE, pro-rata, initially 3 days per week, based in Oxford. For further information including the full job description and application form, see http://coinet.org.uk/about-us/employment.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, 21 November 2011
Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?
We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website here. The first up is Community Action Groups (CAG) check the page out if you want to find out more about them.
If you’d like to be featured on the website, 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 email your details to – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.
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