LCCN Newsletter – Issue 73

Welcome to the 73rd 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


Community Energy and FITs
A month ago LCCN and others launched a short survey of community energy projects in the light of the FITS review. That survey was hugely successful with over 200 responses. An analysis of 169 that provide detailed information has been done – many thanks to Joe Bull and Damian Tow of Brighton Energy Co-Op!  You’ll find the overview on our website as a powerpoint presentation and some more detailed info here.

Debates on the FITs review continue.
You can find another piece from
 Brighton Energy Co-Op by clicking here, which is their Submission for a 25p “Community-Benefit Tariff”’.

Click here to view Notes for a definition of what qualifies for a community tariff’ from National Energy Foundation. We are not necessarily supporting these but circulate them to help anyone one looking to feed in to the FITs review. If you’ve got short (500 words max!) views or submissions please send them in to us at – hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

LCCN Conference

It’s coming!  You’re booking – if you’ve not done so yet then you can do here.

A full agenda is now being prepared. One key theme will be local partnership working around climate change – how low carbon groups work with councils, business, academics, other communities etc. If you’ve got some innovative ideas that you could feed in at the event please contact Chris Church (chrischurch@cooptel.net).

There will also be plenty of display space. If you have exhibition or materials you’d like others to see please send us details at – hello@lowcarboncommunities.net



New Lottery Fund

Today sees the launch of the first Big Lottery initiative under our Sustainable and Resilient Communities Strategy.
See
: http://news.biglotteryfund.org.uk/pr_291111_cls_nat_sustainable_living_across_england_?regioncode=-uk

They ask: “Could you help us learn how communities in England can live in a more sustainable way?” If the answer is yes, your community could be one of 10 to receive up to £1million to work across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to build a sustainable and resilient community that can develop inspirational ideas and share their learning with other communities across England.

They plan to invest in up to 10 communities by providing:

  • Access to expert support and advice to help each community develop their skills, knowledge and abilities and build on best practice within and between communities
  •  Up to £10,000 to develop a project delivery plan that details the environmental, economic and social challenges affecting the community and how they can be addressed
  • Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million for up to five years. This funding will provide an opportunity for communities to work together to access further resources and support so that their communities are sustainable and resilient long after our funding ends.


Climategate 2??? Blink and you missed it…

Another bad week for climate deniers. A whole swathe of new hacked emails released to the media who simply largely ignore it….  As the media realised fairly rapidly, many of these were 5years old plus, and many of the issues they cover have clearly been resolved. Not very effectve as a ‘Durban wrecker’ frankly.
A good SU blog covered it this way:
http://climatecrocks.com/2011/11/23/bad-news-for-deniers-grown-ups-weigh-in-on-email-leftovers/





Meanwhile at Durban

You can follow the daily events at COP 17 in various ways. The official site – currently with film of yesterday’s opening press conference: http://unfccc.int/meetings/durban_nov_2011/meeting/6245.php

Stop Climate Chaos have press releases from various NGOs popping up on their website.
http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/african-climate-connection

They are also running an online debate with  our Energy & Climate Minister Chris Huhne, just before he heads out to Durban, South Africa to represent the UK on Thursday 1st December at 7pm.

And for the twitterers amongst you, the first ever hashtag in this newsletter:  #COP17

The multi-sector Stakeholder Forum are producing a daily bulletin – see http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/ for copies. 

The rough guide to community energy (courtesy of M&S, yes that one!)

This new text written by
 written by Duncan Clark and Malachi Chadwick (of 10:10) claims to be “ Packed full of practical advice and inspiring case studies”. We’ve not seen it yet – if anyone would like to review it for this newsletter please do get in touch! It is indeed being made freely available thanks to support from Marks and Spencers.
Find out more at:
http://www.roughguide.to/communityenergy/?utm_campaign=10:10%20Times%202011-11-23&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email


Climate Reality and World Energy Outlook
Prevention is better than the cure (and cheaper, and easier)

The recent IEA World Energy Outlook – http://www.iea.org/weo/ – worth a read by anyone interested in energy futures.
A very useful commentary on it is on the Climate Reality site at:
http://climaterealityproject.org/2011/11/28/prevention-is-better-than-a-cure/.


New case studies and Green Directory showcase low carbon community action in Leicestershire area

Fifteen new case study posters and a Green Directory have just been released by the Communities Cutting Carbon project, sharing information on a wide range of successful community-led environmental projects from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The case studies include details of how new allotments were set up in several Leicestershire villages, information about solar panel installations on community buildings and a unique community recycling collection scheme. The Green Directory documents the huge range of community groups and projects acting on climate change in the Leicester area, and has useful information on support organisations across the UK.

The full set of close to 30 local case studies can be downloaded for free from the Communities Cutting Carbon website: www.ruralcc.org.uk/ccc-case-studies.
The Green Directory is available from – www.ruralcc.org.uk/green-directory.

Communities Cutting Carbon is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, involving the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland), De Montfort University and each of the local authorities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. For further information, contact Andrew Reeves on areeves@ruralcc.org.uk or 0116 268 9718.

Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?

We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website hereSustainable Crediton is the current group featured, 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 – 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                                                             29/11/2011

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