Welcome to the 79th 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 LCCN Conference…
….seems to have been very popular. We thought it was great and feedback has been very good: 42% of those of you who came enjoyed it ‘very much’, 50% went for ‘much’, the remaining 8% were ‘OK’ and no-one didn’t enjoy it.
Jonathon Porritt’s speech was widely described as inspiring: he stressed the importance of linking on the ground action with political engagement as being the only way in which radical transformation ever happens. He also highlighted the pace of innovation on low carbon technologies and that we are getting ever nearer the ‘Grid Parity Moment’ when solar PV produces power as cheaply as fossil fuels, which will have major impacts on energy investment. His critique of Minister Greg Barker and his increasing tendency to sound like the Daily Mail was very timely. See below for more.
Over 30 people spoke and facilitated workshops – our thanks to you all. Lots of ideas emerged on issues such as the Green Deal, local networking, community buying, fuel poverty, tackling the issue of how carbon allowances for community energy projects may be misused and more. Above all, the value of sharing experiences seemed to be proved yet again. Now the work to make all this happen needs to start….
Where to next?
A shopping list of ideas is emerging as people write up workshops. That doesn’t mean we have the resources to do it all so some hard discussions will be needed. The LCCN Management Group will meet in February. A working meeting to follow up the conference in March will also be our AGM – watch this newsletter for details. Meanwhile…
- A summary of Jonathon Porritt’s speech is available here
- Sustainable Witney have blogged on the conference and more promised athttp://sustainablewitney.org.uk/ (anyone else writing it up please let us know)
- Twittering people on the day were using the hashtags #LCCN and #LCCNconf (what do you mean you don’t use Twitter……)
- Presentations and reports will appearing on our site
- The MG will be discussing potential tie-ins to the Project Dirt social network for green action (they did a good presentation at the conference) see www.projectdirt.com
- Our Facebook page will be back on the website front page – link in and comment now.
Those useful people at Clickgreen have some good stories this week:
- List of natural disasters and extreme weather makes 2011 the worst on record
http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/analysis/general-analysis/123027-devastating-toll-of-natural-disasters-and-extreme-weather-makes-2011-the-worst-on-record.html this includes some useful points from the insurance industry.
- Feed-in Tariff stalemate is costing UK’s renewable industry £25k-a-day
For more on the Feed In Tariffs see the Friends of the Earth view here: http://www.foe.co.uk/news/solar_cut_case_appeal_34567.html
DECC LEAF fund hugely popular
Round 1 of the DECC Local Energy Assessment Fund was very popular with 230+ applications. The down side of this is that there was far more demand than could be met – over twice as much money was asked for as was available. This meant in turn that the projects that got funded were pretty excellent. Full details of the winners are just now on the DECC website at:
Meanwhile there is still £5M+ available for round 2, which closes in 3 days time (don’t just sit there reading this! Finish that application now!).
See – www.greencommunitiescc.org.uk/
Award for Best Community Initiative goes to…
Entries for the Climate Week Awards are now open! These prestigious awards celebrate the UK’s most innovative, effective, and ambitious organisations, communities and individuals and their outstanding efforts to combat climate change.
Together, the winners and finalists of the Climate Week Awards offer powerful illustrations of what can be achieved to make Britain a more sustainable, low-carbon society. The winners of the Best Community Initiative 2011, Settle Hydro, won much deserved recognition for their work setting up a community-owned hydroelectricity scheme in a small North Yorkshire market town.
This year’s Awards will be judged by an impressive panel of judges including Paul Gilding (Former CEO, Greenpeace International), Professor Julia Slingo (Chief Scientist at the Met Office) and Tim Smit (Chief Executive at the Eden Project). Through celebrating the very best innovations, practices and leadership, the Awards aim to inspire more people and organisations to take crucial steps for tackling climate change. If you are you working on an inspirational community project, or know someone who is, why not apply?
For more details please call 0203 397 2601, or email email@example.com. To download the 2012 Awards Entry Pack click here.
Green energy investment soars to $260bn
Jonathon stressed the rapid pace of innovation. New data shows worldwide funding of green energy projects rose by 5% last year – this story has the details:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/12/green-energy-investment-increasesClimate, coal and health
Jonathon also stressed the way in which climate action in the USA is being pushed by health concerns. He may have seen this report which shows how ‘Simple, inexpensive measures to cut emissions of two common pollutants will slow global warming, save millions of lives and boost crop production around the world’ http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-simple-measures-could-reduce-global-warming-save-lives/2012/01/12/gIQAtcKztP_story.html
More training news
We’re always happy to promote relevant training. Send us the details.
Talk Action have the following courses shortly:
Engaging Communities on Climate Change London, Friday 30th March
Facilitation Training – 2nd Feb.
Communicating Renewable Energy – 15th Feb.
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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. RURENER 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Building LCCN – your help needed
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