LCCN newsletter

Welcome to the 96th 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

LCCN Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will take place on May 25th at 2pm (as per the previous newsletter). It will be at the Dragon Hall Community Centre, 17 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT. This is very central – a short walk from Holborn tube station.

The main focus will be a discussion on how local action on climate change and low carbon living can best be taken forward. This is your chance to have your say in how the LCCN should go forward and develop to support local action.  See the ‘issues for our discussion’ below. A guest speaker will be highlighting some of the policy issues which will be influencing and impacting on our work over the coming year.

There will be some official business – approval of the accounts etc. – but the great majority of the afternoon will be focused on how we work together most effectively. If you think that local action matters, and that local action needs a louder voice and better support at a national level, then please do come along!

There will also be an opportunity for anyone interested to stand for election to the LCCN Management Group. This involves 3 or 4 meetings a year and some email discussion. If you’re interested please email us at hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

For more information click here

Please book your place at the AGM as soon as possible – that way we know how many to cater for. You can do this online at:http://lccnagm2012.eventbrite.com
There is of course no charge.

Issues for discussion
There are a number of questions that our discussion is likely to address. These include:

  • How far should our action be shaped by wider external factors (such as the ‘age of austerity’) or should we focus on the current needs of local organisations?
  • Should we be primarily a ‘support and service’ organisation or should we look to a more pro-active policy role?
  • LCCN is short of funds and it is always difficult to fund ‘networks’. Is there any other structure we could consider?
  • Our previous consultation showed that people thought that we should not seek to become a community energy network, but should cover all issues. IS there room for / a need for a community energy network in England (like those in Scotland and Wales)?
  • The Green Deal is likely to be a major factor in local work later this year, but many members are confused about this: what should our role be?
  •  We currently have some 780 people / organisations betting our newsletter. How should we build that number?
  • OR – should we just focus on networking networks and look to work with city and county organisations?

This note will be on our website with space for comment. If you’ve got points or ideas, feel free to feed them in.


Member survey

Our survey will close soon, so that we can share / discuss the results at the AGM. We’ve had a good response but we’d like more! The better the results from the survey, the better our support is likely to be and the more influence we can have nationally.  If you value the LCCN, then it is in your interest to fill in the survey…

Go on-line to – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KZ35YHL

Communication, Energy Efficiency and the Green Deal
A new report from think tank Green Alliance and its Green Living Consortium suggest that government energy policies around the Green Deal risk failure without a national communications strategy.

“Neither sermons nor silence: the case for national communications on energy”  shows why the government’s current communications plans for energy schemes such as the Green Deal and the smart meter roll-out are unlikely to secure the take up and interest needed, putting them at risk of failure. The report looks at lessons from other high profile campaigns like the recent digital switchover and Change4Life. They clearly show the importance of a government-backed, national level brand and communications strategy in supporting policy delivery, securing the trust of the public, enabling wider messengers and changing behaviour. “The government plans to rely on multiple, dispersed communications by those delivering energy schemes, which will lack coherence and will not be effective”.

Find out more at http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/home/

Green Deal in trouble?
While Greg Barker was as enthusiastic as ever at the launch of the above report, it is clear that the Green Deal still has problems to be solved. Building.co.uk – the website for the magazine has an ‘exclusive’ article on “Cameron in urgent bid to save Green Deal” stating that he has asked the ‘Cabinet Office for urgent briefing on how to rescue flagship energy efficiency scheme’.
Watch this space…


Nuclear delays at Hinkley
Unsurprisingly the ‘new’ nuclear power programme in the UK has hit delays already.  The large-scale landscape work needed to prepare the ground for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley in Somerset have been delayed. Half of the big six energy firms have already abandoned their nuclear plans as too costly, but Hinkley is backed by the most pro-nuclear of them, EDF, which is 83% owned by the French state. One question is how far is this new delay partly due to the arrival of a rather less pro-nuclear French leader?
In this case just who is making our energy policy???

The world – not getting a lot better
The WWF annual ‘Living Planet Report’ is out today, May 15th. It is described as the world’s leading, science-based analysis on the health of our only planet and the impact of human activity.  A quick scan of the key points stresses just how far we have gone beyond the limits of many ecosystems. Full info and downloadables at: http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/

Why not send a copy of the summary to your MP and stress the need for the Uk government to show leadership at Rio + 20?


Eurostar expands

As airports talk expansion again the success story is the train. The Financial Times highlights how the “high-speed train operator has effectively killed off the air travel market between London, Paris and Brussels” and has an 80 per cent market share between the three cities.
More routes are planned…
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5349aa20-9ad4-11e1-94d7-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1uvRy12jH

Eurostar expands
As airports talk expansion again the success story is the train. The Financial Times highlights how the “high-speed train operator has effectively killed off the air travel market between London, Paris and Brussels” and has an 80 per cent market share between the three cities.
More routes are planned…
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5349aa20-9ad4-11e1-94d7-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1uvRy12jH

And around the world: Pacific nations dump diesel
Many of the small island states are now setting ambitious targets for energy independence.
http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/Pacific-nations-dump-diesel-20120510



Energy solutions in rural and mountain communities
As part of this year’s Sustainable Energy Week, the RURENER network (http://rurener.eu) in partnership with Euromontana(http://www.euromontana.org/) and the FREE Initiative (http://www.rural-energy.eu/en_GB/about-free), are running a workshop on 19th June in Brussels to:

  • Gather together private and public, European and local actors dealing with rural energy who wish to learn from each other
  • Highlight innovative solutions and successful experiences in implementing local energy projects in rural and mountain communities.
  • Produce proceedings collecting the feedback and ideas shared by the participants, disseminating the results at EU level.
  • Build and strengthen relationships among rural energy stakeholders, offering opportunities for collaboration.

This is very much a participative event, where YOU are the speakers, bringing and sharing your experience, success stories, results, questions and ideas for the benefit of sustainable rural communities across Europe.

The event is free of charge and open to all. For more details see http://rurener.eu/2012/05/08/rurener-at-the-eusew/

Membership of the RURENER network is FREE and is open to any rural community wishing to reduce their carbon footprint.  For more details see http://rurener.eu/pilot-communities/become-a-member/


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.
Change Agents UK 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 700 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                                                               15/05/2012

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