LCCN Newsletter – Issue 101

Welcome to the 101st 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

Energy Subsidies – a Trillion dollars a year!

While the anti-wind lobby still attacks investment in renewables, the much bigger issue of fossil fuel subsidies is starting to make an impact, and is hitting the agenda at the Rio + 20 summit. Yesterday the top trend on Twitter was #EndFossilFuelSubsidies, and a million people have signed a petition  (http://endfossilfuelsubsidies.org)  to phase out state support for fossil fuels.

This was timed to put pressure on world leaders attending the Rio+20 conference to live up to their earlier commitments to stop using money government money to support fossil fuel production or consumption. Pressure will certainly be needed, as the current draft of the Rio text doesn’t mention oil, coal or gas subsidies.

A new report suggests that the amount of direct or indirect support given to fossil fuel industries may be more than a trillion dollars per year, a figure even higher than previously thought.

http://priceofoil.org/2012/06/14/report-low-hanging-fruit-fossil-fuel-subsidies-climate-finance-and-sustainable-development/

Eliminating subsidies for coal, gas and oil could save as much as Germany’s annual greenhouse gas emissions each year by 2015, according to an expert from the International Energy Agency.  See http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/19/fossil-fuel-subsidies-carbon-target  for more and get more people signing up!

Friends of the Earth are asking “Please email Nick Clegg, our Deputy Prime Minister, today.” on this issue

Greenest Government ever?

If you’ve not seen this, it’s worth checking the Guardian’s ‘greenometer’

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2011/jan/05/greenometer-government-green?CMP=twt_gu

More Green Deal

DECC are working on quality control of the GD and have appointed ‘Gemserv’ to provide oversight of Green Deal (who apparently run the Microgeneration Certification Scheme). They are also setting up and Ombudsman and Investigation service for the GD – see their website for details.

Localism, the coalition, and climate action

A new Green Alliance report, highlighting how climate change needs action at the local level (indeed!), includes pieces from three coalition MPs: Damian Hinds, Conservative MP for East Hampshire; Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge; and Martin Vickers, Conservative MP for Cleethorpes, discussing what the government’s localism agenda is doing for their constituencies and the UK as a whole to increase climate action.

Unlocking local leadership on climate change: perspectives from coalition MPs

Press release 18 June 2012

Electricity Market reform

Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have released a (rare) joint statement on electricity market reform.  They see this as a “ once in a generation opportunity to bring down carbon emissions, get consumer energy bills under control, and drive sustainable growth and jobs” but are very concerned that “the Bill, as currently drafted, will deliver none of these objectives”.   See http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefing_notes/emr_joint_statement0.pdf

And more on FoE’s high profile ‘Clean British Energy’ campaign at http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/clean_british_energy_switch_full_35921.html

Morecambe Share Offer

Morecambe Bay Community Renewables (MORE Renewables) has decided to extend its share offer to 16th July.  The share offer has been open since 15th May and, on minimal local publicity, has succeded in raising nearly £60,000 of the £105,000 needed to fund a 50 kWp solar PV system at Lancaster Cohousing – a development of zero carbon homes and reburbished work space in the Lune Valley, near Lancaster.  The co-operative has secured loan finance so is able to install the system before the reduction in the feed in tariff on 1 August.  It expects to be able to pay 4% share interest to members after the third or fourth year, as well as to fund community projects which promote sustainable living.  For more information please go to www.morerEnergyenewables.co.uk and download the share prospectus.

Sheffield share offer job

Sheffield Renewables is looking for a General Manager to deliver our main Community Share Offer.  The post is offered initially for three months with a possible extension to one year.  The details are now on our website: www.sheffieldrenewables.org.uk

Climate and Cities

There’s a lot of major organisations launching new work this week for Rio.  The C40 group of large cities across the world have a very good introduction to the urban perspective now on-line:

http://c40.org/ending-climate-change-begins-in-the-city

Global news

Climate Progress has two useful posts:

A full update on the success on solar in Germany (10% of electricity supply!):

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/12/497984/solar-provides-10-of-germanys-electricity-in-may/#

A rather more scary assessment of the warmest May on record (you may not have noticed in the UK!)  in the northern hemisphere (and second warmest globally despite the ‘’La Nina” climate oscillation which should be cooling it:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/14/499800/noaa-second-hottest-may-on-record-globally-hottest-for-northern-hemisphere/

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.

SCENE 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:

  1. Who we are
  2. What we’re doing
  3. How we involve our community
  4. 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                                                            19/06/2012

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