State of the Sector 2020 Survey for Community Organisations

Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales invite community organisations working on low carbon energy projects to respond to their fourth annual State of the Sector survey. This is so they can gather information on the activities and outcomes of community energy initiatives throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2019. The results will help them influence government policy, raise awareness about the value of community energy projects and better support community initiatives to develop their own low carbon projects.  Last year’s State of the Sector Report was used by the government, universities and community energy advocates across the UK.  They need your input to continue this impact. They have reduced the length and time needed to complete the survey this year.  The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 2nd March

If you have any questions, please email the project team at 

Complete the State of the Sector 2020 Survey here 

Community RePaint Nottinghamshire 2020

Nottinghamshire residents, community groups, charities and schools now have more opportunities to access free paint for their projects from Community RePaint Nottinghamshire in 2020. The scheme is run by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with their waste contractors Veolia. The scheme collects reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to those in need. Surplus paint donated to the scheme is checked before being stored in containers on site.  The scheme will be running all year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings (9am – 11am) from Beeston, Calverton, Newark and Warsop Recycling Centres. Between April – September, you will be able to collect paint from 4pm – 6pm too. You must book a timeslot online in advance before you can collect. There is usually a good range of emulsion, eggshell, gloss and fence paint available but colours cannot be guaranteed. Availability for winter dates may be limited as they may not have suitable stocks available.

To book a collection slot:

Nottingham City Council introduces electric minibuses for children

Children using Nottingham City Council’s passenger transport service are now benefiting from five new electric minibuses. One of the buses has solar panels on the roof to help recharge the battery. If these vehicles are a success, there are plans to replace the rest of the minibuses! 

The council worked with LDV, the minibus manufacturer, and Courtside Conversions to make sure the vehicles accommodate the specific needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities who attend Oakfield School. This is in response to concern about the impact of harmful emissions on special educational needs children during their travel to school.  

Councillor Adele Williams, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “We’ve been concerned about the impact of transporting special educational needs children to school at peak times, due to the harmful emissions from the van and the effect on the children’s health.

“Loading these vehicles with children who are wheelchair users is always a concern due to the time the vehicle has to idle while keeping it warm in the winter months. All the time the vehicles are throwing out emissions at the level of our passengers.

“As the type and standard of electric vehicles has increased over recent years, we were pleased to find an electric minibus that our fleet team felt was suitable. A lot of these children have respiratory issues and therefore to have a zero emissions vehicle collecting them is fantastic.”

This follows the council’s purchase last year of the first electric street sweepers and cage tippers in the UK, which are now regularly in use in the city. More than 30% of Nottingham City Council’s vehicles are now ultra-low emission.  

Networking Events for Community Climate Change Groups

  • Arkwright Meadows Community Garden, Nottingham – Sat 14th March, 12:30pm-4:30pm
  • Loundsley Green Community Centre, Chesterfield – Sat 28th March, 12pm-4pm

Organised by Community Climate Action Network/Marches Energy Agency


Back by popular demand! The Community Climate Action Network is organising two Networking Events for climate change-focused community groups based in Nottingham, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. This is a chance for all the amazing people who are tackling the climate emergency in their communities to come together to share ideas, successes, learning and food.

It’s an exciting time – since our last Networking Events in March 2019, climate change has risen up the public agenda; our country, and many of our Local Authorities, have declared Climate Emergencies; and the work many of us have quietly been doing for years in our communities is getting more recognition. Come and celebrate what we’re all doing, share your frustrations at what’s not being done fast enough, and be inspired by others to keep going!

  • ‘Bring and share’ lunch (we’ll provide the drinks)
  • Hear about exciting projects from a number of groups in the area
  • Share about your own group’s activities
  • Carbon Literacy taster from Caroline Harmon of MEA
  • The Nottingham event will be preceded by a Nottingham City Council consultation on their Carbon Neutral Action Plan for city residents.

Want to shout about your work? If your group is currently running a project and you would like to provide a 25 minute workshop/talk about the project please let us know by contacting Caroline Harmon. We can provide guidance on the best way to do this. This is your chance to inspire others with the great work you’re all doing!

These events are always popular so book early!

Book for Nottingham

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Community Consultation on Nottingham’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan


Saturday 14th March, 9:30am-12:30pm
Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens

Calling all Nottingham city residents! Nottingham City Council is asking for your views on becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city and the actions proposed to get there.
Nottingham City Council has an ambitious target to see the city become Carbon Neutral by 2028. There have already been city wide reductions in CO2 emissions by above 41% since 2005, surpassing previous carbon reduction targets. However, the city still emitted 1.17 million tonnes of CO2 in 2017, enough to drive the average car 6 billion miles! The council is now asking residents for their views on becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city and the actions and aims proposed to get there.

The draft Carbon Neutral Action Plan builds on the Nottingham 2028 Carbon Neutral Charter by setting out high-level objectives in order to achieve a resilient and sustainable carbon-neutral Nottingham by 2028.

This event is a chance to hear more about what’s already been done, find out more about the draft plan and tell the council more about how you think carbon netural can be achieved.

Book your free place

Find out more about the draft Carbon Neutral Action Plan.

After the event there will be a CCAN Networking event in the same venue. Nottingham residents are welcome to attend either or both events. Please book for each separately.

You can also respond to the plan via this online survey.