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Greening Southwell Considers Bulk Purchase Solar Scheme

Greening Southwell has approached 12 local solar PV installer that are willing to do a deal if 10 or more households in and business in the area are interested in installing solar panels to generate green energy. They are likely to be able to get a 10% discount on the cost.
 
The group is currently asking people to register their interest: http://bit.ly/2XMejdC

Nottingham Group Produces Climate Friendly Gardening Resource

Nottingham Growing Network has created an updated pack on gardening in a changing climate as part of their Water Works project, with 40 pages of ideas and information, all linked to web information and 20 How-To-Do-It guides. It is currently available on memory sticks and the group is hoping it will also be online shortly. The work was funded by the Postcode Local Trust and supported by Social Farms and Gardens.

If you would like one, please message Windmill Community Gardens via their Facebook page: http://bit.ly/30xw9Cz

New Climate Group in Hope Valley Attracts 200 Members

Climate action in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire has been given a new lease of life after a sell-out event, Climate change and what to do about it, saw more than 150 people pack out Hathersage's Memorial Hall in June (see image above). The new group, which will take up the reins from Transition Hope Valley, now has over 200 members and will meet every second Monday of the month at a variety of locations across the valley.
 
Sign up to the group's mailing list: http://bit.ly/2Sa1U1H. If you are interested in getting actively involved please also email transitionhopevalley@gmail.com

Committee on Climate Change: UK Credibility Rests on Government Action in Next 18 Months

Following recent news that the UK has legislated for net-zero emissions by 2050 (compared to our old target of 80% by 2050), the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called on the UK government to show it is serious about its legal obligations to tackle and prepare for climate change.

The CCC published two new reports on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change impacts in which it says that UK action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is lagging far behind what is needed, even to meet previous, less stringent, emissions targets. Over the past year, the Government has delivered just 1 of 25 critical policies needed to get emissions reductions back on track. Meanwhile, action to prepare our homes, businesses and natural environment for a warming world is less ambitious than it was ten years ago. Of 33 key sectors assessed by the Committee, none show good progress when it comes to managing climate change risk.

Lord Deben, CCC Chairman, said: “The UK is the first major economy to set a net-zero emissions target and intends to host the world’s leaders at next year’s landmark climate conference (COP26). These are historic steps forward and position the UK at the forefront of the global low-carbon transition. But international ambition does not deliver domestic action. It’s time for the Government to show it takes its responsibilities seriously. Reducing emissions to net zero by 2050, requires real action by Government now.”

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New Report Shows 2018 Was the Toughest Year Yet for Community Energy

The third annual Community Energy – State of the Sector report shows that 2018 was the toughest year yet for community-owned energy, with new generation capacity falling steeply in comparison to previous years. In 2018 just 7.9 MW of new community energy capacity was installed, including 0.7 MW across four micro hydro schemes and 7.2 MW across 47 new solar sites, compared to 33.5 MW of new community energy capacity in 2017.


Emma Bridge, Chief Executive of Community Energy England, the membership body representing over 200 community energy groups and organisations that support and work with the sector said: “The impact of central Government policy on the Community Energy sector is stark – the removal of subsidies like the Feed-In Tariffs; continued planning restrictions around on-shore wind; and still no Social Investment Tax Relief for those willing to invest in community energy projects have severely impacted the sectors ability to create financially viable energy generation schemes.
 
‘But Community Energy is about much more than renewable energy generation. Local groups have been resiliently working on new ways to ensure that communities can carry out practical climate action. This year we’ve seen a greater focus on energy efficiency programmes and electric vehicles, as well as schemes investigating flexibility services, demand side response, local energy supply and peer-to-peer (P2P) trading. And we must not forget that community energy schemes even in these difficult circumstances are still generating enough electricity to power 64,000 homes; that’s something we are very proud of.’
 
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