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University of Nottingham Divests from Fossil Fuels


 Students at a local university have been celebrating after a three-year campaign resulted in the University of Nottingham agreeing to divest from fossil fuels. The move represents an impressive turnaround as the university was a member of a coal industry lobby group until as recently as March. University of Nottingham People and Planet Group, a student-led group, had collected more than thousand petition signatures calling on the university to divest. Jane Meehan, Campaign Chair of University of Nottingham People and Planet said: 'The University of Nottingham are showing that universities can quickly remove fossil fuels from their portfolio.The social license of fossil fuel companies is vanishing.'
 
In a press release announcing the decision, the University said that about 6% of their £50 million endowment fund was invested in fossil fuels and that coal and tar sand holdings would be immediately disposed of. The statement promised that all other fossil fuels would be removed from their portfolio within the next 12 months. The announcement means that Nottingham joins a quickly growing list of UK universities that have committed to drop their fossil fuel investments.

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New Date for Sustainable Transport Webinar

Tuesday 15th May, 7pm-9pm

Organised by MEA/Community Climate Action Network
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This free event offers the chance to hear about a range of local community-led sustainable transport projects without  leaving the comfort of your own home!

Confirmed contributors include:

Alastair Meikle of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign (CCC). CCC promotes cycle use in Chesterfield for both leisure and utility journeys.  By campaigning for a comprehensive network, they aim to improve conditions for cyclists so that cycling becomes a safer and more attractive option than car travel for local journeys. Alastair is also involved in delivering Bikeability training at 90 local schools and Inclusive Pedals, a cycling project for those who can’t ride a standard bike because of disability or age. 

Roland Strube of Hayfield Sustainable Transport (HSTL). HSTL was set up in March 2013 and has been conducting a pilot transport project to develop new transport provision based on a minibus version of a car club. The success of the pilot has lead to HSTL being involved in an EU project to develop Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in 2017. 

John Shoesmith of Transition Belper. John is a member of Transition Belper’s Transport Group which has undertaken several projects including measuring levels of local air pollution, contributing to a Neighbourhood Plan, producing a report on cycling and local cycling maps, and creating cartoons depicting what life in Belper might be like in 2050 if we tackle environmental problems.

Hugh McClintock of Pedals. Pedals is a Nottingham-based community organisations which encourages more people to use bikes and campaigns for safer and more attractive conditions for cyclists in the Nottingham area. It has been running since 1979 and has been instrumental in establishing one of the largest urban cycling networks in the UK.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss your own ideas for projects and share ideas and knowledge with other attendees.

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To attend this webinar you will need a computer that is connected to the internet, plus a webcam, speakers and microphone (built in or attached). More information. The webinar will be recorded as a video and placed online afterwards - by signing up to it you agree to this.

Government Plans Deposit Return Scheme for Plastics

The government is planning to introduce a deposit return scheme to help increase recycling rates and slash the amount of waste polluting our land and seas.

UK consumers go through an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year, but more than three billion are incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute our streets, countryside and marine environment. To tackle this blight, the government has confirmed it will introduce a deposit return scheme in England for single use drinks containers (whether plastic, glass or metal), subject to consultation later this year.

Similar schemes already operate in countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Germany where ‘reverse vending machines’ are often used – allowing people to insert their bottle and receive their deposit back. The deposit ranges from 8p in Sweden to 22p in Germany. Possible variants of a deposit return scheme include cash rewards for returning drinks containers without an upfront deposit. Once a bottle is returned, businesses are then responsible for making sure they are effectively recycled – a move that has led to a 97% recycling rate in Germany.

Want to Start a Community Owned Renewable Project?

We have a few places left on our free community-owned renewable conference at Hockton Housing Project on Saturday 28th April. Grab one before they're gone by booking your free place here: https://tinyurl.com/y9nhzft8

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Community Owned Renewables Conference

28th April, 9:30am-5pm
Venue: Hockerton Housing Project
Organised by Marches Energy Agency/ Community Climate Action Network
FREE, including lunch and refreshments

A one-day conference for community groups in the East Midlands that are interested in setting up a community-owned renewable project. The emphasis will be on helping communities navigate and overcome barriers created by recent policy and funding changes. Speakers include:

  • Emma Bridge ,Community Energy England
  • Jeremy Thorpe, Share Energy
  • Robin Morris, Energy Local
  • Sustainable Hockerton

The day will include engaging speakers, inspiring project examples, interactive workshops and time to meet others who are considering similar projects. There will also be a chance to hear more about 121 tailored follow up support available for a limited number of groups to help them move to the next stage of their project.

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