Making Homes Greener In Nottingham

Twelve homes, including five houses and seven bungalows, in Nottingham (Keswick Street) will benefit from improvement works that will increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. The improvements include:  

  • An energy efficient heating and hot water system including Air Source Heat Pump
  • Super insulated wall panels
  • New doors and windows 
  • Solar panels & solar batteries for energy storage

Work is already under way with the first of the new super energy efficient wall panels craned in and installed on the council homes. 

This project is the latest phase of the award winning and pioneering Energiesprong scheme which will see 138 homes in Nottingham benefit from energy efficiency upgrades. The Energiesprong approach, pioneered in the Netherlands, involves upgrading a home with innovative energy efficiency measures to achieve a near net zero home.

‘Wheely Green' Solar Power Trailer

Transition Belper Energy Group, with the help of Transition Network Bounce funding, have recently completed its ‘Wheely Green' Solar Power Trailer. The Trailer aims to provide a totally mobile off-grid power source for outdoor events.

The trailer had its first outing on 12th September at the Transition Belper’s Eco Market - it powered a sound stage all day! Although it was cloudy all day, the trailer has battery storage, so they benefited from the previous Friday's sunshine.

The performance is still being evaluated but the unit should be able to deliver up to 3 kWh from the batteries plus whatever the 1 kW of solar panels can deliver during daylight (up to about 4 kWh/day).  Peak power output is just under 3 kW.

Originally designed for their Belper goes Green Festival, they are keen to open its benefits to other local community groups. If interested, please email Tony Cooper:

Together for Our Planet : The National Lottery Community Fund

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations have until 18th November to apply for their share of a £2.5 million climate engagement fund.

Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available for activities relating to the climate in one of the following areas:

  • Food.
  • Transport.
  • Energy.
  • Waste and consumption.
  • The natural environment.

Approximately 400 to 500 awards will be made through this National Lottery Community Fund, with each project required to meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Support the development of a longer-term climate action within communities after the COP26 event.
  • Encourage communities to plan for the climate emergency.
  • Celebrate the importance of community-led climate action and encourage more people to get involved.
  • Build resilience in communities hardest hit by climate change.
  • Provide jobs, skills or training opportunities for communities which support climate action.

It is expected that most of the funding awarded will be to support activities taking place after the COP26 conference, which runs from 1 November to 12 November 2021.

The funder is particularly interested in applications from groups who are starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities.


Nottinghamshire County Council’s new Local Communities Fund (LCF) is now open for applications.

Community grouLocal Communities Fundps and charities are being encouraged to apply for funding as part of the latest drive to encourage healthy and thriving communities as the county continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the Local Improvement Scheme coming to an end, the LCF application process aims to be even more accessible for organisations and groups seeking financial support to deliver projects.

Eligible organisations can apply at any time for capital grants of up to £20,000 to spend on making improvements to facilities that help improve health and wellbeing, as well as projects with an environmental focus. These include:

  • Improvements to sporting facilities;
  • Play areas and/or equipment;
  • Green/horticultural improvements to open spaces;
  • Heritage improvements, signposts and information boards to improve the visitor experience.
  • Revenue schemes to help projects with their running costs are also available (no maximum amount). Applications from a range of projects are welcomed, including:
  • Projects that tackle digital exclusion, good neighbourhood schemes, dementia-friendly communities, food/lunch clubs etc;
  • Encouraging local networks where people help themselves and each other to be resilient, neighbourly and safe;
  • Increasing volunteering opportunities;
  • Addressing climate and environmental change;
  • Improving access to existing community-based services (e.g. advice and signposting), for the most vulnerable residents.

Community organisations and groups can apply at any time for a small revenue grant up to £5,000, while organisations applying for a large revenue grant (more than £5,000) must be received by 31st December 2021 and must have a good track record of delivery.

New milestone for Carbon Literacy Project, Green Fuel ATMs, and more...

National News In Brief (September 2021):

  • 21,000 learners are now certified as Carbon Literate. This means that over 42,000 Climate actions have been pledged across the UK and beyond.

  • The ATMs that dispense green fuel in Kenya

  • Just Eat to trial reusable packaging service in partnership with reusable packaging company CLUBZERO

  • How much of the world’s oil needs to stay in the ground?