UK's first ever Heat Pump tarriff, Unilever to cut fossil fuels, Possible’s Carbon City Zero game and more...

National News In brief (September 2020):

  • UK's first ever tariff for Heat Pumps to launch this Autumn
  • The government launches a consultation on proposals to require trustees of larger occupational pension schemes to address climate change.
  • Pledge your support for Possible’s Carbon City Zero: World Edition – a collaborative deck-building game, in which players develop a sustainable city.
  • Unilever to cut fossil fuels from cleaning brands
  • Uber commits to become a zero-emissions mobility platform
  • A landmark BFI study has calls on film industry to urgently reduce emissions

Job Opportunity: Social Media Officer

Location: Home-based, UK
Salary: £18,000 pro rata (£7,200)
Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Friday 2nd October

Flight Free UK is looking for a part time (2 days per week/14 working hours) social media officer to join their small team. As a social media officer, you will primarily be responsible for monitoring and updating their three social accounts - Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

Flight Free UK is an active and well-regarded campaign that aims to inform people of the climate impact of aviation and inspire them to travel by other means.

For more information and/or to apply:

Local Council Action Planning Days

Centre of Sustainable Energy (CSE) have designed a one day conference, which they will run with groups of local councils, to go into the details of climate action planning. The day will be delivered via the online events platform Hopin. This is suitable for parish councils and local authorities who have declared a Climate Emergency but are unsure of how to move forward.

The day will include:

  • Facilitated workshops on understanding local impacts, communicating with your residents, and building an action plan.
  • Online conference ‘Exhibition Hall’, with stalls from local advice providers, projects and schemes that can help you.
  • Networking opportunities, allowing with 1:1 informal meetings with other parish councillors and clerks from your area.

Workshops can be run for whole counties, district-wide or for individual councils. The online workshop is suitable for between 25-50 delegates.

For more information about the day and costs, please get in touch: or 0117 934 1400

Members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) Arrested as Climate Protests Resume

After they were largely placed on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, Extinction Rebellion (XR) has resumed its efforts to urge the government to take urgent action against the climate crisis this month. A series of actions, aimed at highlighting the worsening ecological crisis, have been taking place across the UK,  including London and Manchester.  

Last Friday (4th September), XR protesters blocked three printing presses overnight accusing mainstream media of failing to report on the climate crisis. Protesters targeted presses which print Rupert Murdoch-owned titles, including The Sun and The Times. Out of the approximately 80 initially arrested, seventy-seven people have been charged. 

Meanwhile, more than 600 people have been arrested during five days of climate crisis protests last week in central London. One of their aims was to urge MPs to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.  

Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill)

A year after the UK declared a climate emergency, a new Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill) has been launched which demands that the UK government brings the urgent action needed to mitigate the climate and ecological crisis into law. It will be put before parliament if it receives enough support.

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill calls for the UK government to:

  • Create a proper plan to reduce our real fair share of carbon emissions;
  • Calculate our entire carbon footprint, including import and export emissions;
  • Protect, conserve, and restore nature here and overseas;
  • Reduce reliance on future carbon capture technologies which is used as an excuse to carry on polluting;
  • And form a “Citizens Assembly” so people can have a say in the way forward.

The CEE Bill was written with contributions by respected climate, energy, and ecology academics, alongside a lead author of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report. The Bill also has the backing of Extinction Rebellion and Volans, a business sustainability firm.

  1. Read the CEE Bill
  2. Sign up here to show your support for the CEE Bill.
  3. Ask Your MP To Back The CEE Bill: XR Digital Rebellion