IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report

On 9th August, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) published its Sixth Assessment Report. It contains the most up-to-date and thorough account of the current state of climate change and the science behind it. Some key points:

  1. The science cannot be any clearer that human emissions are the cause of the global temperature rise and climate change.

    “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land.” 

  2. Global surface temperature was 1.09C higher in the decade between 2011-2020 than between 1850-1900.

    "Global surface temperature will continue to increase until at least the mid-century under all emissions scenarios considered." 

  3. Due to past GHG emissions, all IPCC scenarios suggest we are headed for a warmer planet with more frequent extreme weather events.

    “Many changes due to past and future greenhouse gas emissions are irreversible for centuries to millennia, especially changes in the ocean, ice sheets and global sea level.” 

  4. We can still limit warming to below 1.5 degrees and further climate change. But deep and rapid reductions in GHG emissions are needed NOW by all nations.

    “Global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C will be exceeded during the 21st century unless deep reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions occur in the coming decades.” 

The full report and headline statements can be found here:  IPCC - AR6 Climate Change 2021.

Erewash Borough Council Approves Home Energy Efficiency Funding

A number of households in the Erewash could be invited to apply for a grant from Erewash Borough Council to make their home more energy efficient.

A funding award of £757,550 from the Midlands Energy Hub was approved on September 8th - a part of the Government’s Local Authority Delivery Phase 2 Programme. 

The grants will be open to select households in Erewash and will initially focus on four areas: Larklands and Little Hallam in Ilkeston, Derby Road East in Long Eaton and Long Eaton Central. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with Marches Energy Agency and E.ON, and will see people able to apply for external wall insulation or fully funded solar panels.

Go Green 30-Day Challenge for September | #NottsRecycles

Nottinghamshire recycles, in partnership with Veolia, is encouraging you to Go Green for September through small actions that could make a big difference. By signing up to the challenge, you will receive a daily dose of everyday tips, tasks, and swaps straight to your inbox. There are lots of fantastic competitions and prizes to be won when you sign up, if you get involved, and share updates about the challenge on social media.

The challenge started on the 1st of September, but there is still time to sign up:

Check what you can recycle in Nottinghamshire by downloading our BinSmart guide.

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National News In Brief (August 2021)


Good Practice Guidance for Assessing the GHG Impacts of Waste Incineration

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) launched a good practice guide for assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of waste incineration. The Guidance has been welcomed by environmental organisations including Friends of the Earth and Zero Waste Europe.

Created in response to the inconsistent quality of incinerator carbon assessments, this Guide is intended to be used both by those carrying out climate assessments and those reviewing or evaluating those assessments. It provides ten recommendations based on an extensive review of the approaches being used by industry practitioners and academics.