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AVBC Goes Greener with a Ground Source Heat Pump for its HQ.

To help cut its own carbon emissions, Amber Valley Borough Council has installed a ground source heat pump (GSHP) at its headquarters in Ripley’s Market – one of the few councils in the country to have done this. GSHPs use Earth’s natural heat source from deep underground to provide renewable heat.

The cost of the electricity needed to run the pump is subsided by the council’s rooftop solar panels. It has only been a couple of weeks, but the change has saved enough gas to run a large, detached house for a whole year! The local authority has already cut its emissions by 65% since 2010.

Other measures include new replacement double glazed windows, new LED light fittings, improved wall and roof insulation and smart heating controls.

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New Climate Change Officer at Gedling Borough Council

Sim Duhra has joined Gedling Borough Council in Nottinghamshire as their new Climate Change Officer. 

Gedling Borough Council’s Carbon Management Strategy has a number of actions to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough. After a recent Consultation, they will be finalising the strategy over the coming weeks.

Sim said “I am passionate about climate change and to achieve net-zero emission by 2030, we have to work collaboratively with the community and partners to reduce our carbon emissions, everyone has a part to play”

Good luck with your new position Sim!

Get in touch with Sim at sim.duhra@gedling.gov.uk or climatechange@gedling.gov.uk

Read the Carbon Management Strategy here: https://bit.ly/3FkWxng  
 


 

Durham University Green Success & New Green Fund Launched by Telecommunications Giant Orange...

National News In Brief (December 2020)

  • How Durham University turned itself green

    In 2 years, the university jumps 66 places on the People and Planet’s annual university sustainability league

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  • Orange launches €50m nature-based solutions fund on road to net-zero

    Telecommunications giant Orange has revealed plans to invest €50m in reforestation and other nature restoration projects, as it strives to become a net-zero business by 2040.

    https://oran.ge/3dBTbRr

Council Climate League 

During August & September, Climate Emergency UK & team of trained volunteers marked publicly available LA Climate Action Plans in order to create a Council Climate League. The scoring system used was based on their Local Authority Action Plan Checklist which can be found here.

It is hoped the project will provide a benchmark for what makes a good or bad Plan, allow people to see how well their council is doing, and show-case how much councils are doing despite the lack of support from the National Government. The long term aim of this project is to mark councils on their actual climate action.

Following the first marking of the Climate Emergency Action Plans, councils will be given a right of reply. 

We look forward to seeing the scores when they are published in the League Table in January 2022.

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School in Nottingham Gains a National Recognition for Green Efforts & Leader of Chesterfield BC Calls on Government to Do More to Tackle Climate Change...

Local News In Brief (December 2021):

  • First School in Nottingham Gains National Recognition for Encouraging Active Travel

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  • Leader of Chesterfield BC Calls on Government to Do More to Tackle Climate Change

    Last month, the leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Councillor Tricia Gilby, wrote to the Prime Minister and other senior Government Ministers to demand more action on climate change.

    The full letter can be read here: https://bit.ly/3oEeUP1