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Chesterfield Borough Council Supports Local Electricity Bill

Chesterfield Borough Council has unanimously approved a motion that supports the Local Electricity Bill.  

Currently due to high cost involved in selling electricity, it is not financially viable for small local electricity generators to sell directly to local people. Instead, they need to sell to a utility company first.

The Local Electricity Bill aims to remove this barrier to entry and give small renewable electricity generators the right to become local suppliers. 

The motion means the council will support the bill and will also write to local MPs to encourage them to support the bill in parliament.


Nottingham City Council Approves Plans for River Trent Bridge

Nottingham City Council unanimously approves a new £9.2m foot-cycle bridge over the Trent between Trent Basin and Lady Bay (West Bridgford). This will be the first new bridge over the River Trent in Nottingham in over 60 years.

This follows a successful campaign (launched in 2014) by pedals (Nottingham Cycling campaign), Nottingham Civic Society, Nottingham Local Access Forum, the River Crescent Residents’ Association and Blueprint Regeneration with the support of 20 other local environmental and transport groups.

The bridge, due for completion in 2023, is being implemented with support from the DFT’S Transforming Cities Fund.


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.


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!

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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

  • 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.