July Conversations | The Owl Hoot Podcast

The Owl Hoot, produced by Caroline Norbury, is podcast and blog. Each fortnightly podcast episode features a guest who contributes in some way to protecting the planet.

Podcast available in July:

  • Nick Milestone
    Engineering Director at Sigmat and chairman of the Timber Research and Development Trade Association (TRADA)

    Nick discusses how the inclusion of sustainably produced timber within the construction industry can result in net zero buildings by reducing the use of energy-intensive cement.

  • Melissa Bruntlett
    Co-author of two books - Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality & Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives. Melissa advocates for sustainable transport to inspire happier and healthier cities. 

Blog posts will focus on sustainable forestry and cycling.

Amber Valley Loft Insulation Grant 

If you live in Amber Valley, fully funded loft insulation is available to keep your home warmer, reduce your carbon footprint, and cut your energy bills.

You may qualify if you:

  • Own your home or rent from a private landlord in Amber Valley
  • Have a household income of less than £30,000 per year
  • Have no or less than 200mm loft insulation
  • If known, have an EPC rating of D or lower.

Call Warmer Derby & Derbyshire for free on 0800 677 1332 or email

Funding is limited and only available for a short period of time. All work is carried out by Trustmark registered installer Westville

Job Opportunity | Supplier and Regulation Manager

Energy Local
Salary: £32,000 - £38,000 pro-rata
Location: Home working, with travel as required
Deadline: 23rd July 2021

Energy Local is a social enterprise that is working to transform the electricity market for local communities and small-scale renewable generation. Their mission is to support the establishment of thousands of local, not-for-profit, Energy Local Clubs (ELCs), allowing local renewable generation to be used locally by communities.

Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust seeks Retrofit Builders and Campaigners. 

Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust is collecting information on builders interested in retrofitting to form a “Register of Builders.” If you know anyone who is currently undertaking retrofitting work and is within about 30 miles of Wirksworth, please contact Mary Ann Hooper via

They and others are also trying to get a group of Derbyshire Dales campaigners together who are working on the retrofitting need in their area. This is so they can jointly lobby for more to be done by local authorities and the government. If interested, please get in touch with Mary.

Sign up to their newsletter here 

Halogen lightbulb ban, Scotland Council pension fund fossil fuel divestment, and more....

National News In brief (June 2021)

  • Under government climate change plans, sales of halogen lightbulbs are to be banned in the UK from September. The move is predicted to cut 1.26 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

  • A major project aims to overcome a barrier for renewable energy – variability.

  • Shell promises to accelerate its net zero strategy after Dutch court ordered oil firm to cut global carbon emissions by 45% by 2030.

  • Scotland's largest council pension fund will drop investments in fossil fuel firms which fail to meet environmental standards.

  • Mast Upgrade: UK experiment could sweep aside fusion hurdle.