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Car-free, Carbon-free City in the Saudi Desert, Portable Solar-powered Water Heater Trialed in Africa,  Zero emissions Zone Trialed in Oxford City Centre and More...

National/Global News (March 2022)

  • UK not prepared for climate impacts, warns IPCC expert

  • Glow-in-the dark beaches. Billions of trees planted in a country dominated by the desert. Levitating trains. A fake moon. Is planned car-free, carbon-free city in the Saudi desert too good to be true 

  • Many people around the world don't have easy access to hot water. A simple portable solar-powered water heater to reduce emissions and improve the quality of life for millions of people.

  • The University of Exeter's has brought forward its net zero target by 20 years — 2030 from 2050.

  • A UK First - A zero emissions zone trialed in Oxford City Centre. A wider ZEZ covering the rest of the city centre will follow next year, subject to further public consultation.


Bolsover District Council’s First Future Homes project, Nottingham Supports Cab Drivers to Go Green, and NEDDC are piloting environmentally friendly parking solutions...

Local News In Brief (March 2022)

  • Bolsover District Council’s First Future Homes project will create 19 entirely electric houses at the Woodlands in Whaley Thorns. It will be designed to achieve 80% less carbon emissions than current building regulations allow.

  • Nottingham City Council is offering up to £3,191 to help Hackney Taxi Drivers switch to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). Project is financed using Defra’s Clean Air grant. Drivers are able to trial new electric vehicles before buying. Application deadline is 31st March 2022.

  • North East Derbyshire District Council are piloting environmentally friendly parking solutions in the district — permeable tarmac and ‘grass matting’ (a protection matting)


The Owl Podcast 

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

Recent podcasts:

  • Nicolas Raimo
    Electric Vehicle Specialist EV Nick

    Nick tells us why once you own an EV, you will never buy anything else. You will hear what it's like to drive an EV, all you need to know about charging and planning for long journeys.

  • John Grant
    Senior lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change at Sheffield Hallam University.

    John shares his motivations and experiences of protesting, highlighting the importance of direct nonviolent action to catalyse change towards tackling the ecological and climate emergency. 


Bee-friendly Bus Shelters Coming to Derby

Starting spring 2022, around half of Derby’s 90 new shelters will be fitted with living roofs designed to enhance biodiversity, at no cost to taxpayers or the Council.

Each one will be planted with a mix of native wildflowers and sedum plants. The living roofs will also absorb rainwater falling on the roof and help overcome the ‘urban heat island effect’.

The rest, where possible, will be fitted with solar panels to power low-energy smart lighting.

Once complete, Derby will be home to the UK’s largest city network of living roof shelters.


Job Opportunity | DE-Carbonise Project Officer (Derbyshire)

Location: Council House/Satellite offices in Derbyshire
Salary: £30,984 - £33,486 
Duration: Fixed until 31 October 2022
Closing date: Sunday 27th March

DE-Carbonise is a comprehensive low carbon support and grants programme for small and medium sized businesses across Derby and Derbyshire. It is a three year partnership project between Derby City Council, Derby County Council and the University of Derby and follows on from the successful Derby and Derbyshire Energy Efficiency (D2EE) project.

The council is looking to recruit a new Project Officer to coordinate and deliver this exciting project.

More info: