All Blog Posts Tagged 'energy' (28)

Hackney Energy back on the launch pad

Hackney Energy, first meeting in 2017: Tuesday 28 February, 7.30pm, at The Talbot, Englefield Road.

The sleeping giant that helped launch the Banister House solar farm, awakens!! There's much to discuss: 

  • Out of control fuel bills have pushed as many as one in six Londoners into fuel poverty.  In addition London lags far behind other…
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Added by Philip Pearson on February 20, 2017 at 12:42 — No Comments

All I want for Christmas is Climate Action!

Here, more or less is what I said at the Sustainable Hackney Climate Action last Saturday, 10 December, All I want for Christmas is Climate Action!…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on December 18, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

"A city for all Londoners" - Mayor Khan, open up the debate!

Sustainable Hackney has responded to Mayor Sadiq Khan's 'extended manifesto', A City for all Londoners.  It outlines the direction for his review of the London Plan and his other strategies.  It is rich in ambition, but we have called for a rethink as the main concepts of "accommodating growth", "World City" and "good growth underpinning the document are…
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Added by Sustainable Hackney on December 11, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Trump might be trumped

Feeling bleak and despondent at the election of Trump? Yes, you have got good reason to be, but this article shows that wish as he may, he and the rampant right cannot easily unpick the Paris climate deal or hold back a powerful, growing movement for renewables and against fossil fuel interests and climate change.  …

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Added by Richard Payne on November 10, 2016 at 16:09 — 1 Comment

So who is Jon Burke, the new Cabinet Member for Energy, sustainability and community services?

Following his election in September, Hackney's new mayor Philip Glanville appointed Councillor Jon Burke to coordinate the council's work on energy, sustainability and community services. His brief ranges from environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change to community energy, fair trade and volunteering.  We're clear that we want to engage well with the council. And the …
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Added by Sustainable Hackney on November 7, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

http://isj.org.uk/marxism-and-nature/

Marxism has for too long been characterised as having a singular preoccupation with the exploitation of labour and the class struggle. However, the works of Marx and Engels always…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 22, 2016 at 13:04 — No Comments

Hackney residents say this is not a conference it is a crime scene

It's all in the name: with no hint of shame oil and gas executives from across the world met for 2016 Oil & Money conference.

Protesters and representatives from communities affected by the fossil fuel industry disrupted the opening of the conference by staging 'a climate crime scene.'…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 19, 2016 at 12:46 — No Comments

Could do better, but progress being made

The statistics recently published on gov.uk showed that last year nearly a quarter of all electricity generated in the UK (24.6%) came from renewable sources – more than from coal (which is just over a fifth). It’s the first time that renewables have overtaken coal. Good news to an extent, but it’s still not growing fast enough and the UK is looking likely to miss the 2020 energy target.

 

Figures have also been published for the first quarter of this year, showing growth…

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Added by Clare Taylor on August 2, 2016 at 17:34 — No Comments

Don't forget to vote 5th May: who's the greenest candidate?

Don't forget to vote for your choice of London Mayor and GLA representatives on 5th May!

You've got three votes:

  • One for your first and second choice of mayor
  • Another for an assembly member to represent your local constituency (North-East London)
  • A third to choose one of the 11 assembly members who represent the whole city

There's an interesting analysis of the green policies of the main mayoral candidates from Friends of…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on May 3, 2016 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Carbon pricing - a road to nowhere?

How much longer can we tolerate market-based climate change policies that clearly aren’t working? This is the central challenge in a new report from the New York-based Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, which puts carbon market under its intense spotlight. The…

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Added by Philip Pearson on April 12, 2016 at 15:31 — No Comments

Media billionaires against action on climate change

Free Press carried an excellent article on Occupy's occupation of the Mail's offices last year demanding accurate coverage of climate change and a switch to supporting renewable energy and other effective measures.  In just over a page Donnachadh McCarthy tells how the five right-wing billionaires who own most of our media have led the Tories "get rid of the green crap" campaign as well as continually misinforming the public on climate change.  He sets out the occupation's…

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Added by Kathryn Johnson on January 25, 2016 at 16:39 — No Comments

Britain’s lamentable record on fuel poverty.

Britain’s lamentable record on fuel poverty.

Join the People’s March for Climate and Jobs, Sunday, November 29th.

The recent report ‘Still the cold man of Europe’ from (ACE) The Association of Conservation Energy makes grim reading. Britain besides 15 other countries in terms of fuel poverty comes out bottom based on range of indicators. The report shows that:  …

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Added by Richard Payne on October 31, 2015 at 14:05 — No Comments

David, don't throw away all our work

A Banister House Solar Message from Tor Kristoffersen on Vimeo.

Interns from Banister House Solar send a strong message to David Cameron "don't throw away all our work" by killing community solar projects with drastic cuts.…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on September 18, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Sustainable Hackney invests in Hackney's first solar Co-op

Banister House Solar offers an exciting new opportunity for individuals and organisations to support the generation of solar power in Hackney and to contribute to wider action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.  The project has been 18 months in the planning and it has been a huge achievement to get to this stage. 

So far it has raised almost £40,000 towards the target of £142,000 which will make the project actually happen.  

A…

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Added by James Diamond on April 30, 2015 at 10:48 — 1 Comment

New Hackney-based Carbon Management and Communications consultancy

Just to let you all know that there is a new carbon management consultancy in Hackney, called Cool World Consulting (CWC). www.coolworldconsulting.co.uk.

With expertise in both communications and environmental sustainability, CWC helps organisations to measure and reduce their carbon emissions, and to clearly communicate their sustainability credentials and aspirations.

So far, CWC has worked…

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Added by Lucy Harbor on November 25, 2014 at 14:05 — No Comments

Grant funding to insulate your home

The Smart Homes grant scheme was launched this week with £6.5m in grant funding for energy-saving on homes in 6 London boroughs…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on July 31, 2014 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

The Haringey Carbon Commission Report - A Sustainable New Economy

This is a welcome new report from Haringey's Carbon Commission.

It shows how there need be no conflict between action on climate change, action on inequality, and economic prosperity. The report promotes the growth of green industry and innovative enterprise models in the borough to ensure relevant job opportunities are created locally and so that the benefits of the 'economic prize' are shared more equitably and address the unacceptable levels of inequality within the…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on October 31, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Eco renovation of an older house

During Open House weekend I visited 74 Amhurst Road, which the owner has extensively renovated with the environment in mind.  Wall insulation, loft insulation, solar PV, efficient lighting, double-glazing, boiler heat recovery, water harvesting, and use of recycled materials are among the…

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Added by James Diamond on October 4, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Tilting at windmills - invite to new photo exhibition in Dalston

“Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them than he said to his squire, ‘…I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war...’

‘Take care, sir,’ cried Sancho Panza. ‘Those over there are not giants but windmills. Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the…

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Added by Climate Change Cafe on September 13, 2012 at 9:16 — No Comments

Actions to improve insulation on Hackney Council Estates

Background

Generally Hackney is a typical inner London Borough with limited scope for cavity wall insulation because so many of the homes have pre-1919 solid walls. While working as a paid surveyor on the Mayor of London’s RENEW programme I realised that this was not the case for homes originally built by Hackney Council. There is a band of estates scattered across Hackney built in the late 1970s easily identified by their non-standard bricks which were built with cavities. Most have…

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Added by Peter J I Snell on August 7, 2012 at 14:31 — No Comments

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