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…Continue
Added by Clare Taylor on August 2, 2016 at 17:34 — No Comments
Don't forget to vote for your choice of London Mayor and GLA representatives on 5th May!
You've got three votes:
There's an interesting analysis of the green policies of the main mayoral candidates from Friends of…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Philip Pearson on April 12, 2016 at 15:31 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kathryn Johnson on January 25, 2016 at 16:39 — No Comments
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: …Continue
Added by Richard Payne on October 31, 2015 at 14:05 — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Sustainable Hackney on September 18, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments
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.
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…Continue
Added by Lucy Harbor on November 25, 2014 at 14:05 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Calderbank on October 31, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
“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…Continue
Added by Climate Change Cafe on September 13, 2012 at 9:16 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Peter J I Snell on August 7, 2012 at 14:31 — No Comments
Friends of the Earth are running an exciting new campaign (alongside the Bees!) about energy - Clean British Energy. (www.cleanbritishenergy.com). It's about Government action to support more UK renewable energy, and also encouraging people to switch their own suppliers.
We're also looking at renewables in Hackney, and at the recent Greener Hackney event (12 May) I agree to try and draw together people who were interested in…
Added by Kate Hand on June 17, 2012 at 21:02 — No Comments
Following feedback from residents at the Greener Hackney event, we have pulled together planning guidance on a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures into a single page.
We hope that this will provide useful information to homeowners on whether a measure is likely to be suitable, and whether it is likely to need…Continue
Added by Fran Bury on June 15, 2012 at 13:42 — No Comments
DECC has announced changes to the feed-in tariff for solar PV which will give some clarity for the future:
Added by James Diamond on May 24, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments
Hackney is in danger of losing out under the "Green Deal" and we need to warm up our communities in preparation for next year's launch if we are to get our fair share of the funding available.
A presentation from ACE (Association for the Conservation of Energy) at the Greener Hackney event on 15th October outlined details of how the "Green Deal" is expected to work from 2012.
The "Green Deal" which is currently going through parliament will enable private firms to…Continue
There are a couple of initiatives in HAckney right now to get people using photo voltaic solar cells to produce electricity on roofs. I'm thinking of installing a system on my roof in Dalston. It should produce a good proportion of my electricity but only during the day. There's no storage but it can feed back to the local grid (I'm told).
The other attraction is a feed in tarrif (FIT) return on the investment (about £10k). The whole carbon economy is fraught with complexity…
Added by Russell Miller on January 17, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments
Thanks to a very poorly attended consultation event at the Town Hall this evening (9 members of the public) I think I now understand why East Marsh was chosen as the location for the 2nd Olympic turbine (another is to be built at Eton Manor in Waltham Forest). Evidently 'our' turbine will not be operational before Nov 2013, too late for the Olympics; but it must be within the Olympic site to satisfy a planning condition for Olympic legacy renewable energy. East Marsh is deemed to be…
Added by Russell Miller on November 9, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments