Energy & Climate Change

Energy and Climate Change

The new report from the Committee on Climate Change on local government on ‘How local authorities can reduce emissions and manage climate risks’ is now out (17 May 2012) and a must read (at least at summary level) for anyone engaging with their local council.

This report emphasises the crucial role councils have in helping the UK meet its carbon targets and preparing for the impacts of climate change. It outlines specific opportunities for reducing emissions and highlights good practice examples from a number of local authorities. See:


17/02/16 Check out Fossil Free UK pics from last weekend's action.  Get involved in Divest Hackney and get ready for the next big mobilisation in May #BreakFree16

09/01/2016 Listen to the trees - Act now on Climate Change

23/11/2015  Join Hackney at the London climate demo on 29th November 12.30 at Down Street, W1. If you want to go to Paris for the weekend of climate action 11-13 December, Global Justice Now have reduced price accommodation but there's only 20 tickets left book yours before they go  and you please sign the petition to all world leaders at the UN Climate Change negotiations . The Guardian have produced a data interactive on what countries are offering to the talks and how it measures up against what's needed. So far the answer is no. And poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has curated 20 poems on climate change .  Jeremy Corbyn and Naomi Klein will be speaking in Paris on Monday 7 December at an event co-organised by Global Climate Jobs (inluding Campaign against Climate Change). They will be talking about trade unions and climate change. Tickets are free, but you have to register in advance, and the hall only hols 800.  The details are here:

11/11/15  Take action on the climate now!  Come to our Climate Green Drinks on Thursday 12th Nov 

01/11/15 Hackney Divestment Debate - should Hackney ditch dirty investments?

14/10/15 Come along to the next Sustainable Hackney climate meeting

15/03/15 The government has published its fuel poverty strategy for England, Cutting the cost of keeping warm

02/03/15 Press release: Hackney on the march!

12/02/15 Join us for an evening of film, discussion and planning for March's climate march

01/02/15 Global Carbon Calculator launched - to help people understand the link between our lifestyles, the energy we use, and the consequences for our climate. 

28/11/14 Green Investment Bank offers 30-year LED streetlighting loans

18/11/14 A good article in The Gurdian on District heating: a hot idea whose time has come

26/09/14 Neighbouring Islington Council plans to launch its own energy company, to sell gas and electricity more cheaply to residents - and perhaps people in Hackney.

19/09/14 Smart Homes provides grant incentives of up to £6,000 to help you make improvements to your home so that it is more energy efficient. 

18/09/14 Citizens Advice want your help for their campaign to secure a better deal for prepayment meter consumers

17/09/14 The National Housing Federation published a briefing on the latest information on Government policies and funding streams to help housing associations plan, fund and implement energy efficiency improvements and to install renewable energy to their existing stock.

13-28/09/14 is Community Energy Fortnight - see what Hackney Energy are doing to celebrate, at Homerton Grove Adventure Playground 

04/09/13 SHINE is a referral system established to tackle fuel poverty and reduce seasonal deaths and hospital admissions in Hackney. One referral to SHINE leads to an assessment for a wide range of services. Make a referral for assessment by SHINE.

03/09/14 Instead of data, scientists share their feelings on climate change

08/14 Where does the UK's electricity come from?  See Good Energy's infographic and Why electricity miles matter and here's how they worked it out.

07/14 IPPR report published on City Energy, A New Powerhouse for Britain - argues that Britain’s cities could transform efforts to create a cleaner, smarter and more affordable energy system, provide an alternative to the big utilities, and boost their local economies in the process.

07/07/14 £1million energy advice programme opens for business - Organisations including community energy groups, charities, faith groups and registered social landlords are invited to bid for funding to help run projects that run this autumn and winter.

06/14 An Energy Bill Revolution briefing highlights the decline in the number of energy efficiency measures installed since the Government’s ECO and the Green Deal replaced other programmes. It also looks at the immediate outlook and what needs to happen longer term.

09/04/14 The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been launched today. Get help with solar thermal panels and other technologies.

04/04/14 DECC Press release - The UK’s rooftops to become power stations

26/03/14 Free community energy training for 18-29 year olds - Register your interest by 11 April (you'll need to attend seminars in Bristol)

28/01/14 41% cut in DEFRA climate change initiatives

27/01/14 DCLG has published Britain’s first Community Energy Strategy. See highlights in the press release here

15/01/14 Hackney Council declares its support for Hackney Energy

07/11/13 The UK’s first solar powered luxury, mixed use public toilets unveiled on Brooksby’s Walk

19/09/13 Want to get involved in creating a cooperatively owned renewable energy project in Hackney?

16/07/13 Zero Carbon Britain launch their third report, Rethinking the Future

12/06/13 DECC aims to publish a Community Energy Strategy in Autumn 2013, after consultation that's now underway.

06/05/13 Latest government support for energy-saving measures in your home

15/03/13 Inspiration For The Nation: Superhomes Week 16 – 24 MarchSuperHomes are homes which have been refurbished to reduce carbon emissions by at least 60% and one of the few London SuperHomes on show during the week is in Henry Road, Hackney - a Victorian 3-storey semi-detached.

12/03/13 Energy Bill: Meg Hillier MP commits to clean and affordable energy

24/02/12 Find out how the Energy Bill is stitching us into an expensive high-carbon future in the Committee on Climate Change report on energy and prices and Alan Simpson's article The Great Energy Stitch Up

04/02/13 Jeanette Arnold, London Assembly Member for North East London, writes on Fuel poverty

12/11/12  UK Energy efficiency strategy and a Guide to financing energy efficiency in the public sector published

17/10/12 Going local - A report on local authorities’ work to tackle fuel poverty - this report has just been published for Consumer Focus but, alas, Hackney isn't mentioned

04/10/12 Eco renovation of an older house

03/10/12 A new way to measure fuel poverty in England is proposed - have your say

24/07/12 Actions to improve insulation on Hackney's estates

18/07/12 Off grid in a tower block (John Cowdrill's blog)

03/07/12 Top tips for reducing environmental impact

15/06/12 New guidance on planning rules for renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in Hackney

24/05/12 21p solar tariff extended!

25/03/12 Calling all Energy Angels

24/02/12 EU deadlock on tar sands
15/10/11 Warming up Hackney for the Green Deal


People interested in Energy

Energy - Events

Energy Map


Advice on Setting up a bulk buy scheme for energy efficiency measures and renewables

Carbon Trust's report on delivering successful Low Carbon Behaviour Change

Carbon Visuals

Centre for Sustainable Energy

City and Hackney health and wellbeing profile (joint strategic needs assessment)

Climate Change: Evidence & Causes

Climate Change – 10 key findings from the climate scientists

Climate Just web tool

Committee on Climate Change (CCC)

Community Energy in the UK: A review of the evidence

Community Energy Strategy for the UK

Delivering and Funding Housing Retrofit: A Review of Community Models (Arup Report)

Domestic energy fact file and housing surveys, form DECC

Do the math - divesting from fossil fuels

Energy Bill Revolution campaign

Energy legislation 

Energy-management resources from Vilnis Vesma

Guide to community investment in renewables

Green Deal guide - energy saving for your home or business

Greenpeace Climate Roundup

Hackney Climate Change Strategy - 2009

Hackney Energy Advice Line

Haringey Carbon Commission Report - A Sustainable New Economy

In from the cold? Tackling fuel poverty in London

Inefficiency of UK electricity production - graphic

SHINE - Seasonal Health Interventions Network

Smart Homes (energy efficiency) project

SME Guide to Energy Efficiency

Solar PV for schools

Sustainable Energy – without the hot air

UK Energy efficiency strategy

UK National Grid Status

UK Solar PV Strategy

Water source heat map

Why you shouldn't squash loft insulation

YouGen - renewables & energy efficiency information

Local organisations

Arcola Energy

Hackney Energy

Transition Towns in Hackney

Other organisations

Association for the Conservation of Energy

Carbon Trust

Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Community Energy Coalition

Energy Saving Trust

Fuel Poverty Action

Global Power Shift 

Green Open Homes network

London Fuel Poverty Hub

Low Carbon Communities Network

National Energy Action

Repowering London


UK Tar Sands Network

Zero Carbon Britain

Hackney energy advice service

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