Community Energy Strategy launched

On 27th January, DECC launched the UK’s first ever Community Energy Strategy. The general response from experts and NGOs is positive and implementation is expected to lead to the growth of thousands of local community energy organisations. The Secretary of State has … Continued

Read ‘The Rough Guide to Community Energy’ for free

‘The Rough Guide to Community Energy’ is a recently launched free book that encourages people to launch carbon-cutting and renewable-energy projects in their local communities. According to the Guardian: “The book covers everything from setting up a group, to picking a … Continued

Local government gearing up for the Green Deal

  When launched in autumn 2012, the Green Deal will enable households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, without incurring up-front costs. While still in the process of drawing up detailed guidance for the scheme, the … Continued

Andy Johnston’s response to the Nottingham Declaration consultation

  Let me start by saying that I do want local authorities to reduce their carbon footprint and lead their communities as they tackle climate change. My comments on this proposal are quite negative but I have endeavoured to point … Continued

The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Risks 2011’: some pointers for local government.

  The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Risks 2011’ publication lays out an important case for global action on the challenges of what it calls the “water-food-energy” nexus. The report is well worth reading, highlighting important points that are clearly relevant … Continued