Monthly Archives: April 2011

New resource pack helps communities deliver energy projects

28 April 2011: The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) PlanLoCaL resource pack is now available. PlanLoCaL is a three-year CSE project which aims to help communities engage positively with their local planning system and contribute to a low-carbon future. Designed for campaigners and local volunteers who want to set up a renewable energy project within their communities, the resource pack contains information necessary for getting a project off the ground. Further information is available at the PlanLoCaL website. The pack also contains two DVDs which feature a series of short films on subjects such as:

  • Introducing different renewable technologies
  • Helping decide which technology is best for you
  • Case studies about various projects
  • A rough guide to managing a project
  • Consulting with the community
  • Helping your group become legally recognised
  • Dealing with the planning system
  • Looking at ways to fund your project
  • The future and re-investing your profits

These films are also viewable via and YouTube (

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Hospital’s Decentralised Energy System

26 April 2011: Mitie have been commissioned by the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead to develop an energy centre incorporating onsite CHP generation.

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Low Carbon Energy Opportunities and Heat Mapping for Local Planning Areas Across the East Midlands

April 2011: East Midlands Councils (EMC) commissioned work to review the potential for low carbon energy within the East Midlands. The aim was to prepare a comprehensive evidence base that would allow local planning authorities across the region to develop well-founded policies that support low carbon energy deployment up to 2030. Detailed renewable energy information for the regions and heat maps here.

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E.ON to manage ESCo set-up

21 April 2011: E.ON and Barratt Homes are working together to develop 1,900 low carbon homes in two projects across London. The developments, the former St. Andrews Hospital in east London and New South Quarter in Croydon, will utilise a centralised combined heat and power (CHP) units and biomass boilers to supply heat and hot water to residents.

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London 2012 Sustainability Report: A blueprint for change

20 April 2011: London 2012 has issued its first full sustainability report, covering the whole London 2012 programme for the calendar year 2010.

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Community initiative hopes to Energise Barnet

20 April 2011: Energise Barnet, a community initiative set up by local residents, plans to set up a network of ‘green’ buying groups in order to help homeowners and local businesses generate their own electricity and make their homes more energy efficient.

As part of this new scheme, Energise Barnet seeks to partner with installers of solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, heating boilers, solid wall insulation and providers of other green products and services. By helping local residents to realise their green potential, Energise Barnet hopes to bring down energy bills and increase carbon awareness.

Energise Barnet received seed funding after coming top in a competition to find ideas to accelerate the creation of a sustainable energy system. ‘Gatecrashing the UK Energy sector’ was a competition run by Forum for the Future. Read more here.

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London 2012 issues first sustainability report

20 Apr 2011: The Olympics first full sustainability report has been issued, covering the whole London 2012 programme for the calendar year 2010, and includes an update on the games progress to utilise renewable energy.

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Mayor appoints new Environment Director

19 April 2011: Kulveer Ranger has moved from transport to become the new Director of Environment.

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Youth and energy

18 April 2011: Dalston’s Arcola Theatre is urging teachers and pupils to get involved in its Energy For Schools programme.
The Arcola – which aims to become Britain’s first carbon neutral theatre – officially launched the programme during Climate Week from 21-27 March. Over 150 young people from across London got a chance to find out more about the science behind living greener lifestyles in a fun and interactive way. Pupils from Clapton Girls’ Technology College were among those taking part in activities over the week.
Arcola is aiming to offer the programme to more than 1,000 children over the next 12 months. Further information on Hackney’s website.

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Unwanted fruit and veg from three of Hackney’s street markets is to be used to create green electricity

18 April 2011: Waste food from Hoxton, Broadway and Ridley Road markets will be collected by specialist recycling company Biogen Greenfinch. Further information on Hackney’s website and Biogen Greenfinch’s website

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Brixton Low Carbon Zone Green Business Project

14 April 2011: Carbon Descent are working with Lambeth Council to deliver energy audits to businesses in the Brixton area. The aim of the Brixton Low Carbon Zone Green Business Project is to involve every business within the Zone in carbon reduction to help realise the objective of a 20.12% carbon reduction by 2012. Full details on Carbon Descent‘s website.

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New Warm Front Funds

14 April 2011: The Government’s insulation and heating improvement fund, the Warm Front Scheme, has begun taking new applications – revised eligibility criteria and the scope of the scheme is available on the following government news release.

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