Community Footprint Award Scheme – Apply now - extended deadline 15 December

The Community Footprint Award 2011-12 will provide £2,000 to one organisation in each of the nine English regions to help develop a new initiative or add value to an existing project which demonstrates best practice in the field of fuel poverty and carbon savings.

Entries are welcome from all not-for-profit groups and organisations undertaking work to tackle fuel poverty and promote affordable warmth to vulnerable households in England, and those that are working to reduce carbon emissions.
Once the regional winners have been chosen, NEA will organise a Community Surgery event to promote the initiative to the wider community, and to provide an opportunity for the judges to visit each project. The judges will then decide on one overall national winner to receive an additional £3,000 to further develop or disseminate their initiative.
To apply and for further details, please visit to download and complete the application form. The application process is straightforward, applicants need to include contact details, details of any partner organisations, a short description of the project and its aims & outcomes, and details on how the award would be spent. Please submit your completed application by 15 December. There is no need to submit an expression of interest first.
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Interactive Maps on Fuel Poverty, Renewables and Insulation

The government has created interactive maps which show installations of domestic renewables and insulation, as well as incidence of fuel poverty and consumption of gas and electricity, by local authority level from 2006-2009.

Plans to Include Air Travel in Emissions Trading Scheme

An advisor to the EU Court has said that plans to include any airline landing or take off on EU territory in an emissions trading scheme are legal. Juliane Kokott, Advocate General made the statement in response to a challenge from North American airlines initially made at a London court and then referred to the European Court of Justice. Whilst an official ruling will not be made until next year, the Advocate General’s opinion will be followed in most cases until then. Aviation is estimated to account for 3% of total carbon dioxide emissions and yet airlines do not pay any tax on fuel.

UK Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker welcomed the opinion of the Court advisor: ‘The aviation industry, in the same way as other industries, needs to play its part in reducing emissions.’


UK Provides £1 Billion to Tackle Climate Change in Developing Countries

The UK has allocated more than two thirds of its Fast Start Finance, which is helping the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt to climate change, putting it well on track to meet its £1.5bn commitment by the end of 2012. Developed countries pledged to provide approaching $30 billion of Fast Start Finance between 2010-12 at the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, with the UK contributing £1.5bn.

Fast Start finance for 2011 and 2012 is funded from the UK government’s £2.9bn International Climate Fund (ICF). The ICF aims to help developing countries tackle climate change and adapt to the effects of global warming. Projects include £150 million to fund the Clean Technology Fund which will support project such as low carbon public transport systems and promote energy efficiency in Nigeria. It is expected these projects will save 47 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.