Nottingham City Council’s Work to Reduce Carbon Emissions Wins National Award

Nottingham City Council’s Energy Services have won The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Award for Best Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative.

The APSE awards, which recently took place in Edinburgh, celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation within local government. Energy Services were recognised for their innovative approach to reducing the council’s energy demand to ultimately improve its environmental performance and help manage its budget.

The council’s energy projects include

  • Solar systems on over 40 operational sites, which save the council over £150,000 each year and bring in over £300,000 year via FITs, a subsidy for the generation of renewable electricity.
  • UK’s first publicly owned solar car park at Harvey Hadden Sports village and Ken Martin Leisure Centre
  • Operating one of the largest district heating networks in the UK which is powered by energy-from-waste; many council buildings are connected to this network for their heat and power
  • Energy efficiency projects such as LED lighting and upgrading heating systems – last year alone the team completed over thirty projects which will save the council over £100,000 each year

Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, said: 'It’s a great achievement to have won these awards and testament to the services’ innovation and hard work.

'By reducing operational costs and generating income for the council the Greener Building Strategy is making a real contribution to the protection of front line services and keeping services viable for those in the most need. Also the large number of energy projects that we are delivering under the strategy has enabled us to create a large workforce in this area creating local job opportunities in managing, installing and maintaining sustainable energy technologies.'

Wayne Bexton, Head of Energy Services, said: 'My service is extremely proud to have won this award, it is great recognition of all their work to deliver a fantastic array of energy projects over the last twelve months.

'We are now building on this success and working with local companies on a commercial basis to help them reduce operational costs and achieve improved environmental performance, further contributing to Nottingham’s green credentials and supporting local businesses.'

APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said, 'The winners of these awards are amongst the best at delivering outstanding local government frontline services. APSE works continually to encourage public service excellence and we are delighted that all our finalists and winning councils are so highly committed to delivering the best possible services for the benefit of their communities.'

Poll Shows British Public Wants Urgent Action on Climate Change

The British public wants urgent action on climate change, and strongly supports holding fossil fuel companies and the UK government accountable for the negative effects of climate change, a ground breaking new survey from ClientEarth reveals.

After a record heatwave in the UK and northern Europe, the majority of British people think fossil fuel companies, whose products contribute directly to climate change, should be made to pay damages for their role in contributing to global warming (71%), and also that the UK government must do more to help prepare for and adapt to climate change (62%).

Undertaken by YouGov and commissioned by environment lawyers ClientEarth, the survey involved more than 2000 adults, and aimed to capture British public sentiment towards who should pay for climate change, fossil fuel investments in personal finance and what the future of Britain’s energy should look like.

Key results of ClientEarth’s Climate Snapshot include:

  • Almost two-thirds of people think the UK government is not doing enough in adapting to climate change and limiting global temperature increases;
  • More than eight in ten believe that fossil fuel companies who knew about climate change early on and continue to lobby against taking action should be responsible in some way for the costs of major weather events (83%);
  • Almost three quarters of consumers would be interested in joining a community energy scheme if the government made it easier (71%), and individuals were keen to install their own solar panels (62%) and home energy storage (60%);
  • Three-fifths would be interested in a financial institution, such as a bank account or pension fund, that considers the climate change impacts of the companies it invests in (62%).
  • Almost two-thirds thought investing in fossil fuel companies was risky long-term and more than half thought such companies could not be trusted to change their business model;
  • More than two thirds were in favour of breaking up the Big Six’s market share to allow smaller, cleaner, and locally owned energy systems to develop (68%).

Nottinghamshire Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund Open for Applications

Community groups based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding the city of Nottingham) can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects which help people in Nottinghamshire to reduce, reuse or recycle waste.

Consultation on Future of Electricity Network in the Midlands

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is consulting communities on the future of our electricity network. WPD is the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands and some others areas, which means it make sure power gets to our homes and communities.

If you’re involved in a community renewable energy project in this area then this is your chance to tell WPD what you want:

The consulation closes on 7th September.

Exploratory Drilling Due to Begin at Tinker Lane

Exploratory drilling at Tinker Lane is due to being at some point during September 2018 The site in north Nottinghamshire has permission for drilling to explore for gas suitable to be hydraulically fractured (more commonly known as fracking). Frack Free Tinker Lane is a community group opposing the plans: