LCSB News and Events
Moore on Carbon: Energy Bills Update
This month, Dave provides a brand new updated version of his introduction to energy bills. To find out what actually makes up the costs on your electricity bill - click here.
Centre to Host Energy Exhibition
The Environment Centre in Swansea is organising an exhibition for September and October on 'Saving Energy and Saving Money'. It will include information and tips on energy efficiency in the home, community energy schemes, switching energy suppliers, and using Smart meters. The uSwitch community team will be providing workshops and drop-in sessions at the Centre and other venues to help people understand their energy bills and how to switch energy suppliers.
Royal Mint's Giant Daffodil
A new wind turbine above Llantrisant has been turning heads as it resembles a giant daffodil. The Royal Mint decided to paint their new energy source in yellow and green to highlight their work to reduce their carbon footprint. To read a Wales Online article about the turbine - click here.
Motivate and Influence Event
The next LCSB network event - 'Motivating Colleagues and Influencing Decision-Makers' - takes place on Wednesday 19th September. We will be hosted by the Specific project in the award-winning Active classroom and will also visit the new Active Office. The event also offers a great opportunity to share ideas and good practice in promoting sustainability within organisations. For more details and to book places - click here.
Swansea Energy Company Being Explored
Swansea Council is consulting on the idea of establishing a not-for-profit, local energy supplier to help stem the spiralling costs of energy. It is now trying to gauge the level of support from businesses and householders before proceeding. To find out more and take part in the survey – click here.
Welsh Award Schemes Join Together
Cynnal Cymru's Sustain Wales Awards and the Wales Green Energy Awards, organised by RenewableUK Cymru, are coming together to form the Sustainable Academy Awards. The scheme will include categories such as Sustainability Champion, Outstanding Social Enterprise and Innovation in Sustainable Procurement, and will culminate in a prestigious award ceremony in November. To find out more – click here.
Other News and Events
Plan Published for Future of Home Heating
Friends of the Earth has published a comprehensive policy briefing on the need to prioritise renewable energy sources to heat our homes and deliver on the Paris Climate Agreement. To download the document – click here.
Future of Travel and Carbon Reduction
The UK Government launched its Road To Zero Strategy in early July giving clear support for ultra low emission and electric vehicles. The Welsh Government has now launched a consultation on wider carbon reduction - Achieving Our Low Carbon Pathway to 2030. For more information – click here.
Climate Campaign Proposes Power from Parks
Leading climate campaign group 10:10 is working on plans to use heat pumps to retrieve energy from parks and rivers in London. To read an article about this – click here.
Heatwave Makes UK Solar Top Energy Source
The heatwave currently being experienced across the UK has helped solar energy break several records. On 30th June, electricity generation from solar panels surpassed that from any other source. To read Guardian article – click here.
Low Carbon Homes: Wales Forum
The Low Carbon Homes Forum will be holding a Wales event on energy efficiency at the University of Aberystwyth on Thursday 22nd November. To find out more – click here.
Smart Meter Targets Not Being Meeting
A critical report from MPs suggests the roll-out of smart meters across the UK is not resulting in the benefits previously expected and is likely to miss deadlines, but the Government and energy bodies are defending the scheme. To read BBC article – click here.
Carbon Capture UK Report Published
The UK Government's CCUS (carbon capture usage and storage) Cost Challenge Taskforce has issued a report to support the Delivering Clean Growth strategy. To view or download the report – click here.
IWA Report Highlights Transport Problem
A new report from the IWA suggests the Wales targets for reducing carbon emissions will not be met unless we can move away from the car. To read BBC article – click here.
AMs Slam Active Travel Plan Progress
A Welsh Assembly committee report suggests the Active Travel Act, and the accompanying funding resources, have had little or no impact on people's travel practices. To read the BBC article on the issue – click here.
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