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Welcome to the Community Climate Action newsletter, packed with all the latest news, events and resources in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. A special welcome to new subscribers.

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Local Events

Dr Bike Workshop
Saturday 5th May, 9.30am - 1pm
Queen’s Park north car park in Chesterfield (near miniature railway crossing)
Organised by Chesterfield Cycle Campaign
Dr Bike Workshops are running on the first Saturday of every month until October. Free checks and adjustments by qualified mechanics, while you wait. Minor repairs can also be carried out. No charge for labour, just for parts if any are used or bring your own.
Water Power in Belper – Past and Present
Sunday 6th May, 2pm
Start Point: The Old Swiss Tea Rooms, Belper River Gardens (DE56 1BE).
Organised by Strutts North Mill
£4 per person, Under 16s free.

A walk around the water ways of the Belper Mill complex, seeing how the Strutts used water from the River Derwent to power their cotton mills and also discussing the hydro power currently being produced on site and along the Derwent Valley.

Wirksworth: Better by Bus
Wednesday 9th May 2018, 7.30pm
Wellspring Church, Wood Street, Wirksworth DE4 4DS
Organised by: Transition Wirksworth
An evening exploring the future of transport in the Wirksworth area and its surrounds. All are welcome to come along. Topics will include what type of bus Trent could be running in future and whether Derbyshire Connect is a better way of serving the villages and linking with Wirksworth. Speakers: Vicky Williams, Commercial Manager, Trent Barton Buses & Chris Hegarty, Senior Project Officer, Public Transport Unit, Derbyshire County Council.
FREE film screening: Power Up: Fracking in the UK
Thursday 10th May, 7pm-9:30pm
YMCA ICC, 61B Mansfield Rd, Nottingham
Organised by Frack Free Nottinghamshire
Power Trip: Fracking in the UK takes us onto the frontlines of UK resistance in the battle to stop the controversial energy extraction process known as fracking. Follow grandmothers who set up a campaign group (Lancashire Nanas) and teamed up with younger activists (Reclaim the Power) to shut down the fracking sites of Cuadrilla. Blackpool (Lancashire) and Balcombe (West Sussex) have become the frontline of Fracking resistance as trucks are occupied and gates are blocked. The film explores how social media is being used by both fracking companies and activists. Hear from energy experts, journalists and key politicians as well as the voices of local residents and councillors. Followed by a Q&A session.

Part of a UK tour:
Fracking Exploration Solidarity Weekend
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May
Misson Springs Protection Camp, Misson, DN10 6ES 
Mission Springs Protection Camp is challenging IGas’ attempts to frack for shale gas at Spring Road, Nottinghamshire. Come and find out more about the camp and share food and celebration with those who set it up. The event will include a screening on Power Up (see above event) on the Saturday at 7pm at Mission Community Centre and an interactive workshop about how we use and produce energy in the UK.
Interactive workshop: 
Sustainable Transport Webinar
Tuesday 15th May, 7pm-9pm
Organised by MEA/Community Climate Action Network
Free: pre-booking essential
An opportunity to hear from people involved in several exciting local, community-led sustainable transport projects and discuss your own ideas without leaving the comfort of your own home! There will also be the opportunity to discuss your own ideas for projects and share ideas and knowledge with other attendees. 

  • Alastair Meikle of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign (CCC). CCC promotes cycle use in Chesterfield for both leisure and utility journeys. By campaigning for a comprehensive network, they aim to improve conditions for cyclists so that cycling becomes a safer and more attractive option than car travel for local journeys. Alastair is also involved in delivering Bikeability training at 90 local schools and Inclusive Pedals, a cycling project for those who can’t ride a standard bike because of disability or age. 
  • Roland Strube of Hayfield Sustainable Transport  (HSTL).  HSTL was set up in March 2013 and has been conducting a pilot transport project to develop new transport provision based on a minibus version of a car club. The success of the pilot has lead to HSTL being involved in an EU project to develop Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in 2017. 
  • John Shoesmith of Transition Belper. Transition Belper’s Transport Group has undertaken several projects including measuring levels of local air pollution, contributing to a Neighbourhood Plan, producing a report on cycling and local cycling maps, and creating cartoons depicting what life in Belper might be like in 2050 if we tackle environmental problems.
  • Hugh McClintock of Pedals. Pedals is a Nottingham-based community organisation which encourages more people to use bikes and campaigns for safer and more attractive conditions for cyclists in the Nottingham area. It has been running since 1979 and has been instrumental in establishing one of the largest urban cycling networks in the UK.
Book you free place:
Nottingham’s Pint of Science Festival
16th-18th May
Various locations in and near the city
This festival includes talks on environmental law, recycling electric vehicles, sustainability in action, recycling, how climate change is affecting our food, and environmentally friendly food production.  
Belper Goes Green
1st-3rd June
Organised by Transition Belper
Transition Belper’s eco festival aims to share a simpler, low carbon and environmentally friendly way of doing things in a relaxed and uplifting way. Includes two stage of entertainment, a CAMRA beer festival, hot and cold food, crafts and community art projects, activities for children, a wellbeing area, energy and low carbon travel advice, craft and recycling stalls and stalls from a whole range of community groups.  

Torrs Hydro Study Tour

Saturday 2nd June 2018, 10:30am-approx.12:30pm
Torrs Hydro, New Mills, Derbyshire
Organised by Marches Energy Agency
Free: pre-booking essential
A chance to visit one of Britain’s first community-owned hydro projects and hear from those who made it happen. Torrs Hydro is owned by more than 200 local shareholders, sells the power it generates to the local Co-operative supermarket and has given grants to many local community projects. Come and meet ‘Archie’ (the single archimedes screw turbine) and hear from some of the project’s volunteer Directors.
This tour is specifically aimed at those who are thinking of starting their own community-owned renewable project (whatever source of power you’re thinking of using) and would like to get inspiration and advice from those who have already done it. We have a small fund available to assist with travel costs to the event if travel costs would otherwise be a barrier to you attending. Please email Caroline Harmon for more information.

Peg and Loom Workshop
Sunday 10th June, 10am
Hockerton Housing Project (HHP), nr Southwell
Organised by HHP
A creative day of learning how to use a peg loom and create a rug or wall-hanging of your own. The workshop is led by the shepherdess for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Agnes Kiemel, with the looms made by her husband Mark, and the wool provided by our Herdwick sheep at Hockerton. Participants will be able to take the loom and sufficient wool home to complete their work, and can return the loom within three months for a refund of £40. The day includes refreshments and a vegetarian lunch. Book via
John Cleveland College Community Woodheat Co-op Study Tour
Saturday 7th July 2018, 10am-12pm
Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, Leicester
Free: pre-booking essential
(pictured above)

An opportunity to visit a community-owned wood heat project. The biomass boilers and solar panels at Hinckley Academy are owned by over 200 people, more than half of them local. The project sources its wood from the National Forest which is just 12 miles away. A community benefit fund has provided LED lighting to nearby primary schools. Come and meet some of the people who have made this project happen and find out more about their journey.
This tour is specifically aimed at those who are thinking of starting their own community-owned renewable project (whatever source of power you’re thinking of using) and would like to get inspiration and advice from those who have already done it. We have a small fund available to assist with travel costs to the event if travel costs would otherwise be a barrier to you attending. Please email Caroline Harmon for more information.


Local News

Nottinghamshire County Council commits to reduce single use plastics
Nottinghamshire County Council is making changes across their premises to reduce single use plastics. At the council buildings re-usable cups will be made available for staff and visitors to buy. They council is also looking into biodegradable alternatives to one-use plastic cutlery and food packaging. 40,000 meals a day are served across the county’s schools using traditional plates, however the council is looking into whether any alternatives to other one-use plastic items are possible.
Ambergate Hydro Community Energy Project Needs Volunteers
ADVyCE is hoping to launch a community-owned hydro project in Ambergate. Progress has been halted since November 2017 when the government confirmed that Feed in Tariffs (FITS) would end at the end of March 2019. Recnetly the group has assessed their plans and there is now hope that they can go ahead, but only if the project can get FITS pre-accreditation before the end of March 2019. The project team are looking for three or four people who can volunteer during the next few months to guarantee pre-accreditation by end of March 2019. Skills in understanding the needs of local authorities, government agencies and organisations are particularly needed. Please drop Ian an email:
New Director Sought for Friends of the Peak District/CPRE South Yorkshire
Friends of the Peak District/CPRFE South Yorkshire is looking for a new director. The organisation safeguards the landscapes of Britain’s first national park. It has, or is, running campaigns on climate change and against fracking.
University of Nottingham Divests from Fossil Fuels
Students at a local university have been celebrating after a three-year campaign resulted in the University of Nottingham agreeing to divest from fossil fuels. The move represents an impressive turnaround as the university was a member of a coal industry lobby group until as recently as March. University of Nottingham People and Planet Group, a student-led group, had collected more than thousand petition signatures calling on the university to divest. Jane Meehan, Campaign Chair of University of Nottingham People and Planet said: 'The University of Nottingham are showing that universities can quickly remove fossil fuels from their portfolio.The social license of fossil fuel companies is vanishing.'
In a press release announcing the decision, the University said that about 6% of their £50 million endowment fund was invested in fossil fuels and that coal and tar sand holdings would be immediately disposed of. The statement promised that all other fossil fuels would be removed from their portfolio within the next 12 months. The announcement means that Nottingham joins a quickly growing list of UK universities that have committed to drop their fossil fuel investments.

National News

TRAINING: Carbon Co-op Home Energy Training
Various dates and prices.
Locations in and near Manchester
It is possible to make radical reductions in home energy usage. Sadly, it's not always a simple or an easy process: technical expertise and planning is required, as well as specialist contractors, affordable finance, confidence, knowledge and patience! The Carbon Co-op has put together a training programme to help including:
  • DIY Retrofit for Homeowners – 12th May 2018
  • Beginner’s Guide To Retrofit – 9th May 2018
  • Principles of Retrofit – 13th May 2018
  • Flood Resilience and Retrofit – 19th May 2018
  • Introduction to Off-Grid Power Systems – 23rd Jun 2018
For more information and to book visit:
TRAINING: Opportunity for Young People - Bright Green Future 2018
Do you know a young person aged 14-17 with an interest in making a real difference to reduce the impacts of climate change? Applications are now open for the one year programme Bright Green Future, starting September 2018. Bright Green Future empowers young people to lead progressive change in their communities.
The programme is free and includes a work placement, residential course, local projects and face-to-face and online training sessions covering various topics on sustainability, environmental leadership and green careers. Find out more and apply:
RESOURCE: New Electricity Network Innovation Guide for Communities
Local electricity network operators have joined forces to produce a guide to help communities to get involved with innovation projects to support a smarter, cleaner energy system. The guide is published by Energy Networks Association in partnership with Regen.
Electricity Network Innovation Guide for Communities features practical advice for community energy groups, including examples of innovative projects that local electricity network operators and community energy groups have already worked on together, such as smart charging for electric vehicles to avoid peak demand periods.
Download the guide:
RESOURCE: Building Local Economic Resilience Through Democratic Local Energy Models
A project led by Regen to explore how community energy groups could be supported to deliver post-FIT business models, and to share the learning associated with them nationwide, has produced several resources. These include:
  • A white paper that explores current regulatory and economic barriers to growth for community energy groups.
  • Three reports that summarise key points from three community energy groups supported to develop a new business model in community local supply, energy storage and renewable heat.
  • A spreadsheet based ‘Ready Reckoner’ tool that models how battery storage could impact solar PV arrays sited at secondary schools.
  • A decision tree that looks at the issues around developing a local microgrid.
More info:
RESOURCE: Community Energy Map has created an interactive map showing European examples of groups and cooperatives working on renewable energy, energy efficiency and e-mobility. You can add your project to the map to highlight the importance of citizen involvement for the energy transition and inspire others to take action.
EVENT: Faith and the Environment Conference 2018
Saturday 12th May, 9:30am-4:30pm
St Giles Church, Lincoln
A day conference to explore living well as individuals, church and community. Book:
NEWS: New energy efficiency standards for private rental sector
In April 2018, the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force. Landlords of privately rented domestic properties in England or Wales must now ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates a property’s energy efficiency on a scale from A to G where A is excellent and G is very poor. It also includes recommendations on how to improve the rating of the property by making it more energy efficient. If a property has an EPC you can view this on the EPC register:
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has produced guidance for landlords:
NEWS: UK joins International Solar Alliance
The UK has cemented its membership to the International Solar Alliance to provide affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030. The flagship climate treaty has already brought together more than 60 countries who have pledged to increase solar power that will ensure homes remain lit, children can be educated in schools, health facilities can provide life-saving treatment, and businesses have access to vital mobile and internet services. More info:
National News in Brief
  • The only assessment impact the government did before introducing rules effectively banning onshore wind turbines was to see if it would affect family life!
  • The amount of renewable energy produced in the UK last year was enough to power Britain for a whole year in 1958:
  • Reasons to be cheerful is a newsblog which collects positive news stories. Almost all the initiatives featured are local, they come from cities or small regions that have taken it upon themselves to try something that might offer a better alternative than what exists
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