Council Climate Emergency Action Plans
CEL is working to ensure local residents and community energy groups engage with London council climate emergency action plans as and when they are released for consultation. We will keep information updated on our website and see Climate Emergency UK for latest news on London Boroughs. We encourage community energy groups and supporters to engage with these council climate emergency action plans to highlight the need to include community energy. We also recommend attending council-organised events to mention and highlight the need to include community energy support as part of any climate action plans. Please get in touch by responding to this email if you’d like support feeding-in to your council’s climate emergency action plan consultation or event.
Also please get in touch if you know of an open consultation or event that is not listed here.
Brent – 15 Jan 2021
CEL Friends in Brent! Brent Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy is out for consultation till Jan 15. It does not specifically target CE, but it’s impressive – carbon neutral 2030, creation of Brent Env. Network, and based on views from Climate Assembly and Youth Climate Summit. New Carbon Offset Program, 500k, ring-fenced for Carbon Reducing Activities.
Southwark – 15 Jan 2021
CEL Friends in Southwark! Southwark Council ’s Climate Change Strategy is out for consultation, till Jan 15. Support mentioned for community led energy projects, a carbon offset program and more local renewable energy. Positive, community led action, read it and show some support!
City of Westminster – climate survey no closing date specified
CEL Friends in Westminster! Westminster is asking for your views on the environment and Climate Change in order to develop their strategy for tackling the Climate Emergency. This is your chance to stress how important action is today and the role that Community Energy can have in generating local renewable power, building communities and even provide apprenticeships. No closing date, but make sure your voice is heard!
If your council has their climate emergency action plan consultation open – we recommend feeding-in to it with the following statement (feel free to amend and include local details, it’s just important to mention community energy and what councils can do to help):
Community energy projects are excellent ways for local people to take action on the climate crisis by generating local, low carbon electricity and improving energy efficiency. Projects usually consist of a community group installing panels, retrofitting buildings to reduce energy demand, or supporting local residents with their energy bills to alleviate fuel poverty. All your local residents can be encouraged to take action, whilst established community energy groups with experience of setting up schemes can be approached to help with new community energy projects. These groups can also help unlock local investment via community share offers, so initial funding support can be leveraged 4-6 times over. Community Energy London (CEL) at https://www.communityenergy.london/ can advise on existing projects and contacts within London community energy groups.
Support needed from the council:
– Funding for capital and feasibility e.g. A local Community Energy Fund, which could be established using income from Zero Carbon developments (even a small fund of £50,000-100,000 can go a very long way, with £5,000-£20,000 per project for feasibility or capital costs)
– Access to council buildings to carry out projects
– Access to other local sites to carry out projects
– Assistance with permissions for projects, including waiving of council fees