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.
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