Recent Updates Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • susan640 9:28 pm on November 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: climatechange climatemarch transitionhighgate   


    Transition Highgate will be assembling outside the Holloway Road tube station at 11.30 on Sunday 29th before setting off for London’s big Climate March, please join us there. If you can, please reply and let us know you are coming.

    Full details of the March here:

  • susan640 12:25 pm on November 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change Deinvestment Fossil Fuels Highgate   


    On Tuesday 24 November, 8pm at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11, South Grove, (Pond Square Highgate) N6 6BS: well-known writer and researcher on sustainability Mike Berners-Lee, will speak on:

    Shrinking the Balloon: how can any of us help the fuel to stay in the ground?

    Mike is Principal Consultant at Small World Consulting, author of The Burning Question. He is involved in a range of research from carbon metrics to behaviour change.

    All welcome, non-members of the HLSI will pay £5.entrance fee.

  • susan640 4:43 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , feed in tariffs, PUNL solar, renewable energy community energy   

    The Sad Story of Solar at Holly Lodge, Highgate, Camden 

    A local case story illustrating the negative effects of the government’s turn away from climate-saving renewable energy at the Holly Lodge Estate, Highgate, Camden. Transition Highgate have the story:

  • susan640 3:09 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: IslingtonCouncil renewables energysaving airpollution   

    #Islington Council seeking to expand the #Bunhill Heat and Power Network – reusing waste heat from the Tube and an electrical substation 

    In view of the continuing human slide towards a warmer and destabilised global climate we recently asked the Leader of Islington Council, Councillor Richard Watts, about current energy saving and renewable energy policies being progressed within the Borough. This is what he had to say:

    “Islington is the most densely populated borough the country and has the second lowest amount of open space in the country. That’s why it is vital that the council and others cherish and protect the green space we have in the borough. The Borough recently won the ‘Borough of the Year’ award at the London in Bloom awards for the best green spaces, community and residents’ gardens in the capital.

    But our commitment to protecting our environment goes far beyond this.

    Protecting our environment goes hand in hand with our commitment to helping residents with their bills and helping to improve their health.

    Fuel poverty affects more than 1 in 5 Islington residents. With the ‘Big Six’ energy companies doing little to help people with their bills, the council has taken the lead on delivering insulation and installing new boilers in many council homes. 12,000 properties have benefited from cavity wall insulation, helping households to save £170 per year on heating bills. By replacing over 2,200 boilers, we have helped residents save £145 a year per household. On top of this, our upgrades to communal heating systems and work on solid wall cavity insulation will lead to further savings and reduced emissions.

    In a time of massive Government cuts to the council, we are investigating further how we can save money and cut emissions. Solar panels will be installed on some council-owned properties; not only will this measure generate income for the council of approximately £130,000 per year, it will also help us to continue to produce cleaner energy in our borough.

    Producing cleaner and more sustainable energy may seem like something that a local council would not have much of a role in. But in Islington, we are also taking pioneering steps to power homes and businesses in borough via energy produced in Islington. The Bunhill Heat and Power Network was the first power station built by a local authority for over a hundred years. However, unlike normal electricity production that wastes up to two thirds of the fuel used to make it, the Heat and Power Network uses otherwise wasted heat to heat homes and buildings, and to provide hot water. This is cheaper, more efficient, and greener.

    We are incredibly proud of this pioneering work, but we want to do more. That’s why consultation and planning is well under-way on phase two of the scheme, which will see waste heat captured from the London Underground and a nearby electrical substation, and then used to heat up to 500 more homes; cutting bills and further reducing carbon emissions. Plans are also being looked into a third phase that could capture waste heat from the canal and a local data centre, and the possibility of a council-run energy company being set up to cut residents’ bills. These are exciting plans, and we will keep pushing to make them a reality.

    A key element of cutting emissions is tackling the pollution caused by motor vehicles that drive on our borough’s roads. Diesel vehicles can emit up to four times more nitrogen oxides and 20 times more particulate matter than petrol vehicles and these pollutants have been linked to heart and lung diseases, which are major causes of long term illness and death in Islington. In 2008, the council introduced an emission-based resident parking policy to tackle CO2 emissions, and the move has helped encourage people to use less-polluting vehicles. We have introduced the Diesel Surcharge this year, to encourage residents to move away from diesel vehicles. The surcharge is the equivalent of £1.85 per week for resident parking permits for diesel vehicles. While this is an increase, we feel that this is a fair and proportionate way to help improve air quality in Islington.

    The diesel surcharge is part of our wider programme of work to improve air quality, which includes enforcement at pollution hotspots, with fines for drivers who refuse to switch off their engines while stationary. Our 20mph speed limit on all the roads in the borough the council manages is also helping to cut emissions as vehicles accelerate less harshly. However, on top of these measures locally, we are aware that the majority of the work to improve air quality in the borough needs to be undertaken by the Mayor of London. This is why we are campaigning to ensure he does his share by replacing high-polluting buses and tackling polluting lorries that travel through our streets.

    Islington Council is committed to reducing our emissions, to improving energy efficiency, and to helping our residents with their bills.

    Best wishes, Cllr. Richard Watts

  • susan640 2:48 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Encouraging initial response from Islington Councillor Dave Poyser to local groups’ anti-TTIP letter 

    Encouraging initial response from Councillor Dave Poyser on the anti-TTIP letter (see previous item)

    “You may know that the socialists in the European Parliament (where I used to work) are leading the opposition to TTIP. I have already been in touch with Judith Kirton Darling MEP (you can see her press releases about her work on this on her own web-site and the web-site) on this as other Islington councillors are also concerned about TTIP and have brought up the subject, and campaigned on it.

    I will talk with others and get back about whether a motion in a local council is an appropriate way forward for the campaign”

    Let us hope that the Council takes up the initiiatives proposed in the letter, response is keenly awaited.

  • susan640 7:28 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    The three Islington Transition Groups (Finsbury Park, Highbury, and Tufnell Park) have joined together with Hands off our Public Services and the Islington Trades Council in asking Islington Council to get to grips with the implications of the secretive TTIP negotiations. The letter is below. Great to know of this local initiative.

    2 November 2015

    Dear Editor

    The EU and USA launched negotiations in July 2013 on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment

    Partnership (TTIP). Accordingly negotiations are underway to determine to which goods and

    services TTIP will apply and if new rules can be agreed to protect investors, harmonise standards,

    reduce tariffs and open new markets throughout the EU and USA. However, this is being done in

    secret behind closed doors. There has been no scrutiny of the negotiating texts by MPs or local

    government, nor any impact assessment on the potential impact on local authorities. It will affect

    every one of us majorly.

    TTIP could have a detrimental impact on local services, employment, suppliers and decision-making.

    Thus we want a thorough impact assessment of TTIP on local authorities undertaken before the

    negotiations are concluded.

    The proposed Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism has been used by corporations to

    overturn democratic decisions by all levels of governments at significant public cost. Thus we say

    that local decision-making must be protected from ISDS.

    The EU’s food, environmental and labour standards are better than those in the USA. TTIP

    negotiations must raise and not lower these standards across the EU and USA.

    Sourcing supplies and employment locally is important to strengthening local economies and

    meeting local needs. TTIP must not impact on local authorities’ ability to act in the best interests its


    We call:

    1. on Islington Council to pass a motion raising our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP on

    local authorities and the secrecy of the negotiating process with government.

    2. for an impact assessment on the impact of TTIP on local authorities.

    3. on the Council to join with other local authorities opposed to TTIP across Europe and work with

    local campaigners to raise awareness about the problems of TTIP.

    4. on the local authorities of municipalities twinned with Islington Council to consider passing a

    similar motion on TTIP.

    Yours sincerely

    Islington Hands Off Our Public Services IHOOPS

    Islington Trades Council

    Transition Finsbury Park

    Transition Highbury

    Transition Tufnell Park

    • Kenneth Loakman 8:50 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Including CETA which is further along. Referencing CUSTA and NAFTA from the 90’s.

  • susan640 11:18 am on November 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Decc 2050 Calculator Muswell Hill Sustainability Group   


    On Monday 16th November the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group have invited Greg Haigh from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Greg, who is a local resident, has spent a decade as an analyst in government and the last three years working for DECC. His main focus there has been the 2050 Calculator, a public tool that enables people to explore the different ways in which the UK can meet its 80% greenhouse gas mitigation target. Greg has also helped a number of developing countries produce their own versions of the Calculator, to help them with their sustainability goals. In his talk Greg will describe and demonstrate the Calculator, explain the background and discuss some of the conclusions.

    The talk will follow the en10ergy AGM (open to en10ergy shareholders) and will start at 8pm.

    The venue will be the Muswell Hill Methodist Church, 28 Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 1PP. All welcome.

  • susan640 4:48 pm on October 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: TTIP Islington Environmental Forum   


    The Islington Environment Forum will be holding a meeting on TTIP and its implications for the environment and sustainability in Islington and the UK (Cannot remember exactly what the initials stand for, but this is the secret deal being negotiated between the EU and the US, to level out the trading/business playing field between the EU and the US, and allow multinational companies to expand their businesses, and trample over European food safety regulations, environmental regulations, labour laws, involve themselves in bits of the NHS, and take elected governments to secret courts.)

    Early evening (6.30-8.30pm) of Tuesday 3rd November

    Freightliners Farm, soup provided (from recent experience I can report that the soup is delicious)..

    Keynote speaker: Sam Lowe, lead Friends of the Earth UK TTIP campaigner.

    As one of the central figures in the UK civil society movement against TTIP Sam Lowe has participated in public debates with MPs/MEPs and provided expert witness to the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Select Committee on the potential environmental impacts of TTIP.

    “TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”


    Discussion will address TTIP in general, and the local implications.

    RSVP to

  • susan640 11:21 pm on October 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Energy Efficiency SuperHome   

    Tour opportunity of a local SuperHome 

    A ‘SuperHome’ is one which has been refurbished to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 60%, so reducing both the carbon footprint and utilities bills. A local SuperHome is offering tours for anyone interested in carrying out similar work. The visits are on Saturday 31st October at 2pm and 3pm, and Sunday 8th November at 11am and noon. Please email saying which slot you’d like and for how many. Find out more about SuperHomes events on their website.

  • Kate Calvert 2:11 pm on September 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Volkswagen; air pollution; government inaction' air quality legislation   

    Air Pollution – A Health Scandal 

    George Monbiot is not one to scale back on any sense of outrage, but on the subject of air quality it’s difficult to see what other reaction would be appropriate

Compose new post
Next post/Next comment
Previous post/Previous comment
Show/Hide comments
Go to top
Go to login
Show/Hide help
shift + esc

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 47 other followers