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  • susan640 6:10 pm on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: solar energy; Muswell Hill Sustainability Group; MHSG; renewables   

    Opportunity to invest in solar electricity at Woodside School 

    This is not quite Archway, but still a laudable and supportable local initiative by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group to install renewable energy.

    Launch event Saturday, 13th May 3pm Tetherdown Hall, Tetherdown, N10 1ND

    In 2009 MHSG set up en10ergy to install solar panels on local buildings including local M & S on Muswell Hill Broadway and the Muswell Hill Methodist Church.

    En10ergy is now launching a share offer to raise £95,000 for solar photovoltaic arrays on roofs at Woodside High School, on the borders between Wood Green and Tottenham. You can find out more about the scheme here:

    The share offer launch event is on Saturday, 13th May, 3pm at Tetherdown Hall, Tetherdown, N10 1ND.

    Come along to hear guest speakers Catherine West MP and Baroness Lynne Featherstone and have an opportunity to ask questions.

    The share offer will be open until 28th June or until they have raised their target. They are aiming to sign the contract with the chosen installer on 7th July, and the solar panels will be installed by the end of August.

    Please email at if you plan to come.

  • susan640 9:22 am on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: MHSG; Andrew Warren; energy efficiency   

    #MUSWELLHILLSUSTAINABILITYGROUP MEETING #ANDREWWARREN: The most environmentally friendly energy source is the one you don’t use 

    The Muswell Hill Sustainability Group is holding a speaker meeting with Andrew Warren, talking on the theme of: The most environmentally friendly energy source is the one you don’t use

    On: Tuesday 28th March, 7.30pm

    As Hon President and former Executive Director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy, and Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, Andrew Warren is a leading authority on energy efficiency.

    Andrew has given evidence to House of Commons and House of Lords Select Committees and European Parliament inquiries and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Guardian and Independent.

    Venue: Tetherdown Hall (opposite the United Reformed Church) Tetherdown, N10 1ND
    (Entrance is to the right hand side of the building)

    All welcome – admission free, refreshments available
    Information event:

  • susan640 11:10 am on March 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Quality; Air Pollution; Archway ZEN; Islington Council; Mayor of London;   

    New funded project to try to clean up #Archway's #airpollution #ArchwayZeroEmissionsNetwork 

    The Archway Zero Emissions Network is a 3 year project (until April 2019) funded by the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund and Islington Council. It plans to help local businesses to reduce their energy costs and thereby reduce local pollution. This must be a good start to deal with the dreadful state of Archway’s air.

    In particular, the Archway ZEN aims to:
    •Improve air quality in Archway
    •Change businesses’ behaviour
    •Utilise a strong local identity
    •Encourage up-take of lower emission energy and travel options
    •Provide high quality information
    •Engage directly with businesses
    •Enhance infrastructure
    •Offer trials and incentives

    Archway ZEN Business Support Officer has in place since February and is now:

    •Engaging with initial 50 businesses to implement offers and trials
    •Conducting free energy audits
    •Sending marketing and promotion materials to print following approval – keep an eye out in bus stops and at Archway Station
    •Providing Archway ZEN cargo-bikes soon to be available free to all businesses from April
    •Offering free trials of Archway ZEN electric moped available to all businesses from April
    •Organising Archway ZEN promotion events in support of official opening of new gyratory e.g. cycle tour/training on new cycle lanes

    Residents should keep in contact with their local Councillors to find out how the project gets on, and how soon it meets its targets.

    For more info go to:

    To see a NO2 pollution map for Archway please go here:

  • susan640 6:53 pm on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  



    A house or flat that’s delightfully warm, free of draughts, condensation and mouldy patches AND is easier on the environment – what’s not to like?

    If you think that 2017 might be the time to make your home energy-chic, our series of talks and consultation sessions, led by expert professionals, will put you on the right track. And then there will be time to chat with them over a glass of wine.

    When and Where: Wed, March 15, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM GMT at The Highgate Society, 10a South Grove, Highgate,London N6 6BS

    Plus there’s the chance to visit homes in and around Highgate to see solutions in practice and to talk with the people who live there about their experiences.

    Speakers on windows, doors, heating and water will be:

    Elspeth Clements of Clements Porter and the Highgate Society as Chair

    Dermot Barnes of Ecodomus “Windows and Doors”

    John Sleeman of Sleeman Heating “Heating and heating controls”

    Cath Hassell of ech2o “Sustainable water solutions for urban homes”

    As well as these experts two more experts will be available for consultation on a first come, first served basis:

    John Rudge of John Rudge Window Restorations

    Alec Morrow of Integrated Heating

    This is a free event, but you need to register in advance, please see webpage here:

    Bookings for a house visit on Sunday 19th March, featuring windows and heating controls will be made at the event or by emailing

    And a later event will be on Wednesday 19th April – The Energy Session – featuring solar electricity and hot water, heat pumps and wood burning stoves.

  • susan640 3:02 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Islington Council; diesel pollution; electric car points; air quality   


    Islington Council will be taking some steps in Shoreditch to clean up the air by stopping petrol and diesel cars from parking in one Shoreditch street (there will be a few others round the corner belonging to Hackney and Tower Hamlets) – a small step, but a start. More info:

    The Council is also going to encourage electric car usage by installing 100 electric car charging points around the borough – again, steps in the right direction away from CO2 emissions and poisonous particulates, but the CO2 is only saved if the electricity is made from renewables and not coal or gas powered power stations. More details:

    • Meg Howarth (@howarthm) 3:26 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Electric vehicles a diversion: expensive, so only affordable by the much-better-off. With only 31% of Islington residents owning/having access to a car but with a shocking public-health record – highest hospital admission for asthma in England 2010/11 – borough should be pedestrianising high-streets and introducing car-free zones around schools. Alas, this doesn’t suit the politicians.

    • Meg Howarth (@howarthm) 8:44 am on March 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Update on electric vehicles (EVs) – currently touted as an air-pollution panacea: recent research shows that the fine particle pollution (PM10/2.5) from brakes/tyres and roads – like all vehicles, EVs need tyres and roads to be driven on – can equal the reduction in NO2 which would result from banning diesel. London needs active travel, not techy diversions – and a reminder that PMs are more dangerous to human health than the damaging NO2… Useful link here

  • susan640 7:03 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CHP; Islington Council; renewable energy   


    Following the inspirational talk from Cllr Cooper of Kirklees (covered in earlier item below), we are very pleased to report that Islington Council is progressing its work to expand the Bunhill Heat and Power network which will reduce the requirement to use fossil fuels to heat residents’ homes and thereby make a contribution to combatting climate change, as well as reducing fuel poverty, which is understood to to be the Council’s priority objective. The first part of the Bunhill Combined Heat and Power Network was installed in 2012. Rather brilliantly, phase 2 is going to capture all that dreadful hot air from the London Underground for local heating.

    Phase 2 of the Bunhill Heat and Power network now has planning permission to build a new energy centre​.
    The Council, Bunhill Ward and the EU CELSIUS research project (managed by the GLA in London) have agreed to fund an extension of the heat network, and provide additional heat production capacity for connected buildings. The extension will allow the Council to connect a further 454 homes in the area, with the potential to supply a further 1,000 homes.

    The existing heating pipe network from Bunhill Energy Centre will be extended up Central Street to City Road to capture heat from the tube network. A new energy centre will be built on the junction of Moreland Street and Central Street, on the east side of Kestrel House, where a small building currently stands.

    The council has appointed a contractor, “Colloide Engineering Systems Ltd”.

    Work has now been completed on Central Street, Moreland Street, Lever Street and President St to allow the connection of the network to President House, Rahere House, Barnabus House and Macclesfield House. All roads have been reinstated and parking suspensions lifted.

    Hoarding has been erected around the site where the new energy centre will be built (on the corner of Moreland Street and Central Street). As part of this, six trees will be removed. However, these will be replaced with at least as much tree canopy, as well as introducing new green landscaping around the new energy centre (see below).

    For more info please go to: (where there is also a video to show how the heat from the tube is captured).

  • Kate Calvert 5:24 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Retrograde Solar Tax Proposed 

    The government plans a major tax on schools, hospitals and small businesses who run on solar power. If implemented this change would mean bills up to eight times higher than currently. The change would do very serious damage to the UK’s solar industry.

    This is just the next step in a sequence of attacks on solar energy which Greenpeace reports have resulted in 12,000 job losses across the country. Now this new tax hike would leave hundreds of solar-loving organisations with a negative return on their investment, successfully putting others off investing.

    Green MP Caroline Lucas recently commented:

    “People who are doing their best, doing their bit to try to reduce our climate emissions […] are now being penalised by this government.” 

    Labour Shadow Energy Secretary, Barry Gardiner,  said:

    “Businesses made their investments in clean technology as a sound financial decision. They did not expect the government retrospectively to classify their investment so as to subject it to eight times the level of tax. This will cost some businesses more than the value of the energy they are saving and they will be forced to rip these solar panels off their rooftops.”

    Greenpeace says the mainstream media aren’t reporting on the issue so have made a  60 second Greenpeace video on the subject which has already been watched more than 45,000 times.

    They are asking everyone to share it so the story moves up the media agenda. The link is at

    The Greenpeace petition on the issue is at Solar Tax Petition.

  • susan640 4:29 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: solar power; energy efficiency; Kirklees Council; Andrew Cooper; fracking;   

    Councillor #AndrewCooper leader of #Greens in #Kirklees Council – speaking at Crouch End meeting on 9 February 

    Listening to Andrew Cooper highlighted what can be done by a handful of committed decarbonising politicians in a hung council – unfortunately Councils around Archway are not in this situation.

    Andrew Cooper is the driving force behind a series of major energy saving/carbon emission reduction projects undertaken over nearly 20 years in the Kirklees area of Yorkshire which have led Kirklees to be one of the UK’s leading local authorities in the field of carbon reduction and climate change combat.

    Andrew became a Green Councillor in the late 1990s, when the Greens were the balancing group in hung Council administrations in Kirklees. Being committed to energy saving they cast around for ways to get energy saved for the people of the area and worked out that they could save £50k from a Labour government National Insurance change and divert it into a local renewable energy fund. The Council agreed to this. This fund levered lots of additional grants for local projects, including from the EU. The local renewable industry geared up as a result. Thousands of solar panels were put up. You can watch Andrew on You tube here:

    and here:

    The Council sold shares in Leeds Bradford Airport and spent the money on free insulation for everyone. Saved £3 million from everyone’s energy bills, which was spent on other things in the local community. Amongst other projects they also had a revolving fund for LEDs in local schools.

    Sadly, there is no more money around for this sort of thing.

    Kirklees is doing its best to oppose fracking. The Greens have pushed through an amendment to the local plan asking fracking companies to demonstrate how their application will have net zero impact on climate change, which they will not be able to achieve. This will be Kirklees’ stated policy.

    2016 was when the nationwide zero carbon homes standard was meant to be introduced. Chancellor Osborne cancelled this as he said it was an undue pressure on the building industry, and chucked out 9 years of working towards this standard. In Kirklees, they have a local plan for 29000 new homes. They are going to specify passiv haus standards. 90% of energy costs will be saved by the occupants who can then spend this money in the local economy.

    Andrew is a member of the EU committee of the regions. There are nationally determined carbon contributions. Why are there not regional and local contributions? He Is proposing this idea to the Committee of the Regions and taking it into the EU.

    US/Trump . Can go round the Trump climate policy by contacting the US sister body the Commission of Mayors and is getting in touch with them via the Committee of the EU regions. This will continue after Brexit.

    Andrew Cooper was an inspiration to us all in trying to encourage our own local authorities to reduce fossil fuel emissions and at the same time make people’s lives better.

    For more information please see Andrew’s blog here:

    Councillor Andrew Cooper addressing packed and enthusiastic audience

    Councillor Andrew Cooper addressing packed and enthusiastic audience

    • Kate Calvert 5:50 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent initiatives and ones all local authorities should be seeking to mirror in these cash strapped times.

      Similar initiative will be needed going forward so it’s up to the local politicians to start outlining how that can happen – not just the current incumbents but those who will be standing against them – next elections are 2018 so not far off.

  • susan640 4:19 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

  • susan640 2:41 pm on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brexit;, climate change; Barry Gardiner;   


    On 9 February the Hornsey & Wood Green Labour Party Climate Change & Environment Group organised a public meeting to discuss climate change initiatives in the light of Brexit and now Trump. I was delighted to see that local MP Catherine West was in the Chair. Speakers were Labour shadow climate change spokesman Barry Gardiner MP and Councillor Andrew Cooper, leader of the Greens in Kirklees Council. Great to see such a large audience on this vital subject which has languished unheard during the upheavals of 2016.

    Highlights from Barry Gardiner’s speech were:

    1) In the House of Commons Labour asked for an amendment to the vote to trigger Article 50 to require an assessment on the environmental impact of leaving the EU. This failed due to a shortage of 20 Conservative MPs who cared enough about the environment (my words here).

    2) US under Trump. Barry had spoken with Jonathan Pershing (Obama’s former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change but now forced out onto pastures new). Pershing said that he was not depressed by the Trump administration’s climate approach, because US states and cities and business have got the climate message and would drive decarbonisation forward.

    3) The UK is way off hitting its carbon budgets to 2032, by 47%. The Government is way behind writing its implementation plan for hitting its 4th carbon budget, which is delayed until sometime in 2017. The UK climate consensus is falling apart.

    However, the Government was committed to the end of coal by 2025 (the Government had earlier cancelled the trial for abatement of coal pollution). Barry was encouraged by moves within the national grid to install many more systems operators, which will make the grid more flexible and energy-saving, able to accommodate renewables more easily, etc.,

    The Government supports fracked gas, and so to discourage fracking companies, Labour has said it will ban fracking, and this jeopardises fracking’s potential profits.

    4) The Great EU Repeal Bill will stop enforcement of the many EU environmental protection laws by the EU. The Tories will go for deregulation , and have told the NFU that they will take away all the regulations the NFU doesn’t like. The pull out from Euratom will lead to chaos in nuclear industry.

    5) The way to get people engaged in the climate change and decarbonisation issues is via microgeneration, which empowers people and communities, has worked with great success in Germany where community windfarms are very popular, and will work for Africa and Asia too.

    Councillor Cooper spoke inspirationally about Kirklees and more widely, my report on his speech will follow separately.

    Barry Gardiner, MP, Catherine West, MP, Norman Beddington, eco householder, and Cllr Andrew Cooper of Kirklees

    Barry Gardiner, MP, Catherine West, MP, Norman Beddington, and Cllr Andrew Cooper of Kirklees

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