LCRN: The Seagulls Following The Trawler Enews
Welcome to the London Community Resource Network's enews bulletin, your weekly source of resource and sustainability news.
In LCRN news: In January, London Re-use in partnership with Furnish, Healthy Planet, Shepherd's Bush Housing Group, and West Waste will be facilitating 'Stuff for Free' events, where you can exchange unwanted items for something you really need, free of charge.
In members news: The Otesha Project have an extensive programme of cycle tours this summer, time is running out to get involved in Organiclea's solar investment opportunity, and SEED Foundation always have need of volunteers at their Maiden Lane food waste recycling project.
In National News: The European Union is to reward resource-efficient SMEs, a think-tank has claimed that wind energy produces more carbon dioxide than first thought, while at the same time the UK has set a new record for wind generation.
And finally... How King George IV learnt to ride a bike...
- LCRN NEWS
- MEMBERS NEWS
- MEMBERS EVENTS
- MEMBERS JOBS
- LONDON RESOURCE NEWS
- NATIONAL RESOURCE NEWS
- ENVIRONMENT SECTOR NEWS
- THIRD SECTOR NEWS
- CONSULTATIONS, FUNDING & TENDERS
- AND FINALLY…
West London residents can get rid of their clutter and unwanted Christmas presents and take home what they really need at a series of Stuff for Free events in January. Vision Warehouse 15, on Kendal Avenue in Acton will be the site of these unique community events where people can drop off any unwanted stuff and those who may be feeling the pinch after Christmas can pick up something that they need; this also means that they will be helping the environment - by reusing items they are saved from landfill, helping to reduce fly-tipping and conserving valuable resources. From 12th - 22nd January from 8am - 12pm (9am - 3pm weekends), residents and businesses can bring along any unwanted items (in good condition) - including working and broken electrical items, as DHL Envirosolutions will kindly take away any broken equipment for recycling. From 27th - 29th January (9am - 3pm), after a team of volunteers have sorted the donated items, anyone can come along and take the items they want, for free. Stuff for Free is administered by a partnership of London Re-use, Furnish, Healthy Planet, Shepherd's Bush Housing Group, and the West London Waste Authority.
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* Become an LCRN Member today
Join the network that’s innovating away London’s waste, the grassroots way. LCRN is proud to present our new membership scheme, open to organisations, charities, community groups and social enterprises in London dedicated to responsible resource management. Our new tiered system is based on both income and services so that you get the most bang for your buck. We strive to bring your organisation the right balance of business, organisational and communications support. Our free membership is still available, but come have a gander at what we’ve got on offer. Our rates are incredibly reasonable and our services can only be a boost for you in this economic climate. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Julian between on 020 7324 4708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
…for LCRN’s new membership scheme
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Organiclea are excited to announce the launch of a new share offer providing the opportunity to invest in small-scale renewable energy. As previously mentioned here, this is a new initiative to create a community fund for investing in such projects, the first of which is the installation of solar panels at Organiclea's Hawkswood Plant Nursery. The project will benefit from the Government's feed-in-tariff for solar photovoltaic installations and will provide a financial and social return on the investment. The share offer is from GREEN (Growing Resilient Energy Efficient Neighbourhoods), the new corporate society that Organiclea has helped to set up along with other local partner organisations. The share offer document and information on Organiclea's website provide detailed information about the invitation to invest, but do get in touch directly if you have any further questions after reading the documents - contact Nicole on email@example.com. Please note the closing date of 20th January 2012 so that you do not miss out on this opportunity to support the long-term development of local food and other community projects.
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As a result of council funding coming to an end, the food-waste recycling programme is due to finish on Maiden Lane Estate in Camden Town (near King's Cross) at the end of November. SEED Foundation, which has been working with residents to improve the service, has created a plan to help the estate's own social enterprise take over the system. However, much-needed start-up funding has not yet been secured, and volunteers are needed to bridge the funding gap between now and the end of March, in order to get the new system up and running. If you are interested, and would be able to dedicate three hours per month of your time helping out with collections, composting, machine management or marketing, please contact Clare Brass at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07773 768 184. A really rich soil improver will be offered as a thank you for your time.
Visit our friends at Project Dirt for more events across London.
* Waste Watch Annual Conference 2012 - Creating Social Change
Date: 22nd March 2012; 10am - 5pm
Location: The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
* Talk Action - Consensus Decision Making
Date: Thursday 26th January 2012, 10am - 6pm.
Location: TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS
Cost: £288: Large charities, public sector and businesses; £130: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and individuals. Concessionary rates of £20 are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
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* Community Food Grower
Required for March 2012, a talented and enthusiastic community food grower to join our Family & Community Engagement Department. You will work on our ¾ acre urban farm. The role requires a team player who is confident, professional and has a studious approach to work. Experience as working as a food grower and dealing with the local community is essential. The Phoenix Canberra Schools Federation is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced CRB disclosure will be requested for the successful candidate in accordance with Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education legislation. In return, we offer you a friendly and supportive environment and excellent professional development opportunities. Staff have free use of the community sports centre and swimming pool. This is a fixed term role to last for two years (subject to funding), and will involve working 36 hours per week (all year round). Remuneration will be £20,460 - £22,242 p.a. (+ London weighting at £3,299). For an application form and further details please view the vacancies section of www.phoenixhighschool.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school on 020 8749 1141 ext 205 for an application pack.
* Otesha - Strategic Director
* Otesha - Social Enterprise Project Leader Internship
For more information and a job description.
* Otesha - Cycle Tour Co-ordinator Internship
LONDON RESOURCE NEWS
Nearly 2,000 solar panels have been fitted to the roofs of the Pembury Estate in Hackney - enough to provide electricity for three villages. The panels have been installed atop 10 blocks, generating electricty that could cut residents' bills by up to £150 per year. The £1 million solar project is part of a wider £23 million energy scheme launched by the housing association Peabody Trust. The panels are expected to generate 400kwp - saving 170 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. However, since the Government has cut the amount of subsidy paid out for local solar energy generation, Peabody chief executive Steve Howlett has said that Peabody would not be able to deliver their solar programme as first planned, leaving many of their properties without solar panels.
From the Evening Standard.
Thames Water is to coat its pipes and metal in 'smart water' and spray thieves in a bid to stop an epidemic of thefts. The company admitted that it loses £1.2 million per year to metal theft. It is now planning to tag its property and is working with the police to develop smart water traps. Smart water marks the pipes and metal and is only visible under ultra-violet light. Thieves therefore run the risk of being sprayed forensic liquid, meaning that they will carry evidence of the crime on their clothing and skin wherever they go. Regular checks on scrapyards will also be carried out across the Thames Water region, and increasing numbers of scrap metal dealers are equipping themselves with UV lights making it hard for thieves to sell metal on. It was recently revealed that metal worth £13 million has been stolen from Britain's railways over the past three years, while more than 2,500 insurance claims were made last year by churches that had metal stolen.
From the Evening Standard.
NATIONAL RESOURCE NEWS
SMEs that are working to become more resource-efficient and reduce their waste arisings are to be supported under a new EU innovation action plan (EcoAp). Under the plan, subsidies, training, and funding will be made available to companies driving products, techniques, services, or processes which aim to reduce environmental impacts, or contribute to optimal use of resources. Examples include helping to increase the use of recycled materials, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and more efficient use of resources. The EU says that the main driving force behind the plan is to reduce pressure on the environment and bridge the gap between innovation and the market. The plan includes targeted actions on both the demand and supply side, on research and industry, and on policy and financial instruments. The potential of eco-innovation is recognised by the business community with venture capital investments growing from £0.3bn in 2004 to £1.3bn in 2010.
A new report by think-tank Civitas has warned that Britain is in danger of producing more carbon dioxide than necessary if the grid relies too much on wind. Research in the Netherlands found that turning on and off back-up gas power stations when there is little wind actually produces more carbon than a steady supply of energy from a modern gas-fired power station. Wind turbines only produce energy 30% of the time. When the wind is not blowing, or when the weather is too windy, other sources of energy must be used. The report concluded that wind turbines cost more fuel than they save and increase our 'environmental footprint'. The report also found that wind power was 'horrendously expensive', especially offshore wind, magnified by the fact it requires fossil fuel stations as back up, and also cited Government figures warning that green policies could add £400 to household fuel bills over the next 20 years. However, Dr Gordon Edge - who is admittedly a lobbyist for the renewable energy industry - said that much of the information was gathered from 'anti-wind farm cranks'. He explained that modern gas plants are not required for wind. Instead wind is 'integrated' into the system to act as a fuel saver, enabling the UK to harness a free electricity source from the weather when it is available. Dr Edge said that 'credible analysis' makes clear it will cost less than fossil fuels, that are fluctuating in price all the time.
From the Daily Telegraph.
* Blowing In The Wind
Gusty conditions at the end of last year set a new record for the amount of the UK's power generated from wind, according to new figures. The data, from www.bmreports.com, shows wind power hit the new high of 12.2% of the UK's electricity demand on December 28. Figures show wind power supplied an average of 5.3% of the UK's demand for electricity for December and early January, reaching a new record of 12.2% on the 28th. As a result carbon emissions from the UK's electricity generators were cut by over 750,000 tonnes. Strangely though, high wind either appears to cause problems for the industry, or boosts wind power depending on how the National Gird handled the peaks and troughs. However, the end of 2011 was 'well handled' by the National Grid according to trade association RenewableUK. RenewableUK's director of policy, Dr Gordon Edge, said: "As we're generating increasingly large amounts of electricity from wind, feeding those large volumes of power into the system represents an engineering challenge to the National Grid - a challenge we are pleased to see they met over Christmas.’
ENVIRONMENT SECTOR NEWS
* Unlucky For Some
The Court of Appeal has scheduled the appeal date for the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme for Friday 13th January. The Department for Energy and Climate Change lodged grounds for appeal in response to a review which concluded that government plans to rush through cuts to the FITs were 'legally flawed'. It is expected that the hearing will conclude the legal battle between the Government and a consortium led by Friends of the Earth and solar companies HomeSun and Solarcentury. The DECC said that it lodged the appeal as it felt that 'the High Court's decision was based on the view that the proposed approach to implementing new tariffs for solar PV is inconsistent with the FIT scheme's statutory purpose of encouraging small-scale low-carbon electricity generation.' Alan Proto, MD of solar firm The Green Home Company, said that he had some 'sympathy for the Government'. He said that he believed that subsidies for solar power needed to be cut, though the solar industry should have been given more time to prepare for the change.
* Tory MP Criticizes Green Groups
Environmental campaigner and Tory MP Zac Goldsmith has urged that 'friends' of the environment in government need greater support from green groups to push through policies in the face of stiff opposition. Mr Goldsmith, who advised the PM on the environment before the election, was responding to an extraordinary attack on the Government by senior green figures and mass-membership groups including the RSPB and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. They were angered by a series of policy U-turns and announcements, including cuts to solar power and proposals to weaken environmental protection against development. Frustration at such criticisms has also been blamed for climate minister Greg Barker's outburst about the 'environmental Taliban'. Mr Goldsmith said that the environmental movement 'lacks seriousness' and 'lacks strategy' for not giving the Government credit for a list of successes - such as the Green Investment Bank and the Green Deal, policies that were implemented '...in 18 months, amid the toughest economic conditions since the war'. He agreed with criticisms by environmentalists of cuts in regulations on food standards, the proposed planning reforms, and the 'mood music' of negative language by some ministers; however he added that by failing to praise ministers for what had been achieved, critics are less likely to win their argument.
From the Guardian.
* Snow Joke - Humans Could Prevent Ice Age
From the Daily Telegraph.
THIRD SECTOR NEWS
* Islington Could Ban Street Fundraising
Islington could become the first borough to ban street fundraisers, or 'charity muggers', after years of complaints from residents tired of being hassled in the street. The council is considering introducing a by-law to prohibit this form of fundraising. The council is also calling on the Government to bring into force powers introduced in the Charities Act 2006 and wants the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association to remove Islington from its list of approved sites. Street fundraisers work for agencies who then take a cut of the payments. Labour councillor Paul Convery said that street fundraising 'seems to be legal robbery in some ways and gives charities a bad name'. The proposals were questioned by Liberal Democrats, who admitted that there was a problem, but described the council's proposals as 'heavy-handed'. Tracy Griffin, fundraising director at Shelter stated: ' Face to face teams are a very effective and important way of reaching people who may need our help, as well as reaching new supporters. It is highly regulated, both in terms of numbers allowed on the streets and also in behaviour. All our fundraisers abide by our strict code of practice.
From the Evening Standard.
* Decline In Voluntary Sector Workforce
From the Office for Civil Society.
CONSULTATIONS, FUNDING & TENDERS
* Funding To Support Collections Of Food Waste From Businesses - Demonstration Projects
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) administers the Collections of Food Waste from Business - Demonstration Projects scheme. Through the scheme, funding is available to to develop a number of demonstration projects which will help improve services to businesses, divert food waste from landfill and support the development of the Government's AD strategy. Funded projects will demonstrate good practice approaches to collecting food waste from businesses, look at ways to reduce service costs, and maximise food waste recycling. The overarching purpose of this programme is to encourage the collection of food waste from small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), public sector buildings and larger businesses. All collected food waste will be required to be recycled through an AD or IVC process in England. The scheme can fund capital costs such as vehicles, bins, and publicity materials for projects that will significantly increase the amount of food waste collected. Up to 75% of the eligible capital costs will be considered. Operating costs can be funded; however the applicant will need to ensure that they have a budget available for the ongoing operation of their project post-commissioning, and for at least the two-year contractual period. There is a budget of approximately £500,000 for 2011-14. The maximum value of a grant under this current round is £100,000. The scheme is available to local authorities, private sector, or community sector organisations operating in England. The deadline for applications is 3rd Febraury 2012.
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* Capital Growth Funding - Deadline Approaching
The programme is administered by Capital Growth at London Food Link. It is intended to enable Londoners to benefit from a higher availability of affordable local food by maximising the use of land for food growing activities across the London area. Funding is available to help community groups develop new food growing schemes that will be sustainable and of benefit to communities in London. In particular, the scheme is eager to fund training and skills support to develop new sustainable projects. Projects should be focused on bringing more food to market in London, and be involved with a new food-growing space (not established before 1st January 2009) or an extension of a current food-growing project. It should be for wider community benefit, not solely for private or commercial gain. The next grant funding round has now opened and will close on 16th January 2012. The maximum grant available is £1,500.
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* Learning To Cycle Georgian Style