21 February 2016
In these monthly posts, we shout about some of the inspiring work being done by our members and celebrate their recent achievements. This month, there’s plenty of good news to go around with the launch of our first progress report complete with member success stories. Read on for the highlights and more good news. Happy February everyone!
Network members collectively saved nearly 15,000 of CO2 in 2015, which equates to 1,766 trips around the world in an average petrol car. They are also generating 5.5% of the energy they consume using renewables with 358 projects in action, from solar arrays to biomass boilers. Check out our full progress report here
Hundreds of thousands of people wore green hearts this Valentine’s day to show the love for the things, people and places they love that are at risk due to climate change. See the highlights of the Climate Coalition’s campaign here
The RSPB saved enough money on electricity bills in 2015 to pay for 17 days of a wildlife investigator’s time. Read more about how savings can make a real difference for our members
The RNLI expect to save 52 tonnes of CO2 per year thanks to the installation of solar panels on the roof of their All-weather lifeboat centre in Poole. The predicted income and savings from their renewables portfolio overall could pay for 10 inshore rescue boats per year. Read more about their sustainability work here
The Canal & River Trust have secured funding to build their first ever in-house hydro scheme at the Anderton Boat Lift following help and advice from fellow Network members. The income from the hydro project will be sizable with a 10 year or less pay back. Full story here
Chatsworth House have installed 15 biomass systems in their tenanted estate producing over 1 million KWH and saving 271 tCO2e. Full story here
The National Trust in Wales have are now producing over 50% of the energy they need using renewables including hydro power, solar and biomass. Check out the Going Green blog for recent success stories
Community energy for social housing takes another leap forward. Repowering’s project with Hackney Council; Banister House Solar, is now completed and fully operational. In the face of this government’s proposed cuts to the feed in tariff and tax relief system, Banister House Solar has launched to a great success. More here.
We welcome new members Guide Dogs for the Blind, who have already made impressive energy reductions at their guide dogs training centre in Leamington Spa