Reactions to the Draft Environment Bill- What Our Members are Saying

A draft of the highly anticipated Environment Bill, which will be central to England’s post-Brexit environmental law, was published by DEFRA on 21st December 2018. The first bill of this nature to be published in 20 years, it is hugely significant and will determine how our environment is protected upon leaving the EU. It will also build on the ambitions of the government’s 25 year environment plan, which covers targets relating to a myriad of environmental factors including mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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Fit for the Future- Forging Ahead into 2019

2018 was a busy year for Fit for the Future, and we'd like to thank all our members and supporters for making it a successful one too. Hundreds of practitioners have been linked up to share knowledge and to get projects off the ground in order to become climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient organisations. We identified lots of opportunities to do even more for our members and build on what we offer in 2019. We'd like to take this opportunity to share some of our plans, and to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Let's forge ahead in 2019 and harness the power of people and practical solutions to achieve vital positive change. 

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COP24 Poland- The Week in Brief

COP24, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, is currently underway in Katowice, Poland. Over the next two weeks, thousands of negotiators will undertake climate talks, and over 30,000 people will attend hundreds of conferences and side events. At the opening ceremony, world leaders underlined the need to act now to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement after yet another year of climate disasters. We bring you a brief look at key points from the conference so far.

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From Beer to Bees and Biodiversity- Adnams Tour in Pictures

Last week, Fit for the Future members took a behind-the-scenes tour of Adnams brewery in Southwold. We were given insight into their four-pillar sustainability model, and a look at how innovative and practical projects covering areas as diverse as beer production, bottles, bees and biodiversity have been implemented. 

Water and Waste, Energy Efficiency
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Older Buildings & the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

42% of the UK's carbon footprint is somehow attributable to the built environment with 10% coming from heating buildings alone. Encouraging landlords and property owners to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is therefore great in theory, but the recently updated Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) pose challenges, particularly when it comes to older buildings. We teamed up with STBA on 26th November to give members the low down on what the changes to the regulations are, the associated challenges, and how to respond to MEES practically. 

Energy Efficiency, Eenergy efficiency: heritage retrofit
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UKCP18 Climate Projections- What They Are and How to Use Them

The UK Climate Projections have had a major upgrade. UKCP18, published on Monday 26th Nov  2018 and launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, provides ‘The UK’s most comprehensive picture yet of how the climate could change over the next century’. We're told that organisations will be able to use the projections to assess the full range of risks posed by a changing climate, as well as access advice on how to adapt. We explore what the projections mean for the not-for-profits, heritage organisations and more in our membership.

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Getting On-Board with Sustainable Visitor Travel

Did you know that 25% of UK households don’t own a car? Our recent event with Good Journey was all about helping car-free visitors to access visitor attractions by train, bus, bike and on foot whilst reducing the organisation's carbon footprint in the process.

Sustainable transport, Electric Vehicles/ EV charging
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Taking Charge of Change with Practical Action and Collaboration

More than 130 environmental practitioners from organisations including Historic England, Manchester University, Cancer Research UK, Historic Environment Scotland, RSPB, National Trust and Guide Dogs came together on October 17th at the Law Society in London for Fit for the Future’s annual members conference, The Network Harvest.

Climate-change adaptation measures, WELL building standard, Health and Well being standards, Behaviour change programme, Sustainable procurement, Water and Waste, Electric Vehicles/ EV charging
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Network Harvest 2018- The Day in Pictures

A huge thank you to everyone who made this year's members' event, the Network Harvest 2018, such a successful day. We celebrated the positive achievements of environmental practitioners and organisations within our network, shared solutions and championed the role of collaboration and practical action in addressing the environmental changes ahead. 

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‘Taking Charge of Change’ with the Church of England

More than 100 UK charities, heritage organisations and more will get together this October for our annual members’ event, the Network Harvest. This year’s theme is ‘Taking Charge of Change’, and in the run up to the event we’ll be exploring how our varied membership organisations are already instigating positive changes, and how they are responding to changes beyond their control. This week, we hear from Church of England.

Renewable energy, Solar, Roof-mounted PV (heritage building), Climate-change adaptation measures
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