Carbon saving – red tape or permitted development?
Scottish Ministers need to simplify the process of installing renewable energy equipment on homes and businesses if the public are to be able to make a significant contribution to tackling climate change say Friends of the Earth Scotland.
To illustrate their point the group were joined by renewable
industry organisations outside the Scottish Parliament with a pair of giant
scissors cutting through red tape binding a solar panel and wind turbine.
Friends of the Earth Scotland is urging the Scottish Government to follow
the findings of a recent Government-commissioned study which said that people
should be free to install micro-generation, such as solar panels, without
having to apply for planning permission.
Scottish Ministers commissioned research from Heriot Watt
University which concluded that General Permitted Development status should
be extended to a range of micro-renewable technologies.
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See: 7.8 Microgeneration (New Permitted Development)
Photo credit - Callum Bennetts
week ending 26 October 2007
The Green candidate for mayor says: We'll aim for 100,000 solar roofs by 2015, using low-cost loans, help with planning, and a requirement for new developments to generate power onsite to boost the use of renewables.
Guardian 26th Oct 2007
Scottish un-permitted development
A revolution in micro-energy schemes is being held back by costly red tape, campaigners said yesterday. Supporters and manufacturers of solar panels, micro-wind turbines and other renewable energy systems protested outside the Scottish Parliament yesterday, saying many people were put off because of the complexity of planning procedures and the cost.
Scotsman 26th Oct 2007
A small community in northwest England is hoping to become the country's first carbon-neutral village and considering the power of poop to help make it happen. The 1,000 residents of Ashton Hayes have been working on cutting their "carbon footprint" since 2006 and have already managed to slash the amount of carbon emissions the village produces by a fifth.
Mirror 26th Oct 2007
Merton rule safe
Merton Council has welcomed confirmation from the government that the “Merton Rule” will not be scrapped. A letter from housing minister Yvette Cooper stated the controversial planning policy would stay. Welcoming the news deputy council leader Samantha George said: "We cautiously welcome the Minister's reassurance that the Merton Rule will be upheld by the Government as an environmental standard for all boroughs to meet.
Building 25th Oct 2007
In the future everyone who is connected to the electricity grid will be able
to upload and download packages of electricity to and from this network, a
researcher predicted today.
The prediction comes from the Technical University Eindhoven researcher Jos Meeuwsen, who has developed three scenarios for the Dutch electricity supply in the year 2050.
PC Magazine 25th Oct 2007
Irish Permitted Development
A Government proposal to remove planning restrictions on the building of micro-renewable technologies will enter a three-month consultation process.
Edie 25th Oct 2007
There is still a dearth of new environmentally-sensitive housing in London. In February, the building industry launched the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), to promote green homes. A month later, Gordon Brown trumpeted the birth of eco-villages, and declared that all new homes would be carbon neutral by 2016. Yet there are still only a handful of developers building green homes.
Telegraph 25th Oct 2007
A headteacher’s visits to Antarctica sparked a green revolution at a Surrey school which is installing a new wood fuelled boiler, solar panels and energy saving lights.
EDF Press Release 25th Oct 2007
North Yorkshire County Council is working with Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) to investigate the potential for producing "green energy" on Council land as part of its drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
North Yorkshire County Council 24th Oct 2007
Residents are today being urged to take up offers of cash help to make their homes more energy efficient. The appeal has been launched as part of Energy Savings Week, to make people in North Lincolnshire aware of changes they could carry out to their homes to make them 'greener'. As part of the scheme, people in the area are being encouraged to apply for Government cash to make their homes more energy efficient.
Scunthorpe Telegraph 24th Oct 2007
Two Devon primary schools are set to benefit from the Co-operative Groups scheme to provide solar panels to 100 schools.
Exeter Express & Echo 24th Oct 2007
Cornwall's 'greenest' building, Jubilee Wharf, has earned Midas and its project partners, its second construction commendation in the past month. Jubilee Wharf, which was constructed by Midas and designed by Bill Dunster, one of Britain,'s foremost 'green' architects, was completed at the end of last year. The mixed-use eco-development includes 12 workshops, 6 maisonettes, a crèche, café and community space. At the heart of the design was the aim to create a fully functional building that runs on low fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, through utilizing on site wind turbines, solar panels and thermal insulation.
A Pioneering green energy project to heat public buildings is being led by a rural village school. Luddington and Garthorpe Primary is the first in the region to have its oil-fired boiler replaced with a state-of-the-art wood burning alternative.More than £50,000 has been invested in the pilot scheme, which will provide the school with heat and hot water.
Scunthorpe Telegraph 25th Oct 2007
A Solar power expert has quit America to bring the wonders of renewable energy to Nottingham. Engineer Martin Dowd left a well paid job in Boston, USA, to promote solar energy here in Notts.
Nottingham Evening Post 25th Oct 2007
Residents have welcomed a supermarket's plans to build a wind turbine. But a tenants' group says it should be given more details before the scheme gets the go-ahead. Tesco Top Valley wants to build a 10.6m turbine in the car park as part of a national drive to halve the company's in-store energy consumption.
Nottingham Evening Post 25th Oct 2007
Stuart Martin, of award-winning architects Walker and Martin, is leading Flying Start's design. The building has adopted a green strategy, featuring wind turbines, solar and geo-thermal energy, as well as rainwater recycling.
Sheerness Times Guardian 25th Oct 2007
Plans to build London’s largest eco-village in the heart of Kensington have been put forward by the local council.
Building 24th Oct 2007
Oldham Council is consulting on its Draft Supplementary Planning Document on renewables.
Oldham Council 23rd Oct 2007
The Highland Council is marking Energy Efficiency Week (22nd- 26th October) with events for staff and elected members aimed at raising awareness and maintaining the progress made in reducing energy use within Council properties.By signing Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration in January 2007 the Council is leading by example in helping to ensure greener, more efficient delivery of public services in the Highlands.
Highland Council 23rd Oct 2007
A high proportion of new build properties, apartment living and successful public sector support schemes help make Hull the most energy efficient city in the UK
Business Green 23rd Oct 2007
Schoolchildren have been rewarded for their energy-saving ideas. Wycliffe College, in Stonehouse, is one of 100 secondary schools and colleges across the UK to win a project kit consisting of an energy-saving 'ecoquiet' PC and a wind turbine large enough to power it.
Gloucestershire Echo 23rd Oct 2007
Ramping up the energy savings
Energist, based in Kemble, Gloucestershire specialises in helping the construction industry meet the challenges of complying with recently introduced Part L building regulations. These aim to help builders and developers reduce carbon dioxide gas emissions and improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of new-build projects across the UK. The key piece of legislation driving the demand for Energist's services is the Code for Sustainable Homes which replaces the voluntary Eco-Homes policy which ceased in April 2007. The code comprises six levels. Code three will be mandatory by 2010 and will mean that all new builds must have 25 per cent environmental improvement in the fabric of the building. By 2013 all new builds must meet code four standard, which means technology including wind turbines, must be considered. By 2016 all new builds must meet code zero standard, whereby the building must be carbon neutral.
Gloucestershire Echo 23rd Oct 2007
Gretna wants to be the first club to build a purpose built green football stadium.
Carlisle News and Star 23rd Oct 2007
Solartwin, a UK invented solar water heating system ,with innovations which make it which is quick and easy to install, is being rolled out into 210 B&Q stores this week. Its launch is accompanied by a nationwide TV and press campaign from B&Q who are promoting a range of energy saving products including Winsdave turbines and loft insulation.
Solar Twin Press Release 23rd Oct 2007
Over 100 Primary and Secondary schools are competing to win a wind turbine for their school in a competition sponsored by property consultants Drivers Jonas and three Windsave wind turbines are to be won.
All Media Scotland.com 22nd Oct 2007
LARGE scale builders who are planning new housing estates in the Kennet area of Wiltshire will have to build their houses with one eye on fuel efficiency after district councillors passed a new interim policy. The council's planning policies executive committee has approved an interim policy on renewable energy for new large scale developments over 1000 square metres and ten or more dwellings. The policy requires developers to provide, as a minimum, sufficient on-site renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by users of the buildings by 10 per cent.
This is Hampshire 22nd Oct 2007
A MORETON school is set to become one of the latest schools to benefit from the Co-operative’s free solar panel scheme.
Wirral Globe 22nd Oct 2007
Garforth Community College, Leeds, will benefit from the Co-operative’s free solar panel scheme.
Yorkshire Post 22nd Oct 2007
A village primary school was celebrating last night after bringing a new sense of pride to a former mining community devastated by a pit closure. The 107-pupil Cassop Primary School in Durham has become the first in the UK to be wind-powered through a wind turbine located in the school grounds.
Independent 22nd Oct 2007
Up to a tenth of the UK's electricity supply could come from combined heat and power (CHP) energy generation by 2010, according to two new Defra reports released late last week.
UK Potential for CHP, DEFRA, Oct 2007. more >>
Evaluation of Progress towards meeting UK potential for CHP, Defra, Oct 2007
Accountancy Age 22nd Oct 2007
Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne already has a wind turbine on his roof to reduce his carbon footprint.
Southern Daily Echo 21st Oct 2007
Should I buy a rooftop turbine for my house? The Warwick Microwind Trial Project ( more >>) and the Energy Saving Trust ( more >>) both report back on the efficacy of turbines later this year. However, even the fledgling UK domestic-turbine industry, comprising some 15 companies, has admitted to 'challenges'. Scottish and Southern Energy, which bought Swift ( more >>), acknowledged that the Swift required 'further work before its long-term feasibility can be confirmed'. Its design is being tweaked.
Observer 21st Oct 2007
Is it worth installing your own wind turbine or solar panels and then selling the 'clean' energy to the national grid?
Independent on Sunday 21st Oct 2007
A COMMUNITY is planning to build a village hall that will be able to generate most of its own power. The new £400,000 Marthall, Ollerton and Little Warford village hall will be fitted with solar panels, wind turbines and under-floor heating.
This is Cheshire 20th Oct 2007
The scheme could have seen the whole of the Old Meadows becoming a "carbon-neutral" community with a wind turbine and water turbine to power businesses and homes. But last night the people behind the plans suffered a devastating setback. They heard that their bid for £25m from the National Lottery's Living Landmarks fund had been turned down.
Nottingham Evening Post 20th Oct 2007
GREEN electricity could be used to supply Cardiff’s civic centre under ambitious plans. The Welsh Assembly Government will part fund a feasibility study into setting up combined heat and power (CHP) scheme at Maindy to supply the historic Cathays Park area.
South Wales Echo 20th Oct 2007
The Claddach Kirkibost Centre in North Uist has a new extension which boasts green credentials with renewable energy innovations – a ground source heat pump and solar panels – helping to keep heating bills at a minimum.
Stornoway Gazette 19th Oct 2007
Cockermouth school is the latest to benefit from the Co-operative’s scheme to fund solar panels.
Cumbrian Times and Star 19th Oct 2007
Cardiff Ground Heat
Residents are set to move into the first ever council houses in Cardiff heated from the ground
24Dash 19th Oct 2007
News Wales 22nd Oct 2007
Salisbury could become a market-leader in the provision of state-of-the-art zero carbon, affordable eco-homes for people on the housing register.
24Dash 19th Oct 2007
DRAFT proposals for Waterfoot's new multi-million pound school have been unveiled to the public for the first time. The plans for the £4.5M eco-friendly primary school - earmarked for fields behind Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) - include three 25-metre on-site wind turbines,
Rossendale Free Press 18th Oct 2007
A Group of Langport residents are going green to convert their town to a carbon-friendly zone.The first meeting of the Transition Town Langport meeting was held last week in a bid to gauge the enthusiasm of residents on becoming a greener town. Transition towns employ energy reduction plans, based on how much energy is used and how much waste is produced in that particular town.
Western Gazette 18th Oct 2007
Labour of Lovins
Amory Lovins might not be a household name, but the ideas he’s put forth for the past 30 years have affected virtually every household in America. Increasing energy efficiency, supporting small and local power generation from renewable sources, and building smart rather than big are just a few of the concepts he’s promoted.
Plenty Magazine 18th Oct 2007
Evidence from Eddie Follan of Energy Watch; Norman Kerr of Energy Action Scotland and Nick Waugh of Help the Energy to the Local Government and Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament which is investigating Fuel poverty.
Scottish Parliament 3rd Oct 2007