We summarise the thoughts of Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator here, because Localise West Midlands’ aims and policies are designed with his ‘politically sellable vision of a prosperous low-carbon economy’ in mind. He wrote, yesterday:
“Last week the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was reported to have passed 400 parts . . . → Read More: “Humanity is conducting a huge, uncontrolled and almost certainly irreversible climate experiment with the only home it is likely to have”: Financial Times
In a newsletter this week (not yet available on his website) Local Euro MP Phil Bennion expresses the hope that the government’s ‘Green Deal’ will be more widely extended to help people in rented social housing:
“Millions of homes in the UK do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough . . . → Read More: West Midlands MEP advocates the ‘Green Deal’ for social housing
Compass, an ideas and action based pressure group, is discussing alternatives to the Government’s economic ‘Plan A’, which isn’t working, with over 50,000 members and supporters around the country.
Its original Plan B, one page summary here, includes elements advocated in the last post by LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines: “infrastructure programmes, such . . . → Read More: Compass calls for a National Plan: “The moment demands nothing less”.
A Guardian article by LWM’s co-founder and convenor of the Green New Deal Group, Colin Hines, is summarised here.
The neoliberal export-led growth model, the increasingly discredited single currency and the utterly unchallenged single market are wrecking Europe which is facing a real nightmare: a shrinking full-time job market and hence lack of demand . . . → Read More: Face-to-face caring and infrastructural renewal will provide the backbone for a labour-intensive future
In April the Telegraph reported that a group of ministers led by George Osborne, the Chancellor, includes Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, Grant Shapps, the housing minister and Chris Grayling, the employment minister, want the Government to abandon the Green Deal.
In June its political correspondent wrote that major energy companies had halted . . . → Read More: Green Deal: political opposition gathers, energy giants waver – but a Midlands business forms coalitions and goes ahead
News of further progress on the Green Deal front.
In October the Construction Enquirer reported that Carillion Energy Services had been confirmed as preferred bidder by Birmingham City Council on a £600m retrofitting deal to improve energy efficiency for 60,000 homes.
The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme will see Carillion install energy efficiency measures . . . → Read More: Birmingham Council: reducing fuel poverty and making the city cleaner and greener
The “Green New Deal” – public and private investment to create “green collar” jobs to make UK buildings energy efficient already underway in Birmingham, will ‘go national’ in October.
Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) scheme has already enabled more than1,000 homes and other council buildings to benefit from environmentally-friendly retrofit . . . → Read More: The Birmingham Green New Deal pilot will ‘go national’ in October
The Green New Deal Group inspired Jon Morris of Localise West Midlands, a thinktank promoting local supply chains for sustainability, and Matthew Rhodes [far right] of low-carbon solutions engineering firm Encraft to present the award-winning business plan, developed and championed by Keith Budden [left] of the Birmingham Environment Partnership. This was the foundation . . . → Read More: Green New Deal, piloted in Birmingham, now advocated Europe-wide
Press Release – For immediate release: 15th February 2012, Birmingham, UK
Two BIRMINGHAM based social businesses, iSE and Localise West Midlands (LWM), are celebrating their success in winning national funding from LEAF. This funding will resource 10 locally based social enterprises to engage in the energy saving agenda that will result in local householders . . . → Read More: iSE & LWM win LEAF funding to support social enterprises on household energy-saving agenda