Green Deal: political opposition gathers, energy giants waver – but a Midlands business forms coalitions and goes ahead

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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 work on the Green Deal project. In […]

Birmingham Council: reducing fuel poverty and making the city cleaner and greener

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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 like insulation and new boilers by […]

The Birmingham Green New Deal pilot will ‘go national’ in October

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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 work including energy saving measures such as solar […]

Green New Deal, piloted in Birmingham, now advocated Europe-wide

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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 for the City Council’s Birmingham Energy Savers […]

Birmingham Social Enterprise Energy Network – open AGM

Posted Posted in Energy, Environment, Green New Deal, Housing, Localisation, Low carbon, Poverty, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Transition

You are invited to attend an open AGM of Birmingham Social Enterprise Energy Network (b-seen) on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at 10am. Jenny Howarth from Birmingham Energy Savers/Buy For Good will be attending and will give a brief update on BES. Keith Budden from E-ON will also be attending. Birmingham City Council have invited all the BES bidders to attend. […]

iSE & LWM win LEAF funding to support social enterprises on household energy-saving agenda

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Green New Deal, Renewable energy

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 saving money through energy efficiency. LEAF […]

How to create a stable society

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Green New Deal, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Politics, Renewable energy, Transition

On the dust cover of *The Constant Economy, Jonathon Porritt asserts that Business-as–Usual economics, which is denying billions any chance of a decent life, has become a security blanket that our politicians won’t let go.  The author, now a Conservative MP, calls for decisions about the sort of economy we want to develop from the ashes of this recession:  “There […]

Birmingham Energy Savers – consultation event 6-7 Feb

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Invitation letter from Birmigham City Council posted here for ease of reference. Karen January 2012 Dear Colleague Re: Birmingham Energy Savers, Aim High, and Green Deal Consultation Event Community and Transition Groups . Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) is an award winning programme within Birmingham City Council which has so far fitted photovoltaic (PV) panels to the roofs of over 1,000 […]

Our government co-operates to further the corporate desire for the cheapest labour

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Employment, Finance, Globalisation, Green New Deal, Localisation, Manufacturing, Politics, Procurement, Trade

Building up resilience: economic, social and environmental  In March BBC News reported that Sir John Holmes, former emergency relief co-ordinator at the UN, welcomed Lord Ashdown’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Review commissioned by DFID – particularly the point about “building up resilience of countries before disasters happen – that’s absolutely crucial and we don’t do enough of that”.  Both ‘rich’ and […]

Birmingham – capital of community action on climate change

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Birmingham’s Carbon Saving report for 2010/11 shows not only that the city surpassed its target but also highlights the critical role of the third sector as a mainstream deliverer of CO2 savings in the city alongside the private and public sectors. There was a time when it was common for mainstream agencies to manipulate community and voluntary organisations by relying […]