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Mayors Network for Climate Solidarity – Promoting local climate leadership in Poland

Mayors Network for Climate Solidarity – Promoting local climate leadership in Poland

UK100 is supporting the development of a network of local leaders committed to climate action in Poland. The Mayors’ Network for Climate Solidarity was launched at Katowice during COP 24. With a pledge inspired by that of UK100, tailored to the circumstances in Poland, the network of Mayors is committed to LED lighting in their cities, and tackling the chronic air pollution that blights the country from coal fired heating and cooking. It has the backing of former Presidents Lech Walesa and Aleksander Kwaśniewski

 

Investing in Local Energy: National conference

Investing in Local Energy: National conference

Every area of the UK has the potential to develop clean, local energy projects that deliver better homes, improved transport, high quality jobs, carbon reductions and long-term financial returns. Local authorities are key to making this happen. They have a long-term interest in the success of their communities, but many face challenges in identifying projects, developing the business case for investment and securing relevant sources of finance.

This programme – supported by BEIS, and run by UK100 and the Leeds Climate Commission – seeks to address those challenges by bringing local authorities, developers and investors together. The aim is to accelerate the development of a pipeline of investor-ready clean energy projects.

We kicked off with the the first-ever national conference on financing the transition at as local level, aiming to unlock £2bn+ of clean, local energy projects in the UK. The conference connected local authorities with those ready to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in private finance. We heard from Claire Perry MP, minister for energy, and speakers including Barclays, Green Banking Council and Siemens, as well as local authority frontrunners who are developing innovating business models that are already transforming communities around the UK.  

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UK100 surveyed the attendees of the conference. The results point to the infrastructure and policy changes we need to speed up the transition to a low-carbon future.

 

Investing in Local Energy Regional workshop programme 2019

Investing in Local Energy Regional workshop programme 2019

How can local authorities engage work with partners to develop a pipeline of investable projects in their area? How can investors make best use of the enormous opportunities that exist? Where and how will local authorities access the advice and support they need?

Throughout 2019, we will be holding workshops across the country to bring together local councils, developers and investors, energy generators, regulators and operators to answer these questions, understand local practice, the barriers to investment and how they can be overcome. We will be announcing locations and dates soon. If you’re interested to take part please email localenergy@uk100.org

This programme – supported by BEIS, and run by UK100 and the Leeds Climate Commission – aims to accelerate the development of a pipeline of investor-ready clean energy projects. Local authority frontrunners have generated ideas, developed business models and secured finance for innovative low-carbon projects around the UK. They show that it can be done, and there’s much to learn from them. We have gathered their experiences here.

Financing the transition report Harnessing UK cities’ ambition for clean energy

Financing the transition report Harnessing UK cities’ ambition for clean energy

The ambition of local leaders to facilitate the transition to clean energy is high. But that ambition is stymied by a lack of capacity and capability when it comes to turning that ambition into reality. UK100 teamed up with policy experts, local leaders, developers and financiers to explore ways to solve this problem. Our answer – develop Clean Energy Action Partnerships, so that national government can build an industrial strategy with local leaders, focussed on place.

 

You can read the full report here:

Local leadership on Clean Air

Local leadership on Clean Air

On National Clean Air Day 2018, UK100 gathered local leaders together with metro mayors to deliver a call to the Government to do more to help them tackle dirty air in towns and cities across the country. We also took the time to celebrate the innovative work the UK100 network is doing locally to reduce emissions, bring communities together and get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes or their feet.”

Mapping the UK’s journey to 100% clean energy by 2050 Local Power Map

Mapping the UK’s journey to 100% clean energy by 2050 Local Power Map

All around us people are making smarter, cleaner decisions about how they use and generate energy. From installing electric vehicle charging points to solar arrays on the top of shopping centres, our country is gradually weaning itself of fossil fuels.

But some of this is invisible and many small efforts can be hidden. So UK100 is supporting local leaders in our network to map their progress to 100% clean energy across all their functions, from recycling to planning policy. Their role is also to enable bold action from residents and businesses, and essential if we are to meet the challenge of the science. The local council, the community and businesses – we can all show our actions and demonstrate how we are working to achieve the same goal, a country no longer dependent on dirty energy.

The Local Power Map is an online tool that can show the impact of clean energy actions in your local authority area. From EV car clubs, cleaner buses and taxis, to district heating, hydro projects and energy efficiency measures in cold homes, our efforts all add up.

Clean energy is not just good for the planet; it can save us money, generate income, create jobs and growth and promote health and wellbeing.

Mapping progress will help leaders make the right decisions and all of us to reach our goal.

See a pilot of the map here

Apply to be part of it here

A Message from Camden Council Cabinet Member Adam Harrison

It has been a long hot summer so far, with record temperatures, devastating wildfires in Portugal, Greece and the United States, and life-threatening flash floods in southern France. Scientists have long warned that global warming will bring with it extreme weather events, and inevitably questions are being asked as to whether this summer is the new norm. I suspect we’ve still got some chilly, wet English summers to come, but I have no doubt that the climate is changing in significant and dangerous ways. As the Cabinet member for Improving Camden’s Environment at Camden Council I want us to be at the forefront of local action to tackle the issue.

In 2010, we became one of the first local authorities nationally to commit to a 40% boroughwide carbon reduction by 2020. With a population of over 220,000 and a significant commercial and institutional sector generating around 65% of Camden’s carbon emissions, we knew from the start that we could not bring down borough emissions on our own. So we established a supportive policy and programme framework that would enable businesses and residents to play their part in reducing the emissions driving climate change.

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UK100 Clean Air Commitment

Local Elections 2018:  UK100 Clean Air Commitment

The UK100 Clean Air Commitment is designed to give all local election candidates, but especially group leaders, the chance to show they are taking seriously the issue of air pollution in their community. It consists of four pledges, at least three of these need to be taken on by parties locally for it to be officially accepted as a commitment.

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What is Clean Energy?

UK100 encourages local leaders to adopt policies that will make a zero carbon economy a reality in their communities. Clean energy, generating power and heat from renewable sources, and developing technologies that reduce the carbon emissions of energy intensive industries, are key to a successful transition away from dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

The way we get there will change as the costs of technologies fall and the solutions we develop to manage demand and get smarter with our energy use increase.

That’s why our funders commissioned IPPR to develop a plan for the whole of London to paint a picture of what is possible by one city and one leader to make the shift.

Of course the levers that leaders have vary according to the powers they have. And ensuring this works for local residents, encouraging new industries and jobs, designing warmer, healthier homes is essential.

There are also global scenarios for the development of clean energy, which are regularly updated. In 2015, the energy [r]evolution estimated that:

“By 2050, 92% of the electricity produced worldwide will come from renewable energy sources in the basic Energy [R]evolution scenario. ‘New’ renewables – mainly wind, Pv, CSP and geothermal energy – will contribute 68% to the total electricity generation.”

You can read more of the report here (the key bit is on p86)

Is it just about renewable electricity?

No. We have so much more to do than just clean up our power supply. Heat is still mostly dependent on gas in the UK (and if you live off the gas grid you may be dependant on oil or coal), and some of our most important heavy industry (steel, chemicals and cement) may still depend on carbon-based sources of energy.

UK100 promotes the adoption of clean energy by local leaders.  While much of that will be across their own authority functions and activities (housing, transport, waste management) there is also an important role for their leadership in their wider community and local economy, for example in securing EV charging points, driving energy efficiency or innovative experiments such as Leeds’ H21 project piloting hydrogen in the gas grid.

 

We also encourage leaders in industrial regions, such as the Tees Valley, to show leadership in the adoption of low carbon and clean energy solutions, such as the deployment of CCS technology and CCS-ready energy generation. 

UK100 is pleased to support such ambitions, to enable our most energy intensive industries to be part of the transformation of our economy to zero carbon by 2050.

Carbon Capture and Storage has a prominent role to play in that transition. Closing down our industrial base is not an option in the pursuit of our international climate commitments.  By delivering new technologies, we can continue to grow our economy, while also contributing to radical reductions in carbon emissions.