deccOn the 4th June 2015, the Chancellor, George Osborne announced £4 ½ billion of cuts including £70 million to be cut from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) budget.

The Carbon Brief released a report previous to this on the 3rd June 2015 highlighting the limited scope for cuts within the DECC and the potential impact if cuts did take place.

With the Conservative government promising to decrease public spending, whilst protecting health, pensions and education, unprotected departments such as the DECC are likely to be the focus for cuts.

Impact of cuts

Carbon Brief analysed the 2013/14 budget of the DECC which was £3.4 billion. The money spent on managing the UK’s military nuclear waste and decommissioning legacy accounts for 65% of this budget. The core departmental priorities accounts for the remaining 34%.

The Carbon brief concluded that 87% of the overall budget was essential and would not be eligible for cuts. This 87% is made up of costs relating to the nuclear legacy, international agreements and legal liabilities from formerly nationalised energy industries. Therefore, 13% of the budget could potentially be cut from the DECC’s budget. Currently, 2% (£70 million) of their budget has already been cut.

The impact of these cuts will mean there is less money to dedicate to research on energy and climate change as well as schemes to help people out of fuel poverty.

One example of a scheme which the Carbon Brief suggests is likely to be cut is Green Deal. This a government scheme lead by the DECC which helps people find the best way to pay for energy saving improvements they want to make to their homes including energy grants, like the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. These improvements can include insulation, heating, double glazing and renewable energy sources which can help reduce long-term energy costs. Without the support of the government, less people will have access to the funding needed to make important improvements to their homes.

Importance of community energy

When the government is demonstrating that they are willing to make cuts to energy and climate change services, the need for community energy projects becomes clear.

Community energy projects which favour renewable energy sources can help to create a more secure energy future for the community in addition to helping reduce the impact of climate change.

Access to cost-efficient local energy benefits all members of the community but is especially essential to people who are living in fuel poverty.

share launch front pageBHESCo is hosting an event to give you more information about our Co-operative, what we have accomplished so far, the renewable energy and energy efficiency projects we are investing in, our innovative business model and most importantly – how you can participate.

Be the Change You Want to See in This World

4 June 2015, 6pm – 9pm

Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD

Special guest speaker – Howard Johns, Founder of Southern Solar and OVESCo

BHESCo is an ethical, not for profit social enterprise aiming to become a community owned energy supplier. Our business model helps to lower energy prices sustainably.  Pop in to our event, meet the Board of Directors of the Co-operative, learn more about how you can earn up to 10 times what you are currently earning on your savings by investing in a Co-operative that will pave the way for energy groups across the country.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

Please sign up for the event on eventbrite as we need to order refreshments.

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Our hustings event, modelled on the BBC 1 show ‘Question Time’ is a fantastic opportunity to ask your local Brighton Pavilion candidates all those pressing questions concerning climate change and with the aim of teasing out their different approaches.Panel members include Green Party candidate Caroline Lucas, Labour candidate Purna Sen, Conservative Party candidate Clarence Mitchell, Lib Dem candidate Chris Bowers and UKIP candidate Nigel Carter. In the chair: Simon Maxwell.

Everyone will get an opportunity for their question to be asked, questions will be submitted before the event.

Through this event, we aim to:

– Encourage young people/first time voters to engage
– Gain a better understanding of the local candidates stance on environmental issues
– Encourage lively debate and awareness of the issues
– Give you an opportunity to question your potential MP’s
The event is sponsored by Community Energy South – a new umbrella group for local community energy groups across Sussex and surrounding counties.

Ticket Prices : £5 and concession £3

Doors and bar open: 7.00pm
Deadline for submitting questions: 7.30pm

Debate starts: 8.00pm (prompt – please be in your seats!)

 

An evening of conversation around

A Zero Carbon Society

Thursday, 26 February 2015

 6 – 8:30pm

 registration starts at 5:30pm

 Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

Introductions and keynote speech will be made by Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion

Come watch the presentation and Q&A by Paul Allen, contributing author to the Zero Carbon Britain report, the Centre for Alternative Technology’s (CAT) flagship project that details how a modern, zero emissions society is possible using technologies that are available today.

Roundtable discussions will be lead by local experts in the field of Transport, Energy, Housing and Food from the Food Partnership, the Science Policy Research Unit from the University of Sussex, C Change sustainability group from the University of Brighton and the Bike Train.

The discussions will be followed by networking with drinks and nibbles to fuel your discussions.  This is a great opportunity to meet and speak to people who are on the frontlines of the transition to a zero carbon society.  Create links and share best practice with the local community during this inspiring event. Book your place for free to avoid disappointment.

The BevyBritain’s first ever community-owned pub on a housing estate is set to re-open after a 3-year campaign by local residents, and the party will kick off with a blessing from the local Vicar who has done so much to make the miracle happen.

Father John Wall, the Vicar of Moulsecoomb in Brighton, will be blessing the re-opening of The Bevy on Saturday 13th December 5.30pm.

The Bevy will be the first community-owned pub on a housing estate in the UK – but will be so much more than just a pub. Bucking the trend of 20 pubs closing a week, the Bevy will not just be serving beers, but be a much-needed family-oriented pub and café for the Bevendean and Moulsecoomb communities.

Formerly The Bevendean Hotel, it closed in 2010 leaving nearly 18,000 people miles away from a pub despite being part of one of Britain’s liveliest cities.  Residents fought to get the old pub re-opened and have raised much of the £200,000 needed themselves and regular ‘work-ins’ have seen volunteers give up their weekends to fit out the pub ahead of its grand opening.

More than 700 people have bought ‘community shares’ and are now owners of the pub – the most of any co-op pub in the country.


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