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Climate Updates to 20 January 2022
Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership online workshop
Exploring The Future of Food for Cumbria. The Partnership has set the ambitious goal of achieving net zero for Cumbria by 2037, as a vital response to the massive climate and ecological challenges we all face. This requires a radical programme of action, working towards a shared vision of improved quality of life, people living in balance with their environment, and a sustainable low carbon economy.
The way our food is currently produced and supplied is a major contribution to overall carbon emissions, as are the emissions from food waste. Therefore tackling these environmental challenges offers very significant opportunities for Cumbria, transitioning towards exciting new approaches in farming, food distribution and consumption.
During this workshop you’ll explore some of these key challenges and solutions in food production, supply and consumption, and consider how an innovative and collaborative approach across the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and beyond can best ensure we meet these food needs of the future.
Great uptake of Carbon Literacy training in Cumbria
Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) delivered 68 carbon literacy training sessions in 2021 to a range of organisations and individuals, including Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council and Eden District Council, open courses for mixed audiences and a specialist course for hospitality businesses, including Langdale Leisure.
Courses ranged from full-day, accredited climate and carbon literacy training, to shorter courses giving an overview of climate science and solutions for Cumbria.
Any organisation interested in the bespoke organisational training or open audience courses should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Climate Grants to move towards a Zero Carbon Cumbria
A reminder that the new Community Climate Grant fund of £100,000, backed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is open for applications to help local community groups fight climate change. Groups can apply for grants ranging from £200 to £10,000, for projects and events to raise awareness of the urgent need to stop climate change and to reduce carbon emissions from energy use, land use, waste and transport. The grants are part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission reduction programme to make Cumbria carbon neutral by 2037.
Furness Citizens’ Jury on climate change
Seven sessions of the Furness Climate Change Citizens’ Jury have now taken place, with the process on track to complete in February. Jury members have chosen low carbon energy generation, transport and encouraging action in the council, local community and businesses as priorities to focus their deliberations on. Recordings of the presentations made to the Jury by expert commentators are available on Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council’s website.
Zero Carbon Kendal website launched
Kendal Town Council has launched a new web-site ‘Zero Carbon Kendal’. The website is a result of the Kendal Climate Change Citizens Jury, where 20 Kendal residents answered the question ‘What should Kendal do about Climate Change?’ in October 2020.
The Citizens Jury recommended that Kendal becomes a ‘Shining Light’ of climate action by supporting its residents to reduce carbon. The web-site includes:
- themed maps to link you to Kendal’s inspiring people and projects
- a ‘Priorities Game’ where the Jury’s recommendations can be put into a preferred priority order
- resources via the ‘Inspire’ page
Cumbria Legacy Programme – Young People aged 18 -25
This free programme will bring together 100 young people from across Cumbria aged 18-25, some might be in employment, some not; some studying, some volunteering. Legacy Initiatives reach young people from very different backgrounds and beliefs – the only thing they have in common is their generation – challenging a generation to think 20-30 years ahead. The challenge that will be set for the Cumbria programme will be Climate Change and Net Zero, investigating.
“How do we act together to transform our community into a cleaner, greener place for all?” Participants will investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. They will then test, refine and present these ideas to local senior leaders.
The dates of the programme are 24th, 25th and 28th February and 1st March 2022.
Government publishes UK’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment
On the 17 January the government published the UK’s Third Climate Risk Assessment (CCRA3), recognising the unprecedented challenge of ensuring the UK is resilient to climate change and setting out the work already underway to meet that challenge.
The five-year assessment, delivered under the Climate Change Act 2008 and following close work with the Climate Change Committee (CCC), identifies the risks that climate change poses to multiple parts of our society and economy.
For eight individual risks, economic damages could exceed £1 billion per year each by 2050 with a temperature rise of 2°C, with the cost of climate change to the UK rising to at least 1% of GDP by 2045.
Local government and the path to net zero: government response to the Select Committee report
The government has published a response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report on local government and the path to net zero published on 29 October 2021. The government points to its commitments in the Net Zero Strategy and commitment to continuing the Local Net Zero Programme to support local authorities and communities across England in building capability and capacity to meet net zero. This includes funding for the creation and continuing support of five Local Net Zero Hubs. The Hubs promote best practice and support local authorities to develop net zero projects that can attract commercial investment. The NW Hub supports Cumbria authorities.
Government unveils plans to restore 300,000 hectares of habitat across England
The government has published two schemes to reward farmers and landowners for actions which benefit the environment, supporting sustainable food production alongside nature recovery and work towards net zero. The schemes will play a role in halting the decline in species by 2030, bringing up to 60% of England’s agricultural soil under sustainable management by 2030, and restoring up to 300,000 hectares of wildlife habitat by 2042.
The Local Nature Recovery scheme will pay farmers for locally-targeted actions which make space for nature in the farmed landscape and countryside such as creating wildlife habitat, planting trees or restoring peat and wetland areas.
The Landscape Recovery scheme will support more radical changes to land-use change and habitat restoration such as establishing new nature reserves, restoring floodplains, or creating woodland and wetlands.
Government launch Biodiversity Net Gain consultation
The government has launched a consultation to establish views on how biodiversity net gain will work in practice. The consultation sets out their proposals and asks questions about how biodiversity net gain will be applied to Town and Country Planning Act development, and, at a higher level, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. Responses will shape developing legislation, processes and guidance. The consultation closes on 5th April 2022.
Local Government Association Climate Action Plan Roundtables – Expression of Interest
The LGA is supporting up to 30 councils in their creation and development of climate action plans by organising three roundtables to bring councils together to discuss and share learning through facilitated peer support. These roundtables will take place in March 2022 and are open to and will benefit all councils at any stage in their development or implementation of their climate action plans. Councils are invited to express interest in attending one of these roundtable sessions which will last 2.5 hours, ensuring there is enough time for both discussion and reflection.
Climate Adaptation Toolkit and Risk Register for local authorities
Local Partnerships has published a climate adaptation toolkit and risk register generator for use by local authorities. The Adaptation Toolkit is a 5-step process to help prepare for the impacts the current and future climate could have on your authority, your residents, and the services you provide (originally developed by UKCIP). The risk register generator has been developed to support local authorities identify and produce a risk register applicable to the type of local authority and geographic location.
Road to Zero Carbon: Council action on green jobs and skills (Ashden)
Feb 2, 2022 10:00 AM
Excess? Is it reasonable to put a limit on how much energy we use? (Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions -CREDS)
Wed, 9 February 2022
10:30 – 11:30
The Net Zero Innovation Programme 2020/21 Showcase (LGA)
Thursday 10 February 2022, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Climate crisis, health and prosperity: Aligning policy and action for an inclusive and sustainable economy (LGA)
Thursday 10 February 2022, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
An introduction to tackling the climate emergency for local government (LGIU)
17 Feb 2022, 10:00–12:00
LGiU Members: £75 + VAT
Non-Members: £105 + VAT
Applying behaviour change techniques to the climate emergency, sustainable travel and health inequalities (LGA)
Tuesday 22 February 2022, 10.00am – 11.45am
Green skills, apprenticeships, and employment – policy, implementation, and priorities for education and training, businesses, and the workforce (Westminster Employment Forum)
Thursday, 10th March 2022
9am – 1pm
£210 plus VAT
Council and business collaboration on the climate emergency (LGA)
Tuesday 15 March 2022, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Penrith Community Gardeners
- The community gardeners are meeting again – safely.
- The Penrith Community Gardeners meet on Tuesday mornings at 10am at the Salvation Army at Hunter Lane for couple of hours around town of ‘green gym’ and ‘vocal chord’ exercise not forgetting smiles and laughter!
Carbon Footprint Calculators
Measure your carbon footprint with the Cumbria Action for Sustainability calculators
Calculating your carbon footprint is a good way of understanding your carbon impact and how your lifestyle or the way you run your business affects it. Knowing that can help you to reduce it, which helps to protect the environment and can also save you money.
CAfS have worked with Carbon Footprint Ltd to develop these free carbon calculator tools, one for residents and one for small to medium businesses. They’re freely available for anyone in Cumbria and Lancashire to use. They are funded by South Lakeland District Council and CAfS will be working with various communities to encourage their use, starting with Ambleside, to support their zero-carbon ambitions.
Green Homes Grants
The scheme will focus initially on offering delivery of energy efficiency installations
Eden’s Green Homes Grant offers
- Technical assessment of your home’s energy efficiency needs.
- Access to a reputable, trusted supply chain for installation of energy efficiency measures.
- Specific measures include Insulation such as:
- External Wall Insulation (EWI).
- Underfloor insulation.
- Room in roof insulation.
- Cavity wall insulation.
- Loft insulation.
- Inefficient heating replacement, such as Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP).
- Window replacements.
- Door replacements.
- Smart heating controls.
Each owner occupied home assessed as being eligible for the scheme, could be entitled to receive installation of an energy efficiency measure from the list above, which would be suitable for your home, up to the value of £10,000.
Who is this scheme for?
Privately owned households with an annual income under £30,000 gross, for instance:
Household a) one adult annual income under £30,000 gross.
Household b) two adults, total household annual income under £30,000 gross.
Respect the Outdoors campaign – please download and share
DEFRA have now reached the third phase of their ‘Respect the Outdoors’ campaign. Their stakeholder toolkit went live earlier this week and now they need your help to amplify the campaign.
Details about how to access green spaces safely can be found on GOV.UK using the underlined link below:
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