‘Green Valley Lines’ scheme to decarbonise South Wales railways wins research funding competition

Climate change charity 10:10 has won a rail industry research competition for a ground-breaking study to explore the use of community-owned renewable energy and storage technologies to provide Welsh railways with a direct supply of electricity to power trains on newly electrified routes.

The Green Valley Lines initiative, led by 10:10 and Community Energy South’s social enterprise Riding Sunbeams, has secured a £110,000 grant to support plans for ‘smart electrification’ of commuter lines running to and from Cardiff. It is one of six separate innovation projects to win funding from the Rail Safety and Standards Board’s ‘Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail’ competition, launched to help deliver Ministers’ commitment to remove diesel-only trains from Britain’s railways by 2040.

Working with Network Rail, the Energy Saving Trust and consultancy Ricardo, the team behind the project will identify potential sites to install community owned solar, wind or hydroelectric generators next to railway lines in the region. These sites would directly supply the lines with low-cost, low-carbon electricity, whilst in turn providing financial benefits to local communities who would own the generators. The study will also scope technical solutions for directly connecting renewables to overhead electrified lines, and analyse how best to integrate new energy storage technologies to help keep electrification costs down.

Whilst most rail electrification projects in the UK have been paused since 2016, devolution has allowed Transport for Wales to push ahead with ambitious plans for a South Wales Metro network with world class environmental standards. Trains will not be permitted to run on diesel North of Cardiff under the plans, and all energy for the newly electrified lines must come from renewable sources - with 50% originating from Welsh generators. Transport for Wales are supporting the Green Valley Lines project as a way to help meet these goals.

10:10’s Director of Innovation Leo Murray, said,

“This exciting study is a golden opportunity to work out how to use new technologies to bring together Welsh leadership on rail electrification and community owned renewables. South Wales is rich in renewable energy resources, with a thriving community energy sector that could be the perfect complement to Network Rail’s pioneering plans for smart rail electrification in the region.”

Graham Ayling from the Energy Saving Trust, said,

“We’ve supported carbon reduction and community energy for many years so are very glad to be part of this project. It raises some exciting opportunities for reducing the carbon footprint of our railways in Wales and beyond in ways that benefit and empower local communities.”

The Riding Sunbeams team is already working to deliver a Department for Transport funded, world-first technology demonstrator that will connect a small-scale solar PV test unit to the third-rail traction system in South-East England this summer.”

Natalie Rees, Sustainable Development Manager for Transport for Wales, said,

“We are closely aligned with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and we understand that transport is fundamental to the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

 “In order to help achieve a ‘globally responsible Wales’ we have committed to ensuring that energy for stations and the overhead wires will come from 100% zero carbon energy, with at least 50% sourced in Wales.  We will develop 1500 additional park and ride spaces across Wales to encourage rail travel and invest £738m to electrify the Central Metro network.

Green Valley Lines is encouraging, forward thinking and as a result of our environmental targets that research projects such as this are developing and investigating into more sustainable methods of travel.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Riding Sunbeams was one of six winners of the RSSB-funded research competition. The other winners include Loughborough University, University of Birmingham, Newcastle University, Artemis Intelligent Power and G-volution. https://www.rssb.co.uk/industry-news/winners-announced-in-decarbonisation-competition

  • Riding Sunbeams is a joint enterprise by charity 10:10 Climate Action and Community Energy South, set up to provide Britain’s rail networks with a direct supply of community owned renewable energy.www.ridingsunbeams.org

  • 10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too. www.1010uk.org

  • Community Energy South is a not-for-profit company set up in 2013 to support the network of community energy groups in the South East of England. www.communityenergysouth.org

  • The Energy Saving Trust is a leading and trusted organisation helping people save energy every day. EST runs the Welsh Government’s Local Energy Programme, providing financial and technical support to help social enterprises and SME's across Wales to develop their own renewable energy schemes. https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/programme-management/local-energy

  • Network Rail is the asset management service organisation that owns, operates, maintains and, where funded, enhances the UK’s railway infrastructure, including the Wales and Borders Route. https://www.networkrail.co.uk/who-we-are/publications-resources/strategicbusinessplan/wales/

  • Ricardo Energy & Environment is a global strategic engineering and environmental consultancy that specialises in the transport, energy and scarce resources sectors. https://ee.ricardo.com/

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From tomorrow UK support for solar power worse than heartland Trump states

As UK policies to support solar come to an end tomorrow, new analysis from charity 10:10 Climate Action reveals that the US states with the strongest support for Donald Trump will offer their citizens more support to install clean energy than will be available to Brits.

The UK’s ‘feed-in tariff’ incentivised households, community groups and businesses to generate their own renewable electricity by installing solar panels - leading to nearly a million UK homes going solar since 2010. With no replacement in place, and no date currently set for an alternative, the end of this scheme will ensure UK policy is more hostile to solar installations than that in heartland Trump states.

Of the five states that voted most heavily for Donald Trump in 2016 all but one have state-level policies in place, in addition to the federal tax credit available nationwide, which incentivise people to install solar. Only Oklahoma lacks additional state policy, though citizens there still benefit from the federal policy.

At a state level, the UK now sits alongside Russia and Saudi Arabia as countries offering no policy to support new solar installations.

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said:

If the UK were part of the USA, its lack of support for solar would be unmatched even by those states that voted overwhelmingly for a president who denies climate change is real.

It’s just incredible that the government has let it come to this. Rooftop solar installations have plummeted over 90% since 2015, despite solar being the UK public’s favourite energy source. The government urgently needs to put meaningful policy in place to fix this - anything less will waste a huge opportunity for people to take positive, practical action on climate change.

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Notes to editors

Media contact
Sarah Barfield Marks
sarah@1010uk.org
020 7388 6688

10:10 Climate Action response to 2018 UK greenhouse gas emissions

Max Wakefield, Director at 10:10 Climate Action, said,

The good news is that UK emissions are falling. The bad news is they’re slowing down, just when we need to see them speeding up. The biggest factor in recent reductions has been the drastic reduction in coal fired power - but you can only kill coal once. To get to grips with the climate crisis the government must next tackle big challenges, like making our homes and workplaces efficient, affordable and zero carbon within the next two decades.

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Media contacts
Sarah Barfield Marks
sarah@1010uk.org
020 7388 6688


10:10 Climate Action response to youth strikes

Director of 10:10 Climate Action, Max Wakefield, said,

“The energy, diversity and power we’re seeing from young people is truly inspiring. Leaders now have a choice. On the one hand, immediate, transformational action on climate change. On the other, explaining to young people why they don’t deserve a future. The public also has a choice: whether to step up and take joint responsibility for demanding change. Only then could we expect these young people to go back to school. ”

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Notes to editors

  • 10:10 Climate Action have sent out a newsletter asking people to write to their local schools to explain why the'y’re backing the protests and ask that any young people joining them are not punished.

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sarah@1010uk.org
020 7388 6688


Volunteers gather in Wolverley to fight flooding and climate change with community tree planting.

Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/frhmfv6spfw8cbt/AAD3SQEG20W9WlHePr-XLMmma?dl=0

This weekend residents of Wolverley, Worcestershire, were joined by volunteers from across the country to take action on climate change by planting trees and hedgerows.

Trees and hedgerows will not only help breathe in carbon dioxide, they also drink in water, acting as a flood defence, thereby helping the community limit future climate change and also protect them from the impacts of climate change we've already caused.

The village of Wolverley has been hit with severe flooding four times in the last ten years, and the threat of climate change means flooding is likely to get worse. Residents have been working to take action through the Wolverley Flood Forum. This year, with extra support from the National Flood Forum, 10:10 Climate Action and with funding from the Postcode Local Trust, and Aviva Community Fund, they decided to try tree planting as one way to protect their village.

Volunteers from across the country joined Wolverley’s fight against flooding and climate change. Over the two days, over eighty volunteers, including local families, the Wolverley Scout group, university students and environmentalists, planted two hundred trees and two thousand hedge whips in and around the village.

A recent report by the government’s climate change advisors finds that increased tree and hedgerow planting in the UK is essential if we are to keep temperature rise within relatively safe levels. Following this, 10:10 Climate Action launched a campaign calling for the government to triple it’s current planting rates, and is supporting 3 other community tree planting projects like this one across the country.

Chris Rees of Wolverley Flood Forum said:

“Having been a flood victim with my family of two teenage girls and my wife Lynne plus dog and cats and chickens I remember the grief and stress a flood event can create. My elderly mother and other vulnerable village residents were also affected and in many ways we became responsible for helping them, both during the floods of 2007, and the big clear up after, plus 12 months of works to get straight.

Wolverley is a beautiful place, like many places near to water. Here we are in a steep valley and if nature contrives to throw a deluge at you, your heart can miss a beat. We are hoping the natural flood management scheme will help to improve things and reduce the flood risk to the village and its residents. The opportunity we have will hopefully benefit us for many generations to come.”

Ellie Roberts, campaign manager at 10:10 Climate Action said:

“We know flooding will get worse with climate change - which is why it’s so great that  Wolverley is both adapting to the increased risk of flooding and getting to the root cause of the problem. That’s what’s so exciting, it’s a two-pronged attack. We hope this project shows both communities and government that there is huge potential for reducing the impact of flooding while also tackling climate change at the same time.”

Debbie Hall, Flood Officer of the National Flood Forum said:

“Due to the fantastic community spirit within the area, many landowners were really keen to do their bit to help alleviate some of the flood risk in the village whilst also combating climate change by allowing the community to plant trees on their land. The success of this project is undoubtedly due to strong drive of the residents of Wolverley and the understanding and commitment of the wider community.”

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Notes to editors:

  • 10:10 Climate Action is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate as well as improving people’s lives today.  http://1010uk.org/.

  • The National Flood Forum exists to support individuals and communities at risk of flooding and have been doing this across the country since 2002.  http://www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk

  • For more information about 10:10s campaign calling on the government to plant more trees see http://1010uk.org/trees.

  • The Committee on Climate Change, the government’s advisors on climate change, have suggested that doubling current tree planting rates is necessary if the UK is to meet its long term climate targets. The full report can be read here https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/land-use-reducing-emissions-and-preparing-for-climate-change/

  • The tree-planting project in Wolverley is funded by Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and Aviva Community Fund.

10:10 Climate Action response to solar export tariff announcement

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said:

It’s hard to fathom the government’s logic here. Solar has been a huge success story, seeing a million homes and a thousand schools taking clean energy and climate action into their own hands.

Yet the government has bizarrely decided to prevent new homes, schools and businesses installing solar after March from being paid for the energy they export to the grid. While coal fired power stations continue to profit, households wanting to go green will be left out of pocket.

The government now has 3 months to fix this. It must choose whether it wants to back the public’s favourite energy source - solar - or instead push it off a cliff.

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For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org 0207 388 6688.


Cross-party MPs’ Halloween horror at government’s proposed “daylight robbery”

Images: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bRN7tEAp7O-REuhfFhaokyv4vu8VKunl

MPs from across the political spectrum have backed a campaign seeking to protect the rights of rooftop solar owners in the UK against proposed government changes.

22 MPs dared to take part in a spooky pitchblack photo shoot, to illustrate the ‘daylight robbery’ threat to new solar homes next year. MPs brave enough to take part included Shadow Treasury Minister Clive Lewis, Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead, Conservative MP David Amess, Green MP Caroline Lucas and SNP energy spokespeople Drew Hendry and Alan Brown.

In a surprise move, the government has recently announced plans to axe the ‘export tariff’ for new solar installations. The export tariff is a fair market payment for clean power exported to the grid from solar homes and buildings. If these plans go through, householders, schools, churches and other public buildings undertaking new solar projects will be forced to effectively donate the excess clean electricity they generate to big energy companies for free.

The proposal runs counter to new EU laws which requires governments to ensure people are paid ‘at a fair market rate’ for the clean power they contribute to the grid. A recent YouGov poll by campaign group 10:10 shows over 70% of people want to see the UK Government follow suit and continue to pay people fairly for the clean power they produce.

The campaigners, which include the Solar Trade Association, 10:10 Climate Action, UK Youth Climate Coalition, NFU, ECA and Community Energy England, are calling on the government for fair treatment of rooftop solar with a fair export tariff guaranteed after March 2019.

Sir David Amess MP said:

“The solar industry has taken the UK from near zero to over a million installations in just 8 years. In doing so solar costs have come tumbling down - but it stands to reason even cheap energy still needs payment for the power it provides.

That’s why I’m backing this campaign to ensure fair treatment for new solar households and businesses. The clean energy and jobs of tomorrow are at stake”

Caroline Lucas MP said;

“The British public love solar - nine out of ten people back it, and three out of every 5 would like to install solar panels themselves. The government’s bizarre plans to stop homes and businesses being paid for the clean power they produce will make this all but impossible. I’m calling on the energy minister Claire Perry to bring government policy in line with the public’s desire for clean energy at a fair price.”

Leonie Greene, new markets director at the Solar Trade Association said;

We are very grateful for the support these MPs have given.  It is extraordinary & very sad that we are having to fight for basic fair market treatment for people who want to install solar power in future. Solar is now very affordable so it is vital that Government doesn’t create new nonsensical barriers to people & communities all over the UK who want to go solar.

Max Wakefield lead campaigner at 10:10 said;

What the government proposes is daylight robbery – literally. Like a vampire this move threatens to suck the life out of the solar industry. We urge every one of our lawmakers to get behind our campaign for basic fair treatment for solar homes and communities. Action on climate change, solar jobs and clean power for ordinary households, businesses and community organisations is at stake.


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Notes to editors

Leave voters want the UK to match EU protection for solar households and businesses

A new poll by YouGov for 10:10 Climate Action during the ’ has found that a majority of the public want to see the UK match incoming European protections for households and businesses that produce solar power.

71% of the public want to see the UK match the new European rights which will guarantee that households and business with solar panels installed are paid for clean power they export to the grid for use by others. The results remain high for Leave voters, with 69% support for aligning future UK and European protections for so-called ‘prosumers’ - with only one in ten in opposition. The poll comes as the government seeks to establish its green credentials during its first Green Great Britain Week.

The government recently announced its intention to axe the ‘export tariff’ - the UK mechanism by which rooftop solar panel owners are paid for surplus energy they export to the grid - for new solar installations after March 2019. This would mean power being given for free to energy companies whose customers would use the surplus energy without the companies having to buy it. The change would arrive at the same time as the removal of feed-in tariff subsidies for solar installations, which were heavily reduced in 2015.

The polling also found that just 2% of people oppose the building of solar power, and found strong support for the government providing subsidies to widen access to rooftop solar installations for schools (83%), community groups and housing associations (75%) and low income households (71%).

The government’s own figures, branded optimistic by the Solar Trade Association (STA), suggest removal of both the export tariff and feed-in tariff will result in a 50% reduction in rooftop solar installation rates that are already 85% down on 2015. 10:10 Climate Action and the STA are part of the Fair4Solar Coalition calling for fair treatment of rooftop solar with a fair export tariff guaranteed after March 2019.

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action, said:

‘Anyone can see scrapping the export tariff for what it is - quite literally daylight robbery. Just as Europe looks to protect its rooftop solar producers, our ministers are expecting households and businesses to give clean energy away for free to corporate energy companies.

No wonder that both Leave and Remain voters are largely united in backing rights for Brits that match protections in Europe. Government must urgently announce an export tariff for small scale solar after March 2019 - or it will send a very clear message that benefits from solar and taking urgent action on climate change are off-limits to ordinary people.’

Alan Whitehead, Labour’s shadow minister for energy and climate change, said:

‘Removing the export tariff while keeping everything else the same means households and schools giving away their energy to energy supply companies to profit from. This is simply unfair, and would hold back the rollout of solar energy.

If people didn’t believe that this government was bent on killing the solar industry, this latest unjust measure should confirm it. We welcome 10:10’s work in highlighting the strong popularity of solar energy and call on the government to stop attacking this important sector.’

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Data from the YouGov poll is available for download:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sdxtRXYA6RSJwxg5fNwDqBUZnz8LA3w7eufAVCKSdz0/edit?usp=sharing


For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and communications officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org  0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:

  • 10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too. www.1010uk.org

  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,612 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15th - 16th October 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighed and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

  • The Fair4Solar coalition includes Solar Trade Association, Community Energy England and the National Farmers Union and has gathered 300 signatures from industry, consumer groups, NGOs and academia for a letter calling on the government to retain an export tariff after March 2019.

  • The recently updated European Renewable Energy Directive requires member states to enshrine in law by latest 2021 a guarantee that those producing ‘self-generated renewable electricity’ receive ‘remuneration which reflects the market value and may take into account the long-term value...to the grid, the environment and society’. That deadline could coincide with the end of a Brexit transitional period. https://www.aib-net.org/documents/103816/5909180/Final+text+of+RED+II+post-trilogue/fac12256-fb7c-6248-b2e8-b50dcd333715

  • The export tariff is not a subsidy, as it is currently pays below the wholesale market rate for electricity, and as such carries no additional cost to the consumer.

  • STA figures suggest solar installation rates are down 85% from 2015.


Report shows London’s lost rivers could provide low carbon heat across the city.

A new report launched today has outlined the potential for London’s lost rivers to provide renewably sourced heat to Londoners through heat pump technology.

Using data from Thames Water the report, by 10:10 Climate Action and energy consultants Scene, researched the heat potential of London hidden rivers. These include the Fleet, Tyburn and Effra, whose potential was assessed against a number of indicative case studies across residential, educational, office and heritage buildings.

The most eye-catching opportunity the report identifies is with Buckingham Palace, which lies above the ancient course of the River Tyburn. The team estimate that up to 100% of the palace’s heat demand could be met through heat recovered from the subterranean waterway beneath Green Park. The Royal Household has previously indicated that they are already considering heat pumps as part of the Palace’s planned refurbishment, so 10:10 are hoping to encourage contractors to explore the Tyburn as a future source of heat for the Queen’s London residence.

The report also found that, following some reconfiguration of the existing heating systems, a heat pump in the River Fleet could provide a third of the energy currently distributed through the Somers Town Heat Network in Camden. Further upstream, researchers found that the Fleet could provide all the heating needs of the Acland Burghley school in the north of the borough. Looking south of the Thames, the report suggests that Brockwell Lido, whose winter temperature can fall to as low as 2C, could be heated by the nearby River Effra to a temperature of 25C year round.

With the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, aiming for London to become a zero-carbon city by 2050, finding ways to decarbonise the city’s heat demand will become increasingly important. Nationally, progress has been slow, however, with the UK on course to miss its EU targets for 2020. The authors hope it can begin a conversation about how London can utilise the vast heat potential laying beneath our streets.

Leo Murray, director of campaigns at 10:10 Climate Action, said

“Most Londoners have no idea that under our feet there is a huge untapped resource of heat energy just waiting to be harnessed. The Mayor has set ambitious targets for phasing out gas burning in London over the coming years, and we are going to need every bit of low carbon heat we can get our hands on to meet these goals. This means our utilities and authorities need to ramp up their appetite for adventure when it comes to seeking out opportunities like the ones identified in this report.”

Louise Waters, Senior Consultant at Scene said:

“London’s lost rivers have in truth been integrated into the city’s drainage network for a hundred and fifty years, and whilst underground rivers like the ones we investigated in this report may be unusual, there are large capacity sewers in nearly every major city around the world. Other countries, including Scotland, are already successfully tapping into these heat resources, so we hope that London will be brave enough to follow suit in the near future.”

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Report: http://files.1010global.org.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/LostRivers_heat_seeking_report.pdf

For further information and requests for interviews:  Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org  0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors: 

  • 10:10 Climate Action is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate as well as improving people’s lives today.  http://1010uk.org/.

  • Scene Connect ("Scene") are a social enterprise that works with communities to build resilience through local ownership of renewable energy systems. They work across UK and build products for the global 'energy access' market.

Government is making planning policy to placate a minority that is far more likely to hold climate sceptic views, analysis of official data suggests.

Briefing document on findings: http://files.1010global.org/blownaway/Public_attitudes_onshore_wind_April2018_1010_briefing.pdf

Planning policy on onshore wind is being made to satisfy a small minority, a new analysis of government survey data suggests. Moreover, this minority is far more likely to hold climate sceptic views than the general public.

In 2015, following their manifesto pledge to “halt the spread of onshore wind farms”, the Conservative government issued new planning guidance aimed at restricting onshore wind developments. This move was justified in the manifesto by the claim that onshore wind “often fails to gain public support”. The planning conditions which now face new wind energy developments in England amount to an effective ban on the technology, and have led to a 94% drop in the number of planning applications for wind turbines since they were introduced.

Yet it has long been known through the government’s own data that only a small minority of people strongly oppose onshore wind - just 3.5% over five years of official government surveys. A new analysis of this survey data for 10:10 Climate Action shows that members of this group are 2.5 times more likely to believe that climate change doesn’t exist or is a mainly natural phenomenon compared to the general population.

This new analysis also showed that this group opposing onshore wind is far more likely to be from an older generation. A person over 65 being seven times more likely to strongly oppose onshore wind than a person under 45.

Overall, onshore wind enjoys huge public support, with the latest government data showing a record 76% of the population backing the technology. According to today’s data the general public are 15 times more likely to strongly support than strongly oppose onshore wind.

Leo Murray, director of strategy at 10:10 Climate Action, said:

Onshore wind is a cheap, effective, and highly popular solution to the defining challenge of the 21st century - human-made climate change. Yet wind turbines are now banned in England, in order to please an elderly, ill-informed minority who don’t believe the problem exists. The UK has world-leading climate change legislation, and the government has just made clear that they expect to put the UK on the path towards net zero carbon emissions. So why are they writing planning policy that makes this goal harder and more expensive to achieve?

Only this month the government made clear they intend us to travel the road towards net zero carbon emissions. But that road can only be lined with evidence based policy making. That means a planning system that doesn’t arbitrarily ban our cheapest form of energy, onshore wind.

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For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org  0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:

  • 10:10 Climate Action is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate as well as improving people’s lives today.  http://1010uk.org/.

  • Five years of Decc/Beis Energy and Climate Change Public Opinion Tracker data was analysed for 10:10 Climate Action by Charlie Young and analysts at the New Economics Foundation

 

Wolverley community kick off flood defence scheme with ceremonial tree planting.

Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ffa7ic0tkb1thd4/AABSyT3Wl2d9d8akDB_EeGsMa?dl=0

A new community flood defence scheme was launched in the village of Wolverley with ceremonial tree planting.

Trees offer an effective natural way of slowing the flow of potentially devastating water. Over the course of this year, local volunteers guided by the Wolverley Flood Forum will plant thousands of trees together with the support of the National Flood Forum and 10:10 Climate Action. By planting these trees the community will reduce flood risk in the village whilst also combating a key contributor to floods - climate change.

Over the last decade the community in Wolverley have been flooded on four occasions. By using natural means to help counter this the participants aim to raise local and national awareness of the impact of flooding, as well as  ways in which communities can combat it. With the help of 10:10 Climate Action and the National Flood Forum, more communities across the UK are expected to follow the model piloted by Wolverley in the years to come.

The project is funded by Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and Aviva Community Fund.

Ellie Roberts, campaign manager at 10:10 Climate Action said:

With climate change set to make flooding more common, the people of Wolverley are taking a lead to protect themselves. The thousands of trees they'll plant next year will not only help the community be more resilient to flooding, they'll also suck carbon from the atmosphere, helping us all keep global warming to a minimum.

Chris Rees of Wolverley Flood Forum said:

Having been a flood victim with my family of two teenage girls and my wife Lynne plus dog and cats and chickens I remember the grief and stress a flood event can create. My elderly mother and other vulnerable village residents were also affected and in many ways we became responsible for helping them, both during the floods of 2007, and the big clear up after, plus 12 months of works to get straight.

Wolverley is a beautiful place, like many places near to water. Here we are in a steep valley and if nature contrives to throw a deluge at you, your heart can miss a beat. We are hoping the natural flood management scheme will help to improve things and reduce the flood risk to the village and its residents. The opportunity we have will hopefully benefit us for many generations to come.

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For further information and requests for interviews:  Ellie Roberts, campaign manager, ellie.roberts@1010uk.org  0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:

  • 10:10 Climate Action is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate as well as improving people’s lives today.  http://1010uk.org/.

  • ‘Grow’ is 10:10 Climate Action’s campaign working in partnership with the National Flood Forum to help communities fight flooding and climate change through mass tree planting led by local people

  • The National Flood Forum exists to support individuals and communities at risk of flooding and have been doing this across the country since 2002.

Official: government confirms family relationships unaffected by onshore wind ban policy

Official: government confirms family relationships unaffected by onshore wind ban policy

FOI request and response: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0py964f86wamsm5/AACgq21wC1RXkOefgVUUx29ta?dl=0

The government performed only a minimal impact assessment on major changes to the planning system targeting onshore wind, new documents reveal.

In 2015, following their manifesto pledge to “halt the spread of onshore wind farms”, the Conservative government issued new planning guidance targeting onshore wind developments. With the government now seeking to cement the changes through the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), charity 10:10 Climate Action requested access to the impact assessments performed before and after the changes originally entered force.

The Freedom of Information request response revealed that the only assessment performed was the ‘Families Test’, an assessment brought in during the coalition government to test a policy’s impact on the “strength of family relationships”.

On all counts, the changes to planning for onshore wind were judged to have little discernible impact on families or family formation.

However the changes have had a profound impact on the industry, with a 93.6% decline in onshore wind planning applications in England since the introduction. It is clear from the Families Test assessment that the scale of the decline was unanticipated. Whilst the document acknowledges it would result in a decrease in successful applications, the belief was that this would vary on a “case-by-case basis”. Government data shows that only two new projects have received planning permission since the changes came into place.

Ellie Roberts, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said:

Of course we’re all incredibly relieved the government has taken the time to investigate how a policy banning new onshore wind farms might affect the nation’s families. But outside of family relations, this change has had big consequences for jobs and investment, so it’s really quite surprising that the government conducted only the bare minimum assessment required before hand.

The government’s own data makes it clear - this effective ban on onshore wind has brought the industry to its knees. The government should see which way the wind is blowing and use the NPPF as an opportunity to unleash onshore wind potential for communities, not cement its restriction.

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For full FOI request and response please see: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0py964f86wamsm5/AACgq21wC1RXkOefgVUUx29ta?dl=0

For further information and requests for interviews:  Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org  0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:


 

Islington Council backs charity pledge to switch all street lights to LED

  • All 11,350 street lights in Islington to switch to energy-efficient LEDs

  • Move will save the council an estimated £400,000 per year

  • An estimated 1,414 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved per year – the equivalent of removing 924 cars from the road

Islington Council has signed a pledge by charity 10:10 Climate Action, affirming its plans to switch all street lights in the borough to energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) by 2022.

Compared to conventional bulbs LEDs have demonstrated energy savings of up to 50-70%.  They can also last for more than 20 years, while conventional bulbs last for 4-6 years, reducing waste and saving time and money on maintenance. By replacing all of Islington’s 11,350 street lights with the more efficient LED bulbs, including upgrading the borough’s 4,025 ‘heritage’ streetlights, the council says it will save more than £400,000 per year. It will also see the council cut an estimated 1,414 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, the equivalent of removing 924 cars from the road.

Whilst the benefits of LEDs have been known for a while, only 10% of councils nationally had switched to LED street lights by 2014, with the most recent estimate suggesting this has only increased to 20%. Islington Council committed to converting its streetlights to LED in 2015. Figures compiled by leading energy researcher Chris Goodall for 10:10 show that if all councils switched to LED they could collectively save £200million per year. 10:10 Climate Action is asking the public to speed up the process, and call on their councils to switch their street lights to LEDs within five years.

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action, said:

Islington Council deserves nothing but praise for taking the pledge to lighten up its streets with LEDs. In these tough financial times the money saved will make a real difference to people in the area. And the carbon-cutting potential of LEDs makes this move a no-brainer. That's why we’re calling on more councils to follow Islington's example and pledge to go LED by 2022.

Councillor Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport at Islington Council, said:

As a council, Islington is committed to reducing the impact we have on our environment. We have worked hard to make sure we are ahead of our target of reducing carbon emissions in the borough by 40% by 2020. Once all the lights have been upgraded, the new LED street lamps – including our ‘heritage’ lamps – will help to save the council more than £400,000 per year, by reducing energy consumption and through lower maintenance costs.

By investing to save, Islington Council will have more resources available to protect frontline services, and will reduce the impact our borough has on the environment. That’s why we are proud to be delivering this project and proud to be signing up to 10:10’s ‘Lighten Up’ campaign.

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For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org 0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:

  • 10:10 Climate Action is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate as well as improving people’s lives today.  http://1010uk.org/.

  • Lighten Up is 10:10 Climate Action’s campaign calling on councils to pledge to switch their street lights to LED lighting by 2022.

  • The full estimated savings calculated by Chris Goodall amount to £204,984,000 a year across all councils. This figure was calculated by taking an average of the savings from a 100% conversion to LED street lights for five councils that are representative of the spread across the UK. The average saving, which is estimated to be 60%, was then applied to the current lighting bill for non-LEDs, £341,640,000, giving us the figure £204,984,000 saved per year.

  • The saving of over 1414  tonnes of CO2 is equivalent to 924 cars, based on the average amount of CO2 produced per kilometre for new cars in the UK (120.1g), multiplied by the average number of kilometres driven (12,714km).

10:10 reaction to the Committee on Climate Change report

Responding to the Committee of Climate Change report Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action said:

This report makes clear what many of us already know - something needs to change.To meet our climate targets we need more than nice words and wishful thinking. We need clear, dedicated policy to back it up. And with clean energy investment tanking and the Budget offering no new money for renewables until 2025, it’s clear this is a message government needs hear.   

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Theresa May's speech on the environment - 10:10 Cimate Action's reaction

Reacting to the prime minister's speech, Leo Murray, director of strategy at 10:10 Climate Action said:

The Conservatives’ failure to take real, decisive action on climate change makes this green reboot a non starter. Yes, measures to tackle plastics are very welcome, but we can’t let it distract from the fact that government policy continues to hold back the renewable industries essential to our country’s decarbonisation.

An environmental plan which fails to put climate change at its heart is not worthy of the name. Aiming to be “the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state than we inherited” sounds wonderful. But it seems to suggest that Theresa May does not remotely understand the scale of the climate change impacts already locked in due to successive governments’ failure to take effective action on this issue.  
 

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For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org  0207 388 6688.

 

10:10 Climate Action reaction to the Balcombe fracking announcement

Commenting on the Balcombe fracking decision Leo Murray, director of strategy at 10:10 Climate Action said:

As the community are once again thrust into the spotlight, it’s clear that Balcombe is emblematic of much that is wrong with energy policy in the UK. In 2015 Balcombe united behind the vision of a locally owned, renewable future - only to have their community solar scheme torpedoed by vindictive government cuts. Yet fracking, the government’s deeply unpopular pet energy project, is set to be imposed once again on them.

We know that communities across the UK want to choose wind and solar, but are blocked at every turn by a hostile government. The government’s recent attempts to rebrand as environmentally friendly are doomed to fail so long as keep backing the wrong horse in this race.

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For further information and requests for interviews:
Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org 0207 388 6688.

Almost a quarter of Brits now more concerned about climate change than they were last year

Nearly a quarter of the population are more concerned about climate change than they were this time last year, according to new polling published today by YouGov for charity 10:10 Climate Action.

When questioned about their level of concern, 23% of respondents said they were more concerned about the issue than they had been at the same time last year, compared to only 3% who said they were less concerned. 46% of respondents said they were concerned in 2017 and would remain at the same level in 2018.

A number of high profile climate change stories have hit the headlines in 2017. The start of the Trump Presidency saw him make good on his election pledge to begin withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate treaty, whilst a series of climate change linked hurricanes hit the US and Caribbean this summer causing widespread destruction. 

As part of their Carbon Crush campaign, 10:10 Climate Action are encouraging the public to use the new year as a chance to channel their concern and take action on climate change in 2018.  The campaign provides participants with climate focused tips, actions, advice and encouragement.

Alice Bell, co-director at 10:10 Climate Action.

As we look ahead to a new year,  there’s no better time to start combating climate change than right now. There’s been a lot to worry about in the last year, but there’s also a lot we can do to make a difference and build the hope we want to see in the future.

We know a lot of people want to take action on climate change, but are unsure about where to start. We also know that we’re going to tackle climate change, we need a whole load of people taking action in a whole range of ways - from eating less meat to getting your local streetlights switched to LED or lobbying the government on wind power. That’s why we’re providing a mix of tips, information and advice you need to make climate action a habit you can stick to in  2018.

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Polling (question 3): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_iP7r7wrhj92-r2dQpIfhFmqtZz0oDLPhVp5VoCSL0k/edit?usp=sharing

For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org 0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:

  • 10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too. www.1010uk.org
  • The Carbon Crush climate action toolkit is a month-long programme of tips, actions, advice and encouragement. 
  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,680 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 11th December 2017.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

Over a third of population received presents they had no use for last Christmas.

Over one-third of Brits received presents they had no use for last Christmas, according to new polling published today by YouGov for charity 10:10 Climate Action.

The results revealed that 36% of the population received at least one present they threw away, resold, returned, gave away or kept unused. When asked what they did with unwanted presents, the largest proportion either gave them away to charity shops (27%) or kept them unused (27%).

The polling was commissioned as part of 10:10 Climate Action’s Swap Shopping campaign, which is encouraging the public to pledge to give some quality time - rather than gifts - to those they care about.

With issues such as climate change and plastic waste pollution increasingly visible to the public, the charity are hoping the campaign will help the public take time to consider the environmental cost of Christmas consumerism whilst also helping them to spend more time with friends and family.

 Bea Xu, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action, said:

An awful lot of us are getting presents we don’t want, so perhaps it’s time to do something a little different this Christmas? We could cut carbon, cut waste and gain some quality time with our nearest and dearest if we swapped one of those Christmas gift and gave those we care about some of our time this year. 

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To download the full polling table: http://files.1010global.org/documents/1010_polling_results_171211.xls

For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org 0207 388 6688.

Notes to editors:

●      10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too.

●      Swap Shopping is an intervention challenging the UK public to trade in traditional seasonal overspending on gifts for carefully considered time invested in a friend or family member.

●      All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,680 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 11th December 2017.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

Charity partners with plant-based chefs to promote low carbon festive feasts.

As the nation gears up for the Christmas period, charity 10:10 Climate Action have partnered with vegan chefs to promote low carbon, plant-powered feasting this festive season.

Our diets are a big factor in the causes of climate change, with animal agriculture a key source of carbon dioxide and methane, both powerful greenhouse gases. With scientific research increasingly clear that diets low in meat and dairy are significantly less carbon intensive, 10:10 Climate Action are inviting everyone - vegans and omnivores alike -  to celebrate the environmental benefits of plant based feasting this festive season.

The charity are calling on the public to pledge to cook one plant-powered meal for friends and family over the winter holidays as a way of showcasing the possibilities of plant based cooking and starting conversations to shift attitudes.

By joining the pledge participants will earn the chance to win a year's supply of Ben & Jerry's vegan ice cream. And with recipes and support from plant-based chefs including Wicked Healthy and Exceedingly Vegan, 10:10 Climate Action hope the campaign provides the opportunity for vegans and vegetarians to show friends and family that plant-based feasting is something to savour - and to begin plant-powering more and more dinner tables across the country in 2018.

Emma Kemp, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action, said:

It’s incredible to see  more and more people embracing plant based diets, and the massive explosion in recipes and innovation that has come with all this new energy. There are so many options for a plant-based diet now - from vegan meringue and ice cream to a misco sweet potato pie - it’s not just about being stuck with some bean stew any more.

With more and more evidence that we need to cut down on meat and dairy to tackle climate change, what better time to bring these benefits to our family and friends than through a plant powered festive feast?  

That’s why we’re calling on the public to sign the pledge, bring together some of their nearest and dearest and cook for the climate this christmas.

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For further information and requests for interviews: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, daniel.jones@1010uk.org 0207 388 6688.

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