News from the Low Carbon Network

Read the latest updates for businesses in the low carbon and renewables sector.

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30 low carbon businesses back our climate targets

Low carbon businesses from across the UK are asking the Government to stick to its carbon reduction targets. 

Two and a half years ago, the Coalition Government signed into law climate targets to cut Britain’s carbon emissions in half by 2025. This is known as the fourth carbon budget.

But George Osborne's treasury has called for a review of the fourth carbon budget in 2014.

30 members of our low carbon network signed up to a joint statement calling on the Government to stay committed to our targets to ensure investment in the low carbon industry



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Support community energy in Hampshire

The hampshire Renewable Energy Cooperative have successfully secured agreement from EDF for 10% community ownership of a large proposed wind farm at Bullington Cross in Hampshire. 

But they need your help to make sure it gets approved.

The wind farm will consist of 14 turbines with the capacity to produce 28MW of electricity - enough to power 15,150 homes.

Please write to support this renewable energy project. You don't have to live in the area to show your support.


A win for wind in the East Midlands - Triton Knoll offshore wind farm gets go ahead

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has given the green light for a wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast, with the potential to power up to 850,000 households each year. 

Developers RWE are now applying for permission to build the onshore infrastructure to transfer the renewable energy generated to the national grid. 

We’ll be watching closely when the applications are submitted to Local authorities in 2014. Read more about Triton knoll on the RWE website.



Fracking gathers pace in the North West 

Cuadrilla have announced 9 new shale gas exploration sites in West Lancashire. They’ve already drilled 4 wells and are seeking permission to hydraulically fracture at Singleton, Fylde. 

Meanwhile IGas have plans for coal bed methane and shale gas exploration near Salford, Greater Manchester, and Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Friends of the Earth opposes unconventional gas exploration as it poses serious risks to the environment - and keeps us hooked on fossil fuels instead of moving towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

Read our briefing on  the harmful effects of fracking and take action here.

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