Sustainable Community Energy
We are hoping to develop an investment fund to promote greater energy efficiency and low carbon energy in the Valley. We want to form a small core group of 4 or 5 individuals with specific skills or interests in the idea. Please get in touch if you’re interested.
Our energy audits of buildings in public use in the Hope Valley are continuing to bear fruit. Latest – Hathersage Swimming Pool are planning to put photovoltaic tiles or solar panels on the new solarium and to investigate heat pumps.
Transition Chesterfield’s Fossil Fuels Divestment Campaign
This campaign is calling on Derbyshire County Council to immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels and to divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within five years. The council’s pension fund currently has £290 million invested in fossil fuel industries include Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Rio Tinto, and fossil fuels need to stay in the ground if we’re going to prevent the catastrophic climate change. Fossil fuels are also becoming a riskier investment as they become more expensive to find and extract.
There is a petition here: http://bit.ly/1jAtfHa
News of two local authority pension schemes that have committed to divesting from fossil fuels which obviously paves the way for other local authorities to follow suit:
- Waltham Forest – http://gofossilfree.org/uk/press-release/waltham-forest/
- Southwark – http://gofossilfree.org/uk/press-release/southwark/
Community Reinvest’s and Platform’s report on Reinvesting pensions: from fossil fuel divestment to reinvestment in new economy available from http://communityreinvest.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Reinvesting-Pensions.pdf
There is rapidly growing anti-fracking activity in north east Derbyshire. The first application to Derbyshire County Council – for a site near Deonfield – is imminent – details here.