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Ugrading EPC F&G rented homes

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The majority of homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are rented rather than owned. Their occupants often get frustrated because they feel they feel powerless to improve their home’s energy efficiency and nervous about asking landlords to improve things. However this is about to change. There is a little known regulation that sets a Minimum Energy […]

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A Plan for getting to Net Zero.

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Despite widespread local concerns, targets imposed by Whitehall mean that 33,500 new homes have to be built in Greater Cambridge (ie South Cambs and Cambridge City) by 2031.  There was infuriatingly little democratic accountability in setting this target, but we do have a real opportunity to influence the sort of homes that get built. This […]

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Decarbonising the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan

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In summer 2019 Greater Cambridge is currently in the early stages of developing a new Greater Cambridge Local Plan, identifying the issues and options to be considered, before the first formal public consultation in Autumn 2019. This process is important, because the Local Plan will guide development for around a decade, and it sets the […]

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Carbon Neutral Futures

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In May Carbon Neutral Cambridge ran an expert symposium in partnership with South Cambs District Council, Cambridge City council and the Shared Planning service, on how we could accelerate the transition to net zero carbon. We invited Tommy H, a 16 yr old student at The Leys to open the event. This is what he […]

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Net zero advice published

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On 2 May 2019 the Committee on Climate Change have given historic advice to the UK Government to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target. We welcome this, but as the report itself says, this is the bare minimum. The report advises the government to set […]

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Aiming at 2030

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The decision by leading politicians on the City Council to aim at a 2030 target for removing carbon pollution is a big step forward.  It follows a declaration from the council that Cambridge faces a “climate emergency”.

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Listen to the Kids

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The school children’s strike is deeply ironic.  For the ‘school run’ as parents deliver and collect their children to school makes victims of them all.  This collective enterprise by parents is actually poisoning and damaging their own children as well as their fellow pupils, the school staff and premises.  The ‘school run’ parents are unaware […]

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The house at Poo corner?

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I was pleased to see the recent headlines about creating a new “Low Carbon District” on the site of the current sewage works near Cambridge North station. However, as in so many things, the devil is in the detail. The publicity so far has talked about the new district being designed to encourage walking and […]