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The UN Climate Summit 2014, 23rd September

The UN Climate Summit 2014 in New York is an important opportunity to build political momentum towards a global climate deal in 2015. World leaders and leading figures from business and civil society will come together to bring announcements and actions that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. The summit website is www.un.org/climatechange/summit/ and the social media hashtag for the UN conference itself is #Climate2014 .

A non-party political event is being held on Sunday 21st September across the globe to tell world leaders meeting at the UN summit that there is strong public support for real action on climate change. Hundreds of thousands of members of the public will be marching in 1,000 locations including Delhi, Jakarta, London, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and Paris to name a few, to show world leaders that there is a massive movement demanding immediate action to address the climate crisis.

For the south west, a march is being held in Bristol. Bristol march organiser Holly Templar said: "Bristol residents are taking part to highlight the level of public support for a global deal that will avert climate catastrophe and unleash a new 100% clean future. The People's Climate March is snowballing into a massive international call for leaders to do more to stop runaway climate change."

If you wish to participate in the march the arrangements are to meet at Castle Park, next to St Peter's Church ruins at 2.30pm on Sunday, September 21st. From there the march will move down Wine Street, through Broadmead, back towards the fountains in the centre, then up to College Green. The aim is to reach College Green by 4pm where a petition will be presented to Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the south west.

Many different organisations are involved including Avaaz, 38 degrees, 350.org, WWF, Christian Aid, and Oxfam. The website for the People's Climate March is: peoplesclimate.org.

The twitter link is twitter.com/peoples_climate and the hashtags are #PCM and/or #PeoplesClimate .

September 2014

Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) events

To help the commercial, industrial, public sector, not for profit sectors and community generators of renewable heat as well as the energy supply chain, DECC will be giving a series of talks and attending events in autumn 2014.

The non-domestic RHI scheme is for commercial, industrial, public and not for profit sectors as well as multiple homes (including District Heating) who want to install renewable heating systems in their buildings in England, Wales and Scotland.

Owners of participating heating-system installations will receive quarterly payments for twenty years to help cover the cost of installing a renewable heating system. The scheme applies to Air to water heat pumps, Biogas, Biomass, Biomethane injection, CHP, Deep geothermal, Ground and water source heat pumps as well as Solar thermal At the roadshows and events, attendees will also be able to find out about updates to policy, ask questions about the scheme, see case studies of others claiming the RHI and understand how the RHI can benefit their business or organisation.

The SW event will be held at UWE's Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS34 8QZ, on 2nd December. For external link to event web page and booking details click here: eco Showcase. Information on all the RHI events can be found at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/non-domestic-rhi-events-and-roadshows.

September 2014

Climate Change: Implications for Business

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, together with the Cambridge Judge Business School and the support of the European Climate Foundation is summarising the latest climate science for the business community. Short, sector specific briefings and infographics are based on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). They include topics such as buildings, cities, transport and employment. You can find them from this (external) link: Climate Change: Implications for Business.

August 2014

UK's renewable electricity more than doubles in 4 years

On announcing the latest publication of energy statistics from HM Government, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:

   "The government's investment in renewable energy is paying off: renewable electricity has more than doubled in just four years, with around 15 per cent of Britain's electricity already coming from clean renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro. This massive investment in green energy is accelerating, with 2013 a record year, with almost 8 billion invested across range of renewable technologies. Having a strong UK renewable sector helps to reduce our foreign imports of energy, improving our energy security, as well as helping us tackle climate change and creating new hi-tech green jobs. A green energy future that once seemed impossible for Britain is fast becoming a reality."

The latest energy statistics can be found on the DECC website from this link: Digest of UK energy statistics.

August 2014

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