Resources in the Skills Programme category
The document below contains a summary of all the Low Carbon Economy research undertaken by East Midlands Development Agency (emda) prior to its closure in 2011, in support of the Regional Economic Strategy. This was the main output from a project commissioned by emda and delivered by TBAT consultants for the benefit of Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships in the East Midlands, ie. those who took over the responsibility for economic development following the Government's decision to close down England's Regional Development Agencies in 2010.
The research included the following areas:
1. Research and strategy projects
2. Low Carbon Skills projects
3. Business support projects
4. Renewable and Low Carbon Technologies Projects
5. Coordination and Management Projects
6. What works, what doesn’t
The document also describes the dissemination activity undertaken by emda to ensure that this legacy of knowledge is not lost.
The research papers from each of the projects can be accessed from Nottingham Trent University's Institutional Repository, via a search at www.ntu.ac.uk/llr/resources_collections/irep/
This set of adaptation case studies was one of the outputs from the Well Adapting East Midlands project with upper tier local authorities in 2011/12. The aim was to provide a range of examples of how adaptation is being delivered in practice across the East Midlands. They include different approaches to the management of flood risk (the main climate risk to the whole of the region) in urban, rural and coastal areas, adaptation and the natural environment, sustainable urban drainage, adaptation and the built environment (in new build and existing stock) and the management of extreme weather events, including severe cold in the upland areas of Derbyshire.
We are grateful to our team of local Climate Change Project Officers who did most of the work on these for their host councils.
Climate East Midlands commissioned the Carbon Trust to run a training programme on Decentralised Energy for local authority planners in 2011/12. This consisted of a series of Masterclasses looking at how different technologies have been utilised in different locations in the East Midlands and the planning issues involved. One of the outputs from the project is a set of Decentralised Energy case studies, which can be downloaded below.
A concluding half day event for the Community Skills for Climate Change project was held on Saturday 17th March in Langley Mill, hosted by Groundwork, who managed the whole project on behalf of Climate East Midlands. Around 40 people took part, including members of the eight community projects that received small grants to undertake action.
The downloads below are the agenda and the presentations given on the day by Graham Truscott from the Transition Network, Sustainable Hayfield, Fossil Fuel to Pedal Power (Chesterfield), Jon Harton who designed the Planning for Climate Change website, Mick McGrath from Big Lottery Fund and Climate East Midlands.
The SCoRE pilot developed a series of toolkits that were trialled. As a result, the Carbon Trust have developed, and are developing, a number of resources for schools around energy efficiency and carbon reduction. More resources will be added over time, so come back and check for updates here: http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/cut-carbon-reduce-costs/public-sector/pages/public-sector-resources.aspx#SC
This resource contains 4 reports at the regional level, with data disaggregated at sub-regional level for 4 scenarios modelled for the period 2020, 2035, and 2050:
- investigating the impact of the Low Carbon Transition plan, based on current national policy
- maximal use of biomass
- maximal use of solar
- one example of how to meet the national target by scaling up deployable measures
Planning for Hydropower: Planning Advice has been produced by AMEC on behalf of Climate East Midlands, as part of the East Midlands Skills Programme, and is jointly funded by the Environment Agency. It is intended to help local planning authorities, the Environment Agency, developers and other stakeholders better understand the complex planning issues associated with hydropower schemes in the East Midlands Region (and elsewhere in England) and to encourage a more joined-up approach to determining applications for their deployment. The advice applies to England only, as there are differences in planning legislation and guidance in the devolved administrations.
For further information about the project see the following link: http://www.climate-em.org.uk/projects/hydropower/
An online resource for local communities to use to help them make informed decisions and have meaningful input in to planning consultations is posted on www.planningforclimatechange.org.uk . The resources contains planning news, information about how the planning system works, a section on community led planning, information about practical ways in which communities can save energy and become more resilient, plus case studies and useful tools.
Growing Climate Friendly Communities Grant enabled eight succesful projects to be delivered, as follows:
The full case studies can be downloaded at the bottom of the page
Greening Beeston: the project has enabled feasibility studies to be carried out to select a suitable community building for the installation of a renewable energy source, for a full feasibility study of the site selected to be completed, and a planning application to be written and submitted. The result has been that Chilwell School is looking to install a 5kW wind turbine.
Newstead Enterprise: using the park’s own reed-stock, local volunteers have installed a wet reed-bed system for the disposal of sewage from the Newstead Earth Centre. It is complemented by a Klargester sewage treatment unit to add an extra level of filtration to the system. A functional operating sewerage system has now been constructed to dispose of the centre’s waste in an eco-sensitive way and 24 local volunteers have developed new construction skills.
Oundle Transition Town: by training Household Energy Assessors who have carried out customised energy surveys based on a standard set of documents, householders have become more aware of their energy consumption and their dependence on fossil fuels. During the project, money was raised to purchase an infra red camera. A huge amount of enthusiasm and momentum within the community has been developed which will help the community move towards its aim of reducing its carbon footprint.
St Matthews Community Solutions: the project aimed to get the community to start to think differently about their community. 10 volunteers have attended a
10 week horticulture training, 6 communal planting areas have been developed for the community, including 3 ‘St Matthew’s Fruit Corners’, 4 active wormeries and 2 composters. Two of these areas were full of vegetables which were harvested by the community at the end of the summer 2011. One of the biggest achievements of this project is that it has engaged the local residents to such an extent that 30 residents have signed up, both themselves and their gardens, to the community gardening scheme.
Sustainable Bakewell: the funding has paid for a detailed engineering investigation and hydro energy confirmation study, complete with report. The local consultation process has begun, so that all local stakeholders are engaged in this local renewable venture. Visit www.sustainablebakewell.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Hayfield: the project has raised awareness of sustainable issues within the community, reaching out through a series of community events. Energy assessments have been carried out on 8 core housing types and a road map for each house type has been created , showing how to improve its energy efficiency. Relevant and practical advice has been provided to help householders make energy efficiency improvements. An energy audit has been carried out on the local school, to kick start their carbon reduction programme.
Transition Chesterfield: Fossil Fuel to Pedal Power has provided cycle training and pedal-powered solutions for people in Chesterfield to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and help to tackle local and global CO2 emissions, as well as encouraging healthy living and practical, sustainable transport. 60 people attended 3-hour bike mechanics workshops, 48 Bikeability cycle training places were filled, 7 events have been run where cycling has been promoted, through information and demonstration. All of these events have included a free Dr. Bike service offering people bike checks with adjustments and repairs. 6 people have taken part in a load carrying (cargo) bike building project, involving further professional training in brazing, welding and workshop skills. One cargo bike has been completed and another in under construction. 2 bikes have been re-homed. Transition Chesterfield now has 3 fully qualified bike mechanics and has encouraged people to get their old bikes out their shed, get them into working order, and most importantly, start to use them.
Transition West Bridgford: this project has enabled members of the public with opportunities to see green new build and low energy refurbishment work in progress. The theory behind the idea is that seeing completed projects is inspiring, but seeing them in progress is more informative because the real energy efficiency features are usually invisible by the time the work is complete. During the project, the Eco House Group has grown from 100 to 170 members, with high levels of attendance and interest at events. Home-owners’ knowledge about low energy houses has improved, and many are seriously planning ahead to carry out significant work on their own homes. This includes a number of people living in “hard to treat” solid wall homes who are now considering major work that includes insulation or even whole house low energy retrofit. The wider interest that this project has generated, led to a presentation about the project at the AECB (sustainable builders’ association) annual conference in September 2011.
This resource is the slides and exercises from the Bulding Fabrics - don't forget the basics event run by the Carbon Trust and SKM Enviros on 29 February 2012. The slides contain a technology overview on building fabric, and introduction to heat loss, calculation tools and exercises, a legislative overview and help on delivering a business case and action plan.
This resource is the slides, checklists and exercises from the Effective Behavioural Change event run by the Carbon Trust on 26 January, 2012. The slides contain
- the whys and whats of behavioural change
- planning for change
- communicating change
- enabling change
- sustaining change
This resource is the slides, checklists and exercises from the Electrical Energy Efficiency event run by the Carbon Trust and Briar Associates on 12 January, 2012. The slides contain background on the case for action, and information about the the Carbon Trust's new Energy Efficiency Financing scheme, as well as those supporting the Electrical Energy Efficiency sessions:
- The electricity supply industry and infrastructure charges including exercises on Understanding Your Energy Bill
- Electric motors inlcuding an exercise with a specimen calculation to work out payback
- Drive systems, including a link to a variable speed drive calculator and an exercise to assess potential savings
- Voltage management
- Support is provided in specifying performance of energy efficient motors and drives and developing business cases
- Efficiencies in ICT
A proforma for an energy efficiency action plan
This resource is the slides from the Heating, Cooling and Ventilation event run by the Carbon Trust and SKM Enviros on 15 December, 2011.
The slides from the Sustainability West Midlands event, held on Friday 18 November can be downloaded here. The event was funded by Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands. The slides contain case studies and information on
- Available technologies
- Biomass - system basics
- Bomass heat, feedstocks, storage and supply chain
- The business case for biomass
- Funding and procurement
- Legislation and incentives
- Rules of thumb
- Developing an action plan
Slides from the series of workshops that are running will be added to this resource as they take place
Introductory Workshops (October 2011 - Nottingham, Chesterfield, Leicester and Northampton)
Locality workshops (November 2011 - Northampton and Nottingham)
Thematic workshops (January/February 2012 - Leicester, Chesterfield and Nottingham)
Leadership event (February 2012)
Slides from the Masterclasses that form part of the Decentralised Energy programme:
Masterclass 1: Creating policy to encourage Sustainable Development (8 November, 2011 Mansfield)
Masterclass 2: Rural Opportunities for Decentralised Energy (17 November, 2011 Nottingham)
Masterclass 3: Energy from Waste (8 December, 2011 Lincoln)
Masterclass 4: Planning for Wind (18 January, 2012 Daventry)
Masterclass 5: CHP (20 January, 2012 Leicester)
Masterclass 6: ESCos (6 March, 2012 Nottingham)
Final event: (12 March Melton Mowbray)
The slides, checklists and exercises from the Lighting Upgrades and Controls event run by the Carbon Trust and Briars Associates on 2 November, 2011, can be downloaded here. The slides contain background on the case for action, and information about the the Carbon Trust's new Energy Efficiency Financing scheme, as well as the slides supporting the Lighting Upgrades and Controls sessions. The exercises provide some useful structure to developing some lighting solutions, with examples of financial assessments, and the answers!
Following the launch of the online resource, a series of free one-day workshops for community groups, individuals, councillors and planners with an interest in local planning and climate change have been held across the East Midlands.
The events featured a speakers with a wide range of first hand experience of achieving planning permission for community projects, as well as experts in the field of understanding synergies between wider community concerns and low-carbon/renewable energy projects and the statutory process. Also featured was an introduction to PlanLoCaL, a suite of resources including films, a resource pack and a website which aims to support communities and groups that are 'planning for low carbon living'.
An overview was given of the importance of understanding the UK Climate Impacts Programme climate projections and how they might influence planning decisions and speakers from DECC illustrated some of the impacts of climate change and possible solutions that could be implemented to ensure a resilient community.
Using PlanLoCal exercises, an in-depth technology specific workshop examined technologies chosen by attendees beforehand,
Feedback from the event was very positive and slides from the day may be downloaded here:
These slides are the complete set presented by the Environment Agency and AMEC at the 30 September workshop.
This map shows the the Derwent catchment showing locations of barriers on rivers and local planning authority boundaries. This will be the main area of study for the East Midlands hydropower project.
A leaflet on Renewable Energy and Green Roofs has been developed by Daventry District Council and the Environment Agency to provide information on micro-renewable energy technologies and green roofs for new homes, buildings and extensions. The leaflet aims to provide particular guidance on building regulations and planning permission with regards to renewable energy technologies and green roofs as this is something that is regularly queried along with the government's recent financial incentives of the feed-in-tariff scheme and forthcoming renewable heat incentive. The leaflet is available in pdf format and can be made available in Word for other local authorities to tailor to their need. For more information, please contact Alice Ellis at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100 or email email@example.com.
Carbon Trust/AECOM slides from the Recruitment event held on 22 February, 2011
The agenda for the first workshop on 9 May, 2011 and revised programme, following consultation in February.
Full set of Carbon Trust/AECOM slides from the first workshop, 9 May, 2011
Andrew Pritchard's, East Midlands Councils slides from the first Decentralised Energy workshop, Turning Decentralised Energy into a Reality
This is full set of the slides from Workshop 2 of the Decentralised Energy Project - 22 June, 2011
Slides from the Climate East Midlands Changing Climate Week event at Northampton - 22 June, 2011
Download the flyer for the final workshops in this series, designed to enhance the skills of planners and local communities to take action on adapting to climate change. The workshops will be delivered by theTown and Country Planning Association and the UK Climate Impacts Programme. These workshops are funded from the CLG Climate Change Skills Fund.
The slides packs attached to this resource are those used by CAG Consultants in the rollout of the SW RIEP Planners' Toolkit. The events were held on 27 May (Nottingham), 6 June (Northampton) and 27 June (Lincoln).
The full set of slides from the Workshops can be downloaded below
- Workshop 1: including the timeline for the programme (31st March, 2011)
- Workshop 2: developing resources (6 July, 2011)
- Workshop 3: the business case for rollout (23 November, 2011)
- Final event: feedback and sharing successes (7 March, 2012)
Inspiring Leaders on climate change is one strand of activity in the Climate East Midlands Skills Programme. This project will provide decision makers with a range of opportunities to visit people, places and projects that demonstrate the realities of tackling climate change locally, and to learn from those who have helped make them happen.
Well Adapting East Midlands is one strand of activity in the Climate East Midlands Skills Programme. This project will provide continuing support to local authorities and their strategic partners in becoming more resilient to extreme weather and better adapted to the future climate.
The first project milestone was to publish a series of Local Climate Impact Profiles for the East Midlands, each of which can be downloaded below. These short research projects looked at the impacts of extreme weather on local areas, communities and public services to see how well prepared local authorities in particular are for the current and future climate.
Presentation made by Ben Lynch, Carbon Trust at the consultation at GOEM, 28 February, 2011.
Presentation made by Helen Chalmers, CAG Consultants at the Planning consultation at GOEM, 28 February, 2011.
Presentation made by Gerry Metcalf, UKCIP at the Planning consultation at GOEM, 28 February, 2011.
"Climate Change: Key Facts and the Business Case"
This is a workbook published by the IDeA Leadership Academy, for elected members.
This downloadable resource was developed to support member training. It comprises a set of modules that may be used separately or together and is supported by a trainer briefing pack. December 2011.
The UK Climate Projections have been created to help the UK to plan for a changing climate. The Projections contain information on observed and future climate change, based on the latest scientific understanding. This website will tell you more about the UK Climate Projections