We are gathering links to opportunities, organisations and ideas to help us all work towards a low carbon future . We are adding to this list as we find more relevant sites:
This first site is aimed at supporting London's move to a lower carbon energy system, which is both more secure and more affordable to Londonders. It is updated frequently.
1.Energy for London aims to help local authorities, private sector developers, community groups, individuals, and others to identify key energy saving and carbon reduction initiatives in the capital, sharing knowledge and providing opportunities for like-minded projects to get in contact with one another. It will also provide a London-perspective on national energy policy issues.
2. Green Deal: energy saving for your home
The improvements that could save you the most energy depend on your home, but typical examples include:
3. Livingreen Centre at Morden Hall Park run by the National Trust in our Ward is a permanent exhibition, set in a renovated 19th century stable block. It is one of the most energy-efficient historic buildings in the country. The visitor centre provides extensive information and examples of how to live more sustainably .
4. Sustainable Merton - a community-led initiative giving local residents, groups, organisations and businesses the opportunity to stimulate practical action to make our area a sustainable community. SM is engaged in projects covering renewable energy and energy saving, local food growing, water conservation and raising awareness of the issues associated with climate change. They are working in partnership with Merton Council and with schools, community groups and businesses across Merton.
5. Zipcar is a fast-growing Car Club - "Other car clubs are available" but here's the important facts - London is a global economic and cultural centre, one of the most connected and diverse cities on the planet and our Capital’s success is continuing to grow. However this very success raises its own challenges. London’s roads are already under pressure, with safety, congestion and air quality issues. With the population forecast to grow to by 14% in the next decade these pressures can only increase.
Car clubs offer a key part of the solution, reducing congestion, pollution, and parking pressures to make the most efficient use of our road network. London already has Europe’s largest car club market but there is an enormous potential for this industry to grow and deliver really significant benefits for Londoners. London could lead the world in delivering smarter car lite living:
One Car club car effectively removes around 17 privately owned cars from the streets
Car club members drive 7 times fewer short journeys (less than 5 miles) than car owners do
Car club members tend not to commute by car or drive so much during rush hour – it simply does not make sense to pay for a car that is parked at the office all day
Car club members make smarter choices about how they get around, by predominantly using public transport, cycling or walking; and only using the car occasionally for specific journeys, such as shopping trips with large loads and out of town visits to family and friends.
6. Energy for Londoners scheme includes:
Free boilers & home insulation offered to home owners struggling with fuel bills
New pan-London support services for fuel-poor homes to offer health, insulation and income advice
Launch of new Licence to power TFL train depots with locally-sourced, cleaner energy
More solar power in London, including on TfL buildings
Plan to help home owners struggling to pay fuel bills with free home energy improvements including boilers, heating controls and insulation .
Londoners can apply for Warmer Homes grants from today via www.london.gov.uk/warmer-homes
The Mayor is also funding boroughs to deliver a new London-wide referral service that will link people living in fuel poverty with organisations offering health, income and energy efficiency support.