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. Sustainable Government aims to help public services cut waste and improve their operational efficiency .
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. Adopt a Green Space - a new voluntary project in Merton, launched with the support of Transition Town Wimbledon and Sustainable Merton. They have been working with council officers from parks and highways to enable individual residents or groups to manage their smaller green spaces .
5. New Leaf Recycling - we have found a way to recycle our waste paper and office equipment. When you dispose of your computer the information on your hard disk may still be accessible even though you think you have wiped it. This local organisation can completely erase all files and ensure all components are recycled.
6. Green Energy Potential in London - as part of a series of DECC-funded regional renewable energy (RE) assessments, the GLA has just published a detailed study on the potential for renewable and low carbon decentralised energy (DE) systems in Greater London.
The results of this study suggest that the combined technical potential for RE and DE systems could supply up to 53% and 44% of Londonís consumption of electricity and heating needs respectively. The potential to utilise key RE technologies and heat networks across London is studied in the report and a companion paper sets out a 'Roadmap for Deployment'.
Full details of the study are reported on the Energy for London website which also provides some background to this DECC-funded study.
7. 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.
8. 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 Capitalís success is continuing to grow. However this very success raises its own challenges. Londonís 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 Europeís 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 Ė 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