Shin­ing light on power of fu­ture

Gloucestershire Echo - - REVIEWS -

MANY of us are wor­ried about the way en­ergy is pro­duced, stored and used in the UK. But how much do we re­ally know about so­lar tech­nolo­gies?

Tran­si­tion Cleeve is one of a net­work of ‘Tran­si­tion Town’ ini­tia­tives across the UK and world­wide, work­ing to­wards mak­ing a pos­i­tive change to the fu­ture re­silience of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the face of cli­mate change and dwin­dling re­sources.

On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, it teamed up with Hope for the Fu­ture, a Uk-based char­ity which spe­cialises in train­ing cit­i­zens to work with MPS on cli­mate change, and hosted a panel dis­cus­sion and pub­lic fo­rum to ex­plore th­ese is­sues.

Stoke Or­chard Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was se­lected as the venue – a new com­mu­nity hall with 198 so­lar pan­els and a low-car­bon heat ex­change sys­tem.

If you are ex­cited about the use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, or have al­ready ac­quired one, have you ever thought about the en­ergy stored in their bat­ter­ies even when not in use?

How might this be made avail­able at times of peak us­age?

Dr John Henry Looney, of con­sul­tancy Sus­tain­able Di­rec­tion, uses re­search into this and re­lated ar­eas to ad­vise busi­nesses in mak­ing smart de­ci­sions about re­duc­ing their car­bon foot­print.

Dr Pe­ter Boait is at the fore­front of re­search into en­ergy and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

He sug­gested that com­mu­ni­ties might form co­op­er­a­tives such as theone un­der dis­cus­sion for res­i­dents of Bar­ton St in Glouces­ter, where neigh­bours could buy and sell­sur­plus en­ergy to each other. Alex Chalk, MP for Chel­tenham, spoke about the need for gov­ern­ment to take the lead on car­bon cap­ture and stor­age.

Alex sees cli­mate change as one of the biggest threats to our fu­ture and one that the UK gov­ern­ment needs to take at least as se­ri­ously as ter­ror­ism and an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance.

This month saw the pub­li­ca­tion of the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change’s lat­est re­port on run­away cli­mate change.

It has never been more ur­gent for gov­ern­ments to make take ac­tion. As De­bra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Work­ing Group II, said: “The de­ci­sions we make to­day are crit­i­cal in en­sur­ing a safe and sus­tain­able world for ev­ery­one, both now and in the fu­ture.”

What can in­di­vid­u­als do? Know your own car­bon foot­print and ac­tively look for ways to re­duce it. Tran­si­tion Cleeve face­book.com/tran­si­tion­cleeve

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