July 28th 2003

CRed Director addresses wind turbines consultation meeting

CRed Director, Professor Trevor Davies, spoke to an audience of over 80 people on the CRed plan to locate two wind turbines on the University of East Anglia (UEA) Campus. He explained how the turbines would provide enough electricity to power around 2,000 homes, and would result in UEA putting as much energy back into the National Grid as it consumes.

Energy expert and CRed Science Director, Dr Keith Tovey, told the meeting that we face some very tough choices if we are to make the deep cuts in carbon emissions needed to stabilise the climate. Moreover, with nuclear power being phased out, and domestic gas production falling as North Sea stocks start to decline, the UK is becoming increasingly reliant on gas imports. Keith explained that without a massive increase in the energy supplied by renewables we could be facing an energy deficit in the not too distant future.  

Wind power is nothing new in the Yare Valley

Objectors to the development of wind power in the Yare Valley might be surprised to learn that the Valley was home to two windmills for over half a century. Sharp-eyed Eastern Daily Press reader, Anthony Ward, spotted the press article on wind turbines and explained that the windmills (now demolished) had been used to irrigate local farms.

Mr Ward said:

"Both these structures were regarded locally as assets and part of the scenery. Modern wind turbines would be simply an update of these old Hercules windmills."  

CRed working with council to promote solar energy

Cred team members are working with Broadland District Council Energy Officer, Paul Bourgeois, to promote the use of solar energy. Paul has secured a generous grant to enable around 50 state-of-the-art solar thermal panels to be installed, at a greatly reduced cost, in homes throughout the Broadland district.

CRed's Liaison Officer, Marcus Armes, said:

"We are delighted that Paul has suggested running this initiative jointly with CRed, and we congratulate him on his hard work in securing grant funding. We hope that the publicity from this venture will help spur other householders across the Region to invest in this low-carbon technology, which is becoming increasingly cost-effective as energy prices start to rise." 

July 15th 2003

Bishop's Blessing

In a welcome move CRed has received the support of the Bishop of Norwich. In a letter of support to CRed Science Director, Dr Keith Tovey, Bishop Graham described CRed as: "One of the best things to have emerged in this area in recent years".

The Bishop explained that every parish in the Norwich diocese has been sent information on an environmental audit; this initiative emerged from a well supported Green Church Day held in Hethersett on May 31st. Moreover, the Norwich diocese is planning further practical initiatives in the future - we hope to report on these in future news columns.

CRed Director, Professor Trevor Davies, welcomed the Bishop's support saying:

"The church is an influential part of our society, and it is very heartening that the Bishop is so supportive and willing to encourage the introduction of carbon reduction measures, both within the Church and across the broader community".

Workers to unite behind carbon cuts

White collar and engineering union Amicus threw its considerable weight behind CRed in a move that could see thousands of Amicus members striving to make their workplaces more energy efficient.

After a meeting with CRed Director, Trevor Davies, Amicus National Executive Committee member, Roger Spiller, has organised an Eastern Regional Conference on the issue of sustainable development - the event is to be held in Cambridge in October. The conference will be attended by Amicus members from throughout the area, who will examine ways in which they can become involved with CRed to promote low carbon practices.

Welcoming the move CRed External Liaison Officer, Marcus Armes, said:

"The people who can really make a difference to working practices are very often the workers themselves. I am sure that most enlightened employers will welcome the initiative on waste minimisation and energy efficiency being taken by the workforce".

CRed message comes over loud and clear at Energy Conference

CRed's Professor Trevor Davies was a guest speaker at the recent East of England Energy Group Annual Conference held at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Trevor explained the CRed's community approach to carbon reduction to around 160 guests from across the energy industry.

Along with Nick Goodall from the East of England Development Agency funded Renewables East, Trevor outlined the opportunities that the low carbon economy offered to businesses across the region. He also spoke about the University of East Anglia's plan to located two wind turbines on Campus, which should make the University carbon neutral.

City company, LSI architects, sign up to CRed

One of Norwich leading firms of architects has become a keen member of the CRed community. LSI partner, David Thompson, has invited the CRed to undertake an energy audit of the company's premises in order to indicate areas where energy savings can be made. Moreover, the company have agreed to work with CRed to push up the standard of energy efficiency in new buildings.

June 13th 2003

Norfolk Takes the Lead
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June 4th 2003

What is CRed?
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May 31st 2003

In-CRedible interest in carbon reduction
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May 30th 2003

UEA could be future site of turbines
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May 27th 2003

We must reduce the waste mountain
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May 26th 2003

Everyone can make a difference
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Lots of ways to help in the house
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May 24th 2003

A green test for the office
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May 23rd 2003

Turbines get the go-ahead
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Companies sign up to save the planet
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May 22nd 2003

Environmental mess ... its up to us
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How Norfolk can help beat global warming
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Pleading on behalf of younger generation
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