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Energy we can all afford: public meeting and ‘Question Time’

Monday, March 4th, 2013

This winter millions of people across the UK have been struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills, yet energy prices continue to rise. How can we tackle the challenges of fuel poverty, fossil fuels and climate change to create energy we can all afford, warmer homes, lower bills and a cooler planet?

Come and join the debate

Date:  Friday 8 March
Time:  7.30pm start and refreshments from 7pm
Venue:  The Church View Centre, Church View, Doncaster, DN1 1AF (Parking available at rear of entrance, on street and market car park free after 6pm)

Speakers include:

Caroline Flint, State of Energy and Climate Change & MP for Don Valley
Martyn Williams, Energy Bill Revolution
Prof. Lenny Koh, Centre for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at University of Sheffield
Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth Yorkshire & the Humber

For further information:
Contact Rachel at rachel.hubbard@foe.co.uk  or Tel: 07917 358796.

Organised by Doncaster Friends of the Earth with thanks to Doncaster CDT www.foe.co.uk/doncaster  and www.doncastercdt.org

Independent investigation reveals communities’ thoughts on Government’s Green Deal

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Implications and challenges surrounding the Governments energy-efficiency flagship programme the Green Deal have been raised by University of Sheffield researchers following an investigation into what low income communities in the Yorkshire and Humberside region think of the scheme.

Insulation in a home ©iStockphoto.com/LianeM

Experts from the University of Sheffield, as part of wider research into the BIG Energy Upgrade Programme, held focus groups in six towns and cities across the region to assess initial awareness of the Green Deal by residents in deprived communities.

The Green Deal is one of the flagship policies of the current Coalition Government stimulating economic growth and aiming for carbon emissions reduction, fuel poverty reduction and improved homes.

Initial costs of any improvements are paid for by residents who take out a loan from the Green Deal Finance Company then pay it off through savings to their fuel bills.

The researchers interviewed residents in Leeds, Barnsley, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Dewsbury and Grimsby in community centres, church halls and cafes.

Although more findings are expected following a thorough analysis of their data, the researchers were able to draw out some feedback including:

  • Many residents who do not own their own homes perceive a financial investment in someone else’s property as unfair and illogical.
  • The Green Deal is good for the local supply chains and the economy.
  • Residents are dubious of the role that banks might play in financing the Green Deal.
  • It will boost the energy efficiency market and creates a low carbon future for our building stocks.
  • Confusion between the Green Deal and other Government initiatives, such as solar panels and the feed-in tariff
  • Residents concluded that it is only a matter of time before their Local Authority or Housing Association will fund interventions across all homes under one scheme or another
  • While the financial savings may be significant in time, increased warmth and comfort are immediate and tangible.

Professor Lenny Koh, who led the project, said: “Green Deal is a strategic and important financial scheme to help people to keep their home warm and afford access to energy. Hence, Green Deal will improve quality of life of individuals.

“It is important that the housing stock is made more energy-efficient and the Green Deal is the right scheme to do that. It has a customised element for the assessment and installation process which makes it tailored to the needs of the user.

“People are dealing with Green Deal approved companies so should get an expected high standard of work. It is also sustainable and should only be implemented when it will definitely benefit residents.”

This work was undertaken as part of the BIG Energy Upgrade Programme, a project part financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the Yorkshire and Humber Programme 2007 – 2013 and utilised additional funding from the University of Sheffield.

For more information on the Big Energy Upgrade please visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/bigenergyupgrade

Sheffield strengthens ties with Taiwan

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The University of Sheffield has signed an agreement with a Taiwanese University, which will see both institutions engage in activities such as staff and student exchanges, collaborative research and summer schools.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Sheffield and National Chung Hsing University in Taichung was signed yesterday on 18 January 2010 by Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Dr Jei-Fu Shaw, President of National Chung Hsing University. The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at the University, and Miles Stevenson, Director of Development at the University.

The agreement will strengthen the University´s ties with Taiwan, and open up the potential for closer research collaboration in the areas of biotechnology, bioengineering, nanotechnology, medical devices, energy and low carbon. The University of Sheffield has a long and established relationship with Taiwan, with the first student from the country graduating in 1969. Professor Lenny Koh – an expert in green technologies – visited the country in 2009 to advise businesses in Taiwan about `green exporting´ to Europe.

Professor Keith Burnett said: “The University of Sheffield is very pleased to announce this five-year agreement with National Chung Hsing University. We are looking forward to developing closer academic relations in a range of areas and seeing our staff and students working and studying together.”

Experts explore benefits of coal industry for Yorkshire

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Experts from the worlds of politics, academia and business came together at the University of Sheffield this week (28 October 2009) to discuss social and economic regeneration opportunities for the coal industry in Yorkshire and the implications this will have for climate change.

The conference, which was held at the Edge Conference Centre at the University, was hosted by the Rt Hon John Prescott MP. He was joined by a delegation of Chinese politicians who gathered in Sheffield to look at the positive contributions that could be had from the coal industry.

Discussion included increasing co-operation and investment opportunities between the North of England and industrial areas of China, the positive contribution of coal, latest and future techniques in the mining and burning of coal, government policy for the coal industry and coal communities, climate change issues, and regeneration implications and considerations for the region.

The Coalfield Regeneration Trust have been actively supporting the conference and will be showing the delegation from China, several facilities that they have helped establish to deal with the after-effects of the coal industry in the UK. The conference will also include visits on 27 and 29 October 2009 to an industrialised housing scheme on a regenerated coalfield site, and to the internationally acclaimed University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which is dedicated to developing the new, technology-driven solutions that help ensure UK manufacturing remains competitive in the world.

The Conference is an initiative supported by the new Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF). This new research hub brings together world-leading expertise based within Yorkshire and Humberside with the aim of building a competitive, sustainable and carbon efficient regional economy while providing climate solution of national and international significance. The Centre for Low Carbon Futures strongly advocates collaboration between government, university and industry, to address these low carbon issues.

Mr Prescott said: “The Coal Conference represents one of the most exciting developments for the future of the economy in Yorkshire. It is very pleasing to be able to hold the event at the University of Sheffield, which is at the centre of these developments in the region.”

Professor Lenny Koh, from the University´s Management School is a principal investigator for the new centre, and also spoke at the conference. She is currently leading a project which will map the supply chain, reveal how material flows through it and identifying carbon `hotspots´ so that supply chains can be remodelled to reduce carbon emissions.

Professor Koh said: “We were delighted to welcome such distinguished guests to the University to discuss these pressing issues. I am happy to be working with colleagues to create a visionary research Centre which will begin to address the energy and environmental issues we face today. The Centre for Low Carbon Futures aims to position our region to address low carbon challenges and access the leading edge solutions which we believe will help build a competitive, sustainable and carbon efficient regional economy.”