Improvements in energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy are essential to ensure that future energy supply is both secure and affordable. Communities can play an active role in achieving this.
At RCCE we aim to improve understanding of the challenges presented by peak oil and climate change, and raise awareness of the opportunities to create local sustainable energy solutions. We run training sessions about sustainable engergy and we undertake energy audits of community buildings
Local initiatives should follow the Energy Hierarchy:
Reduce energy use.
Use energy efficiently
Generate renewable energy.
Understand the potential for energy saving in homes and community buildings.
Promote and encourage changes in behaviour and use of energy saving measures (such as insulation).
Understand which renewable energy technologies would be most appropriate and beneficial for your community; for individual homes, for community buildings or for the whole setttlement.
Explore how renewable energy projects could be financed through Feed in Tariffs, Renewable Heat Incentive or the new renewable energy revolving fund.
The Greening Campaign
Low Carbon Communities Network
Energy Saving Trust
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Centre for Sustainable Energy
Best Practice for Oil Buying Groups