Energy: Buildings and Transport
Our houses could be more efficient with better insulation coupled with controlled ventilation giving more control over our usage. Our housing stock is one of the worst in Europe for leaky, badly insulated buildings. Government has recognised this and will provide, in many cases, grants to help cut energy waste, improve people’s comfort and save them money all at the same time. A well insulated property with solar panels and a heat pump will use very little precious energy with little of the pollution that fossil fuels emit. The earth is warming and the need to reverse this is now a matter of urgency.
In this category, we aim to provide links to some of the organisations and projects who are there to advise and help the public in this important field.
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As part of our mission to connect community groups with support and inspiration, we’ve been expanding our base of mentors to encompass a wide range of knowledge and experience - read on for an introduction to a few of them.
The year got off to a flying start with a Change Makers event that proved so popular we had to change venue! Almost thirty attendees joined us in Totnes to understand more about the possibilities of using thermal imaging cameras with community groups.
Our recent Christmas Celebration gave us the chance to hear about some of your proudest achievements from 2023, and was also a reminder of how much has happened for Sustainable South Hams in the last year! Read on for a round up of where we’re at now, what we’re looking forward to, and the wide range of things we’ve been up to.
Als Parker, Founding Director of Devon Energy Community Interest Company (devonenergycic.co.uk), discusses community renewable energy projects with an emphasis on community ownership and local supply
Guidance, particularly for councils, on habitat clearance taking place prior to planning application, including relevant legislation
The Devon Carbon Plan is the roadmap for how Devon will reach net-zero emissions by 2050 (at the latest). The Devon Carbon Plan outlines actions for how each sector (economy and resources, energy supply, food, land and sea, transport, and the built environment) can reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
We have run energy fairs & education events. We are now running a Community Energy Champion Training.
Moor Imagination Collective has been created to facilitate the acquisition, development and running of Buckfastleigh Methodist Church as a community hub.
We have been involved with 47 solar PV projects (Commercial & domestic) & are a delivery partner and share holder in Totnes Weir Hydro. Projects include - The Shine Project - Fuel Poverty project with SDRHA to install solar PV across 42 tenanted properties, resident receive solar electricity for free.
A joint project led by SMASH with speakers, stalls and networking opportunities
Moor Imagination Collective intend to develop a community hub in Buckfastleigh