The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today a detailed analysis of how councils should develop their climate emergency plans as all parts of the British and Irish Isles starts to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic. There needs to a step-change of decentralisation to give local government the policy tools and more resource to deliver low carbon transformation. The NFLA report has also been adapted and expanded on as well by its All Ireland Sustainable Energy Forum to respond to the Irish Government’s ‘Climate Conversation’ consultation that closed on the 18th May, as well as submitting it to the Irish Climate Change Advisory Board. It will be sent in addition to the UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Governments, and to member and non-member councils. The NFLA report starts from the growing realisation by the likes of the independent Committee on Climate Change, groups such as UK100 and the Green Alliance, and by central governments that local authorities are absolutely essential to achieve ‘net zero’ energy policies in these critical times to mitigate climate change. However, the report notes that the Covid-19 pandemic has badly affected local government budgets, following on from a wasted decade of austerity across the board.
NFLA 20th May 2021 read more »
Solar power is sweeping across the city of Swansea, with environmentally friendly schemes and developments gradually being seen in each and every suburb. Across schools and farmland to a city hospital, bus station and market, solar panels are slowly but surely being installed in many different locations, providing a less costly, renewable source of energy. We’re also seeing huge solar parks crop up in many areas. The city’s council has an ambitious target to reduce its carbon footprint and offset all its remaining emissions by 2030, and these solar panel schemes, which use sunlight to make electricity, are playing their part in providing clean energy. We’ve taken a look at some of the solar schemes around the city at the moment. Wessex Solar Energy has created Afon Llan Solar Park on land north of Felin Wen Farm at Rhydypandy Road, and Afon Llan near Morriston. The nine megawatt park compromises ten fields, totalling 13.89 hectares, around 10 fields. It will have an operational lifetime of at least 40 years, after which it will be decommissioned and all ground aspects of the development removed from the site. Planning permission was also granted in August, 2013, for a nine megawatt solar park at Cefn Betingau Farm in Morriston. The development included 135,000 solar panels, nine inverter/transformer cabins and a single control building.
Wales Online 19th May 2021 read more »