West Cumbria and North Lakes Friends of the Earth have launched a new draft report – a Sustainable Energy Strategy for Cumbria. The strategy will be one that does not depend on new nuclear developments, but uses the abundance of clean green resources and expertise we already have in Cumbria.
Pete Roche was commissioned to research and write the report “Towards a Sustainable Cumbria”. Everyone with an interest in Cumbria’s future is invited to comment on the report, and the group will then produce a final document.
Nuclear issues campaigner for West Cumbria and North Lakes Friends of the Earth, Dr Ruth Balogh explained:
“It’s a Plan B for Cumbria. We need to start a conversation about how we can thrive without new nuclear. The nuclear industry here should concentrate on making waste safe and secure, for which there are many jobs for years to come. We show what could be done to make Cumbria sustainable for energy. We could expand technologies that are already doing well in Cumbria like anaerobic digesters and low-head hydro power, and adopt ideas from outside the County, like district heating systems and solid wall insulation.”
The document is available to download here. All comments received whether in writing, by email or verbally will be taken into account before producing a final Strategy later this year.