Sustainable Energy Context
Our demand for energy and how we produce it will be defining factors in shaping our economic and environmental future. Governments around the world have recognised the reality of climate change (global warming) exacerbated by societies' global emissions of greenhouse gases.
In the UK, there are targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from year 2000 levels by 80% by 2050. This BBC information provides a simple summary of the current situation and the size of the challenge
From improving the energy efficiency of existing housing stock and new developments to generating electricity from renewable resources, the Biosphere should be at the forefront of this journey to a more sustainable energy future. Local activities and initiatives will be needed supplement national and international policy and the Biosphere can play a key role in making them happen.
The Biosphere Partnership has produced a Biosphere Energy Plan specifically for our area. This was funded through the EU Interreg Funded programme called Sustainable Energy Across the Common Space. The study takes a detailed look at the energy sources and use across the Biosphere Region and sets the direction for activity for conserving energy and reducing energy demand. The study explores the renewable energy options for the area and how we might do our part to meet international obligations.
Winkleigh Community Carbon audit and carbon reduction plan
Centre for Alternative Technology (at Machynlleth in the Dyfi Valley Biosphere in Wales)
Bicton Earth - environmental and renewable technologies hub