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News from Coventry Climate Action Network

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Below, you'll find news and articles added to the Coventry Climate Action Network website CovCAN.uk during the past week plus some forthcoming events related to climate change.

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Philip Brown

Solar & Storage Live

Solar & Storage Live is the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition focussing on solar, energy and battery storage, as well as EVs and EV Infrastructure. Over 4,000 visitors will attend the 3-day exhibition being exposed to 100+ exhibitors and 200+ speakers. 10am-5pm on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th September 2019 The NEC, North Avenue, Birmingham, B40 1NT Book free tickets
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Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition and Conference 2019

Recycling & Waste Management (RWM) is the UK’s largest trade show for recycling and waste management, providing the biggest platform for world changing innovations that are shaping the future of sustainability. Across the two days RWM boasts unrivalled seminar schedules delivering expert advice and guidance, live demos of the latest and greatest technology as well as hundreds of market leading …
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Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme

The Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme supports businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire who want to save money on energy, waste and water bills and maximise low carbon opportunities. We provide grants and free energy and resource efficiency audits to help identify where energy, water and waste savings can be made, as well as …
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Coventry City Council: Air Quality briefing

Coventry City Council has joined with the FSB to provide small businesses with this information evening around the proposed Clean Air Zone The event will take place at 16:45 – 18:30 on Thu, 27 June 2019 in Diamond Room 2 of Coventry Council House. Coventry, like many towns and cities in the UK, faces the challenge of poor air quality in …
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Tory Leadership Candidates on Climate Change

What have the two contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, said about climate change? Boris Johnson In an article written in the Daily Telegraph in 2013, Johnson showed that he, like his friend Donald Trump, has no understanding of the difference between weather and climate: As a species, we human beings have become …
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Places to Ride Programme

The Places to Ride programme has up to £15 million from UK Government to fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England. The scheme is open until 15 January 2021 and will be delivered by British Cycling in partnership with Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). What …
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Sign the "Halt the solar and storage VAT hike" petition

Consumers are facing an increase from 5% to 20% VAT on the cost of installing their own low-carbon energy and storage. Increasing costs for the solutions to climate change we can use today. Meanwhile, domestic coal, the highly carbon intensive fuel the UK is committed to eradicating from our energy system, will continue to enjoy the lower 5% rate. We …
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Canada to ban harmful single-use plastics

Canada to ban harmful single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on 10 June that the Government of Canada is taking additional steps to reduce Canada’s plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives. Working with governments and businesses across Canada, the Government of Canada will: ban …
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Government rejects recommendations to force fashion industry pay to clean up its act

In February the Environmental Audit Committee published Fixing Fashion Report: Clothing Consumption and Sustainability which called on the Government to end the era of throwaway fashion through wide-ranging recommendations covering environmental and labour market practices. All their recommendations have now been rejected. Environmental Audit Committee Chair Mary Creagh MP said: “Fashion producers should be forced to clear up the mountains …
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Climate Emergency Finally Recognised: Coventry Council to lead the world by doing nothing differently…

Commentary on the Coventry Council Climate Change debate of 18-6-19 by Dr Alastair Smith, Tile Hill resident. In response to the international and local Climate Strike of May 2019, individual Coventry Councillors, including the Council Leader, stepped back from the global wave of action, stating unambiguously that they “would not declare a state of emergency”. Somewhat fortunately, following further local …
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Heatwaves 2019

India is currently experiencing an extreme heatwave. Most of the northern and central regions of the country have been suffering intense heat for more than 30 days, with temperatures in the capital New Delhi at times approaching 50C. Many countries in continental Europe are forecast to experience heatwaves this week with temperatures reaching 40C in France, the higher than any …
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Europe Debates Whether to Follow UK's Lead

The following is based on articles on the Politico website and in the CarbonBrief weekly newsletter. Europe’s leaders met in Brussels on 20 June to discuss, among other things, whether to follow the UK’s recent move and collectively adopt a net-zero climate target for 2050. In the end, a unanimous decision could not be reached, following resistance by four countries …
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Comment by Tony McNally on Climate Debate

This comment by Tony McNally refers to the climate change debate by Coventry City Council. The climate emergency was not about 2050 targets rather the imperative to contain emissions by 2030 to avert tipping over the 1.5 degrees. Which requires a 50% reduction globally on the level of 2018. At no point has the council identified publically the current level …
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Coventry Observer Article on Climate Change Debate

Article by Felix Nobes published by Coventry Observer on 21 June 2019. Coventry council's emissions pledge attacked for falling short of 'climate emergency' demands COVENTRY council’s pledge to tackle climate change in response to ‘climate emergency’ protests has been attacked for falling short of campaigners’ demands. Labour cabinet member for jobs and regeneration Councillor Jim O’Boyle forwarded a motion at …
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UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick, were awarded £80 million by the UK government  to establish UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), a new national facility for battery manufacturing development. The Centre will be located on land adjoining Rowley Road to the south of the A45. UKBIC is part …
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National Automotive Innovation Centre

The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) will create and develop novel technologies to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions. As well as housing work on the latest advances in automotive technology, the NAIC will help develop a stronger supplier base in the UK. £150 million is being invested in the NAIC and its research activities through …
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Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is  a British multinational automotive company with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry. It is a subsidiary of Indian automotive company Tata Motors. The annual turnover of the company was over £24 billion in 2018/19 and they invest about £1 billion in research and development each year. Their first all-electric vehicle is the I-PACE whose 90 kWh …
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Take Action on Climate Change

Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat we face. We can all do simple things to help reduce our carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and so mitigate their effect on the climate. We give some suggestions below. And you can find more ideas for fighting climate change here: How to Fight Climate Change at Home How to Fight Climate …
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Coventry Council Consultations

Coventry City Councillors have said that they want to consult widely as they develop their new Climate Strategy for 2020. Once these consultation meetings have been fixed we will publish information about them here. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay informed.
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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Technological advancements have provided us with clean and renewable ways to reduce our dependence on fossils fuel. Solar power is one of them along with other familiar types like hydropower, wind, and geothermal sources. Solar panels are at the heart of these developments, making practical applications for standalone setups including private homes. But how do they work, and are they …
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