Hampshire Climate Action Network is an informal way for local groups to share ideas and collaborate.

Meetings take place every four months and are open to people active on climate change in their community.  “Hampshire” includes the county and also Southampton and Portsmouth. Find out more by emailing HCAN@winacc.org.uk. The HCAN Facebook Group for people involved in climate change activities across Hampshire shares news and publicises events.

Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 13 October 2018

Hampshire Climate Action Network – HampshireCAN for short – met on 13 October 2018. See detailed notes, including updates from groups across Hampshire.

These are the main points:

1. “Air Pollution – time for change”

HampshireCAN is one of the sponsors of an important meeting on Air Quality, along with groups from Alton, Basingstoke, Southampton and Winchester: 17 November 10.00-1.00 Friends Meeting House, Southampton 1a Ordnance Road, SO15 2AZ

We’re creating a strong voice against air pollution that combines local freedom of action with the strength of working together across the Solent/Hampshire area. We will:

  1. learn from each other about what has succeeded locally (and what hasn’t)
  2. agree actions and systems to strengthen our voice across the Solent/Hampshire area

Do come! Book your place at hcan@winacc.org.uk. (People who don’t book are welcome but there may be no room for them.) £4 on the day to cover room hire and refreshments (free for people who depend on benefits)

Share your work! 3 minutes to tell people about an action, what went well (or didn’t) – please tell hcan@winacc.org.uk  if you want to speak.

2. IPCC and The UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC)

The UK  Committee on Climate Change latest report says that although the UK is doing OK on electricity, we are failing on renewable heat and transport – and that was against target of 2 degrees, not current target of 1.5 degrees.

Action: please write to your MP(s) highlighting the urgency of action, in the light of the recent IPCC report and CCC findings.

3. Future Hampshire Climate Action Network meetings

Sat 9 Feb 2019 to be hosted by Fareham at Holy Trinity Church, West Street, Fareham PO16 0EL – here’s a map. Agenda to include: Clean Air Day Thursday 20 June 2019; impact of Brexit and actions required; getting climate change onto the agenda for the May Council elections.

Sat 6 July 2019 to be hosted by WinACC at University of Winchester, Sparkford Rd S022 4NR.

4. Funding for Clean Growth

M3 Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a new Clean Growth Enterprise Fund described as a “multi-million pound fund to support ambitious & innovative projects enhancing productivity, creating jobs & driving clean growth” – see https://r1.dmtrk.net/4ZTK-25M5-EA1OXI1UBC/cr.aspx, and some thoughts in our attached minutes

Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 14 July 2018

Hampshire Climate Action Network – HampshireCAN for short – met on 14 July 2018. See detailed notes, including updates from groups across Hampshire.

These are the main points:

1. Air pollution

  • We held a special HampshireCAN event to learn more about air pollution. We will organise a second to consider how to work together / network to get added value from collaborating – for example, we might:
    • share things – expertise, monitors, the cost of hiring a Smogmobile for use in several areas
    • use joint messages, joint actions, joint branding
    • set up a group to liaise across Hampshire

Email HCAN@winacc.org.uk to take part.

2.  Ideas on recycling

Ways to attract attention and get people to interact on a stall:

  • Use plastic straws to create a hat / a sculpture. Southampton created a mobile of rubbish on a pole which attracted attention.
  • Southampton recycling quiz  – feel free to use / adapt) – give the answers on the back so that people have facts to take away.
  • WinACC’s Rubbish Game  – people (especially children) sort rubbish into containers against the clock for a prize.

3. Making off-gas grid homes more energy efficient

  • Energy Alton will work on this on behalf of all in HampshireCAN, supported by Bob Whitmarsh of WinACC. They hope to create a matrix that shows the advantages, capital and revenue costs of each option. E.g. does electricity cost more than gas? Are both cheaper than oil? What’s the cost of the initial installation? Ideally would also show what the future might bring, not just current cost/benefits.
  • Incentives for moving from oil include: cost (capital and revenue); reducing hassle; evening the cost over time; reliability; feeling virtuous because reducing emissions; availability of subsidies for some people to get on grid / Renewable Heat Incentive.
  • What to change to?
    • Get onto the grid – NB role of energy providers.
    • Create a community solar “farm”, might cost less than a gas pipe
    • Biomass – NB Renewable Heat Incentive.
    • New better more efficient electric heating – NB electricity is getting cleaner – emissions predicted to be less than natural gas by end 2019
    • Heat pumps – air, ground or water sourced – air is least hassle (and can cool as well as heat!)

4. Hampshire County Council Commission of Inquiry into 2050

HCC is setting up a Commission of Inquiry to “..make recommendations on a Vision for Hampshire 2050 which will guide and contribute to the future prosperity, quality of life, and protection and enhancement of the character and environment of Hampshire” (see pages 145-149 at http://hampshire.moderngov.co.uk/documents/g739/Public%20reports%20pack%2005th-Feb-2018%2010.30%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10)

Agreed to submit evidence as HampshireCAN.

5. Green Great Britain Week (dates)

We hope to do a co-ordinated campaign across Hampshire to write invite as many of our MPs as possible to visit community energy schemes on 19 October. Can you invite yours to meet you?

6. Next Hampshire Climate Action Network meetings

Sat 13 October  10-12.30 Innovation Centre, Norden House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EB  (not 4HG is the post office code but only 4EB works on satnav!). The Innovation Centre is 5-10 minutes’ walk from the station, east along the route of the railway. Basing View is confusingly a circular road – Innovation House is close to the corner with Norn Hill on the north side.

Sat 9 Feb 2019 in SE e.g. Portsmouth or Fareham.

For both:
  • Doors open at 9.30 for coffee, busines starts at 10, and we end at 12.30 followed by “bring and share” lunch.
  • the agenda is for you to decide.  If you want to come and have something for the agenda, please email HCAN@winacc.org.uk

See also

Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 10 March 2018

Hampshire Climate Action Network – HampshireCAN for short – met on 10 March 2018 – see detailed notes.

These are the main points:

Air pollution

  • We will hold a special HampshireCAN event, at which we will get a speaker to educate ourselves more about air pollution, and consider how to work together / network to get added value from collaborating – for example, we might:
    • share things – expertise, monitors, the cost of hiring a Smogmobile for use in several areas
    • press for a regional Clean Air strategy / extension of No Idling
    • use joint messages, joint actions, joint branding
  • We will set up a group to liaise across Hampshire – email HCAN@winacc.org.uk to take part.

Making homes more energy efficient

  • Each group will write to their MP to say that the Green Growth Strategy needs to require all new homes to meet zero carbon standard because if not, they will have to be retrofitted which costs more. (The detailed notes include an example, a letter written to Damien Hinds MP by Energy Alton).

Ecochurch

  • Eco-Church, backed by A Rocha, is the latest Christian multi-denominational ecological initiative. They have good materials for churches to look at what they are doing in respect of Worship and teaching; Buildings; Land; Community and Global; Lifestyle.

Solar power

  • It’s hoped that local churches in Southampton will come together to explore the possibility of solar PV on local church roofs (churches always have south facing roofs and often on the long side along the nave)
  • In Hampshire, there is support available for creating solar schemes on roofs, e.g. from Wey Valley Solar or Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-op – the challenge is finding owners with large roofs who are willing to consider it.
  • Basingstoke Energy Co-op kindly shared their list of potential funders for community energy schemes.

Hampshire 2050

  • HCC is setting up a Commission of Inquiry to “..make recommendations on a Vision for Hampshire 2050 which will guide and contribute to the future prosperity, quality of life, and protection and enhancement of the character and environment of Hampshire”.
  • We will submit evidence as HampshireCAN. If you want to join the small group to work on this, email us at hcan@winacc.org.uk. We should also submit evidence from our individual organisations.

Dates of the next two meetings of HampshireCAN

  • Sat 14 July 10.30-1.00  at  The Parish Office St Lawrence Parish Centre Church Street Alton GU34 2BW, convened by Energy Alton.
  • Sat 13 October  10-12.30 Innovation Centre, Norden House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EB
Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 14 October 2017

Hampshire Climate Action Network met on  14 October 2017 – see notes.

The main issues discussed at the October 2017 meeting were:

  • how to use this report from Hampshire Renewable Energy Coop  Renewable_Energy_Production_in_Hampshire
  • responding to the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy
  • air quality – what’s going on across Hampshire
  • ideas for working with schools on climate change
  • how to approach people who have strong feelings against wind power, cycling and other climate-friendly activities
  • the future structure of HampshireCAN – which will be discussed in more detail at the meeting in March 2018.
The next Hampshire Climate Action Network meeting will be Saturday 10 March 2018 10-12.30 at Freemantle URC 257 Shirley Road, Southampton SO15 3HS.  If you want to come, email HCAN@winacc.org.uk.
Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 6 May 2017

1. Hampshire Clean Air Month

We decided to declare June as Hampshire Clean Air Month because so many groups were doing events aroound National Clean Air Day. This got some great publicity.

2. BREATHE

WinACC have launched the name and logo BREATHE for better air, transport, heath and environment. Anyone can use the logo and the message, and we encouraged all groups in Hampshire to adopt it as a brand for their work on air quality. We’re stronger together! More about logo, brand, how to use and what you can do with it .

3. Pollution poll

WinACC asked the public for their views on what to do about air pollution in the “pollution poll” at Winchester Hat Fair Sunday 2 July. This is a fun way to gather views, and people are keen to take part – see what it looks like. WinACC would be pleased to lend the poll to other groups. See results of the three Winchester polls.

Next meeting Sat 14 October – details here.

Click here to download the minutes

WinACC urges support for mixed plastic and cartons recycling

WinACC and Hampshire Climate Action Network have written to the Project Integra Committee urging them to support the implementation of mixed plastic and cartons recycling. Given that there is clearly strong appetite for it, it would result in a significant improvement in the county’s recycling rate and also provide a valuable reduction in carbon emissions.

Full full details, read our letter to Project Inegra.

Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 29 October 2016

Hampshire Climate Action Network met on  29 October 2016 – see notes.

The next meeting will be Sat 6 May 2017 in Winchester. If you want to come, email HCAN@winacc.org.uk

The topics discussed were:

  1. Hampshire elections: Basingstoke will organise a discussion (via email or meeting) on how to make climate change an issue in the local government elections on 4 May 2017
  2. New building and housing developments: ideas on how to influence developers and Councils to make them low carbon
  3. Community Energy
  4. Air pollution and transport.  WinCC’s equipment for a fun “pollution poll” public survey is available to borrow (see what it looks like and findings from 2 Oct). Use monitors to highlight issue and ask for a more thorough survey. Use health reports on air quality to build awareness
  5. Is it worthwhile to run a Green Week? Lessons from Basingstoke
  6. Working across Hampshire – how to influence HCC and others
  7. Energy-saving for people on low incomes
  • Sources of info on funding:
    • ask the Environment Centre in Southampton
    • Can get help from the Environment Centre for people in private housing
    • OFGem website – search for Energy Company Obligation
    • WinACC website has info and downloads on zero– and low-cost ways to save energy
Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 30 April 2016

At a well-attended meeting on 30 April 2016, climate change activists from the Andover, Basingstoke, the New Forest, Southampton, Winchester and elsewhere swapped news and ideas about:

  • campaigning on air quality
  • community schemes to put solar PV on large roofs
  • encouraging pension companies to take their investment out of fossil fuel
  • getting improved public transport linking towns across Hampshire

and more. Full minutes attached.

The next get-together will be in September or October 2016, we hope in Eastleigh.

If yu are active in your community on climate change and want to get news of HCAN meetings, email HCAN@winacc.org.uk.

Hampshire Climate Action Network - notes of meeting 20 June 2015

Main points were:

  • National demos will be on 29 November 2015
  • HCAN will encourage local marches on November 29 in each large place in Hampshire (Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, possibly Alton, anywhere else people want to) to their railway station. Some people continue to the London demonstration, others can demonstrate locally
  • Singing raises spirits and has an impact.
    • WinACC has a poem in search of a tune
    • or look at this brilliant singing
  • WinACC is collecting eminent people and local people to sign a letter to local MP/Amber Rudd / David Cameron – others could do the same
  • We should:
    • retweet each other’s tweets
    • like each other on Facebook
    • share news about each other’s events
      • Will someone volunteer to set up a HCAN website so we can all put our events onto it?
      • Will someone volunteer to set up a HCAN Facebook page so we can all put our events onto it?

There’ll be another meeting in 6 months – Mark will book venue in Southampton for 7 November.

Click here to download the notes of the meeting

For more specific enquiries about saving energy or renewable energy in the home, please contact WinACC via email at homeenergy@winacc.org.uk.  Please allow seven days for a response.

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