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Top Tips for a Greener Eden

Get tips on how to lower your personal or business footprint.

Personal Footprint Calculators

Use the calculator on the Carbon Footprint website to find out your personal carbon footprint.

Green Energy

  • Moving our energy away from fossil fuels is particularly important, as this industry produces a lot of carbon emissions. By switching to an 100% renewable energy provider you can reduce your emissions wholly. There are a growing number of energy providers in the UK that now provide 100% renewable energy.

  • Improving your energy efficiency will reduce the amount of energy needed in your homes. This can include energy saving light bulbs, home insulation measures and heating controls.

    • Warm Homes Eden is an energy efficiency scheme delivered by CAfS, in partnership with EDC. The scheme aims to help people who find it difficult to heat their homes. It provides support such as energy efficiency advice, access to draught proofing and so on. This scheme aims to improve health and well-being at the same time as tackling climate change.

  • Investing in renewable energy is a higher cost investment. You can invest in alternative heating, or generate your own renewable energy to cut your carbon emissions.
    Find out more about renewable energy go to The Energy Saving Trust website.

Low Carbon Transport

The transport footprint Eden District is high-owing to our sparse geography and low public transport provision. We are lucky to be a well-connected destination, with many large roads running through us, although this has a huge impact on our carbon emissions. Luckily there are things you can do to help reduce the impact of your travel.

  • For shorter journeys choose more active forms of transport. Walking or cycling are good for both mental and physical health, take cars off the road and in turn improve the air quality of Eden. Improve your confidence and fitness by joining cycling or running groups.

  • Be more conscious of driving green. The Energy Saving Trust give advise on low-emission driving. This can include things such as driving smoothly to reduce unnecessary braking and acceleration.

  • Consider carpooling. Share journeys with colleagues and neighbours to reduce the number of cars on the road and improve your air quality.

  • Investing in hybrid or electric cars can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. With our partners Plug N Go we will be installing 6 electric charge points in the district in spring 2020. We hope this will help encourage Eden's residents to choose electric vehicles next time they buy by improving EV infrastructure. Further information on these charge points will be available in the new year.

    • CAfS is part of a partnership with Cybermore and Charge my Street to bring additional EV charge points to Cumbria. The project aims to bring EV charge points close to homes that do not have off street parking. Find out more to boost chargepoints on CAfS website.

Air travel is an extremely polluting activity. One long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in dozens of countries produces in a year. Consider this when you book your next holiday.

Sustainable Diet

What we eat and how we eat it is damaging people and the planet. We need to eat the right produce: less, better quality and local. This will help save our planet, keep us healthy and support local farmers and businesses. We can:

  • Support local farmers and suppliers. This means produce is better regulated, higher quality and has travelled shorter distances.

  • Eat less but better quality meat and dairy. Focusing more on local grown fruit, veg, nuts etc.

  • Cut the waste by planning our meals and shop around them so you use everything you buy. For the food waste left over ensure you separate this from your general waste.

    • By 2022 we will have brought in a separate food waste in line with national commitments. In the meantime you can personally compost your food waste. This will reduce the amount of food going to landfill and you can reuse as fertilizer. You can buy compost bins at reduced rates.
      See our composting webpage for more information.

  • Donate your surplus food. Give perishables to food banks or connect with others to share food. Food sharing services help reduce food waste, promote community and tackle food poverty.
    See set up a community fridge at Hubbub for more information.

  • Grow your own. Start a vegetable patch in your garden, or grow in an allotment. We have allotments across the district, town and parish councils look after the letting of allotments.
    See our allotments in Eden webpage for further information.

Business Advice

Making changes in your business for the sake of our environment can also save your business a lot of money. The Invest in Eden website gives advice for businesses looking to go green. They signpost numerous useful business funds and support schemes available to do this. You can also find help from a number of business advice centres such as The Carbon Trust.

Funding

There are many funds available to assist you towards a more sustainable future. The following funds are for community groups interested in investing towards a greener future.

Climate Action Fund - National Lottery Community Fund

The Climate Action Fund aims to reduce the carbon footprint of communities. This Fund is now open for an initial round of funding applications. In this initial round, they will support up to 15 place-based community-led partnerships. Making the changes in communities that they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Funding expectations:

  • The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:
    • Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months);
    • Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years).
  • Successful applicants will have experience in implementing meaningful action on climate change.
  • They expect to fund a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK.
  • They will use learning from the first round of funding to help shape what happens next and we will test and learn throughout the programme. Further rounds of funding will be available at a later stage.

The deadline for submitting initial proposals is 18 December 2019.

See Climate Action Fund on the The National Lottery Community Fund website to find out more.

Rural Community Energy Fund - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

RCEF provides support to rural communities in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for a feasibility study for a renewable energy project.
  • Stage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes.

RCEF is being run by 5 regional Local Energy Hubs. If you would like to register your interest for the scheme, or would like further information, please contact the hub for the North West at RuralCommunityEnergyFundNW@lancashire.gov.uk.

See the Rural Community Energy Fund on GOV.UK for further information.

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