About this group
East Bridgford Community Energy is a group of local volunteers who have become an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community. We propose to generate electricity from a wind turbine and all profits will be returned to the community. We receive no monetary reward for our work.
1. To help reduce CO2 emissions and thereby make a local contribution to combating climate change.
2. To provide funding for local community projects in East Bridgford.
3. To provide funding for community projects in countries that are already being adversely affected by climate change.
Our climate is changing. The past 17 years have been the hottest on record and the frequency of hurricanes, floods and droughts is increasing. The earth's climate has changed many times in response to natural causes, but an overwhelming body of evidence supports the fact that current climate changes are caused by man-made greenhouse gases which have steadily increased since the industrial revolution (1). The Government recognises this and has introduced legally binding legislation that enforces reductions of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 60% by 2050 and 26-32% by 2020, and sets five- year carbon budgets.
However, we feel that the issue of reducing carbon emissions should not just be left to the Government, local authorities and big energy companies. We believe in a 'bottom up' approach in which our local community can make a tangible contribution to tackling climate change.
At the same time as helping to combat climate change, we believe that we can generate money for worthwhile community projects in our village. Some examples are:
Improved recreational and leisure facilities
Care of the elderly
Enhanced provision for children and young people
We realise that the people hardest hit by climate change will be those living in the poorest countries. We in the developed world are by far the largest contributors to global warming and therefore have a moral obligation to help. 10% of our money will therefore go towards helping communities in these countries.