Aneaka Kellay takes a look at the challenges faced by those seeking to find the right retrofit builder. As well as the challenges she looks at what Carbon Co-op is working on to overcome these, including hosting the upcoming Routes to Retrofit course which...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: September 17, 2018

It's been a year since we launched the Carbon Co-op home energy training programme, we've delivered eight new courses with 18 sessions delivered and over 150 people attending. It's had a huge impact on us and feedback suggests it's also had a huge impact...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: August 8, 2018

This is a guest blog from Rebecca Ince an academic researcher at the University of Birmingham. She has a long term interest in energy efficiency, retrofit and third...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: June 25, 2018
Co-operative store notice board

We're looking for people to identify locations for us to place posters and publicity about our work, in particular training courses. Carbon Co-op is all about helping people take collective action on climate change - so we're always looking to get the word...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: May 10, 2018

How can I get support for my retrofit project? Where can I get advice on electric vehicle chargers or batteries? How can I help influence action on climate change in Greater Manchester?

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Author: Jonathan
Post date: May 10, 2018

On 19th April 2018 in Birmingham, Community Energy England and Carbon Co-op hosted a full day of talks on the role that energy efficiency projects could play in community energy activities. Community energy practitioners from across England, expert...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: May 10, 2018

Jonathan Atkinson, Project Manager at Carbon Co-op was asked to present at GM Mayor, Andy Burnham's Green Summit in March 2018 and used the opportunity to highlight the need for a just transition.

Carbon Co-op have been involved in the summit as...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: April 23, 2018

Though energy efficiency has always been seen as the 'ugly duckling' of the Community Energy sector, with groups often finding it easier to focus on renewable generation, changing government policy and the desire to find new viable business models has led...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: April 4, 2018

Aneaka catches up with Tim from Nottingham to discuss his experience of attending Carbon Co-op's DIY retrofit training.


Tim, a carpenter based in Nottingham, decided to attend Carbon Co...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: March 29, 2018
GM Retrofit Listening Event


On Monday 19th February 2018, The Mayor's Green Summit Listening Event on domestic housing...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 21, 2018

This is Carbon Co-op's response to BEIS' call for evidence on building a market for energy efficiency. It should be read concert with this...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: January 9, 2018

This autumn social saw members get together for an informative and enjoyable evening at Leaf on Portland St.

We heard from three very different households who have recently completed (or almost completed!) their retrofits, and were inspired by each...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: October 6, 2017
Tagged: Eco Homes, Retrofit

With April showers and glorious afternoon sunshine, we celebrated our community, learnt about justice issues and got involved with hands on workshops.

The atmosphere at Hulme Community Garden Centre was really something special. Images speak louder...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: May 26, 2017

Insights from the DIY retrofit for homeowners’ course, 6th, 7th and 20th May 2017, by Kate Simpson.

Feeling energised, on the train home from my third day of training in DIY retrofit for homeowners in Manchester. Led by the Dan Chaplin, director of...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: May 26, 2017

On Monday 13th February 2017, Cooler Projects organised an #OurManifesto Climate Change Workshop with Labour's Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham. Below is our written response to the #OurManifesto call out.

Our highest priority...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 12, 2017


The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework sets out a strategy for the development of the city region's physical infrastructure over the next 20 years. It's important to Carbon Co-...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: December 24, 2016

In November 2016 Carbon Co-op contracted Dan Chaplin to run a three day DIY Retrofit for Homeowners course. Running the course was a first for us, and a part of our effort to provide more support to those working on low cost DIY retrofits.


Author: Aneaka
Post date: November 28, 2016
Tagged: Retrofit, Workshops

These videos show the presentations made at the Carbon Co-op AGM in April 2016. The theme for the presentations was about the 2015 Paris Climate Change talks and how these broader, global targets relate to the work of local Community Energy organisations...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: May 19, 2016

Carbon Co-op_AGM 2016.jpg

To paraphrase the great Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Climate Change is big. Really big....

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 24, 2016


On Sunday the 20th, we run a bus tour of eco-homes for the residents of Stockport.

This was part of the...

Author: CarbonCoopStockport
Post date: October 29, 2013



Many thanks to everyone who came along on the Carbon Co-op Eco House bus tour on Saturday 16th March...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 18, 2013