Looking back – twelve things to celebrate in 2018

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Whilst for some 2018 was a rough year, we’ve been busy doing all we can to help people meet the challenges of climate change and save energy in their homes. Over the festive period, we looked back on 2018 and some of the highlights at Carbon Co-op. Here’s to another busy year in 2019. 

Day 1 – smart electric vehicle chargers

Smart electric vehicle chargers: we installed five new OpenEVSE charger systems with OpenEnergyMonitor as part of the Nobel Grid project. Member Dom McCann used his to shift his charging from peak times of day to the early hours, when carbon emissions are much lower.

Day 2 – energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency in Your Community: Taking place in April 2018, this was a joint Community Energy event co-hosted with Community Energy England – sharing knowledge, learning and best practice on domestic retrofit in the UK.

Day 3 – It Was Ours Anyway

‘It Was Ours Anyway’ were energy walks around Manchester in March with anthropologist Hannah Knox and artist Britt Jurgensen, which saw the culmination of our work on energy democracy and new municipal futures – part of the Jam and Justice academic research project. 

Day 4 – Mayor’s Summit

In March, we spoke at Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s Green Summit, talking about energy efficiency, retrofit and the need to take urgent, local action on climate change. The GMCA Low Carbon Hub are busy organising 2019’s event!

Day 5 – Carbon Co-op AGM

Our Annual General Meeting took place at Real Junk Food Manchester in June and was a chance for members to have their say. A key ask was to support retrofit for people living in private rented accommodation. Thanks to the Manchester Climate Change Agency for videoing the event!

Day 6 – Shell Out

In September, we took part in the Shell Out Campaign to persuade the Manchester Science Museum to drop their association with Shell. We believe public science should be independent and free to speak out on climate change issues!

Day 7 – Batteries

In 2018 we installed batteries in our members’ homes as part of the Nobel Grid project – to help members use more of their clean solar PV energy and to test out new ways of helping the wider grid to support more renewable energy generation.

Day 8 – PPR

In November, we secured funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to support People Powered Retrofit, a project to test new energy efficiency services for householders in Greater Manchester and beyond.

Day 9 – Stalls

In 2018 we did loads of stalls at community events around Greater Manchester including Envirolution, the Community Energy England annual conference and Chorlton and Whalley Range Big Green Happening. Thanks to all our volunteers!

Day 10 – Salford Building in Warmth

In March, we kicked off Salford Building in Warmth, an initiative with the charity National Energy Action and Salford Council to tackle fuel poverty through energy efficiency. We’ve been working with local contractors to improve the quality of works carried out.

Day 11 – Flexibility markets

Over the summer, we carried out research for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in to new and innovative grid services for Community Energy groups. With the research organisation Regen, we explored how groups could help householders use energy more flexibly, enabling more renewables.

Day 12 – DIY Retrofit

Dozens of people attended our householders’ retrofit training sessions in 2018. From courses in ventilation and heating controls to contractor procurement and practical DIY retrofit skills.

Look out for dates in 2019!