Looking back on the Carbon Co-op AGM 2020 – Zero Carbon Ready homes

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We’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who joined us for the ‘all virtual’ Carbon Co-op AGM on Friday 17 July 2020 – we had more than 100 people with us over the course of the evening. The event included a presentation and discussion on the concept of Zero Carbon Ready homes – a proposed new retrofit standard to work towards.

The Carbon Co-op board thought long and hard about how to stage the AGM or whether to cancel it for this year given the challenges of running an online event. But with some research and advice from Co-operatives UK and other co-operative practitioners we decided to host a Zoom meeting alongside the use of the sli.do voting platform.

The AGM element was chaired by board member Matt Sanderson and included a review of the past year in which membership has grown incredibly by over 50% to 240+ members (and growing). A change to our organisational ends was adopted with a new focus on ‘Energy Commons’ and citizen involvement in municipal energy. And an Ethical Partnership policy was voted in, ensuring the funders and organisations we work with share our values and don’t work against our climate change focus.

Papers and minutes can be found here.

Our new board was elected with Carla Smith joining and Alan Mould stepping down, thanks was placed on record for Alan’s contributions. The opportunity to join the board as an observer was also highlighted – a good way to test whether becoming a board member is for you – email us if you are interested.

Carbon Co-op board members 2020

Zero Carbon Ready homes

The following panel discussion included presentations from Marianne Heaslip of URBED, Sustainability Consultant Julie Godefroy, John Palmer of Passivhaus Trust and researcher Lois Hurst.

The discussion centred on how we articulate ambitions for domestic retrofit in a world of fast paced energy system decarbonisation, questions over the embodied energy of materials and problems around the concept of Net Zero as related to housing. We are now proposing creating a standard around the concept of Zero Carbon Ready Homes, centred first and foremost on the idea of reducing space heating demand. Watch this space for developments.

Presentations can be found here.

The event ended with some great feedback via a Google Jamboard! Many thanks to all the members and supporters who attended the event and to everyone who presented. Plus special thanks to those who helped us with ideas on how to run the event online.