2020 end-of-year round up

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This year has been very different to what most of us had expected, but despite the unprecedented circumstances Carbon Co-op and our membership have come together to achieve many great things!

We have put together this round-up of just a few of Carbon Co-op’s highlights from 2020 and the plans we have to make 2021 even bigger.

We hope you enjoy the Christmas break and we will see you in the New Year!

Forty percent growth in our membership numbers over 2020, taking membership to over 270 members from 195 only a year ago.

Fifty active People Powered Retrofit projects. Our home retrofit service has exploded, with new staff and record numbers of projects.

Over three thousand participants across 61 online events.

Despite the disruption which everyone has experienced this year our team, working closely with members has been able to achieve a huge amount. Carbon Co-op has grown significantly to 19 members of staff despite the hurdles of remote working to successfully lead new projects to decarbonise our homes.

Introduction to Home Energy Systems – one of many new online courses and sessions.

July saw the first ever 100% remote Carbon Co-op AGM, in which over 100 members took part, learned abut zero carbon ready homes and helped decide on the future direction of the organisation. One of the major decisions made at this meeting was the adoption of a new Carbon Co-op ‘End’ focussed on achieving Energy Commons – a sustainable energy systems that is realised, owned and controlled in common, by locally rooted and representative institutions, organisations and citizens, maximising social value. Whilst this event was a massive success, we still look forward to meeting with you all again in person as soon as is safely possible!

Our first online AGM had nearly 200 people attending from all over the UK over the course of the evening.

In 2021, we can already see that it is going to be a very busy year. Some of the upcoming highlights and events we can see on the horizon include a new Google Foundations funded citizen-led energy project underway in Oldham called Oldham Energy Futures, a new stage in the PowerShaper project to reach more people than ever before and continued improvements for our members.

We plan to continue our online learning programme to reach more people than ever before. Whilst we remain locally rooted in Greater Manchester our range of digital energy services is improving by the day, so we are able to reach and support people across the country in their journeys to decarbonise their homes. We hope that alongside these online-based tools we will see a return to some in-person events when it is safe to do so.

Carbon Co-op Community Space

New members forum, a great place to share insights and get advice from other
Carbon Co-op members.

PowerShaper Service Launched

Our PowerShaper Service has successfully launched, helping support the flexible operation of the energy grid. PowerShaper will go on to help decarbonise the grid.

New organisational ‘End’

This year Carbon Co-op members decided to adopt a new organisational goal, ‘End 3: Energy Commons are achieved’ sets out to create substantial and locally controlled energy systems.

Carbon Co-op at UK Citizens’ Assembly

Jonathan Atkinson spoke at the UK Climate Assembly alongside David Attenborough, advocating for co-operative retrofit approaches in February.

We couldn’t have achieved as much as we have without the support and input of our members and supporters. If you aren’t yet a member and want to sign up you can join today right here. It is thanks to your help that we continue to grow and are successfully creating radical change in our home energy use.

People doing heat camera surveys
Pre-lockdown we hosted the Energise event in March 2020.