Wednesday, May 19, 2010

dCarb Upper Calder Valley carbon reduction plan

dCarb Upper Calder Valley is a pilot project to try out ways of reducing carbon emissions in Calder ward and the HX7 5 area of Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale, while improving the local economy, quality of life and the natural environment - and having fun.

The pilot project will involve setting a target for reducing carbon emissions for a representative sample of the area's households, schools, businesses and public/community organisations, who will take part on a voluntary basis. The pilot will offer these participants a package of support from local sources, to help them to reduce their carbon emissions.

dCarb also hopes to raise investment funding for low carbon capital projects, such as community-owned renewable energy schemes (enabling communities to benefit from the new Feed in Tariffs, which allow people to sell surplus electricity to the grid), increasing the energy efficiency of hard-to-treat houses and improving local wood fuel supply.

The pilot aims to enable training, increase skills and help create jobs in a new, local low carbon economy.

Using social media on broadband and smart mobile phones, participants in the pilot will be able to share ideas and information.

Once the pilot is completed and evaluated, it is hoped that it will generate a workable model for creating low carbon zones, which can be used for the whole population of the area's households, businesses, schools and community organisations, as well as in other areas within Calderdale and elsewhere.

Governance of this new UCV Renaissance Ltd project is through the dCarb UCV (Upper Calder Valley) Steering Group. This has members from over 20 local environmental organisations, businesses and community groups as well as local council officers. Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre (ATC) provides the Steering Group secretariat and is applying for LEADER funding for the project co-ordination.

If you or any community group you might be involved with would like to be involved in this project then please contact either Polly Webber or the ATC on 01422 842121 or email

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