Camden Council Sustainability Task Force meetings are always interesting and this month’s was no exception, with an appeal from Friends to the Earth to Cut Carbon Locally, an innovative Camden business showing how to efficiently use solar power in the home, an update on local food-growing and discussion on building the new school in Swiss Cottage to Passivhaus standards.
Friends of the Earth have recently launched their report ‘Cutting Carbon Locally – And How to Pay For It‘, which calls on local authorities, including Camden Council, to cut emissions by 40% by 2020 and sets out ways to fund and implement the changes necessary. FOE’s Mike Childs discussed the report, and called on the council to support it.
Engineer Bill Bordass discussed why and how the new school in Swiss Cottage should be built to the PassivHaus standard. This sets a high standard for energy use and carbon emissions for the school, which is important for a building which will be serving Camden’s children for the next hundred years. Those managing the building project will need to ensure that there is good attention to detail throughout, and Passivhaus concepts need to be adapted to meet UK standards, but it is feasible to build a school this way.
Moixa Energy, a small business based in Primrose Hill, invented the usbcell, an AA battery that is recharged from a usb port, and campaign against battery waste. They showed us their plans for an ‘energy server’ box that would distribute power to DC devices (laptops, mobile phones, mp3 players, LED lighting) in the home. Hooked up to a solar panel on the roof or window shutters, it could be installed as easily as a Sky setup.
Green councillors are members of the task force, and local activists get involved too. The date of the next meeting will be advertised on the task force’s website.