Buckland Low Carbon Network

The aim of the Buckland Low Carbon Network is provide a forum for to exchange ideas and experience amongst Buckland residents of practical ways of reducing our carbon emissions – hopefully to help inspire us all on practical and affordable steps we may consider.

The network was launched at the start of 2021 and has hosted a series of virtual meetings:

  • In February, we held our first meeting, which focused on the topic of Renewable Heating, and in particular heat pumps. We had a useful briefing on the options, and drew on the experience of four households in Buckland who have installed air source heat pumps or ground source heat pumps. (We’ d be happy to share information from this meeting with anyone who is interested, but was not able to make the meeting.)
  • A month later our second meeting focused on Green Energy Suppliers. We considered questions what is a green energy supplier, does it really make any difference if you sign up with a green energy supplier, whether all green energy suppliers are the same, or whether some are greener than others?
  • The focus of our 3rd meeting, held on 22nd June, was Domestic Solar Energy. We had an interesting and informative presentation from Will Clemson, who runs a Brockham-based solar energy business, with additional input from Jerry Hamilton, a Brockham resident who is responsible for Tesla UK’s home battery business.
  • Our most recent meeting, held on Tuesday 14th September, we focused on Electric Cars; for those who are considering getting an electric car, and would like to know more about the practicalities, costs, and carbon impact.  We heard from three members of the local community with experience of running electric cars. We shared experience of what it is like to drive an electric car, and of the practicalities of charging them, both for everyday use, and for long journeys.

For fuller reports of the four meetings held in 2021 visit the Low Carbon Network archive.

We are currently reviewing what topics our network members would like to see covered in 2022.

If you live in Buckland and are interested in joining our Network please contact me. If you are considering possible next steps and would like to talk to someone in your community about their experience we aim to be able to put you in touch.

Ken Caldwell
Buckland Resident and Network Convenor

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