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The New Optimists Forum July Update is now on-line.
The 70 or so people involved, over half of whom are regional scientists, have already made a remarkable difference — summed up in the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project Report (which contains all four of the previously published mini-reports).
Continue reading “July Update: What’s happened & what next on TNO Forum”
There’s been some great stuff happening over the last couple of months, all reported in the January Forum update.
The image here is a montage of stills created from the filming of the 1st December workshop at Birmingham Leadership Foundation.
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We’ve responded today to the draft Birmingham Development Plan 2031 — the deadline is Monday (14th January), and published a copy of it here.
The final version of the Development Plan is a hugely influential document, setting out the strategic objectives for planning permissions in the city over the next 25 years. Sure, revised every five years, but nonetheless hugely influential.
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The analysis of the July New Optimists Forum meeting about distributed energy is now in this report: Action is eloquence: How will Birmingham be powered in 2050?
It talks about small-scale bioenergy reactors across the city. About thee and me, ordinary citizens rather than big companies, owning them.
About us using electricity generated locally through a carbon-negative process. About systems right here supplying 40% or even 50% of our annual energy requirement, currently some £2.6bn-worth, fuelled by sewage or waste that’d otherwise go to landfill.
A game-changer, if ever there was.
What do you think of it all?
On 12th July, the New Optimists Forum pondered and scribbled about the nuts’n’bolts of Birmingham communities harvesting what energy they need in their own backyard.
Take a look at the scribbles on this tablecloth. Click on the image, take a closer look at a bigger version.
A simple premise: instead of separating waste we chuck from the energy we consume, we put both waste and energy in the same place. Literally so.
Continue reading “Communities self-sufficient in waste + energy”
Catherine Burke is a partner and Head of Energy at Freeth Cartwright. At the New Optimists Forum she shared some thoughts on the law – if it may need to change and what else might have to change to make local energy work well in Birmingham.
Plan on a citywide scale.
Be more bold about locally produced energy.
Inform and educate the public in new technologies.
Involve people in energy systems.
Expose where energy comes from and the true costs of energy costs due to transmission loss.
Get public money.
Continue reading “What should we should do now? Or stop doing?”
Imagine it’s 2050. Imagine 50% of Birmingham’s energy supplies generated inside the city — and by a carbon-negative process fuelled by the waste we all produce.
Imagine a local community , owning their own energy supply system. What impact would it have on family life?
And what would the word “ownership” mean? How would that affect individuals? Communities? Today’s vested interests in energy supply?
The feasibility and impact of such a system — more accurately, systems — is being talked about tonight at the New Optimists Forum at Aston Business School.
At the Business School will be (from the top, left to right): geographer Dr Stefan Bouzarovski, lawyer Catherine Burke, horticulturist Simon Coles, economist Dr Corrado Di Maria, Cofely Business Manager Ian Forsyth, the engineers behind the technology, Professor Andreas Hornung and Dr Lynsey Melville, Sandy Taylor who’s Head of Climate Change at Birmingham City Council and economist Professor Michael Waterson.
If you want to know a tad more about the technologies being developed at Aston University by Andreas and his colleagues, take a look at this brief video:
Cities run on energy, vast quantities of it. And the world is running out of environmentally-friendly ways of generating what they need.
We need nothing short of a third industrial revolution.
Imagine it’s 2050, and Birmingham has a substantial amount of its heat and power supplied by a lots of small power plants dotted around the city producing energy by a carbon-negative process fuelled by the waste produced by us all.
Continue reading “#TNOfood: A third industrial revolution for Birmingham?”