University Challenge

Six universities are now conducting research with Sustainable Blacon in Chester to find out how we can all help in the fight against climate change and cut our bills.  The universities which are all at the cutting edge of climate change research from across the UK are: Chester, East Anglia, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Southampton and Strathclyde.

University of Chester will be the first to make its report into the Blacon Energy Management Programme, part of the DECC Low Carbon Communities Challenge in the area.  95 households completed the year-long programme to see how people could cut their energy use and bills by up to a fifth.  The results will be made available at the Blacon Sustainability Convention on 1st November at University of Chester:

Professor Roy Alexander of University of Chester said: “Reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases produced by the fuels we use to heat and power our homes is critical for our long term future.  At the same time people are interested in saving money by saving energy and in getting to know others in their area better.  The Blacon Energy Management Programme provides an excellent opportunity to find out what works in helping people to reduce their energy consumption and it has important lessons for us all.”

Ged Edwards: Chief Executive of Sustainable Blacon said:

“We are pleased to welcome the universities to the area.  Blacon has a fantastic community which is changing the area.  Blacon is at the forefront of climate change work in the UK and the Government has described this work as inspirational.  We want other communities to come, to hear and to see for themselves what they can do and so take the path to a safer, cheaper and better future for us all.”

Rosemary Burns: local resident and Chairperson of Blacon’s Image and Infrastructure Group said:

“Blacon has always been a strong community not frightened to have a go and make a difference.  We are deeply concerned about the environment in all of its aspects here and there are many people here who are struggling with their energy bills.”

(September 2011)


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