In October 2009, Notts Wildlife Trust forced a twelve month delay for Veolia's proposed incinerator at the Rufford Colliery site near Rainworth.
News Archive - page 4 - 2009-10
Nottingham City Council has recently released figures showing that in 2007 only 21% of energy from burning waste in the Eastcroft incinerator was sold as heat through the district heating system. That follows an admission by incinerator operator WRG that only just over 10% of the energy was used to produce electricity exported to the grid.
On Halloween, Broxtowe MP Nick Palmer faced a 'trick or treat' lobby from Nottingham Friends of the Earth, following a fair trade event in Beeston.
Following eviction of workers occupying the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight, people in Nottingham backed a day of action on 12 August. Nottingham Friends of the Earth joined trade unionists and others in demanding action from the government to defend jobs in renewable energy.
People in Nottingham are starting to tell their local councillors to 'get serious about CO2'. Nottingham Friends of the Earth is supporting the national campaign to persuade local authorities around the country to take action to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020.
Over 2,600 jobs can be created in Nottinghamshire & Nottingham City if local councils insulate homes and fit renewable energy, according to national research released by Friends of the Earth on 25 June 2009. That will also slash climate change emissions.
Residents of Chedworth Close, Carlton Road, are trying to stop the City Council from destroying a small area of trees.
Writing in the Evening Post (15 April 09), Alan Simpson, MP for Nottingham South, describes the swoop by 200 police on climate change protesters on Easter Monday as surreal. "The 114 people arrested may be closer to al-Ikea than al Qaida," he says, "- a self assembly group of climate change campaigners planning another protest at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station."
A Carbon Management Plan was adopted by Nottingham City Council's Executive Board on 17 March 2009. It aims to reduce CO2 emissions from the Council's own operations by 30% by 2016 from a 2007/08 baseline. That could save £8.1m on energy costs each year.
A ten year battle to prevent expansion of the Eastcroft Incinerator was finally lost on 12 Feb 2009. Secretary of State Hazel Blears has decreed that the operators WRG can add a third furnace to import an extra 100,000 tonnes p.a. of 'non-hazardous' commercial & industrial waste from all around the region to pollute Nottingham's air.