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Global
news round up

 

This week, the UK government reported truly amazing carbon savings, 10:10 Chile kicked off their monthly themes with a new lighting checklist and the British Council in Trinidad & Tobago told us how they managed to cut their carbon by a  whopping 21% in the past 12 months.

  • 10:10ers in the UK had an especially exciting week with the government reporting the results of their first 10:10 action year: a whopping 100,000 tonnes of Co2 and a 13.8% overall reduction! Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said“This achievement has shown that we’re serious about leading by example and, when we promise to cut carbon, we mean it. This is only the start and we’ve now got to get on and slash Whitehall’s emissions by a quarter by the end of this Parliament.”  They've got a long way to go before they're "the greenest government ever", but this is geniunely impressive.
  • We love to hear what you're getting up to. This week we heard from 10:10er Chris Cayley, who told us how for him, cutting carbon and having fun with the family are one and the same. That's what we're all about!
  • 10:10er Catalina reported back from 10:10 Romania's participation in last week's B'estfest in Bucharest. From recycling and solar power to planting trees, the festival-goers were in definitely channeling the 10:10 vibe. 
  • 10:10 France shared their report from May's business breakfast with everyone this week. The topic up for discussion was: "What are the levers for change?". It was attended by a range of 10:10 business sign ups and featured presentations by representatives of Vinci, Deret, Danone and the Parisian Climate Agency. The next business breakfast will coincide with European Mobility Week and will focus on reducing transport emissions.
  • At the moment, companies in the UK aren’t required to report their carbon emissions - all that could soon change! In light of a recent government consultation on the matter, we asked UK 10:10ers show their support for introducing mandatory reporting by writing to their MPs using our fab new lobbying tool. 500 10:10ers have already taken action so a big thanks goes out to them (there's still time if you haven't had the chance though!).
  • Did you know choosing a light colour when painting your walls can help to bring down your energy use? Just one of the top tips on 10:10 Chile's lighting checklist.

  • If you didn't join the Spanish 10:10 team on the streets of Barcelona at the end of July to share 100 good reasons for cleaner and more sustainable cities, here's a round up from hub coordinator Christian.  
  • By car pooling with neighbours and switching flights for conference calls the British Council in Trinidad & Tobago managed to cut their carbon footprint by an amazing 21% in the past 12 months. Information and Resources Coordinator Rodger St. Hilaire explains how they did it
  • Watford council are saving serious cash at the same time as getting their emissions down. A new electric fleet, bikes for staff and dyson hand dryers are just some of Watford's many saving tricks
  • Buenos Dias! Spanish 10:10er James Machin is back with a vid about 'Club Eden', a sustainable permaculture co-operative he hopes will see 100 locals working together to feed the community.