Carbon Trading

The LGiU has taken on the mantle of carbon trading from the RSA through CarbonDAQ. We are developing the website in order for groups – whether its business, schools or sports teams – to take part in local carbon trading. In the Guardian’s Ethical Living blog, Lucy Siegle rightly questions whether we are all ready for this level of carbon accounting. In fact, this is the very reason why we are looking into the community carbon trading model. An evolution of personal carbon trading; it will take the transparency and engagement of a personal trading scheme and bring the support and knowledge of community groups and local authorities to deliver change. People will be in a supportive network, while also experiencing the peer pressure and incentive to manage their carbon footprint. Monitoring carbon emissions can seem daunting. Over time and with the support of others it should become easier. We know that we can all play our part in reducing carbon emissions but we don’t have to do it by ourselves.

    1. Paul Corazzo says:

      A price on carbon is a great way to get polluters to invest in clean technologies; the opponents of carbon trading are citing the fact that the UK Government’s last auction of credits went to Treasury coffers and not to clean technology research/projects. Local Government must assert that money from the proceeds of UK auctioned emmissions go to renewable funds.

    2. Matt Bryant says:

      Sounds good – seems to me there are two levels of carbon trading, one at a national and multi-national level, and one at a community or individual level.

      Like everything, you need both to work. And like the core of any good change agenda, one or two groups or councils at the community level won’t make much difference, but many pulling in the same direction could make a substantive contribution to our C02 reductions.

      Like Jonathan says, effective monitoring / calculation is an important step. I was suprised to learn that there aren’t that many ways of projecting carbon reduction in planning applications, for example if you have an old office block converted into flats. If we can sort this out then we’ll not only have a better idea about what the future carbon output of a development or community will look like, it will also help better inform councillors, planners, and the public as to what contribution they can make.

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