Batteries! Info night in #Manchester 24 May

Free! Book here


Come along to find out all about adding a battery system to your home solar system!

The widespread adoption of energy storage systems are seen as one of the building blocks of the future energy system. However, there is currently a bewildering array of options for householders who want to add them to their existing home solar system to enhance self-consumption or for those considering their inclusion in a new installation. In this info night we will present a series of talks on the case for energy storage, how battery storage systems work, and what options may be suitable for your home or business. There will also be a chance to speak to Carbon Co-op members with battery systems and put your questions to experts.

Refreshments Available.


  • Ben Aylott – Systems Developer, Carbon Co-op
  • TBC
  • TBC
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GMWDA ‘seeking exit’ from PFI contract

From here.

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA)  has confirmed that it is “seeking an exit” from its recycling and waste management Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited.

In a statement on the website of Viridor’s parent company, the Pennon Group, it said that (as has already been widely reported) GMWDA “continues to face financial challenges due to prolonged austerity”.

It went on to confirm that following a recent meeting, GMWDA had confirmed that it was “seeking an exit from the Recycling & Waste Management Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Contract. This Contract relates to Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited” [continues]

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Liverpool event on Science/Business/Targets 11th May

Do pass this event on to any scousers who might be interested…

Liverpool – “Applying Science Based Targets within Business To Deliver Tangible Benefits” 11th May

Time: 16:15 – 18:00   Region: North West
Venue: Novotel City Centre Hotel, 40 Hanover St, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool, L1 4LN

Places Available

The 2015 Paris Agreement has seen the world commit to limiting the global average temperature rise to a maximum of 2C. But can this target be met?

Engagement from business is critical if this ambitious goal to be achieved. How can companies convert this desire into drive? The setting of a ‘Science-Based Target’ for carbon reduction has rapidly become best practice for organisations wanting to play their part in fulfilling the Paris agreement and help turn rhetoric into real results.

Guy Rickard, senior consultant with the Carbon Trust will detail the principles of applying science base targets and summarise the different methodologies that can be used to set them. Richard Smith, sustainability manager at the BBC, will explain how the British institution went through the rigorous but rewarding process.

Click ‘book now’ for more details.

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Only 1 of the 10 members of #Manchester Council Senior Management Team is carbon literate #climate

“There have been no changes to the carbon literacy status of [Strategic Management Team ] in this period.”

That’s the bald response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Manchester Climate Monthly to Manchester City Council.

Which means, as per this post, only one of the ten is carbon literate.  MCFly has FOiAed about the new CEO’s carbon literacy status and any briefings she may have been given about the status of Manchester City Council’s climate change action plan.


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Democracy, exclusion, ‘citizens’ and the “hustings” that wasn’t…

After the untimely death of Deyika Nzeribe, Manchester Green Party found another candidate for the Greater Mayoral elections happening tomorrow. That candidate, Will Patterson, was at a “hustings” last week at the Lowry.
Except he wasn’t on the stage with three other candidates for the post. Both he and the UKIP candidate had been told by the organisers that they could not put their views to potential voters by the organisers, an outfit called “Citizens UK”.
So the Greens turned up anyway, leafleted, and one of them – wearing a Greens t-shirt was inside.

Here is the Greens account of things-

(nice to see them finally using video, btw).

MCFly tweeted Citizens UK on Tuesday morning asking for a statement, but got no response. An email to the Manchester organiser in the evening was quickly responded to however

Hi Marc

The event wasn’t a public hustings event as other events. Please have a look at our statement here –

It’s a long and revealing-in-ways-it-doesn’t-intend statement, which everyone should read so they can make an informed judgement about what Citizens UK is, how it thinks, and whether it can play a useful role in helping citizens to engage in the withering democratic institutions of the British state.

As well as admitting they use betting sites like Ladbrokes and Paddypower to help them decide who will be performing on the stage, this may be of interest-

“Yesterday we took the decision to ask a ticket holder to leave the event. Staff at the event repeatedly described the nature of the event to the ticket holder, who vocalised that she didn’t agree with the format of the event. The lady then headed towards seats nearest the stage and those set aside for the leaders and politicians who would be taking part in the Assembly. This behaviour concerned our staff enough that she was asked to leave and when she resisted was ushered out of the theatre. More than 800 other people attended the event without incident…”

FWIW, my reply to the Manchester “community organiser” was as follows.

Thanks for the quick reply.

I will probably post something on the website with a link to the Green Party video, a portion of the statement and also a link to the the full statement.

For what it is worth, I think that is one of the most attenuated visions of “democracy” I have seen.

When I ran hustings at the local council level, I too faced difficulties in who to include, who to exclude (e.g. outright racists of the BNP ). A simple rule I came up with was that if a party was standing candidates in more than half of the 32 wards, then they could be ‘in’. Given that the Greens and UKIP have paid the 5000 pound to be in, and have MPs, I think their exclusion betrays a tin-ear.

It is of course up to you how you organise your events, which you say are not public hustings. However, I don’t think you have done your credibility any good at all here, and I don’t think you’re helping the cause of ‘democracy’ very much either.

For the sake of clarity: MCFly’s editor is not now and never has been a member of any political party.

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Upcoming Event: “The material politics of urban energy transitions” #Manchester 23 May

“The material politics of urban energy transitions” by Dr. Vanesa Castán Broto, on Tuesday 23rd May (room C21, Pariser Building, Sackville Street) at 1.00pm. 

Historical analyses of past transitions have led to a wealth of empirical understanding about how transitions occur. This type of analysis has most often focused on the social and material reconfigurations that follow a change in technology. What is less common is an analysis that focuses on how those technologies are embedded in a particular location, and in turn, how location configures transitions. From an urban perspective, the prevalence of certain technologies can only be explained with reference to how those technologies are embedded within the urban fabric.


This paper builds upon Graham Harman’s tool-being theory to explore alternative means to conceptualize materiality in urban energy transitions. The objective of this paper is to characterize the spatial embeddedness of certain objects in certain cities and how they are tied to a particular politics of uncertainty and emergence. The methodology focuses on specific artefacts that characterize the urban energy system (such as neon in Hong Kong or cookstoves in Maputo), to characterize backward linkages and forward linkages as a means to study the material politics of urban energy transitions.


The seminar will take place in room C21, in the Pariser Building on Sackville Street– number 12 on the map here-

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#Manchester Council Environment Executive member Rosa Battle still not carbon literate

Last year Manchester Labour Party went to the local elections with this in their manifesto

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Seven months later, in early January 2017 the Executive Member for the Environment Rosa Battle told a committee of councillors that she was taking personal charge of making sure carbon literacy was rolled out.  Despite an invitation from MCFly, she refused to give any target date by which all 96 councillors (95 of whom are Labour) would have completed their carbon literacy.

This was wise, because in the following three months only one carbon literacy session took place (in late March), and Councillor Battle did not attend it,  meaning that she remains ‘carbon illiterate’.

The five (a paltry number) who did were the following councillors-

Cllrs Rawson, Azra Ali, Leech, Peel and Sadler.

How does MCFly know this?  Because we submitted a Freedom of Information Act request.  Why did we do this? Because the Council has chosen NOT to create an online database showing which councillors have and have not done their carbon literacy.

Leadership. It’s a wonderful thing.

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