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 January 2022
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Improving Air Quality in Camden - share your ideas!

 
The Camden Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2019-2022, due to come to an end this year, has delivered ambitious projects to tackle pollution from road transport, vehicle engine idling, construction and canal boats. It also raised public awareness about outdoor and indoor air pollution and represented local government in the call for stricter legal limits for pollution in the UK. 

The new CAAP will go further in its scope as it continues to embody the ambitious vision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines.

The guidelines which are designed to take a more rigorous approach to tackling particulate matter (PM10) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), both of which have the potential to cause harm from short-term and long-term exposure will also help to address inequalities across Camden's communities.

Camden Council would like to hear from businesses across the borough on ideas to include.

Read more here or contact Tom Parkes, Senior Air Quality Officer, Camden Council: tom.parkes@camden.gov.uk
 

Connect with the Climate Connectors!

 
The CCCA are working with Think & Do Camden to offer businesses across the borough the opportunity to get involved with collaborative projects with community groups and schools.

The Climate Connectors team will be encouraging businesses across the borough to commit to working in partnership with local groups whilst helping businesses to deliver on their sustainability commitments.

What projects can your business be involved in?

  • Help fund tree planting and the creation of pollinator pathways across the borough
  • Support future change-makers by partnering with a school
  • Offer corporate volunteers to support local groups
  • Support the creation of local food cooperatives

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Think and Do here.

Find out what else Think and Do have been doing in Camden here.

Camden Recycles Cups - Limited spaces available


The CCCA continues to work with Veolia on the recyclable cup initiative 'Camden Recycles Cups', which seeks to reduce and recycle single use cups in offices and cafes throughout Camden. 

Taking part in the project means your business will receive free support from the CCCA, as well as a number of other benefits:
  • FREE internal cup recycling bin (offices only)
  • FREE internal resources to communicate to staff, visitors and customers
  • 13 FREE collections (max 1 per fortnight)
  • FREE promotion as a participant through the CCCA, Veolia and partner networks
  • Opportunity to be a case study
Less than 4% of paper cups are recycled in the UK, and we are encouraging as many Camden office-based businesses and cafes to get involved and be a part of the solution.

There are limited spaces available, read more and sign up here.

Indoor Air Quality Study - call for restaurant participants


As part of the Camden Town Low Emission Neighbourhood project, King’s College London and AmbioTEK Community Interest Group will be conducting research about how different kitchen cooking and ventilation options can affect air quality in commercial kitchens. 

The research team plans to collect air quality measurements in a range of kitchens with different cooking styles and ventilation options and are seeking restaurants in the Camden Town area to take part in the project by hosting small air quality sensors in their kitchens.  

The innovative research will improve our understanding of air quality and the influence of different cooking methods and ventilation approaches.

If you are a restaurant and would like to participate, please Dr Sophia Burke here.

If you are a landowner, please contact Natalie Curd here.

Climate Risk Assessment 2022

Earlier this month, the UK Government released an in-depth  assessment of 61 UK-wide different areas of risks and opportunities.

A requirement under the UK Climate Change Act of 2008, the report outlines how at risk natural environment and infrastructure is to ever increasing temperature and rising sea level.

The report finds eight risks as the most important in the coming two years, including:

  • risks to the viability and diversity of terrestrial and freshwater habitats and species from multiple hazards
  • risks to soil health from increased flooding and drought
  • risks to supply of food, goods and vital services due to climate-related collapse of supply chains and distribution networks
  • risks to people and the economy from climate-related failure of the power system
Read more from the report here.

Camden Climate Action E-Brochure 

Read more about the inspiring climate action work in our Celebrating Climate Action in Camden e-brochure!

To mark COP26 we called for organisations, community groups and schools to submit examples of their climate action work in Camden and across London. We sought to continue to share the best in carbon reduction efforts and highlight how organisations and communities have come together to tackle the climate crisis and also deliver benefits for the wider community. We showcased the submissions at the Celebrating Climate in Action in Camden event in November 2021.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. Read more and download the brochure here

Annual Energy Data Reporting: EXTENDED to February 11

 
Due to challenges businesses and other organisations have been facing due to covid, the annual CCCA energy reporting deadline has been extended to Friday 11th February 2022.

By reporting your energy data, you will be contributing to the 2021 CCCA annual report. You will also have the opportunity to take part in our free carbon certification scheme. In 2020, CCCA members who reported their emissions to us saw an average reduction of 23% over the previous year.

Benefits of annual reporting include:

  • Reaffirming your organisation’s on-going commitment to improving performance to stakeholders and clients
  • Identifying areas where further energy efficiency improvements can be made in your organisation
  • Tracking progress and accessing the CCCA Carbon Certification Scheme
For guidance on how to report your energy data and to access the online form, please see here.

Alternatively, if you have any questions please contact us directly here
Upcoming awareness days

Global Recycling Day - 18th March


 
Upcoming
events 


Think and Do - 'Sharing Space', 3rd & 10th February, 10am-5pm
 
Funding opportunities

Camden Climate Fund - Business Grant & other funding opportunities
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