You are invited to the Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate – “Green Routes to Justice: How We Can Achieve Human Fairness and Planetary Survival”


On June 4th at 7:30pm Liverpool Friends of the Earth and Merseyside Environmental Trust invite you to the first annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate; in the Pearce Room, Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool L3 5UL.

A stimulating panel of speakers, chaired by Roger Phillips of BBC Radio Merseyside, will discuss “Green Routes to Justice: how we can achieve human fairness and planetary survival” – in the light of the recent General and local elections, among other factors.

For details about the panel please visit the eventbrite page here where you can RSVP. You can also take part in the facebook event discussions here on the run up to the event.
Media Contact: Frank Kennedy, 07786 746704

FREE twelve week course : Understanding Energy




The L1 Accredited Award in Understanding Energy & Employability is a FREE twelve week course providing knowledge, skills and competencies around the topic of energy, energy use and the role of renewable energy in tackling climate change and an ever-changing energy market.

It equips participants to reduce their own energy use, acts a ‘carbon champions’ in their own communities or to start working in the energy sector, one of the UK’s fastest growing labour markets.

Course are starting soon in the Clubmoor/Tuebrook area and the City Centre.

All learning materials will be provided and there is help with travel costs.

The courses are friendly and jargon-free.

No prior knowledge of energy or renewable energy is necessary and you’ll gain valuable knowledge and experiences.

Individuals and community groups are welcome to participate.

If you are interested, email Good Neighbour Community Energy on or phone 07908603884 and ask for Mark


Mark Shooter, GNCE

Liverpool Community Renewables Pioneer Share Offer

Liverpool Community Renewables Pioneer Share offer is now open! Help them reach their target of £80,000- Internal Rate of Return 4.7%- Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme 50% Tax Relief applied for!


Liverpool Community Renewables Limited was launched in September 2014.

The objects of the Society are to carry on any business for the benefit of the community by; Developing, owning  and managing renewable energy schemes, on its own or in partnership with other organisations, promoting environmental awareness and reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty.

To make that a reality we need your help.

We are launching our Pioneer Share Offer and aim to raise £80,000 to develop one Megawatt of Solar PV projects in Liverpool.

Please go to our website to find the details in our share offer document.

LCR is part of a wider community energy movement in the UK and in Europe which seeks to bring ownership of the generation and distribution of energy back under local and democratic control of those who consume it.

By investing in LCR you will become a member of the Society and help make this a reality!

This is an exciting opportunity and we hope you will decide to become a member of our Society.

Please forward this to any networks or contacts you have who would be interested in becoming a member.

For more information please email or call 07794084038

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes from the Liverpool Community Renewables team!

Martin Dunschen, Ed Gommon and John Garrett

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Community Energy Event 12th March – Wirral Climate Change Group

The Wirral Climate Group is a partnership to co-ordinate local action on climate change supported by Wirral Council. The Group developed Wirrals Climate Change Strategy (COOL).

This event will bring together local people from Wirral and the Liverpool City Region with practitioners from the North West and elsewhere in the UK. It is an opportunity to learn about what community energy groups can aspire to achieve, and how they might make a start with projects.

Wirral’s Climate Change Strategy COOL, identifies an opportunity to create a renewable energy co-operative to pool local investment. Wirral Climate Change Group is keen to hear from those interested in being involved and who want help take this forward in 2015. This event is being hosted in order to support interested parties and provide them with information.

The event is co-organised by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, who want to support communities throughout our six local authority areas to bring forward community energy projects. The event will be used to launch an introductory guide, Community Energy for Liverpool City Region, which will include a number of relevant case studies.

There will be a short presentation to the audience followed by a question and answer session and informal networking.

Suppliers and investors in renewable energy technology will be in attendance.
The event will be following on from a Powering the North Event in Manchester on the 26th February, and we hope to share some of the outcomes of that.

The venue is 10 mins walk from Birkenhead Cental or Conway Park Rail Stations.
Cycle racks are at the front of the building. Cycle stores may be available on request.
Some offstreet parking will be available.

Book your place here

Community Energy Update – Free course available

Local renewable energy social enterprise, Good Neighbour Community Energy, has been awarded £10,000 from the Urban Community Energy Fund to undertake pre-feasibility and feasibility studies into renewable energy on community buildings.

The money can be used for local consultations design options and costings and the preparation of funding bids.  The idea is that GNCE will install and operate the renewables and supply fixed low-cost energy to the building for up to twenty-five years. Alternatively, GNCE could help building owners plan for and raise the finance to undertake their own installation.

GNCE already has sites lined up across the city but is looking for more.  So if you have a building that would benefit from cheap energy into the future, contact Mark, Martin or Jerry via or visit our website

Also if you are interested in LEARNING MORE ABOUT ENERGY you might be interested in this course.

Are you concerned about rising energy prices? Want to understand how energy is produced and what you could do to reduce your bills?  And help other people to do the same?

Learn More About Energy is a free, 12 week course teaching you about energy and energy-saving, renewable energy and working with people to come up with new approaches to make their lives and communities more sustainable.  It also teaches employability skills and offers an accredited award in Energy & Employability.

It is run by local award-winning social enterprise, Good Neighbour Community Energy
* The course is free
* The course last twelve weeks
* Leads to a L1 accredited award
* Costs of all learning materials and getting to venue can be met
* You will learn skills that will be useful volunteering, working in the community or getting a job
* Course will be delivered in central Liverpool from mid-march with a second course planned to run in Clubmoor in early April
To enrol, call Mark Shooter on 0790860-3884 or email

First local group meeting of 2014 …. an exciting start

What a good first meeting of the year. New faces (and a few old ones), exciting campaign ideas and actions around our key themes: transport, recycling, energy and green collaboration events. There is also the new local development plan being created and we want to have a voice.

So what’s happening around our key themes?……

We’ve been feeding in our comments to the Draft new Liverpool cycle strategy and are looking forward to it being published and more cycle-friendly infrastructure being created.

We are responding to the consultation on the suspended bus lanes – Liverpool has the lowest car ownership in the country so banning bus lanes does nothing for those who have no vehicle or would prefer to use buses, bikes or walk; to say nothing of the  environmental implications or the message it sends out about Liverpool.

Liverpool only has one household waste recycling centre. We’re feeding in our comments to the proposed additional one to be based in Old Swan – much needed.

Members (especially those from other parts of the country) are  appalled at the lack of home-based or neighbourhood recycling facilities for flats and in central Liverpool generally. They want to recycle, but have nowhere to put the items. We want to do something about it.

Friends of the Earth nationally is planning a campaign around community renewable energy. We think there are some really good local examples and that Liverpool, with it’s strong communities, entrepreneurial spirit and natural resources is well placed to lead on new initiatives.

As for a Friends of the Earth Liverpool collaboration event in early March, the EU energy week in June and on the ground actions – watch this space!

2014 is going to be a good year….