Croydon Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, but despite the recommendation of community engagement (as part of the Croydon Climate Crisis Commission report), very little has been done to create a substantial Climate Action Plan. One of the recommendations agreed to by the Council (rec. 11) is to establish a target to increase renewable energy generation by 10% every year in Croydon, which the projects of Croydon Community Energy can help achieve.
With no clear data on how many buildings are council-owned, and one recommendation from the report to engage with local businesses on commercial building retrofit and explore tax-based incentives, we believe we can act as a bridge between the Council and the community to achieve its goals.
These projects are important in Croydon because, despite the initial engagement from Steve Reed MP back in 2017, no community energy group has been successfully set up in the borough. We want to help educate and empower our community to reduce carbon emissions, particularly those not already engaged with environmental activism.
Our mission is to implement renewable energy generation and low-carbon technologies in the local area, to both cut greenhouse gas emissions and energy bills, driven by community ownership and empowerment.
Croydon Community Energy was born from the idea that clean, renewable energy should be accessible for all. We have the below goals:
Developing renewable energy and renewable heating projects in Croydon
Reducing the carbon footprint of the local area
Involving people from the community in our projects
Creating community ownership of renewable assets
Supporting the local community’s progression to a low carbon economy
Promoting and offering retrofit & energy efficiency advice to the local community
Offering climate action education to the local community