Marlow Town Council have recently agreed to the challenge to make Marlow a carbon neutral town. But what does this mean and how big is the challenge?
In order to become carbon neutral, we first need to estimate where the sources of our carbon emissions are. In other words, what is Marlow’s Carbon Footprint?
This is very difficult to accurately assess as verified data in relation to just Marlow and its residents is not readily available. However, to put the challenge of working towards Marlow being a carbon neutral town into perspective, Marlow Energy Group have made some assumptions and propose that the overall footprint could look something like the pie chart.
One thing we can guarantee – this will not be correct! However we do feel that the emissions in each category are a reasonable estimate based on present available date.
Marlow’s Environmental performance index can be reviewed here.
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MEG undertook a survey of solar installations in our area and saw that there were a large number of sites; but also there is room for far more.
MEG have produced a Useful Guide on what companies, clubs, churches and organisations can do to reduce their CO2 emissions:
MEG have produced a Useful Guide on what individuals and schools can do to reduce their CO2 emissions:
Costs and benefits of retro-fitting houses to reduce heat loss.
Dr Robin Russell-Jones; Marlow Energy Group. 2020
Dr Robin Russell-Jones; Marlow Energy Group. May 2020
Energy is a major contributor to carbon emissions. Measures to reduce emissions are best considered under 3 Basic Divisions: Save, Supply and Store.
John is a keen environmentalist and was the Managing Director of a eco-friendly packaging company for 35 years.
Jane is a long time Green Activist and a local author
Patrick Brown is the co-owner of the eco-friendly Four State shops in Marlow and Henley.
A Chartered Electrical Engineer with a passion for lower carbon and community energy.
Ivan is the MEG Social Media Lead.
MEG will send invites to our regular online events and keep you informed of all the work we have planned; including opportunities for you to get involved and support.