SmartKlub meets Energy Minister

Charles Bradshaw-Smith co-CEO of SmartKlub met with Claire Perry MP Minister for Climate Change & Industry on 24 July to coincide with BEIS announcement on Smart Energy.  The minister was visiting the University of Nottingham to learn more about their energy research and in particular learn about Project SCENe where SmartKlub is innovating a new[…]

Active citizens: nice idea or real potential?

One of SmartKlub’s goals is to empower people to take an active part in determining how their energy needs are met. Enabling the community to organise themselves and engage with local initiatives and government provides an opportunity to build and utilize local knowledge, cohesion and trust.    Despite this exciting potential, discussion of ‘active citizenship’[…]

SmartKlub Open for Business in Scotland

Charles Bradshaw-Smith launched SmartKlub Scotland in Edinburgh on 23 May at the Low Carbon Scotland conference in front of Paul Wheelhouse, SNP MSP Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy. SmartKlub chaired two sessions during Scotland’s leading conference for local authorities and energy service providers.  In the opening session, Charles explained SmartKlub’s services including their revolutionary[…]

A brief history of community energy

In last week’s blog I discussed the evolving role of local government in combating climate change, concluding that an opportunity exists for local authorities to take on a leadership role, working with partners toward mutual goals. This week I consider the potential partners: community energy groups. Civic engagement has a mixed history in the UK, already[…]

Is local government the future of climate change mitigation?

My time at SmartKlub is primarily spent on a research project to support the CAPE project in activating citizens to take lead on energy projects. This weeks blog explores the work that motivated and inspired me to begin this project. The 2010 World Development Report on Climate Change included a background paper from the late Elinor Ostrom,[…]