20 October 2011 – Peter and Richard attend The Carbon Show and the ENDS annual lecture

The show was surprisingly quiet when we were there, but had a good range of people on the stands so it gave us the opportunity to have some good discussions including:

  • The Carbon Trust – a quick update on the new tools and funding available – including a new employee engagement tool.
  • Environment Tools – a free directory of tools for the energy and environment professionals
  • 10:10 – promoting a new pilot they are running in the Reading area – an online tool to enable schools to receive donations from the local community and beyond towards installing renewable energy capability at the school to provide free energy and a source of income for the school
  • Ewgeco – I heard Tanya Ewing on a Radio 4 programme a couple of months ago and so was delighted to meet her and see the neat meters that Ewgeco sell. Very clean lines, very clear display and the only meter we are aware of at the moment that shows electricity, gas and water on the same screen.
  • 2degrees – had a good catch up with an old friend, Oliver Hurrey, to find out the latest at 2degrees. As usual lots of good stuff happening – with a particular focus on sharing best practice across supply chains.
  • CarbonDiem – enables people to automatically measure their carbon footprint whilst on the move. The phone app and software can automatically determine what mode of transport you are using – including walking – and calculate your travel carbon footprint.

Jane Davidson delivered the ENDS annual lecture. Jane is the former environment minister for Wales and is now director of the new Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (Inspire) at Trinity St David University in south-west Wales. Jane took us on a journey from her involvement at the global level via the regional government group at several COPs to her work at the Welsh Assembly and all the good sustainable development activities that Wales is now moving forward and then on to the exciting challenges in her new role at Inspire. What I liked so much about Jane’s presentation was not only the good sense she talked and her broad and in-depth knowledge of the subject but also her continued optimism about how we can address the climate change challenges.


13 October 2011 – Peter and Richard attend “Business and the Big Society” conference

An excellent conference which asked us to consider what type of business and business leader we want to be. With speakers from the Office for Civil Society, University of Winchester Business School, JoJo Maman Bebe as well as a special advisor to The Big Society Network, the conference looked at the business benefits of engaging in ethical and socially responsible practices. The presentations provided lots of good evidence for considering people, planet and profit rather than a narrow focus on purely financial metrics. The conference was hosted by The Marsden Consultancy with the support of Winchester City Council and The University of Winchester and suppored the Naomi House charity.


10 October 2011 – Peter Richardson attends the launch of Southampton Connect Plan 2011-2014

Southampton Connect brings together the public, private and third sectors to work collaboratively in addressing the key challenges facing the city. The Southampton Connect Plan sets out a new vision for the city and a challenging programme of ten priority projects that Southampton Connect will individuallly and collectively lead. Many of the ten projects are interlinked so the connections are between projects as well as sectors. The ten projects are (1) Promoting Southampton as the connected city, (2) business opportunities (3) employment and volunteering opportunities (4) learning opportunities (5) a better future (6) reduce
re-offending (7) leaders of a learning city (8) a healthier and safer Southampton (9) a greener city (10) a fairer Southampton


10 October 2011 – Peter Richardson delivers presentation on the Green Deal to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The RICS South East CPD conference was held in Winchester on 10th October. The day covered a range of topics and Peter delivered an hour long presentation on the Green Deal, setting it in the context of the government’s energy and climate change programme, highlighting the government’s aspirations for the scheme and how it is intended to work. Peter will also be presenting on the same topic at two further RIC S conferences in London and Ashford during November.


17 August 2011 – Peter Richardson discusses Green Deal with Civil Servants in Whitehall

Following up on the meeting earlier this year with the Government minister for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker, one of our directors, Peter Richardson, and colleague from the charity Winchester Action on Climate Change, Rob Veck, had 90 minutes with two of the key civil servants working on the Green Deal and the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to discuss the role of the local communities  in the new schemes. It was aa good dialogue with everyone gaining a better understanding of the possibilities for communities.


14 August 2011 – Richard Boothman walks 26 miles for charity

On Sunday 14 August Secos director, Richard Boothman and his wife, Karen, took part in the ‘Walk for All’ 26 mile sponsored walk around the Yorkshire Dales.  The walk was part of the Yorkshire Dales Festival of Walking, organised in memory of Jane Tomlinson, the inspirational lady who undertook many challenges after being diagnosed with cancer. The money raised from the walk will go to her fund which donates money to childrens’ and cancer charities.
If you would like to sponsor Richard and his wife then please take 5 minutes to  go to their Just Giving page:   http://www.justgiving.com/KandRwalkforall
4th July 2011 – Peter Richardson meets energy minister, Greg Barker, MP
Article from Hampshire Chronicle 7 July 2011

Winchester MP, Steve Brine, has led a delegation to discuss the Government’s Green Deal policy in Westminster. Rob Veck from Colden Common and Peter Richardson of Winchester are leading a new organisation, “Green Win”, which is part of the Winchester City Council Climate Change Programme.

It has been established as a social enterprise to help roll out the Green Deal locally. The deal is the Government’s flagship programme which aims to make existing homes and businesses more energy efficient.

Rob and Peter met energy minister, Greg Barker, MP and his officials with Mr Brine at the Department of Energy and Climate Change on Monday.

Mr Brine, who sat on the Parliamentary committee which scrutinised the Energy Bill, said after the meeting:

“Having spoken in Parliament a fair bit about the Green Deal and worked our way through the legislation, it was great to turn the focus to delivery on the ground in Winchester and surrounding areas.
This programme has the potential to be truly transformative and I am more convinced than ever that its success will hinge on strong social enterprises such as ‘Green Win’. It is a genuine big society answer to the significant challenge laid down by the Government.
I look forward to working with Rob and Peter as we launch locally next year and start delivering better insulated homes for the people I represent”

The photograph shows (L to R), Steve Brine, Winchester MP, Greg Barker MP, Energy Minister, Peter Richardson, Director Secos, Rob Veck, Winchester Action on Climate Change