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Hastings has been awarded a second European Union funded grant to help improve housing conditions in the town, this time in St Leonards. The first project, ‘Climate Active Neighbourhood’, was approved earlier this year for the Ore Valley area.

In Hastings, partners include Hastings Borough Council, Amicus Horizon, and Energise Sussex Coast.

SHINE (Sustainable Houses in Inclusive Neighbourhoods) includes 15 partners from France, Belgium, the Netherlands as well as the UK, with Brighton & Hove City Council also participating. The funding is from the Interreg 2 Seas Programme.

The total value to Hastings, at current exchange rates, is around £1.77m.

Cllr Kim Forward lead member for housing at Hastings Borough Council, said:

“This is excellent news for the town. It will benefit particularly disadvantaged parts of St Leonards by tackling fuel poverty through introducing carbon dioxide reduction and low carbon technologies. The project will target residential areas where housing quality is poor and less energy efficient, particularly in the private rented sector but also include those who own their homes as well as local residents in social housing.

“The project includes energy efficient improvements to 200 homes, an energy advice ‘pop-up’ service, campaigns to improve energy efficiency, provide energy advice, and energy kits or smart meters to 600 homes.

“Local residents and tenants will see real benefits from the project because of lower energy bills, while everybody will benefit in the long term through a reduction in our carbon footprint. This really is a win win scheme, and I am delighted that we were successful in winning this funding. I look forward to seeing the promised improvements.”


Chancellor George Osborne announced the spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review and the current state of the economy in the Autumn Statement.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, public finances are set to be £27 billion better off by 2020.

It was revealed that the government is expected to borrow £8 billion less than forecast due to it hoping to secure £10.1 billion budget surplus by 2020.

The statement brings disappointing news for transport, energy, business and the environment as resource budgets will fall by 37%, 22%, 17% and 15% respectively.

In terms of policing in England and Wales, there are not any plans to make any cuts but the government aims for a rise in spending by £900 million by 2020.

From April 2017 there will be a two-child limit on child tax credit claims and the family element of tax credits will be scrapped for new claimants.

Healthcare is vital for any country and so the health budget will rise to £120 billion by 2020-21, which now stands at £101 billion. The NHS in England will receive an upfront cash injection of £3.8 billion next year as part of £8 billion added funding between next year and 2020-21.

The education budget will rise by £10 billion by 2020 and there will be a new 30-hour free childcare subsidy for parents of three and four-year-olds but this will be limited to parents working more than 16 hours each week.

From April 2016, there will be a 3% surcharge on stamp duty for buy-to-let properties and second homes however, there are plans to hand £2.3 billion to private developers to build 400,000 new homes in England.

State pension will rise by £3.35 a week to £119.30 next year and each individual and small business will have their own digital tax account by the end of the decade.

Transportation could be on the mend with capital funding of transport projects set to rise by 50% by 2020 and £250 million to make sure motorways and other roads in Kent are supported.

On September the 3rd everyone will join together to cycle to work in order to help businesses overcome the rising cost of transport and travel.

Many jobs, such as an estate agent, involve driving from place to place to get to meetings. On this event it would be easy to say no to driving and yes to an electric bike. There is a free bike loan available to anyone who wishes to take part.

Also in the mix, there are events happening this summer in Eastbourne and Peacehaven where you can join others on a number of led rides. This was organised by the South Downs National Park and East Sussex Bikeability.

There is an opportunity to win 1 of 3 bikes on September the 3rd when taking part in cycle to work day.

Email rachael.cherry@sustrans.org.uk for any enquires or for help with promoting the cause at school or in a workplace.





Nissan are currently running a Workplace Presentation Programme for the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Last week they visited the Innovation Centre to give staff the opportunity to learn about and experience electric driving.nissan 1

The Market for plug in vehicles has quadrupled in 12 months but many people have lots of questions about electric driving.

The Workplace Presentation Programme has proved successful as it allows staff to learn about the vehicle in a convenient, familiar and no pressure environment.

Any member of staff that wishes to look at the LEAF further would also qualify for preferential purchase terms from St Leonards Motors Nissan.

St Leonards Motors Nissan gave a short presentation and Q & A at the Innovation Centre in Hastings and received great feedback.

It gave staff the opportunity to understand how you can charge at home with a Government subsidised wall box charger.

They looked at whether the real world 100 mile range exceeded their daily usage requirements.  Explored the money saved by giving up petrol or diesel, the national public rapid charge network which charges LEAF in 30 minutes and the 5 year warranty on the battery, and they also heard feedback from existing drivers.

Employees also enjoyed test drives to experience how quiet, smooth, and responsive driving electric can be from the Innovation Centre car park.


Reports have stated that the amount of oil in the Gatwick airport area could be about 70% more than expected, an exploration company says. There are around 271 million barrels of oil per square mile (mmbo) in the Weald, UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) estimated. However, the total amount of oil in the field has not been revealed yet.

A past report estimated about 158 mmbo once an exploration had taken place at Horse Hill. Local people were concerned about pollution, according to Friends of the Earth. There are plans put in place by UKOG to drill more exploration wells in the Weald and to assess the potential of the reserves in the area.

In the South of England, oil has been produced onshore for many years. Across the Weald, there are currently around a dozen oil production sites. It is in an area spanning Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

UKOG has suspended their shares temporarily because of the announcement about the Horse Hill oil reserves. Shares were suspended on Aim from 7.30am and other companies who are also involved in the Horse Hill development have suspended. Other companies include Solo Oil, Alba Minerals, Stellar Resources and Doriemus.


On Monday, Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, joined Labour parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen in Hastings to launch’s Labour’s major new plan to end the scandal of cold homes.


Sarah Owen introduced the Shadow Secretary of State by highlighting the doorstep issues that were raised by individuals and families living in sub-standard housing.  She described the circumstances of a local woman who works part time to support her young family but has to raise them in a cold, damp home,

“As the weather gets colder more people across Hastings and Rother will struggle with paying to heat their homes.  So it was great that Labour’s Energy and Climate Change team led by Caroline Flint MP chose to launch our national plans for improving energy efficiency to an audience of local renewable energy businesses and residents in Hastings.  As well as tackling climate change, these practical solutions will help insulate over 5 million homes nationwide and result in reduced fuel bills for thousands of people in Hastings & Rye.”

Building on Labour’s energy price freeze pledge, Caroline announced a major drive on home insulation and set out plans to deliver long-term, permanent savings on energy bills and warmer homes for millions of people. The plans will mean that at least 5 million UK homes are upgraded over 10 years, saving the average household over £270 a year from their energy bill.

She revealed new figures, showing:

  • Energy bills in the least energy efficient properties are over £1,000 a year higher than homes with good insulation.
  • Two-thirds of households in fuel poverty live in the worst insulated properties.

The Energy Efficiency Green Paper sets out the steps a Labour Government will take to end cold homes:

  • Provide personalised home energy reports for half a million homes a year.
  • Deliver free energy efficiency home improvements to at least 200,000 low-income households a year.
  • Offer up to a million loans for home improvements that are interest-free in the next Parliament, for households that are able to help meet the costs.
  • Set a new target for landlords to get cold and leaky properties up to a decent standard.
  • Designate energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority.

Speaking at Sussex Coast College Hastings, Ms Flint said,

“Britain is facing an energy bill crisis, with millions of people struggling to heat their homes. Labour has already set out radical plans to freeze energy prices until 2017, saving the average household £120, and fix the energy market for the future, with a tough new regulator to curb rip-off bills.

“But one of the main reasons our energy bills are so high is that our homes are some of the least energy efficient in Europe – leaking heat from their roofs, walls and windows. That’s why Labour has set out plans to freeze energy bills, reform the energy market and upgrade at least 5 million homes over 10 years. Our plans will mean cheaper bills and warmer homes for millions.”


Posted by: In: Business, Energy 30 Jul 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , ,

The new ISO 50001 energy management system was developed by some of the world’s leading energy experts – to help businesses and organisations improve energy performance, reduce energy waste and increase efficiency.

Thousands of businesses in all kinds of industries around the world are using ISO 50001 energy management systems to raise their profit margins and stay ahead of the competition.

Every size of business can improve their energy performance with the ISO 50001 system, as it was designed along universal principles.Commercial Electricity Invoices

Marks & Spencer, Google, Costa Coffee, Bentley Motors, Viridor Waste, Royal Mint, Virgin Trains, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Coca Cola are some of the well known companies using ISO 50001 to help reduce their energy consumption and charges.  Universities, councils, NHS hospitals and the DECC are also cutting electricity and gas bills with ISO 50001.

Energy charges used to be a fairly low overhead, but for many businesses they have become an important consideration with a direct impact on the bottom line.

ISO 50001’s step by step energy management system helps you learn how, why, when and where your energy is being used, so you can discover opportunities to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

Using the Plan, Do Check and Act process ISO 50001 enables you to take control and use Low Cost and No Cost solutions, introduce energy saving technologies and improve processes to use energy more effectively.  ISO 50001 also helps you measure both your energy improvements and your savings.

ISO 50001 is recognised as the international energy standard in 164 countries.  Gaining certification to the ISO 50001 standard shows customers the high quality of your energy management, irrespective of whether they are in the UK or abroad.

For larger businesses ISO 50001 can also now provide a further significant benefit.

The Government have announced their new mandatory Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) – an energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings (and their corporate groups) across the UK.  This includes businesses employing 250+ staff in the UK, or in corporate groups which include a large undertaking.

ISO 50001 certification can provide compliance for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), so there is considerable interest from larger businesses and non-public sector organisations looking to use ISO 50001 to both improve their energy management and to comply with the new ESOS Scheme.

Fenn Utilities help businesses and organisations learn how to use the ISO 50001 energy management system to reduce energy consumption and energy charges.

Stephen Fenn is an MEI Chartered Energy Manager and ISO 50001 Lead Auditor.  Phone him on 01424 858307 or see www.fennutilities.com for more information.

Hastings Borough Council is leading a European project to improve the environment with the SAFE-ICE initiative.

The ‘SAFE-ICE’ initiative brings together twenty  partners from four European countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom)  to develop a common understanding of what a low carbon economy actually means, and highlighting good practice in terms of research, innovation and business support. 



“The first phase of the work will be completed by May 2014, including a business congress and publication to share the good practice that has been identified.

“We pride ourselves in Hastings on being ‘famously green’, and it is a real feather in our cap to be leading on this work.”

For more information about the project please click here.


The aim of the event is to inform local businesses of the opportunities that may exist during the construction and operation of the project and will be taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2014 from 10.00am at the Amex Stadium, Brighton.


Rampion offshore wind farm meet the buyer event

Delegates attending the event will receive a form at the end of the day, which they can complete to assign their businesses to the relevant procurement packages so that E.ON’s Tier 1 suppliers are made aware of local suppliers of products and services.

The event is free to attend with a conference style programme in the morning expected to include the following presentations:

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Project Update – Chris Tomlinson, Rampion Development Manager, E.ON

* Rampion Supply Chain Steering Group – Background and objectives – Jonathan Williams, CEO, Marine South East

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm construction including timescales, scope and details of the processes for local companies to become involved – Vaughan Weighill, Rampion Project Manager, E.ON

* The ‘Contract Quilt’; an explanation of all the Tier 1 contract packages that make up the construction of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm – Ian Baker, Onshore Electrical Package Manager and Naren Mistry Offshore Engineering Manager, E.ON

The event will break for a networking lunch where delegates will be able to meet other local businesses and key contacts and procurement staff from E.ON’s Rampion Project Team.

The afternoon will comprise four breakout sessions which will look in more detail at the core packages, to allow local companies a greater understanding of where they could fit into the supply chain, specifically:

* Turbines – including a presentation from a wind turbine supplier
* Offshore balance of plan (foundations, cables etc)
* Onshore infrastructure (substation, trenches, cabling etc)
* Operations and maintenance (vessels, monitoring, maintenance etc)

These breakout sessions will look at the core packages in more detail, offering further information on the sub-packages that are required to deliver the core packages and where local companies might fit into the supply chain. The breakout sessions will be more interactive with plenty of time for Q&A

At the end of the day delegates will receive a form from E.ON, which should be completed by delegates to highlight the products and services their businesses can supply and the key packages they could contribute to. These will subsequently be passed on to relevant Tier 1 Contractors, once appointed, to seek to maximize local involvement in the project.

The event is suitable for all businesses located in East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire who think they might be able to supply products and services to support the construction and/or operations and maintenance of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

The event is especially suitable for civil engineering companies, general engineering companies and marine businesses.

To register your free place at this event please go to:


This article originally appeared here.

Posted by: In: Energy, R&D 08 Jan 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , ,

Hales Water Turbines Ltd have a new Water Flow test and demonstration tank for generating tidal based electricity is built and fitted out in Hastings, East Sussex.  They are currently in the process of commissioning its operation and fitting the test equipment and are hoping for it to be up and running Jan/Feb 2014. The facility is at their Ivy House Lane premises in Hastings.


The new tidal flow test facility in Hastings will be open for testing and is attracting interest from all over the world.

Some units of their Venturi Duct Micro- sized Hales Turbines are also being built and they intend to have a unit installed within the test tank for demonstrations and also further development and improvements.

Their small prototype lift crane can take 250 Kg items and the test area is 1.5m wide and 1.2m deep, once they have commissioned it  they will have a set of flow rates.

Hales Energy intend to make the Test facility available to any primary tidal stream developers  that needs to get some early reading to their design without the red tape involved with most site locations or the  huge cost of the limited Tow Tank facilities elsewhere in the country.

People around the world are slowly starting to understand the potential of low velocity tidal stream flows, much of the interest seems to be coming from the Asia and Pacific regions and its great to see a local business attracting business attracting global interest.