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What is 40:20? We lift the lid on energy reduction in Haringey

Haringey Council are working with the Selby Centre and Community Energy Lab to deliver the area based approach to promote free Green Deal assessments this spring. The Project is called 40:20 Home Energy Check-Up: Free Green Deal Assessment.

Based at the Selby Trust, the Community Energy Lab will be promoting the scheme this spring as part of Haringey 40:20 Home Energy Check Up – but what is 40:20 and what does it mean for us?

Haringey 40:20 is a borough wide initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020 – as the first borough to sign the friends of the Earth carbon reduction pledge in 2009 it reflects Haringey’s unique passion for shaping the future of energy efficiency and cleaner living.

A reduction by 40% is only possible with the help of local people and organisations and acts a response to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Energy and Climate Change Acts which together aim to reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions by a total of 80% by 2050. 

Carbon reduction is important for reducing the effects of climate change globally but also as the UK has responsibilities as part of the EU and International agreements to create a sustainable economy for the future, while safeguarding current natural resources over time.

People who live in some of the poorest countries are already seeing the impacts of climate change through loss of homes, land and lives – and this is being increasing experienced in the UK and London in the form of widespread flooding and changes to our weather system.

By leading consultations with industry experts and advisors through establishing five working groups, Haringey 40:20 worked with a newly formed Haringey Carbon Commission and the New Economics Foundation (Nef) to release the Haringey Carbon Commission Report on building a Sustainable New Economy in October 2012.

The report highlights how the borough can attain the goal of reducing Haringey’s carbon footprint by establishing a low carbon economy and awareness of energy reduction and sustainable living, as well as strengthening community organisations to deliver ways we can improve our energy use and projects for change.

As 50% of emissions are domestic, your support is a crucial part of a change that will see a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases from 1990 levels by 2020.

For more information or to order a copy of the Carbon Commission Report visit

To find out more about how we’re promoting the Green Deal click here.

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