Sidmouth project wins cash to reduce carbon emissions

UP TO �20,000 will be put into a Sidmouth project to reduce the town s carbon emissions.

UP TO �20,000 will be put into a Sidmouth project to reduce the town's carbon emissions.

Funding comes from the �600,000 Big Green Challenge Plus partnership, unveiled by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and NESTA; the National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts.

Sidmouth Carbon Challenge was one of 17 projects across the UK to receive funding and support in an announcement made last Thursday by Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband.

He set out how the Government would achieve this in its UK Low Carbon Transition Plan.

The Sidmouth project, to get local people and community groups to reduce their carbon emissions, will be run by Global Action Plan, an environmental charity that works with grassroots organisations on environmental issues.

It will be based at Sidmouth College and will involve students, staff, parents and carers and the wider community, building upon the existing environmental projects in place at the school.

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As well as financial support, it will receive a similar value package of professional support and advice from NESTA and the University of East Anglia's Low Carbon Innovation Centre.

Mr Miliband said: "Local solutions to the global problem of climate change are vital if we are to make the shift to a low-carbon future.

"Sidmouth Carbon Challenge, along with the other winners of the Big Green Challenge Plus, provide an example of the grassroots action we need to encourage in order to meet our goals.