BarnIngham NET ZERO
Meeting the Climate Change Emergency in Barningham
Concern about the rapidly developing climate emergency led to the forming of a residents’ group in November 2019 with the vision of making Barningham a “Net Zero” emission village.
The Barningham Net Zero Community Interest Company was founded on 16th April 2020 to carry on activities which benefit the community of Barningham, Richmond, North Yorkshire and in particular to reduce energy costs for Barningham residents and businesses by implementation of cost-effective renewable energy generation technologies. This activity, when combined with energy efficiency improvements, will help reach the ultimate aim of achieving a net zero carbon footprint from Barningham building emissions.
On 6th August, we signed the contract with Tees Valley Combined Authority for a Stage 1 grant of £38,400 to establish the feasibility of bringing ‘green’ energy to Barningham. A contract was also signed with the successful consultant, Teesdale Environmental Consulting Ltd, on the same day. The consultant is working with the Net Zero team providing expert services, commencing with an energy survey for households and businesses. This survey will allow the current total electricity requirements for Barningham to be determined and assist in predicting future energy requirements. The survey distribution, collection of data and analysis will continue into October, following which available renewable technologies will be reviewed.
The Stage 1 Feasibility Study work is planned to be completed by the end of March 2021.
The renewable energy project is supported by the BEIS-funded (Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which is managed by the North East Yorkshire and Humber Energy Hub and administered by Tees Valley Combined Authority.
In addition to the RCEF project, the group will work on other environmental and sustainability initiatives.