Saturday 27th March 2010 saw the Moss Side launch event of the Carbon Co-op, a new low-carbon social enterprise based in South Manchester. Founded by local residents, the Carbon Co-op aims to bring together friends, neighbours and communities in a bulk buying co-operative, purchasing low carbon technologies, from energy monitors to solar panels, at discount.
The new social enterprise aims to bring green jobs and help Manchester meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.
Saturday's launch, supported by the government's Big Green Challenge fund and Manchester City Council's Carbon Innovation Fund, involved the residents of Ossery and Deramore Streets. Providing simple advice to reduce household energy bills and cut carbon emissions. The Co-op aims to overcome the catch-22 situation that low carbon technologies are too expensive to become mainstream but wont fall in price until demand picks up.
The Carbon Co-op offers members advice on:
- energy monitors
- whole house insulation
- green energy suppliers
- solar panel installations
Chris Prince of Great Western Street Residents Association says:
“People in this area are proud of their community and where they live. We are happy to support this new project to enable local residents to improve their homes and reduce the money they spend on heating and bills. If we co-operate as a community we can do it at a discount.”
Carbon Co-op Project Manager, Jonathan Atkinson says:
“With the government investing in green jobs and the city council setting ambitious carbon reduction targets we need to find new and innovative ways of working together to reduce our household energy bills. If streets, neighbours and communities club together they can purchase low carbon technologies at discount. Who knows, maybe these will be the first solar powered streets in Manchester?”
The event, staged in the community garden on Ossery Street, featured food, music, a bicycle repair drop-in, low carbon energy give-aways and children's activities. The event included the launch of the Carbon Co-op Manual written by the Kindling Trust.