Low Carbon West Oxford (LCWO)
Core Business: Low Carbon West Oxford (LCWO) was set up after the summer floods of 2007 by residents concerned about climate change and local flooding. It is a community-led initiative which aims to combat climate change by cutting our community carbon dioxide emissions by 80 % by 2050, encouraging residents to live more sustainably, and contributing to a more cohesive and resilient community. LCWO seeks to work in an inclusive manner and ensure that everyone who lives and works in the area has a chance to participate in and benefit from LCWO’s projects.
LCWO is a registered charity and offers free membership to anyone in West Oxford who shares its aims. The trustees and coordinating committee consists of 14 local residents.
Low Carbon credentials:
LCWO seeks to motivate and engage people to take action by offering a positive message about the benefits of tackling climate change and providing a range of ways for them to reduce their carbon emissions i.e. it provides the means to action along with the call to action. It has set up four independent organisations which collaborate together to achieve this:
- West Oxford Community Renewables (WOCoRe) and Osney Lock Hydro (OLH)– generate renewable energy and donates surplus income for community benefit to local organisations, principally LCWO (solar PV on a local secondary school, supermarket, charity, and 5 social households, a micro-hydro, and a small wind turbine at Hogacre Common Eco Park)
- Low Carbon West Oxford (LCWO) – runs community based home energy (low carbon living programme and Community Connection/Affordable Warmth home visit programmes), transport, food, waste reduction, tree/wildlife programmes, as well as seeking to engage local businesses.
- Hogacre Common Eco Park which is a 14 acre space which hosts low carbon community activities and events for local communities, schools and organisations.
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