After Paris – prospects for action on climate change here and abroad

I’ve been involved with local sustainability for over 6 years, chairing MHSG for the last four.  After participating in a number of projects to make our local area more sustainable, I decided to do an MSc in the Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment at UCL, which I started last September. The course … Continue Reading


Is there a future for community energy groups?

Last night myself and fellow MHSG member Norman Beddington attended a meeting of London’s Community Energy groups. Representatives from 20 community groups from across London gathered to discuss prospects for the future of community energy at a time of unprecedented retreat in ambition on renewable energy and energy efficiency by central government. The packed meeting … Continue Reading

Fossil Fuels

Tell Haringey to stop investing in fossil fuels

Last month Fossil Fuel UK published figures showing that UK councils are investing £14 billion of their pension funds in companies causing dangerous climate change. Haringey Council is investing over £66 million. Haringey climate groups, including MHSG are calling on Haringey Council to divest their pension funds from coal and tar sands – two of the most dirty … Continue Reading

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs on Paris 2015

Professor Michael Jacobs, visiting professor at UCL and LSE and an expert on climate and energy policy, gave a talk on this vital topic on Monday 13 July, at a meeting organised by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group. Prof. Jacobs is at present advising the French Government on preparations for the Climate Change summit in … Continue Reading


Another successful 21st Century Homes event


We had another successful 21st Century Homes event hosted at Alexandra Park School.  We had several new exhibitors this year, and 1-2-1 advice surgeries which proved popular.  The open homes visits were very well attended and hopefully provided great inspiration for visitors’ own green home projects!   A real joint effort by lots of MHSG members.


Smart homes – get your application in!


SmartHomes advice line  020 7527 4736  (open Monday to Friday, 9am- 7pm) The SmartHomes scheme is offering a grant (no repayment required) of up to £6000 for energy efficiency upgrades to your home – exactly the kinds of upgrades we’ve been encouraging to make your home more comfortable and kinder on the environment. This scheme is available … Continue Reading

Ed Davey photo

Ed Davey MP in Muswell Hill


On 19th November 2014, Ed Davey MP, Minister for Energy and Climate Change came to Muswell Hill, to a public meeting arranged by Lynne Featherstone MP.  Below is a summary of the talk and questions that followed.  Based on notes by Cara Jenkinson, with gaps, I’m sure! Renewables We now have more offshore wind than … Continue Reading

MH Homeowner Pack Sept 14

Our new Homeowner Pack


A new home energy efficiency guide does the legwork for Muswell Hill householders to bring their home up to 21st Century standards of energy efficiency – whilst increasing comfort , reducing running costs, cutting carbon and maintaining character.  The Muswell Hill Sustainability Group’s Homeowner Pack contains 60 pages of up-to-date information about insulation, draughtproofing, renewable … Continue Reading


Some good news on sustainability


Groups campaigning for sustainability are often frustrated by how little happens and how slow change is.  However the UK has made some real progress in terms of energy saving and renewable energy, albeit from a low base.  We now produce 15% of our electricity from renewable sources – this is double what it was in … Continue Reading


Wood Fuel BBQ


MHSG’s Wood Fuel Group had a Summer BBQ on 22nd June.   Stewart showed off his stores of wood, and inspired others to join the Wood Fuel Group whose aim is to use local felled wood for local homes.  Woodburning stoves are becoming increasingly popular but many people are paying a lot of money to buy … Continue Reading

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