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A beautiful countryside to sustain us all by eradicating litter - CPRE manifesto briefing

Our beautiful and irreplaceable countryside provides vital space for recreation and reflection, a rich diversity of landscapes and a home for nature. We must value and protect the countryside from litter for the countless benefits it provides to our health, prosperity and wellbeing.

This is a detailed briefing based on CPRE's manifesto for the 2015 General Election.


A Countryside Friendly Smart Grid

This manifesto for the future of the national electricity grid has been issued by CPRE, in conjunction with a wider alliance of countryside campaigners. It calls for a smart grid that has a reduced impact on the landscape, and to reduce the need for new grid infrastructure in the longer term.


A Framework for the Development of Clean Coal

A joint response from Campaign to Protect Rural England and Protect Kent to the Department of Energy and Climate Change consulation

CPRE's response supports the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as an interim technology, but not at the expense of investment in more sustainable renewable energy. We are concerned that new coal extraction will accelerate before CCS technology is available, diverting funds away from wave, tidal and offshore wind power, and commiting the UK to dirty coal for the next 40 years.


An Independent Evaluation of the Costs for Underground High Voltage Cables in Great Britain

A submission by CPRE, CNP and NAAONB

This report sets out our concerns that the costs of underground high voltage cables may have been significantly overestimated, and conversely that of overhead lines underestimated, in industry calculations to date. We also believe that insufficient attention has been given to the amenity benefits of undergrounding, some of which have economic values.


EmPower Communities - Community energy workshop

In July 2015, CPRE held a workshop for community representatives − the majority from rural areas − to provide a practical introduction to community energy and help them to initiate and get involved in community energy projects. You can download the workshop presentations to print below.


Energy scenarios research

Generating energy is at the heart of human society. The relationship between humans and energy has shaped our landscapes for centuries, if not millennia.

We are in the midst of a massive shift in our energy system driven by technological innovation and the imperative to tackle climate change. Just a few years ago electricity was generated by 50 large power stations. Today we are approaching 1 million distributed electricity generators in the UK. 

We need to better understand what impact this changing energy system will have on the landscape and how energy infrastructure can be built in the right way and in the right locations to gain support from communities across the UK.

The study considers how varying 2030 future energy scenarios, consistent with the UK’s commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, might affect both the physical features that combine to create a landscape and understanding of how humans perceive and assign a cultural value to the landscape; and, therefore, how they respond to change.


Ensuring Place-Responsive Design for Solar Photovoltaics on Buildings

A good practice guide in solar PV design for designers, manufacturers and installers, with accompanying 'Solar Design Tips' leaflet aimed at homeowners themselves.


From waste to work: the potential for a deposit refund system to create jobs in the UK

The potential for a deposit refund system to create jobs in the UK

This report has examined the impacts of introducing a deposit refund system on the number and type of jobs involved in the collection and processing of beverage containers. From the combination of existing modelling and further research, the overall effect of the introduction of a scheme in the UK is predicted to lead to an increase in the number of jobs available by between 3,000 and 4,300 full-time-employees, depending on whether or not reprocessing jobs are included, as well as resulting in an overall increase in the number of higher-skilled jobs. The introduction of a scheme will therefore lead to an increase in green economy-based jobs.


Future Energy Landscapes: A new approach to local energy planning

Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have joined forces to produce this 'Future Energy Landscapes' report. It aims to bring communities together to share their passion for local landscapes with their enthusiasm for a more sustainable future.


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