4020 Haringey Climate Forum Weds 10 January 2018
Stuart McElroy, Dan Hackett, Robyn Thomas, Tim Root, Pam Harling, Joyce Rosser, Dermot Barnes, Joe Baker, Quentin Given
1. The Zero 50 report and council’s response.
Joe took the meeting through the chapters of the Zero 50 report and the council’s responses. In the majority of recommendations (49 out of 74) this was agreement, in a further few it was partial agreement.
Here I note some of the highlights:
1.3 – urban heat island effect. LBH will work with GLA on policy.
1.6 – LBH will work with TCPA on health impacts from warming
Revised air quality plan will be consulted on post elections. Working with GLA and Arup on 2 affected schools to come up with proposals.
New parks and open spaces strategy will be drafted and will address many of the issues around green space.
2.2. – will work with BRE and GLA
2.7 – need to create “cool refuges” for vulnerable people during heat waves
3.1 – LBH working with Arup on revised plan for zero carbon (the previous one was for 40% by 2020, and world has changed, so new plan is required) to go to cabinet later in 2018. Arup work funded from solar income.
3.4 – LBH working on plan for its own assets. Plan is for new council office to be carbon negative.
3.8 – smart meters will help.
Give & Take Days? Are good idea but take a lot of resources to organise, which council doesn’t have.
5.1 Innovation Hub. All major developers have been encouraged to join the hub and share ideas, and to date have done so.
5.5 – Smart City. Ideas like making roads into pedestrian areas some of the time.
5.8 – plans include 8 “new technology” buildings at Tottenham Hale.
6.5 – RICS and GLA working on London Plan policies re embodied carbon.
Private rented sector – proposals for licensing programme, and new energy standards from 2018.
Still working with Retrofit Works after smarter homes programme. Kirklees model for area retrofit still attractive.
GLA will be launching an “able to pay” solar programme for owner occupiers.
7.1 – LBH looking at having a fund for personal travel plans
7.10 – get Business Improvement Districts to rationalise waste collections to reduce number of vehicles.
7.13 – looking at a rationalised electric vehicle rapid charging system
2. Current structure. Joe Baker has 3 energy officers working on council’s own estate (funded from savings); a strategic energy manager working on big heat/CHP projects; 2 working on EVs and retrofit; plus 1 intern. Largely self-funding.
3. Noted that NLWA plastic is processed in UK so not affected short-term by Chinese waste ban. Agreed to look at this issue in future.
4. Noted that it is important – and sometimes effective – to respond to planning applications urging tougher energy standards.
5. Noted that parties will be drawing up election manifestos soon, and we should seek to promote climate issues in all of them.