Haringey Climate Forum 4020
Present: Becky Hatch, Sue Penny, Robin Thomas, Pam Harling, Joe Baker, Quentin Given, Robert Thairu, Jenny Bourne-Taylor, Tim Root, Dan and Helen Hackett,
Apologies – Joyce Rosser, Chris Barker, Norman Beddington, Bob Lindsay-Smith,
1. Haringey borough plan for next 5 years.
a) Becky Hatch outlined the process for developing the plan. Because Haringey’s resources are reduced, the plan will largely address areas where partners can work together to make a difference.
b) Key partners – NHS/Clinical Commissioning Group; Police; developers esp LendLease; Veolia; Homes for Haringey; community groups and residents.
c) The plan will set out priorities rather than detailed actions, grouped under People (health, education, employment etc); Place (parks, streets etc); and Growth (of population, housing, jobs etc. Carbon reduction presently sits under this, managing growth to minimise emissions).
d) A lot of evidence is being assembled to steer decisions. There will eb task-and-finish groups to address particular priorities eg there might be one on carbon, and it would want to include a rep from local environmental groups. Will be set up from late October.
e) There isn’t yet a full report on the outcomes of the last corporate plan. It would be useful to see it.
f) People pressure makes a real difference to priorities and how they are implemented. Eg having the 4020 report helps the Council bid for funding for low-carbon projects.
g) In discussion, people raised:
• Importance of parks, open spaces and trees for quality of life, cleaning air, and health
• Need to tackle air pollution and transport carbon emissions through more radical cycling and walking infrastructure eg mini-Hollands; encouraging electric vehicles esp buses (noted that Wood Green High Road and Edmonton to Seven Sisters are priority TfL zones for low emission buses).
• Smart driving by existing bus drivers could reduce emissions too.
• Majority of carbon emissions are from homes – and the worst homes are in the growing private rented sector (now around 30% of homes). This might not be visible or affect how an area feels, but it affects health as well as emissions. Multiple benefits from intervening in PR sector include tackling dumping of mattresses etc. Council doesn’t currently have access to EC certificate data. Energy Efficiency Regs apply to all rented homes from 2018 but not clear how they will be enforced. This is an area where our pressure could make a difference to priorities.
• Recycling rate has dipped and fly-tipping is epidemic. Community-upwards action could tackle this and engage young people, leading to volunteer and even job opportunities – see the Elite Estates Recycling project.
2. Zero 50 report
• This was presented to councillors last week
• Launch should be week comm. 16 Oct. Andrew Gould of Green Buildings Council, and Shirley Rodriguez (deputy mayor for environment) and a development partner are scheduled. Tbc.
• Council will generate response to the 70 specific recommendations, probably by early 2018. Some will require cabinet approval.
• This will lead to a project plan for achieving zero 50 in two stages – a feasibility assessment and then wider stakeholder engagement in the plan.
• Could include bold plans for renewable. Currently solar needs 6% return on investment to pay for borrowing but further price reduction could make it more widely feasible.
3. Upcoming events
• Electric vehicle day Tues 26 Sept, at Spouters Corner. Opportunities to try out electric cars. Evening event will focus more on commercial vehicles. Noted that electric vehicles are expanding – 75 people now in queue for recharging points outside their homes.
• Muswell Hill FoE meeting to celebrate the work of Meg Westell who died recently, and discuss how to take forward the petition to corporations about carbon. Thurs 21 Sep, Friends House, Muswell Hill.
4. Next meeting
• Mayor’s environment strategy and solar action plan are both out for consultation until 17 November.
• Envt strategy encompasses air quality, green spaces, climate change emissions and adaptation, waste and outdoor noise.
• We will meet w/comm. 30 October to discuss our response. In meantime ask if MHSG can circulate a draft response on the solar strategy to help others drawing up responses.