1. Zero-carbon plan.

Joe Baker reported that the Zero Carbon plan would be published on 4 March for agreement at cabinet meeting 11 march, covering the Council’s own operations (target net zero carbon by 2025), housing, business, transport, electricity generation, public engagement. Some of plan will be put into operation (or is already happening), other aspects will be out for consultation. Estimated cost £1.6billion, some of which would be recovered through reduced bills etc, and much of this would be expenditure by householders. Deliverable in theory by 2041 – anything sooner would require national war-footing.

2. Council new homes

Sadhbh Ní Hógáin gave presentation on the council’s own new homes building programme. Target is 1000 homes initially, supported by £63m from GLA. Some will be bought from existing developments, some will be wholly new, through design-and-build contracts but closely supervised to ensure detailing is good. Aim to be zero-carbon homes across the portfolio – some will exceed (104% eg), some will be lower spec. Looking at Passivhaus standards for some.

Discussion about embodied carbon – they are aware of the issues, the new London Plan will require assessment of embodied CO2. But post-Grenfell multi-storey wooden laminate buildings looking less in favour, so probably only suitable for smaller developments.

3. Homes for Haringey retrofit.

Jacinta Walters: HfH has some 15,000 properties. Big new programme to address carbon emissions with £101m investment allocated from Housing Revenue Account over next 10 years. Target is to achieve better than EPC C grade. Most estates are already D or better (SAP 65 average) but street properties average SAP 58. Report going to cabinet next week.

In most places the easier measures eg cavity wall insulation have been done so starting to look at solid wall insulation + renewables. Doing survey to assess best methods and implement most cost effective first, but also achieving economies by integrating into other estate improvement works.

Some sites very difficult eg Noel Park – small properties make internal solid wall insulation inappropriate, but listed and conservation-area status means external works visible from street disallowed. Can do works at rear.

Looking at Energiesprong system for some properties – this involves off-site manufacturing of units that are bolted onto front of buildings with double-or triple glazing, insulated roof, PV panels, about £28k/unit.

Boosting apprenticeship schemes to get more local employment, and increasing in-house capacity.

Replacing gas boilers? HfH will be looking at communal decentralised heating systems.

Leaseholders? Currently can’t oblige leaseholders to do works.

4. New planning policies

Emma Williamson head of planning reported that Zero Carbon Offset fee being raised from £60 to £95 as interim, and working on assessing a robust Haringey carbon offset price which will probably be higher.

The Local plan is up for review, consultation beginning in March/April. Climate change will be a bigger driver in the new plan, and will be a bigger priority in any trade-offs with developers.

5. Government policy re planning policy

The govt is consulting on changes to Part L of building standards which could restrict council’s abilities (eg London Plan) to demand zero carbon standards. The meeting was told that fabric efficiency is crucial in new build, that tough standards are needed now not in 4 years. Members were encouraged to respond to the consultation by lunchtime on 6 Feb. using the LETI response facility.

6. Retrofit private sector

Alan Benson from Council’s housing section reported that council had no power to require retrofit in private sector though enforcement action under the Housing H&S Rating System would apply to rented properties and can be enforced through eg the new HMO licensing scheme. Homes are supposed to report their energy rating at point of sale.

7. Demolition waste

Discussion about embodied carbon in buildings being demolished for new development. Sadhbh said they were currently only demolishing garages, outbuildings etc. Requirements for recycling demolition waste are in tender documents.

8. Next steps

Agreed to look at holding a meeting after the cabinet meeting 10 March to go through the plan; and to look at how we can play a wider role of public engagement around zero carbon.