Agenda item

Climate Change Update

Minutes:

The Working Group considered an update on actions taken to date since the first meeting of the group following the declaration of a climate change emergency by the council on 15 October 2019.

 

Issues reported on were set out at paragraph 5.4 of the report and included:

·         10 year fleet replacement programme – the Energy Saving Trust were assembling data around mileage, useage etc and recommendations would be presented in due course around the decarbonisation of the fleet

 

·         Asset management strategy – the asset management plan will be reviewed once the stock condition survey is completed – this provides an opportunity to identify potential energy measures for buildings and the use of photovoltaics.  The Midlands Energy Hub have some funding for councils to put initiatives in place.  The potential for the use of solar panels on the roof of Glossop Town Hall was queried.  Members were advised that there was a new fund for local authorities to invest in their own properties and options were being investigated.

 

·         Energy suppliers – mix of renewables and non-renewable.  The energy contacts had been renewed this year for a 4 year period but other mixes of energy providers could be reviewed.

 

·         Staff Training – the management of open spaces started with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust which will provide learning for officers which will be transferable to High Peak and contacts within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust – possible sub-group to discuss?  It was also commented that member training needed to be put in place and discussions were on-going with Keele University.  It was further confirmed that any training provided could be done remotely.

 

·         Housing – a bid would be made to the second round of the Government’s Local Authority Green Home Grant either with other Derbyshire authorities or individually.  Funding had to be targeted at the least energy efficient housing of which 157 properties had been identified.

 

·         Data around CO2 emissions in respect of staff travel and fleet vehicles would be circulated.  The reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of COVID and the different ways of working were being discussed a part of the COVID recovery process and a staff survey had been undertaken.

 

 

The Midlands Energy hub was also providing an opportunity to create a framework to invest in electric vehicle charging points across the borough.  It was queried whether car parking charges were applicable while electric charging points were being utilised.

 

·         £2M had been deposited with Barclays through Green Bond Purchasing – the details of which would be circulated.  Some concern was expressed that this had not been reported at Corporate Select Committee.

 

·         Investment in Green Energy (paragraph 5.4.11 refers) – it was commented that this was a further pressure on the MTFP and that no reference was made to water energy.  Members were advised that the first part of the process was to map the nation grid to identify the potential locations for solar farms.

 

·         County Partnership – work had been affected by the COVID response but was now getting back on track and discussions were also being held with Midlands Energy Hub around the potential to work collectively on projects.  It response to a comment, it was clarified that this group had not met sooner as officers were involve in the council’s COVID response and recovery process.                             

 

The need to provide householders with information around these issues was stressed.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the update be noted.

 

 

 

 

 

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