Environment: Becoming the green capital of the capital

The consultation has now closed.  We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the conversation. 

Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing your comments and thinking about how we can use your ideas as part of our plans for the borough.

Please continue to visit One Borough Voice for further updates.

Like many other local authorities, we have declared a climate change emergency. We recognise that everyone needs to play their part in tackling climate change. We will play ours by aiming to doing whatever we can to become the Green Capital of the Capital; a carbon neutral council by 2030, and a carbon neutral Borough by 2050. This means recycling more, decarbonising our energy system, improving the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, improving the quality of our air, and creating new, green economy jobs.

Take a look at our initial proposals below to learn more about our plans; and tell us what you think!

Like many other local authorities, we have declared a climate change emergency. We recognise that everyone needs to play their part in tackling climate change. We will play ours by aiming to doing whatever we can to become the Green Capital of the Capital; a carbon neutral council by 2030, and a carbon neutral Borough by 2050. This means recycling more, decarbonising our energy system, improving the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, improving the quality of our air, and creating new, green economy jobs.

Take a look at our initial proposals below to learn more about our plans; and tell us what you think!

The consultation has now closed.  We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the conversation. 

Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing your comments and thinking about how we can use your ideas as part of our plans for the borough.

Please continue to visit One Borough Voice for further updates.

  • Environment: Our initial proposals

    5 months ago

    Our Challenge
    Very few people need convincing that we need to better protect our environment. There is no planet B, as the saying goes. Like many other local authorities, we have decided to declare a climate change emergency. This means that by 2030, the council will be carbon neutral, with the borough as a whole not far behind.With this in mind, the fact that we are experiencing such rapid growth is both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to grow without increasing our carbon footprint. The opportunity is to lead the wayto a low carbon economy.

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    Our Challenge
    Very few people need convincing that we need to better protect our environment. There is no planet B, as the saying goes. Like many other local authorities, we have decided to declare a climate change emergency. This means that by 2030, the council will be carbon neutral, with the borough as a whole not far behind.With this in mind, the fact that we are experiencing such rapid growth is both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to grow without increasing our carbon footprint. The opportunity is to lead the wayto a low carbon economy. This is how we think we can make it happen.


    Reducing our Waste and Increasing Recycling
    We produce too much waste in the borough, much of which ends up in landfill or polluting our oceans. We must become much better at recycling, whilst reducing the amount of waste we produce in the first place. We all have a part to play; every resident, every business, and every public service. On our side, this means investing in modern, efficient waste facilities that help residents, businesses and other public services to reduce, reuse and recycle their rubbish. On your side it means recycling whenever you can and producing as little waste as possible.


    Better Heating
    Second, we have a responsibility to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Every resident should be able to access low or zero carbon heat and electricity for their home. And every home, new and old, should be much better insulated so that they don’t use as much heat in the first place. Through the council’s wholly owned energy company, B&D Energy, we are building new district heating systems, which will make it possible to fully decarbonise the heat supply in our borough over time.


    Cleaner Energy
    We are also exploring the potential for renewable energy generation right here in the borough, using a whole range of modern technologies, from solar panels on roofs to ground and air source heat pumps around homes and estates. And we are demonstrating what is possible in relation to energy efficiency by selecting a small number of homes in the borough that will get a full energy efficiency make over; a ‘deep retrofit’; so that they don’t use any carbon at all. Finally, through Beam Energy, the council’s not-for-profit energy company, we are providing residents with a green and competitive alternative to the Big Six energy companies for their heating and electricity.


    Better Transport Options
    While we know that many of our residents rely on their cars, we also know that reducing the number of cars on our roads is critical if we are to tackle climate change or improve the borough’s air quality. To this end we are working with TFL to make it much easier to walk and cycle in the borough, as well as exploring the potential for a significant expansion of electric vehicle charging points, so that it is just as easy to go electric as it is to fill up with fuel, if not even easier!


    Green Spaces
    Finally, we will invest in our parks and green spaces, and we will use our smaller green spaces better, so that more people can enjoy them and the environmental benefits they bring.


    Tell Us What You Think
    There is much more we are doing to become the green capital of the capital. This is just the start. Now we want to know what you think. Are we on the right tracks? Please tell us about what your priorities would be in relation to the environment and tell us what you think of our initial proposals.