We want your feedback on the Draft Climate Change Action Plan
A draft action plan designed to tackle climate change, enhance energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality is now open to residents to give their feedback on, and improve and refine still further.
Haringey’s Draft Climate Change Action plan sets out how the council, partners and community all need to work collaboratively and collectively together towards becoming a net zero carbon borough by 2041.
The draft plan went to Cabinet in March, and following a temporary halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our community engagement activities have launched and we want to hear from as many residents as possible.
Here in Haringey, we have already implemented a number of measures to improve the local environment and play our part in this global challenge since declaring a Climate Emergency back in March last year. We have:
- Allocated £101m to upgrade the energy performance of the council’s housing stock, and £520,000 of the Carbon Offset Fund to tackle fuel poverty
- Increased the price of carbon offsetting from £60 to £95 per tonne of carbon
- Granted planning permission for the first ‘Carbon Positive’ council housing development in the borough
- Switched to 100% green electricity supplier
- Joined the GLA Retrofit Accelerator Homes Programme
- Reduced the energy use of the borough’s street lighting, with a projected 64% reduction from 2018/19 to 2020/21
- Delivered another 12 Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs) in the borough, bringing the total to 59 publicly accessible points
- Installed new cycling lanes and widened pavements in busy areas
- Undertook the Council’s food deliveries during the initial COVID-19 lockdown with electric vehicles
Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Equalities and Leisure, said:
We’ve set out our target of making Haringey a net carbon neutral borough by 2041, but we cannot do this alone – that is why we are proactively looking to work with partners and our community to create something that will really have an impact. We really hope – and need – as many residents and stakeholders as possible, from as diverse a range of backgrounds and cultures as possible, to engage with us on this working document as it will help mould the HCCAP prior to its adoption early next year. As a council, we have already put in a range of steps to improve the environment – but this plan goes further. It will help provide a framework for us to prioritise the projects that you want us to deliver and give us an even greater understanding of the support that you need to take lasting and meaningful action. The plan will also create stronger networks and working relationships that help support each other in the future.
We have launched an engagement website with Commonplace (external link). Businesses and residents can visit the Commonplace website to:
- Find out more about our strategy to reduce carbon emissions in the borough by 2041
- Answer questions on a range of topics
- Tell us what you are already doing to reduce emissions, what you would do and what support you need
- Set out what you feel are the priority areas we should target first with our interactive Carbon Reduction Priority Tool that we will be launching in November
We would like to hear your ideas about the prioritisation of projects and the projects that you want to deliver. We want to hear about the support that you need to make lasting and meaningful action and how we can support each other and create strong networks to do this.
Some questions also get you thinking about what measures you are currently taking to tackle climate change and lower your own carbon emissions, as well as what more you may yet still be able to do to help protect the environment.
The survey can be found on our new Commonplace website (external link). You can submit your comments for the remainder of this calendar year, with the survey due to end on Monday 4 January 2021.
Here's our Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Equalities & Leisure, Cllr Kirsten Hearn, on the Draft Climate Change Action Plan:
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