A presentation to members giving an update on the Carbon Action Plan as well as a general update on the different areas of work carried out.
A presentation was given to members on the Carbon Action Plan as well as a general update on the different areas of work carried out. The presentation is attached to these minutes.
Mr Adrian Tofts, Strategy, Policy & Performance Lead Specialist and Ms Olu Fatokun, Low Carbon Senior Specialist, gave the presentation, asking for any questions or comments along the way.
Carbon Action Plan Update
Solar Together Kent
Social Housing Decarbonisation Funding Bid
Councillor Whybrow advised members a huge amount of funding would be needed to bring housing stock up to EPC standards by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2050. Ultimately, any actions moving towards carbon neutrality would help alleviate fuel poverty. The biggest carbon emitter across the Council’s stock comes from sheltered housing.
Design Codes and Planning Reforms
Councillor Thomas asked how the Council’s Planning & Licensing Committee is being briefed on these reforms and whether PCs/TCs could have a bigger input to the committee and developers. Mr Tofts said he would defer to the Chief Planning Officer however, the position is set by the Local Plan. This could eventually be replaced by Design Codes.
It was noted that each planning application is judged on its own merits.
District Wide Carbon Plan
Ms Fatokun spoke on this, advising initial information had been sought from ScatterCities with regard to district wide emissions. The Council are looking to encourage residents to engage with the plan, steps to be taken and collaboration.
Councillor Thomas advised that KALC had produced a Carbon Footprint Calculator for town and parish councils, which he was sure would be of interest to the Council. Ms Fatokun was grateful for this information and would await to hear further details.
Members were advised of the Carbon Innovation Lab which would include key stakeholders of which town and parish councils would be part of the main consultee process.
UK100 Local Climate Engagement
The District Wide Carbon Plan is a new plan for the Council in that it is intended to deal with emissions from the district as a whole, such as the housing stock, business premises and transport, where the Council cannot enforce changes but can only act in an encouraging and facilitating way. In this respect it is important to engage with people early on. We have put in a bid to the UK100’s Local Climate Engagement Prospectus for help with public engagement.
UK100 is a group of Local Authorities with expertise which we could draw on in producing the District Wide plan and implementing it.
The Chairman thanked officers for their attendance and informative presentation.