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Professor Tim Foxon, Professor of Sustainable Transitions - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (CONFIRMED)

Hear how Herefordshire Council have put in place leading, proven CO2 reduction plans to hit their 2020 carbon reduction target well over a year early. Herefordshire implemented an array of “invest to save” initiatives across their region, such as renewable energy generation, LED lighting and green transport. The Council recognised that carbon emissions were coming from an increasingly wide range of sources and so aimed to target not only council buildings, but schools, contractor fleets and street lighting. In this way, through projects such as solar PV, the council could bring together cost reduction alongside environmental benefits.

Key Achievements and Outcomes:

    • Reducing CO2 across the region by over 12,000 tonnes
    • Delivering a 43% reduction in CO2 emissions
    • Hitting their 40% reduction target well over a year in advance of the end of 2020 target

Councillor Trish Marsh, Cabinet Member - Environment, Economy and Skills Herefordshire Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Placing energy efficiency at the heart of the Sustainable Enfield 2020 Plan, including the prioritisation of renewable heating to reduce carbon footprint and improve wellbeing of local residents
  • Setting up a local energy company, Energetik, to transform the local energy market to ensure sustainable energy practices which put the environment first
  • Installing over 400 ground source heat pumps and investing £2.7 million in energy efficiency initiatives across schools and corporate buildings, with savings of over £400,000
  • Accessing RE:FIT to retrofit the entire council’s property portfolio, including putting £1million into the 18 buildings in the region with the highest energy consumption
  • Reducing carbon footprint through the Sustainable Enfield programme by 45% and setting a new carbon reduction target by 2025

Council of the Year in the Greater London Energy Efficiency Awards 2019

Anna Eager, Energetik (Enfield Council) (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the key challenges faced by local authorities and organisations to building local environment and sustainability action plans
  • Examining the next steps after declaring a climate emergency in your area and building effectively on this declaration
  • Finding a balance which effectively combines climate reduction and economic prosperity in your local region
  • Building strategies which combine all areas of sustainability and best removing the barriers towards a co-ordinated action plan

Kirsty Macpherson, Green Infrastructure Lead Advisor, Natural England (formerly) (CONFIRMED)
Roz Bulleid, Head of Policy, Green Alliance (CONFIRMED)
Sandra Bell, Friends of the Earth (CONFIRMED)
Simeran Bachra, UK Cities Manager, CDP (CONFIRMED)
Polly Billington, Director, UK100 (CONFIRMED)

During this session, Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) will be providing close, interactive advice on best delivering local sustainability action plans and proven practices in achieving carbon reduction alongside co-benefits, such as improved wellbeing and economic prosperity. This session will also outline in detail how local authorities can build on their climate emergency declarations to act in the most effective possible manner.

SWM have been supporting local authorities over many years on what makes a good local authority sustainability action plan and will be sharing this renowned advice in extensive detail. Having established the West Midlands Public Sector Sustainability and Energy Network, SWM have successfully led 32 local authorities to transformed local sustainability action plans with extensive carbon reduction, low carbon projects, renewable energy and more.

Alan Carr, Senior Sustainability Adviser, Sustainability West Midlands (CONFIRMED)
Councillor Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford, Oxford City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Developing a toolkit directly tailored, alongside the City Region Sustainability Network, to support local authorities to respond to climate change effectively through strategic action
  • Showing how action plans can be delivered together with many other benefits, such as health improvement, economic growth, equity and local resilience
  • Leading city development projects which solve housing, transport, health and productivity issues through climate and environmental solutions
  • Developing guidance alongside local authorities and The Grantham Institute to promote data sources and evidence-backed approaches to delivering council-led environment projects
  • Proposing additional community engagement to focus on climate action co-benefits by involving local people through citizen panels and connecting climate policy to the needs of local populations

Simon Brammer, Head of Cities, Ashden (CONFIRMED)

  • Partnering between Oldham Council, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership (OHIP) to offer successful home, environmental and energy advice and support to local residents
  • Providing a holistic service to ensure all residents are maintaining their health and well-being through free home assessments, energy efficiency and income maximisation
  • Creating a team that is reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions whilst drastically raising health and quality of life, with a large reduction in hospital admissions, GP visits and winter deaths
  • Improving the health of over 7,000 people so far, whilst bringing in £4.3 million of energy efficiency external grant funding and £513,000 in total savings to household bills each year
  • Achieving monetary benefits from increased QALYs of up to £793,000 through a £250,000 yearly investment, with £215,700 of extra GDP due to increased employment and a reduction in sickness absence and a £137,300 reduction in benefit claims

Anees Mank, Housing Development and Contracts Manager, Oldham Council (CONFIRMED)

Hear about West London Waste Authority’s unique response to the Climate Emergency and their new ways of thinking about resources and waste in the UK. West London Waste started its transformation programme in 2016 and has well developed thinking about the size and scale of the challenge and system changes needed in what is now being called the value chain in this industry.  This has given West London Waste the opportunity to:

  • Extract the most carbon valuable materials
  • Use financial instruments to dis-incentivise wasteful behaviour
  • Cut waste by three quarters

Emma Beal, Director, West London Waste Authority (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change

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