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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 15th September, 2011

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 10.55am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillors Beeley, B. Holland (Chair), Cooper, Parker-Perry, Peet, Smith, Taylor and Whitehead.

Apologies for Absence:

Amy Butler.

Officers in attendance:

Ian Saxon, Mike Gurney, Garry Parker, Alison Lloyd-Walsh.

11. Declarations Of Interest

There were no declarations of interest to report at this meeting.

12. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 14 July 2011, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

14. Decentralised Energy Study

Nick Dodd, from URBED gave a presentation of the findings of the Tameside Decentralised Energy Study and its contents were as follows:-

  • The long view;
  • Development types and appraisal results;
  • Energy opportunities and the Tameside ‘target framework’; and
  • Energy planning policy principles.

He detailed the broad findings as follows:-

  • Where would energy come from:-
    • Renewable;
    • Combined Heat and Power; and
    • Bio-fuel supply.
  • The Tameside Specific target framework detailed 4 methods;
    • Collaborate in a network – e.g. Ashton Town Centre and Stalybridge for mini power stations;
  • Control your energy costs:-
    • Canal water cooling;
    • Light industrial roof photo voltaic opportunities;
    • Large single turbine opportunity areas;
  • Agree to some help on-site e.g. solar roof financing;
  • Make a community contribution:-
    • Hydro electricity on weirs;
    • Large scale wind turbines – wind clusters.

He further reported on the energy planning policy principles as follows:-

  • Presumption in favour of low carbon economic development;
  • Pro-active promotion and co-ordination of opportunities;
  • Flexible framework of expectations from developers;
  • Contributions would be used to lever in finance; and
  • Commitment to use Council influence to support policies.


That the presentation be noted.

15. Renewable Projects Update

The Head of Environmental Strategy gave an update on the following renewable projects:-

  • Solar panels at Stalybridge Civic Hall;
  • Solar panels at Ash Road Environmental Centre; and
  • Hydro energy at Broadbottom Weir.


That the report be noted.

16. Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2011 - 2020

Consideration was given to a report of the Head of Environmental Development detailing an update with regard to the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2011 – 2020.

She reported that the Strategy contained four main objectives that should be met by 2020:-

  • To make a rapid transition to a low carbon economy;
  • Our collective carbon emissions would have been reduced by 48%;
  • Prepared for and actively adapting to a rapidly changing climate; and
  • ‘Carbon literacy’ would have become embedded into the culture of our organisation’s lifestyles and behaviours.

She stated that it was intended that the objectives of the Strategy would be delivered by the production of an Implementation Plan that would cover the period 2012-2014 and this would be produced by the Greater Manchester Environment Commission in consultation with all Greater Manchester Authorities by the end of this current financial year.

The main five key themes of the Implementation Plan would be as follows:-

  • Buildings;
  • Energy;
  • Transport;
  • Green Spaces (Green and Blue Infrastructures); and
  • Sustainable Consumption.

Details of the governance overview of the strategy were given and it was –


That the report be noted.

17. Update On The Energy Bill

Consideration was given to a report of the Head of Environmental Development detailing an update of the Energy Bill 2010/11.

Particular reference was given to the summary of the Bill as follows:-

  • The Green Deal;
  • Powers to make regulations to improve energy efficiency;
  • Energy company obligations;
  • Smart meters; and
  • Access to energy performance data and documents.

It was reported that the Bill was due to be put before Parliament in July 2011, however, due to the amount of Government’s legislative programme, its passage had been delayed and Members of Parliament would not get the chance to scrutinise the Energy Bill until the autumn.

The Department of Environment and Climate Change was due to outline the detail of the Green Deal, which would be mainly included within secondary legislation, in a consultation in the autumn, however this would be dependant on the passage and timings of the main Energy Bill.


That the report be noted.

18. Recycling Performance Update 2011/12

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services detailing the Council’s recycling performance to date during 2011/12 and initiatives that would be used to reach the target of 40% of all waste collected being diverted from landfill.

Details were given of the analysis of all the data collected, which showed that 37.55% of all waste collected during 2011/12 had been diverted from landfill, which included all waste collected from the domestic wheeled bins and all other Council waste that was disposed of using the processing plants operated by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.

Reference was made to the initial for 2011/12 for each material type, in tonnes as follows:-

  • Co-mingled waste – 9584;
  • Paper and cardboard – 10540;
  • Bio-waste – 14855; and
  • None recycled waste - 52521.

He reported that the targets linked in with the other 9 authorities that had jointly funded the PFI contract with Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority and these targets were set by the Council early in 2011/12 and then reviewed at the mid-point of 2011/12.

Monitoring of performance was undertaken on a weekly basis and there had been a large decrease in the amount of residual domestic waste collected and even bigger reductions in the amount of waste sent to landfill from other Council services, such as the District Assemblies and Engineers.

Recycling improvements were reported as follows:-

  • The managed collection system was now well established across the borough;
  • To look at the quality of material collected, contamination, areas of none participation;
  • To undertake a service redesign which would enable the Council to review collection systems, collection frequencies and the processes involved in making recycling as convenient as possible;
  • Phase 1 of the Waste Compositional Analysis had been undertaken and provided detailed information about the contents of a black bin; and
  • The waste processing facilities used by the Council were now fully operational and the processing plants had passed the commissioning stage.

Particular reference was made to the effects of recycling performance on carbon emissions and the table detailed showed the conversion factors that had been applied to the different amounts of waste collected. During 2010/11 all the recyclable material collected had generated a total of 32,165,438 kilograms of carbon emissions which had saved 20,060,862 kilograms of carbon emissions over the material life cycle.

Other actions being considered for the reduction of carbon emissions were as follows:-

  • The frequency of collections to be reviewed;
  • Phase 2 of the Waste Compositional Analysis to be undertaken;
  • The completion of the Energy From Waste power station was currently being built in Warrington and this would burn material, the heat from which was then used to generate steam, which in turn powered a turbine, thus generating electricity; and
  • Work ongoing with a private company to increase the average mile per gallon of a refuse collection vehicle from an average 2.6 mpg to a targeted 4 mpg.


That the report be noted.

19. Dates Of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon Reduction Panel would meet on the following dates, commencing at 10.00am:-

24 November 2011, 19 January 2012 and 15 March 2012.

20. Urgent Items

The Chair reported that there were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.