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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 24th November, 2011

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 10.50am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillors Beeley, Cooper, Peet, Smith and Taylor (In the Chair).

Officers in attendance:

Ian Saxon, Mike Gurney, Garry Parker and Gary Mongan.

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors B. Holland, Parker-Perry, Whitehead and Amy Butler.


21. Declarations Of Interest

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

22. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 15 September 2011, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

23. Greater Manchester Low Carbon Housing Retrofit Strategy – “Mr Toasty”

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services detailing the Domestic Retrofit programme which aimed to achieve Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets on domestic household insulation. The Get Me Toasty scheme aimed to raise awareness of the programme and promote the availability of free insulation measures.

It was reported that seven of the ten Greater Manchester authorities had been successful in securing a budget to ensure that the offer of free insulation was available to residents in their borough. Tameside Council had contributed £476k from its Housing Capital towards the programme which will run until the end of 2013/14, with the Energy Saving Trust being the administrator of the process and acting as liaison between the public, local authority and the installers. The installers operating in Tameside were British Gas Insulation and between 1 September 2011 to 14 October 2011 Tameside had received 663 referrals for insulation measures, which was the third ranking of the participating Greater Manchester authorities.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

24. Boiler Scrappage Pilot Scheme

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services detailing the progress of the Boiler Scrappage Pilot Scheme which was currently being implemented within the Dukinfield ward and allowed eligible residents to exchange old inefficient gas boilers for a new efficient boiler.

It was reported that a budget of £500k had been allocated to this scheme, which could replace approximately 200 boilers and the scheme was launched in March 2011. Phase 1 of the scheme was completing the application form which carried out the means test and collected the other information needed to decide who would qualify for a new boiler. The second phase was a technical survey of the existing boiler, carried out by the installers and to ensure that the boiler could be replaced and also that it was not already an A-rated boiler. The deadline for applications was 26 April 2011 and out of 162 applications, 116 passed the first phase of the application process.

Details were given of the next steps, with the tender process being finalised during August 2011 to select which installers would be undertaking the work. Following the installations Property Operations would undertake quality checks on the work undertaken and to ensure residents were happy before payment was made to the installers.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

25. Burial And Cremation Carbon Footprint Scheme

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services detailing a scheme which considered the Carbon Footprint, specifically within Cemeteries and Crematoria and outlined a formal process in measuring and reducing carbon emissions.

It was reported that the management of cemeteries and crematoria was complex and wide ranging and the issues included the high use of fuel, the management of large areas of land and the creation of considerable waste. The Carbon Trust Standard supported the Burial and Cremation Education Trust’s initiative in engaging crematoria and cemeteries on the important issues of sustainability and carbon footprint reduction.

Details were given of the following:-

  • The Burial and Cremation Carbon Footprint Scheme;
  • The Carbon Trust;
  • Tameside Low Carbon Strategy;
  • The Charter for the Bereaved; and
  • Finance.

Resolved

That the report be noted and the initiative be supported.

26. 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 the proposed service redesign changes that would release the efficiency from within the service, thus maximising the recycling and minimising the carbon emissions associated with processing the contents of the black bins.

It was reported that 37.54% of all waste collected had been diverted away from landfill and recycled and there were 30,000 domestic premises that were not included on the brown bin collection scheme.

Details were given of the current and optimum collection frequencies as follows:-

Current Collection Frequencies Optimum Collection Frequencies
       
Blue Bins 4 Weekly Blue Bins 2 Weekly
Green Bins 2 Weekly Green Bins 2 Weekly
Brown Bins 2 Weekly Brown Bins 1 Weekly
Black Bin 2 Weekly Black Bins 2 Weekly

The tabled highlighted that the Council needed to increase the collection of the blue bins and increase the collection of the brown bins in collecting more food waste. It had been confirmed that 17.8% of the contents of the black bin was paper and cardboard and a further 43.1% of the contents of the black bins was food waste. To make the disposal of food waste more convenient it was proposed to introduce food waste caddies.

Details were given of the effects of recycling performance on carbon emissions and it was reported that all the recyclable material that was collected during 2010/11 had generated a total of 32,165,438 kilograms of carbon emissions; by then recycling that material had saved the Council 20,060,862 kilograms of carbon emissions over the material life cycle.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

27. Proposal To Support The Development Of A Low Carbon Business Network

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Economic and Technical Services detailing the development of a business network for companies working in the low carbon sector and related supply chain.

The business network would provide an opportunity for businesses to meet together and to use that for mutual benefit and the Council could assist this networking by facilitating the initial network meetings and maintaining an ongoing input into the network by providing information, advice and signposting to relevant resources.

The Council proposed to develop the facilitation of a local interest group with the working title of “Low Carbon Business Network” to bring together those businesses in Tameside working in the low carbon sector and related supply chain. The network would be developed to ensure a fit with the more strategic work going on to reshape the business support function. There were some initial actions that could be undertaken to develop a network:-

  • Discuss proposal with a variety of ‘known’ sector businesses to get a clearer idea of what they would want from a network and the best ways to get businesses to join in.
  • Develop methods to enable sector businesses to let us know that they exist, this will help in ascertaining potential size of network.
  • Investigate what other Local Authorities are doing in respect of this sector.

It was anticipated that this feasibility work would continue until January 2012 with the first of the network events taking placing before the end of the financial year.

Resolved

That the Panel support the proposal to develop a Low Carbon Business Network.

28. Dates Of Future Meetings

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

19 January 2012 and 15 March 2012.

29. Urgent Item

Resolved

That the following item be considered as an urgent item due to time constraints:-

  • Feed In Tariff

30. Feed In Tariff

The Environmental Services Manager reported on the recent Government announcement regarding proposed changes to the Feed in Tariffs (FiT) for small scale low carbon energy generation. He stated that the unexpected uptake of the FiT scheme for solar PV and the fact that the installation cost of solar PV has dropped by approx 30% over the past couple of years had given the Government concern that the entire FiT budget could be spent on solar pv schemes at the expense of other renewable technologies. This prompted a comprehensive review of the FiT scheme for small scale low carbon electricity generation.

The tariffs were being reduced by around half and this would mean that it would take twice as long for a project to pay for itself and reduce the amount of income generated. He further stated that all the AGMA authorities would be lobbying the government and the consultation period ended on 23 December 2011.

Chair