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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 12th July, 2012

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 10.40am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Beeley, Cooper, Drennan, Shember-Critchley, Taylor and Whitehead.

Also in attendance:

Councillor Kieran Quinn – Executive Leader

Apologies for Absence:

Councillor Peet

Officers in attendance:

Ian Saxon, Mike Gurney, Alison Lloyd-Walsh and Gary Mongan.

Senior Management Team

Steven Pleasant – Chief Executive, Pam Williams – Executive Director (Finance), Robin Monk – Assistant Executive Director (Economic and Technical Services), Elaine Todd – Assistant Executive Director (Asset and Investment Partnership Management), Adam Allen – Assistant Executive Director (Cultural and Customer Services), Martin Garnett – Assistant Executive Director (Adults’ Services), Tracy Brennand – Assistant Executive Director (People and Organisational Design), Claire Bibby – Assistant Executive Director (Schools, Youth and Community), Tim Rainey – Assistant Executive Director (Media, Marketing and Communications).


1. Declarations Of Interest

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

2. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 15 March 2012, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

3. Welcome And Introduction

The Chair welcomed Councillors Drennan and Shember-Critchley to their first meeting of the Panel, together with the Senior Management Team and thanked them for their attendance. He also welcomed the Executive Leader, Councillor Kieran Quinn to the meeting, who explained the importance of carbon reduction and the need to raise awareness amongst staff and residents of the borough.

He stated that the Council remained committed to protecting the environment and saving energy, and had pledged to support the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy. Recycling was also a crucial part of reducing Tameside’s carbon footprint and saving money. In 2011/12 the borough had achieved its best recycling rates with 37% of waste being recycled. The target, however, was to recycle half of all domestic waste by 2015. The rewards would be further savings in the region of £4 million a year. In order to deliver the next step improvement, Tameside was introducing food waste caddies for all homes so that more food could be recycled, to assist with this there would be weekly brown bin collections. It was further reported that all savings made from recycling were put back into the community via the ‘You Choose’ participatory budget events.

4. Introduction To The Session

The Assistant Executive Director – Environmental Services and the Environmental Manager reminded Members of the Panel’s objectives and that carbon reduction was a cross cutting issue, involving both businesses and communities.

Details were given of the Council’s achievements to date, where we were at 2012, the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2011 (to reduce carbon emissions by 48% by 2020), strategy objectives, thematic plans and local policies and forthcoming policies.

5. Carbon Reduction Panel And Future Priorities

The following officers reported on their service area’s future priorities with regard to carbon reduction:-

Pam Williams – Executive Director of Finance reported on Corporate Accountancy and the financial strategic key element of the carbon reduction commitment.

She made reference to the following:-

  • Need to measure and report our carbon emissions annually, following a specific set of measurement rules.
  • The amount of each fuel type used is converted into a tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
  • We then pay for each tonne of CO2 we produce (currently £12 per tonne)
  • This year we would be paying £202k
  • Street lighting exempt at the moment but this is to change adding a further £85k per annum at the current rate;
  • Rate to be set each year within the Chancellors budget. Treasury had indicated a rise to £18 per tonne by 2014/15
  • This would cost the Council £420K at the present level of consumption

Adam Allen – Assistant Executive Director (Cultural and Customer Services) reported on the Green Infrastructure and referred to the following:-

  • Tameside’s Green Infrastructure assets shape the placed we live, work & enjoy recreational activities.
  • Played an increasingly important role in securing future prosperity and quality of life.
  • Tree planting for natural air cooling and CO2 absorption.
  • Played a vital role in a number of other respects:
  1. Tackling flood alleviation and water management;
  2. Increasing tourism;
  3. Improving physical and mental health and social well-being;
  4. Increasing land and property values;
  5. Sustaining economic growth and investment; and
  6. Improving labour force productivity.

He also reported on the key natural environment projects currently contributing to carbon reduction and climate change mitigation:-

  1. Meeting UK Woodland Assurance Standard;
  2. Woodland Improvement Grant;
  3. Increase woodland cover by planting 2500 trees;
  4. Increase Local Nature Reserves; and
  5. Green Pathways.

Clare Bibby – Assistant Executive Director (Schools, Youth and Community) reported on the following:-

The promotion of Carbon Literacy and build resilience against fuel poverty by:

  • Providing schools with support and information via the schools’ Eco Committees and encouraging them to make this a priority in their plans;
  • Reviewing the curriculum provided in our open youth club sessions and including carbon literacy into both the Council’s Youth Offer and the sessions provided by NACRO and Tinies UK;
  • Providing information in our Children’s Centres as part of the statutory duty around information, advice and guidance;
  • Ensuring that Youth and Family Service workers were aware of the issues of carbon reduction and fuel poverty, and were alerted to opportunities to ameliorate this when they were working with families in their homes.

Elaine Todd – Assistant Executive Director – Assets and Investment Partnership Management reported on Energy Use in Buildings and in particular:-

  • Rationalisation of school buildings - replacement of 66% of high school stock with brand new facilities and over 35% of primary schools.
  • Rationalisation of corporate buildings with a target reduction of 50% of office space in 4 years.
  • Eco pods – explore potential for suitability of buildings for installation.
  • Energy consumption reduction projects.

Martin Garnett – Assistant Executive Director – Adults’ Services reported on Older People Services (Adult Services) and made reference to:-

'Greening' the Supply Chain

  • Using commissioning process to encourage and assist our suppliers of services to develop low carbon systems and practice as part of a wider objective to mainstream sustainable procurement.
  • Using initiatives such as the Environmental Business Pledge which offered professional support to businesses around reducing carbon emissions.
  • The pledge used ‘business process re - engineering’ to help businesses to save money , for our particular type of suppliers this would probably be in the areas of energy and fuel use .
  • The model would be applicable not just to suppliers of social care services but right across all services where we commissioned and procured services.

Tim Rainey – Assistant Executive Director (Media, Marketing and Communications) reported on Communicating the Messages in respect of carbon reduction and in particular:-

  • Based on the ‘In your Hands’ campaign which used communication channels to increase carbon literacy messages amongst citizens, partner organisations and staff.
  • Supported local businesses and learned from those in the Borough (such as Brother and IKEA) who had already been successful in promoting environmental messages and adopting low carbon working practices.
  • Robin Monk – Assistant Executive Director (Economic and Technical Services) reported on the Green Infrastructure in respect of economic growth and creation of employment and training opportunities. He referred to the following:-

Green Deal

  • Market driven approach with rules set by Government.
  • The customer receives a package of energy efficiency measures at no up-front cost from a ‘Green Deal Provider’.
  • Agreement to package of measures that pays for itself over time – ‘Golden Rule’.
  • Finance attached to the electricity meter – paid back over up to 25 years.
  • Accredited advice, products and installation.
  • Support for poorer households and certain installations i.e. Solid Wall Insulation, via Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funds.
    Outcomes
  • Improved quality of life for residents – warmer, more comfortable homes.
  • Reduction in energy bills and help for those in / near fuel poverty.
  • Supporting local jobs & training opportunities in a growing sector.
  • Inward investment opportunities.
  • Reduced carbon emissions – and opportunity to increase ‘carbon literacy’.

Tracy Brennand – Assistant Executive Director (People and Organisational Design) reported on Workforce Behaviour Change and made reference to:-

  • Using Organisational Development to promote behaviour change amongst our staff.
  • Work with Tameside College to use learning packages based on sustainable living.
  • Promotion of health and well being links.

Resolved

That the current and future Council activities in respect of carbon reduction priorities be noted.

6. Dates Of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon Reduction Panel would meet on the following dates:-

13 September 2012, 22 November 2012, 17 January 2013 and 14 March 2013.

All meetings to commence at 10.00am.

7. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.

Chair