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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 17th January, 2013

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 10.45am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Beeley, Cooper, Peet and Taylor

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors Drennan, Shember-Critchley and Whitehead.

Officers in Attendance:

Ian Saxon – Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services), Elaine Todd – Assistant Executive Director (Asset Management and Investment Partnership), Mike Gurney – Head of Environmental Services (Environmental Management and Operations), Alison Lloyd-Walsh – Head of Environmental Development and Garry Parker – Waste Services Manager.


28. Declarations Of Interest

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

29. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 22 November 2012, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

30. Ongoing Projects

a) Electric Vehicles – ‘Plugged in Places’

The Head of Environmental Management and Operations reported that the Electric Vehicle Charging posts had been considered by the Wider Leadership Team in May 2012 and the revised scheme was as follows:-

  • Installation of 160 fast dual smart Electric Charging posts by March 2013;
  • Provision of a back office operation;
  • End user registration scheme with an additional pay as you go model;
  • Targeting local authority locations across the whole of Greater Manchester;
  • Considering installations in the TfGM Park and Ride/Metrolink sites;
  • Working with the Private Sector including Manchester Airport Group, Peel Holdings and the Co-op to identify additional locations

b) Green Deal Conference – 16 November 2012

Councillor Peet stated that she had attended the Green Deal conference in London which was organised by the Local Government Association and Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change was one of the key speakers.

The following issues were reported:-

  • Green Deal was part of the green agenda and green commitment;
  • Long term project which aimed to refurbish 2000 plus homes and support 1m jobs;
  • £3m had been invested to provide training for assessors and installers;
  • £40m had been put aside for Councils to apply for funding which had to be spent before the end of March 2013;
  • Cash back incentives for householders taking up the deal early days; and
  • The deal would be launched on 28 January 2013.

Alison Lloyd-Walsh, Head of Environmental Management and Operations reported that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority had agreed the formation of a Greater Manchester Green Deal and ECO Delivery Partnership and that the Greater Manchester local authority branding and local knowledge would be used to attract and engage local residents in the Green Deal.

She further stated that a panel of Green Deal providers would be procured and managed by a lead authority, to deliver Green Deal loans, the installation work and ongoing warranty requirements, on behalf of participating local authorities, and the existing GM Energy Advice Service would be adapted to create and manage customer demand, paid for by successful referrals and working alongside local networks and staff.

Details were given of the loan process, the programme over 3 years and a she stated that a further update would be provided in Spring 2013.

c) Greater Manchester Collective Energy Switch

It was reported that anyone who lived in the United Kingdom could register and the registration phase opened 2 – 28 January 2013, with no obligation at this stage. Energy companies would auction on 29 January 2013 and all who had registered an interest would receive a ‘personal offer’ stating new tariff price and residents could then decide whether to sign up or not.

d) Ashton Market Hall

The Head of Environmental Services reported on the ‘How Green Is Your Market’ which was a national environment award staged annually by the National Market Traders Federation, with Ashton Market Hall winning the Northern Category and also the National Award overall from the Regional Category Winners.

Ashton Market’s entry included:-

  • Schemes such as recycling litter bins;
  • Re-usable shopping bags;
  • Love Food Hate Waste cooking demonstrations;
  • Halving the amount of waste sent to landfill in the last two years; and
  • Reducing energy consumption.

Resolved

That the presentations be noted.

31. Prestigious Council Buildings – Energy Reduction Scheme

Consideration was given to a report of the Assistant Executive Director – Asset and Investment Partnership Management which summarised the proposal to develop schemes to retrofit a number of the Council’s prestigious buildings with the objective of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. It was reported that a pilot project had been agreed for Dukinfield Town Hall with works programmed to be undertaken over the next few months.

It was further reported that the proposals to rationalise the Council’s assets had now been approved and the following prestigious and civic buildings would be retained – Ashton Town Hall, Stalybridge Civic Hall, Hyde Town Hall, Ryecroft Hall, Denton Town Hall, Denton Festival Hall and Dukinfield Town Hall. It was proposed that energy consumption reduction proposals be implemented at buildings that the Council continued to operate and proposals had been submitted for Dukinfield Town Hall and surveys were to be undertaken at Ashton Town Hall, Stalybridge Civic Hall, Hyde Town Hall, Ryecroft Hall, Denton Festival Hall and Denton Town Hall.

Details were also given of the likely proposals to adapt and improve the fabric of the buildings and services would be developed with the planned outcome of reducing energy consumption as follows:-

  • Additional insulation covers to the heating distribution systems;
  • Installation of automatic controls to the heating system;
  • Replacement of boilers; and
  • Replacement of lighting and controls.

The assessment would also take into account the following:-

  • The orientation and configuration of the roof;
  • The cost of the installation including surveys, access, roof strengthening works;
  • Aesthetic impact and need for planning and approval; and
  • The impact of feed in tariffs changes.

Reference was made to the anticipated annual savings at Dukinfield Town Hall which were £16,661 at current prices and it was also stated that utility prices would rise by at lease 8% per annum over the next three years, which would increase savings at Dukinfield Town Hall over the period to over £51,400.

Resolved

That retrofit carbon consumption reduction schemes at Ashton Town Hall, Stalybridge Civic Hall, Hyde Town Hall, Ryecroft Hall, Denton Festival Hall and Denton Town Hall be developed and further details of the schemes be provided to the next meeting of the Panel.

32. Management Of Tameside’s Woodlands

Consideration was given to a report of the Head of Countryside detailing the important contribution that the borough’s woodlands made to the reduction of carbon dioxide in the environment and also provided a summary of how the Council managed its woodlands in a sustainable way for the benefit of people and wildlife.

It was reported that trees and woodlands played a crucial role in regulating our climate and removed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere storing it as carbon through the process of photosynthesis.

Furthermore, it was reported that Tameside’s last Trees and Woodland Strategy had identified over 350 woodland sites, covering 440 hectares in the borough, which included significant areas of Ancient Woodland and woodland Local Nature Reserves, such as Great Wood and Hurst Clough in Mottram and Broadbottom and riverside woodlands along the Tame, Medlock and Etherow Valleys.

There were also mature park woodlands in the borough, primarily in Stamford, Cheetham’s and Hyde, the remaining areas of woodland were primarily plantation woodlands, planted in the 1980’s and early 90’s, through the GM River Valley Schemes.

Reference was made to the approach taken to improve the quality of Tameside’s woodlands. Tameside currently had 18 of its main woodlands accredited under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard for the quality of management, including Daisy Nook Country Park in Ashton, Great Wood in Broadbottom and Roaches Woodland in Mossley. There was the potential in Tameside to increase the number of woodlands which were UKWAS accredited and in 2013/14 it was intended to investigate extending the Standard to include the Dingle in Stamford Park, Pole Bank Woodland in Hyde and Silver Springs in Ashton.

Details were given of the opportunity to access Forestry Commission funding, primarily through its Woodland Improvement and Woodland Management Grants and the Council was currently in Year 2 of a 4 year programme of grant aid, totalling just over £300,000, which was being used to fund access improvements such as path resurfacing and new signage, opportunities to learn more about woodland sites through interpretation panels and walks, leaflets and for projects to improve the quality of the woodland environment through thinning and restructuring works.

It had also been confirmed that actively managed sustainable woodlands absorbed more carbon more quickly and efficiently than unmanaged woodlands. Good woodland management also needed to consider several other reasons such as:-

  • Ensure woodland sustainability;
  • Public recreation, health and well-being;
  • Flood mitigation and soil conservation;
  • Encourage our native animals, birds and insects;
  • Long term survival of the trees;
  • Achieve a variation in tree age; and
  • Encourage the establishment of a good woodland structure.

He also stated that the Countryside Service implemented an annual woodland management programme, assisted by countryside volunteers and members of the public and there were 39 woodland sites currently included with the management programme and management objectives for each of the woodlands and plantations vary, being led by the needs of local residents, environmental factors and conservation best practice.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

33. Waste Performance

Consideration was given to a presentation of the Waste Services Manager updating Members of the move to weekly food collections, the provision of caddies and liners for all residents and the additional 30,000 properties which now had food waste collection.

He further reported that there had been an increase in the paper and cardboard collections and the black and green bins would remain fortnightly collections. He stated that there had been a complete round design for the Waste Collection Service to improve the service and to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill, which would amount in significant savings for the Council.

The following figures were outlined for Members information:-

Co-Mingled Waste
2011/12 8491.00
2012/13 8672.46
Paper And Cardboard
2011/12 7860.70
2012/13 7553.08
Garden And Food Waste
2011/12 9537.46
2012/13 12650.42
Domestic Waste
2011/12 44698.47
2012/13 43360.74

Resolved

That the presentation be noted.

34. Dates Of Future Meetings

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

14 March 2013.

35. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.

Chair