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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 11.30am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Drennan, Jackson, Kinsey, Peet, Taylor and Whitehead

Officers in Attendance:

Ian Saxon – Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services, Alison Lloyd-Walsh – Head of Environmental Development, Garry Parker – Head of Waste Services, Christina Sexton – Environmental Development Officer, Darrell Beck – Marketing and Communications Officer, Ade Alao – Head of Investment and Development.

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors Cooper, Piddington and Ryan.

34. Declarations Of Interest

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

35. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 15 January 2015, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

36. Solar Options

Further to the presentation delivered to the last meeting of the Panel by Mr Stafford of New Charter Housing Trust with regard to New Charter’s solar programme, the Head of Environmental Development explained that there was currently no agreed strategy to investigate the benefits/business case for the installation of solar PV panels on Council owned buildings.

The key benefits of the installation of solar PV panels were outlined, including:

  • Reduced energy bills;
  • Additional income; and
  • Reduced carbon emissions.

It was reported that the Council currently owned over 200 property assets, of which about 100 may be suitable for the installation of solar PV. An initial desk-top analysis of the suitable properties indicated that there was potential to generate up to 9MW of electricity from solar PV installations on these properties. Presently, the only solar panels were on Stalybridge Civic Hall.

The Head of Environmental Development explained that there were two broad delivery options available for the installation of PV solar panels on Council owned buildings; the self-funded model and the rent-a-roof model.

There were a number of variants of both models which would require further detailed analysis before a clear recommendation could be made for approval.

Discussion ensued with regard to a number of approaches that could be taken to facilitate a solar installation programme across the Borough. Further work was required to assess which approach/solution would provide the Council with the best deal.

Members were also mindful of the importance of pursuing other renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and hydro power. The Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services, gave assurances that investigations with regard to these options were ongoing and a progress report would be provided to a future meeting of the Panel.


That the Panel endorse a project to further develop the feasibility study into the installation of solar PV on the Council estate, including schools.

37. Update On Green Deal Communities Project

The Head of Environmental Development provided an update with regard to the Green Deal Communities project, as follows:

  • 2477 homes had been retrofitted across GM;
  • 2438 measures installed for whole year of Toasty programme;
  • 141 measures had been installed in Tameside under Little Bill Scheme;
  • Tameside Council were currently offering a ‘top up fund’ to meet the shortfall in ECO funding for boilers – for those residents most in need of help; and
  • Over £70,000 HHCRO (boilers/heating systems) had been leveraged into Tameside so far this financial year plus £000’s more for cavity wall and loft insulation measures.

With regard to GM DECC funding, where chosen community areas across Greater Manchester could access up to £7000 towards home energy improvements, it was reported that the 1 year programme due to end in March 2015 had been extended to the end of September 2015 and there had been an increase in sign-ups in the Tameside area since January 2015.

Over £220,000 had so far been leveraged into the Borough through the LB communities scheme and this amount was rising.

With regard to fuel poverty, details were given of a publication: Cutting the cost of keeping warm: a fuel poverty strategy for England:

The main target in the strategy was around ensuring that ‘as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency standard of Band C, by 2030’.

It was further reported that Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service (GMEA) would close at the end of March 2015.

38. LED Lighting

The Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services, gave a presentation with regard to the roll out of LED lighting across the Borough.

Details were given of projected savings in energy consumption of 3,756,575 KWh per year and total projected savings of £451,269.84.
The planned programme for installation of LED lighting across the Borough was also displayed and discussed.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

39. Considerate Constructor

The Assistant Executive Director, Environmental Services, gave details of the Considerate Constructors award scheme and reported that the Ashton Pinch Point project had received a score of 43 out of 50 which represented an excellent/exceptional score (the national average being 35.6).

It was explained that 5,000 tonnes of waste material were re-cycled on site for re-use on the project, reducing material to landfill, quarried material to site and wagon journeys.

40. District Heat Network

The Head of Investment and Development gave a presentation giving details of Ashton District Heat Network.

It was explained that a district heating scheme comprised a network of insulated pipes used to deliver heat, in the form of hot water or steam, from the point of generation to an end user.

District heating networks provided the means to transport heat efficiently. They could currently be built up to around 30km from a generating plant and distribution networks could be hundreds of kilometres long. The distance a network could reach was also easily extended by adding more providers of heat, or ‘heat sources’, along the way.

It was further explained that a feasibility study in the Ashton area was ongoing and an update would be provided to the September meeting of the Panel.


That the content of the presentation be noted.

41. Waste Services Update

The Head of Waste Services, updated the Panel with regard to the ‘Bin Swap’ scheme launched on 18 November 2013 with 4000 properties, which was expanded to a further 26,500 properties in January 2015.

The Scheme had proved to be very successful with a 25% overall reduction of waste being sent to landfill, which equated to a potential saving of £3 million per annum.

Plans were now underway to roll out the scheme to the remaining 70,000 households in the borough.

The key message was that Bin Swap was working. To date there had been less than 300 complaints and the current recycling rate was 42%.

The Chair and Members of the Panel commended the Head of Waste Services and his team for all their hard work.

42. Dates Of Future Meetings

It was noted that the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel would next meet as follows, commencing at 10.00am:

2 July 2015
10 September 2015
19 November 2015
14 January 2016
17 March 2016

43. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at this meeting.