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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

Carbon Reduction Panel

Minutes of the Meeting held on 13 September 2012

Time Commenced: 10.00am Time Terminated: 10.50am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillor B Holland (Chair)
Councillors Cooper, Drennan, Peet and Shember-Critchley.

Apologies for Absence:

Councillors Beeley, Taylor and Whitehead.

Officers in attendance:

Ian Saxon – Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services), Tim Rainey – Assistant Executive Director (Media, Marketing and Communications), Ben Jay – Assistant Executive Director (Finance), Alison Lloyd-Walsh – Head of Environmental Development.


8. Declarations Of Interest

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

9. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of this Panel held on 12 July 2012, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

10. Chair’s Introduction

The Chair welcomed Members of the Panel to the new community building in Stamford Park and introduced Nicola Marshall, Parks and Land Manager to the meeting who gave a brief presentation on the Stamford Park redevelopment. She reported that the Council had committed £5m capital funding and £3.99m had been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund to redevelop the Grade II historic park.

She made reference to the sustainability aspects of the development and in particular the ground source heat pump. She further stated that she was currently marketing the community room which was available to use by members of the public/local groups and organisations.

11. Performance Of Stalybridge Civic Hall Solar Photo Voltaics

The Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services) gave an update on the Stalybridge Civic Hall Solar PV. He reported that the panels would generate nearly a third of the building’s electricity requirements, making a huge impact on the building’s carbon emissions and costs and any unused energy would be fed into the national grid, which would help to generate extra income and offset rising electricity costs.

He reminded Members of the benefits of solar PV installation and reported that since the first two months of installation the income had nearly doubled to that of the expected yield. The generation up to 10 July 2012 was 5974 kwh and the expected annual yield was estimated to be 20,000 kWh. He further stated that should this performance continue, the annual benefit would be £7775 compared to £4248, reducing the payback time from 16 years to 9 years.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

12. Ecopod Installation – Cavendish Mill And Chartist House

The Assistant Executive Director (Environmental Services) reported that New Charter Housing Trust would be installing new Eco Pod green energy systems at Chartist House in Hyde and Cavendish Mill in Ashton-under-Lyne, which was developed by Warrington-based Belfry Group.

The Eco Pod system featured a biomass boiler, solar thermal panels and also gas boilers and would provide heating and hot water to the individual tenants. It was further reported that the installations were one the first of its kind in the UK and would reduce the buildings carbon footprints by more than 40 per cent, which accounted for a saving of up to 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum at Cavendish Mill and 100 tonnes at Chartist House. Individual tenants would also experience a saving of approximately 40% on their heating costs.

Resolved

That the report be noted.

13. Carbon Reduction Commitment Presentations

a) Carbon Reduction Commitment

Ben Jay – Assistant Executive Director of Finance reported on the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) stating that this was a mandatory carbon emissions reporting and trading scheme to cover all organisations using more than 6000MWh per year of electricity and had come into force in April 2010.

He made reference to the aims of the CRC which was to significantly reduce UK carbon emissions which was to be done by encouraging participants (other businesses and organisations, including the Council) to invest in energy saving technologies. The areas of energy consumption measured included estates energy use such as electricity, gas and oil consumption and no-road going equipment such as lawnmowers, hedge trimmers etc. At present transport fuel and street lighting were not included.

He further stated that the Council had to measure and report its carbon emissions annually, following a specific set of measurement rules and the amount each fuel type used was converted into carbon emissions equivalent tonnage (for the Council this is currently 16 tonnes) and then each participant paid for each tonne of carbon dioxide produced (currently £12 per tonne), which gave a total charge of £192,000 per year.

He further stated that currently street lighting was exempt, however this was to change and would add approximately £85,000 per annum to the current rate. It had also been indicated that the current charge per tonne would rise from £12 to £18 per tonne by 2014/15, which would cost the Council approximately £420,000 at the present levels of consumption.

b) Marketing Carbon Reduction

Tim Rainey – Assistant Executive Director (Media, Marketing and Communications) reported on raising awareness of carbon literacy and the green agenda with residents and businesses and stated that plans and timescales for how and when the Council used publicity and marketing tools to raise employees, the general public and business communities’ awareness of environmental/green issues had been devised.

He made reference to the various channels that could be used to get the messages across to the various audiences that needed to be targeted, which included advertising in the local papers and local radio, the Citizen, the Council website and social media and corporate communications.

With regard to the introduction of the new refuse collection dates and the introduction of new brown caddies, leaflets, collection calendars, press adverts and radio adverts were being used to raise awareness and to encourage people to recycle more, especially around food waste.

He also made reference to future campaigns, Green Deal and Tameside Green First.

Resolved

That the reports be noted.

14. Urgent Items

Resolved

That the following items be considered as a matter of urgency due to time constraints:-

  • Environmental Business Pledge; and
  • iChoosr.

15. Environmental Business Pledge

The Head of Environmental Development reported on the Environmental Business Pledge which was administered and owned by Manchester City Council with the delivery arm being contracted out to Groundwork and aimed at helping businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and save them money. The scheme was free for businesses to join.

She reported that the scheme was working successfully in Manchester, Stockport and Wigan and it had been indicated that savings in the region of £350,000 had been saved by businesses since February 2012 which amounted to 1910 tonnes of carbon.

In order to become part of the scheme, the Council would need to allocate £5,000 to fund Tameside inclusion from October 2012 to March 2013, which would then be reviewed in March 2013.

Resolved

That the Panel support the Environmental Business Pledge and that £5,000 be met from the revenue budget for Environmental Services.

16. iChoosr – Energy Switching

The Head of Environmental Development reported on the iChoosr energy switching scheme, which was aiming to encourage the community to sign up to potentially cheaper energy bills by registering to switch energy providers (bulk buying). Oldham Council was currently engaged in this and were looking to widen the scheme across Greater Manchester. The scheme entailed residents agreeing in principle to sign up to the switching, administered externally by iChoosr and then this would go to an energy company auction in November 2012, with the winning company providing estimated bills and residents agreeing to formally switch and for each confirmed switch the Council would receive £10 and the residents would receive cheaper fuel bills.

Resolved

That the Panel support the scheme in principle and that a feasibility study be undertaken for Tameside residents.

17. Dates Of Future Meetings

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

22 November 2012 at Bredbury Recycling Facility, 17 January 2013 at the new community hub in Hattersley and 14 March 2013.

Chair