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Contact: Charlotte Forrest on Email: charlotte.forrest@tameside.gov.uk or 0161 342 2346 

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23.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

24.

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The Minutes of the meeting of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel held on 19 November 2015 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the proceedings of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel held on 19 November 2015 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

25.

Update on Green Deal Communities Project

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Environmental Development.

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Development provided an update on the Green Deal Communities project.  With regard to ‘Little Bill Communities’, it was reported that 80 Tameside households had signed up for external wall installations with 77 completed installs to date with the remainder expected to be completed by the end of February.  It was anticipated that approximately £500,000 had been leveraged into the borough through this scheme.

 

With regard to the Energy Company Obligations Installs, which was a government scheme that obligated large suppliers to install energy saving measures to domestic homes, it was reported that Tameside had been working with partners to increase installs across the borough.  Data showed that Tameside had come seventh in National rankings with over 12,000 installations.  It was confirmed that the scheme would continue until 2017.

 

RESOLVED

That the information presented be noted.

26.

Update on the Leader's 'Greening the Borough' Pledges 2015

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Environmental Development.

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Services (Design and Delivery), 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 for 17,000 lanterns in residential areas.  The roll out of LED lighting would follow the pilot areas of the ‘Bin Swap’ scheme over the next three years.

 

It was confirmed that a tendering exercise had taken place, a supplier had been appointed, designs were progressing for each area and an in-house installation programme had commenced.   Pilot schemes in Newton, where three different types of LED had been installed, had been carried out.

 

Comparison photographs were shown, which highlighted the differences between traditional lampposts and their LED replacements.  The main changes were LED’s offered less light pollution and were more targeted at lighting the highway with better light recognition.

 

The Waste Services Manager gave a presentation on Waste Services.  It was highlighted that the service had invested in infrastructure to process waste in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.  The ‘Bin Swap’ scheme had seen an increase in the amount of recyclable material and had reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill.

 

It was reported that the Bin Swap scheme was delivered as planned, on time and under budget with a visible change in the recycling habits of Tameside residents.  Shortly after the launch more recyclable material was being collected than landfill waste.  This trend had continued with Tameside’s recycling rate increased to 56% from 42%.  Members were pleased to hear that Tameside was the third best performing recycling Council in the North West.

 

The next steps for the service were outlined including, an increase in the frequency of the blue bin collection from three weekly to two weekly and a roll out of in-cab technology in collection vehicles, which would increase efficiency and improve how residents interacted with the service.

 

RESOLVED

That the content of the presentation be noted.

27.

Greater Manchester Energy Company

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Environmental Development.

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Development gave a presentation on the Greater Manchester Energy Company.  In March 2015 the Low Carbon Programmes Group commissioned a study into the viability of creating a Greater Manchester Energy Company, which would provide gas and electric and could generate revenue surpluses and energy saving costs for customers.

 

The two possible routes to achieve this were a partnering approach or a fully licensed supply company (FLSC).  An independent study showed that Greater Manchester would have the ability to form an FLSC.  An initial team of 16 people would be recruited to operate the business and launch in approximately 15 months’ time.

 

The risks and benefits of the scheme were explained to the group and were currently being worked through.  Early indications suggested that the benefits would outweigh the risks with a potential to reduce energy costs, encourage the development of renewable energy and low carbon goals.

 

RESOLVED

That the content of the presentation be noted.

28.

Greater Manchester Environment Liaison Meeting

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Development notified Members that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority had a Low Carbon Hub Board chaired by Councillor Sue Derbyshire, the officer group connected to the Hub was the Local Authority Environment Liaison Meeting, which met quarterly and involved all Greater Manchester Local Authorities.

 

It was reported that the meetings were effective in sharing information, planning Greater Manchester wide initiatives and looking at ways of sharing resources to minimise spend and gain economies of scale.  Recent activities were outlined and included Little Bill Communities, District Heating Networks and Carbon Literacy Programmes.

 

RESOLVED

That the information presented be noted.

29.

Waste Services Update

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Head of Waste Services.

Minutes:

The Head of Environmental Development stated that this had been covered under Agenda Item 5 “Update on the Leader’s ‘Greening the Borough’ Pledges 2015”.

30.

Dates of Future Meetings

To note that future meetings of the Panel will be held at 10:00am on the following dates:-

 

17 March 2016

Minutes:

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

17 March 2016

31.

Urgent Items

To consider any additional items the Chair is of the opinion shall be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items for consideration at the meeting.