A report from the Executive Director – Place is attached. (Key decision – reference number 5136)
Councillor Ian Barnes (Deputy Leader) introduced the report of the Executive Director – Place providing an overview of Enfield’s Climate Action Plan and seeking approval for its adoption.
1. That the Enfield Climate Action Plan had been prepared in response to the Council’s previous declaration of a climate emergency with the aim of making Enfield Council a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. The Plan was innovative and ambitious and the significant work that has been undertaken to date was acknowledged.
2. That, as detailed in the report, a Climate Change Task Force had been set up to support the Council in managing its response to the declared climate emergency.
3. The range of challenging but deliverable actions as detailed in the Plan. Examples, including, a programme to retrofit streetlamps with LED bulbs; the development of low traffic neighbourhoods, school streets, reforestation in northern Enfield, electrification of our fleet and new ways of working.
4. The Council is prepared for multiple energy futures with leading experience in heat pump technology, decentralised energy through our company Energetik and the ambition to aim for standards such as Passivhaus.
5. That the Plan set out targets and actions for the Council and the Borough as a whole. The Council had already made its commitment to climate change clear and a number of the actions set out in the Plan had already been funded, for example, Energetik, LED lights on-street and new woodlands. Some actions would require additional resources and funding from within the Council, while others would need external funding, particularly from central and regional government.
6. The Climate Action Plan would influence other Council plans and strategies. The progress of the Plan would be closely monitored and regularly reported on.
7. The brief positive impact that the Covid 19 pandemic had had on carbon emissions with the use of fewer private vehicles and increased walking and cycling.
8. That, the majority of actions in the Climate Action Plan revolve around our ambitious borough wide Net Zero emissions target for 2040. This is a full decade ahead of the national target.
9. That the next planned engagement event would a virtual launch of the Enfield Climate Action Plan in the summer. A key part of delivering the Action Plan was an extensive long-term engagement programme with all stakeholders, as set out in the document. The Plan had been guided by the Climate Change Task Force and developed with input from across the Council. It had been informed by engagement with climate change organisations and the public. The report sought approval to delegate responsibility for implementation of the Plan to the Executive Director – Place in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member, as set out in the decision below.
10. That thanks and appreciation were expressed to the officers involved in the development of the Plan, and to the local groups and residents for their valuable input and feedback to the consultation.
11. That the Action Plan was comprehensive, ambitious and deliverable. ... view the full minutes text for item 12