Haringey Zero by 2050: Rising to the carbon reduction challenge
Bold measures such as fitting energy efficient technology in hundreds of homes and installing the borough’s first wind turbines should be considered if Haringey is to be London’s first zero-carbon borough, according to a new report.
Haringey Council has taken the lead in slashing carbon emissions – first through its pledge to reduce CO2 emissions in the borough by 40 percent by 2020, and more recently through setting a new target of being a zero-carbon borough by 2050.
Measures such as retrofitting older homes with better insulation, teaming up with community groups and working with businesses to reduce their energy consumption have put Haringey on track to hitting the 40 percent reduction.
The independent Haringey Zero by 2050 Commission last year challenged the council to take greater strides towards reducing the borough’s carbon footprint to zero by 2050, and energy consultants Arup have now drawn up a raft of bold suggestions that could help Haringey rise to the challenge.
Ideas that ARUP have pressed the council to consider include:
- Kit out all council-owned social housing with high-tech energy efficient equipment to reduce their carbon emissions
- Launch an energy efficiency advice scheme for home owners
- Make grants available for residents to install energy efficient glazing and insulation and switch to low-carbon heating
- Demand ambitious carbon emission reduction in new developments
- Offer incentives to residents and businesses to switch to zero-emission vehicles
- Maximise use of enforcement powers such as building control, landlord licensing and energy efficiency regulations
- Engage with large businesses and public bodies to improve energy efficiency in corporate and public buildings
- Encourage more walking and cycling and improve public transport infrastructure
- Discourage private car use by linking parking charges to fuel type
- Consider options for large-scale renewable energy generation, such as wind turbines in the Lee Valley
Cllr Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability, said:
Haringey’s independent carbon commission presented an ambitious challenge to the council, and this report from energy consultants ARUP shows some of the bold steps we could take to meet that challenge.
The report shows that with strong leadership, and working in partnership with Haringey’s communities and businesses, our hopes for a zero-carbon borough could be a reality.
Being zero carbon is about so much more than the environment – it is at the heart of addressing social inequality by tackling fuel poverty and reducing energy costs; it will improve air quality, and it will mean local energy security through renewable energy.
The council’s new administration will have the opportunity to consider the suggestions put forward by ARUP, to see whether and how they should be explored in more depth, following the local elections.
For further information please see the reports below:
- Zero Carbon Haringey Direction of Travel (PDF, 1MB)
- Zero Carbon Haringey Stage 1 Technical Report (PDF, 1MB)
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