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There were no declarations of interest.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Climate Change Panel on 10 October 2022.
Gareth Jones confirmed that all Housing Associations had been engaged with, and the Energy Officer had confirmed that they were working with everyone that they were aware that they should be working with.
The minutes of the Climate Change Advisory Panel on 10 October 2022 were approved.
Urgent Items of Business
Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman decides are urgent.
There were no urgent items of business.
To receive a presentation on the Council’s Annual Climate Change Strategy.
The Advisory Panel received a presentation from Kevin Gibbs, Executive Director: Delivery, on the Council’s Annual Climate Change Strategy Q1 and Q2 2022/23.
The first annual report on progress had been produced, this was a comprehensive report and sat along side the Climate Change Strategy on the website. This would be produced annually.
Key findings within the report was that the Council’s CO2e emissions continued to drop year on year and within Bracknell Forest Borough there had been a 41.5% reduction since monitoring had begun in 2005 by Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department data (BEIS).
At the 9 March 2023 meeting Corporate Property would be providing an update on the £1M retrofit projects and there would be a Programme plan end of Q3 update.
From June 2023 the forward plan for the Climate Change Advisory Panel consisted of the below, but items would be added and updated as required.
· London Road (EV charging hub).
· Member feedback on the visits to Oxford City EV SuperHub and Basildon EV
· BFC Programme plan end of Q4 update report.
· Review draft of the Climate Change Strategy progress summary.
· End of NMT placement update.
· Climate Emergency Action Scorecards update.
Across the Council a number of teams were supporting Climate Change projects:
Public Health funding was supporting a number of climate change programmes.
Projects include the Eco Rewards Behaviour Change Incentive Scheme (encouraging active modes of travel), Green and Active Heroes (engaging volunteers in outdoor biodiversity / green space activities); Improving Air Quality (funding monitoring equipment and resources); and reducing the impacts of poor housing.
Business engagement had begun by the Climate Change team by signposting support for local businesses interested in starting their own climate change mitigation journey.
An Energy Group had been set up by Officer’s responsible for managing council facilities to specifically look at projects aimed at reducing levels of utility consumption and further lowering the Councils carbon footprint. The group had already met a couple of times.
A feasibility study has been completed for the creation of an EV charging hub with supporting dwell-time facilities and renewable power generation and storage via a solarPV farm and battery cells at London Road (Strong’s Heath) site. The work on this was continuing with hope that a planning application would come forward in due course.
As of June 2022 all Local Authorities had adopted updated Building Regulations (part S) which now included the mandatory provision of EV charging points on all new residential developments.
Once adopted the new Local Plan would tighten the expectations placed upon developers (both residential and commercial) with regard to the provision of on-site renewable generation and overall energy efficiency.
The new draft housing strategy would include the Council’s ambitions to ensure that homes within the borough are as energy efficient as possible. This would include working with partners such as Silva Homes who will be bidding for Social Housing Decarbonisation Funding in Q3 to enable their own efforts to retrofit their housing stock.
The Advisory Panel was ... view the full minutes text for item 21.
Walking and Cycling Strategy
To receive a presentation on the Walking and Cycling Strategy.
Neil Matthews, Assistant Director: Highways and Transport, attended the
meeting to give a presentation on the Council’s presentation Walking and Cycling Strategy.
Arising from the presentation, the following points were noted: