Agenda item

Climate Leadership Gloucestershire

To receive an introduction to the new Climate Leadership Gloucestershire Action Plan.

Minutes:

5.1      David Sharman, Countywide Climate Change Coordinator, gave an introduction to the new Climate Leadership Gloucestershire (CLG) action plan and members noted the following points:

·       This was the first action plan for the newly established CLG which brought together all the 54 actions which had developed from the CLG thematic leads cross 10 core themes.

·       Going forward this would be made more publicly available and include a few user-friendly additions such as menus with links, preambles etc. and would be brought back to this Committee on a set timeframe.

·       Within the 10 core themes, the following actions were currently of focus (more details for each are available in the report):

o   Adaption: Action 102 – County Level Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

o   Biodiversity: Action 201 – Ecological Emergency and 205 – Green Infrastructure

o   Behaviour Change: 306 – Community Fund

o   Economy: 401 – Green Skills Coordinator

o   Energy: 501 – Local Area Energy Planning

o   Food and Farming: 601 – Gloucestershire Food & Farming Partnership endorsement

o   Planning: 702 – A central climate planning office/officer/expert

o   Retrofit: 801 – Development of the Retrofit Centre website and 803 – Expert Retrofit Support

o   Transport: 901 – Working together to achieve the Statement of Shared Intent ambitions

o   Waste: 1005 – Further Decarbonisation of Fleets

5.2      Whilst members agreed with all the actions that had been included in the plan, there were some suggestions of areas that could be added or explored in more detail. These included – retrofitting on industrial buildings such as the Energy from Waste facility, electrification of the railway, identifying and tackling sources of other greenhouse gases such as methane, Sulphur hexafluoride, Perfluorotributylamine and Perfluorocarbons. It was recognised that not all of these issues were within direct control of the Leadership group, but officers took the feedback on board and would explore any possibilities.

5.3      A member raised that it was difficult to evaluate what potential contribution these actions would have to decarbonisation in the county, and also the likely scope of deliverability across the themes. It was advised that there was an internal tracking version of this plan for CLG use which could be shared with members but was not for publication at this stage. This version looked at measures such as carbon reduction levels, risk and progress for each action which would hopefully give members assurance that these things were being continuously monitored. It was reiterated that officers were aware that this was a very broad and ambitious plan but the group’s aim was to capture as much of the current areas of influence as possible, being aware that there may be future policy changes or access to funding that could impact direction and progress.

ACTION:      David Sharman

5.4      Cllr David Gray, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, added that climate change was a huge issue and it spread itself through many different areas. Whilst the action plan may seem rather disparate, the nature of the issue meant there was simply a lot to do. There was no ‘silver bullet’ to fix the problem. He stated that the group were at an exciting ‘tipping point’ where it was time to start delivering change after the past few years of background work. Going forward he would expect these updates from CLG to move into reporting things done and achieved, rather than great plans that were needed.

5.5      A member recognised the amount of work that had happened over the previous two years to reach the point of this detailed action plan and was very impressed with the format of the document. It was queried how this document could now enable better coordination within the lower tiers of local government.

5.6      It was advised that coordination and leadership was effectively happening with CLG partners and would start to become more visible when moving into the delivery phase. CLG had now approved the Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils as a non-voting member to join its meetings, and officers were aware that the Association themselves were considering further training and support for their clerks and members on climate change issues, and CLG would look to support this where they can.

5.7      An action was taken to provide further information on when the monitoring of CO2 emissions from the Energy from Waste facility would begin and be published.

 

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