Updated: Mar 19
The Enfield Council Task Force were planning to hold a public meeting on March 19th to introduce their draft strategy on climate change and to get feedback. Because of the corona virus emergency this meeting has been cancelled.
However the Enfield Climate Action Forum has been working on points to raise and help a meeting on March 10th to get member feedback on this. As a result below are some of the major points that we would like to raise with the Council.. David Flint has gathered all this together in point form Point form and we will flesh them out over coming months.
Set high building standards, preferably passivhaus (ie all new buildings in Enfield will have to be much more energy-efficient)
This will reduce energy used for space heating and allow electricity (potentially zero carbon) to be used. Other benefits: lower energy bills, greater comfort, improved health, ending fuel poverty. To sell the idea: Make Enfield a leader in the low-carbon economy Incentivise retrofit (ie provide guidance and finance for buildings retrofit)
This will reduce energy used for space heating and allow electricity (potentially zero carbon) to be used. Other benefits: lower energy bills, greater comfort, improved health, ending fuel poverty. To sell the idea: Quantify the opportunity Move to low carbon construction (ie contractors to use materials with lower footprint and adopt other carbon measures).
This will use circular economy principles to reduce energy embodied in new buildings (scope 3). Other benefits: Uses waste steel, fly ash and concrete. To sell the idea: Make Enfield a leader in the low-carbon economy.
The priorities here are to (1) reduce car use then (2) switch to electric cars.
This would reduce carbon emissions (but we won’t get a big reduction in car manufacturing emissions unless each existing car in replaced by less than one electric car).
Reduce pollution (particulates and Nox) and consequent ill health. Reduce obesity, respiratory and cardiac disease and diabetes. Reduce loneliness.
The proposed means were:
New building developments (especially those near stations) should be car free environments with plenty of space for walking and cycling designed in. In particular:in existing developments the council should be taking the initiative in proposing a strategic approach to
Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) and not simply responding to petitions from residents work with TfL to improve the public transport accessibility level (PTAL) Introduce Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)
Make driving an unattractive option, incentivising walking, cycling and public transport
encourage electric vehicles by installing charging points (but not replacing every petrol/diesel car with an electric car) LTNs 20s plenty
Tackling the school run
enforce ban on idling (not just around schools though this is where it should begin) work with schools to find ways of encouraging walk to school
Improving communications was a cross cutting action with emphasis on mini citizens assemblies, transparency etc. that are important to all three priorities.
Fill the energy information vacuum
Better information will enable people to take effective action. Make leading examples (eg Warwick, Wandsworth for speed, Gdansk for flood management) better known.
Other benefits: Public involvement.
To sell the idea: ?? Reduce the use of gas for heating Use green tariffs to encourage renewable energy
We can plant a lot more trees than the council plans to. Review the Council’s own vehicle fleet.
Do more meetings online to reduce travelling.
Councillors to look at car sharing to meetings particularly full council.
The Council works for us not us for them.
The Council should see the public as a resource in the changes needed
The Council should be more transparent and accountable.