Climate Action Plan (CAP) Quarter 1 2022-23
Item introduced by Senior Climate Action
officer. An opportunity for the committee to review progress on the
delivery of the CAP, and to make any requests for further detail to
be brought forward at future CEEAC meetings.
Cabinet Member introduced the report.
Developed with service areas, and approved by
Cabinet recently, it was now before CEAC for consideration.
Cabinet member can take up any actions and
comments raised by the advisory committee with Cabinet
Committee commented on the following:
- Cabinet member would ask the
relevant Cabinet member regarding the status of the toolkit.
(WOW3). Head of Policy and Programmes explained that this would be
developed across quarter 2 and 3, and he welcomed members to email
any comments and ideas for the toolkit.
- WOW6: Staff training – it was
confirmed this was internal training. Cabinet member wanted to
raise carbon literacy as training.
- WOW21: any progress on anti-idling?
Cabinet member explained that there was no national policy to allow
enforcement, particularly for contractors. Education was key to
change attitudes to idling.
- Discussion had on electric cars, and
coordination with developers to include EV chargers. Lack of
robustness in policy on their installation, and whether the
electricity supply was able to cope. Cabinet member explained that
there were regulations in place to ensure safe installation, but we
do not control building regulations. There were changes to building
regulations to specify EV chargers. However, should we focus on
encouraging new car ownership and parking or energy parks where
people can utilise different fuel types whilst we transition.
- WOW17: Pool vehicles: can we
encourage car clubs? Potentially a future topic for CEAC. Head of
Policy and Programmes reminded that WOW17 itself was limited to
- SD2: Can we rethink waste collection
ahead of contract change? Minimising mileage. Cabinet member
responded that there was work occurring that looked at routing,
however the actual waste created was another big issue that
impacted the environment. Consideration will be given to bin
collection days and frequency as part of these improvements.
Members did discuss why fortnightly collections were important, and
weekly for food waste, due to pest lifecycle issues. Food waste
handling and waste collection was stated in DEFRA policy
- Discussion around plastic waste, and
Cabinet Member explained that a lot of this was out of the
district’s control. Repurposing plastic in the UK was
important, but central government movement on this was needed. We
needed to urge residents to consume less to begin with. New waste
contract will be informed from what central government states we
will need to do.
- SD9: Planning development webpages
– energy efficiency considerations for small planning
applications as well as large ones? It was confirmed that all
applications were covered.
- Some items had no progress,
particularly due to the office move, for example, a staff green
travel plan would not be created whilst staff were moving location.
Climate and Biodiversity Team Leader explained that progress will
be showing up in future quarters.
- Tree planting – were there any
projects in the pipeline? Climate and Biodiversity Team Leader
explained there were no applications yet for this season
(Nov-March). Cabinet member hoped to create a database of local
groups to improve communications and uptake of such schemes.
- C11: climate focus network meetings
– Cabinet member stated there were no delays foreseen, but
members should encourage communication with their local groups to
empower them despite the lack of funding.
- OP6: landlord funding for retrofit:
no requests, can we reach out more? Cabinet member explained that
government funding for retrofitting had decreased, and the
cost-of-living crisis impacted this.
- OP7: queried, detail to be expected
in the quarter 2 report.