Sustainability

Paper cutouts in a lineOur overall approach to sustainability is set out in our Sustainability Strategy [86kb]. This focuses on cutting energy use to make financial savings and reduce carbon emissions.

You’ll see below details of some of the projects we have already been working on.

Other ideas we’re working on include trialling an electric-powered van, promoting home energy improvements and making it easier to recycle a wider range of materials.

Eco Stars boost

Boots, Asda, Sainsbury’s and 3663 are some of the most recent companies to sign up to our ECO Stars campaign aimed at tackling pollution on our roads.

The council won funding to operate the ECO Stars scheme - the first of its kind in the region, which is a free and voluntary scheme, but businesses will reap financial and environmental benefits by taking part.

The scheme which has been running since March, offers advice and support to help fleet vehicles operate more efficiently and reduce fuel and general operational costs. Businesses receive a star rating for individual vehicles and overall fleet operations to recognise levels of operational and environmental performance.

Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA)

Read our HECA progress report 2013-15 [707kb] which sets out the Councils achievements and actions to improve the energy efficiency of the residential housing stock in the Borough.

Climate Change

‌What is Climate Change?

Climate Change refers to changes in the earth's climate that are caused by increasing levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.  These gases trap heat from the earth's surface causing global temperatures to rise. The net effect is that global weather patterns are affected resulting in a higher frequency of extreme weather events.

Human Impact on the Climate

Human activities have contributed to increasing levels of greenhouse gases - especially the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.   In order to reduce the challenges posed by climate change, we must reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we produce. This can be achieved by making simple changes to our day to day lives, like using less energy, driving less and recycling more.   We also need to prepare for the changes in our climate (adaptation) and by taking positive action we can take advantage of opportunities.

What is the Council doing about climate change?

Gedling Borough Council has been actively working to reduce the Borough's emissions. Our ambitions are outlined in the Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan (Sustainability Strategy [86kb]) which outlines the actions we have carried out and those planned for the future to reduce our emission levels. Our efforts are centred around energy management because we believe that by reducing the energy we use we can make the greatest impact.

In summary we have done the following;

Energy

 

Transport

Waste

 

Greenhouse Gas Reporting

The Government requires Local Authorities  to measure and report (Greenhouse Gas Report 2014 [468kb])on all of their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Following guidance from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), we have produced reports for our greenhouse gas emissions beginning in the year 2008/09. A summary of our results submitted recently to DECC is shown below.

GHG emissions data in tonnes of CO2e

 
 

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Scope 1

1,743

1,909

1,702

Scope 2

666

767

667

Scope 3

35

29

27

Total   gross emissions

2,444

2,705

2,396

Carbon   offsets

0

0

0

Green   Tariff

0

0

0

Total   annual net emissions

2,444

2,705

2,396

Per   Capita Emissions (tonnesCO2)

0.022

0.024

0.021

 

Scope 1 - Gas use and Council fleet fuel
Scope 2 - Electricity
Scope 3 - Business Mileage (employee use of personal vehicles for work)

 

Climate Local

What is Climate Local?

Climate Local is an Local Government Association initiative to drive, inspire and support councils action on a

changing climate. The initiative supports councils’ efforts both to reduce carbon emissions and also to improve their resilience to the affects of our changing climate and extreme weather.

Climate Local helps councils across the country to capture the opportunities and benefits of action on climate change, through savings on their energy bills, generating income from renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment in ‘green’ industries, reducing flood risks and managing the impacts of extreme weather, such as drought, tackling fuel poverty and protecting our natural environment.

Sign Up

Gedling Borough Council signed the Climate Local Commitment (Signed Commitment [37kb])on 22 February 2013 in recognition of the important role that local authorities have in tackling climate change.

In signing the Commitment we pledged (Climate Local Commitments [124kb]) to set locally-owned and determined targets and actions on both climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Council Leader, Cllr John Clarke signing the commitment flanked by the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Jim Creamer,  and the Sustainability Officer, Wayne Saruwaka.

For more information and to find out what other Councils are doing visiting www.local.gov.uk

Sustainable Transport

Travel Plan

The Council's Travel Plan (Travel Plan [483kb])  sets out our ambitions to reduce our carbon emissions related to our way of travelling to and from work and during work by our staff members. The plan also comes with an action plan outlining practical measures we can take to reduce congestion on our roads whilst at the same time doing our bit for the environment.

 

This summer (2014) we have the following activities planned to encourage our workers to think more about travelling in ways less polluting to the environment - mainly leaving the car at home and, where possible, walk, cycle or use public transport for commuting to work or for attending meetings.

A summer of Activities

Activity

When

Car-free days – where possible consider alternative   means to get to work other than your car.

June 13th   & 16th

Walk-to-work days – this is for those who live   within a walking distance to work to consider walking (or cycling) instead of   using the car

June 17th   & 18th

Cycle-to-work days – for those living within reasonable distance, consider cycling in to work instead of using your car or catching the bus.

June 19th   & 20th

Car-share days – those who can’t use any other   means except the car to consider sharing their journey with colleagues from   work or from their neighbourhood travelling the same way

July 1st   and 2nd

Walk/Cycle-to-a-meeting week – for those attending a meeting   within walking or cycling distance to consider doing so. (The Council has 4   pool bikes that you can borrow)

July 21st   – 25th

Aug 11th   -15th

Public transport week – if you normally drive to attend   meetings, consider using public transport

Aug 4th   – 8th

Aug 26th   – 29th

Sustainable Travel – Healthy Bodies

Walking and cycling will play a big part in reducing our carbon footprint but at the same are good for our bodies. The busy life-styles we lead mean that the temptation to over-rely on the car is huge which causes us to lack physical exertion which is good for our bodies.

Benefits of walking and cycling

Not only does it save you money if you walk/cycle daily to work but walking/cycling also has many other benefits;

 

Smarter Driving

What is Smarter Driving

This is way to help drivers improve fuel economy, cut fuel costs and reduce vehicle wear and tear by by making some simple changes to the way they drive. Below are some of the tips for smarter driving;

Switch it off – If it is safe to do so, turn off your engine when stationary for more than a minute or two. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they’re re-started without pressing the accelerator so you won’t waste lots of fuel turning the car back on. 

Shift to a higher gear as soon as possible – Driving at lower engine speeds reduces fuel consumption. Change up a gear between 2000 and 2500 revolutions per minute (rpm).

Drive smoothly – Anticipate the road as far ahead as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. Decelerate early when slowing down.

Slow down – Avoid excessive speeds when possible. Driving at 85mph uses approximately 25% more fuel than 70mph. 

Close your windows if travelling at 60mph or more – The aerodynamic drag on your car of an open window at speeds of 60mph or more adds to your fuel usage. Keep your windows closed at high speeds.

Check tyre pressure frequently – at least once a month and before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres are not only dangerous and but also increase your fuel consumption. While checking tyre pressure, it is also advisable to check the depth of the tyre tread to ensure they are legally compliant.

Lighten your load – Carrying excess weight in a vehicle increases fuel consumption as your car has to work harder to accelerate. Remove heavy objects and clear your boot of unnecessary items so that you can travel as lightly as possible.

Air conditioning – use air conditioning sparingly as your engine has to work harder to power the air conditioning machinery. If driving at low speed, open the window instead.  

Remove roof boxes and racks if not being used – Car designers strive to make their vehicles as aerodynamic as possible. Adding a roof box or rack spoils this by increasing drag on your car, making your engine work harder and increasing fuel usage, particularly at high speeds.

Don’t warm the engine – modern engines don’t need to be warmed up, so idling before you start a journey simply wastes precious fuel.

 The benefits

According to the Energy Saving Trust, Smarter driving training offers the following benefits:

Staff Training

The Council facilitated through the Energy Saving Trust smarter driver training for 20 Council vehicle drivers in November 2012 and an additional 31 in March and April 2013.

The Results

As a result of the the training the following savings are potentially achievable over one year

 

Electric Vehicles

The roll-out of a national charging infrastructure for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles is becoming a reality, with Government agencies, local councils and private businesses all coming together to create a series of 'Plugged-in Places' across the UK.

Plugged-in Places is part of wider efforts by the Government to switch motorists to Electric Vehicles. The Government is supporting the uptake of Electric Vehicles through cost and tax incentives and it is forecast that Electric Vehicles will have a 10 per cent market share by 2020.

Plugged-in Gedling

Gedling Borough Council has joined this network after sourcing 2 charging points under the Government backed Plugged-in Places scheme offering Local Authorities subsidies of 60% to meet the costs of installing electric vehicle charging points.

The first charging post was installed at Jubilee House at Arnot Hill Park in early May 2013 to service the Council’s newly ordered electric van, which is the first of many electric vans the Council hopes to procure in the future. The second one will be installed as part of the refurbishment of the Druids Car Park in Arnold. This one will be publicly accessible.

Transport Services Manager, Mark Hurst, charging up the electric van

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Plug-in Car and Plug-in Van Grant

The Government's strategy combines funding for infrastructure with a 'Plug-in Car and Plug-in Van Grant'. These offer 25% up to a maximum of £5,000 for an eligible car and 20% up to a maximum of £8,000 for an eligible van.

Tax Incentives

 Electric Vehicle Facts

Typical Charge Times

Range

For more information on electric vehicles visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-low-emission-vehicles

Get in Touch

(0115) 901 3621

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