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Allerdale climate change action plan

On 25 September 2019, Allerdale Borough Council agreed a motion relating to climate change and made a specific commitment to reducing carbon emissions. 

On 4 March 2020 the council agreed an initial action plan for tackling climate change with the plan a result of work involving local groups, experts and people from all ages coordinated by the cross-party Climate Change Task and Finish Group.

Further, more detailed, work has taken place since to progress the action plan and develop a number of actions for how the council can help address climate change within its services, as well as make positive impacts through the quality of the environment, housing, planning decisions, choice of transport use, energy savings and reducing carbon emissions.

The council continues to work alongside a number of stakeholder groups to develop this plan.

You can download a draft version of the action plan below or read the different sections in the drop-down boxes.

Climate Change Action Plan (draft) document

Climate Change Action Plan (draft) 117.8 KB

In March 2020, Allerdale Borough Council established a Climate Change Working Group with a series of tasks to address, including the development of a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.

The target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 is very challenging. While we recommend it should be retained as a target and used to keep up the pressure on central Government to support our work, it is more important that the Council focuses on developing and delivering a viable, sustainable response to the challenge of climate change, rather than risk becoming distracted by and disheartened by, a deadline. The 2030 date should be kept under review and could possibly be revised as our understanding of what is possible improves.

The Council has a vision for a low carbon future and is seeking to address climate change concerns within all key Council services. The Council can make positive impacts through the quality of the environment, housing, planning decisions, choice of transport use, energy savings and reducing carbon emissions. Local authorities generally represent around 2 – 5% of local emissions through their own activities, resulting directly from energy used in council operations, vehicle fleet, buildings, and electricity purchased. Importantly, Local Authorities can also potentially influence around a third of an area’s emissions through place shaping, partnerships and leadership (‘So you’ve declared a climate emergency: what next?’ APSE)

This Council’s Climate Change Action Plan is broadly grouped into the headers proposed in the recommendations of ‘A blueprint for accelerating climate action and a green recovery at the local level’ (ADEPT and partners January 2021).

· Growing the Zero and Low Carbon Economy

· Retrofitting homes and buildings to reduce consumption and emissions

· Decarbonising transport

· Planning to deliver Zero Carbon development that protects and enhances nature

· Reducing waste and encouraging sustainable consumption

· Restoring nature for all

· Developing local authority funding, governance and accounting systems that are fit for purpose

This action plan is intended as a living document which will be annually reviewed and updated by this Council’s Climate Change Working Group. The Council intends to set specific targets for carbon emission reductions, but we are constrained by the lack of consistent information available to us. Further Government direction and work is needed to carry out detailed appraisals of baseline data and data collection guidelines. Some of our actions and targets

will change in line with the Bills currently going through Parliament. These are the Environment Bill, the Decarbonisation and Economic Strategy Bill and the Climate and Ecology Bill. Added to these, the Glasgow COP26 in November this year, will bring new ambitions which will be reflected in future revisions of this action plan.

There has been wide debate about the causes of global warming. What is clear is that global temperatures are rising and the scientific consensus is now that human activities, including population growth, significantly affect climate change. The 20th century was the warmest century in the last 1,000 years with 0.6°C warming. The 1990s was the warmest decade in Central England since records began in the 1660s. The main influence on global climate is the emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. At present, about 36.4 billion tonnes of MtCO2 (2019 www.globalcarbonatlas.org) is emitted globally each year, mainly through burning coal, oil and gas for energy. Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 200 years have trapped more energy in the lower atmosphere, altering our climate.

As well as the predicted temperature rise, we are experiencing changing rainfall, more stormy weather and more extreme weather events. The melting of polar ice caps will lead to an increase in sea levels and extensive flooding of low-lying areas of land. It has also been predicted that in future centuries the Gulf Stream may slow down and result in dramatic cooling of North West Europe. Predicted global impacts include flooding, drought, increased disease, famine and conflict or war because of water or food. Two overall strategies can help address these issues: mitigation and adaptation:

Mitigation– this refers to actions that reduce human contribution to the causes of climate change. This means reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), through energy efficiency and using alternative forms of transport and energy.

Mitigation is important in the long term as it is only by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions that we can hope to minimise human-induced climate change. Many of the measures to help reduce emissions may also have other benefits such as saving money and encouraging a more sustainable society.

Adaptation- addresses the impacts and opportunities resulting from a changing climate. Irrespective of the success of mitigation efforts, there will still be some degree of unavoidable climate change. This stems from our historic greenhouse gas emissions and the persistence of these gases in the atmosphere.

Governments around the world have pledged to reduce their emissions to limit the degree of warming. The most recent was the 2016 Paris Agreement in which world leaders committed to take action to keep a rise in global temperatures this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. In climate models, this 2°C rise by the end of the century represents sizeable cuts in global emissions.

The Climate Change Committee (an independent non-departmental public body, formed under the Climate Change Act 2008 to advise the United Kingdom and devolved Governments and Parliaments on tackling and preparing for climate change) has advised that the UK government sets its Sixth Carbon Budget (i.e. the legal limit for UK emissions of greenhouse gases over the years 2033-37) to require a reduction in UK emissions of 78% by 2035 relative to 1990 levels, a 63% reduction from 2019 as an appropriate contribution to the UK’s Net-Zero target. In England, there is no overall plan on how local authorities fit into delivering Net Zero although the Climate and Ecology Bill seeks to address this.

Over half of the UK’s emissions cuts are dependent on purchasing decisions, behaviours and habits of individuals, businesses and organisations.

Local authorities are currently constrained by a lack of detailed benchmarking information, government targets and clear trajectories for decarbonising activities for energy, buildings, transport and land use. Hence this Action Plan will need to be regularly reviewed as targets, pathways and funding streams are created.

Climate change is a global issue which also has local impacts. By the end of the 21st century, all areas of the UK are projected to be warmer, more so in summer than in winter with hotter, dryer summer months, wetter winters and a change in the pattern of extreme weather events. This projected temperature rise in the UK is consistent with future warming globally. By 2070, in the high emission scenario, this range amounts to 0.9°C to 5.4°C in summer, and 0.7°C to 4.2°C in winter.

In Cumbria, it is estimated that the average daily temperature will rise between 1 and 2 degrees by 2050 and that summer rainfall will reduce by 15% but that winter rainfall will increase by between 15% and 30%. The Allerdale area has experienced severe adverse flooding events over the last decade with millions being spent locally to mitigate possible future flooding events.

The Joint Cumbria Public Health Strategy 2019 provides the following priority areas which are addressed in Allerdale’s Climate Change Action Plan:

 

Green Spaces and Biodiversity

The co-benefits of protecting nature sites and creating new rich green space include better mental and physical health for local people, greater resilience to future climate change extremes and more resilient food production

Some example of local authority work in this action plan include:

· Protection and restoration of nature through nature recovery strategies

· Carbon sequestration through nature-based solutions such as restoring peatland, considerate land management and additional tree planting

· Habitat restoration and green infrastructure growth

· Wildflower verges, reduced pesticide used and changed mowing patterns

 

Air Quality

By supporting low carbon infrastructure and transport initiatives, Allerdale Borough Council can reduce resource use, reduce CO2E emissions and improve air quality. Hence improving health and wellbeing of our residents and protecting the planet.

Our action plan addresses air quality in its sections; ‘growing the low carbon economy’ and ‘decarbonising transport’

· Support development of safe walking and cycle routes

· Rapid transition to low carbon vehicle in our fleets and EV charging points for our communities

· Developing interventions that reduce the need to travel

 

Climate Change

Slowing, stopping and then removing the greenhouse gases from our atmosphere is an ambitious target – achievable only with joined up thinking and commitment across all areas of local government and our communities. Local Councils are an indispensable partner in reaching the national target of net zero by 2050.

· Seek funding and partnership activities to support re-skilling, retraining and local research

· Work with partners on promotion of retrofitting properties to reduce energy use and emissions

· Supporting partnerships to bring green jobs to Allerdale

 

Waste reduction

We cannot easily recycle our way out of the strain on natural resources and the quantity of waste that is currently produced locally. New solutions to reduce single-use items and unnecessary products that soon end up as waste are needed.

· Awareness campaigns to lead to minimisation of residual waste

· Promote re-use and recycling initiatives

· Create additional recyclate streams to use waste as a resource

· PR Campaigns to raise awareness of possibilities

· Look at our own procurement policies to ensure that ‘whole life costs’ are considered in the value of products

 

Allerdale Borough Council’s role in partnerships and with the public, places us at the heart of the climate conversation and in developing and replicating local solutions. However, these levers alone are not sufficient to deliver our Carbon Neutral ambitions, due to gaps in key powers that prevent systems-scale or holistic approaches, policy and funding barriers, and a lack of capacity and skills caused by funding cuts. Figure 2 below shows local authorities’ leverage and influence through their services, planning and enforcement roles, housing, regeneration, economic development activities, education and skills services and investments.

Growing a Zero and Low Carbon Economy – within its sphere of influence as a local authority we seek to influence around a third of the area’s emissions through place shaping, partnerships and leadership. The Council’s Procurement Strategy makes reference to environment and sustainability in a purchasing context. Ongoing work with the other Cumbrian local authorities through EPiC (Effective Procurement in Cumbria) should help establish a consistent approach in helping to address climate change across Cumbria through sustainable procurement.

Reducing consumption and emissions: Council staff are encouraged to switch off computer equipment when not in use. Allerdale House was designed to be energy efficient though further improvements can be made. Audits for energy performance certificates are ongoing in relevant Council buildings. It is a legal requirement to display energy certificates in large public sector buildings. Work to reduce fuel poverty is ongoing. Inspections on homes under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System to assess decent homes includes energy efficiency.

Decarbonising transport: the staff travel policy requires staff to make efficient journeys and consider public transport. Close working with partners has led to an extensive cycle network in West Cumbria. The Council currently promotes a scheme to encourage staff to cycle to work. Electric vehicles have been recently purchased for some Council Services. COVID19 has led to a change in travel and working patterns which has massively decreased road miles. Many of these adaptations will be retained for the future.

Planning to deliver Zero Carbon development: the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out that the purpose of the planning system is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development, which involves three overarching interdependent objectives – economic, social and environmental. These objectives are delivered through the preparation and implantation of plans and the application of policies in the NPPF. The environmental objective includes mitigating and adapting to climate change. Section 14 of the NPPF relates specifically to meeting the challenge of climate change, flooding and coastal change. Our Local Plan is consistent with the NPPF.

Building Control are ensuring that new developments have appropriate thermal insulation as required by the current Building Regulations and are helping construction companies build environmentally-friendly homes.

Reducing waste: Allerdale Borough Council is delivering a recycling rate of 34% with a particular focus on the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste that was previously sent to landfill, and contributed to greenhouse gases from the landfill site. Ongoing work with the Cumbria Strategic Waste Partnership assists in waste reduction and recycling.

The recycling facilities for staff in Council offices in main offices include cans and bottles in addition to paper. The design and print tender specifications will include the need for use of recycled paper. Electronic versions of meeting papers are now the standard method of distribution. Old computer equipment is reused or recycled. Water coolers supplied from the mains are present in most Council offices which reduce the need for staff to use bottled water.

Restoring nature: The Council’s AONB team manage the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Parks and Open Spaces team manages the Council’s two nature reserves at Harrington and Siddick Pond with help from community groups, and through an extensive programme for volunteers and education. The management plans for these areas are regularly reviewed to increase biodiversity, create carbon sinks and help slow run- off of water.

 

A Shoreline Management Plan for the North West of England and North Wales has been developed. This sets out the long-term direction for managing risk to our coastline. The Cumbria Coastal Strategy has recently been developed and is currently going through the approval process with all partners (Spring 2021).

At this point we are reviewing the data available to the Council to establish current baselines. The Council is participating in the project to determine the level of need to decarbonise public sector buildings in the North West, funded by the Local Energy Hub and government, which is intended to lead to a programme of activity based on the identification of urgent need for remedial action, and through the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership we are addressing the outcomes of the carbon audit for Cumbria. We recognise we need to both understand the scale of the need through accurate current data and prioritise our activities accordingly.

Local authorities do not currently have to monitor or report reductions in their own or area emissions. This will change as the Environment Bill and Climate and Ecology Bill pass through their due Parliamentary process.

The Climate Change Committee recommends that local authority action plans should state how progress will be monitored and reported back to partnerships and residents, along with methods of ongoing engagement. The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny’s 2020 recommendations give us guidelines for self-scrutiny.

General guiding principles are:

• Measure and report Scopes 1 and 2 as a minimum. Scope 1 is direct GHG emissions from sources owned or controlled by the local authority, for example emissions from boilers and vehicles. Scope 2 accounts for emissions of purchased electricity consumed by the local authority.

• Define and report on Scope 3 as actively as possible. Scope 3 includes indirect emissions from wider supply chains, emissions from the use of local authority services, contracted out services and investments. Local authorities should assess the significance of emissions and level of control they have over different types of Scope 3 emissions and focus on the areas with the most emissions over which they have the most control or influence.

See the Terminology section at the end of the document for a definition of the scopes.

Work gathering baseline data is ongoing and methodology will be improved to provide more accurate and specific information.

From the latest figures available (BEIS 2017) the greenhouse gases emissions (excluding removals from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry – LULUCF) which originated in Allerdale were 629.1 ktCO2, with just over a third of this being attributable to industrial and commercial fuel use (289.4 ktCO2), alongside roughly equal amounts attributable to domestic energy use (178.2 ktCO2) and transport (181.4 ktCO2). The per capita emissions have fallen between 2005 and 2017 from 13.4 ktCO2 to 6.5 ktCO2.

The data allocates emissions on an “end-user” basis where emissions are distributed according to the point of energy consumption (or point of emission if not energy related). Except for the energy industry, emissions from the production of goods are assigned to where the production takes place. On this basis, emissions from the production of goods which are exported have been included, and emissions from the production of goods which are imported are excluded.

The Allerdale area emissions have been recently benchmarked through work commissioned by the Cumbria Climate Change Working Group, now known as Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and carried out by Small World Consulting, and summarised as part of a countywide profile in ‘A Carbon Baseline for Cumbria’, 2020 (available via www.cumbriaobservatory.org.uk).

The Tyndall Centre’s (University of Manchester) assessment of a carbon budget for Allerdale as a district (https://carbonbudget.manchester.ac.uk/reports/E07000026) shows that for the area to make its fair contribution to delivering the Paris Agreement's commitment to staying “well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C” global temperature rise, then an immediate and rapid programme of decarbonisation is needed. At 2017 CO2 emission levels, Allerdale will exceed the recommended budget available within 8 years from 2020. To stay within the recommended carbon budget Allerdale will, from 2020 onwards, need to achieve average mitigation rates of CO2 from energy of around -11.2% per year. This will require that Allerdale rapidly transitions away from unabated fossil fuel use.

 

YearReduction in Annual Emissions (based on recommended pathway)
202035.8%
202564.5%
203080.4%
203589.2%
204094.0
204596.7%
205098.2%

Table 1: Percentage reduction of annual emissions for the recommended CO2 only pathway out to 2050 in relation to 2015

 

The carbon budgets recommended should be reviewed on a five yearly basis to reflect the most up-to-date science, any changes in global agreements on climate mitigation and progress on the successful deployment at scale of negative emissions technologies.

These budgets do not downscale aviation and shipping emissions from the UK national level. However if these emissions continue to increase as currently envisaged by Government, aviation and shipping will take an increasing share of the UK carbon budget, reducing the available budgets for combined and local authorities. The Tyndall Centre recommends that Allerdale seriously consider strategies for significantly limiting emissions growth from aviation and shipping. This could include interactions with the UK Government or other local authorities and local enterprise partnership discussions on aviation that reflect the need of the carbon budget to limit aviation and shipping emissions growth.

CO2 emissions in the carbon budget related to electricity use from the National Grid in Allerdale are largely dependent upon national government policy and changes to power generation across the country. The Tyndall Centre recommends that Allerdale promote the deployment of low carbon electricity generation within the region and where possible influence national policy on this issue.

The Tyndall Centre also recommends that the LULUCF sector should be managed to ensure CO2 sequestration where possible. The management of LULUCF could also include action to increase wider social and environmental benefits.

This Council’s Climate Change Action Plan is broadly but not specifically grouped into the headers proposed by the LGA and partners in their recommendations ‘A blueprint for accelerating climate action and a green recovery at the local level’ January 2021.

· Growing the Zero and Low Carbon Economy

· Retrofitting homes and buildings to reduce consumption and emissions

· Decarbonising transport

· Planning to deliver Zero Carbon development that protects and enhances nature

· Reducing Waste and Encouraging Sustainable Consumption

· Restoring Nature for all

· Developing local authority funding, governance and accounting systems that are fit for purpose

We also consider the themes fitting within the Council Strategy 2020 – 2030 and the Cumbria Joint Public Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2019-2029).

This action plan has been developed across Political parties within the Council. Each section is led by different Council members according to their own areas of knowledge and special interest who work as sub-teams within the Climate Change group. The work is supported and delivered by relevant senior managers and Lead Officers across all departments.

A Climate Change Action Plan cannot be delivered by one person alone, nor solely by Allerdale Borough Council. In order to be carbon neutral, we need to embed climate actions across all functions, policies and service areas and work with people living, working and visiting the area to achieve these outcomes.

We will be engaging with our communities across the borough to rise up and take action to address what is arguably the most difficult, but most important, challenge of our age.

We want to create thriving resilient economy that supports a fair transition to Net Zero Carbon, through communication, training and skills, support for businesses and a procurement approach that influences the emissions of supply chains and products.  We encourage bold use of technology to decarbonise our operations.

 

 

Actions

Activity

A1

Reduction in the impact of climate change on our services and community

Assess the risk associated with climate change for the Council Services and our communities and produce plan to adapt accordingly

A2

Review council policies and strategies to consider impact of climate change

Ensure climate change actions are reflected in both existing and any new strategies and policies

A3

Develop a stakeholder engagement strategy

Devise a programme in conjunction with partners for:
a)    stakeholders 
b)    members
c)    the community to raise awareness of climate change including engagement with young people
d)    communications strategy for the work of the group

A4

Work with key partners

a)    develop and deliver strategic projects which deliver best practices on sustainable development.
b)    develop plans to address the causes and impact of climate change according to local priorities

A5

Support the work of the network of local partnerships in raising awareness of climate change in Cumbria

Participate in the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership including working closely with other Cumbrian authorities

A6

Building relationships with and lobbying  the area’s three MPs

Preparation for COP26 as a priority in working towards improvements

A7

Increased skills in local workforce to implement changes

a)    better understanding among Council officers of climate change implementation
b)    sufficiently skilled local workforce to resource necessary changes

A8

Provide and co-ordinate training on climate change for staff and members, particularly front line staff

Introduce programme of carbon literacy training as soon as possible and awareness raising (ongoing)

A9

Inward investment in renewables energies and other ‘green job’ opportunities

Support large scale projects

Key Partners / Stakeholder Groups -CAfS, Centre for Alternative Technology, SusKes, Climate Emergency West Cumbria, TWIG, Friends of the Earth, Schools and Colleges, Copeland Borough Council, Parish Councils, MPs

We want to improve housing stock and the wider built environment to reduce carbon emissions, build resilience to future climate change, reduce fuel poverty and influence improved living conditions.

 

 ActionsActivity
B1Work with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) to promote energy efficiencies in householdsa)    promote availability of energy saving measures in homes in conjunction with CAfS 
b)    promotion of government schemes to improve homes
c)    promote full occupancy of homes
B2Running energy efficiency schemesa)    targeting deprivation and fuel poverty, including working with Housing Associations (HAs), environmental groups and other agencies
b)    promotion of government schemes to improve homes
c)    build knowledge through working with social housing providers
d)    regularly run a collective energy switching scheme
B3Ensure Private Rented Accommodation in Allerdale does not have an EPC rating below an EEnforcement activity in accordance with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations
B4Raise awareness of funding available for energy efficiencyImprove awareness amongst front line staff, visiting officers, Customer Service Advisors and partners
B5Encourage awareness of emissions from domestic heating sourcesa)    promote eco-friendly sources inc. ground and air source heat pumps and  PV options
b)    promote awareness of emissions from log burners
B6Work with tenants, leases and occupants of Council owned buildings (GLL) to identify energy savingsOnce work to identify which buildings require work to address emissions is complete, begin to develop solutions
B7Review energy use and plan for energy efficiencies in Council buildingsa)    identify potential for energy efficiencies and sustainability for operational buildings
b)    produce prioritised action plan 
c)    implement prioritised action
B8Investigate the potential for installing renewable energy generation in existing or new Council buildingsExplore potential for improvements initially at Allerdale House e.g. solar panels and other sources of energy creation, then other Council owned buildings
B9Review energy suppliers for Council building and seek to move towards 100% supply from ‘green’ sources or suppliersWork to ensure Council purchases of electricity and gas are from renewable sources

Key Partners / Stakeholder Groups – CAfS, social landlords and housing associations, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership, energy companies, Cumbria LEP

 

We want to reduce traffic and shift to more sustainable modes of transport. This will lead to improvements in emissions, air quality, noise and safety.

 

 ActionsActivity
C1Contribute to addressing wider community-based transport issue

a) transport savings by holding virtual meetings

b) lobbying for more bus services

c) Lift share apps

C2Review existing car user policy to identify sustainable travel incentives

a) consider staff pool bicycle scheme

b) continue supported purchase schemes for staff

c) encourage staff use of public transport

d) regularly promote sensible driving message to staff and members

C3Review existing car user policy to identify sustainable travel incentivesParticularly in relation to: a) planning replacement of vehicles b) encourage transition from petrol fuelled equipment to electric c) Reducing distances and frequency of travel
C4Maximise benefits of projects by partners

a) Support projects such as Charge My Street (electric vehicle charge points)

b) Further promote Local Cycling and Walking Plans (LCWiPs)

Key Partners / Stakeholder Groups - CAfS, Cumbria County Council, LDNPA, Sustrans, Allerdale Waste Services, other initiatives - Liftshare (app), Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria, Slow Roads Network,

We want to ensure that new development is carbon neutral, makes space for nature and links with walking and cycling routes to essential facilities.

 ActionsActivity
D1

a) Ensure forthcoming legislation is effectively implemented and supported within the authority

b) Regularly review planning policies to incorporate sustainable development taking into account the needs and character of the area through the Local Plan

c) Ensure robust strategies are in place to support legislation

d) Ensure interdepartmental coordination enables continuous improvement

a) i. Ensure all senior managers are aware of the impacts of proposed legislation ii. Ensure the Council is able to service the requirements of implementing the proposed new planning requirements

b) Develop supplementary planning documents relating to biodiversity and environmental gains.

c) Continue to collaborate with other Cumbrian authorities on the draft local nature recovery strategy and ensure this is implemented when adopted.

d) Enable close communication between all relevant staff, particularly planning policy and development control in conjunction with parks and open spaces

D2Examine existing supplementary planning guidance for sustainable development and determine if any change is required to bring guidance in line with best practice

Consider if planning conditions can a) enable the commissioning of independent monitoring of planning applications as a condition of approval

b) require the installation of electric vehicle charge points in public facing developments

D3Promote higher building quality standards that include sustainable and green building principles

a) monitor use of pre-planning checklist

b) promote biodiversity support inc. swift bricks, hedgehog runs etc.

c) expand list and use of appropriate external organisations as consultees

D4Review existing main Council policies and consider making amendments to assist in tackling climate changeDevelopment and phasing in of ‘green clauses’ (such as requiring energy efficiency) into Council leases and rental contracts
D5Protect below market value (BMV) land to grow crops for local consumption.Local Plan policy S36 and para 329 page 142 sets out the principle of protection of most versatile agricultural land for food production.

Key Partners / Stakeholder Groups – Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Workington Nature Partnership, Natural England, Local Government Association

We aim to reduce waste and support sustainable consumption and production, through a more circular economy. We want to be bold in our use of technology to reduce resource use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Within Allerdale Borough Council estate:

 ActionsActivity
E1a) Review departmental and central printing strategy b) Review potential for further reducing volume of paper for Committee work c) Consider extending the use of video conferencing

a) Encourage greater use of electronic devices by staff

b) Encourage greater use of electronic devices by staff and councillors

c) i. explore alternative methods and providers ii. Develop hybrid provision to allow combined in-person and virtual meetings

E2Continue re-use schemes when disposing of furniture/ equipment

a) Repair and extend life where possible

b) Offer spare or replaced items to community groups and voluntary organisations

E3Consider impact of on staff and the community in accessing and delivery of services at current and potential Council Centres.Review options for the delivery of Council services
E4Monitor working temperatures and other factors adversely affecting workforce.Ensure steps are taken to mitigate any changes in working conditions or wellbeing in Allerdale Borough Council workplaces.
E5Regularly review the Council’s Strategic Procurement Strategy to increase the purchase of sustainable goods and serviceEnsure any new climate change aspects are incorporated into Procurement Policy
E6Review the Council’s use of outside caterers and include need for locally sourced food and reusable or recyclable utensilsPublic health needs may challenge actions intended to alleviate climate change, however choosing sustainable resources should continue to be the intended solution.

 

Allerdale Borough Council residents and businesses:

We aim to reduce waste and support sustainable consumption and production, through a more circular economy. We want to discourage wasteful lifestyles that create environmental problems both here and abroad, on land and in the marine environment.

 ActionsActivity
E7Improve recycling knowledge and practices in Allerdale including awareness of service

a) review trade waste options

b) review bulky waste collection and potential re-use system for furniture

c) review information on bin calendars

d) update Council website and information links

e) run PR campaign to raise awareness of facilities and services

E8Extend provision of doorstep recycling facilities in accordance with annual programme

a) Work with Allerdale Waste Services to determine programme.

b) Address issues for areas of the borough not covered by current services

E9Minimisation of residual waste

a) continue to work on Tetra-Pak recycling scheme options

b) Investigate anaerobic digestion for food waste

c) Soft plastic recycling

d) Electrical

e) Furniture

f) Extended Producer Responsibility scheme

g) Food waste/Sustainable Food Action Plan Deposit return scheme (bottles)

E10Minimisation of residual waste at sourcea) raise awareness of staff and public on waste minimisation and recycling b) work on a waste minimisation campaign c) work to improve attitudes and actions regarding environmental crimes e.g. fly-tipping with a particular focus on identified hotspots d) carry out educational campaigns to support the above

Key Partners / Stakeholder Groups – Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Allerdale Waste Services, Cumbria LEP, BEC, Copeland Borough Council, SK, CEWC, FotE, Refill initiative, Schools and Colleges, Parish Councils, businesses

We want to provide easy access to quality natural spaces, supporting wellbeing for individuals and communities. We want green spaces to have the co-benefits of providing natural potential for flood water slowing, carbon capture, flourishing insect friendly pollination areas and wildlife habitats, in addition to human focussed leisure facilities.

 ActionsActivity
F1Nature reserves become sustainable

a) progress the Solway Coast AONB Management Plan

b) development of management plans for the Council’s nature reserves at Harrington and Siddick Ponds

F2Support for community focused projects

a) Encourage orchards & allotments

b) support development of horticultural businesses

c) develop a small grants scheme

d) complete the Allonby to Silloth coastal cycle path extension

F3

Promote biodiversity by a) planting to minimise maintenance/ links to biodiversity

b) identify areas of land for tree planting

c) encourage composting

d) promote/develop more Get Cumbria Buzzing sites

a) change bedding plants to perennials/use peat free compost

b) work with the Woodland Trust and local groups such as TWIG; be part of the emerging Partnership project for a West Cumbria Community Coastal Forest

c) reduce the use of Glyphosate as a general weed killer

d) i - work with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and local groups ii – work with town and parish councils

F4Reduction in overall flood riskPlanting to mitigate the effects by slowing the flow in rivers and streams
F5Reduce flood probability and severity

a) Continue to promote and ensure urban run-off through SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems)

b) Work with United Utilities with regard to reviewing water management from Thirlmere

F6Explore carbon capture potentialThis would include both usage and storage
F7Explore hydrogen-related energy possibilitiesContinue to monitor the project research being undertaken for Cumbria LEP
F8Increased community awareness of climate change issues in AONB areaCommunication and community engagement
F9Prevent import of pests, diseases through local docksWork in collaboration to ensure adherence to legislation

 

Restoring Nature for All: Water, flooding and coastal change

We want to address water wastage and develop grey water systems. We want to work with partners to improve flood resilience, consider coastal erosion, shoreline management, improve biodiversity and address beach litter.

 

 ActionsActivity
F10

Implement results of trial using water saving devices in Council buildings and assess scope for extending

Improve ABC utilities supply/usage
F11Assess scope for reuse of grey water in Council buildings and prioritise for actionImprove ABC utilities supply/usage
F12Recognise the Council’s role in ensuring sufficient public water for agriculture, industry, council use including statutory duties with regard to private water supplies and improving water sanitation (SDG 6Work with Environment Agency, United Utilities, Cumbria County Council and other partners
F13Raise awareness of staff and community on water saving measuresa) develop goals to reduce water leakage, wastage b) consider feasibility of installing rainwater and/or grey water recovery systems
F14Work to address coastal issues

a) Work with partners to support the implementation of the Cumbria Coastal Strategy

b) Work with partners to support the implementation of the Shoreline Management Plan

c) Work with partners and Cumbria County Council on coastal issues, particularly in relation to the B5300

d) Participate in the LGA Coastal Special Interest Group

F15Increase river and coastal flood resilience and safety

a) assess risk for people, livelihoods and prosperity

b) ensure access to flood-readiness information (for evacuation)

c) ensure access to flood-resilience and support information

d) Work closely with the EA and respective flood action groups throughout the borough

e) Assist EA and CCC with all flood alleviation methods including improving river defences NFM catchment management

F16Review beach cleaning activitiesWork with a range of groups to help clean beaches but of greater importance to ensure the profile of dirty beaches and how the public can help reduce this.
F17Support ongoing work with partners to address diffuse pollution and improve bathing water quality.Promote the benefits of domestic travel and blue spaces for recreation and health, in conjunction with initiatives such as LoveMyBeach and Active Coast.
F18Support ongoing action plan for Allonby as a priority bathing water.Ensure compliance with Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 14

Key Partners / Stakeholder Groups - Solway Coast AONB, Solway Firth Partnership, Workington Nature Partnership, Northside Community Garden and Recreation Society, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, Sustainable Keswick (SusKes), Climate Emergency West Cumbria (CEWC), Get Cumbria Buzzing, TWIG, RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Natural England- Solway Coast AONB, Solway Firth Partnership, Workington Nature Partnership, Environment Agency, United Utilities, Cumbria County Council, Marine Management Organisation (MMO), West Cumbria Rivers Trust, ‘Love my Beach’,

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