Lichfield District Council Presentation 27th January 2010


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Lichfield District Council Presentation 27th January 2010

  1. 1. Lichfield District Council <Review of Draft Climate Change Strategy> Richard Davies Director
  2. 2. Good Evening
  3. 3. Expectations & agenda
  4. 4. The energy tri-lemma 1. Affordability 2. Reliability 3. Low Carbon
  5. 5. 1. Affordability
  6. 6. 2. Reliability
  7. 7. "Regardless of which route we choose, the world's current predicament limits our maneuvering room. We are experiencing a step-change in the growth rate of energy demand due to population growth and economic development, and Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand." Jeroen van der Veer, CEO Shell 28th January 2008
  8. 8. 3. Low Carbon
  9. 9. Activist versus Skeptic • The globe is warming! • The globe is not warming! • We’re the ones doing it! • It’s a natural cycle • It’s gonna be a catastrophe! • It’ll be harmless • Panic! The wolf is at the • Chill out. The wolf is not at the door door • This is the biggest threat in • No, this is the biggest hoax in human history! human history! • Waiting any longer would • Taking big action would be be too expensive too expensive • There is nothing more • There are tonnes of things worth spending our money more worth spending money on than this on than this • If we don’t take drastic • If we do take drastic action, action, the climate and the economy and everything everything in it is doomed! in it is doomed!
  10. 10. Action A B Global Warming Significant Little or No Action Now Action Now False True
  11. 11. 900 800 700 600 (carbon dioixde equivalent) million tonnes 500 400 Basket of greenhouse gases (CO2 equiv) Carbon Dioxide 300 200 100 0 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Source: AEA
  12. 12. 1850
  13. 13. What does this mean for Lichfield in 2020? Meeting carbon budgets in 2020 will require a reduction in average per person emissions from the current level of 9 tCO2 to 6 tCO2. In a locality where carbon budgets are achieved, the typical person will: • Meet more of their energy needs from low-carbon power. • Live in well-insulated homes with new efficient boilers and advanced heating controls. • Purchase energy-efficient appliances and use these on low-carbon cycles (e.g. low temperature washing and dishwashing). • Work in energy-efficient offices with power and heating from low carbon sources. • Drive more carbon-efficient cars, including hybrids, electric cars or plug-in hybrids with charging infrastructure at home, at work and in public places. • Drive in an eco-friendly manner (e.g. not carrying excess weight in the car) and within the existing speed limit. • Plan journeys better and use public transport more. Together these changes would be sufficient to achieve carbon budgets. They could significantly improve energy security of supply and air quality, and therefore maintain or improve quality of life.
  14. 14. ‘We have a vision of a different Britain. It is a vision of a Britain in which our cars run on electricity; high speed trains whisk us from North to South in less time than it takes to get across greater London; we produce much more but use much less energy to do it; our power suppliers no longer depend to any great extent on imported oil and gas; our homes require less energy, produce far more of their own energy and are heated by gas we produce from our own agricultural and domestic waste. It is a vision of a Britain which leads the world in new green technologies. Secured against interruptions of supply and volatile prices, our industry can plan for growth. Our national security is guaranteed, regardless of decisions by volatile governments elsewhere to close pipelines or restrict supply. It is a decentralised vision rather than one in which all decisions about our energy future are vested in the government. Through it we play our full part in protecting our planet against the effects of man-made climate change.’
  15. 15. Professor David MacKay Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)
  16. 16. What Climate Change Means for Lichfield?
  17. 17. Our Climate Change Strategy is the result of: 1. National / International Policy Drivers. These give rise, at least in part, to: 2. Local Policy Drivers. These draw from local needs and opportunities. The Policy Drivers give rise to: 3. Aims/ Objectives. These are to realise the desired outcomes of the Policy Drivers. In order to achieve the Aims or Objectives we set: 4. Targets. These define exactly what we want to achieve and by when. In order to achieve the targets we take: 5. Actions. These need to be achieved in order to realise each Aim/Objective and its associated target(s).
  18. 18. To ensure that ‘Actions’ are ‘Actions’ rather than ‘intentions’ we specify the following for each: 1. Why we are doing it - the Policy driver behind the Action 2. What we are trying to achieve - the Aim/Objective that the Action relates to 3. How this will be done - the specifics of the Action i.e. the Output 4. Who this will be done by - who ‘owns’ the Action 5. When this will be done by - the timescale of the Action 6. Resources - existing or additional resources that will be required to achieve the Action e.g. financial resources or staff time 7. Progress - monitoring each Action through regular review of the Action Plan
  19. 19. The Themes are: 1. Working with the Community 2. Environmental Education and Awareness Raising 3. Health & Wellbeing 4. District Knowledge 5. Governance 6. Energy 7. Housing 8. Economy, Business and the Third Sector 9. Transport and Travel 10. Planning 11. Water 12. Biodiversity and the Natural Environment 13. Waste 14. Procurement, Fairtrade and Food
  20. 20. Theme 1: Working with the Community Issues/Challenges/Opportunities: “In the past, we didn’t understand the effect of our actions. Unknowingly, we sowed the wind and now, literally, we are reaping the whirlwind. But we no longer have that excuse: now we do recognise the consequences of our behaviour. Now surely, we must act to reform it: individually and collectively; nationally and internationally.” Sir David Attenborough In 2005-2006 Staffordshire County Council carried out a survey asking local residents what their concerns about the future were. The results showed that climate change was the second greatest concern about the future (after terrorism) and that the public expected local councils to take a lead on the issue. Councils are uniquely placed. They have a democratic mandate to deliver and are trusted by their residents. They have local knowledge, connections to businesses, other public agencies and the third sector. However, a local authority working alone cannot address climate change. That is why the first theme of our Climate Change Action Plan is how we are going to work with the community that we serve. Policy Drivers NI186 Per Capita Reductions in CO2 Emissions in the Local Authority Area NI188 Planning to Adapt to Climate Change Local Area Agreement 2008-2011 Sustainable Community Strategy 2006-2021 LDC Strategic Plan 2008-2012 The Staffordshire Declaration on Climate Change What we are already doing / current status/ progress to date We arranged the “Go Green” conference on 30th January 2010 at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. We continue to support the work of Low Carbon Lichfield (LoCaL) and Whittington & Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG). Case Study: Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) exists to encourage residents, businesses and community organisations in the parish to understand the causes and consequences of climate change, lower their carbon footprint and create a low carbon community. Whittington and Fisherwick Parish has a population of around 2800 in 1200 households. WFEG was established in the summer of 2007 and now has over 200 members within the villages and an equal number of supporters who live nearby.
  21. 21. “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.” Daniel Hudson Burnham 1846-1912 “Search all the parks in all your cities; you'll find no statues of committees.” David Ogilvy 1911-1999
  22. 22. “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” John Ruskin
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  24. 24. thank you