Climate change action
We need residents to give us their ideas about how we can make the transition to a greener society. There will be three stages of engagement with residents.
- A call for ideas: We want to hear your views on how Redbridge can move towards carbon net zero.
Online carbon calculator: We’ll challenge residents to set their own carbon budget for the borough.
- Local Forums: Our next round of local forums will focus on the Climate Crisis. Residents and Councillors will have the opportunity to develop their ideas and feed into our Corporate Panel.
The Climate Emergency in Redbridge
Councillors declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019. They committed to developing a plan to make all the council’s operations carbon neutral by 2030 and to reduce all emissions to zero by 2050. This means we will need to use green power, insulate our buildings more effectively, reduce our journeys and use electric vehicles, among many other actions.
Climate change is both a challenge and an opportunity for Redbridge. For instance, communities that live along the Roding could face higher levels of flooding if we do not take action to reduce global warming. London could face more extreme weather, with higher rainfall and heatwaves.
But if we make the right choices, we can encourage people to be more active, improve air quality, reduce traffic, invest in biodiversity and support good new jobs for people, fitting new insulation, boilers and energy systems.
Emissions in Redbridge
Most of our emissions come from just two sources.
Buildings account for around 55% of the borough’s greenhouse gas emissions. This comes from things like heating, cooking, electricity use and other sources of power. We can reduce this with better insulation, buying green energy and moving to more sustainable heating systems as this technology becomes available.
Transport is the second largest contributor to emissions, accounting for about 36% of our emissions. We can reduce this by switching to more efficient electric vehicles – ideally powered by green electricity – and by reducing the number of journeys we make by car.
Waste makes up about 8% of our emissions, but we still need to take action to reduce the amount of stuff we throw away, and to recycle more of what we do.
Climate Change Corporate Panel
Our work on Climate Change is led by a Corporate Panel of councillors chaired by Councillor Bert Jones with an initial plan going to full council for approval in September. Membership of the Corporate Panel includes;
- Councillor Saima Ahmed (Vice-Chair)
- Councillor Jo Blackman
- Councillor Namreen Chaudhry
- Councillor Saira Jamil
- Councillor Robin Turbefield
- Councillor Linda Huggett
The panel’s work will be underpinned by evidence from a green audit of the council’s operations, this will help us understand how to make our own operations net zero and monitor our progress.
Reports and slides will be made available for the following meetings:
- Launch meeting and overview - Slides, Scoping Report PDF (2.9MB)
- Waste (11 March 2020)
- Cleaner journey (20 April 2020)
- Property and Energy (19 May 2020)
- Community leadership (date TBC)
Other Ongoing Work
We will also be creating a community action fund for green projects later in the year.
We are already taking steps towards becoming more environmentally friendly. These include;
- Running a separate working group on Biodiversity in Redbridge
- Introducing more electric chargers across the borough by the end of 2020
- Improving the Cycle network across the borough
- Creating a supercharger hub at our depot so that we can run more zero emissions vehicles.
- Investing in electric pool vehicles and e-bikes
- Replacing all street lamps with LED bulbs
- Introducing Redbridge Low Emission Neighbourhoods
We are taking action, but we know we can do more, both as an organisation and through the choices we make in areas like planning and highways.
Reducing your emissions at home
As a resident you can also make a difference, below are some changes that you can make to reduce your emissions.
- Insulate your home - visit the Energy Saving Trust to find out how much you could save by insulating parts of your home.
- Drive less - consider cycling, walking and using public transport. If you have to drive consider using an electric vehicle.
- Buy Green energy - switch your electricity and gas onto green tariffs so that your home is powered by sun and wind. Green energy is often no more expensive than traditional energy companies. Remember to also use less energy by washing on eco, turning off appliances and use energy saving light bulbs.
- Reduce the amount you throw away - think about whether the toy, clothes or book can be used by someone else or mended. Use apps like 'Too good to go' or 'Olio' to reduce your waste.
- Eat less meat, particularly beef and lamb as these animals produce high levels of greenhouse emissions.
More Information on what you can do
- World Wide Fund for Nature: Carbon Footprint Calculator
- 50 Ideas for reducing your carbon footprint
- BBC's Climate Change foot calculator: What's your diet's carbon footprint?
- Friends of the Earth: What can I do to stop Climate Change?