Climate emergency

Climate and Clean Air Annual Reports 2022

On Tuesday 15 November 2022, the Summary of the Climate Emergency Second Annual Update Report 2022 and the Summary of the AQ Annual Status Report 2021 was presented to Cabinet.

The reports set out the progress that the Council has made to date to reduce direct carbon emissions, as well as tackling wider carbon emissions in the borough, as set out in the Climate Emergency Action Plan to achieve the key target of net zero carbon emissions across the Council by 2030. The plan also details the key focus areas for 2022/23 to further reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality for residents, who are at the heart of the report.

Wider borough emissions have reduced by 206.9 ktCO2e since 2017, with the emissions reduction aided by the COVID-19 lockdowns. However in the last year, the Council has worked hard to push for further emissions reductions and has introduced several initiatives over the last year to make Hounslow Cleaner and Greener.

These include:

  • installing nearly 4000kW of Solar PV on 48 council buildings, generating over 1,400,000 kWh of electricity or the equivalent of saving 419 tonnes of CO2e, since installation.
  • retrofitting 32 schools and 29 corporate buildings using funding secured from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), generating an energy savings of nearly 17,612,562kWh/pa and a carbon savings of 3363tCO2/pa.
  • launching the Hounslow Community Energy Fund encouraging community groups to develop energy efficiency projects that can deliver reduction in borough wide emissions.
  • Securing £26m in partnership with 12 other London Authorities to deliver Phase 3 of the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme alongside the Home Upgrade Grant. The Council’s share of the funding totals approximately £960000 and will allow for energy saving measures to be installed in 103 homes.
  • establishing five cycle hubs operating in the borough, providing residents with access to cycle training and Dr Bike maintenance sessions.
  • installing 149 residential charge points across the borough, bringing the total number of charge points in the borough to over 400.
  • secured GLA funding to pilot a School Superzone at Green Dragon School which will aim to improve air quality and the health and wellbeing of pupils and families.
  • providing communal food waste recycling services to 24,000 households living in flats, which includes 75% of all purpose-built flats in the borough. The next step is to complete the roll out to 100% of purpose built in the borough (approx. 8,000 properties by the end of 2023).
  • diverting 414 tonnes of food to Anaerobic Digestion, a direct savings of £39k in disposal costs to date.
  • recruiting 140 Environmental Champions in the borough to carry out green projects in their own neighbourhoods.
  • securing £212k funding from the GLA to deliver a Green Skills Bootcamp focused on land management and arboriculture to provide training, work experience and guaranteed interviews for employment.

Please see Appendix A - Summary of the Climate Emergency Second Annual Update Report 2022 and Appendix C - Summary of the AQ Annual Status Report 2021, for more information on the climate and air quality achievements made in the last year and actions that the Council is looking to progress in 2022.

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