Agenda item

Climate Emergency Action Plan 2021 and Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan 2021: Year End Reports


Councillor Maddi Bridgeman (Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene) and Paul Barnard (Strategic Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure) presented this report which highlighted the following key areas –



the report fulfilled the commitments made at the previous City Council, Cabinet and the Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee to regularly report on progress of the detailed actions contained in both the Climate Emergency Action Plan 2021 and the Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan 2021;




this report provided the year end position, as at December 2021, in relation to all the actions that were scheduled for delivery during the year; there was also detailed commentary on every action, set out in the accompanying schedules to the report.


The Committee –



sought clarification on -





whether the Council was engaging with the Youth Parliament regarding climate emergency issues;






the rationale for not continuing with ‘No Mo May’ given the importance of biodiversity in helping insects;






whether environmental experts would be consulted on the ‘Low Mo May’ initiative, as it was really important for wildlife to be able to propagate;






the impact of the removal of the need to register for the garden waste collection service which related to action 2.56 in the plan (collect and utilise waste data intelligence to optimise service delivery by reducing frequency of collections and improving route planning and scheduling);






on what data was being collected on newly engaged people as opposed to repeat attendees (as good community engagement should reach more people other than the same individuals); this related to action 2.65 (reconnect residents, schools and local enterprises with Plymouth’s natural environments to support climate change initiatives through the Green Minds Programme);






whether there had been a reduction in car usage on ‘World Car Free Day’ that had been held on 22 September 2021 which related to action 2.72 (promote a car free day across Plymouth);






whether the partially completed actions in the plan would be rolled forward, as there was concern that this would be overlooked;






whether the e-bikes and mobility hubs would be extended to the outlying areas of the city, as opposed to just the district centres;






what measures would be put in place to ensure that it was not just the Council’s involvement in delivering low carbon homes and solar arrays, as it was important for other suppliers in the city to invest in such initiatives;






on whether future sites had been identified for both eco homes and solar arrays in the city;






on whether as part of the key achievements (every new commercial tenant was provided with a Sustainable Occupancy Pack to encourage them to take action on carbon reduction initiatives) there was data available on the take-up by tenants of these initiatives;






on whether the Council was undertaking work with community groups and other facilities to provide assistance for the installation of solar panels, given the increasing cost of fuel and electricity; (concern was raised that this situation could impact the Council’s ability to generate rent, if such groups were not financially sustainable due to the high energy costs);





raised -






whether information on low carbon homes could be provided in an information pack.


Paul Barnard (Service Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure) to provide information to the Committee (outside of this forum) on the following issues –



new/repeat engagements with regard to action 2.65;




share the assessment work which had been undertaken on the ‘World Car Free Day’ with regard to action 2.72.


The Committee requested that –



future iterations of the Climate Emergency Action Plan indicated which actions had been rolled forward;




future reports include data on all new low carbon homes and new solar arrays supplied by all providers (not just the City Council).


The Committee agreed to –



note the Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) 2021 year-end report details of which are set out in Appendix 2 and 2a;




note the Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan (CCRP) 2021 year-end, details of which are set out in Appendix 3 and 3a.





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