Net zero by 2030 - Action Plan
- We've approved an action plan to reduce the council’s direct CO2 emissions to net zero by 2030
Our CO2 dashboard has been instrumental in our approach and monitors emissions in every area of the council’s activities. View the dashboard here. The council was also recently commended in the ‘leadership in responding to the climate emergency’ category at the 2021 MJ Awards for the way it has approached reducing its carbon emissions. More details here.
Big Green Week 2022
It's that time of the year we are celebrating how we are tackling climate change in the Council. Some of the team were at the Carnforth's Great Big Green Day on Saturday 24 September 2022, showcasing what the council is doing to tackle climate change. We offered energy saving advice to help the environment as well as keep those household bills down. There was also the opportunity to sign up to the new electric vehicle car share scheme in Carnforth and the mobile customer service team were there to provide information about council services. More details here.
Williamson Park celebrates Great Big Green Week
Lancaster’s Williamson Park is giving everyone the chance to be part of the UK’s biggest celebration of action to tackle climate change with a day of activities for all the family on Sunday 2 October 2022. From 10am until 4pm, there will be a Vegan Market in conjunction with Artisan Markets in the park’s Ashton Memorial, bringing a unique market to the park with stalls selling street food, sweet and savoury pastries and sweet treats, cook-in sauces, pickles and preserves, gins and beers, handmade goods and gifts, skincare and make-up products, clothes and accessories and much more. You'll also be able to choose from a selection of vegan food and treats for dogs. The RSPB will also be at the park all day talking all things nature and about the impact of climate change on wildlife. If you fancy a close encounter with Lancashire’s first ever electric bin wagon and a giant walking, talking battery, you’ll find the council’s waste and recycling team with its new mascot, Sparky in the park from 1.30pm. Staff will be on hand to offer top tips on how you can recycle more of your household waste and avoid sending it to landfill. LG Fitness will be hosting two wellbeing running/walking events from 3pm. Registration for these events opens at 2pm. More details here. The Timetable of Events can also be viewed here.
Salt Ayre Leisure Centre Decarbonisation Project - has picked up a top award
The outstanding work undertaken by Lancaster City Council to decarbonise Salt Ayre Leisure Centre has picked up a top award. The council came away with the top prize in the ‘Best Climate Action or Decarbonisation Initiative’ category at this year’s APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) awards. More detail here
Air pollution campaign to tackle solid fuel appliances
Lancaster City Council has been awarded £198,794 to help tackle air pollution through the Defra Air Quality Grant. The new funding will allow the council to increase the monitoring of air pollution and improve people’s awareness about the risks of using solid fuel appliances both inside and outside our homes. More details to follow.
Successful bid to join the UK’s Local Climate Engagement Programme (LCE)
Lancaster City Council and its partners will be hosting district-wide conversations on tackling and addressing the climate emergency following a successful bid to join the UK’s Local Climate Engagement Programme (LCE). The LCE aims to provide local authorities in England with the support they need to conduct widespread, high quality, inclusive local public engagement and participation in their climate decision- making. This will help to ensure that the UK can reach these climate targets and that it does so in a way that is fair and empowers communities to fulfil their potential. For Lancaster City Council this support will include training, in depth project support and peer learning sessions. Read more.
Decarbonising our buildings
We've received a comprehensive report on the work that will be needed to make 18 of our buildings carbon neutral by 2030 as part of the battle against climate change. It recommends a set of detailed, practical, and deliverable plans to help the council achieve its ambitions. Find out more and read the report. Previous news can be found below.
Changes to waste and recycling collections
Changes to waste and recycling collection day are helping to reduce our carbon footprint as part of ongoing work to tackle the climate emergency. The introduction of route optimisation is maximising the efficiency of our collection vehicles and sees crews using more direct, cost effective and environmentally friendly routes to pick up your waste and recycling. More details here
Around 60% of the emissions produced by our diesel vehicles are generated from just 26 refuse collection vehicles so their replacement will go a long way in our journey to net zero. The new refuse vehicles are in addition to the electric pool cars being used by staff as part of their duties, and the 14 electric vans (including the one below) that were purchased earlier this year for our repairs and maintenance department, see latest news below
Making a positive change with new household battery recycling scheme
We are making a positive difference to the environment by setting up a new household battery recycling scheme. More details here
Lancashire’s first electric bin wagon takes to the road
The wagon is the first of its kind in Lancashire to be used by a local authority to deliver a waste collection service. The vehicle will be joined by a second wagon of the same type and model later this year and replace the two conventional diesel wagons currently used for Lancaster City Council’s Business Waste Collection Service. More details here
Electric car sharing scheme / electric vehicle charging points
We’re committed to helping people to convert to zero emission vehicles, reducing transport related emissions and promoting more sustainable forms of transport. A key element to achieving these aims is creating new infrastructure to make it easier for people to use electric vehicles. With no tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles make a significant contribution to improving air quality. Electric car charging points have been installed in nine of our car parks, with plans for more in the future. For a full list of where the charging points are located, visit our website. We've teamed up with Co-Wheels Car Club to launch an all-electric car share club in the Lancaster district. It's part of our ambitious plans to become net zero carbon by 2030. Fully electric vehicles are now available to hire in Lancaster city centre and Morecambe town centre (close to the promenade) from as little as £5.50 an hour. Find out more at www.co-wheels.org.uk/lancaster.
Council Housing stock
We’ve received a Special Commendation at the 20/21 National Energy Efficiency Awards (Local Authority of the Year Category) for the works we’re carrying out on our housing stock to tackle fuel poverty and climate change. The works include the installation of new boilers and solar panels along with other energy saving measures and advice. We aim to bring all our properties up to at least EPC Band C by 2030. The commendation has also been awarded for the valuable advice and support provided by our Home Improvement Agency to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of vulnerable households too. Thanks go to Green Rose Community Interest Company for nominating us for the award. For more details on how we are addressing climate emergency in housing please see the drop down box below.
Planning Policy Climate Emergency Review of the Local Plan
Climate change is without a doubt one of the most serious issues faced by the world today and it is vital that we take action if we are to avoid devastating consequences in the future. At the same time new homes and employment sites are needed for future generations to live and work, so how do we balance these competing priorities? We’re in the process of reviewing our Local Plan, which allocates land for new housing and employment. The review is looking at what additional polices it may need to include to address climate change. More details here.
Planning Policy Community Engagement Guide for the NW RTPI
The Planning Policy Team features in the Community Engagement Guide for the NW RTPI, showcasing its digital engagement on the Climate Emergency Review of the Local Plan during the pandemic More details here
Planning Policy Going beyond Building Regulations
The Planning Policy Team features in the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence). As part of the Local Plan review the council has taken an innovative approach to applying Fabric First techniques to achieving more efficient homes; essentially requiring homes to be built to higher energy efficiency standards using the approaches to materials, insulation and air tightness that are often associated with building to Passivhaus standard. New homes in the district will not be reliant on the national grid being decarbonised to meet net zero targets, and new buildings are future proofed for homeowners, not burdened with dependency on fossil fuels. More details on the article (page 24) and the User Guide to Development Management DPD Policy DM30a.
New Grassland Management Strategy
Earlier this year we launched our new Grassland Management Strategy to increase biodiversity and provide more food for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Since the 1930s, England has lost 97% of its grasslands, with more than 500 species having disappeared, and more could yet follow, including hedgehogs and house sparrows. The new strategy will help increase biodiversity, improve the workload planning of staff, and will help meet the council’s climate change commitments. Reduced grass cutting in some areas, along with the creation of wildflower corridors, is already starting to bear fruit with an abundance of colour and native species beginning to spring up. You can find out all about the strategy You can find out all about the strategy here. More details on how we are addressing climate emergency in Public Realm, please see the drop down box below.
CO2 monitors helping to reduce risk of Covid-19 spread
Carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors were trialled at 10 pubs and restaurants in a bid to help businesses improve ventilation, reducing airborne Covid-19 particles and the risk of transmission. More details here.