Council-owned housing equates to approximately 8% of the borough’s emissions. Retrofitting all council housing to Energy Performance Certificate B would reduce energy use in these homes by 68 GWh per year compared to 2015.
The borough's homes make up 50% of the borough's total emissions. However, the Council only owns 17% of the housing stock. The challenge therefore lies with retrofitting the remainder of the 83% housing in private ownership. This requires engagement with approximately 86,000 households, which includes owner-occupiers, landlords and registered providers of social housing.
There is a potential to reduce energy use by 260 GWh per year if all non-council owned homes were improved to just Energy Performance Certificate C.
Ensuring new residential and non-residential developments are built to the highest fabric and energy efficiency standards the first-time round, could circumvent these properties needing to be retrofitted in the future. This would translate to higher build costs, but this increase is relatively low. A better product will be developed and the occupiers will have lower running costs.
Delivering zero-carbon new build schemes would deliver a 65% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the current benchmark of a 35% improvement to Building Regulations. It would save costs of needing to retrofit non-compliant new build properties within the next ten years.
The first priority is to retrofit buildings to reduce the demand for heating and cooling. Following this, it is important to ensure that the energy we need is from low-carbon or renewable energy sources.
Local renewable energy production would contribute to the decarbonisation of the grid. It could include the installation of large-scale wind and/or solar power generation in the Lee Valley (with a potential generation of 21 MWh/year), and/or, a programme to encourage the installation of 20,000 photovoltaic arrays by 2041 (with a potential generation of 13 GWh/year). Existing grass-roots action in the borough already making progress would be supported (e.g. en10ergy).
This would have a sigificant carbon reduction potential.
The first priority is to retrofit buildings to reduce the demand for heating and cooling. Following this, it is important to ensure that the energy we need is from low-carbon or renewable energy sources. A key aim in Haringey is to create a decentralised energy network (DEN) for around 12,000 homes to be connected by 2035.
Initially this will focus on three neighbourhood-level heat DENs in North Tottenham, Tottenham Hale and Wood Green and the Council’s newly expanded DEN at Broadwater Farm estate. Low-carbon waste heat generated by industrial processes (energy from waste, underground) should be captured and used to heat our homes.
It would have a significant carbon reduction potential.
This would build on existing plans and targets in the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and Haringey’s Transport Strategy. Timelines for interim review could be arranged to coincide with the next key business and transport planning horizons.
It could have significant carbon reduction potential as well as support other co-benefits like improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and improve people's health and wellbeing. Combining all transport objectives could deliver a total of 120 ktCO2 in savings by 2041.
The aim would be to transform the borough’s active transport infrastructure so that walking and cycling become the most obvious and efficient modes of transport for most people living and working in the borough, and well-integrated with public transport services for those making longer journeys.
It could have a medium carbon reduction potential. Combining all transport objectives could deliver a total of 120 ktCO2 in savings by 2041.
This would align with the Haringey Transport Strategy (2018) and draft Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Action Plan. It will include private and public electric vehicle charging points. Transport for London predicts that the demand for electric vehicle charging will require approximately 2,000 points in public and private areas.
It could have a minor carbon reduction potential. Combining all transport objectives could deliver a total of 120 ktCO2 in savings by 2041.
Raising awareness of the impacts of climate change, and steps to mitigate, could encourage residents and businesses to engage with the issue and to enable behavioural change.
This would have a minor carbon reduction potential, but this is needed to unlock wider carbon savings in the borough.
This would be with aim to give the right tools to local residents and partner groups to take ownership of carbon reduction initiatives. This could include actions around lobbying to unlock funding and resources for these community groups to deliver action.
This would have a minor carbon reduction potential, but it would enable resident and borough partners to deliver borough ambition together and increase awareness to unlock further savings.
The majority of businesses in Haringey are micro-businesses, sometimes meaning that carbon reduction is not a priority. This action would set out to aid businesses to consider carbon reduction initiatives and the economic benefits of doing so. This would include promoting greener travelling, using local, green suppliers, and behaviour change initiatives for staff members.
The Council has mapped the number of properties that need to be retrofitted and the measures that need to be implemented. This will need to be supported by a strong, local and reliable skilled workforce. Investment is needed to determine how many jobs, and the type of skills needed to fulfil this with new training opportunities and courses. This objective will support the developing Haringey Economic & Development Strategy.
Carbon emissions from non-domestic buildings are resposinble for just 20% of the borough's emissions. These primarily include energy needed for heating and lighting. It would also include retrofitting all properties that the Council can directly influence within the commercial portfolio.
Retrofits of privately-owned non-residential buildings are costed at an average of £22,000 per property. It would have medium carbon reduction potential, but significant wider impacts to help businesses become more efficient and reduce runnning costs. Retrofitting non-domestic buildings in the borough could deliver up to 140 GWh per year in savings.
The Council’s corporate buildings only contribute approximately 0.8% of the borough’s emissions. The Council has full control of these and could lead by example to be zero carbon as soon as it is feasible to do so for the whole stock, but core buildings and all transport emissions by 2027. This will not include our property or social housing portfolio.
Embedding sustainability in all aspects of the Council's functioning is important to reduce emissions and signal the right message in the Council's purchasing power. However, any actions to improve the Council's improvement will be low cost and very low impact within the borough's carbon footprint.
Zero emission vehicles, including two-wheeled transport, could be prioritised when procuring new fleets. This could be supported by high quality facilities for active travel users.