Hounslow Claims Carbon Footprint Reduced by a Tenth

Describes it as significant progress towards net zero target

Cllr Samia Chaudhary with heat pumps installed by the council
Cllr Samia Chaudhary with heat pumps installed by the council. Picture: Hounslow Council

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September 5, 2023

A report by Hounslow Council officers includes data which shows that there has been a 10% fall in the local authority’s carbon footprint since 2018.

In the financial year 2022/23 it has been assessed as being responsible for 65,150 tonnes of CO2 emissions from council-controlled operations an 8% reduction from the previous year.

This is believed to be an increased in renewable electricity generation and the retrofit works to decarbonise Council buildings.

The Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and adopted a Climate Emergency Action Plan in 2020, which committed to reducing its organisational footprint to net zero by 2030. A further emissions reduction target of 50% by 2026 was also put in place.

The Council now generates nearly 4000kW of renewable energy after the installation of Solar PV at 48 sites. A retrofit of 32 schools and 29 corporate buildings should save a combined 17.5m kilowatts of electricity each year. Further funding of £2.1m has also been secured to retrofit an additional six council buildings and schools.

The Council has also taken measures to ‘green’ its fleet of vehicles through its Fleet Replacement programme, which will result in over 200 vehicles – a mixture of electric and hybrid - procured and leased in its first phase.

Approximately £8million has also been invested to improve the energy efficiency of its council housing.

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council and Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment and Transport said, “Hounslow Council is proud to be a leader in the UK’s climate action space, and is continuing to invest, and take bold steps towards our net zero by 2030 ambitions. Decarbonising our buildings, numerous retrofit projects, changing our fleet of vehicles, and offering more sustainable recycling services are just some of the primary ways the Council and partners like Lampton Services are reducing carbon emissions from council operations.’

‘While an overall 10% reduction in our Council carbon footprint is pleasing, we set a target of a 50% reduction by 2026, and we intend to achieve this.

“However, we cannot tackle the climate crisis alone. To make a real impact, it must involve action at a national level underpinned by ambitious delivery of projects and funding. We must move projects at pace if we are to reduce carbon emissions at the scale required and we need the funding to back these plans.

“We have called on Government before to take more incisive action, and each day the call becomes more urgent. Necessary funding must be provided to enable towns and cities to implement the measures to accelerate to net zero.”

Martin Cresswell, Executive Chair at Lampton Group said: “We are committed to minimising our carbon footprint and earlier this year transitioned the collection truck for our Commercial Recycling service from diesel to HVO fuel, achieving 90% carbon savings. We are actively trialling ultra-low emission vehicles for upcoming replacement program and our depot and Materials Handling Facility at Southall Lane is already powered solely by renewables - with HVO for mobile plant, and on-site solar generation topped up by guaranteed renewable grid sources.

“Meanwhile, our Greenspace team planted over 9,000 trees within the borough last winter, surpassing the borough’s target and supporting the Council’s decarbonisation strategy through increased carbon capture. Working with our trusted, local supplier our Commercial Cleaning team have adopted the Bio-Hygiene range of cleaning solutions. These replace harmful, non-renewable chemical products with environmental alternatives. This range delivers 92% carbon reduction, 57% less plastic waste, and 49% less transport costs.”

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