Shaping North Ayrshire process
I believe that transport has a huge part to play in reducing emissions. In order to get people out of their cars we need to make public transport more attractive and affordable. Another big issue here is infrastructure - to get people driving electric vehicles we need charging points and the vehicles themselves need to have a bigger range. Also providing facilities for cyclists such as cycle stands, shower facilities and lockers for businesses.
Solar panels on top of Cunninghame House?
I think it would benefit me to be a bit clearer about what exactly can go in the purple bin too, I am sure I am still sending some things to landfill that could be recycled - some kind of 'rubbish roadshow' would be good to demonstrate exactly what goes in what bin.
Also should Hunterston B not come into this somewhere? The current plan for handling it is directly contradictory with the councils will of dealing with the climate crisis. Nuclear power is not a safe alternative.
The best thing the Council can do is formulate a 'NAC Climate Change Steering Group' akin to the NAC Local Biodiversity Action plan steering group. This group can formulate a coherent and structured approach to climate change issues. This expertise already exists in North Ayrshire but under utilised. It should have representation on planning commitees, partnership meetings etc. A group needs to respond to issues and developments proactively. I fear that the Council will prodice just another static box ticking document, becuase it is the easiset thing to do. The Council needs to spend money on this issue rather than trying to envelope within exisiting capacity.
However, it must be stressed the main thing that must happen are the major changes not the ones the individual makes.
Ross Collins Ayrshire Greens
As regarding the individual there could be an education strategy to inform people of the following
:- Switching appliances off as opposed to leaving them on standby
Take showers instead of baths
go online instead of using paper regarding bills and money management.
Buy energy efficient appliances
flexible working, allowing employees to work from home.
Changing your diet, reducing the amount of meet one consumes (one meat portion every other day but ideally vegetarian) failing that you can substitute the meat in your diet with insects.
Start washing clothes at 30c and do two washes a week.
Use reusable bags instead of plastic.
Use your own travel mug instead of using paper cups.
Some people with Learning disability’s and Mental health issues (dementia) and not to mention people in general can find it difficult to work out what go’s into each bin. So I agree with the previous comment about an information road show.
More ambitious targets, more funding and support for Scottish businesses that manufacture and install energy efficiency is urgent and will cut emissions, save lives, and improve living conditions.
Adopt a target of all homes reaching Energy Performance Standard C or above by 2030.
Create a new funded programme of deep-retrofits of fuel-poor households and social housing
Prohibit the use of public funding to subsidise oil and LPG boilers, and instead fund renewable and low carbon heating technologies.
Require new homes to meet passivhaus or other net-zero standards, be connected to the public transport system and be built in areas that are not in flood-risk zones.
improve energy efficiency - Reducing the amount of energy people use is an essential part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions — solutions can range from sealing energy leaks in homes to driving more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Adopt a long-term target of free public transport, and extend free bus travel to everyone under the age of 21.
New green city and region deals to transform our transport network, making cycling and walking safe and accessible for all, and establishing more publicly owned bus networks
native-forest planting and restoration programme
Stop forest loss, Nurturing carbon dioxide–eating plants is a major way to reduce the effect of carbon emissions. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere as part of the photosynthesis process.
Significant investment is required to develop locally appropriate models for resilient, low emissions farming, and to roll out on farm training and education for both the current and next generation of farmers.
Scotland needs a new, radical approach to upgrade our homes to a zero-carbon standard at scale like this one being trialled in Nottingham.
Let me first hear how the council are addressing their carbon emissions: lets start with their vehicle and transport fleet!?
Does the Council have any staff dedicated to this issue? If you are serious about treating this as an emergency, there should be a team of people overseeing all of NAC's output to make sure it's compliant with the goal of reducing carbon emissions. This would help ensure joined-up thinking.
New technology is key and there are lots of it about SmartCool, helps compressors of Chillers, Air conditioning and Heat Pumps. a compressor withing such units is very inefficient and 70% of energy is wasted but the new technology teaches the compressor to work more efficiently and the savings are very impressive with associated Carbon, in a recent example a hotels can save £60k per year and has the equivalent saving in carbon as 46,000 trees, the likes of EMCOR, Sainsburys, SSE use SmartCool.
Another technology is EndoTherm which works in any water heating system from domestic to commercial, saving of 15% are achieved with payback in under a year. results can be managed so there is no guess work. Spending on new proven technology to save is the way forward