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.
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
There are already a lot of actions in place or being put in place, I think it needs to become a higher priority - this is difficult given the wide range of priorities and obligations the council has in its day to day running, including tackling poverty, inequality and socio-economic deprivation. Any approach to tackling climate change must also consider these issues. If I can use an analogy, during the second world war, the whole country was geared up to the war effort but people also still went around their normal jobs and day to day living and perhaps that is the approach we need to consider long-term - this is a war on climate change that should take priority over everything else - its not that we stop doing the other things but tackling climate change needs to be in everyone's faces much more. We talk about Sustainable Environment, which is a more positive way of couching this but do most people really make the direct link to climate change when we say this?
I look around and see many desks with multiple computer screens most of which are not needed if employees tidied up their desktop icons etc...
Approx. 120 ceiling lights on all day in my office x 5 floors x east x west = over 1200 lights
Introduce wind and solar energy to every council building including new housing estates
The amount of plastic households, food chains, supermarkets use is outrageous, I try to buy products in glass bottles or cardboard, its very difficult though, big companies need to take action ad set examples of reducing carbon foot print.
We should be more diligent in our recycling of waste and a more stringent zero tolerance policy perhaps should be applied to people who don't conform.
We need to stop using cars and improve public transport across the county. More imagination is needed in order identify solutions that will encourage people to get out of their cars and still be able to travel to where they need to be. More investment is needed in low carbon energy (this does not mean biomass!). Communities need to benefit from renewable energy schemes. In fact more community-led initiatives and community involvement in identifying and implementing solutions is needed to address the problem of climate change in any meaningful way.
First of all do an inventory of the embeded energy already spent on existing council infrastructure before either knocking down the old buildings or replacing the current vehicle fleet. Only by doing that can you be sure that buying the latest funky electric car or new building makes any sense. To put it simply, if the new electric car uses more energy to BUILD and run than the old car would over the remainder of its life then you're actually using more energy not less.