MINUTES OF MEETING OF 14.01.17 HELD AT 16 LANCHESTER RD N6
Present: Helen Mayer Alan Morton
Jenny Taylor Friedbert Meinert
Rose Levinson Julian Sainsbury
Chris Lazou Sydney Charles
Nicky Gavron AM Norman Beddington (secretary)
Chris Barker Jill Boswell (chair)
Apologies: Catherine West MP Judy Webb
Donald Lyven Jill Pack
Minutes of 04.11.17 Meeting
These were approved as a correct record.
Central & Branch Environment Officers
Highgate branch intend to pursue their motion on appointing a constituency Environment Officer, and environment officers in each branch at the January GC.
SERA AGM 02.12.17
Norman reported on the talks given by Cllr Julian Bell of Ealing and Mayor Philip Glanville of Hackney on what their boroughs are doing on the environment – particularly on air pollution, the transition to cycling and walking and in Hackney building on their history of local energy generation. Jill Boswell, Helen and Sydney also attended. Norman to investigate whether the group can become a branch of SERA, and what this entails.
Hackney Council Energy Conference
Jill Pack and Norman had a meeting in late December with Cllr. Jon Burke, chair of Environment in Hackney to find out what was involved with his planned municipal energy conference on 6th March. Jon explained at some length how he is planning a Hackney municipal energy company with the aims of offering local residents a better energy deal and tying up with a smaller energy company which can provide a high % of renewable energy. The 6th March conference will be a fairly low-key event focused on London.
Meeting with NLWA
With Quentin Given, Norman has met with Martin Capstick, the new MD of NLWA, who started work on 01.12.17 and was in process of meeting people and organisations with an interest in NLWA, including community groups. He appears to be more open than his predecessor to environmental considerations, and to discussing the procurement route for the new incinerator
Response to GLA Environment Strategy
Norman thanked everyone who contributed to a successful joint response to the Strategy.
Reports by Catherine West & Nicky Gavron
Catherine did not attend the meeting. Nicky emphasised how important it was to respond to the consultation on the London Plan.
Motions for Manifesto Conference
Three motions will be put forward on waste & the NLWA incinerator, the concept of a Haringey energy company and implementing the Zero by 2050 Plan.
Helen said that an achievable route map for the Plan is needed; Alan said that council staff such as Joe Baker are already pressing the Planning Dept for action on zero energy developments, and should be supported. It’s important that community groups keep a close eye on new developments, and to this end MHSG will be keeping in touch with the Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Assn, who are already doing this.
The first two motions were agreed while Alan, Sydney and Norman were asked to come up with some changes to the Zero by 2050 one.
Haringey Energy Company
Also discussed under matters arising. Alan was concerned about whether this would in fact be viable and whether Haringey would be taking on too much.
Report from Manifesto Group
Rose reported on behalf of the Manifesto Group, which has been working on how and whether to hold an event linking the national energy picture with local Haringey concerns and the upcoming local elections. The group is now working on a locally-based Community Education event linked into the election campaign – probably to be held on 24th March. It would involve, and hopefully excite young people about climate change ! The format will hopefully be of interest to other constituencies. The question of how people relate to the environment in normal life is key. Polly Billington, John Sauven and Ed Miliband were suggested as speakers.
Rose to report to the main group on when the event is going ahead. Agreed that the Group will have a standing item on CC&E agendas, and report when necessary.
Response to London Plan
Nicky stressed the importance of the London Plan, which will define development in London for years. Key issues are how ‘good growth’ policies are defined, the supply of family housing increased and the loss of open space resisted. She advised review of the policy boxes in the text. Any response will need to be in by 2nd March. Norman agreed to allocate chapters for review to people who reviewed similar chapters for the Environment Strategy. Sydney and Chris to check Norman’s allocation.
5th Feb 18.00 Have Your Say on the London Plan; Friends House Euston Rd: New London Architecture meeting: http://newlondonarchitecture.org/whats-on/events/2018/february-2018/the-big-debate-2018
9th Feb 18.00 Meeting on Driverless Cars with Christian Wolmar; Campaign for Better Transport meeting – see flyer attached
21st March Highgate Society event on ethical investment ‘ Use Your Money
There will be a new newsletter coming out in February. Norman to announce the date for contributions.
Date of Next Meeting
Sunday 11th March at 5.30 pm at 16 Lanchester Rd N6
MOTIONS FOR MANIFESTO CONFERENCE 04.02.18 (submitted)
The HWG CC&E Group proposes that:
Haringey Council supports the Mayor of London's policy to reduce waste and maximise recycling to 65% by 2030. Through the NLWA it will work to achieve minimum carbon emissions across the waste, heat and power cycles. In particular it will seek to develop the technology to maximise recycling of plastic materials, much of which is currently being incinerated at the Edmonton EcoPark energy and heat from waste facility, giving rise to high CO2 emissions. More effective pre-sorting technology is now available and should be embodied in the new facility planned for 2025. Haringey representatives on NLWA will argue for a re-think of the Edmonton plan, to embody a modular approach rather than the present single huge incinerator. This would allow for greater flexibility as rates of recycling increase and the quantity of residual waste declines in line with London's policies on waste.
Haringey Council investigate setting up a municipal energy company or tariff for Haringey. Currently consumers with accounts with Big Six companies are supporting the use of carbon intensive and nuclear fuels, whilst local renewable generation schemes are unable to sell surplus power to be used locally at a commercial price. A Haringey energy tariff should support local solar generation schemes by purchasing their surplus, provide loan funding, offer preferential service and rates to those in fuel poverty and advise customers on how to reduce bills. Haringey should investigate a tie-up with an ethical energy company supplying electricity and gas from renewable sources, and establish whether this would offer improvements for Haringey residents. It should liaise with the GLA on how a Haringey company would link to the proposed new GLA one.
'The Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party Climate Change and Environment Group welcome the policies outlined in the 'Manifesto for Zero by 2050' commissioned by Haringey Council. We urge the Labour Party candidates standing for election to Haringey Council to make energy and climate change policies a high priority. In particular they should implement this manifesto’s 'Route Map to Carbon Zero by 2050’, and ensure that this actually happens by setting out how, by whom and when each milestone will be achieved. This should be the responsibility of a Zero50 Working Party of the Environment Committee representing key departments such as Planning, Engineering and Sustainable Transport. Targets should include:
- refurbishing existing homes to the highest standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy
- ensuring that through the planning process, all new developments of residential or commercial premises will be as near carbon-neutral as possible
- promoting low-carbon travel such as walking and cycling and the further development of Green Space
- dramatically increasing recycling rates
Implementing these measures will ensure a better, healthier, and more equitable borough for all residents, both now and in the future