We already have a vision - what we don't have is a plan
The vision is carbon neutrality in B&NES by 2030.
How are we going to achieve that?
Where are the big opportunities to take CO2 and CH4 out of our emissions and lock up other sources? Here are some examples.
I think I remember Cllr Sarah Warren saying that 40% of Bath's emissions come from space heating, most of which is residential. Looking at the report (Carbon emissions from households and citizens) published in September 2019, high income residents expend the most energy in keeping their inefficent houses very warm, driving multiple cars and travelling internationally. So here's a group who could benefit us all by reducing their fuel consumption by investment and some abstinence, and they have the financial revenue to do so. I may fall into the lower end of this category in a listed building which is single glazed and has thin solid walls, and leaks heat like a sieve.
Is there not an inbuilt invest to save opportunity here? Could the plan therefore be to insulate and double glaze every house so that it could then be heated by ground or air source heat pumps? Listed building planning constraints would need to be relaxed to achieve this whilst maintaining the aesthetics. Would this not create green business opportunities which have widespread applicability?
The scope for locking up carbon is so much greater in rural areas of which NE Somerset has a lot. Whether this is in tree planting or looking after arable soil better.
Someone has to have the means to model the likely progress and track this super-programme of work and ensure it delivers safely on time and sustainably.
Why the contribution is important
The vision is set. We need to get on with it. If we get ahead with practical solutions that get us substantially underway fast, then all sorts of stuff we can proud about in B&NES will surface. They are byproducts - that's all, but do offer next generation developments and ways of life. They are not the end in themsleves.
How it is achieved successfully needs targeting carefully to get the biggest benefit as quickly as possible. Are we not in a global race, where the early adopters are
- able to demonstrate an approach others can follow
- always keep ahead and attract investment if good at their job?
Don't we know what to do? We now need to get started in earnest on the first phases and work up other ideas.
by jeremylabram on December 13, 2020 at 06:22PM