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

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  • Posted by jeremylabram December 13, 2020 at 18:23

    I think I may have put this idea in the wrong section!
  • Posted by MicaelaBathNES December 15, 2020 at 11:30

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. No need to worry about whether it is posted in the right section. We'll pick that up when the responses are brought together at the end.
  • Posted by PaulJ January 02, 2021 at 11:44

    Whether or not it's in the wrong section, this is also important from a heritage point of view. It's perfectly possible to install double glazing in Georgian houses not by using sealed glass units, but through secondary, internal glazing. Not only is this more efficient than sealed units, but it's invisible from the outside and inconspicuous from the inside - and there are products on the market that are thin enough not to interfere with the operation of Georgian shutters.
  • Posted by SuePoole January 08, 2021 at 17:45

    As the banners have said 'there's no heritage on a dead planet' - planning rules have surely got to allow / support retrofitting of Georgian Bath - at least in the residential sector ?
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