Finsbury Park to benefit as council steps up its commitment to tackling carbon emissions
By poppy_smith | Saturday, May 19, 2012, 13:26
Haringey Council has reaffirmed its commitment to carbon reduction following comments made by the Committee on Climate Change.
The government's advisory body said local authorities should have a duty to combat climate change – and also pressed the government to do more to support councils in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
A report by the committee said that councils can help reduce C02 in areas including housing, traffic and waste.
Haringey Council has already introduced a raft of carbon cutting measures as part of its 40:20 commitment to reduce local carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.
Cllr Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Finance and Carbon Reduction, said: "The Committee on Climate Change has confirmed our long-held belief that councils are at the front line in the fight against global warming. Haringey's efforts to reduce carbon emission are manifold – from better recycling services to solar panels, sustainable transport, more efficient buildings and the launch of local Carbon Commission.
"However, all of these measures come at a price and we urge the government to take note of the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change and make financial support available to councils who do more to tackle carbon."
Steps taken by Haringey Council to tackle local carbon emissions include:
- Haringey 40:20 project to take steps to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in local carbon emissions by 2020
- The launch of the Carbon Commission, backed by the New Economics Foundation, to draw up a roadmap to help reduce carbon emissions while driving economic growth through green industry
- Increased doorstep recycling service
- Investment in solar panels for schools, council buildings and social housing
- Raft of measures to improve energy efficiency within the Muswell Hill Low Carbon Zone and across the borough
- Improved energy efficiency measures including new boilers and better insulation at council buildings
- Support for community projects to raise awareness and tackle climate change through the Haringey 40:20 Community Fund
- Grants and giveaways to help residents to retrofit homes with energy saving measures
- Sustainable transport and support for local car clubs and electric vehicles
- Support for green industry
- Help for businesses to go green
- Energy efficiency standards built into planning and regeneration in the borough