Motion passed! Islington Council has tonight declared a climate emergency and pledged to work towards making #Islington net zero carbon by 2030. Full motion here: https://t.co/PHU45GdmNZ pic.twitter.com/uLyvEr9FqH
— Islington Council (@IslingtonBC) June 27, 2019
Motion 1: Tackling the environment and climate emergency by achieving a
net zero carbon Islington by 2030
Moved by Cllr Claudia Webbe
Seconded by Cllr Tricia Clarke
Also supported by Cllr Caroline Russell and Cllr Dave Poyser
This Council notes that –
Climate change and the effect it is having on our planet, and will have in the
years to come, has been scientifically proven and this Council fully recognises
the need for society and all levels of government to respond urgently to
prevent and lessen the damaging effects of human activity driven climate
The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report
published in October 2018 confirms that the world has until 2030 to avoid an
increase in global temperatures above 1.5˚C, at which point the impact of
global warming would have devastating impacts on the planet and people’s
This Council further notes that already –
Islington Council has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce carbon
emissions in the borough, including from its own operations, and that Islington
is on target to reduce carbon emissions in the borough from 2005 levels by at
least 40% by 2020.
The existing Local Plan and the Draft Local Plan (2019-2034) seek to minimise
the borough’s contribution to climate change via the built environment and
future development in recognition that emissions relating to buildings or
building systems/processes consistently represent over 80% of all carbon
emissions in the borough; and that existing policies and new policies proposed
in the Draft Local Plan have been independently assessed and are forecast to
reduce carbon emissions in the borough by 66% by 2034 and by 91% by 2050
from 1990 levels, including significant reductions delivered through high energy
efficiency standards from new development and through expansion of the
borough’s decentralised energy network.
The Council was one of the first to establish a Carbon Offset Fund, which uses
planning agreements to require developers to make a payment to offset any
carbon shortfall from developments, which is then used to fund projects that
reduce carbon emissions. To date, the Carbon Offset Fund has made
allocations of £4.8 million to projects across the borough that have delivered an
estimated reduction in carbon emissions of 375 tonnes per year.
The Islington Community Energy Fund has been established to commission
innovative energy projects delivered by communities and local organisations
which benefit local people and tackle climate change, with £786,000 from the
Carbon Offset Fund being made available to support projects so far.
The Council-supported Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership has helped 40
organisations in the borough across the private, public and third sectors to cut
their carbon emissions by over 25,200 tonnes, saving an estimated £4.3 million
in avoided energy costs.
The Archway Zero Emissions Network has produced energy saving
recommendations for local businesses in excess of 1.5 million kWh.
The Council’s Pension Fund is taking bold action to decarbonise its investments
by 2022 by reducing the fund’s exposure to carbon emissions by more than
half, reducing the fund’s equities’ exposure to fossil fuel reserves by more than
three quarters and decarbonising the fund’s holdings in other asset classes.
Angelic Energy, Islington Council’s not-for-profit energy provider and London’s
first new municipal energy provider for over 100 years, has helped over 2,000
local people access fairer prices for their energy and provides electricity from
100% renewable sources.
800 homes, two leisure centres and offices have been connected to the Bunhill
District Heat Network, a ground-breaking scheme that uses waste heat to
deliver more efficient, cheaper and greener energy to local people, and work is
ongoing to deliver a new energy centre that will extract waste heat from the
London Underground to supply a further 1,000 homes.
Work to insulate cavity walls in the Council’s building stock has led to annual
savings of 8,600 tonnes of CO2 and financial savings of £1.5 million per
annum, in addition to further savings in emissions and costs from boiler
replacement works, loft insulation and the installation of solar panels.
All streetlights in the borough have been converted to LED versions, reducing
carbon emissions by the equivalent to removing almost 1,000 cars from the
road each year and saving 28,280 tonnes of CO2 over the 20-year lifespan of
the more efficient bulbs.
1,000 tonnes of CO2 savings have been found in schools, libraries and the
Council’s depot so far this year.
The Council is enabling a shift towards more sustainable transport across the
borough with the removal of dangerous gyratories and the introduction of safer
and more accessible routes for pedestrians and cyclists, in addition to installing
400 electric vehicle charging points and 400 bike hangars across the borough
to further reduce the use and impact of private vehicles.
The Council’s Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Streets programme has banned all
non-zero emission vehicles from the Old Street and City Fringe area at certain
times of the day and the Council will soon publish details of how it will seek to
prevent the rat-running of lorries on residential roads in the borough, further
reducing the emissions from transport travelling through the borough.
The Council has pioneered an emissions based parking policy to reduce the
environmental impact vehicles have in the borough, and has implemented a
Diesel Surcharge on resident parking permits and paid for short stay parking to
encourage a shift away from polluting diesel vehicles, in addition to calling for a
London-wide ban on diesel engines by 2025, whilst ensuring efforts to reduce
carbon emissions from vehicles does not impact air quality.
The Council recently celebrated the launch of the tenth ‘School Street’ in the
borough that restrict traffic outside schools at opening and closing times to
improve road safety, encourage active travel and reduce pollution near schools,
and will roll-out similar measures for all schools across the borough.
The Council is committed to reducing the impact of its fleet of essential
vehicles, with over 160 vehicles currently being replaced with vehicles that
either significantly reduce or eliminate emissions, in addition to over 150
vehicles already being Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) compliant.
The Council is committed to supporting people to reduce the amount of waste
they produce, reuse items wherever possible and to recycle more.
This Council also notes –
That meeting the challenge the environment and climate emergency poses and
achieving a net zero carbon Islington by 2030 will require a comprehensive
response from not just the Council, but also from regional and national
government, as well as private organisations, businesses and individuals.
That the Council has lost 70% of its core central government funding since
2010 and will have had to make savings of £275 million in total from its
budgets by 2022.
That significant elements of the action necessary to achieve a net zero carbon
Islington by 2030 are out of the control of the Council, such as the
decarbonisation of the national electricity grid and the absence of powers to
mandate retrofitting existing buildings.
That meeting the challenges of the environment and climate emergency must
be done in such a way that does not penalise local people on low incomes and
does not limit the Council’s ability to address important issues, such as the
housing crisis, whilst recognising that building a greener and more inclusive
economy with fairness at its heart can lead to better outcomes and
opportunities for local people.
This Council resolves to –
Declare an environment and climate emergency.
Pledge to work towards making Islington net zero carbon by 2030, ahead of
the current 2050 target.
Make representations to regional and national government to urge them to
take action to support the goal of a net zero carbon Islington by 2030,
including through the provision of the necessary resources and legal powers to
the Council and others to support the action needed to achieve this.
Continue to work with partners across the borough to deliver this new goal
through all relevant strategies and plans, ensuring that reducing carbon
emissions is embedded in all relevant Council decision making.
Publish on an annual basis details of carbon emissions reduction interventions
the Council is delivering and commissioning, including the progress these
actions are delivering in reducing the tonnage of carbon emissions in the
Ensure local people are able to contribute to the formulation and scrutiny of
the strategic actions needed to address the environment and climate
emergency by consulting on proposals and by organising an annual ‘Tackling
the Environment and Climate Emergency’ meeting, hosted by the Environment
and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, in addition to the wide-range of existing
opportunities for local people to make representations to the Council.
Report to Full Council on 27th February 2020 what strategic actions the Council
is taking to address the environment and climate emergency, including plans
and milestones to achieve emissions reductions within the Council’s control,
and to share details of representations being made to other institutions to
achieve reductions in emissions outside of the Council’s direct control.