Motion moved by Cllr Sally Longford, debated in the council chamber by the Labour Group and adopted by the whole council.
Climate Emergency attend the debate and at least 3 of them recorded it;
So instead of just offering speed notes, I’ll have to transcribe what I said at some stage.
– TO BE WRITTEN UP —
Thank goodness for geographers and Al Gore.
Thank goodness for John Prescott too. At one stage, we were leading the world.
the UK will have to cut it’s carbon emissions in half within the coming decade. (That’s what the physicists are telling John McD).
Think of the good we need (jobs, schools, hospitals), and note how we struggled (labour market, private landlords, overheating the south-east, back to predict and provide for cars).
Even if we’d only done good, would still have had to meet the challenges and opportunities – globalisation, living longer, fundamentalism, resource shortages (peak oil) and climate change.
Whilst the earth has been hotter in the past – not whilst it had the human race and 8-9 billion people.
An example of the chaos climate change can bring – Syria.
We are nowhere near leadership now – Germany decided to drop nuclear.
Our power supply still based on big power plants, although 2 nuclear proposals dropped in recent months.
Instead, in Germany, local power, city controlled and innovating, and more from the home.
Nottingham is on the edges of this with Environenergy (heat from waste trumps burial), once did food recycling, (we designed 3rd generation turbine blades) and has battery projects alongside Portugal and Germany. We valued exterior home heat insulation (e.g. Clifton and Bulwell Hall), although the skilled labour had to come from the EU (Austria?)).
8. Following the model of the European ‘Slow Towns’ and ‘Slow Cities’ movement – radically reducing the (carbon) ‘food miles’ involved in feeding ourselves. Nottingham had an example of this in the City Hospital catering service which threw out cook-chill food suppliers, linked the in-house catering service to a network of 350 local farms (Notts, Derbys, Lincs and Leics), doubling nutritional standards, saving the NHS over £1m AND CUTTING FOOD-MILES BY 90%. It worked brilliantly, until the Tories gave the contract to Carillion (on ideological grounds).
Ground source heat pumping is a key option for where next.
Heating and cooling from feeds at 21 degrees C; and Basford Hall and Grimsby used to be only colleges that trained explicitly in heat pumping. We can draw on the mine water below us.
Time and again, green engineers bring solutions that can dazzle us (although struggling on re-use – e.g. gasification and automated sorting).
Green architects can dazzle us – take the old tax offices. Contrast them with the new CO2 towers. Not even 2020 standard and 340 (check) tonnes of CO2 per year below that standard.
The key to minimising CO2 emissions is building design, oh and agglomeration. Reducing the need too heat, and to ventilate and to travel.
– local authorities will be in the forefront of this … but they will need new powers ie.
1. Denmark’s planning laws that debar buildings using fossil fuel heating from even being considered for planning permission.2. France’s laws that require all new buildings to have solar or nature roofs.3. California’s law that makes solar roofs mandatory4. Germany’s restrictions on access to soft loans (only for refurbishment to passive-haus or energy-plus standards.5. German regulations that limit the ‘right to rent’ to buildings that meet our equivalent of Band B standards – or make heating costs a landlords responsibility, not the tenant’s)
People say we need a national framework back again, for fear of the less scrupulous taking jobs. Maybe so.
But the environment does need to be shown as part of our thinking much more explicitly and from the start.
We celebrate now the bravery of zone and collar and its 2000 descendant version that we delivered, and the bravery of WPL cos we made the polluter pay for the alleviations.
It took knowledge, and values and resolve.
Let’s learn, let’s care and let’s act.