In 2018 the UN reported that we have 12 years to act on climate change to avoid consequences. In a bid to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030, the council has adopted a strategy focusing on five key areas that we feel we can make the most difference:
Household heating is one of the main contributors of carbon emissions in the UK, so the council’s commitment to create zero carbon homes will start with designs for its pipeline of 2,500 genuinely affordable homes by 2022. The strategy calls for all new council homes to be designed to zero carbon standards by 2020 and built to these standards by 2022. This also supports the creation of new jobs and skills, a chance to grow the green economy in Ealing.
The council will ensure good quality, genuinely affordable homes that reduce running costs and carbon emissions and help reduce the threat of fuel poverty. The strategy also includes retrofitting homes across the borough to improve the energy performance of all existing housing.
A working group made up of people representing Ealing’s food community worked alongside to develop the fifth theme of the council’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy over the past twelve months. Read the new chapter here. Food has important social and cultural meaning, and it is also a key area residents and businesses can improve their environmental impact. Bringing awareness to the food we eat can bring great benefits to our health, our community and our planet. The objectives and targets agreed for this part of the strategy will enable everyone in Ealing to engage with sustainable, fresh and healthy food. We are supporting access to more food growing, educational experiences and resources and to markets, restaurants and workplaces which offer healthy, sustainable food. In addition, we connect back to the critical task of minimising our food waste as one of the most important ways which we can significantly reduce the GHG emissions from food and an area which the council has influence.
Acknowledging that working together provides the greatest opportunity for progress, three big objectives were identified to help us move toward a more sustainable food system in Ealing:
- Ealing’s food community will become more connected by creating a partnership, initially focused on reducing GHG, to bring greater visibility to healthy, seasonal, local and sustainable food across the borough
- Ealing residents will have greater access to healthy, seasonal, local and sustainable food
- Residents in Ealing will have access to more information about healthy, seasonal, local and sustainable food systems.
The first step agreed in this plan is for the council to lead the creation of a food partnership. A local cross-sector food partnership involves public and third sector, business and community representatives that meets regularly and is committed to working together across all key food issues. Ealing’s food partnership will focus on the climate emergency and green house gas emissions, but will grow to encompass many more priority issues that it identifies over time. If you are interested in contributing to the creation of Ealing’s food partnership, contact the council’s climate action and sustainability team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council is committing to operational improvements to reduce carbon emissions when maintaining our green spaces by electrifying vehicles and power tools - and powering the batteries through green electricity.
The draft strategy also commits to expanding meadows, hedgerows and tree canopy - storing carbon for the long term, drawing CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it away.
The council will direct its powers to addressing the impacts of climate change that are already apparent, such as alleviating surface water flooding.
Nearly a third of borough emissions come from the way we travel. The council will continue to provide more safe space for active transport so that walking and cycling emerge as the preferred way to make all short journeys for residents that are able to travel this way.
The council will support the Mayor’s ‘Streetspace for London’ strategy to further increase opportunities for increased walking and cycling across the borough, particularly in town centres.
The council recognises vehicles will be needed for some longer journeys and the movement of heavy goods. To support the transition to electric and hydrogen powered vehicles - which are more environmentally friendly - we have delivered more than 200 on-street electric vehicle charging points (EVCP) across the borough. The council’s target is for all residents to be within a five-minute walk of an EVCP by 2025.
The council commits to helping residents reduce their production of waste and learn ways of reducing their carbon footprint.
The council will ensure that the Greener Ealing waste company is efficient from day one.
The council will encourage shared economies, for example supporting the creation of systems to support product durability and the sharing of goods, such as car clubs and mending clubs.