How our Council is Dealing with climate change
Friends of the Earth nationally has just released the results of its survey of what all local Councils are doing (or failing to do) to deal with climate change. You can access all the information here, but a summary of Brent's score can be found below. You'll see that despite its Climate Emergency declaration, it is only performing at an average level, and in some areas it is falling well below what is needed.
At our November meeting we will have a talk from the Council's tree officer, so we will be able to take up one of the issues with him.
Here's how Brent scored on our climate-friendly test
Overall score: 72%
The Brent area’s performance on climate change is average compared to other local authority areas. All local authorities, even the best performing, need to do much more if climate catastrophe is to be averted. Brent particularly needs to do much better on increasing renewable energy, increasing tree cover, and increasing waste recycling.
3% of Brent is woodland
The highest proportion in similar areas is 13%. Trees are great at removing carbon from the air around us. Doubling tree cover across the country would help reduce emissions.
68% of commuter journeys are made by public transport, cycling and walking
Brent should aim for 80% by 2030. We need fewer vehicles on the roads – they increase air pollution and are harmful to our health.
41% of Brent homes are well insulated
Poorly insulated homes cost more to run, which is inefficient and contributes to fuel poverty. Brent needs to ensure all homes are properly insulated by 2030.
37% of household waste is reused, recycled, or composted
When waste isn’t reused, recycled or composted, it may end up burnt, in landfill or even in our waterways and seas. Brent should aim for 70% by 2025 on the path to zero waste.
Brent has 3 megawatts of renewable energy available
If the area matched the best of similar local council areas it would have 28 MW. We need 100% clean energy from the wind, sun and sea. Electricity can’t come from dirty fuels like coal, oil and gas anymore.