Luton Borough Council

Local Area Carbon Emissions Reduction Action Plan

July 2010

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1. Introduction 2. Strategy 3. Services 4. Community Leadership 3 4 7 11

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1. Introduction
In November 2008, Luton Borough Council applied to join the Energy Saving Trust’s One to One support programme. This two year programme is designed to help the Borough tackle climate change issues at a local level. In December 2008, the Energy Saving Trust confirmed that the Council had been accepted on the programme and that our application for this service had been amongst high competition, with only five local authorities in the East of England accepted in the first round of the programme. In August 2009, the Energy Saving Trust published a recommendations report Local Area Carbon Emissions Reduction Report by EST - August 2009 based on information the Council had provided. The report demonstrated that the Council is performing fair to good across all areas of its services, community leadership and its overall strategy for tackling climate change and the sustainable use of energy, but has opportunities for improvement in all areas. In April 2010 an action planning workshop was arranged with relevant personnel from LBC to go through the recommendations and try to prioritise them to develop this Action Plan. This document provides a brief summary of the work we have undertaken in each of the three areas assessed and provides an action plan for improvement and continued work. It should be noted that, in agreement with the EST, it does not included the Council’s own Estate, as the Carbon Trust have been working with the Council to produce a Carbon Management Plan. A link to the Luton Borough Council Carbon Management Plan as approved by the Executive on 7th June 2010. In addition, a visioning event on the low carbon future of Luton organised by EST took place on the 9th of June 2010 gathering over 50 representatives of organisations from the Luton Forum (Local Strategic Partnership). Feedback and actions agreed during the day have also been included, where relevant.

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2. Strategy
As part of the Energy Saving Trust’s report, the following achievements were highlighted: The Council is participating in the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management Plan (LACMP)  Luton Borough Council’s Energy Policy Energy Policy agreed in 2009.  Luton has a Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) Luton Sustainable Community Strategy for 2008 - 2026 which includes key priorities on reducing energy consumption and adapting to climate change.  The Council has set targets for carbon reduction which include: o Own Estate – 10% by 2014 see p 20 of Energy Policy; o Increasing renewable energy capacity - all new developments totaling more than 1,000 m2 must incorporate renewable energy generation to provide at least 10% of the predicted energy requirements. See U3 at pp 101 + 102 in Chapter 8 of Luton Local Plan (2001 - 2011)  Luton Borough Council signed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in 2006  The Council has ‘Office Green Champions’ in some work areas, Office Green Champions

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Strategy - Action Plan Recommendation Action
Continue to set targets and timescales for reducing energy consumption across our own estate, service delivery and throughout the wider community in line with national targets. This should be linked into baselines and targets of NI185 and 186. 1.CAM are looking at our estate, this should include energy considerations 2.Explain to Lean Team the need to save Energy when they are interacting with services

Adrian Piper


Full survey of current accommodation

Climate Change team (CCT)

September 2010

Get Lean team to explain effects of Energy use on Service delivery

3.Director of Environment & Regeneration to use his influence to get buy-in from all Services 4.Start to devolve energy budgets for buildings to Cost Centre Managers/Heads of Service

June 2010 CCT June 2010 Dave Kempson/Corporate Energy Manager (CEM) CCT

Brief Director of Environment & Regeneration on key matters Implement zone metering of energy usage and charge Cost Centre Managers, with commensurate reductions in accommodation SSCs. Training courses

Introduce Energy training to all staff in areas of Council operations which are judged to have the most significant impact on energy use

1.CCT are already organising Energy training for Office Green Champions (OGC), to extend this to more OGCs 2.Training for Cllrs



May/June 2011 (After local elections) Sept 2010

Incorporate into New Councillor Training organised by Ann Loeffler

3.Develop packs of posters and stickers for use by Office Green Champions Ensure that any savings made from investing in energy efficiency are reinvested in sustainable energy 1.Carbon Trust Carbon Management Plan feeds into this


Look for info on the Web and produce posters and stickers Show how invest to save is necessary to make real savings Reports to the Executive explaining benefits of invest to save


June 2010

2.Ensure that commitments to investing in energy reduction measures in the Energy Policy re


From Sept 2010, then needs to be

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Recommendation Action
implemented 3.Get buy-in from Senior Managers

Chief Executive/Director of Environment & Regeneration

on-going June 2010

Approval of Carbon Management Plan

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3. Services
As part of Energy Saving Trust’s report, the following achievements were highlighted:  The Council has shown that they actively seek projects delivering energy efficiency through the Butterfield Business and Technology Park where the Innovation Centre and Business Base have achieved an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating. Butterfield Business and Technology Park  The Luton Local Plan refers to energy efficiency, Luton Local Plan - (2001 - 2011)  Average SAP rating targets for the Council’s own social housing stock are set annually, NES Energy Analysis of LBC Stock up to March 2009  The Council has a target to increase the Minimum SAP rating of the Council’s own social housing stock to 20 by 2012, LBC Decent Homes Work Programmes 2007-11  The Council’s Affordable Warmth team proactively refers clients onto the Warm Front scheme, Luton’s Affordable Warmth Strategy  The Local Development Framework Local Development Framework contains strategic objectives which focus on sustainable and integrated communities and minimising carbon footprints to combat climate change.

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Services - Action Plan Recommendation Action
Continue to implement the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive by ensuring an EPC is issued each time an LA dwelling changes tenancy Work with the regional HECA/Carbon Action Network (CAN-East) forum to share best practice. Training on sustainable energy should be provided to curriculum advisors so they can promote the subject to schools Keep up to date with changes in tenancy to ensure EPCs are issued at the correct time

Building and Technical Services

Ongoing with each change in tenancy

Building and Technical Services liaise with Voids Team - Anne Gibbons

1. Attend CAN E meetings and disseminate appropriate information to colleagues 2. Support appropriate CAN-E led programmes


Attend quarterly meetings

Sharing information Attending meetings and engaging in programmes

1. Establish a link to Eco Schools (addressing the ‘energy’ section of the programme) by connecting the programme to the work of the Climate Change Team and/or widening the knowledge of waste promotion officers on energy issues when providing training to schools 2. Deliver energy training at Schools Training Event October 2010

CEM + CCT+ Officers from Waste Team working on eco-schools)

Mar 2011

Investigate with C&L the best way access curriculum advisers

CCT + C&L Healthy Schools Coordinator Lyndsey Bithrey Climate Change Team + C&L

October 2010

Workshop training

3. Teacher/Governor training (including uploading material to the Luton Learning Grid for schools to utilise)

In time for schools training event October 2010

Arrange slot on EcoSchools training day

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Recommendation Action
Introduce more detailed, relevant and useful training on using the planning system to reduce car dependency 1. Provide training to improve knowledge and skills in sustainable transport planning

Planning Policy & Transport Planning Teams

Determined by Joint Committee cycle & LDF timetable By October 2010

Service Plan

2. Secure funding for training


Bid made April 2010 to CLG via Climate Change Skills Funding programme Look via web sites & contacts

3. Find a training provider


To Enable Training to be delivered by end of March 2011 By March 2012

Ensure that planning officers disseminate information on energy efficiency and renewable energy to people enquiring or applying for permission and Introduce more detailed, relevant and useful training for staff in Housing, Planning and Building control

1. Refresh the sustainable Design Guide (Designing for Sustainability) and other publicity/publications 2. Find training provider for training of DC planners and others

Regional Planning and Joint Technical Unit Development Control

Development Control Team Plan Look via web sites & contacts Bid made April 2010 to CLG via Climate Change Skills Funding programme Training Course/workshop LBC site links to guidance sites, including T-ZERO Internet trawl & ask EST & CT & put results on web Via the Planning process

By April 2011

3. Secure funding for training of DC planners and others

Development Control/CCT

By August 2010

4. Organise training of DC planners and others 5. Give better advice to developers on what is possible regarding Renewable Energy Technology 6. Produce a list of developments in the UK where new technologies have been used 7. Challenge the BSF Team to show they are incorporating Energy efficiency and renewables into their developments

CCT Development Control (DC) & CCT CCT

Oct 2010 March 2011

March 2011


October 2010

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Recommendation Action
Continue to ensure Building Control officers are trained and encourage & promote sustainable energy solutions for LBC applicants 1. Provide sufficient training to improve knowledge and skills in sustainable energy 2. Target Designers & Building Industry via seminar/forum 3. Establish a Seminar Program

Building Control


Building Control Team Plan

Building Control & CCT Building Control & CCT

By end of 2011 By end of 2010

Seminar/forum Look via web sites & contacts Look via web sites & contacts One to one guidance

4. Find appropriate training provider Building design experts need to be involved in pre-application discussions – i.e. at key moment when designs can change. 1. Provide advice on renewable energy to Development Control, developers and householders 2.Produce a guide for developers on Renewable Energy

Building Control & CCT CCT & Development Control CCT & Development Control

By October of 2010 On going

By March 2011

Guidance on the web

Weight needs to be given to visual appearance and quality of buildings and equipment. Visual impact – wind turbines not necessarily best long term solution. Therefore need to provide guidance on range of measures not necessarily just the cheapest.

1. Seek advice from Commission on Architecture in the Built Environment (CABE) CABE Renewable Energy 2. Produce a guide for developers on Renewable Energy

CCT & Development Control CCT & Development Control

On going

Web guidance & Meetings

By March 2011

Put guidance on the web

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4. Community Leadership
As part of the Energy Saving Trust’s report the following achievements were highlighted:  Sustainable energy is identified as a priority in Luton’s Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) for 2008 – 2026.  The Council has a target to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic housing by 20% by 2015.  Luton works with several regional bodies on sustainable energy issues.  Luton BC has a programme of raising awareness of climate change and energy issues in the wider community.  The Council is working with schools on an investment programme to improve the energy efficiency of school buildings.  Local Transport Policy, encourages low carbon modes such as public transport, cycling and walking.  New developments have to consider public transport and travel plans when choosing a location, and the aim is to reduce car dependency at any new development.

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Community - Action Plan Recommendation Action
Continue to ensure that energy/climate change is identified as a priority issue in the Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS). Continue to loan Energy Monitors to residents and promote Energy Monitors to businesses 1.Continue raising climate change issues at the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Sub Group of Luton Forum 2. Ensure Climate Change presence in the Luton Forum Delivery Plan 1.Provide Luton Cultural Services Trust with another 20 units to lend out from all branches (currently 10 units in the Central Library) 2.Energy Monitor user training for librarians followed by publicity to the Public 3. Put Monitor Promotions in LutonLine and on LBC website (Jul/Aug and Oct edition) 4. Involvement of community groups e.g. Transition Towns in the promotion activities 1.Develop Corporate Travel Plan

Trevor Brennan


Reports & Contributions to meetings of ESCC Sub Group Input to updates of Delivery Plan Deliver monitors to libraries




By June 2010 (done)

CCT & Library Service CCT

By September 2010


Prior to publications’ deadlines By March 2011 By March 2011

CCT Send copy to Comms Engage with community groups Setting up working group, survey of staff, report and cost benefit analysis of options. Meetings and information to schools.

CCT Trevor Brennan

Continue to reduce car dependency and promote use of public transport, cycling and walking.

2.Advise schools on School Travel Plans

James Hardie, School Travel Advisor TBC


3.Provide information on local services and prices and personalise travel planning (for employees initially)

To follow from the corporate travel plan

Use Internet & Council publications

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Recommendation Action
4. Awareness raising campaign 5. Investigate potential of the “Urban Challenge Fund” 1.Make links with LBC business unit

Christine Davy Keith Dove CCT/Regeneration

Ongoing By end Sept 2010 To follow from the Corporate Travel Plan By End of March 2011 By End of March 2011 By end of March 2011 By end Sept 2011

Publicity campaigns Enquire about availability Meetings

Work with local businesses to promote travel plans

2.Introduce monitoring of the travel plans required by planning 3. Require long term commitments from developers when making large proposals e.g. supporting bus services 4.Work with the Airport and Hospital on local/subsidised bus services Consider introducing fiscal measures to encourage reduced car use and cleaner car purchase. Financial incentive more likely to be successful than charging etc. Encourage Public Transport providers to develop new bus routes. 1. Encourage large employers to offer reduced bus tickets for staff 2. Develop and Promote a Cycle to work scheme

Development Control Development Control Keith Dove/Ken Toye Ken Toye/Trevor Brennan Vivien Bray

Check on travel plans

Via Planning process


As part of the Corporate Travel Plan Meeting with finance and HR for their agreement. ?? As part of LBC Workplace Travel Plan ?? Carry out feasibility study and progress if feasible.

By end Sept 2011

3. Low parking charges for low carbon vehicle 4.Investigate the feasibility of Car clubs and Car Share

Mick Dryk Trevor Brennan

By end Sept 2011 By end Sept 2011

Seek to reduce CO2 from cars though promoting efficient driving and low carbon car choice

5. Improvements to bus routes through the Bus Quality Partnership 1. Integrate sustainable travel with road safety

Keith Dove/Ken Toye Christine Davy

By end Sept 2011 By end March 2012

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