Agenda and minutes

Environment Scrutiny Commission
Tuesday 1 October 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room G01A - 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH. View directions

Contact: Julie Timbrell  020 7525 0514

No. Item




Notification of any items of business which the chair deems urgent


Disclosure of Interests and Dispensation




Draft Carbon Reduction Strategy road map

    A briefing has been provided on the Climate Emergency Strategy draft road map. Councillor Richard Livingstone Cabinet member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency will present.


    Draft guidance from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) 2019 edition of Zero Carbon Britain is also enclosed.


    The following will also attend to present:


    ·  Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a sustainable Camden


    ·  IskanderErzini Vernoit, Southwark Extinction Rebellion

    Supporting documents:


    Climate Emergency Strategy draft road map


    Councillor Richard Livingstone, Cabinet member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency, and Stuart Robinson-Marshall, Head of Sustainability & Business Development, presented the Climate Emergency Strategy draft road map.


    The cabinet member explained that the road map was a follow up from the Climate Summit, held in July 2019, attended by councillors, officers and community representatives. A strategy to tackle the Climate Emergency had been planned for this autumn, however the work for this is taking longer than expected as good engagement is needed, and some aspects of the strategy are more complex and complicated than anticipated.


    The council is now working with partners on this, including some of the many environmental NJOs in Southwark.  Officers are also revising data. The Climate Emergency strategy will now be finished by next summer with a launch. The roadmap being presented to the Commission is focused on involving outside stakeholders and agreeing a process for developing a strategy – with the road map going to the 29 October Cabinet.


    The chair invited comments and questions:


      I.  A member pointed out the embedded carbon of a car is half of its life time carbon expenditure. What is the council’s approach to switching to LED lights, bearing this in mind? He sought reassurance that the council is replacing light bulbs as they reach the end of their life, rather than useable lighting tubes being replaced.  Officers said they follow the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle environmental maxim. They are replacing as they reach the end of life.


      II.  Can we increase the speed given the urgency? The cabinet member said the council are going for a strong pace rather than haste. Officers said that they will be taking carbon reduction actions as they go forward.


      III.  Some of the parts of this report are similar to a previous report; is the council recycling an old report? Officers assured members this is a new report however some points made in previous carbon reduction plans are being reused as they are still relevant.


      IV.  The council has lots of strategy and policies: what takes precedence? The cabinet member said that tackling the Climate Emergency is something that needs all aspects of the council to work on and in  terms of looking through the prism we are considering adding a concurrent to look at climate emergency when strategies are developed, in the same way that currently report authors have to consider the financial and legal implications of major plans.



      V.  Ought this to be more of an engagement rather than consultation process?  The cabinet member agreed and said he was looking forward to hearing more about Camden’s approach.



      VI.  How can the council use a carrot and stick approach; can the council incentivise change as well as discouraging emissions? The cabinet member said that the strategy will be looking at raising money to invest in positive approaches. This will be linked to the budget process, considering where the council can invest and raise money. 


      VII.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


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