Guildford Council updates on measures to respond to Climate Change

23 February 2021

Initiatives start to deliver in Guildford.

GBC have issued a full report on measures, to the full Council on  measures being taken to respond to Climate Change.

Highlights include:

Work to install solar PV panels at Farnham Road multi-storey car park and our Millmead House office, due to be completed by April.

Ten electric minibuses becoming part of our Dial-a-Ride community transport fleet, based in Park Barn, by May.

A report by APSE Energy, part of the Association for Public Service Excellence,  to be published during February shows, that net greenhouse gas emissions from our activities fell by over 21% between 2016-17 and 2019-20. The total fell from 10,998 tonnes in 2016-17 to 8,586 tonnes in 2019-20. 

The Council also consider that all proposed council developments meet Passivhaus energy efficiency standards, and that all new buildings in the borough have to meet a carbon emissions rate which is at least 20% better than national Building Regulations standards (Note NPPF standards are being revised). We encourage housing developers to reduce the carbon in their building materials and will continue to promote the highest possible standards in efficiency. 

The council have established Air Quality Action Plans for Shalford and Compton, as well as Management Plans for the A3, A331 and other major approach roads into the town, and have improved carbon dioxide emission analysis. GBC manage 33 air quality monitoring stations to measure levels of nitrogen dioxide.

The report also notes that The University of Surrey's iSCAPE (Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe), GCARE (Global Centre for Clean Air Research) and Living Lab projects have made Guildford a world-class hub for research and innovation in tackling air pollution and climate change.

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