Climate Change

How far have we reduced our emissions?

WHAT WE ARE DOING OUR FUTURE PLAN
REDUCING EMISSIONS
For Kettering, the level of emission has reduced from 8.6 tons of CO2 per person per annum in 2005 to 6.1 tons. There is still a considerable way to go to achieve a carbon neutral or net zero emissions.  On 24th July 2019 Councillors unanimously passed a motion recognising  the need to achieve carbon reduction targets to protect the health and wellbeing of future generations. The Council have committed to a target of making the Borough a carbon-neutral area by 2030.
TREE PLANTING
The council plants around 250 native British trees a year on its land across the Borough and looks after many thousands of trees in parks, open spaces and on pavements. This helps to provide an environment which extracts carbon dioxide from the air and releases oxygen. Kettering Borough Council will be doubling the amount of tree planting from the current average of 250 per year to 500 per year. We will ensure that tree planting of British native species is included in new developments coming forward and fully implement Policy 21 of the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (Rockingham Forest) which seeks to deliver 40ha a year of new tree planting.
A pollinator strategy was adopted by the Council in 2017 that ensures the Grounds Maintenance service encourages bee-friendly planting, reduces grass cutting and allows swathes of long grass in specific areas across the Borough. The Council will undertake a programme of reduced verge grass cutting to encourage biodiversity and design an associated communications plan to accompany that. Additionally, as of next year the Council will spray glyphosate (that has safety issues within the workforce, pollinators and the wider environment) strategically and not everywhere, in readiness for the impending ban on the use of glyphosate.
TRANSPORT
Kettering Borough Council's recent partnership with Corby Borough Council for waste collection and grounds maintenance has allowed a redesign of elements of the work to deliver/optimise use of plant and manpower in a more efficient manner. An example of this is our “route optimisation” project that reduces dependency on vehicles and fuel. The types of vehicles being procured for the fleet are also chosen for their optimal performance and use of fuel.  The council will begin the roll out programme of installation of Electric Vehicle Charging points in car parks. The programme will start this autumn in car parks in London Road, School Lane, Commercial Road
and Churchill Way Burton Latimer (slightly later in the programme). Additionally, we will install secure bike storage racks within Kettering town centre and in other locations to encourage more cycling and ensure that any new fleet procured will be specified as low emission where an electric vehicle is not yet cost effective or available (e.g. refuse & recycling Trucks).
ENERGY USE
The Council’s older housing stock is being refurbished under the ‘Homes for the Future’ programme, which includes a number of elements to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. These contain; triple glazing, upgraded loft insulation, improved ventilation, more efficient central heating boilers and the installation of external wall insulation. Kettering Borough Council will extend the scope of the ‘Homes for the Future’ project by completing the remaining pre-war council housing in Desborough and refurbishing further properties in Rothwell.
The Council works with a variety of Housing Associations to deliver affordable housing throughout the Borough which have high levels of sustainability and a host of energy efficiency measures.  The council will ensure that new council housing developments include high levels of insulation and energy efficient heating with low running costs.
Kettering Swimming pool has significantly reduced its energy use by: using LED replacement lighting wherever possible, installing sensors in toilet areas so the lights are only on when in use, refurbishing the pool plant filter vessels (resulting in less water being used and allowing a larger heat transfer area to control the pool temperature through improving the pool plant equipment).  
A programme of LED lighting installation is underway across the Municipal Offices and the museum and art gallery.
The Council, via Enterprise Kettering, promote a range of funding and support packages regarding ‘green’ business opportunities, such as; Growth through Green and Energy Entrepreneurs Fund.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
The Council plays a major role in achieving the sustainable disposal of waste and regularly achieves a 48.5% recycling rate, which places the Borough in the top fifth of districts nationally. A high proportion of waste from void Council properties is now routinely recycled and the Council grant aids a social enterprise to provide a furniture recycling and re-use service in the Borough. We will begin the roll out of recycling litter bins across the borough starting in parks and open spaces.
The Council has a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle education campaign across the borough that goes into all schools. The Council will further promote recycling services in commercial properties directly managed by the Council.
PLANNING & RENEWABLE ENERGY

The Council is working proactively with owners and developers of the Kettering Energy Park (Burton Wold) to bring forward further renewable energy proposals and high energy users suitable to use surplus generated energy. The energy park already has 21 wind turbines constructed and 3 solar arrays consented which can generate up to 50MW of energy which is equivalent to powering 50,000 homes.

The Council will continue to promote and support energy schemes that include Wind, Solar and other renewable technologies and include proposals for reduced energy use in new housing and commercial developments.

The Government produces statistics monitoring the level of estimated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for Local Authority areas and the latest publication covers the period 2005-2017.  The results show that the UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen by around 33% since 2005 reducing from 527 million tonnes to 352 million tonnes. The largest driver in this reduction has been the move to cleaner electricity based on gas and renewables rather than coal and a reduced fuel consumption by business and industry.