Biodiversity and Climate Change Action Plan


1 Transport

Aim: To support the shift from cars to active and mass transport and enable the transformation from fossil fuels to no tailpipe emissions.

Transport creates the largest amount of emissions in the borough. It has a negative impact on air quality and health. The residents’ survey showed support for investing in active travel and providing more charging points for electric vehicles.

1.1

Action

Draft Local Plan to:

  • Establish policies that enable the infrastructure required for low carbon vehicles
  • Ensure policies encourage and enable development proposals which give priority first to pedestrian and cycle movements, both within the scheme and with its surrounding areas; and second to facilitating high quality public transport connectivity.

Output

Emphasis is given to walking, cycling and public transport.

Outcome

Local Plan includes measures and actions that will help to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

Cost and Whom

Strategic planning officer time.

Timescale

2020-22

1.2

Action

Work with KCC to develop Maidstone Integrated Transport Strategy, and Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, as part of the Local Plan review to promote and support a modal shift to walking, cycling, public transport, and electric vehicles.

Output

Integrated Transport Strategy Developed.

Outcome

Increase in infrastructure supporting walking, cycling, buses and electric vehicles.

Cost and Whom

Transport and Development Team and Strategic Planning.

Timescale

2020-22

1.3

Action

Produce a business case for the introduction of a workplace parking levy to fund active travel or public transport.

Output

Organisations charged for providing car parking spaces may result in fewer spaces being provided. Funds would be raised.

Outcome

Fewer cars on road, greater use of sustainable transport modes and increased funding for sustainable infrastructure.

Cost and Whom

Biodiversity and Climate Change Officer (BDCC Officer) time, Strategic Planning staff time

Timescale

2024

1.4

Action

Develop a travel plan for council staff that sets out objectives and an action plan to encourage the shift to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles, more working from home, more sustainable travel patterns and an increase in the use of public transport and active transport modes through:

  • parking management on council premises
  • discounted public transport fares
  • pool cars
  • audio and video conferencing
  • car-sharing
  • electric bikes
  • remote and home working
  • promoting fuel efficient driving techniques to all staff

Update travel expenses policies generally and avoid any perverse incentives. Update before any moves to new premises. Include any learning from working practices that changed due to COVID-19.

Output

Plan developed, formally adopted, disseminated and included in induction for new staff. Staff are given information and support to reduce car use.

Outcome

Staff adopting more sustainable transport practices.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer, Head of Human Resources, Head of Commissioning and Business Improvement, Transformation and Digital Services, and colleagues time.

Timescale

2021

1.5

Action

Develop policies and increase remote working to reduce travelling to work and office energy needs, without a reduction in outputs or access to services. Uses any learning from new working practices adopted due to COVID 19 responses.

Output

Staff and councillor working arrangements are changed.

Outcome

Anticipated reduction in emissions for staff related to work

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer, Human Resources, Head of Commissioning and Business Improvement, Transformation and Digital Services time, changes could give cost saving

Timescale

2021

1.6

Action

Influence design and specification of any new office building to ensure infrastructure enables EVs and  low-carbon energy charging infrastructure for them and supports active travel with bike storage, lockers and showers and supports digital working.

Output

Any new building able to support the electric vehicle charging needed and active travel.

Outcome

Reduced carbon emissions.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer time.

Timescale

2020 to when any new building completed.

1.7

Action

Have regard to the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy and the emerging policies relating to electric vehicles. Liaise with KCC, district network operators and other relevant partners. Seek grant and other forms of funding to support this. Seek and take opportunities to provide one or more charging hub.

Output

Funds sought for EV infrastructure and alignment with district and county policies.

Outcome

Charging points provided to anticipate, and meet, needs for vehicle charging across the borough.

Cost and Whom

Parking Services, Strategic Planning and BDCC Officer time.

Timescale

2020-30

1.8

Action

Use advice from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) Local Authority Transport Service to facilitate a move to electric taxis. Liaise with relevant partners to monitor use and ensure infrastructure is provided appropriately.

Output

Achieve the minimum number of rapid (50kW) EV charging points dedicated to taxi use needed in town centre in-line with the EST report:

  • 3 by 2021
  • 16 by 2025
  • 21 by 2027
  • 23 by 2030
  • 25 by 2036

A double rapid charging point dedicated for taxis will be provided by KCC and partners in Pudding Lane in 2020.

Outcome

Monitor charging point provision and ensure there are sufficient. This may require paying for the cost, applying for grant funding, or entering a partnership to ensure provision.

Cost and Whom

Costs vary dependent on location and DNO requirements. Indicative cost of £13K per double charging point when purchasing 10 or more. Costs circa £156K.

Timescale

2021-2030

1.9

Action

Draft new licensing policy to reduce number of taxis using fossil fuel by more than 90% by 2030 and by 100% by 2036.

Output

240 high mileage fossil fuel vehicles replaced with no tailpipe emission vehicles.

Outcome

No private hire vehicles with tailpipe emissions by end of 2028. No hackney carriage vehicles with tailpipe emissions by the end of 2036.

Cost and Whom

Licensing and BDCC officer time.

Timescale

2021

1.10

Action

Promote workplace vehicle chargers (and current government Workplace Charging Scheme)

Output

Scheme promoted to businesses

Outcome

Increased number of EV charging points at businesses.

Cost and Whom

Economic development team

Timescale

2020 until scheme ends

1.11

Action

Promote ECO stars recognition scheme to fleet operators.

Output

Scheme promoted to businesses.

Outcome

Increased number of  operators signed up.

Cost and Whom

Environmental Protection Team, BDCC Officer.

Timescale

2020 until scheme ends.

1.12

Action

Work with KCC to gather baseline data on the buses operating in the borough and their Euro classification. Support operators to develop their commercial networks in the borough, ensuring that the borough’s infrastructure is bus friendly. Work with the Quality Bus Partnership to identify actions to support bus companies to switch to clean technology.

Output

Gather data on the current fleet.

Identify opportunities to trial cleaner buses and submit bids for funding at each opportunity

Outcome

Increase in public transport usage to improve air quality. More bus friendly infrastructure.

An increase in the proportion of buses rated Euro VI or using low carbon fuels

Cost and Whom

Environmental Protection Team, BDCC Officer

Timescale

2020-30


2 Buildings

Aim: To support the change from heating and cooling buildings using fossil fuels to low carbon technology and reducing energy needs by increasing energy efficiency.

29% of emissions in the borough come from homes. Poorly insulated homes cost more to run and contribute to fuel poverty. The technology is available to make the changes needed. A move from fossil fuels will reduce emissions from non-domestic buildings and greater energy efficiency could reduce costs.

2.1

Action

Support Kent County Council to explore the potential for Combined Heat and Power systems and District Heating scheme developments across the community.

Output

Developed business case.

Outcome

Decision made on feasibility.

Cost and Whom

Development Management, Regeneration and Economic Development time.

Timescale

2020-2021

2.2

Action

Promote access to schemes to residents, landlords and housing associations, for retrofitting insulation to existing homes including ECO3, LA Flex and the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Output

Home owners and landlords access schemes to install insulation so reduce heating bills and reduce carbon emissions Particular emphasis on upgrading homes with an EPC rating of E, F or G.

Outcome

No homes rated E, F or G by 2025 and all homes to be C or better by 2035.

Cost and Whom

Housing and Health and Communications Staff time.

Timescale

2020-30

2.3

Action

Investigate how to support low carbon heat networks.

Output

Identify potential of low carbon networks.

Outcome

Evidence base to support new direction in Local Plan Review.

Cost and Whom

Strategic Planning time.

Timescale

2020-22

2.4

Action

Promote low carbon heating including government domestic and non-domestic renewable heat incentive scheme and any other suitable schemes.

Output

Low carbon heating, and any grant funding, promoted to businesses, third sector and householders.

Outcome

More homes and businesses retrofit low carbon heating systems.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer, Housing and Health Team, Economic development team and Communications.

Timescale

2020 to scheme end

2.5

Action

Enforce Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

Output

Adopt a new Enforcement Policy to assist with ensuring landlords make reasonable improvements to the thermal efficiency of homes.

Outcome

Thermal efficiency of the poorest performing privately rented homes is increased.

Cost and Whom

Housing and Health Team.

Timescale

2020-30

2.6

Action

Promote water efficiency to residents in partnership with South East Water.

Output

Residents signposted to water saving advice and devices.

Outcome

Water consumption reduction.

Cost and Whom

Housing and health Team, Communications and BDCC officer.

Timescale

2020-30.


3 Generating renewable energy

Aim: To take every opportunity to generate renewable energy across the Borough

We need to generate more electricity to support the move from fossil fuels. There are opportunities for retrofitting equipment to existing homes and businesses and requiring renewable energy generation on new developments.

3.1

Action

Use Local Plan review to investigate how to encourage on-site renewables on all types of new developments.

Output

Research produced for onsite renewable generation for all new development.

Outcome

Foundations laid for setting out requirements for renewable energy generation on new developments in Local Plan.

Cost and Whom

Strategic planning officer time.

Timescale

2020-22

3.2

Action

Support residents, businesses and third sector to install renewable energy generation by providing information and promoting grants and savings schemes.

Output

Information and support provided to access advice and relevant schemes.

Outcome

More renewable energy technology installed in borough.

Cost and Whom

BDCC Officer, Housing and Health, Economic Development and Communications Teams.

Timescale

2020-30

3.3

Action

Encourage and support community energy projects. Assess viability of these for carbon offsetting.

Output

Projects supported and facilitated.

Outcome

More renewable energy created and used within community.

Cost and Whom

BDCC Officer and Communications.

Timescale

2020-30


4 Reducing waste and energy

Aim: To reduce the amount of domestic waste created, increase the proportion re-used, recycled and composted to at least 60% by 2030 and reduce the carbon emitted from processing waste.

Waste can be re-used as valuable resources and reduce energy consumed in producing new goods. Organic waste must be managed as can release greenhouse gases as it decomposes.

4.1

Action

Increase percentage of waste re-used recycled/composted by;

  • Encouraging residents to separate food and recyclables (particularly metals and textiles), use appropriate bins and avoid contamination
  • Reviewing, and where possible, improving recycling facilities for flats and those with communal collections
  • Waste and recycling guidance with as much planning weight as possible to be adopted for all new developments

Assess feasibility of weekly recycling collections.

Output

  • Communications strategy to encourage residents to separate food waste, recycle materials appropriately and avoid contamination.
  • Enforcement action where appropriate to address contamination and failure to manage waste in flats/communal collections by managing agents.
  • New guidance to ensure all new developments have sufficient and appropriate provision for recycling

Feasibility of weekly collections assessed.

Outcome

  • A minimum of 60% of household waste is re-used, recycled/composted by 2030
  • Less food waste in residual waste
  • Increase capture rates of four key materials (paper, glass, metals and plastics) as well as food waste compared with 2019-20 levels

Feasibility of weekly recycling collections used to inform plans for new waste collection contract.

Cost and Whom

Waste services and communication team time

Approximately £10K consultants’ costs for modelling of alternative collection services including weekly recycling collections.

Timescale

2020-30

4.2

Action

Create and implement a plan to ensure all types of waste are processed in or as close to the borough as possible.

Output

Reduce the distance that waste is transported for processing.

Outcome

Maximised carbon reduction from recycling materials...

Cost and Whom

Waste services team time.

Timescale

2021-23

4.3

Action

Introduce recycling into the street cleansing service including offering community litter picks the opportunity to recycle the waste they collect

Output

Communities supported to plan safe litter picks where recycling can be easily separated from recycling. Litter collected through street cleansing service is separated wherever possible.

Outcome

More community litter picks, and clean recyclable materials reclaimed.

Cost and Whom

Waste services and communication team time.

Timescale

2022-22.

4.4

Action

Reduce fly-tipping.

Output

  • Encourage residents to report fly-tipping using website and improve the reporting back to close the communication loop
  • Increase enforcement for fly-tipping by increasing camera deployment and joint operation with the Police

Explore ways to control emissions for removing fly tipped waste

Outcome

Fly-tippers penalised, fly tipping addressed swiftly with minimal emissions.

Cost and Whom

£40k Waste Services.

Timescale

2020-25

4.5

Action

Investigate options to encourage home composting and using an anaerobic digester to process the domestic food waste collected.

Output

  • Promote home composting and assess feasibility of providing subsidised compost bins.
  • Assess feasibility of requiring communal composting facilities in new developments.

Work with KCC to assess viability anaerobic digestion of domestic food waste

Outcome

  • Subsidised bins provided to promote home composting
  • Feasibility and viability studies completed and recommendations made

Cost and Whom

£20k to subsidise home compost bins.

No costs expected for changes to way KCC processes food waste.

Waste Services.

Timescale

2021-22


5 Adapting to climate change

Aim: To build resilient landscapes, communities and services.

We will experience hotter, drier, summers; warmer, wetter, winters and more storms. We must adapt to more frequent severe weather ensuring our landscapes and communities thrive and services are provided.

5.1

Action

Provide policy on climate change adaptation in Local Plan review, including consideration of flooding, heat and drought.

Output

Climate change adaptation is included as part of Local Plan review.

Outcome

Local Plan review provides policy of climate change adaptation.

Cost and Whom

Strategic Planning Officer time.

Timescale

2020-22

5.2

Action

Ensure Local Plan review considers level of current and future flood risk and developments are planned accordingly.

Output

Flood risks are explicitly considered in Local Plan review.

Outcome

New developments will be directed away from areas of flood risk and required adaptation and mitigations measures will be put in place.

Cost and Whom

Strategic Planning Officer time.

Timescale

2020-22.

5.3

Action

Use Severe Weather Impacts Monitoring System (SWIMS) to understand impacts of severe weather in borough. Work with Kent County Council to implement actions from the Climate Change Risk and Impact Assessment in the borough.

Output

SWIMS database used to record severe weather impacts and reports provided to inform MBC risk register. Our vulnerabilities are identified and a plan for resilience is created.

Outcome

Mitigations and controls in place to manage risk of Severe Weather. The Council can take proactive action to protect the borough from climate impacts.

Cost and Whom

BDCC Officer.

Timescale

2020-30

5.4

Action

Work with Medway Flood Partnership to identify and develop actions, including natural flood management, which can help to reduce flood levels.

Output

Medway Flood Partnership supported to deliver actions that reduce flood levels.

Outcome

Reduction in likelihood of flooding or mitigation measures effective.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer, Corporate Property Team.

Timescale

2020-30

5.5

Action

Work with Medway Flood Partnership to

  • develop a funding strategy to identify and secure additional resources for natural flood management
  • build local communities’ resilience to flooding

Output

  • Funding Strategy developed and reviewed regularly.
  • Communities at greatest risk from floods identified and helped to create a Community Flood Plan

Outcome

Increase in the level of funds available for projects identified by Medway Flood Partnership for natural flood management projects to reduce flooding in the borough.

Community resilience projects run, and Community Flood Plans written.

Cost and Whom

Representative on Kent and Medway Environment and Climate Emergency Director’s Group.

Emergency Planning and Resilience Officer.

Timescale

2020-30

5.6

Action

Review our arrangements around our estate, parks and recreation facilities in severe weather situations as part of business continuity management.

Output

Ensure identified actions and recommendations are in place for severe weather events.

Outcome

Our parks, recreational facilities, and operations are resilient to climatic changes.

Cost and Whom

All services, BDCC officer.

Timescale

2021

5.7

Action

Work with the Kent Resilience Forum, spatial planners and other partners to enhance adaptation and emergency planning contingencies for severe weather and other climate impacts. ‘Strengthening’ of power and water supply and other critical infrastructure should be a priority alongside ensuring more resilient settlements.

Output

An agreed approach reached by partners. Initiatives delivered to make critical infrastructure and settlements more resilient.

Outcome

Operations, estates, assets and equipment are resilient to climate change.

Cost and Whom

Emergency Planning and Resilience Officer and colleagues as needed.

Timescale

2020-30

5.8

Action

Support local businesses to be resilient to climate change including referring to Kent Prepared website.

Output

Businesses helped to assess their vulnerability to climate impacts, including extreme weather events and impacts on sending and receiving goods and services.

Outcome

Businesses have a climate impacts plan, so they are resilient to climate change

Cost and Whom

Economic development team

Timescale

2021


6 Enhance and increase biodiversity

Aim: To use every opportunity to protect, enhance and increase biodiversity in the borough.

People experience better health when they spend time in nature. Biodiversity provides ecosystem services including clean water, clean air, rainwater absorption and flood mitigation.

6.1

Action

Draft Local Plan to;

  • Require biodiversity net gain within the borough
  • Ensure Garden Communities are an exemplar for biodiversity and deliver semi natural open space
  • Increase tree coverage and other wildlife habitats to allow biodiversity in new developments

Ensure that sustainable urban drainage schemes maximise biodiversity potential.

Output

Biodiversity net gain is built into all new developments, with focus of semi natural open spaces.

Outcome

Biodiversity net gain is achieved, and tree cover increased.

Cost and Whom

Strategic Planning Team and specialist advice as needed.

Timescale

2022.

6.2

Action

Adopt Parks and Open Space Biodiversity Action Plan ensuring it is reviewed to keep up to date with the latest practices.

Output

Parks and Open Biodiversity Action Plan agreed and implemented across council functions.

Outcome

Every opportunity is taken to enhance biodiversity through council’s estate.

Cost and Whom

Parks and Open Spaces.

Timescale

2021

6.3

Action

Support and signpost community groups on tree planting and after care.

Output

Advice and signposting provided on sourcing trees, materials, choosing suitable species for site, etc.

Outcome

Community tree planting of suitable native species in suitable sites.

Cost and Whom

BDCC Officer and Go Green Go Wild function.

Timescale

2020-30.

6.4

Action

Work with Kent County Council to draft common position statement on biodiversity (including ensuring maintenance regimes which protect and enhance biodiversity).

Output

Position statement drafted.

Outcome

Higher standards of biodiversity achieve through enhanced collaboration.

Cost and Whom

Strategic Planning Officer time.

Timescale

2020-22

6.5

Action

Liaise with Kent Wildlife Trust to

  • promote relevant schemes to residents, schools and community groups to encourage them to enhance biodiversity in their gardens and grounds
  • Provide information on habitat development and the benefits of it to nature and ecosystem services

Output

  • Schemes promoted
  • Information on understanding habitats shared

Outcome

  • Increase in numbers of residents, schools and community groups gaining Kent Wildlife Trust awards
  • Reduction in complaints about, or vandalism of, new habitats

Cost and Whom

Communications team, Go Green Go Wild function.

Timescale

2020-30

6.6

Action

Work with Environment Agency, South East Rivers Trust, Kent Wildlife Trust and Medway Valley Countryside Partnership to enhance and expand wetland coverage in Borough (including removal of dams and culverts, achieving improvements to water quality and restoration of ponds, lakes, marshes, wet woodland and bogs).

Output

Identify wetland restoration, reconnection and creation project areas and deliver them.

Outcome

Deliver at least one major new wetland creation or restoration project each year.

Cost and Whom

Deliver at least one major new wetland creation or restoration project each year.

Timescale

2020-30.

6.7

Action

Work with partners to develop and implement a Nature Recovery Strategy, linking habitat restoration and creation to improve flood protection and water quality.

Output

Nature Recovery Strategy developed, and plan implemented.

Outcome

Habitats created and linked reducing flooding and improving water quality.

Cost and Whom

BDCC Officer, Heritage Landscape and Design Team time.

Timescale

2020-30.

6.8

Action

Work with local farms and landowners to deliver landscape scale biodiversity initiatives – including reconnection of fragmented natural habitats, floodplain restoration, reduced chemical inputs and reintroduction of lost key stone species.

Output

Project areas identified and landowners engaged and committed.

Outcome

Projects implemented and monitored.

Cost and Whom

BDCC Officer, Heritage Landscape and Design Team time.

Timescale

2020-30.

6.9

Action

Where feasible increase tree cover to 2/3 on our estate. Contribute to Kent aim to plant 1.5 million trees and aim towards national average tree cover of 16%. An emphasis on expansion and reconnection of existing woodland (including urban woods) will define this action.

Output

Plan created to increase tree cover. Funding identified for buying, planting and maintaining additional tree cover or using systems like ELMS to pay for tree cover in strategic sites.

Outcome

Tree cover increased on our estate where feasible.

Tree cover increased by 46-50 hectares in line with Kent aim.

Cost and Whom

Parks and Open Spaces, Heritage Landscape and Design Team and BDCC Officer time.

£414-50k for land.

£115k for tree planting @ £529- 565k.

Timescale

2021 -2030.

6.10

Action

Evaluate Council’s Go Green Go Wild work. Amend as needed and commit ongoing funds to ensure of work continues.

Output

Project evaluated and amended if needed to deliver suitable advice and support to individuals and community groups.

Outcome

Effective project to support individuals and community groups to enhance biodiversity in borough.

Cost and Whom

Parks and Open Spaces plus £10k for grants.

Timescale

2021.

6.11

Action

Ensure that all MBC land and property holdings and land subject to MBC maintenance interventions maximise value for biodiversity.

Output

Land and property assessed.

Outcome

Changes to management and/or introduction of enhancements

Cost and Whom

Parks and Open Spaces and Property Services (circa £10k).

Timescale

2020-30.

6.12

Action

Audit trees on council land and create maintenance plan.

Output

The location and state of trees on our land is known.

Outcome

Health of trees on our land known and maintenance plan created.

Cost and Whom

Parks and Opens Spaces Staff time for tree audit...

Timescale

2021.

6.13

Action

Review our non-operational land to assess potential for enhancing biodiversity including allowing community groups to take responsibility for management.

Output

Review completed, parcels of suitable land identified, relevant community groups contacted...

Outcome

Some parcels of non-operational land used to enhance biodiversity.

Cost and Whom

Property Services and BDCC Officer time.

Timescale

2022.


Making our estate carbon neutral

Aim: We will reduce emissions from our estate to as close to carbon neutral as possible by 2030

We emit 480 tCO2e from council owned vehicles and 679 tCO2e from electricity and gas in our buildings and indirectly emit 3,030 tCO2e from services outsourced.

7.1

Action

Review commissioned Carbon Trust report on

  • energy and water efficiency measures
  • travel and investment in infrastructure
  • onsite renewable energy generation

Investigate how to fund recommendations from carbon reduction report including Public Section Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme and options for revolving loan fund to pay for renewable energy developments that payback over time.

Offset the 564 tCO2e carbon our estate will emit with the Carbon Trusts report recommendations implemented.

Output

Implement Carbon Trust report recommendations under spend to save, and investing in measures where needed.

Offset projects invested in with preference given to those in borough, followed by in county.

Outcome

Carbon emissions from our estate significantly reduced.

Suitable funds are identified and obtained.  Offsetting residual emissions will ensure our estate is carbon neutral by 2030.

Cost and Whom

Indicative costs of £807k to save £77.5k per year when completed. Property Services, Procurement Team and BDCC officer time.

Timescale

2020-30.

7.2

Action

Measure our carbon footprint each year and report findings to relevant committee.

Output

The council’s carbon footprint is measured and reported.

Outcome

This provides a measure of the effectiveness of actions taken to reduce our carbon emissions.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer.

Timescale

Annually.

7.3

Action

Buy 100% renewable energy for our buildings and operations where we control the supply.

Output

Energy switched to renewable supplier as each contract expires.

Outcome

The electricity used by the Council would be carbon neutral.

Cost and Whom

Unknown, possible minor increase or decrease in costs, Property services team.

Timescale

As each contract expires.

7.4

Action

Work in partnership to review our portfolio to identify those homes let as temporary accommodation eligible for insulation under ECO3 funding and arrange installation. Provide top up funding for any measures not fully funded under the ECO3 to ensure all homes let as temporary accommodation are energy efficient.

Investigate whether measures could be installed under the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Output

The review will identify the carbon savings. Funding provided for ECO3 provider, or by Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Outcome

All homes let as temporary accommodation are energy efficient.

Cost and Whom

Top up for ECO3: £103,400 – from initial survey, may vary slightly. Green Homes Grant Scheme provides 2/3 of costs up to £5k. No prices obtained for these works as grant began 01/09/2020.

Housing Service.

Timescale

2020-22.

7.5

Action

Incorporate energy saving principles into our office accommodation strategy. Uses any learning from new working practices adopted due to COVID19 responses.

Output

Staff and members are supported to use technologies that enable remote and home working; use of expensive office space is minimised.

Outcome

Staff and members able to work effectively from home and less time spent on travel for meetings.

Cost and Whom

IT Staff time, Procurement team time, Head of Transformation and Property, possible IT costs.

Timescale

2020-30.

7.6

Action

Increase information held on leased buildings. Identify those with the highest emissions to prioritise action. Use role as a landowner (e.g. at Lockmeadow) to ensure that Council-owned sites set a high standard for carbon reduction and demonstrate how to achieve biodiversity and combat climate change.

Output

All new developments, alterations and repairs will aspire to being carbon-neutral and will aim to contribute to overall carbon reduction targets.

Outcome

Council sites are recognised as ‘green’ buildings and spaces.

Details to be developed.  Wherever possible, schemes are self-funding, based on lower energy costs.

Cost and Whom

Property Services, BDCC officer.

Timescale

2020-30.

7.7

Action

Provide LED lighting in the Maidstone Borough Council car parks that have not yet been improved.

Output

Replace lights with LED lights.

Outcome

Carbon emissions from car park lighting reduced by approximately 83%.

Cost and Whom

£15k

Parking and Property Services.

Timescale

2020-30


8 Implement a communications strategy

Aim: To enable residents, businesses and partner organisations to make informed decisions on climate change and biodiversity and access any funding available

The Council will encourage and support residents and businesses to address climate change and biodiversity with us.

8.1

Action

Support residents to understand the changes they can make to reduce, and prepare for, climate change and enhance biodiversity including;

  • taking advantage of financial opportunities through energy efficiency and low-carbon energy generation measures
  • creating less waste and increase proportion of recycling/composting
  • using less water
  • Buying from local businesses
  • Reducing red meat consumption in line with Eatwell guidance

Signing up to Environment Agency’s flood warning service.

Work with KCC on joint campaigns where appropriate.

Output

  • Provide relevant information on government grants and any local schemes on website and social media.
  • Provide information on how to reduce, re-use and recycle waste
  • Local and national campaigns used to promote buying from local businesses
  • Lower red meat consumption promoted

Environment Agency’s flood warning service promoted using social media.

Outcome

  • Residents use support available retrofit homes so reduce heating bills and reduce carbon emissions
  • At least 60% of household waste is re-used, recycled/composted by 2030
  • Residents use support provided by South East Water Company
  • More buying from local businesses
  • Residents eating less red meat
  • Residents and businesses signed up to Environment Agency’s flood warning service

Cost and Whom

Housing and health Team, Waste Services, Regeneration and Economic Development and Communications Staff time, BDCC Officer

Timescale

2020-30

8.2

Action

Provide staff awareness information of biodiversity and climate change at induction, and job specific training. Each service area to have biodiversity and climate change induction, and job specific training.

Output

Improve the awareness, engagement and knowledge of our staff.

Outcome

All staff understand the importance of protection biodiversity and climate change and the impacts of their work on them. Staff representatives are identified, and suggestions box supplied.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer time and other staff time.

Timescale

2020-21

8.3

Action

Inform partner organisations and residents about the threats from climate change and the ways they and we can adapt to its impacts.

Output

Organisations and residents plan for flooding, heat wave and storms.

Outcome

We have a list of organisations to send government heat wave advice to. Organisations and residents are signed up for flood alerts.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer time and communications staff time.

Timescale

2020-30.

8.4

Action

Engage with and build support from key stakeholders and the wider public on enhancing biodiversity and addressing climate change.

Engage with relevant national days of action.

Output

Use information gathered to create and update a communications plan to support this action plan. Work in partnership with KCC as appropriate.

Outcome

Stakeholder and residents are regularly engaged and kept informed on the councils aims and progress on biodiversity and climate change.

Stakeholders and community groups are encouraged to create their own action plans.

Cost and Whom

BDCC officer time and communications staff time.

Timescale

2020-30.

8.5

Action

Support local businesses to

  • use support available to reduce their emissions and generate their own power including liaising with KCC when LoCASE funding available
  • Implement travel plans that promote walking, cycling and public transport
  • Use the Kent Prepared website to raise awareness of how to prepare for flooding

Output

  • Information, loans and grants on reducing emissions and generating power promoted
  • Businesses supported to write travel plans
  • Businesses signposted to Kent Prepared Website.

Outcome

  • Businesses make use of grants and loans available
  • Businesses have travel plan
  • Businesses prepared for flooding impacts and has own plan

Cost and Whom

Regeneration and Economic Development and communications staff time.

Timescale

2020-30.

8.6

Action

Liaise with Parish Councils to support their work on biodiversity and climate change.

Output

Parish Councils supported to take actions and bid for funding.

Outcome

Parish Councils actively addressing biodiversity and climate change.

Cost and Whom

BDCC Officer.

Timescale

2020-30.

8.7

Action

Work with partners to address climate change and biodiversity effectively and sustainably.

Output

Best practice shared, ability to submit joint bids.

Outcome

Relevant Officers participate in

  • Kent and Medway Environment Group
  • Kent Climate Change Network
  • Kent and Medway Sustainable Energy Partnership
  • Kent Private Sector Housing Group
  • Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership
  • Kent Environmental Health Managers Group
  • Kent Resource Partnership
  • Kent Planning Officers Group
  • Kent Nature Partnership - working group
  • Kent Resilience Forum – risk assessment group
  • Transport for the South East
  • Medway Flood Partnership

Cost and Whom

Staff time from relevant teams, many already participating.

Timescale

2020-30.

8.8

Action

Following successful legal action by Housing and Health Team regarding Category 1 Hazards of Excess cold and Building Control Team regarding buildings not built to required standard details to be sent to communications team who will draft press releases on Court cases.

Output

Press releases highlighting successful prosecutions.

Outcome

Accommodation and building standards improved and behaviour change as a result of enforcement.

Cost and Whom

Housing and Health, Building Control and Communications staff time.

Timescale

2020-30


9 Decision making process and governance

Aim: To ensure that climate change and biodiversity are part of all decisions made

It is essential that the council works as one organisation to the shared goals of addressing biodiversity loss and climate change.

9.1

Action

Provide briefings and training for Councillors and Officers on climate change and biodiversity to create a culture change and ensure climate change and biodiversity are integrated into decision making.

Output

Relevant training provided.

Report templates include reference to biodiversity and climate change impact

Decisions evidence that biodiversity and climate change has been taken into account

Outcome

Awareness and understanding of the impact of climate change and the importance of biodiversity and this is taken account of in all decision making.

Cost and Whom

Democratic Services Team, Councillor and Senior Officer time, BDCC officer time staff time

Timescale

2020-21.

9.2

Action

Establish biodiversity and climate change overview and scrutiny committee.

Output

Overview and scrutiny functions in relation to biodiversity and climate change

Decisions could be called in if relevant to biodiversity or climate change.

Outcome

Reports are scrutinised to ensure biodiversity is protected and climate change is considered.

Cost and Whom

Democratic Services staff time.

Timescale

2020-21

9.3

Action

Ensure service plans consider biodiversity and addressing climate change and performance indicators are set as needed.

Output

Opportunities for enhancing biodiversity and addressing climate change are considered when writing service plans and setting performance indicators.

Outcome

Service plans contribute towards addressing the ecological and climate change emergencies.

Cost and Whom

Officer time.

Timescale

2020-21.

9.4

Action

Review guidance used to help managers plan their services to ensure opportunities for enhancing biodiversity and mitigating and adapting to climate change are taken.

Output

Service design toolkit reviewed.

Outcome

Opportunities to enhance biodiversity and mitigate and adapt to climate change are taken when services are designed.

Cost and Whom

Transformation team.

Timescale

2020-21.

9.5

Action

Establish criteria for investment in climate change and biodiversity and invest to save schemes.  These will consider (a) relative impact in terms of carbon reduction and (b) ease of delivery, such that expenditure is focused on deliverable, affordable initiatives that maximise impact on the carbon reduction target.

Output

Source external, including government, funding for climate change action.

Establishing arms-length delivery vehicles and securing innovative.

financial arrangements for climate change projects and programmes.

Outcome

Funds available for approved projects.

Cost and Whom

Finance Staff and BDCC Officer time.

Timescale

2020-21.

9.6

Action

Develop a corporate policy and approach to social value that incorporates enhancing biodiversity and reducing the council’s carbon footprint through the way we design, carry out and procure our services.

Output

Biodiversity and climate change criteria are integrated when developing tenders for services. Energy efficient equipment is chosen.

Outcome

Biodiversity protection and emission reduction metrics are included in tender assessments at each opportunity. Energy efficient equipment is chosen.

Cost and Whom

Transformation and Commissioning Staff, Finance and BDCC Officer time.

Timescale

2021.