Climate Emergency Working Group (CE2030WG)

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The Climate Emergency Working Group (CE2030WG) was set up in 2019 and is made up of councillors and residents charged with helping local people and organisations to reduce their carbon footprint.

So what is Henley’s carbon footprint? The CE2030WG has identified Henley’s pro-rata emissions to be c.5 tonnes per resident (excluding aspects such as air travel and agriculture) – 35% is transport, 34% domestic and 31% industrial and commercial. 

Actions to date include: 

Energy reduction

  • Offering advice through third parties to residents to reduce energy consumption, in homes – using Better Housing, Better Health and Cosy Homes that offer residents support to improve their energy. In addition, we have organised energy audits for several building users in Henley, to identify energy efficiency initiatives. Currently we are preparing a paper for Planning to enable them to focus on improving new build energy efficiency.
  • Also we have been active in developing electric vehicle charging projects and currently are identifying Henley’s infrastructure strategy for charging points 

Renewable energy

  • We have promoted Solar Streets to provide residents with affordable solar panels on their homes.
  • We have established Chiltern Hills Community Energy to fund solar panels on commercial, community and public buildings – current projects amount to c £900,000 (but not all will proceed). 

Mitigation

  • Planting trees to absorb emissions, working in conjunction with Greener Henley to identify planting opportunities with landowners and then acquire and plant the trees.

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