Climate Emergency Working Group
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.
Actions to date include:
- 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
- We have, until May 2023, promoted the Solar Streets project to provide residents with affordable solar panels on their homes. Regrettably we have been informed that the installer for Solar Streets, IDDEA Limited, has gone into Administration. Please go to Solar Streets for more information.
- 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).
- Planting trees to absorb emissions, working in conjunction with Greener Henley to identify planting opportunities with landowners and then acquire and plant the trees.