CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Climate change is widely considered to be the largest problem facing humanity in the 21st century. Average temperatures in the UK have risen by over a degree in the last decade, weather patterns and extreme weather events such as storm Arwen (which decimated Ludlow’s Medieval Fayre in 2021) have become far more frequent and record temperatures being seen across the UK year on year
Ludlow Town Council declared its Climate Emergency Resolution in 2019 but the pandemic prevented any major action taking place. An important step in helping the Council to achieve its aim of reaching zero carbon by 2030 is to have a robust Action Plan with attainable objectives and a process for monitoring progress. Due to the time lost it was felt that upon return to 'normal life' Ludlow Town council in June 2022 to set up a Climate action sub-committee.
A Climate Action plan that was initially proposed by the town Clerk in 2019 was subsequently approved by the newly created Cllimate Action Sub-Committee on the 7th March 2022. The six subdivisions of the climate action plan are listed and explained below.
- In line with the findings of the Carbon Audit carried out in 2020, prioritise the following for the Guildhall: a) Change to a green energy provider as soon as practicable b) Investigate installing roof insulation and secondary glazing c) Replace all internal lights with LED bulbs d) Investigate installing Air Source Heat Pumps or using Infra-red heating e) Commit to following the other recommendations in the Carbon Audit report as soon as practicable
- Continue to replace LTC streetlights with LED
- Agree timetable to replace existing plant and machinery with electric power
- Toilets sinks and other water oulets. a) Investigate the replacement of taps at all Council-owned or operated premises with press-button, aerated/sensor taps b) Investigate the replacement of water-flushing limitations in all toilets. An easy option is to install ‘hippo-bags’ or similar in single-flush toilet cisterns c) Investigate the replacement of single-flush cisterns with sensor-flushing mechanisms d) Then carry out the works when suitable replacements have been found
- Internal Lighting. a) Replace internal lighting with LED-movement sensor lights at all Council- owned or operated premises b) Measure the savings after installation due to lower running costs
Investigate and review annually energy providers’ commitment to and investment in renewable energy, with a view to changing if we are not happy to their commitments.
a) Investigate installing solar/PV panels at DLF depot and Henley Road Cemetery and council-owned land
b) Once the work is decided on, measure the cost/benefits to identify the savings.
Electric Vehicle Charging points.
a) Scope costings for installing EV charging points at Henley Road depot and agree timetable to replace existing DLF fleet with Electric Vehicles
b) There will be costs in replacing these but there are contributory grants available which might help toward to cost
Source local contractors and materials as a first option
Review/update LTC’s travel policy to identify mechanism for staff and councillors’ shared travel plans