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Our Climate Change Plan

Last updated 26 May 2022

Contents

Warmer, healthier homes

Building a low carbon economy

Transport and infrastructure

Healthy and resilient communities

Cross-cutting actions

Our Climate Change Plan

Wyre Forest District Council’s ‘A Climate for Change’ plan cuts across all council services and is led by our Head of Strategic Growth, who is an officer on our Corporate Leadership Team. Sustainability, including climate change - falls within the deputy leader’s portfolio of responsibilities.

A Green Advisory Panel, made up of councillors from across the political spectrum, meets monthly to progress development and delivery and an update is reported annually to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The importance of climate change is reflected in the priorities and strategic actions in our Corporate Plan 2023 to 2027.

Our Climate Change Plan focusses on the areas we are able to control or influence as a district council within a two tier system. We also work in partnership with other organisations with responsibilities outside of our own remit to help deliver the Worcestershire Energy and Climate Change Strategies.

The Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and aims to achieve Net Zero by 2050. Information about Wyre Forest’s carbon emissions can be found on our Climate Change page.

Description Who Expected outcomes/timescale Resources Notes and more information
Ongoing promotion and delivery of schemes to install domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

Health and Sustainability

Private Sector Housing

Act on Energy

Ongoing promotion and delivery throughout the year. 150 measures to be installed through the various schemes.

Act on Energy Service Level Agreement in place.

Internal funding used for fuel poverty assistance where external funding not available.

For more information visit our energy efficiency page.
Develop, co-ordinate and deliver energy efficiency schemes, utilising external
funding where possible e.g. Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Sustainable
Warmth funding for measures including
low carbon heating, insulation, domestic
renewable energy.

Health and Sustainability

Private Sector Housing team

Ongoing throughout the year

Sustainable Warmth funding
in place for 2022/23.
Sustainable warmth Officer
to be recruited.
Act on Energy to take
referrals.
Warmer Worcestershire
Network for joint activity on
energy efficiency/fuel
poverty schemes.

For more information visit our energy efficiency page.


The Worcs. Statement of Intent
enables us to channel in ECO
funds according to locally set
criteria.

Participate in collective scheme for domestic solar panel installation

Health and
Sustainability


Warmer
Worcestershire
Network

Spring 2023 Existing resource in place
through Warmer
Worcestershire Network
 
Deliver a Winter Warmth awareness campaign in Wyre Forest

Health and Sustainability

 

Autumn/Winter 2022/23 Promoted using existing
resources.
Promotion of the various energy
schemes through newsletters,
social media, partnership work.
Deliver a programme of energy advice/information/training sessions online, by phone or face-to-face.

Act on Energy

Health and Sustainability

1000 enquiries to be
processed
Act on Energy SLA in place. Act on Energy helpline
0800 988 2881
Deliver project to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort within the
private rented sector.

Health & Sustainability

Private Sector Housing

Act on Energy

Ongoing throughout the year. Within existing resources. Includes landlord enforcement,
promotion of available support,
communications & training.
Household support fund support for energy bills/ fuel debt/heating repairs.

Act on Energy

Health and
Sustainability

Ongoing throughout the year. Household Support Funding
allocation.
WORCESTERSHIRE HOUSEHOLD
SUPPORT FUND - Act On Energy
Affordable Warmth and Health- increase collaborative working on improving affordable warmth for those most
vulnerable due to health conditions.

Health and
Sustainability.

Wyre Forest
Collaborative

Ongoing throughout the year. Within existing resources.  
Completion and publication of mandatory Home Energy Conservation Act report

Health and
Sustainability

Act on Energy

31 March 2023    

Description Who Timescale Resources Notes/further information
Publicise available resource efficiency / low carbon support to local businesses and encourage uptake. Lead by
Worcestershire
County Council
Ongoing promotion
throughout the year.
Externally funded Support for Businesses | Worcestershire County Council
Participate in county wide work on the low carbon economy sector

Health and Sustainability

NWEDR

Ongoing Staff time  
Investigate opportunities for renewable energy generation/ storage on council owned land. WFDC Winter 2022 Funding in place for
feasibility work
 

Description Who Timescale Resources Notes/further information
Ongoing support to the Wyre Forest Cycle Forum to strive for cycling infrastructure improvements and promote cycling opportunities.

Health and Sustainability

Wyre Forest Cycle Forum

Ongoing throughout the year Staff time  
Work with Cycle Forum to promote and develop short local cycle routes.

Health and Sustainability

Wyre Forest Cycle Forum

Ongoing Funding already in place For more information on cycle routes within Wyre Forest please visit our cycling information page.
Implement planning policy as part of the
Local Plan work- low carbon and renewable energy; sustainable transport , electric vehicle infrastructure.

Health and Sustainability

Planning Policy

Ongoing Staff time  
Installation of electric vehicle charge points in WFDC owned car parks.

Health and
Sustainability.
Community &
Environment Services.
Procurement.

Autumn 2022 Funding agreed  
Investigate opportunities for EV Taxi charging/ changing licensing policy to
move away from fossil fuel vehicles.

WRS
Health & Sustainability

Ongoing External funding would be sought.  
Reduce carbon emissions from vehicle fleet and staff travel

Health and Sustainability

Fleet Management

Energy Savings Trust

2022 TBC  

 

Description Who Timescale Resources
Assist voluntary groups in promoting environmental initiatives e.g. Wyre Forest Repair Café, SustFest Health and Sustainability Ongoing Existing resources
Support and work with the Wyre Forest Green Alliance, including identification of new/ shared projects on climate change.

Health and Sustainability

Wyre Forest Green Alliance (WFGA)

Ongoing Staff time
Wyre Forest Wild project- develop activity
on/ links between work on climate change
and biodiversity/ tree planting

Health and Sustainability

Community and Environment

Ongoing Staff time

Description Who Timescale Resources
Deliver carbon literacy training (in house) Health and Sustainability Autumn 2022 Existing resources/staff time
Ongoing communications and engagement through the Greener Wyre Forest
campaign

Health and Sustainability

Communications

Ongoing Staff time
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