How we are tackling climate change in Rushmoor.

We are seeking to have a positive impact on future generations by working with businesses, communities, and organisations to protect and improve our local environment. Through direct action and by encouraging and supporting others, we will address the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change.

There are many challenges that our area could face because of climate change. Some of these include more frequent heat waves, increased flooding and loss of native plants and animals.

What we have we done so far

Carbon footprint report 

The Carbon Trust has produced our Carbon Footprint Report which shows our carbon footprint as a council and the borough as a whole.

Most of our emissions come from car travel and other transport, as well as heating and powering our buildings through electricity and gas. We will re-run this report every 2 years as an indicator on how the borough's emissions are changing. 

A graph showing a breakdown of the total emissions in Rushmoor and what sector they come from.

The type of data collated and submitted on:

  • Electricity, gas, and water usage
  • Waste
  • Procured goods and services

The majority of Rushmoor's emissions come from car travel and other transport, as well as heating and powering our buildings through electricity and gas. This report will be re-run every two years as an indicator on how the emissions are changing.

There will be an updated Carbon Footprint for the year 2021/22.

Climate change working group

A climate change action group has been established in order to deliver and monitor the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.

Procurement

There is a provision within our procurement strategy to make sure that sustainability is considered when procuring good or services.

Within our procurement strategy:

 Sustainable and Ethical Procurement

  1. Sustainability is an important consideration when making procurement decisions and helps ensure that we consider the environmental impact of procurement decisions. The council is committed to making spending decisions in a way that delivers both value for money on a whole life cycle basis, and achieving wider economic, social, and environmental benefits.
  2. The council will have regard to the Climate Change Statement, strategic framework and action plan developed to ensure Rushmoor Borough Council can achieve its objective of becoming carbon neutral by 2030

Sustainable business network

We are part of the Sustainable Business Network (North Hants), and also support the development of the Sustainable Business Network seminars to improve support and mentoring to SMEs on carbon reduction and sustainable business measures. This is organised and run by Carbon Footprint Ltd.

Southwood visitor centre

Work has begun on the new visitor centre at Southwood Country Park. This will be a sustainable centre. This will feature numerous ‘green’ design features such as:

  • Predominantly being run “off grid” - majority of electricity from solar energy, heating:
    • Combination of ground source heat pump and regenerated extraction energy.
    • Low energy lighting
  •  Rainwater harvesting
  •  Green roof
  •  Waste reduction/ recycling

For more information, visit the Southwood Country Park page.

Southwood tree planting

In December 2022, Farnborough Airport and Carbon Footprint Ltd. Planted 1,000 trees in Southwood. This was part of an offsetting scheme.

Picture of people from Farnborough airport and carbon footprint ltd in Southwood after planting 1,000 trees.

Climate change schools outreach

Eco-Schools partnership with WSC

Rushmoor Borough Council have an agreement with Winchester Science Centre (WSC), for them to develop and run a trial scheme ‘Eco-schools’.

This combines climate science and space science to engage young people in these areas.

WSC will run 5 sessions with each school:

  • Planet Earth Show and ‘Keep it cool’ workshop
  • ‘Sensational Satellites’ and ‘Prepare for launch’ workshop
  • Opportunity to work on science project (WSC Not attending)
  • Testing of Science project
  • Celebration Event – Mini science fair with STEM ambassador

Two schools within the Borough have trialled the scheme so far which has been very successful.

Climate Change Competition

We have invited local schools to get involved in a climate change competition. This competition, aimed at KS3 (11 to 14) and colleges (16 to 19), aims to engage young people and seek their ideas to support our objective to become greener and more sustainable.

Students will develop and present proposals for how they, their local school or community can reduce their negative environmental impact. This gives young people the opportunity to projects.

We will host an event to celebrate all the contributions and invite all those who have participated. This event will host a judging panel made up stakeholders including local business and Local Elected Members who will announce winners and hold a Q&A session.

The key objectives of this project will be to get young people engaged in the climate debate, to further their understanding of environmental issues and to create practical ideas for accelerating our transition to net-zero and a more sustainable borough.

iChoosr - Solar Together 

‘Solar Together’ is a targeted solar group buying scheme – Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council have been working with iChoosr who run the scheme. It’s an opportunity to install quality solar panels at a competitive price. If you already have solar panels installed, you can also register to have battery storage added to your system.

How it works:

  • Register as part of a group – it enables a more competitive offer and easier process
  • Offer consists of complete system, including survey, installation, monitoring and warranties
  • Qualified, pre-vetted installers used.

Registration for the second round of this scheme has now closed and progressed to the next stage. If you are interested in this scheme, please register your interest on the Solar Together website

Weekly food waste recycling

Our food waste programme has been rolled out across Rushmoor in October 2021, with Phase 2 focussing on shared properties in Spring 2022.

Food waste is a big contributor to climate change. When food breaks down in landfill, it releases methane which is a major greenhouse GHG. When recycled, food waste is broken down by anaerobic digestion (where bacteria breaks down the organic matter).

For more information on food visit our food waste recycling page.


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