The borough of Enfield is also on track for a 40% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2020, despite a rapidly growing population. New targets have now been set for the council and borough to reduce our carbon footprints by 60% by 2025.
Enfield is London’s most northerly borough. With 339,000 residents, it is comparable in size to Cardiff.
In 2011 the council’s sustainability team was set with a brief to significantly improve the sustainability of the council and borough. Here is our timeline, including the recent launch of Sustainable Enfield.
Sustainable Enfield is a local solution to the global problem of climate change, with the aim of making Enfield a great place to live and work for future generations. We’ve defined sustainability based on six themes, one of which is energy.
Almost half of Enfield Council’s carbon reduction is due to investment in its buildings to save money, energy and carbon.
We are improving the energy performance of 100 council buildings, adding to a £2.7m investment in 11 schools and three corporate buildings that already generates over £400,000 annual energy bill savings.
For residents we have used the Smart Homes project to insulate 343 homes and ECO funding to improve the energy performance of 101 flats.
Energetik is a key part of Enfield Council’s investment strategy. This council-owned energy company has a vision to change the local energy market.
In January 2017 Enfield Council agreed to invest £58m in the energetik Business Plan to supply over 15,000 homes and businesses in north London with low carbon heating and hot water. The scheme will reduce Enfield’s environmental footprint by more than 8,000 tonnes of CO2 and 2,000 tonnes of NOX per year. That’s the equivalent of driving 20 million miles.
Energetik held an event at Siemen’s Crystal in October 2017 to share its experience developing and delivering low carbon community energy networks with other UK local authorities and public bodies.
We have installed ground source heat pumps in four tower blocks at Exeter Road, saving 170 families 50% on their annual heating bills. An additional eight tower blocks at Kettering and Channel Isles are set to benefit later this year.
The council had a coordinated plan to help the 10% of Enfield’s households suffering from fuel poverty.
For residents struggling to pay their fuel bills, we offer a free energy and money saving advice service, carried out by experts.