Winchester set to fall short of green target

New council leader Rob Humby told Cabinet the target would not be met.

New council leader Rob Humby told Cabinet the target would not be met.

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WINCHESTER civic chiefs are set to miss an ambitious green target.

The city council had wanted to cut its carbon emissions by 30 per cent between 2004 and the end of 2015 and nurture the green economy.

New council leader Rob Humby told Cabinet the target would not be met but that the council was aiming to create 400 ‘green’ jobs.

It was unclear how far short of the target the council would be. A spokesman later said the latest figures were for 2011 and the council should have been at 80 per cent of the 2004 starting point when in fact it was at around 87 per cent.

Winchester Action on Climate Change has launched a debate on how Winchester could best meet its green targets up to 2020.

WinACC held a public meeting yesterday entitled ‘The World in Our Hands’.

Speakers explained the national and European targets for greenhouse gas and renewable energy, and their implications for local residents.

The group has suggestions about how to cut 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year from 2016 to 2020 in the city, and wanted to hear residents’ opinions.

For more information go to winacc.org.uk.

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9:46pm Sun 8 Jun 14

campfreddie says...

New council leader Rob Humby told Cabinet the target would not be met but that the council was aiming to create 400 ‘green’ jobs.

Is he going to issue each Winchester City Council member of staff with a pair of sandals and a share of a Prius pool car? Perhaps he could replace his gas guzzling 4x4 which he drives into the town centre every day with a push bike. That might please the smug greenies a little bit.
New council leader Rob Humby told Cabinet the target would not be met but that the council was aiming to create 400 ‘green’ jobs. Is he going to issue each Winchester City Council member of staff with a pair of sandals and a share of a Prius pool car? Perhaps he could replace his gas guzzling 4x4 which he drives into the town centre every day with a push bike. That might please the smug greenies a little bit. campfreddie
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9:08am Mon 9 Jun 14

griffon says...

Area by area measurement were abandoned years ago because there is no really credible way of doing it. Carbon knows no geographical boundaries. On a per capita metric eg population divided in into gross estimated tonnage Winchester has the highest footprint in Hampshire because it happens to be one of the wealthiest. Will the WINacc brigade be giving up their foreign hols, trips to Waitrose and Chelsea tractors anytime soon?
Area by area measurement were abandoned years ago because there is no really credible way of doing it. Carbon knows no geographical boundaries. On a per capita metric eg population divided in into gross estimated tonnage Winchester has the highest footprint in Hampshire because it happens to be one of the wealthiest. Will the WINacc brigade be giving up their foreign hols, trips to Waitrose and Chelsea tractors anytime soon? griffon
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8:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

chumpster says...

campfreddie wrote:
New council leader Rob Humby told Cabinet the target would not be met but that the council was aiming to create 400 ‘green’ jobs.

Is he going to issue each Winchester City Council member of staff with a pair of sandals and a share of a Prius pool car? Perhaps he could replace his gas guzzling 4x4 which he drives into the town centre every day with a push bike. That might please the smug greenies a little bit.
Cf, your idea has merit, but I have a much better idea that will simultaneously reduce the carbon footprint in the city, hit the targets, but which also has the added benefit of allowing Rob to still use his car...

Ban all modern bikes made of carbon from entering the city and voila!..reduced carbon footprint and the added benefit of less congestion as cars can get in more easily. Old people on their rickety bikes made of steel won't be affected by the rule, so we won't need any more buses, and it also conveniently doubles as an anti-ageist policy.

Problem solved.
[quote][p][bold]campfreddie[/bold] wrote: New council leader Rob Humby told Cabinet the target would not be met but that the council was aiming to create 400 ‘green’ jobs. Is he going to issue each Winchester City Council member of staff with a pair of sandals and a share of a Prius pool car? Perhaps he could replace his gas guzzling 4x4 which he drives into the town centre every day with a push bike. That might please the smug greenies a little bit.[/p][/quote]Cf, your idea has merit, but I have a much better idea that will simultaneously reduce the carbon footprint in the city, hit the targets, but which also has the added benefit of allowing Rob to still use his car... Ban all modern bikes made of carbon from entering the city and voila!..reduced carbon footprint and the added benefit of less congestion as cars can get in more easily. Old people on their rickety bikes made of steel won't be affected by the rule, so we won't need any more buses, and it also conveniently doubles as an anti-ageist policy. Problem solved. chumpster
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