Our work towards a sustainable Spelthorne

Information on the Council's work to support a sustainable Spelthorne

Tackling climate change continues to be an important priority for the council. The climate change agreement in Paris in December 2015 agreed to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees and the need to achieve zero net global carbon emissions by the second half of this century to achieve this commitment. As such the Council has set out it's aspirations in its Sustainability Strategy and Energy and Water Policy.

Sustainability Strategy

The Council's Sustainabilty Strategy 2016-19 sets out nine target areas for how the council will address the causes and consequences of climate change and support a sustainable Spelthorne:

  • energy efficiency
  • water efficiency
  • waste and pollution
  • sustainable procurement
  • sustainable planning, housing, and regeneration
  • sustainable transport and travel
  • biodiversity and open spaces
  • awareness and engagement
  • risks and adaptation

Energy and Water Efficiency Policy

This policy follows on from the former Carbon Management Plan described below and states the intentions of the Council to continue to reduce energy use over the period 2015/16 to 2020/21, and to reduce water consumption. It sets the target annual reduction in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions as 2.5 percent, 12.5 percent over the five year period of the policy.

Carbon Management Plan

The Council's Carbon Management Plan 2012-15 set out how the council would reduce carbon emissions from our estate and operations during the period of the plan. A total of 22 projects were identified and implemented which resulted in a 24 percent reduction in energy use (and related GHG emissions) from a baseline year of 2009/10.

Surrey Energy Sustainability Partnership SESP

Spelthorne Council are an active member of SESP a collaborative group involving the county council, all 11 surrey boroughs, surrey police and action surrey. The groups focus is on improving energy efficiency of homes and council estates; identifying opportunities for renewable energy; developing learning for energy efficiency and sustainability in schools and understanding climate change impacts and improving climate change resilience. LINK

Environmental work at the council

Our planning department promotes the use of renewable technologies in new developments, and sets out policies and site-specific proposals for the development and use of land in Spelthorne

The environmental health team deals with air, land, water and noise pollution.

Our waste management team manages and delivers the Borough's refuse, recycling and green waste collection services, as well as a scheme to deal with abandoned vehicles.

Our sustainability team implements energy and water efficiency projects within our buildings, low carbon travel initiatives and promotes the council's small one-off grants to qualifying owner-occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. They also promote national grant and incentive schemes.

Our Countryside and Commons Officer manages three of our Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) - Staines Moor, Shortwood Common and Dumsey Meadow - along with other sites of ecological interest.

Our Applied Resilience team in partnership with the Sustainability Team coordinate flood risk management for the Borough including the maintenance of watercourses and working with communities to develop their own local emergency plans.

Along with other riverside councils, we are working with the Environment Agency on the River Thames Scheme. This scheme will reduce the risk of flooding from the Thames to homes businesses and critical infrastructure (roads, sewerage network power supplies).