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Also In Attendance
MIN
Councillor Young

ALSO PRESENT:

In accordance with paragraph 2.6(a) of the Constitution, Councillors Malcolm and Stafford addressed the Cabinet with regard to the following items: 

Item 08 - Briefing on the Development of the Council’s Draft Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (Councillors Malcolm and Stafford) 
Item 09 – Housing Delivery Update (Councillor Stafford) 

1 Apologies for Absence
MIN1
Councillor Rai
2 Urgent Matters
To consider any urgent matters arising since the despatch of the agenda that the Mayor has agreed should be considered at the meeting.
MIN2
There were none.
3 Matters to be Considered in Private
To determine whether items contain information that is exempt from disclosure by virtue of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
MIN3
There were none.
4 Declarations of Interest
MIN4
There were none.
5 Minutes
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 2020.
MIN5
Resolved:
That the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 17 March 2020 be agreed and signed as a true and correct record.
6 Urgent Individual Cabinet Member Decisions (ICMDs)

To note the following urgent ICMDs taken during March and April 2020:

The reasons for urgency are set out in each of the agendas - 

  1. COVID19 – Financial Intervention and Measures (March 2020) Councillor Mahfouz 
    Finance and Leisure meeting 24/03/2020
  2. COVID19 – PPE Procurement (21 April 2020) Councillor Mahfouz
    Finance and Leisure meeting 21/04/2020
  3. Approval of Works Tender – Copley Regeneration Programme – Phases 6 & 7 Energy Centre (21 April 2020) Councillor Mason 
    Housing. Planning and Transformation meeting 21/04/2020
  4. Road & Footway Infrastructure Improvement Programme 2020-2021 (21 April 2020) Councillor Sabiers
    Environment and Highways meeting 21/04/2020

 

MIN6
Resolved
That the following urgent ICMDs taken in March and April 2020 be noted; the reasons for urgency were set out in each of the agendas:

a)   COVID19 – Financial Intervention and Measures (24 March 2020) Councillor Mahfouz Finance and Leisure 
b)   COVID19 – PPE Procurement (21 April 2020) Councillor Mahfouz Finance and Leisure 
c)    Approval of Works Tender – Copley Regeneration Programme – Phases 6 & 7 Energy Centre (21 April 2020) Councillor Mason Housing Planning and Transformation 
d)   Road and Footway Infrastructure Improvement Programme 2020-2021 (21 April 2020) Councillor Sabiers Environment and Highways 
 
7 Appointments to Sub Committees and Outside Bodies
MIN7
There were none.
MIN8
Resolved
That Cabinet: 
i) agrees the scope, scale and pace of the Council’s draft proposal for consultation in response to the Climate Emergency Declaration as outlined in Ealing’s draft Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (in Appendix 1 of the report).
ii) agrees the engagement plan to involve community in the near term (0-12 months).
iii) agrees the timeline for adoption of the final Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy and Action Plan.
iv) delegates authority to the Director of Growth and Sustainability to fully leverage existing legislative and policy to start delivering significant carbon reductions under the Transport theme identified in paragraphs 2.10 and 2.11 in the report.
v) agrees commissioning of a detailed cost benefit analysis across the five themes to outline scenarios and associated risks for prioritising early investment in delivering the Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy and Action Plan.
vi) thanks officers for their excellent work on this strategy.

Reason for Decision and Options Considered
The purpose of this paper was to present the draft Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (CEES) and agree the plans for community engagement and the timescales for adoption of the final strategy and action plan.
The Council had committed to treat climate change as a current crisis, where a swift, intensive and substantial response is compulsory, not dissimilar to the Council’s treatment of the current COVID-19 crisis. Climate change presented an opportunity for communities to unite behind a common cause and proactively change their behaviours, prepare for the future and mitigate ongoing harm to our natural environment. 
The 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report stated that the global community had just 12 years to act on climate change if global temperature rises were to be kept within the recommended 1.5 degrees Celsius. 
In April 2019, Full Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to make Ealing carbon neutral by 2030.
In July 2019, officers presented an initial briefing to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Over one hundred ideas were gathered to shape the policies, projects, partnerships and communications required to address the emergency. These ideas, alongside those offered by Ealing Transition (a local low carbon resident action group) and the council’s senior management team were analysed for inclusion in the draft Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (at Appendix 1).  
In October 2019, officers provided Cabinet an update to the development of the strategy. It included detailed background information, including the Council’s good work on the agenda to date. 
Since that time, over 40 officers from across all council services had contributed to the development of the draft strategy, found in Appendix 1 of the report. A senior leadership panel had been set up to provide strategic direction and delivery commitments across the organisation. Several local groups including Ealing Transition, Friends of the Earth and the Local Strategic Partnership had been consulted over the course of this initial development work. 
n-based emissions were approximately 58% larger than the network’s production-based emissions, making this aspect of carbon emissions something the council wanted to affect as a priority within the its strategy. This gave urgency to addressing Waste and Food as reduction pathways for the borough.
Therefore, urgent actions especially around Food and Waste themes would be focused on reducing the “chain” of emissions, i.e., encouraging the local and shared economies. For example, the council would support locally produced food or the creation of systems to support product durability and the sharing of goods, such as car clubs, mending clubs and the “Library of Things” models.
Green Spaces and Green Infrastructure played critical roles in the council’s commitment to climate action. While operational improvements would reduce production-based emissions, there were also interventions that created a legacy that addressed “adaptation” to the known effects of climate change that all communities must address. For instance, by ensuring sustainable urban drainage systems were integrated into all technically feasible highways and placemaking projects, the council alleviated the impacts of future surface water flooding. In increasing the urban canopy by planting hedgerows, woodlands, and street trees, the council committed to storing carbon for the long term, drawing CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it away. Adaptation was vital to the strategy for reasons of resilience and minimising future impacts.
To understand and develop credible decarbonisation pathways and emissions reduction targets, officers had modelled three carbon reduction alternatives using the SCATTER tool. The three pathways modelled for the development of the draft strategy are in Figure 2 of the report and accounted for production-based emissions only.

Alternative CO2e in 2030
Ealing draft strategy 676,000 tonnes
No action 866,000 tonnes
Best case 452,000 tonnes

Despite coordinated efforts, the ambition to achieve net zero in 2030 would result in the need to “offset” carbon emissions from 2030 onward to realise this status. Officers would develop a proposed offsetting approach to include in the final plan. The proposed scope of emissions to derive the offset figure was the borough-wide, production-based emissions, that are reported annually by Government.  
SCATTER drews data from scenarios developed from national datasets and published projection scenarios, such as DEFRA, DECC (now BEIS) and the National Grid. It allowed the user (the council) to set ambition from 30 different interventions to model the effects. The outputs from this tool allowed decision makers to see where the largest carbon reductions come from, in the detailed outputs for five different areas.  
Figure 3 in the report, illustrated the CO2 emissions trajectory that best model the ambition of the draft strategy. From this it was clear that transport and domestic energy follow a strong line of reduction, whereas waste and agriculture and land use (nearest fit for green spaces and food) contributed very low-level produced emissions. As noted earlier, the consumption-based emissions became very important to address for these themes.
The outlier, the area where the council’s control and influence were lessened, was the area of industry and commercial. This area made up about a third of the borough’s production-based emissions and officers would seek to address this vital piece through lobbying central government, building stronger partnerships with industrial and commercial operators and encouraging voluntary actions.
Further engagement with the borough’s residents and businesses was essential, as the response to this agenda was not confined to government alone. The council’s direct control of emissions amounts to only a fraction of the carbon emitted in the borough. It would take a concerted effort from groups working across the private, voluntary, community and charitable sectors and public sector organisations pulling together in order to realise the shift. 
The council’s engagement activities would ask for detailed feedback on the draft strategy as well as an invitation to contribute to the boroughwide commitments required to address the climate and ecological emergency. The engagement concept was outlined in Appendix 2 of the report. This would need to be digital and dynamic to comply with Government guidance on limiting social gatherings over the coming months.
The key aspects to the engagement plan included:
Formally reviewing the draft strategy, led by stakeholders, with findings published for public scrutiny
Informing residents of the council’s commitments and inviting them to take personal action
Bringing businesses together to share best practice and demonstrate leadership
Ensuring that all council leadership and staff have adequate knowledge to take decisions that uphold the council’s climate commitments
The draft CEES represented the beginning of an enduring commitment by the council. To deliver on the targets, the working groups would develop action plans to support delivery that would be regularly reviewed and updated. To bring the finalised document to cabinet for approval in October 2020, the following actions were required:
Create action plans (May – August 2020)
Add strategic shape and actions to the Food working group theme
Conduct a financial analysis to identify savings, funding requirements and potential sources to form part of the action plans
Continue studies and other evidence gathering for Local Plan updates related to climate change
Collaborate with other local authorities to share knowledge, identify joint working and find efficiencies
Engage with communities and bring findings into final strategy and action plan
MIN9
Resolved
That Cabinet:
i) notes the latest position on delivering the target of 2,500 genuinely affordable homes (GAH) by end of March 2022.
ii) notes the two lists of schemes in the Appendix to the report. Table 1 detailed the schemes included in the original GLA programme. Table 2 was a proposed revised list of schemes to be included in the programme which, if progressed, would continue to meet the Council’s contribution to the GAH target of 2,500. 
iii) notes the risks and the measures being considered to manage the current COVID-19 environment and its potential effect on housing delivery. 
iv) notes and agrees that the role of Shareholder Representative for Broadway Living Ltd be returned to the Chief Executive following the departure of the Executive Director of Place
v) thanks all officers involved for their work throughout this project.

Reason for Decision and Options Considered
In October 2018 the Council made a successful bid to the GLA for £99m of grant to support its ambitious target of delivering 2,500 Genuinely Affordable Homes (GAH) by end of March 2022. The bid stated that the Council would deliver 1,138 GAH. Registered Providers were anticipated to deliver 1,362 GAH. This report summarised the overall picture, reported on progress and presented a first assessment of the risks to the programme emanating from the effects of the Covid19 epidemic.

Genuinely affordable homes were defined as those at Social Rent, London Affordable Rent or London Living Rent. Other intermediate housing to buy or rent may be included where housing costs took up no more a third of gross household income (in line with the rent setting methodology for the GLA’s London Living Rent product). 

The council had its housing company Broadway Living (BL) and subsidiary Broadway Living RP seeking registration with the Social Housing Regulator to help deliver more genuinely affordable homes. The council remained the sole shareholder of BL and subject to approval delegated this authority to the Chief Executive as the shareholders representative. 
 
10 Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on 16 June 2020.
MIN10

Resolved    
That Cabinet:
i) notes that the next meeting of Cabinet would be held on 16 June 2020 at 7pm
ii) thanks officers for their hard work in setting up this virtual meeting.


Councillor Julian Bell, Chair

Date




The duration of this meeting was 7:07pm to 7:33pm

The minutes should be read in conjunction with the agenda for the meeting. They are subject to approval and signature at the next meeting of this Committee.

Paul Najsarek, Chief Executive, 11 May 2020

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Councillor Binda Rai 
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