Environmental Sustainability Action Plan

To deliver the aspirations in the climate motion we have developed an Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.

It is a working document which is continually developing, assisted with input from a range of sources including third sector organisations and our local community.
Going beyond carbon, it now includes specific, measurable projects under the headings:

  • Waste/Recycling
  • Land use/agriculture/Biodiversity 
  • Energy/water/resources  
  • Housing and planning 
  • Business and Economic Development
  • Transport

The plan is divided into three sections:

  • Changes to the council's own premises, people and services we deliver
  • Use of our regulatory powers to promote action by others
  • Actions to help us influence and encourage others to do things

Read our Action Plan in full. 

An accessible version showing work in progress and completed actions is available below under the following sections:
 

Our aim is to achieve carbon neutrality for East Herts Council's own generated emissions by 2030 and do all that we can to assist in achieving carbon neutrality by the same year for the wider district.

The council wants to reduce reliance on cars to get around the district, improve air quality at pinch points, and increase our use of sustainable materials. It is committed to ensuring good quality housing with a sustainable travel infrastructure which will support the needs of its communities while maintaining the highest environmental standards.

As the Plan progresses, actions are carbon accounted, with proposed milestones, in order to track progress against achieving our 2030 goals.
 

Ref Action  
1.0 Make changes to the council's own
premises, people and services we deliver
 
1.1 Climate Declaration - Account for climate impacts in decision-making process  - 
1,2,1 Train officers in climate change and sustainability through bite-sized training session. 15 sessions have now taken place. Further sessions for remaining staff are being organised from the summer onwards. A total of 101 staff have been trained so far.
1.2.4 Visits to sustainability sites for the purpose of learning from best practice examples Two site visits to sustainable landowner farms have now taken place.
1.4 WALLFIELDS - Target EPC rating C
Within programme to increase minimum EPC rating of estate over the next three years.
Will not be progressed until after Agile Working building requirements are established, 21st June.
1.4.1 WALLFIELDS - Audit to inform retrofit / re-fit programme Will not be progressed until after Agile Working building requirements are established, 21st June.
1.4.2 WALLFIELDS - Review and action repairs to improve insulation of windows New action from staff survey
1.4.3 WALLFIELDS - Investigate opportunities for renewable energy generation Will not be progressed until after Agile Working building requirements are established, 21st June.
1.5 BUNTINGFORD - Target EPC rating C
Within programme to increase minimum EPC rating of estate over the next three years.
Awaiting update
1.5.1 BUNTINGFORD - Audit to inform retrofit / re-fit programme Awaiting update
1.5.2 BUNTINGFORD - Replace light fittings with LED Awaiting update
1.5.3 BUNTINGFORD - Investigate opportunities for renewable energy generation Contract renewal in 2028 is unlikely to hinder sustainable investments. Facilities Management contacting landlord to gauge thoughts on solar panels on the Southern slopes of the two roofs and having air source heat pump units in cages on the sides of buildings.
1.6 CAR PARKS - Investigate carbon reduction and environmental opportunities. 95% of all surface level carparks and lamp columns in parks have been fitted with energy efficient bulbs. G-Way MSCP and Jackson Square will be addressed on a replacement basis. The full project is part of our 5 year internal programme.
1.6.2.0 NORTHGATE END - (Bishop's Stortford) Investigate opportunities for installation of solar canopy on top deck. Positive informal discussions with planning officer held. A business case has been produced and opportunities to take this project forward are being examined.
1.6.2.1 NORTHGATE END - Investigate opportunities for maximising sustainability during construction. Because of the nature of this MSCP (open sided carpark) it isn’t suitable to be assessed for BREEAM.
1.6.3 GASCOYNE WAY - (Hertford) Install e-chargers appropriate to demand identified during audit. Awaiting costs for 2 new fast chargers.
1.6.3.1 GASCOYNE WAY - Green Wall Project has prevously been examined and exernal funding sought but unable to obtain. Opportunities for fresh funding are being kept under review and in particular potential for DEFRA Air Quality Grant later in the year subject to Grant funding criteria once known.
1.6.4 LINK ROAD - (Bishops Stortford) Install e-chargers appropriate to demand identified during audit. The opportunity for chargers at Link Road has been investigated and is feasible but confirmation on future configuration of the site is being sought.
1.6.5 BELL STREET - Install e-chargers appropriate to demand identified during audit. Easement between town council and East Herts now signed. Contractor commissioned to install cabling and infrastructure and on site works to commence imminently.
1.7 Investigate opportunities for use of 100% renewable energy for council estate  - 
1.7.2 Investigate potential opportunity to procure 100% low carbon gas Green Gas is gas from lower fossil fuels, ie waste biogas. It currently has limited availability in the UK.
1.7.3 Install LEDs at all external lamp columns on Council's own estate. 95% of all surface level carparks and lamp columns in parks have been fitted with energy efficient bulbs. G-Way MSCP and Jackson Square will be addressed on a replacement basis. The full project is part of our 5 year internal programme.
1.8 GRANGE PADDOCKS - Achieve BREEAM Excellent standard at new development  - 
1.83 GRANGE PADDOCKS -  Investigate opportunities for Heat Recovery These will need to be discharged as a planning condition shortly. Currently working out what the contribution back to the grid (KWhrs) will be from CHP machine & PVs - note if gas is no longer desirable for CHP it can be run off hydrogen in the future.
1.84 GRANGE PADDOCKS - Installation of EV charger(s) These will be installed at the end of the programme  - mid-late August
1.85 GRANGE PADDOCKS - Review contractor utilisation of water, energy and resource use throughout the build process in line with BREEAM requirements. Site visit monitoring is resulting in top marks (9/9) for environmental performance. Rainwater re-cycling for pool testing  and toilet flushing is resulting in water consuption being 10% of target (1.8/7.5m3/£100k) Nov 2020. Temporary solar panels are erected to provide power for the offices and, now a mains connection is made, a “green electricity” supplier is engaged. The site has appointed a site waste champion. 100% of  waste is diverted from landfill. All materials are reviewed for their environmental impact and alternatives considered. A responsible sourcing policy is in place throughout the supply chain with all materials certified to BES 6001.  Carbon footprint from transport and waste to landfill is significantly reduced.  Excess carbon production will be offset by the carbon offset scheme used by the company. They have funded boreholes and low carbon stoves in Uganda and plan to plant 10,000 trees during 2021. Trees are protected by heras fencing and the river water quality is tested monthly.
1.9 HARTHAM - Achieve BREEAM Excellent standard for new development Pool works will commence first, followed by the extension starting straight after in August 2021. Completion is programmed for August 2022. The building is being designed to reduce thermal gain (orientation and window location/sizes – passive design measures), lighting is specified to be very energy efficient (LEDs), and PVs and/or heat pumps will be specified which will provide a carbon reduction for the building.
1.9.2 HARTHAM - Calculate carbon reduction from reduced thermal gain New sub action for further reporting. Investigating timescales and reporting potential with Project Manager.
1.9.3 HARTHAM - Calculate carbon reduction from installing LEDs throughout New sub action for further reporting. Investigating timescales and reporting potential with Project Manager.
1.9.4 HARTHAM - Calculate carbon reduction from solar PV installation New sub action for further reporting. Investigating timescales and reporting potential with Project Manager.
1.9.5 HARTHAM - Calculate carbon reduction from air source heat pump installation New sub action for further reporting. Investigating timescales and reporting potential with Project Manager.
1.9.6 HARTHAM - Calculate carbon reduction from heat recovery technology New sub action for further reporting. Investigating timescales and reporting potential with Project Manager.
1.9.7 HARTHAM - Calculate carbon reduction from green wall installation New sub action for further reporting. Investigating timescales and reporting potential with Project Manager.
1.9.8 HARTHAM - Audit current number of/need for e-chargers and install more. Arrangements for future EV charging are in place and implementation on the ground will be as the building programme permits.
1.10 HERTFORD THEATRE - Achieve BREEAM Excellent standard for new development  BREEAM excellent rating is sought with an estimated 58% carbon emmissions reduction anticipated on completion in 2023. Building energy use intensity will reduce 444 Wh/m2 per year to 260 Wh/m2 per year or, using benchmarking data, from 0.667kg to 0.334kg of CO2 per customer. These numbers are particularly significant as the building area, occupancy and energy consumption will increase when completed.
1.10.1 HERTFORD THEATRE - Maximise environmental sustainability through the planning and tender evaluation process. Planning was granted in March 21 and contractor tendering has commenced with appointment anticipated inl August / September. Works will commence soon after for planned completion in April 2023.  
1.10.2 HERTFORD THEATRE - Calculate carbon reduction replacement of gas boilers by air source heat pumps for heating/cooling. New sub action for further reporting once contractor specification is know - late 21.
1.11 Maximise opportunity for EV - own and contract fleet  - 
1.11.1 Incentivise use of e-car pool by officers E-pool cars are now being used by officers and new Covid-safe protocol is in place. Ongoing promotion will be developed.
1.11.2 Audit the council's vans with a view to replacing them with e-vehicles Evaluation is underway on the future required numbers/types/range of vehicles, e-charging requirement and purchase options. Meeting also held with the Energy Saving Trust regarding EV “fleet” comparison  including larger (RCV) vehicle
1.12 Evaluate and monitor opportunities for sustainability improvements through East Herts Housing Association owned properties.  - 
1.12.1 Publish a new Housing Strategy for 2021 - 2026 incorporating environmental sustainability measures. A new housing strategy  will be presented to Full Council in December 21. It will contain a section on Housing and Sustainability. 
1.12.2 Millstream to conduct EPC ratings for existing housing stock. All current EPCs for Millstream’s properties plus a list of energy efficiency works conducted to date are in the process of being collated. A possible "master action", to utilise Millstream to deliver carbon efficient development is under consideration.
1.12.3 Undertake energy saving improvement at the Hillcrest Council- owned hostel All common parts and individual flats have been retrofitted with LED replacements in recent years.
 
1.12.4 Undertake energy saving improvement at the Rectory Council- owned hostel Since the property was purchased in 2020, the main building has been improved by replacement hot water boilers, new thermostatic and on/off controls to existing radiators, LED lights throughout and movement sensors  in all common parts.

The Annex and Cedar Cottage (now converted into six new bedsits for single homeless people) has LED lights, two new gas boilers from a previous  three, communal heating systems, replacement  double glazing from single and thermal loft, floor and ceiling insulation.

Revised EPC certificate requested to calculate savings.
1.12.5 Monitor and report on Housing Association energy efficiency programmes An energy efficiency programme is currently being undertaken with the 15 housing associations who build, own and/or manage housing stock in East Herts. High quality sustainable development standards are encouraged including the Housing Quality Mark (HQM) (equivalent to BREEAM) Passivhaus and Building Futures - an interactive Hertfordshire guide to promoting sustainability in development. A record of all Assocations' environmental sustainability actions has also been compiled.

 
1.13 Utlise Eastern New Energy ERDF Scheme to deliver innovative, low carbon sustainability projects. Initial introductory meeting held with University of East London - project leads for Eastern New Energy. Awaiting further update.
1.13.1 Assess opportunities and possible benefits of establishing an energy 'White Label'. Further information on success/failures of similar initiatives and EH fuel poverty report under review.
1.13.2 Assess options for work in partnership to operate an energy services company to deliver potential carbon offset opportunities. Initial introductory meeting held with University of East London - project leads for Eastern New Energy. Awaiting further update.
1.14 Continue to develop sustainable options for waste and recycling  - 
1.14.1 Work with Hertfordshire Waste Partnership partners and others to explore synergies of working across administrative boundaries Pending contract change point in 23/24
1.14.2 Consider reducing domestic residual waste bins to 140 litre capacity to 'nudge' more recycling To be explored with the new contracts in 2023/24. Looking at more efficient ways of collecting waste.
Action - Maximising gains from contract renewals.
1.14.3 Explore potential and practicality of electric refuse vehicles We will be able to contracturally change our fleet in 2025. Meantime investigations into the potential and practicality of electric refuse vehicles are underway - breakeven/ round service mileage, depot implications and an ECollect electric vehicle demonstration/meeting with the Sustainability team w/c 11th October.
1.16 Investigate opportunities for improving biodiversity of council estate and associated services. This May marks the launch of The Queens Green Canopy campaign which will invite community groups, charities, schools, councils and landowners to plant trees to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and enhance our environment and the landscape, for generations to come. We marked the launch on 24th May via a Council staff volunteering day, which saw us plant 288 Native Shrubs and 336 Trees at Northgage End in Bishop’s Stortford, creating a ‘wet woodland’ in the heart of the town, accessible to everyone. Planning for further tree planting and community engagement is underway.
 
1.16.1 Work with HCC and others to identify options for tree planting A database of tree planting relating to the Queens Canopy is now administered by HCC. Further integration/auditing will come about as the biodiversity land audit takes place. Discrete projects being managed meantime including co-ordination of the planting of  2 cherry trees donated by Julie Marsdon
1.18 Maximise opportunities to utilise IT infrastructure (back and front end) to further carbon reduction.  - 
       1.20 Incorporate HCCSP Water plans etc Adoption of relevant actions from HCSSP emerging water action plan under consideration and to be presented as appropriate sub-actions. Our March Forum highlighted partnersip opportunities with Affinity Water and the Save Our Streams campaign.
       1.21 Work to improve biodiversity infrastructure on Council estate. Further work on potential opportunities from s106 contributions underway. Environmental Sustainability considerations also being built into the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy 21-26.
1.21.1 Incorporate relevant actions from HCCSP biodiversity Action Plan within this Action Plan. Yet to commence. Feedback from the Biodiversity and Land Use Forum and Rural Round table are now included alongside other new sub-actions.
   

 

 

2.0  Use regulatory powers to promote action by others  
2.1 Climate declaration - climate and sustainability friendly planning and building control regulations.
Seek to develop appropriate planning policy to further establish climate change and sustainability ambitions.
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2.1.2 Publish a Vehicle Parking Standards SPD   Production planning is underway for a new Vehicle Parking in New Development SPD (to replace the current Vehicle Parking Standards SPD) which will include requirements for vehicle charging points etc.
The provisional timetable plans for consultation in summer 21 with adoption in  late 2021/ early 2022.
2.1.3 Publish a Biodiversity SPD. Draft to go to September committee with a consultation in the autumn, ready for adoption in late 2021/early 2022
2.1.4 Publish a revised District Plan A District Plan review is due to start in the autumn 2021, with a ‘call for sites’.
2.2 Develop sustainability advice geared towards listed buildings / conservation areas East Herts has over 4000 Listed Buildings.
Meeting held with planning colleagues and all associated current guideline documentation now reviewed. Developing opportunities to expand sustainability focus within this existing documentation or develop new.
2.4 Utilise s106 to maximise interventions in order to facilitate the Council's sustainability ambitions. Further work on potential opportunities from s106 contributions underway. 
2.4.1 Understanding the sign off process and ensuring sustainability gains in relation to the abitions of the climate change Action Plan are facilitated in future agreements All proposed planning permissions where s106 is triggered are now notified to Environmental Sustainability. The sign off process and stakeholders for the different types of allocations are known and work is underway to embed environmental sustainability personnel and factors more closely into the decision making process, potentially through the development of a check list.
2.4.2 Invetigate 'unallocated' sums with a view to working with recipients to provide guidance and encouragement to ensure use of funds is related as far as possible to sustainability ambitions of the Council. Further work on potential opportunities from s106 contributions underway. 
2.4.3 Produce 'shopping list' for actions which can be assisted and achieved through s106 agreements i.e. village hall improvements and echarging Yet to commence
2.4.4 Work with HCC Transport to review existing funds/projects and future allocations to ensure faciliatation of the Council's climate and sustainability ambitions with a joined up approach. Initial meeting held with HCC Transport Planning member
2.5 Maximise environmental sustainability through the Harlow Gilston Garden Town Development  - 
2.5.1 Identify and meet Harlow Gilston sustainability leads and develop co-ordinated action. East Herts influence is predominantly around planning. Meeting held with Planning and legal colleauges around forwarding the sustainability agenda and wording development guidlelines.
2.6.1 Work with HCC on introducing enforcement measures in relation to anti-idling. In contact with HCC. Potential for a county-wide campaign coming through HCCSP. East Herts have conducted their own research into the legalities and possibilities.
2.7 Faciliate move to increased use of e-taxis through promotion of Herts 2025 EV Taxi Scheme. MHCLG has confirmed an ERDF scheme final go ahead and project is being led by Electric Blue with support from Herts Local Authorities. We will be working with Electric Blue to promote the scheme to the East Herts licensed taxi trade.
2.7.1 Install rapid e-chargers in support of move to more e-taxis. Installation planning underway
2.7.2 Review and update taxi vehicle policies to further strengthen incentives/requirements for low emission taxis Currently being investigated by HCCSP transport group.
2.8 Work to utilise regulatory powers to facilitate improved domestic energy efficiency measures. Housing now reengaged with taking these campaigns forward.
2.8.1 Consider promoting improved EPC ratings through HMO licensing powers and policies. Housing now reengaged with taking these campaigns forward.

3.0 Influence and encourage others to do things  
3.1 Provide and promote energy efficiency grants/support Looking to develop further domestic energy assistance schemes in the future and are examining a range of options including grants, loans and Government funding opportunities. Local enquiries have levelled off.
3.3 Enhance biodiversity infrastructure across the District  - 
3.3.1 Work with community to explore and action tree planting Looking to work with Town & Parish Councils to identify sites suitable for tree planting/enhancement either as stand alone projects or as part of the Queens Canopy initiative. Some interest has already been expressed by a number of Parish/Town Councils.
3.3.1.1 Investigate options to sign up to Queen's Canopy Project once officially launched in May. We’ve marking the launch on 24th May via a Council staff volunteering day, which will see us plant 288 Native Shrubs and 336 Trees at Northgate End in Bishop’s Stortford, creating a ‘wet woodland’ in the heart of the town, accessible to everyone. Contact with HCC (who are holding a database of trees planted) also established and work underway to publish further information to Parish/Town Councils and community groups.
3.3.1.2 Consider opportunities  to establish an 'adopt a tree pit' scheme. Yet to commence. Will involve working with Highways and residents regarding adopting a tree outside their property.
3.3.2 Enable volunteers to come together on joint initiatives (information, co-ordination and training) Website monthly get involved calendar suggests opportunities. Also direct to CROW, HMWT and other partners as appropriate.
3.3.2.1 Consider opportunities  to establish community wildlife areas, for example, adjacent to play areas High-level discussions held with CMS.
Checking opportunities with Wellbeing team.
3.3.2.2 Work with Parish Councils to promote local biodiversity action. First Town & Parish Council Engagement Event in June raised issue for more indepth co-ordination and encouragement of activity.
3.3.2.3 Work with HCC to ensure appropriate management of highways verges for biodiversity. Some verges are now not mowed where safety permits. Further work to be informed by the HCCSP biodiversity audit.
3.4 Establish improved dialogue with rural and farming community  - 
3.4.1 Establish and run a Rural Round Table bringing together key stakeholders in the farming and land holding/owning community. First Rural Round Table held. Hertfordshire Agiricultural Society also engaged.
3.5 Climate declaration
Call on National Government for more powers and resources
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3.5.2 Work with local MPs to promote the case for investment in sustainability interventions in East Herts Officers met with two local MPs. Future meetings to be organised in due course.
3.6 Climate Declaration - Work with partners - District, County and Region Herfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) Biodiveristy, Transport and Water plans to be integrated into East Herts Action Plan once completed and agreed by HCCSP
3.7 Run EV roadshows and demonstrations - at least one a year Planning to hold event(s) in conjunction with/in advance of COP26 in November. Budget, volunteers and ideas in development.
3.8 Run two climate change film festivals (Hertford and Stortford)  Planning to hold an event in conjunction with COP26 in November. Budget, volunteers and ideas identified.
3.10 Incentivise the public to make more use of the council e-car pool Scheme is now open for use by Covid marshalls in East Herts.
3.11 Hold a Schools Climate Conference  Hertfordshire Agricultural Society's grant application was unsuccesful. Other options under consideration, perhaps merge with/publicise other conferences or integrate with COP events. The intention is to target Year 11/12 students. Now Covid restrictions are lifting, development of ideas can recommence.
3.12 Work with Bishop's Stortford BID and other business groups to promote sustainability Meeting with Bishop Stortford BID Manager in September 21 to discuss possibilities.
3.13 Create East Herts awards scheme to encourage local organisations, neighbourhoods and individuals to implement sustainable activities Liaising with Comms in relation to progressing action via working with local B.Stort' newspaper.
3.14 Actively implement and encourage waste minimisation initiatives International Compost Awareness Week, Love Parks (Keep Britain Tidy) and Latic Free July promoted via our Get Involved calendar. East Herts' Master Composting initiative has also now commenced with a call for volunteers. July's Environmental and Climate Forum will cover Waste and Recycling in July.
3.16 PARISH COUNCILS AND VILLAGE HALLS - explore creation of rural EV charging hub network based on parish owned sites Positive responses from 5 parish councils/village halls received so far. Further engagement to take place at East Herts-wide Town and Parish Council meeting in June.
3.17 Work with Parish Councils and Village Halls on sustainability initiatives To be progressed in line with available s106 and 'sustainable shopping list' for village halls as well as generally engaging on the topic at the East-Herts wide meeting
3.17.1 Explore creation of 'sustainable shopping list' for village hall equipment upgrades where s106 funding exists. Existing s106 funding identified for village hall improvement. Creation of a sustainability oriented shopping list will assist the orientation of that spend.
3.20 Smart approach to publicity Clean Air Day social media messaging was developed by East Herts and shared with other Local Authorities in Hertfordshire. 26 anti-idling signs were also installed in Car Parks across the district for Clean Air Day.
Within the Council a shedule of sustainability blogs has now also beem created.
Continuing to work across teams such that campaigns developed in other departments, such as Love Parks and Plastic Free July are also promoted via our sustainability channels.
3.20.1 Review and expand web site pages on environmental sustainability, climate change and  energy efficiency to provide enhanced advice and encourage behaviour  change to promote positive climate action Ongoing
3.20.2 Use social media more effectively to encourage behaviour change The Clean Air Day social media campaign showed some improvements in likes, shares and comments compared to other recent campaigns. Learnings from the Behaviour Change session during the May Forum will also be carried forward.
3.20.3 Pursue possibilities to use digital signage in towns with this facility for behaviour change promotion in relation to water, idling et al. Taken from suggestion at Environmental Sustainability and Climate Forum. Work with Business Development section for sign locations. Look at joint initiatives with Water Companies. Review frequency of water consumption data KPI metrics. Explore other opportunities for data reporting.
3.20.4 Investigate use of database collected during brown bin change communications. The next round of East Herts resident communications will take place in early 2022. Preparation to capture Opt In information is underway.
3.21  Review heat recovery initiatives in the domestic sector. Project is under initial development
3.32 Promote COP26 See actions above. Specific COP26 activity in East Herts is being investigated.

We’re making good progress on the Action Plan. As each action completes we’ll update you here.

  Action Notes
1.1.1 Draw up carbon assessment tool to be to assess all council projects COMPLETE -  In use
1.1.2 Undertake initial review of current EH sustainability purchasing statements included within existing service contracts to determine effectiveness and relevance.  COMPLETE - Our Contract Procedure Rules now ensure that procurement is conducted in a sustainable manner, taking environmental impact into account.
The guidelines ask consideration of: do you really need it,  can you specify a product service or works that is inherently more sustainable and that evaluation of the sustainability of the delivery of the goods works or service is undertaken.
1.1.4 Explicitly refer to sustainability outcomes in MTFP from 2020/21 budget onwards COMPLETE - Now standard element of council's budget planning.
1.1.5 Amend the council’s procurement regulations to explicitly include consideration of carbon footprint
(a) the determination of whether to procure
(b) the specification for good and/or services to be procured and
(c) the quality assessment of competing tenders.
COMPLETE - Contract procedure rules amended.
1.3 Carry out a staff survey to gather ideas for environmental sustainability COMPLETE - 9 ideas were already in the Action Plan. Of the remainder, (24/69) 35% have been created as specific additional line items. The remainder, are already either complete, incorporated within a wider Action Plan line item or can be dealt with outside of the Action Plan.
1.4.4 WALLFIELDS - Replace light fittings with LED COMPLETE - Full replacement in December 2020.
1.4.5 WALLFIELDS - Review Local Authority decarbonisation grant scheme COMPLETE -  Investigated but oversubscribed.
1.5.4 BUNTINGFORD - Review Local Authority Decarbonisation Grant Scheme COMPLETE -  Investigated but oversubscribed.
1.6.1 Audit current numbers of/need for e-chargers across all carparks COMPLETE - Audit information now informing installation works across all carparks.
1.7.1 Investigate/procure 100% low-carbon electricity COMPLETE - From 1st April 2021, when our energy accounts as part of CCS framework swap from British gas to EDF, we will be placed on their Blue for Business tariff which used 100% low carbon energy.
This exercise has gone partically beyond the original existing EDFcontracts i.e. 19 rather than 4 contracts  and includes the BG electricity contracts which are for smaller site e.g. toilets so is a positive move. The intention once further contract renegotiation is possible is to look to move to 100% renewable.
1.81 GRANGE PADDOCKS - Maximise environmental opportunities sustainability through the tender evaluation process. COMPLETE - Tender specification fully reviewed
1.8.2 GRANGE PADDOCKS - Investigate opportunities for Solar PV installation COMPLETE  - These are now installed  (April 2021). Awaiting data on KWhr produced.
1.9.1 HARTHAM - Maximise environmental sustainability opportunities through the tender evaluation process. COMPLETE - Tender evaluation now complete awaiting award of contract.
1.12.3 Undertake energy saving improvement at the Hillcrest Council- owned hostel All common parts and individual flats have been retrofitted with LED replacements in recent years. 
1.12.4 Undertake energy saving improvement at the Rectory Council- owned hostel COMPLETE - Since the property was purchased in 2020, the main building has been improved by replacement hot water boilers, new thermostatic and on/off controls to existing radiators, LED lights throughout and movement sensors  in all common parts.

The Annex and Cedar Cottage (now converted into six new bedsits for single homeless people) has LED lights, two new gas boilers from a previous  three, communal heating systems, replacement  double glazing from single and thermal loft, floor and ceiling insulation.

Revised EPC certificate requested to calculate savings.
1.15 Assess evidence-base for benefits of green walls COMPLETE - Incorporated into the Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which was passed at full council in March 2021.
1.17 Maximise environmental sustainability opportunities through Hertford Hydro The Executive Committee has now considered the updated business case for the Hydro and have determined that alternative investments elsewhere will be more beneificial to environmental sustainability and climate change progress.
1.18.1 Introduce video-conferencing technology in council buildings COMPLETE - Q3 2020 (FY)
1.19 Confirm Terms of Reference for Environmental Sustainability Corporate Group with a view to include wider sustainability issues beyond immediate carbon measures. COMPLETE - Beyond carbon accounting, this Action Plan now incorporates the following terms :

-  Waste/Recycling
-  Land use/agriculture/Biodiversity
- Energy/water/resources 
- Housing and planning
- Business and Economic Development
- Transport
2.1.1 Publish an Environmental Sustainability SPD
Climate declaration - climate friendly planning and building control regulations
COMPLETE - Agreed at Full Council 2nd March 2021 and now published on East Herts Council website. 
2.3 Survey locally active residential developers to better understand barriers to higher energy efficiency/Passivhaus development COMPLETE - Results of survey provided useful information. HCCSP Carbon Group is looking to develop actions around upskilling of contractors on a County-wide basis.
2.6 Install anti-idling guideance/advisory signage in council carparks. COMPLETE - A Clean Air Day campaign was rolled out across East Herts and materials shared with other Hertfordshire Local Authorities. 26 anti-idling signs were also installed in car parks across East Herts.
3.2 Climate Declaration - Establish and run a multi-agency/stakeholder Environmental and Climate Change Forum which will also monitor progress against the Action Plan. COMPLETE - Now established and meeting every two months with different themes per meeting.
3.5.1 Write to ministers to initiate dialogue about powers and freedoms to support delivery of climate change commitments COMPLETE - The Leader of the Council wrote to the Secretary of State in January 2020 requesting further support in achieving the stated climate change aims. 
3.9 Install more bicycle racks in the five market towns The three, two tier cycle racks originally sited in Hertford, Buntingford and Bishop’s Stortford have had to be relocated to support school community active travel for students and staff resulting in Richard Hale, Ward Freman and Bishop’s Stortford High School being pleased to accept these 16 bike rack storage facilities. Sawbridgeworth Cycle rack in Bell Street is in the process of being made more accessible and will be repositioned slightly to enable this. The new Ware site at Burgage Lane is being re-purposed to accommodate the rack, enabling good travel connections with the new medical centre, Ware High Street and the canal cycleways.
3.15 Hertford Subways AQMA project  COMPLETE - Subways now opened. Some minor works to be completed e.g. relocation of the litter bin.
3.17.2 Integrate sustainability topics within the agenda for East Herts Parish Council meetings. COMPLETE - First meeting to be held in June 21 with sustainability continuing to part of the ongoing agenda.