What is the Council doing about climate change?
Dover District Council (DDC) has acknowledged the serious impact of climate change globally and agrees there is a need for urgent action.
Alongside other councils in Kent and the UK, we have declared a Climate Change Emergency.
A cross party Climate Change Member Working Group has been established, and has overseen the development of a Climate Change Strategy. The purpose of the Strategy is to explain how the Council intends to step up to meet the challenge. An initial Action Plan has been developed with the aim of refocusing the Council’s activity, operations and spheres of influence to reduce emissions, increase sustainability and benefit the wider environment. The Action Plan is a living document and will continuously evolve to reflect ongoing action/ opportunities.
DDC has already confirmed support for the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy, Kent Environment Strategy and Kent Fuel Poverty Strategy, and signed the Emissions Reduction Pledge 2020.
DDC is involved in a range of initiatives including:
As part of its commitment to cut carbon emissions and protect the environment, DDC has given a grant of almost £10,000 towards new solar panels at a local farm shop and café near Deal. The mini solar farm was installed earlier this year and is now generating clean renewable energy, helping to provide power for Algar Lodge Farm Shop.
The award comes from DDC’s successful Green Energy Grant scheme, which is available for local businesses to secure match-funding toward energy saving projects.
- 49 electric vehicle charging bays are being installed across the district at 18 locations in Dover, Deal and Sandwich, including both DDC-owned public car parks and on-street with funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
- In a further move to incentivise the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles, DDC is to suspend pay-and-display parking charges when motorists are charging their vehicles in one of its electric vehicle (EV) charging bays. This is being introduced for a trial period of one year meaning that motorists will only have to pay the power supply charges.
- Working in partnership with Kent County Council DDC offered a group buying Solar PV scheme, Solar Together Kent. This group-buying scheme brought households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price, to help deliver the district's and Kent's vision of carbon net-zero. This scheme is currently closed, however decision pending on the Council’s participation in the next scheme (scheduled Spring 2022).
Dover District Leisure Centre is the most energy efficient in Kent. We planted 132 new trees at the Leisure Centre in November 2019.
Supporting Dover District Leisure Centre’s travel plan which aims to promote sustainable travel, with an emphasis on reducing reliance on single occupancy car journeys.
- The LED street lighting project across the district is nearing completion.
- Electric Vehicle (EV) charging point installations. There are two EV charging points at the Dover District Leisure Centre and four EV charging points at the Whitfield offices for fleet vehicles. The council has recently taken charge of two new electric vehicles and is looking into options for expanding its use of electric vehicles.
- Habitat schemes and green corridors (focusing on the natural environment)
- DDC recycling services which already meet the Government’s draft objective for 2023, for the range of materials collected.
DDC has been monitoring air quality levels
Emissions from the Council's estate is reported on annually (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) and emission levels have been dropping steadily year on year since 2009/10.
Solar PV, battery storage and a monitoring pilot project in Dover to better understand the benefits of these technologies to families.
- Insulation/heating grants for fuel poor/vulnerable households - helping residents achieve affordable warmth whilst at the same time reducing the household's carbon footprint.
Generating Solutions for a Greener Future - as part of ongoing work to protect the environment and generate housing solutions for the future, Dover District Council is set to invest in key changes, including cutting edge solar panel systems, at DDC housing developments at Kimberley Close and Stockdale Gardens.
DDC Cabinet has agreed (in July 2021) to additional expenditure of £160K, which will allow electric heating to be installed in all 24 flats, avoiding the use of gas fired boilers, and will provide enhanced photovoltaic (PV) installations to all the buildings. Additional insulation is also being installed to further improve the thermal efficiency of the buildings, all of which will help reduce the energy required to heat the units. For more information, please see our Press Release.
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