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£700,000 for new carbon reduction programme to tackle the climate emergency

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Solar panels at Morpeth School

A £700,000 funding package to support 36 community carbon reduction projects across the borough has been approved by Tower Hamlets Council, in an effort to tackle the climate emergency. 

The funding will be available for community-based organisations to support renewable energy installation and low carbon heating technologies, the development of retrofit projects to improve energy efficiency, and for climate education and learning. 

Alongside this, the community gardens programme as part of the Local Infrastructure Fund, will aim to support green community infrastructure, such as food growing allotments. 

This is part of the Council’s commitment to becoming a net zero carbon council by 2025 and, in partnership with a climate alliance across the borough, becoming a net zero carbon borough by 2045 or sooner.  

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:  

“We are ambitious in our targets because we know that the climate emergency is a crisis that urgently requires innovation, expertise, and the sharing of knowledge and good practice. 

“We want to support our local communities to respond to the climate emergency and fund innovative projects across the borough – this fund aims to do just that, enabling local organisations to innovate and get involved in sustainability.  

“As a council, we are taking action on the climate emergency. We have planted 850 trees in our streets, installed hundreds of electric vehicle chargers and cycle hangars for bicycle storage, while also cleaning up the air with School Streets, a programme to help make streets around schools safer and cleaner for children.” 

Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: 

“Tower Hamlets was one of the first councils to declare a climate emergency in March 2019. We know that the climate emergency matters to our residents and the organisations across our borough and we want to ensure that our communities can bring their knowledge and expertise to addressing the climate emergency. 

“There is no single organisation or no individual action that can fully respond to the climate emergency – we need a multitude of programmes and actions, all working together across our borough to achieve net zero carbon emissions.” 

The full report with details of the grants can be found here. The Carbon Reduction Community Grants programme is due to begin in spring 2022.  

Posted on Wednesday 19th January 2022