The Council can utilise our land to support our carbon aims. We can do this through investment in renewable energy, and planting schemes to support carbon absorption and improvement and maintenance of our biodiversity. The Council has worked on large scale projects to increase our renewable energy generation, however in order to reach our ambitious goals of decarbonisation more large scale projects will need to be developed. The following solutions have been proposed to support our decarbonisation goals through our land use.
These are some of the ongoing works and projects we have completed:
- Own and operate 2 landfill gas engines which generate low carbon electricity and are now complemented by 2 solar farms. These all power on site facilities as well as the nearby waste transfer station.
- The construction of an additional two solar farms, with a combined generation capacity of 3.5MW.
- Trialling different grass cutting regimes on the Council’s verges and green spaces to encourage and enhance biodiversity.
- Developed a 15 year Urban Tree and Woodland Plan with the target of achieving 18% urban canopy cover by 2033. Objectives of the plan are to increase the amount of tree planting by specifically targeting urban areas with low canopy cover, ensuring existing canopy cover is managed sustainably, promoting biodiversity and working in partnership. The Council has been working with Community Groups, Natural Resources Wales and schools - planting trees in education and public land.
- Published our “Supporting nature in Flintshire” biodiversity duty plan and are working to support biodiversity protection and improvement in Flintshire.
- Working with hundreds of businesses, volunteers, charities, schools and other organisations, across the region of North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire removing litter from the banks and tributaries of the River Dee.
- Countryside Services manages over 40 sites of natural greenspace including Wepre Park and Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, 1200 km public rights of way, 37 miles of Welsh Coastal Path, events and education programmes, and brings in external grants of over £400k per year connecting people to nature.
- The Council has protected our 120 play areas and invested over £2m in partnership with town and community councils over the last 8 years as well as ensuring free open access to greenspace.
- Through collaboration with regional partners and Welsh Government, the Council has managed the construction of an energy from waste facility, Parc Adfer, which will create electricity for 30,000 homes from waste that cannot be recycled. It will also help to prevent waste from going to landfill.
- Through the same partnership all of the Council’s food waste is taken to an anaerobic digester where it is used to produce electricity (via biogas) and liquid fertilizer, preventing food waste from going to landfill.
These are areas we feel need improvement:
- Increase the amount of renewable energy we can generate - investigate the potential of our sites and buildings for new renewable energy installations.
- Increase our carbon absorption while protecting our biodiversity – investigate sites for carbon sequestration schemes that complement our diverse range of habitats and support adaptation to climate change through flood management.
For more information please email the climate change team at: email@example.com