Below are links to the Council's key strategic environmental sustainability documents which are directing the work of the Council. These will ensure that Bath and North East Somerset moves towards an environmentally sustainable, low carbon future that is resilient to climate change, whilst maintaining a high quality of life for those who live and work in the district.
‘Environmental sustainability is about our ability to survive and thrive into the future. Everything else that we seek to achieve – such as improved health and well-being and economic prosperity - is dependent on a clean environment and stable climate.
In Bath & North East Somerset, our ambition is to provide the leadership to enable the whole community to benefit from an environmentally sustainable, healthy, low carbon future that is resilient to changes in our climate. We seek to be a leading place for innovation and achievement in pursuit of these goals.’ (updated July 2018)
In taking this action on climate change, a wide range of strategic issues are encompassed, including energy infrastructure planning and sustainable buildings, transport, peak oil, air pollution and waste management, as well as local green space, bio-diversity and protection of the natural environment. The Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy 2016-2020 outlines the vision and appoach that is being taken by the partnership. This strategy is available to download here.
There are practical and successful examples from around the area showing how it can be done:
The Community Energy Strategy 2015-2018 sets out an approach for how local public and private sector partners can work together in Bath and North East Somerset to accelerate the growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements across the district in a way which delivers maximum local benefit. It supports the Core Strategy target of installing 275MW renewable energy by 2029, as well as other Core Strategy targets on retrofitting, sustainable construction and district heating. It also supports other policy aims such as the provision of lower cost energy, reduction of fuel poverty, local economic benefits and community ownership and involvement, as part of our local target to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2026.
The Local Food Strategy sets out its vision as Bath and North East Somerset as a place where everyone can access good quality, safe, affordable food and enjoy a healthy diet, with more locally produced food that sustains the environment and supports the local economy. In particular we want to reduce diet-related ill health and inequality, reduce the local environmental impacts of food production and supply including its contribution to climate change, increase food security and support a strong and prosperous food economy.
We want Bath and North East Somerset to be a place where good quality food is widely provided, celebrated and promoted and where everyone has the opportunities to develop food related skills and to reconnect with food and where it comes from. The need for a B&NES Local Food Strategy arose from the synergy between the Environmental Sustainability Partnership objectives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG ) emissions and environmental impacts from the food sector and the Health & Well-Being Board (HW BB) objectives to reduce diet-related ill health and inequality. In addition, the importance of a thriving local food economy to local economic well-being is included in the Economic Strategy.
The B&NES Local Food Strategy provides a framework for action that encompasses social, economic and environmental sustainability in a coherent and coordinated manner. The strategy has been designed to bring together the full range of current food activities and to identify future opportunities within a single strategic framework, enabling greater co-ordination, crossfertilisation and closer working between partners and stakeholders across the local authority.
It is the intention that this more integrated approach will increase the opportunities for our strategic ambitions to be realised, working in partnership with public sector organisations, food and farming businesses, the voluntary sector and local communities.
Bath & North East Somerset Sustainability Building Standards Study
This study, undertaken jointly by Max Fordham, Architype and Gale & Snowden, aims to capture the options and opportunities for setting sustainability standards for development and regeneration projects which the Council is involved in. It consists of the following sections, available at the links below:
- The Council’s approach: Please note, the Council’s approach as cited on this page is a draft under revision and is not the final adopted approach of the Council
- Financial considerations for Sustainable Construction, including build costs and value for investors.
- Managing the process to achieve Sustainability outcomes: Certification- Pros and cons; Max Fordham Sustainability Matrix; Soft Landings Framework; Energy Modelling Software; Future climate resilience; Contractual Routes
- Options for Standards, Methods and Implementation (a comparison table)
- Implementing Passivhaus through the RIBA stages
- Top 10 Sustainable Construction Measures for Schools
Section 7: Keynsham Civic Centre Case Study: The Council has delivered an award-winning headquarters building to achieve a DEC A energy performance at no additional cost uplift. This section includes a detailed case study of measures and costs, plus the Tender Documentation that was used to implement the Soft Landings process and embed sustainability throughout the project.
Section 8: Non Domestic and Domestic Case Studies: Including costs and specifications.
- Max Fordham Case Studies: Woodland Trust; Heelis; National Trust HQ; the Hive, Worcester Library and History Centre
- Architype Passivhaus Case Studies: The Enterprise Centre; University of East Anglia; Wilkinson Primary School; Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre
- Gale & Snowden Passivhaus Case Studies: The Curve (offices); Reed Walk, Rowan House and Knights Place (social housing); Westcott House (renovated Victorian house)
Section 9: A note on the sustainable refurbishment of historic buildings: Trinity College New Court, Cambridge. Section 10: About the Authors
- The Council's Waste Strategy
- The Council monitors and controls environmental pollution. View more details about minimising the effects of pollution, including plans, strategies and enforcement legislation.
- Green Infrastructure Strategy will ensure that the natural infrastructure is in place to help people live happier, healthier and more sustainable lives.