Agenda and minutes

Environment and Climate Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee. - Tuesday, 21 June 2022 2.00 pm, MOVED

Venue: Sparkenhoe Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield. View directions

Contact: Ms. C. Tuohy Email: (cat.tuohy@leics.gov.uk)  0116 305 5483

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairman.

Mr. T. Pendleton CC was nominated Chairman elect at the Annual Meeting of the County Council held on 18 May 2022.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That Mr. T. Pendleton CC be appointed Chairman for the period ending with the date of the Annual Meeting of the County Council in 2023.

 

Mr. T. Pendleton in the Chair

2.

Election of Vice-Chairman.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That Mr. M. Frisby CC be elected Vice Chairman for the period ending with the date of the Annual Meeting of the County Council in 2023.

 

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2022. pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2022 were taken as read, confirmed and signed.

4.

Question Time.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive reported that no questions had been received under Standing Order 34.

5.

Questions asked by members under Standing Order 7(3) and 7(5). pdf icon PDF 266 KB

Minutes:

The Chief Executive reported that three questions had been received under Standing Order 7(3) and 7(5) from Mr. M. Hunt CC.

 

 

1.         Future Residual waste Strategy

 

On 16 January 2020 the Director stated in her report to the committee:

“Procurement of option(s) for waste treatment, replacing an existing residual waste contract for up to 60,000 tonnes of waste. …For the procurement exercise commissioning is following a competitive dialogue approach; selection questionnaires have been received and evaluated with clarifications resolved and are now in the outline solutions stage of the tender process. The new contract is due to be awarded in early 2021 with a start date to be confirmed between April 2021 to April 2023”

 

Has the Contract been awarded and is the start date of such a contract still anticipated by April 2023?

 

Response by the Chairman

Due to the nature and status of the process and the confidentiality associated with this matter, the County Council is limited in what can be disclosed at this point. However, it can be confirmed that once the award information can be made public, a report will be prepared and taken to the Cabinet accordingly.

There has been no change to the above position regarding the contract start date.

 

2.         Future Residual waste Strategy

 

If the Contract has not yet been awarded yet what impact, if any, has this on our waste disposal costs?

 

Response by the Chairman

The published 2021-2025 Medium Term Financial Strategy accounts for any waste disposal costs associated with the Contract for Post 2020 Residual Waste.

 

3.         Future Residual waste Strategy

 

Does the procurement still set as a minimum requirement that any solution that burns or incinerates the waste (or a significant fraction of the waste) should utilise an R1 compliant facility as defined in the EU Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC, as stated in January 2021?

 

Response by the Chairman

There has been no change to this position.

 

6.

Urgent Items.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items for consideration.

7.

Declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Chairman invited members who wished to do so to declare any interest in respect of items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

No declarations were made.

8.

Declarations of the Party Whip in accordance with Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rule 16.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of the party whip.

9.

Presentation of Petitions under Standing Order 35.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive reported that no petitions had been received under Standing Order 35.

10.

Corporate Climate Change Risk Assessment Review 2021. pdf icon PDF 471 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Environment and Transport which presented the Corporate Climate Change Risk Assessment Review 2021. A copy of the report marked ‘Agenda Item 10’ is filed with these minutes.

 

Arising from the discussion the following points arose:

 

i.          The report referenced eight risks that required urgent attention from Government within the next two years. These risks related to freshwater viability, soil health, natural carbon stores, crops and livestock, supply of food and goods and human health. These were national issues that the Authority needed to be aware of, however ultimately required Government action.

 

ii.        It was queried whether future reports could consider issues related to financial investments of the Authority, such as the Corporate Asset Investment Fund, given the Authorities investments also carried risk. Members were assured that the Department would work with colleagues within Corporate Resources Department to ensure the Corporate Risk Management Policy and Strategy was suitable for assessing risks of a complex and long-term nature, as presented by climate change.

 

iii.       The financial pressure on the Authority would increase as the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events increased. A Member further referenced an additional pressure that could be posed as result of potential migration due to the intensity of climate change.

 

iv.       The Committee noted that the Authority looked to be prepared as soon as possible, recognising that it would take a few years to put in place a full climate risk plan. Further discussions would be had with service areas, and the Department would keep abreast of global and national developments as well as the latest climate science, to inform what is done locally.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

 

11.

Leicestershire Net Zero Carbon 2045 Strategy and Action Plan. pdf icon PDF 479 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Environment and Transport which presented Leicestershire’s Net Zero Carbon 2045 Strategy and Action Plan. A copy of the report marked ‘Agenda Item 11’ is filed with these minutes.

 

The Assistant Director for Environment and Waste introduced the Strategy setting out its long-term goal of net zero by 2045 for Leicestershire. This committed the Authority to demonstrate leadership, collaboration, and influence where appropriate, as it was clear the County Council could not achieve net zero on its own.

 

Arising from the discussion the following points were made:

 

      i.             A Member questioned the ongoing consultation and how the Authority looked to engage with residents who did not have access to the internet, or who may struggle with the technical detail within the Strategy. Members were advised that the Authority recognised the importance of engaging with all residents and had developed programme of events, which included Road Shows in country parks and libraries. The Strategy had also been signposted within Leicestershire Matters and the Lead Member undertook a live question and answer session on Radio Leicester and on Facebook.

 

     ii.             Furthermore, the consultation was available in different formats, and residents could request paper copies via phone. Youth engagement was taking place via the ‘Participation People’ to ensure young people’s views were represented, and resources had been developed specifically targeted at younger people.

 

    iii.             The Committee were assured that the Authority looked to make the consultation process as accessible and engaging as possible, recognising that it was the first step in a long-term relationship with residents, which would be followed by development of long-term plan to engage with different groups and stakeholders. Members agreed this was key given the journey to Net Zero required behavioural change from the community and businesses.

 

   iv.             Members were advised that as of 21st June the consultation had received just under 200 online responses and 60 through the youth service. The Lead Member assured Members that the Authority took Net Zero very seriously, as did the public given views expressed in the lead up to the 2021 election. A view on the outcome of the consultation would need to await its end prior to any judgement. The Lead Member added that it was a testament to the Authority that it had declared a climate emergency in 2019 and set up the Environment and Climate Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee to monitor and scrutinise the Authorities progress.  

 

     v.             It was understood that some costs towards net zero were as yet unknown and would need to be considered in future, Examples of such unknown costs included information on costs related to electric vehicle infrastructure and vehicle and battery disposal. It was noted that most electric vehicle charging points would most likely be funded privately. 

 

   vi.             The Strategy was net zero, rather than zero carbon as it was impossible to plan for a future without carbon. As a result, once the Authority had reduced its carbon emissions as much as possible through its own action and influence, it would need to look at sequestration and carbon offsetting. It was noted that the Council would look to lead on projects and improvements not only to offset carbon but improve the environment within Leicestershire as a place for education, work, and recreation. Officers would ensure that the Strategy was clear about carbon capture and offsets.

 

  vii.             A Member highlighted the point within the consultant’s report that even the most ambitious policy pathway would not align with a Paris Agreement compliant pathway, given the major policy gap between current targets and the required pace of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

To advise of any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent elsewhere on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were *** urgent items for consideration.

13.

Date of next meeting.

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to take place on 2 September 2022 at 2pm..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

It was noted that the next meeting of the Committee would be held on *** at *** am/pm.