Reducing carbon emissions helps the environment and saves money. Simple changes can make our homes, schools, workplaces and local services more energy efficient.
We are committed to doing everything we can to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. In 2007 we signed up for the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change which commits us to actively tackling climate change and reducing our carbon emissions.
We also support the Climate Change Act 2008 which is the UK framework to improve carbon management.
Clean Air Villages (CAV) supplier directories
Improve air quality in your area by using our directory of businesses that offer ultra-low emission deliveries and services.
As part of the DEFRA-funded Clean Air Villages programme, H&F, Cross River Partnership and Mayor of London Air Quality Fund, are excited to launch the online Clean Air Village supplier directories for Fulham, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush.
These directories list businesses operating across the whole of the borough that include delivery using the councils Parcels Not Pollution emission free cargo bike service, ultra-low emission electric vehicles or by foot.
It also supports the expansion of the Mayor of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to include H&F from October 2021.
Ultra-low emission suppliers case studies
Building Energy Plant Emissions
After road transport, buildings are the second largest source of air pollution and carbon emissions in London, emitting 44% of the total Nitrogen Oxides in London, or about 2,950t/yr. Buildings are also the second largest anthropogenic source of particulates after road transport, contributing 18% of London emissions through gas heating, large boilers, and Industrial plant. Building emissions arise primarily from combustion to provide space and water heating and some industrial processes. Domestic sources, primarily water heating gas boiler exhausts, are distributed over wide areas, diluting their pollution.
While commercial heating plant emissions can be intense, these are required to have tall chimneys and special abatement equipment, to minimise concentrations downwind and the chances of a plume reaching the ground. Thus, buildings do not tend to create pollution exceedance hotspots, but contribute substantially to the urban background pollution concentrations.
To reduce the impact of building emissions on local air quality and on the climate it is encouraged that building use higher thermal efficiency fabric standards such as Passivhaus, WELL Building Standards, Association of Environment Conscious Building and the ‘Low Energy Building Design’ concept that only use non-combustion renewable energy technologies
Non-combustion based energy technologies should be prioritised over combustion based energy plant, for example combined heat and energy plant, gas boilers to avoid adverse impacts on local air quality and the climate. Buildings can reduce their Carbon CO2 emissions by using a combination of non-combustion air quality neutral technologies such as air source heat pumps (ASHP), ground source heat pumps (GHSP) and electric boilers, solar photovoltaic panels (PV).
Advice from other sources
- See GOV.UK advice for cutting your household energy bills.
- For more information about saving energy at home visit the Energy Saving Trust website and the greener living guide.
- Look for useful information on your energy supplier’s website.
- Work out your carbon footprint with the WWF carbon footprint calculator.
- For more information, read a quick guide to climate change or the Met Office's Climate Change FAQs with clear and concise answers.