Central Beds Council to Develop a Climate Change Plan


Central Bedfordshire Council has agreed to prioritise responding to climate change. A proposal to develop a plan was discussed at its Council meeting yesterday (18 July), and received unanimous support.

Suggesting this proposal, Councillor Dixon, Executive Member for Transformation and External Relations at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Following elections, we have reflected on some of our priorities and in particular, we have created a transformation portfolio which includes responding to climate change.

“We recognise that we can and want to do a lot more to reduce our carbon footprint, and we want to encourage others to do so too. We will produce a deliverable plan, ready for roll out during 2020. In that plan, we aim to lead by example in our everyday practices, encouraging and supporting our residents and businesses to do likewise. We’ll also be looking to invest in programmes that support a carbon-neutral Central Bedfordshire for 2030 and beyond.”

Amongst the projects that the council already has lined up that will help tackle climate change, are innovative plans to trial pavements and cycleways* that will capture solar energy and kinetic energy from people walking to power streetlights and electric road signs.

* The council secured £1.05m of funding to trial the solar and kinetic energy pavements and cycleways from the Department of Transport and the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).

Central Bedfordshire Council and its partners Ringway Jacobs, Morgan Sindall, Jacobs, Vinci are running a project entitled "Power Roads – Harvesting renewable energy from solar, kinetic and thermal source.

This project is described as an unrivalled opportunity to test the performance of innovative materials and systems to harvest renewable energy. CBC is working in collaboration to install, monitor, and evaluate test sites as part of their capital programme of works. The test sites will encompass three types of energy generation; solar, kinetic and thermal. The live labs will review construction techniques, maintenance protocols, and measure energy generation, storage, and distribution. Revenue models will be developed as part of the trial, as well as enabling best practice guidance for both installation techniques and prediction of benefits.

Location Key development and connectivity projects in Central Bedfordshire
• A421 Project: It is proposed that the surfacing of the footway be surfaced with a material
containing solar power capability as a trial for creating and storing energy
• Flitwick Town Centre: Install new surface to footway in Flitwick town centre (approx. 802m2)
using a surface course with solar or kinetic power capability.
• A421 Project: Install ‘Power Road’ solution developed by Vinci to power infrastructure and
as a de-icing solution in sub-zero weather conditions.
Funding £1.05m

• Energy generation, storage and use in local roads sector – lighting, de-icing
• Mitigating rising energy costs through technology
• Overcoming fear of failure

Find out what other SMART Places – Live Labs Competition Winners are doing here.

Sources: DM CBC, Adept

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