10 Feb 2009 05:02:02
Greenest suburb planned
Over 1,000 new energy efficient homes and a refit for existing ones are part of plans published this week for the greenest suburb in the UK.
Sutton Council, also home to the BedZed zero-carbon development, has unveiled plans drawn up with residents and businesses and based on the idea of One Planet Living.
Local renewable energy projects, such as biomass boilers or wind turbines, will be used to generate heat and electricity.
As well as boosting the energy efficiency of buildings themselves, the plan aims to reduce carbon emissions related with travel.
The proposal includes details for local jobs so that people have to commute less, while roads, pavements and bridges will be designed to encourage walking, cycling and using public transport.
Sutton leader Sean Brennan (Lib Dem) said: "The way we live in the UK and the drain this has on the earth's resources simply cannot continue. Councils must start taking the lead if we are to transform our communities and save the planet from climate change."
According to the Guardian, Ed Miliband, secretary of state for environment and climate change, and Hazel Blears, communities and local government secretary are expected to announce plans to retrofit a quarter of the UK homes with energy efficient technology. http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4738