Energy and Waste

Total number of submissions = 156

Number of submissions from:

  • Community Organisations = 13
  • Schools = 1
  • Charities = 1
  • Parish/Town Councils = 2
  • Businesses = 5
  • Individuals = 134

The submissions can be summarised as:

Develop a county-wide renewable energy strategy that would:

  • Identify where and how each type of onshore and offshore renewable energy technology could be facilitated through local action, including green gas
  • Support for the community energy sector
  • Provide advice to consumers on choosing an effective green electricity tariff
  • Determine how all new buildings could be made to include solar panels
  • Link to building retrofit schemes to promote renewable heating and electricity solutions
  • Develop local opportunities for storage and flexibility services
  • Encourage the use of waste heat from Energy from Waste installations
  • Ensure no local support for new fossil-fuel generation
  • Encourage district heating in new development and retrofit
  • Engage with key landowners to generate power on their land

Produce a county-wide waste and resources management strategy that would:

  • Introduce a county-wide recycling system that operates the same in each area
  • Penalise poor recyclers, alongside an enhanced education campaign
  • Provide support for more repair cafes to encourage reuse
  • Enhance resale and reuse facilities at household waste recycling centres, perhaps through involving charities
  • Educate people about the impact of unnecessary consumption by product type, e.g. electronics, fashion, beauty
  • Introduce a deposit return scheme on bottles
  • Promote the sharing economy by copying the “Totnes Libraries of Things” model
  • Introduce carbon capture and storage technology on the Energy from Waste installations to produce lime-based fertiliser and aggregate
  • Produce biochar from the pyrolysis of degradable waste to sequester carbon as a soil enhancer
  • Enhance the use of anaerobic digestion

More nuclear power generation capacity

  • Introduce policies to limit the human population
  • Enhance resilience and capacity of the National Grid and Local Distribution Networks
  • Remove the effective ban on onshore wind energy within the National Planning Policy Framework
  • Offer demonstrators in Devon of Carbon Capture and Storage technology on industrial facilities
  • Review Part L of the Building Regulations to require new and refurbished hotels to use key-card switches on the electrical circuits within individual rooms
  • Legislate on the materials that are permitted for packaging to limit it to materials that are easily reusable and recyclable and to minimise single-use plastics
  • Reduce product obsolescence, perhaps by requiring companies to offer minimum warranty periods or lease option
  • All waste should be collected free of charge by local councils to avoid fly tipping
  • Shift financial onus of disposal back to producer to enforce lifecycle consideration
  • Drive refunding schemes for recycling to transition to circular economy
  • Improve carbon literacy so that carbon footprints can be compiled alongside financial accounts and then carbon intensity can be considered within decision making
  • Rationalise streetlights and illuminated signs, bollard and furniture
  • All buildings to have solar panels fitted