Net Zero Barnet: Barnet Friends of the Earth Briefing
Barnet FoE: Barnet Sustainability Strategy Asks
Barnet FoE Vision for a Net Zero Carbon 2030
It's 2030. Look outside. What do you see?
In 2030 Barnet is a low emissions borough with cleaner air; protected and well maintained green spaces that are accessible to all and affordable and efficient public transport.
Walking and cycling is safe and easy and for many is the preferred way of going to local shops, keeping fit and getting to work. Participation in cycling clubs, walking and running groups is at its highest.
We at Barnet FoE have outlined a vision for a Net Zero Carbon 2030. We believe having a clear vision of 2030 can motivate and galvanise us towards taking the action that is necessary to get us to the state the vision describes.
Have a read, and more over, please tell us what you want Barnet to look like in 2030. On the right hand side you will find the option to share your thoughts and wishes with us. We, in turn, will share a synthesis of these ideas with Barnet Council this year.
Barnet FoE's Briefing to Barnet Council's Sustainability Strategy
As the London borough with the highest population, Barnet can make an important contribution to London and the UK becoming net-zero in line with the Paris commitments. To do this, it is estimated that Barnet needs to “reach zero or near zero carbon no later than 2042”. Barnet Council has set the target of “Barnet Borough Net Zero as soon as possible and by 2050 at the latest”.
Sources of current carbon emissions in Barnet are split as follows: Housing 50%, Transport 29%, Industrial & Commercial 21%. As Housing and Transport comprise 79% of emissions, this briefing focuses on these two areas.
The majority of homes are pre-1944 and only 42% are designated as well insulated.
While a third of households do not have access to a car, Barnet has the second highest car ownership level per household in London. Two thirds of car journeys are under 5km and Tfl estimates that there are almost half a million journeys a day that could switch from motorised transport to walking and cycling.
During 2022 Barnet Council is developing a sustainability strategy and will be having resident focus groups and wider consultation.
To help inform discussions and debate across the borough, Barnet Friends of the Earth have produced a briefing about housing and transport in Barnet and current Council plans.
This briefing provides an overview of the current situation relating to Barnet becoming Net Zero. It has been prepared by Barnet FoE to help inform and inspire accelerated and effective action by all. The analysis is based upon public domain material.
Park The Car: Barnet FoE Transport Emissions Briefing
This briefing provides an overview of the current situation relating to active travel in Barnet. It has been prepared by Barnet FoE to help inform and inspire accelerated and effective action by all. The analysis is based upon public domain material.
Using body power instead of engines or batteries to help us get around is good for our health and our
environment. Barnet's residents have the potential to do a lot more “active travel” but there are some
key barriers to overcome, myths to bust and actions to take. Car owners could choose to leave their
car parked at home and walk or cycle to the shops or work. The council could develop and implement
an ambitious strategy to enable more active travel and less traffic.
Barnet needs to decide whether it joins the shift to active travel or gets left behind.
What is your vision for active travel in Barnet? Send your thoughts to us by clicking on the form at the right hand side of the page.
Healthy Homes: Barnet FoE Housing Emissions Briefing
In Barnet, Housing is the source of 50% of current carbon emissions and so is an important area to focus
on if Barnet is to get to Net Zero.
Barnet's existing houses have a median energy efficiency score of around 55/100 (band D) compared to new homes which are above 80 (band B). In Barnet, only 42% of homes are designated as well insulated – less than the best performing similar London Borough with 50% and significantly below the official target of 89% and the FoE target of 100%. Poor insulation means we waste money and produce more emissions.
There needs to be more effort made to help owners understand the actual efficiency of their property and what needs to be done, including what can be done at low cost for immediate impact. This will not only reduce homes' carbon emissions, but also the possibility of Ill-health from cold or damp homes.
Healthy Nature: Barnet FoE Nature Carbon Sinks and Emissions Briefing
Barnet is one of the greenest boroughs in London. 2,466 hectares of Green Belt and 690 hectares of
Metropolitan Open Land cover a third of the Borough and there are 67 Sites of Importance for Nature
Conservation (SINCs), all of which help to provide some protection against development.
However, a section of the borough from New Barnet to Oakleigh Park and parts of North Finchley,
East Finchley and an area to the North East of Hendon do not lie within 400m of a local park. North and
East Finchley and Brent Cross/Cricklewood have a particular deficiency in District Park provision.
Chipping Barnet region has the majority of park space with 244 hectares (Hendon has 141 and Finchley/Golden Green 80).
Of the 49 natural green spaces, 39 were assessed and it is reported that:
● None of the natural greenspaces were identified as being used by schools
● 5% of sites are within areas of future population growth
● 85% of sites are in high flood risk areas