Net Zero Barnet: Barnet Friends of the Earth Briefing

Act now for an net-zero Barnet

Barnet FoE: Barnet Sustainability Strategy Asks

Barnet Friends of the Earth asks that Barnet council develop a sustainability strategy and action plan
Makes Barnet a healthier place for all current and future residents and delivers outcomes that help
reduce climate change and improve nature.
Is ambitious, collaborative and trusted:
● Ambitious in what it intends to achieve
● Collaborative in how the plan is developed and delivered, engaging and involving all parts of the
community, learning from and working with others outside the borough
● Trusted by the community with transparent and honest reporting of progress and outcomes

● A vision for 2030 and beyond
● Desired outcomes
● Clear action plans and SMART targets for 2026, 2030 and 2040
● How and when progress will be measured and reported on
● Governance, accountabilities, roles and responsibilities
● Funding sources

Barnet FoE have set out a vision for Barnet in 2030 and we would ask that the council develop a
community owned vision for 2030 and beyond that sets the context for the strategy.
Read Barnet FoE's Barnet Sustainability Strategy Asks document in which we set out 7 different areas and associated outcomes we would like the strategy to deliver. We then provide suggestions of specific actions that could help achieve the desired outcomes.

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.

Read the full sustainability strategy briefing

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.

Read the full 'Park The Car' briefing

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.

Read the full 'Healthy Homes' briefing

What is your vision for healthy homes in Barnet? Send your thoughts to us by clicking on the form at the right hand side of the page.

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

Read the full 'Healthy Nature' briefing