The Council and democracy Climate Change Action Plan - Progress Update Q1 Apr to Jun 2021

Workstream #1 - Buildings and energy

1.1     Detailed design work for all Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) works are underway and the project has been extended until March 2022. Issues relating to timelines for refurbishment at the National Cycling Centre are being monitored closely. 
1.2     The Manchester Low Carbon Build Standard is being used by Capital Programmes. The Strategic Capital Board Peer Review Group (PRG) is reviewing and refining the draft carbon metrics to be included within the Strategic Capital Board business cases. 
1.3     Manchester City Council Energy and Buildings Strategy action is being combined with the wider outcomes for Action 1.4.
1.4     The Large Scale Renewable Energy Generation (LSREG) feasibility study is scheduled to be presented at SMT in June. The report will then be presented to the Leader and Executive Members for Finance and Environment.
1.5     The streetlight replacement programme is now complete (closing action 1.5) with around 56,000 LEDs installed. The full impact on emissions will follow a full operational year (2021-22).
1.6     Following an external assurance review, Executive approved the Manchester Heat Network Business Plan on 3 June. Construction work is almost complete and commissioning the next step. The power supply changeovers to the connected buildings are scheduled for July to August, to complete in September. The gas connection, due in June, is currently delayed and under ongoing review.  The Civic Quarter Heat Network private wire connection to the Town Hall Extension is now complete,
1.7     Estimated cost of achieving as near to zero as possible for 13,000 council properties managed by Northwards leaves a £200m gap. MCC also owns approximately 3000 other homes (mainly PFI-funded contracts) which require works and not currently included any long-term contracts. Work is ongoing to identify how contracts can be amended to include and fund zero carbon works. The intention is to prepare a detailed funding submission for the Strategic Capital Board before the end of 2021-22. A planning meeting was held in May for the proposed housing summit. 
1.8     The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) funding agreement assumed work would complete December 2021. A change request has been submitted to amend this to June 2022. Progress has been made with the planning department who have agreed that the external treatment does not require planning applications. 
1.10    Large volumes of geo-spatial and energy consumption data have been collated for Manchester and the Council for multiple Greater Manchester projects (Go Neutral, Local Area Energy Plan, Building Energy Decarbonisation Plans). 
1.11     A briefing report has been drafted and awaits Head of Development approval prior to implementing recommendations to relevant transaction processes and project governance.  
1.12     Capital programmes are working with a task and finish group (Manchester Zero Carbon New Building Task Group) to look at potential new standards and targets for zero carbon new build for residential and commercial buildings. 
1.13     A draft has been produced with the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction and National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) supporting metrics for the delivery of the national Achieving Net Zero Carbon Code. This will be launched at COP26 and used by construction contractors. This includes a requirement for all NACF contractors to develop a “Achieving Net Zero Carbon Plan”, with details of their absolute emissions and a proposed reduction target monitored by NWCH

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