How can we tackle climate change?

4 months ago

Tell us your ideas – what projects should be included in Coventry’s partnership bid?

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  • Brian B 4 months ago
    If the council is serious about tackling climate change, a good first step would be to stop shops keeping their doors open whilst spending money heating the store. This effectively means that they are DIRECTLY heating the climate !! There are a number of shops that have automatic opening, & some have double doors which create a kind of 'airlock' which must keep more warm air inside. Perhaps if we are serious about tackling climate change we could ban outdoor heaters, again directly adding to global warming.
    • Ceetee 3 months ago
      If the council is serious about reducing emissions and tackling climate change perhaps they should not have granted planning permission for a parcel distribution centre, with no restrictions, just meters away from the proposed congestion zone. Perhaps also stop giving permission for the high rises that are completely encircling the ring road with more still vying for space, not a solar panel to be seen and almost all appear to be student accommodation. I know (some) are generating an income for business owners but where is the infrastructure to support them and what benefit is there for the local residents?
  • Elanjones 4 months ago
    Why not promote producing food locally? Educate children in schools where food comes from. Grow own vegetables in school and encourage them to begin at home. Encourage farmers and those from agriculture to come out to the schools to educate the children on where there food comes from and promote buying locally. Food travels from over the world, and this generation has no idea where food comes from and that most can be purchased locally rather than across the globe. Changing the world by first looking at what we can do close to home, supporting local businesses that preserve local knowledge and customs using sustainably sourced materials from the surrounding area is one way of many to think globally and act locally.Campaign to produce behavioral change: Inspire, educate and raise awareness on how our everyday consumer behavior affects our local environment and planet, introduce people to actions they can implement into their daily routine to reduce their negative environmental impact.
  • Nickd 4 months ago
    The comment on local produce is a good one, need to define area of local though. The money could be used to open a shop in the City Centre or in other local shopping areas if money was available. The shop would sell local produce and be a refill station. This would help reduce carbon, plastic use and rejuvenate the City Centre shops rather than leave them empty, it would also create jobs for producers and shop staff.
  • Susie 4 months ago
    The council could use their roads and green spaces within housing estates to install (or allow developers wayleaves for) shared neighbourhood ground source pipe arrays hidden 1m underground. Each property can then join in the network with their own ground source heat pump amplifying the underground warmth to reduce the energy used to heat each property.
  • James 4 months ago
    I've seen a lot of electric chargers around the city, but not very many electric cars. Electric cars are very expensive to buy (as are most new cars!). If we want people to make the shift, I wondered if there was a way that Government or Local Authority could make things cheaper. As things are, I can't ever think of a time where I could afford a new electric car, and I'm in a household where we have two working people!
  • Robyn 3 months ago
    Roadside/Wasteland tree plantingCO2 Absorbant CementRecycling FacilityRenewable energy.Electric Chargers for cars or decent bus serviceCycle lanes
  • oreilly9000 3 months ago
    Building an outer ring road might release the pressure within the city roads at peak time traffic..The smaller inner ring road has served this purpose on the city center for decades. Wouldn't this reduce the carbon footprint that cars use when stationary at long points in peak traffic time. At least it would keep traffic from stop/start and more free flowing. Coventry would get government funding on this. When we burn less fuel, we generate fewer emissions. When emissions go down, the pace of global warming slows.
  • Susa 3 months ago
    Ban cars entirely from the inner ring road zone. Create more incentives for using the bike, such as more bike stands, and cycle lanes especially in the outskirts of the city (for example, it is quite hazardous to get from the City Centre to Ryton Gardens on a bike). Take action to expand the regional bus and train network in the early and late hours of the weekends so that you are not forced to take the car.Provide more financial incentives for home owners to take action for reducing waste of energy, such as isolation, or subsidies for solar panelling. Make sure that heating (radiators) is proportionate to the size of each room in order to use heating in a more efficient way. Create booklets with advice on how to save energy. When building new housing make sure they are energy efficient: See for example the "Passivhaus"-project in Norwich.Ban plastic from supermarket shelves or food festivals.
  • Steve W 3 months ago
    What about electric or hybrid buses? A lot of the Coventry bus fleet seem to be incredibly noisy and polluting old Volvo B7s - typically 2002 and 2003 registered. The new Routemasters in London are 40% more fuel-efficient than conventional diesel buses, and 15% more than older hybrid buses, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by 40% and particulates by 33% compared with diesel buses. Would need a lot of investment but a good project for a bid for funding support.
  • Lindy 3 months ago
    Ban. Fireworks. They have effect on the climate the amount that have gone off Over last two weeks
  • wifag 3 months ago
    Coventry does not have a credible climate change policy. Friends of the Earth, rated the city 291 out of 339 local authorities for effective climate change policy and action4. They state: “All local authorities, even the best performing, need to ramp up what they are doing. We know we are facing a climate and ecological emergency that threatens our existence and the natural world." In the absence of a credible climate change plan, it is is premature to considerany applications for building on our local green belt areas , a plan for homes which, just by their location, pour far more CO2 into the atmosphere than would be needed if the homes were sited more centrally, at a greater density if necessary. , there is enough brownfield land and windfall sites in Coventry to cope with teh next ten years housing needs10 years. Having said all this , are our Council going to listen? I doubt it, they have no plan to reduce green house gasses in Coventry, their promises to listen are hollow at best, they are more interested in building on green fields to help greedy developers who will only build expensive houses, not the affordable houses needed, why because expensive houses generate more rate income !!
  • Andy H 3 months ago
    We need real investment in cycling and walking infrastructure. There should be safe routes for active commuting for every child going to every school, for every person going to local shopping and community facilities, and for every commuter going to and from the city centre. More park and ride facilities would be useful, and should include free parking for visitors who want to leave the car and cycle the last part of their journey.The council always manage to find more space for private motor vehicles; it is time to take some of that for pedestrians and cyclists. The fastest, easiest and most direct routes should always prioritise zero emission users.Many residential roads could be made into one way roads or blocked in the middle to make them through routes only for cyclists and pedestrians. This can also create safe play spaces for children.As a general philosophy, we have to build residential and city centre spaces around people and stop planning everything around private motor vehicles.
  • LB 3 months ago
    I would be keen to work with the business community to encourage them to play their part (if not already doing so). Could we develop a City Climate Change Hub full of ideas and best practice and support and a 'toolkit' for businesses?
  • vo 3 months ago
    perhaps all taxi`s and hire cars operating in the city should be electric only, oh and Ubers. These vehicles run around all day polluting. A lot of Europe has added to trams, with single deck trolley buses. I would hope we could support homegrown vehicles.Another way to cut carbon emissions is to follow the EU and ban bonfires and i agree with the firework ban as they seem to be going off thro the year. a quick easy win.
  • Rm 3 months ago
    Support local innovative companies to contribute to bigger pictureFor example Canley Digital Healthcare is more recognised abroad then locally for reducing CO2 emissions by enabling patients to talk to their GPs remotely without having to travel many times to clinic.....this is a local company that cant get local support to help its own community!!!
  • LCT 3 months ago
    It's difficult to say if we don't know what the biggest issues are locally. Is it transport, is it housing, is it industry/business? Probably all of the above. The most obvious improvement would be to transport. I moved here from London 26 years ago and had to learn to drive in order to live and work effectively. If there was a viable alternative to driving I would leave my car at home. I did cycle to work on a few occasions but you do feel particularly vulnerable and it isn't ideal if you have to get somewhere quickly and change. A Coventry Transport initiative with more buses (electric/green energy) across the city, ease of use, similar to the Oyster card in London and free transport for children would be a start. Ensuring new build housing is built to the highest/most energy efficient and sustainable specifications not the lowest/cheapest. Also provide guidance and maybe even assistance to those living in old stock housing.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Help schools to organise walking school buses and so reduce the number of parents driving their children to school.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Let children go walking as an optional school sporting activity and so cultivate the love or walking which is an excellent form of exercise as well as having a small carbon footprint.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Take children into places of worship and other places where seniors meet and get them to talk about how they feel about climate change and what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Work with schools to let children write news stories about what they or their family or school or community or city are already doing about climate change and publish them on a website devoted to them. Also encourage them to make short videos on the same subject and post them on social media.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Create a cookery book with low carbon footprint recipes.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Encourage a local newspaper or radio station to have a regular short carbon reduction slot in which guest speakers or authors would write or talk about what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint and help save the planet.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Put pressure on the city council to take action in the face of the climate emergency. The debate of councillors earlier in the year acknowledged there is an emergency but failed to offer any new options for dealing with it.
  • GeorgeRiches 3 months ago
    Ban the movement of motor vehicles in the neighbourhood of schools during the times students are entering or leaving. That would make it far more safer and pleasant for them to walk or cycle to school. Those who live too far away to cycle could be dropped off a mile away and get some exercise walking in.
  • GeorgeRiches 3 months ago
    Build direct and safe cycle routes. If people used pedal cycles for journeys under 5 miles instead of travelling by car, to the same extent as people in the Netherlands do, Coventry would generate 1500 tonnes of CO2 per year less than it currently does.Battery cars and trams are an untried technology. We can't just wait until they appear.
  • iExplore1985 3 months ago
    I feel a lot of the traffic lights could have a filter light added, this would stop cars sitting stationary when they do not need to be. Need to assess bus usage, double decker buses when a single would be fine.
  • Debbie H 3 months ago
    The traffic into the city centre dramatically reduces when it is the school holidays, meaning cars needing to travel are not stuck in stand still traffic producing more emissions. My suggestion would be for school buses to run, this would also help with normal bus commutes not being over flowing with school pupils.
  • Pete 3 months ago
    An easy and simple move, would be to replace council vehicles that travel less than 70 or so miles a day, with electric alternatives. In some cases, this may not be viable. However, for most small to medium vans this would be viable. It would also give two additional benefits, on top of the reduction in green house gases. Firstly, it would improve the image of the council - especially with all the charging points that have/will be installed across the city. Secondly, it would save a great deal of money in fuel and tax.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Talk about the devastating consequences of climate change is creating feelings of hopelessness among young people. There is scope for forming support groups to enable them to talk to each other and to experts, to learn how to reduce their carbon footprints and get involved with actions to encourage others to do likewise.
  • Admin Commented James Sampson-Foster 3 months ago
    Hey guys, there is going to be a workshop on the 4th December to talk more in depth about putting together the bid! Check it out here:
  • AndyB 3 months ago
    Offer a discount on council owned shop unit rental based on carbon footprint and waste reduction for certain types of business.To monitor the waste reduction it would have to be councils own waste services employed meaning more business but also less waste going to out of town landfill and more being burned at our waste to energy plant which offsets further carbon by heating buildings and burning at a high temperature to minimise harmful emissions.It would also boost the amount of smaller businesses on the high street as it could make overheads more affordable.
  • AndyB 3 months ago
    A review of bus routes across the city; I would hesitate to call it a public transport network as so much of it is disconnected. Very few bus routes that enter the city centre pass near the train station which is part of the network. I would say any bus entering the city centre should be at least visiting upper well street (west orchard), trinity street (broadgate) and greyfriars road (lower precinct and train station). This would get people close to most places of interest in the city centre.
  • jv 3 months ago
    I agree with improved cycle infrastructure - eg on Holyhead Road!Also - other ways to reduce traffic, particularly around rush hours - although i know that is complicated...but we do need to make public transport the cheaper, easier and better option if we want people to stop using their cars.Also - we should introduce a planning condition that all new building developments should self-generate their power, and include easy bike & bus connectability rather than 2 car parking spaces per dwelling. If car-free green development is central to the design & build and used as a selling point, rather than an add on, this would be a really good thing! I'm especially thinking of the housing development scheduled for the former LTI site on Holyhead Road, where proposing over 100 new dwellings, each with 2 parking spaces exiting onto the already standstill Alvis mini-roundabout (oh and an Aldi!!) seems just crazy - who can think that is a good idea? If it was instead a car-free green development with improved cycle and bus route to the city, that's surely a win-win??Also agree with making all taxis electric.
  • jv 3 months ago
    Council and sub-contractors to stop using weedkiller and/or other chemicals on city streets/parks etc. Promote our city's fabulous allotments more. The Coventry & District Allotments do a great job of managing the network of plots, but it would be great if there were even more food-growing plots in the inner city, with even more flexibility on how they are divided (ie people can rent a half or quarter plot). However, we should also move to all city allotments being gardened organically (without chemicals) since these spaces are crucial for wildlife.
  • Philip Brown 3 months ago
    Most people are aware that climate change is a problem, but many feel unable or unwilling to change their way of life. We need to give them the chance to explain their point of view and let people who have already taken action listen and then explain what they did and how they feel. Ideally these different people would have informal chats on a regular basis over an extended period of weeks or months. We need to facilitate these conversations and encourage people to work together to find ways in which everyone can reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Makecovgreen 2 months ago
    When householders rip up their entire front and back gardens including trees, hedges and lawns and turn it into a carpark it contributes to flooding and destroys wildlife habitat for birds, hedgehogs etc. Plastic lawns do the same damage. The council could enforce at least the current rule that I think presently is that 30% should remain 'green' and increase it to 50%. Householders could park 1 car on the drive & the second outside their own drive or in the garage at front or rear of their property (if they have one). It would also improve the view of our concrete city. Ideally every household with an appropriate sized garden could plant an appropriate sized tree or shrub. Householders could be given instructions on how to look after newly planted trees in their street. Ask drivers to turn their engines off when idling (especially taxi drivers).
  • Makecovgreen 2 months ago
    Don't build on our greenbelt and green sites. 10,000 houses have been given planning permission in Keresley, Finham, Allesley & Eastern Green. All on green field sites. A huge proportion of these will not be affordable, starter homes. The additional strain on nhs, surgeries, schools, roads will be immense causing gridlock and yet more pollution.
  • Makecovgreen 2 months ago
    Council should carefully plant trees & shrubs in city centre. Not encased in concrete at the base & (too late, already destroyed) not destroy the mature trees that are already there.
  • TheGrange01 about 2 months ago
    Stop cars from sitting with their engines running, you can taste the fumes along the Burges!As well as preventing shops from heating up the climate with door heaters, prevent air conditioning units from keeping shops at sub zero temperatures in the summer months.
  • Admin Commented James Sampson-Foster 18 days ago
    Hello!Here’s a notice about an exciting new project with Transport for West Midlands which would help improve air quality in the city. The project could mean that we were able to offer incentives to local people to scrap older, heavily polluting cars. Incentives would be in the form of mobility credits – these can be used to pay for more environmentally friendly forms of transport, for example bus or train tickets, participation in a car club or even a shared bicycle. We have organised a meeting to find out what groups around Coventry think of the plans, help us decide on the detail and how to sell the scheme. It would be great if you are able to send a representative of your group to the meeting to tell us what you think. It doesn’t matter whether you think you are eligible or not, please come along anyway to help us make the scheme a success for your community. The meeting will take place in the Council’s new One Friargate building (near to the railway station) on Monday 17 February between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Please let us know if you are able to attend or if you have any questions, by emailing