Sustainability

Enfield 2020, our sustainability programme, aims to make the borough a better place to live, work and visit.

Enfield 2020 is more than just recycling, energy and climate change, it’s about:

  • helping you save money on energy bills
  • regenerating the borough
  • supporting jobs and businesses
  • improving our local environment
  • reducing waste
  • improving public health

We have worked with partners to invest over £1 billion in 50 large scale projects to improve sustainability in the borough. For more information on the sustainable improvements we have made, refer to our case studies (PDF, 11MB).

For information on living a more sustainable lifestyle, refer to our Sustainable lifestyle guide (PDF, 464KB).

To see how we're helping to reduce carbon and greenhouse emissions, refer to our carbon page.

 

Managing your energy

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Being more energy efficient is a great way to save money. For example, turning appliances off at the plug can save around £30 a year. From 2015, we expect to save almost £1 million per year by making council buildings, schools and streetlights more energy efficient.

For information on how to save energy, refer to our sustainable lifestyle guide (PDF , 464KB). You can also find other simple ways to cut your energy bills at the Energy Saving Trust.

For more information on our Enfield 2020 programme refer to our carbon page.

Help with energy bills

If you need help paying your energy bills, contact the Citizens Advice Bureau.

They can provide information on:

  • improving the energy efficiency of your home
  • welfare benefits
  • home improvement grants
  • energy bill payment plans

If you are a home owner, tenant or landlord, you could receive help to cover the cost of improving the energy efficiency of your home under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). ECO is a national scheme for big energy companies to fund improvements for homes that are difficult to insulate and to help residents on low incomes.

Improvements include:

  • wall and loft insulation
  • draught proofing
  • boiler replacements

To find out if you’re eligible for an ECO grant, contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

For more information about our plan to help residents with their fuel bills, refer to our Warmer Homes fuel poverty action plan (PDF, 7MB).

If you have already taken steps to make your home more energy efficient, you can install renewable energy measures and receive money for the energy they produce through schemes such as Feed-in tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive. The Energy Saving Trust website provides advice about choosing a renewable technology that suits your needs.

Save money by switching your energy supplier

The Big London Energy Switch is a collective energy switching scheme that helps residents reduce their energy bills. The scheme groups thousands of people interested in paying less for energy by switching to a new supplier. Energy companies then bid for the right to supply energy at the lowest price.

Since April 2013 there have been ten auctions. Over 60,000 London residents and 390,000 people across the UK have registered. Enfield residents who switched saved an average of £210 on their energy bills.

The next auction will take place on Tuesday 11 October 2016.

Businesses can also save money on their energy bills with the Big London Energy Switch. Working with Make it Cheaper, the scheme compares energy providers and handles the switching process.

For more information and to register your interest, refer to the Big London Energy Switch. There will be three auctions over 2016. You do not have to accept the offer to switch energy supplier.

If you don’t want to wait for an auction, you can switch energy supplier individually. The Go Energy Shopping website provides further information on how to switch supplier and find the best offer.

We are setting up energetik to provide cheaper energy that is reliable and environmentally friendly. This will benefit thousands of homes and businesses in Enfield. To find out more about how we are funding energetik and how the funding complies with state aid legislation, refer to the General Block Exemption Summary Report (PDF, 98KB).

Regenerating the borough

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We are making better use of old industrial land to build more homes, create more jobs and improve the local environment.

We are building 10,000 new homes and creating 6,700 new jobs at Meridian Water. This £3.5 billion development includes a new train station that will provide services to central London and new public open spaces.

Existing housing estates are also being improved. Over 2,000 new energy efficient homes are being built for the estate renewal and investment programme.

For more information, refer to our Improving Enfield pages.

Supporting jobs and businesses

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We have helped local businesses become accredited energy installers and assessors, creating London’s largest cluster of accredited energy retrofit businesses.

The Enfield Veg Co. aims to make locally-grown, organic produce more accessible and affordable to people living in Enfield. The company has a weekly vegetable box scheme, selling produce grown at Forty Hall and from other suppliers.

Future Clean is an eco-car wash based at Palace Gardens Multi-Storey Car Park, which has already helped its first ten disabled workers find employment.

Enterprise Enfield is dedicated to helping people start and run new businesses as well as to develop and expand existing ones. It also provides support to enable people to become job-ready and find employment.

You can visit our jobs and careers pages for:

  • careers advice
  • work placements
  • jobs at Enfield Council and other organisations

Improving the local environment

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We have been given the Green Flag Award for having some of the best parks in the country. For more information on these parks, refer to our Green Flag parks.

We are improving our rivers by installing Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems. These will help to collect, store and clean excess water, before slowly releasing it to reduce flood risk.

Electric vehicle charging points have been installed in Enfield to ensure the borough is prepared for electric vehicles now and in the future.

For information on how to improve your local environment, refer to our Sustainable lifestyle guide (PDF , 464KB).

Reduce, reuse, recycle

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We are encouraging everyone to recycle and reuse more of their waste. We have introduced food recycling to 9,000 extra flats and installed 350 communal food recycling bins on estates. For more information on reusing waste, refer to our how you can prevent waste.

When Enfield’s roads are replaced we use recycled material. This saves money, energy and carbon, as well as reducing traffic congestion.

We also address reduce, reuse, recycle through our purchasing and have a sustainable procurement action plan in place.

For information on how to reduce and reuse your waste, refer to our Sustainable lifestyle guide (PDF , 464KB).

Improving public health

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We are helping our residents move more, eat well, drink less and stop smoking. For more information, refer to our Public Health pages.

We are also investing £30 million in Cycle Enfield to help people travel by bike and exercise more often.

For information on how to improve your health, refer to our Sustainable lifestyle guide (PDF , 464KB).