This is a great opportunity for Bournemouth to become a leader in the green transition acknowledged as essential to address the climate emergency.
Mostly I would like to see investment in renewable energy such as a offshore windfarm in the bay and solar panels on all council buildings and new builds. All new building should meet passive house standards and use only renewable energy.
Retrofitting older housing stock with heating from renewable sources should be urgently addressed – including subsidies for privately owned homes to move to renewable sources of heating. As long as a ground source heat pump costs £12k (upfront) and a new gas boiler costs £2k, domestic heating will remain an issue for Bournemouths carbon zero ambitions.
I would also like to see rewilding and tree-planting on a large scale, and community orchards.
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