WALTHAMSTOW HALL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY
It is clear all organisations and individuals have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The UK Government has recently issued direction for all businesses and individuals on the direction of travel to achieve Net Zero by 2050. (Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener. HMG. October 2021)
The Governors of Walthamstow Hall fully endorse and support the need to become a Net Zero Carbon business. The societal, economic and technological consequences of this challenge cannot be overstated. As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils (and parents) and staff about the importance of environmental sustainability. By educating our pupils and providing them with the knowledge, skills and a desire to affect positive change, we aim to empower the next generation to become the leaders and problem-solvers of the future. In addition, as a School, we must lead by example and are committed to achieving Net Zero.
To initiate the process, the School will undertake an accredited audit of the School before developing plans to support the aspiration to achieve Net Zero. Once the School knows what impact we have on the environment, we will develop the strategy and plans to maximise improvements.
This strategic vision provides a high-level view and direction for the School and its stakeholders. This will be supported by a detailed operational plan, managed by the School Management Team. The Plan will be developed and populated with goals over the forthcoming years in order to deliver the strategy. The aim is to achieve Net Zero and to engender a positive impact on both environmental sustainability and resource management.
To become a Net Zero contributor of greenhouse gases by 2050 and meet and, where possible, exceed all current and future national environmental legislative and regulatory requirements.
In order to put sustainability at the heart of the School’s development there will be a requirement to educate our community and stakeholders about environmental issues and by adopting effective sustainability practices that have a positive impact on local, national and international communities.
‘Sustainability’ will be a core objective in the School Development Plan (SDP) and we will work hard to embed environmental sustainability into our thinking and actions.
Consider environmental factors in all decisions and activities including giving due consideration to environmental issues and energy performance in the design, refurbishment, and use of our buildings and activities
To use 100% renewable energy sources.
Increasing Solar Power capacity within the School in order to reduce reliance on national power providers.
Introduce battery storage to support power generation on site.
Investigate potential for Wind Power on site.
To replace gas boilers with sustainable ‘green’ or low-carbon replacement systems by 2045.
Reduce emissions from School and stakeholder vehicles.
Encourage walking and cycling to work / School.
Encourage use of School transport and car sharing.
Introduce replacement Electric Minibuses.
Provide a network of recharging points for School vehicles and staff vehicles (on a chargeable basis).
Improve Building Energy Performance to EPC Band B by 2030 (where cost effective).
Measure and take action to reduce the carbon footprint of our activities and ensure our buildings and services are able to adapt to environmental change.
Improve energy efficiency and minimise heat loss across the Estates.
Reduce energy consumption across the Estates by at least 20% by 2030.
Investigate options to reduce the heating costs of the Swimming Pool.
Monitor, manage and minimise use of water.
Minimise the amount of waste produced and encourage greater reuse in recycling.
To ensure we meet our commitments, we will undertake periodical monitoring and pledge to review our environmental performance and take corrective action where necessary.
This strategy will be reviewed annually.