Meeting Report

July 2022 Meeting – Barnet Climate Assembly

Our July meeting was on Tuesday 26 July 7-8pm via Zoom. The subject was: What should be covered in a Barnet Climate Assembly?.

Dave McCormick led the discussion about Citizens Assemblies. He has written a briefing paper about Citizens Assemblies (PDF, 200Kb, 5 pages) describing the experience of other councils, and giving guidance on how we should proceed in Barnet and suggestions for further reading.

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Barnet Environment Hustings – video and links

BCAG took part in an excellent environment policy hustings event on Wednesday 20 April 2022 organised by Barnet Friends of the Earth, Better Streets for Barnet, Barnet Green Spaces Network and BCAG focusing on energy, climate, green spaces and transport issues. A recording of the session can be seen here.

The manifestoes of the four parties contributing to the evening’s discussion can be seen here:

A list of candidates in all wards can be viewed here:


March 2022 Meeting — Sustainability Strategy Workshops

Update 17 March: Mentioned during the meeting: a useful list of fifty actions that councils can take to make their area more climate and nature friendly, produced by Friends of the Earth:

There may be more notes to come.

Our March meeting is on Thursday 17 March 2022 from 6.30pm – 7.30pm online.

[Zoom Meeting link now removed]

We will be discussing Barnet’s Sustainability Strategy workshops – the first of which took place on 14 March in High Barnet.
The second will take place on Tuesday 15th in Burnt Oak, Edgware.
A third is taking place in Finchley on Wednesday 16th.
An online event for various groups is planned for the morning of Monday 21st March.

We hope that attendees to those workshops will be able to attend and provide feedback to BCAG.

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February 2022 Meeting – A Sustainability Strategy for the London Borough of Barnet

Update 2 February: the presentation on Barnet Council’s recently released Sustainability Strategy Framework is now available. (PDF 580 Kb, 19 slides)

Our February meeting is on Tuesday 1st February 2022 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm online.

Please book on Eventbrite at A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.

Presentation and Discussion on Barnet’s Forthcoming Sustainability Strategy for the Borough

Barnet Council’s Sustainability Strategy Framework was unanimously passed through at their Policy and Resources Committee meeting on 9 December 2021.

The Sustainability Strategy itself is expected to be released by Barnet Council in early 2022.

Ahead of the 9 December Committee meeting, BCAG posted a briefing paper on the Framework document (available here – which includes links to the Framework document) and set out a series of questions relating to the Strategy – a number of which were highlighted by Councillors at the Committee meeting. Also see Barnet Borough Times report on the meeting and Framework here.

January 2022’s BCAG meeting will provide a presentation and discussion on the Framework document and forthcoming Sustainability Strategy.

A zoom link will be sent to all registered participants closer to the time of the event.

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November 2021 Meeting — Air Source Heat Pumps

Living with an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)

Update: We had a second speaker Jesse Scharf as well as Jonathan Waxman as originally advertised. Here are their slides:

Our November meeting is on Wednesday 24th November 2021 from 7pm to 8pm online.

Please book on Eventbrite at A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.

Air Source Heat Pumps (AHSP) are a low carbon technology to heat homes – what is it like living with one?

There has been much in the press of late around the end of gas heating and a shift to new home heating solutions from heat networks to heat pumps. The Prime Minster has stated that there will be ban on all new gas boilers in new build properties from 2025 and a ban on gas boilers being fitted into all homes from 2035.

The Government has set a target for annual installations of heat pumps in 600,000 homes by 2028 – a 20 fold increase over the current rate of installs. Many of these are planned to be added in new build homes – but at least a third are hoped to be retrofitted into existing homes. A new Boiler Upgrade Scheme is to be introduced in April 2022 to support the deployment of low-carbon heat in existing buildings. This will provide households with £5,000 grants when they switch to an air source heat pump (ASHP) or £6,000 when they switch to a ground source one.

Jesse Scharf and Barnet resident Jonathan Waxman have both recently had ASHPs installed in their homes and will be providing some insights on the process leading up to the choice of a heat pump, the installation process and kit, costs, and the differences in heat your home with a heat pump as compared to a conventional gas boiler.

Background Reading

Which guide to ASHPs

Heating and Building Strategy (October 2021)

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September 2021 Meeting — Updates and Organising

The September meeting of Barnet Climate Action Group is a chance to hear updates from members about their activities, and to organise our plans for the future. It will be held on Zoom on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at 6.30pm. Those on our mailing list will have received the Zoom details. If anyone else would like to join us, please get in touch via the email address at the foot of the page.

We will be covering:

  • An update on Barnet’s Sustainability Strategy
  • BCAG communications with Barnet Council
  • Friends of the Earth communications with Barnet Council
  • Barnet Local Plan
  • Forward looking plan on environment issues national/local
  • Supporting the work of BCAG
  • Phone Hubs
  • AOB
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June 2021 Meeting — Nudging Barnet

Nudging Barnet: Behaviour Change and the Climate Emergency

Our June meeting is on Wednesday 16th June 2021 from 6pm to 7.30pm online.

Please book on Eventbrite at A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.

Introducing “positive” behaviours in residents and businesses in Barnet to encourage initiatives to reduce climate impacts.

This month’s Barnet Climate Action Group (BCAG) meeting will discuss opportunities in Barnet on measures, information and “nudges” that could be introduced to support “positive” behaviours in residents and businesses in the borough to encourage initiatives to reduce their climate impacts.

The discussion will be led by Dr Simon Moore of behavioural science experts Innovation Bubble.

The UK has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 40% since 1990 but this progress has come largely from actions that have not involved consumers changing their behaviour – notably decarbonisation of electricity supply. Over the coming decade there will be a need to shift focus to other more challenging sectors of energy use such as decarbonising transport and heat which will require more more intervention in our lives.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) are also pointing to other areas where public action will be needed such as a reduction in the consumption of all meat and dairy of 50% by 2050 compared to today’s levels, a reduction in flying of 10% compared to pre- COVID levels, and up to one third of all car journeys being replaced by walking, cycling or public transport

The role of individual behaviour change will be important if the UK is to achieve Net Zero and there is now an urgent need to identify and implement solutions for promoting greater engagement and action from citizens and consumers.

You may be interested in reading Prof Nick Chater recent report from the CCC ‘Net Zero after Covid: Behavioural Principles for Building Back Better

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May 2021 Meeting — Barnet Climate Plan Workshop

Update 24 May: reports and slides are gradually being assembled on the Barnet Climate Plan page.

Barnet Climate Action Group will be hosting an online workshop from 2pm to 5pm on the afternoon of Sunday 16 May 2021 to discuss citizen, business and council climate action needed in the London Borough of Barnet to respond to the Climate Emergency.

The current plan is to have an introductory session all together followed by two breakout sessions and a final plenary.

In the first breakout session, we will break up into two groups to discuss in parallel:

  • Buildings
    • Retrofitting existing buildings
    • Domestic and non-domestic buildings
    • Energy efficiency
    • Renewable heat and renewable power
  • Waste and Consumption
    • Waste reduction, food waste and recycling
    • Plastics
    • Circular economy
    • Spending in a climate friendly way
    • Food: meat, dairy, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian

You may join whichever group you wish.

In the second session we will discuss, again in parallel:

  • Transport
    • Reducing car use and switching to electric vehicles
    • Public transport
    • Walking and cycling
    • Deliveries
  • Nature
    • Green spaces
    • Trees
    • Rewilding
    • Biodiversity
    • Flood prevention using nature

If there is something not mentioned that we ought to cover, let us know and we will add it to one of these lists. When it is not obvious, topics will be assigned to these in an arbitrary way. For example industrial emissions will be discussed under Buildings, as a lot of industry in the borough consists of offices.

We have allocated quite a long time so everyone gets a chance to have their say. If you can’t spare that much time, feel free to attend just part of the workshop.

We are hoping to assemble some suggested background reading here. As a start:

Please book via the Eventbrite page at . The Zoom link will be sent to those people who have registered. There are also more details of the timetable on that page.

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March 2021 Meeting — Net Zero Finchley: A Thought Experiment

Thursday, March 18, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM online

Please register on Eventbrite at

It is estimated 80% of buildings in our cities today will still be here in 2050. How could one part of LB Barnet – Finchley – go Net Zero?

The Government has set a Net Zero CO2 emissions target for 2050. Retrofitting UK’s 27 million homes and millions of non-domestic buildings remains one of the biggest challenges to achieve Net Zero. It is estimated that 80% of the buildings in our cities today that still be here in 2050, therefore efforts to reduce emissions must primarily focus on existing stock. But how can this such wide scale retrofit be undertaken? How much of an inconvenience will it prove to be to households? What technologies do we need to deploy to decarbonise? What buildings should be tackled first? What are the cost implications?

Taking one part of Barnet as a ‘thought experiment’ – around the main high streets of Finchley – what would be required to retrofit buildings in this area such that they would be fit for a Net Zero future? Please come along and contribute your thoughts!

This event will be held online: please register on Eventbrite using the link above.

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January 2021 Meeting — 2021: Climate Talks – Local Actions

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM online

Please register on Eventbrite at

Despite the pandemic, climate and energy headlines dominate the news. We look at the pathway to COP26 and the role of local actors.

In November 2021 the UK will host the international climate negotiations for the first time. The UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) 26 will be held in Glasgow from November 1-12. Details of the event are set out on the official conference webpage at

Leading up to the COP, the Government will be making some significant decisions on the future of energy policy in the UK. Recent weeks have seen the publication of the Energy White Paper and the Committee on Climate Change’s advice to Government on the Sixth Carbon Budget (which covers the years 2033 – 2037). The coming year will see a number of new strategies published which will impact on the way we live our lives. From heating our homes (Heat and Buildings Strategy), to the way we travel (a Transport Decarbonisation Plan), to our green spaces (a Trees Strategy) and even what we eat (a National Food Strategy).

BCAG’s January 2021 meeting will highlight some of the key discussions and decisions leading to the COP event, and importantly, how new policy outputs from Government will work their way into local decision-making – into our homes and neighbourhoods – and what opportunities we have to influence these decisions.

We are delighted to have as a guest speaker for this event Kirsty Hamilton. Kirsty has three decades of international experience in tackling and leading efforts on climate change and accelerating the energy transition and has been an Observer in the UNFCCC process since the early 1990s. She is currently seconded in to advise the COP26 Energy Transition team on private investment and ‘investment confidence’ for governments.

Since returning to the UK in early 2000s she has focused on bridging between leading energy finance practitioners and senior policy counterparts on clean energy outcomes originally setting up an initiative through an affiliation with Chatham House in 2004. She went on to establish the Low Carbon Finance Group (2010-2015), founded by senior financiers, heading its factual policy engagement throughout the electricity market reform process. Advisory work has included Specialist Advisor to a UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Financing Energy Infrastructure and a senior policy advisor to a leading energy storage investor. Kirsty’s ‘Finance Guide for Policymakers’ BNEF, Chatham House, UNEP-FS can be downloaded here.

Zoom link: to be provided via registration.

This event will be held online: please register on Eventbrite using the link above.