Electricity tariffs and renewable electricity generation

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Climate Emergency UK

Dear North East Combined Authority,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request.

I would like information about your combined authority’s electricity sources in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards. This information may be held by an estates department or similar.

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following questions:

a. Does the combined authority have a 100% renewable green electricity tariff for all of the electricity that the combined authority is directly responsible for, and is this tariff with Green Energy UK plc, Good Energy Limited or Ecotricity?

This includes all electricity that the combined authority is directly responsible for, in offices and any other buildings leased and managed by the combined authority where the combined authority pays the electricity tariff. If unsure, please state your provider and tariff.

b. Does the combined authority generate and use energy from waste? And if so, what percentage of the combined authority’s total electricity use is powered by this/these energy from waste electricity sources?

c. Does the combined authority buy directly from a local renewable electricity source or have its own renewable electricity sources? And if so, what percentage of the combined authority's total electricity use is powered by this/these renewable electricity sources?

This includes combined authority-owned renewable electricity sources that are located outside of the combined authority area, such as solar farms located further south to maximise energy generation.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

Data Protection Officer,

Dear Miss Jewell

Thank you for your recent requests for information.

Your five requests dated 21/02/2023 for information relating to -

- Electricity tariffs and renewable electricity generation
- Green skills courses provided by the Combined Authority
- Combined Authority staff working on climate change
- Carbon literacy training for senior councillors and staff, and
- Lobbying for climate action & funding

- have been aggregated into one FOI request under the above reference number and will be responded to on the same basis. The Combined Authority has aggregated these requests as permitted under Regulation 5 of The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, as they are considered to be thematically similar in that they all seek information relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards.

Your requests have now been passed to Combined Authority colleagues for consideration - you should receive a substantive response to your enquiries by or before 21st March.

Yours sincerely,

Deputy Data Protection Officer
Data Protection Office
Sunderland City Council - issued on behalf of the North East Combined Authority

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Owen Thomas,

Dear Miss Jewell,

 

Further to previous correspondence, the Combined Authority has prepared
the following responses to your (aggregated) enquiries -

 

16:47

I would like information about your combined authority’s electricity
sources in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action
Scorecards. This information may be held by an estates department or
similar.

 

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following
questions:

 

Response: NECA is 100% hosted by its constituent authorities and therefore
does not have any electricity tariffs or generate and electricity

 

a. Does the combined authority have a 100% renewable green electricity
tariff for all of the electricity that the combined authority is directly
responsible for, and is this tariff with Green Energy UK plc, Good Energy
Limited or Ecotricity?

 

Response: No, NECA is 100% hosted by its constituent authorities and
therefore does not have any electricity tariffs or generate and
electricity.

 

This includes all electricity that the combined authority is directly
responsible for, in offices and any other buildings leased and managed by
the combined authority where the combined authority pays the electricity
tariff. If unsure, please state your provider and tariff.

 

b. Does the combined authority generate and use energy from waste? And if
so, what percentage of the combined authority’s total electricity use is
powered by this/these energy from waste electricity sources?

 

Response: No, NECA is 100% hosted by its constituent authorities and
therefore does not have any electricity tariffs or generate and
electricity.

 

c. Does the combined authority buy directly from a local renewable
electricity source or have its own renewable electricity sources? And if
so, what percentage of the combined authority's total electricity use is
powered by this/these renewable electricity sources?

 

Response: No, NECA is 100% hosted by its constituent authorities and
therefore does not have any electricity tariffs or generate and
electricity.

 

This includes combined authority-owned renewable electricity sources that
are located outside of the combined authority area, such as solar farms
located further south to maximise energy generation.

 

16:55

I would like information about your combined authority’s staff positions
in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards.
This information is most likely to be held by a skills, education or
business department.

 

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following
questions. Between 1st September 2019 and 1st September 2022:

 

a) How many green skills adult education courses have been provided by the
Combined Authority, and;

 

Response: Zero

 

b) How many people have been trained on the above green skills/green jobs
adult education courses provided by the Combined Authority?

 

Response: Zero

 

For both of the above questions, this includes courses related to the
building of or maintaining of residential homes or commercial buildings as
well as other green skills, such as those relating to electric vehicles,
digital skills, education, biodiversity and conservation management. This
includes courses of any length and courses that are provided as part of a
Skills Bootcamp.

 

I am using the following definition for green skills: Green jobs and green
skills are ones that contribute to preserving or restoring the
environment. They have a focus on either reducing carbon emissions,
protecting and restoring nature, minimising waste and pollution, adapting
to the effects of climate change or making similar environmental
improvements. Green jobs and skills can be in traditional sectors such as
manufacturing and construction, or in new, emerging green sectors such as
renewable energy and energy efficiency. Sustainability managers in
businesses, green transport officers and thermal heating specialists are
all examples of green jobs.

 

16:56 (1)

I would like information about your combined authority’s staff positions
in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards.
This information is most likely to be held by a HR department or similar.

 

In particular, please supply me with the following information:

 

a. How many staff does the combined authority directly employ (excluding
contractors or subcontractors), that work directly for the combined
authority?

 

Response: Assuming that the reference to Climate Change has been missed in
the question – Zero – NECA has a very small number directly employed staff
(3 not including Transport North East Staff) and therefore supports the
work to address climate change undertaken by its constituent authorities. 

 

b. How many directly employed staff spend 3 or more days per week (0.6
FTE) on implementing the Climate Action Plan or other climate change
projects? Please provide a list of all the roles.

 

Response: Zero

 

This may include staff who spend 60% of their time on climate change
projects and 40% of their time on other work.

 

You might include other staff in other departments, such as a procurement
officer if they are spending 3 or more days per week (0.6 FTE) on writing
and implementing a sustainable procurement policy or a planner that is
working primarily on low carbon policies for new buildings.

 

16:56 (2)

I would like information about your combined authority’s carbon literacy
training in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action
Scorecards. This information may be held by the HR department or other
departments that organise staff training.

 

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following
questions:

 

a. Have all senior management received carbon literacy training since 1st
January 2019? Please state the type of training.

 

Response: Not in relation to NECA duties – The Combined Authority’s Senior
Management Team is comprised of senior officers from constituent
authorities; Team members may have had such training in the context of
their ‘home’ authorities, but NECA does not hold relevant information –
this would need to be requested from constituent authorities.

 

b. Have all current councillors who sit on the combined authority received
carbon literacy training since being elected? Please state the type of
training.

 

Response: Not in relation to NECA duties – The Combined Authority’s Senior
Management Team is comprised of senior officers from constituent
authorities; Team members may have had such training in the context of
their ‘home’ authorities, but NECA does not hold relevant information –
this would need to be requested from constituent authorities.

 

This training could be from the Carbon Literacy Organisation or another
organisation, university or in-house. We want to know the number of people
who have attended the training. We don’t need to know the number of staff
that have received a certificate of completion or attendance.

 

17:05

I would like information about your combined authority’s lobbying work in
relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards.

 

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following
questions:

 

Has the combined authority written to or met with UK national or devolved
governments to ask or lobby for climate action since 1st January 2019?
Please provide some evidence of the most recent letter or meeting such as
a copy of the letter or email sent, or the date, topic of meeting and
position of the person that the meeting was held with.

 

This includes either asking for more powers and funding for local
authorities to take climate action, or asking for the government to take
further action themselves. This includes working with other local
authorities to send joint letters or meetings to lobby the UK government
and includes both general climate action and calls for action on specific
issues such as transport where climate change is mentioned as a motivating
factor for taking action. This includes if a cabinet member or other
councillor has written to or met with the UK or devolved governments on
behalf of the combined authority.

 

Response: no.

I trust this is satisfactory.  If you unhappy with the Combined
Authority’s response you can request an Internal Review which will be
undertaken by an officer unconnected with the original request. A request
for a review should be made within 40 days of the date of this response.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

O Thomas

Deputy Data Protection Officer

Corporate Services

Sunderland City Council – issued on behalf of the North East Combined
Authority

 

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