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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

BRENT'S LOW ECOLOGICAL AND CARBON FOOTPRINTS


The Environment Agency today publishes Environment Fact Sheets for each London borough as an extension of the London State of the Environment report.
Key environmental facts from the report:

  • Brent has one of the lowest ecological footprints in London at 5.02 global hectares per capita, ranking it 29th out of the 33 London boroughs. It is lower than the total London footprint of 5.48 and the UK footprint of 5.30

  • In Brent housing accounts for 26% of the total ecological footprint and food 25%

  • Brent has one of the lowest carbon footprints in London at 11.28 tonnes CO2 per capita, ranking 29th and lower than the London average of 12.12 and the UK of 12.08

  • In Brent commercial consumption accounts for 34% of the emissions and the primary contributor is electricity

  • Brent has one of the lowest recycling and composting rates in London at 20.98%. It ranks 29th out of the 33 boroughs. The recycling rate is 12.08% ranking lowest in London.

  • However the household recycling/composting rate has improved dramatically since 2000/2001 rising from 6.4% to 20.98% in 2007/8- but still well below the total London rate of 25.5%

  • Approximately 4% of Brent land is within flood zone 2 (1 in 1000 year probability of flooding) and 6% within flood zone 3 (1 in 100 year probability). This land is predominantly located around the River Brent, Wealdstone Brook and the Wembley Brook.

  • The water quality of the Grand Union Canal and the River Brent is historically poor, with a slight improvement in the latter. This means only pollution tolerant species can survive.

  • The most common invasive plant species in Brent is Japanese Knotweed found on both the Wealdstone Brook and the River Brent.

  • The borough has one SSSI, the Brent Reservoir(South)/Welsh Harp (illustrated) and the Reservoir, canals and Fryent Country Park have been designated sites of Metropolitan Importance by the London Mayor.

For a PDF of the full report go to:

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Research/BRENT_factsheet.pdf

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