Ambitious net zero vision set for Ebbsfleet Garden City scheme

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has launched two ambitious documents that outline intentions towards net-zero by completion of Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Two ambitious documents have been launched today outlining Ebbsfleet’s pathway to a more sustainable and resilient future.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation was established in 2015, dedicated to transforming previously used brownfield land on the Kent-Thames riverside, delivering on garden city principles. Up to 15,000 new homes will be built across 2,500 acres of land, exemplifying modern liveability with quality design, sustainable connections, nature, greenery, health & wellbeing.

Building on the Environmental Sustainability Framework delivered in 2021, the Corporation has now announced the creation of two further approaches, the Ebbsfleet Decarbonisation Plan and Ebbsfleet Sustainable Performance Framework, which set out a road map to achieving net-zero carbon by completion of Ebbsfleet Garden City, alongside the principles on which sustainability can be delivered through a variety of projects and initiatives across development sites.

Balancing ambition with credibility, the publication of these documents represents a significant step in Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s sustainability journey and outlines the opportunity for the Corporation, development partners and community members to play an important and significant role in combating climate change.

Simon Dudley, Chair of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Board, noted the opportunity for positive impact across Ebbsfleet. ‘The launch of these documents demonstrates our intention to achieve net zero carbon in Ebbsfleet, consistent with Government policy towards achieving net zero by 2050, by not only identifying the role the Corporation can play in combating climate change, but also by ensuring that wider partners and residents are empowered, informed and supported in joining us on this positive path towards sustainability.’

Christopher Pountney, Associate Director at Arup, commented on working with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to deliver the Ebbsfleet Decarbonisation Plan. It has been an enormous privilege to support Ebbsfleet Development Corporation with the delivery of their pathway to net zero, utilising Arup’s global expertise in carbon management and modelling. The Decarbonisation Plan sets a benchmark for urban design and development, with its fulfilment seeing Ebbsfleet achieve a more than 90% reduction in carbon emissions per person compared to the local average in 2020. The project enables ambitious sustainability objectives to be at the heart of urban planning, giving a first look at what is possible for future UK towns and cities.”

Carrie Behar, Associate Director for Useful Projects, commented: “It’s been a pleasure to have worked with the team on this ambitious and pioneering document. This framework provides clarity on key performance areas that will allow the industry to realise the potential for the provision of exceptionally sustainable development across the Ebbsfleet area, creating places where people and nature not only coexist, but thrive. We look forward to seeing this work put into action.” 

Read more about the Ebbsfleet Decarbonisation Plan and Ebbsfleet Sustainable Performance Framework here.

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