Your Green Party candidate in Northfield Ward, Ealing.

Northfield Ward Ealing Council Elections are being held 3rd May 2018.

I believe that Ealing Council needs a green voice to ensure the council:

  1. Protects its green spaces.
  2. Considers the local environment to protect its residents.
  3. Is more transparent about planning decisions and ensures local development considers its impact on the local environment

In May 2018 I urge us all to think locally and elect a Green councillor in Ealing to make Northfields a better place to live.

Business as usual in Northfields would mean the usual battle between Conservatives and Labour squabbling about who will clean the streets better; a vote for a Green councillor will help focus on transparent positive change.

I pledge to find new and innovative ways to tackle:

  1. Air pollution: I will focus on encouraging active travel by improving the streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
  2. Tackle plastic: I will push the council to go plastic free and work on local initiatives to reduce plastic waste.
  3. Support local businesses: Local businesses and the local economy are vital for Northfields to thrive, I will work with local businesses to promote them and encourage residents to live and work locally.

There are three votes in the local elections in Northfield Ward make sure one of those votes is Green.

On a bigger scale, the Green Party and their representatives can always be relied upon to oppose Brexit, back Climate Change by opposing the expansion of airports like Heathrow, and fight to protect the natural world we love. Read our full manifesto here.

Darren Moore is a trained Earth Scientist (Geology and Geophysics) with a deep understanding of the Earth’s physical processes and environmental science. He loves nature and loves to be outdoors and is currently enjoying the conflicts and challenges of finding nature in the City. You’ll often see him walking and cycling about Ealing taking his two children to school. He runs a local marketing business, enjoys teaching local children coding and chess, regularly runs a team at Ealing Soup Kitchen and plays in local band Power, Corruption and Lies. More details at the Ealing Green Party

Carbon Emissions 2017

And here it is, the long-awaited 2017 Carbon Footprint calculation!

Using our utility bills, car and rail mileage, the Climate Care calculator, the lame Virgin Rail Footprint calculator, the excellent SCNF one and NEF‘s I have calculated that our family’s footprint is about 11 tonnes.

To put this in perspective 11 tonnes is the same amount of CO2 emitted as  one business class flight to Australia.

This is broken down in the graph.

Electricity 2.13
Gas 2.83
Food 2.10
Clothes/Stuff 1.00
Car 1.51
Holidays 1.37
Total 10.94

This is down from 12.22 last year ( despite adding in stuff and food) because of our greener holiday choices, and more use of train travel.  Electricity usage is down slightly thanks to switching entirely to LED lightbulbs and being more careful, gas slightly down too probably just due to weather variations, although the Hive may have helped by allowing us to remotely switch on and off our hot water. Food and clothes emissions are still difficult to reliably calculate although we have made progress with our flexitarian choices, reducing our beef consumption and eating more non-farmed fish.

There’s a great graph here to help with food choices:

This graph from Business Insider also has a great breakdown of the explanations behind the food emissions calculations.

Our next step is to really try and work on our domestic gas usage – so double glazing is next on the list.


Here is 2016’s breakdown.

The Carbon Cost of Skiing

We love to ski almost as much as we love the environment but there is an obvious conflict between the two. The two factors that most concern us most are the CO2 emissions from the travel and the air pollution from vehicles in the vulnerable mountain regions.

Looking into travelling to Mt Blanc, we found the following:

Mode Flying Train Driving Hybrid Driving Electric
CO2 750kg 50kg 300kg 208kg
Cost £1047 £1400 £103 n/a
Local Emmissions hydrocarbons, CO, NOX, SOX and black carbon No NOx / No particulates reduced NOx / few particulates No NOx / No particulates

Taking the train is the clear winner, apart from when you consider the financial cost which is around £1400 for four people at peak time. The attractive solution would be to go by electric car which would be very cost effective and negate the tailpipe emissions that are causing the air quality issues in the Mt Blanc region.

In conclusion, the only way to significantly limit the impact of our ski holiday on the local environment is to take the train or hire an electric car.

Relative Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Given the earth’s level of atmospheric CO2 has recently breached the 400ppm barrier and it is proven that CO2 levels in the atmosphere affect our climate, I thought I’d have a look into measuring and reducing the carbon dioxide my family’s activities emit.


Using the excellent Carbon Calculator at Climate Care we can get some numbers.

Item CO2
Electricity 2.7
Gas (Heating) 2.94
Transport (Car) 1.54
Holiday 5.04
Total 12.22

For example, our electricity usage of 6000kWh per year, using a worst case scenario of UK power generation produces 2.7 tonnes of CO2. Our gas to heat the house at 14000kWh surprisingly works out about the same 2.94 tonnes of CO2.

I didn’t realise, that relatively, natural gas is a lot better from a CO2 point of view – I guess this is assuming that the UK power generation mix is not renewable powered. You can see the UK’s generation mix in real time here:

Considering our car, the Lexus hybrid over 10,000 miles a year at 65mpg emits 1.54 tonnes, which is almost half the 2.64 our previous diesel car emitted. We can also use this calculator to see how much my 2000 miles cycling a year would save (just under 1/2 a tonne of CO2)!

Looking at the figures for our last family holiday where we flew to Canada, the return flights to Halifax Nova Scotia for four of us were responsible for emitting 5.03 Tonnes in total. Which is the equivalent of driving for two years or heating and powering our house for an entire year.

I had previously thought that we were making good in-roads into our CO2 emissions, but how well have we done?

Being extra careful with our electricity usage and replacing the light bulbs and energy intensive appliances with A++ rating equivalents once they had failed our electricity usage has gone down 10% (from 6600kWh and it looks like this year will be even lower). We’re hoping to reduce our gas usage by 10% too by being more careful, using our Hive to give us a finer grained control over the thermostat and water heating times (you can turn it all off when you are away). However, the energy used to heat our leaky old Edwardian house is truly shocking, and a tough one to reduce – the house is very well insulated already, it is extemely well draughtproofed, we wear jumpers most of the time, use a wood burning stove, and the Hive helps us minimise our usage. We plan to add some double glazing where we don’t have any which hopefully will have a 10% impact.

Next year we won’t be flying to Canada so that will have a large impact on our CO2 emissions. We also hope the double-glazing will reduce the amount of energy required to heat our home. We have also found that solar panels can be fitted to our roof for a relatively small cost and we would assume that this would reduce our annual electricity emissions to zero.

Item CO2 Costs
Electricity 2.7 £924.78
Gas (Heating) 2.94 £713.24
Transport (Car) 1.54 £790.32
Holiday 5.04 n/a
Total 12.22 £2428.34

This costs us £91.65 at to offset. Hopefully next year we’ll manage to halve our emissions and therefore halve both our direct energy costs and also our offsetting costs.

There’s quite a few omissions in the emissions here, the CO2 for building a medium spec car is about 17 tonnes, therefore 1.7 tonnes per year. The food-chain emissions for the food we eat is around 2.7 tonnes for the family, and clothing could be another one tonne. Last year we travelled to Nottingham, Bristol & Settle by train which added a further 0.5 tonnes. We are also making the assumption that our wood-burning stove is carbon neutral as the wood has been harvested locally by council contractors and therefore would have been disposed of anyway.

So our grand family total is around 18 tonnes, which compares to the UK’s per capita average of about 8 tonnes per person or a family total of 33 tonnes.