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Eco campaigners praise Haringey's controversial spy in the sky

PUBLISHED: 14:20 17 May 2007 | UPDATED: 14:32 07 September 2010

By Marijke Peters ECO-campaigners have praised the eye in the sky which has been hoisted to name and shame residents who waste too much energy. A spy plane has been used to take aerial photos of every street, showing how much heat is being lost from indi

By Marijke Peters

ECO-campaigners have praised the eye in the sky which has been hoisted to name and shame residents who waste too much energy.

A spy plane has been used to take aerial photos of every street, showing how much heat is being lost from individual properties.

And Haringey is the first bor-ough in the country to publish the images, which will be used to pinpoint areas that require more insulation and encourage householders to be more eco-friendly.

Phil Thornhill, national coordinator of the Campaign Against Climate Change, said: "A methodical approach to all of the elements that contribute to emissions of greenhouse gases is what will be required at a national level.

"Whatever can be done at a local level should be, and Haringey is pointing us in the right direction."

"This kind of thing is exactly what's needed on a bigger scale."

The £21,000 study by thermal imaging company Horton Levi covered the whole of London and was carried out in 2000, but Haringey Council commissioned its own update in March, and the latest results will be compared with the original findings.

A military plane flew at 2,000 feet above ground level and the thermal sensor captured images of heat loss above 16C.

Videos made on a heat-sensitive camera were turned into still images and superimposed onto a detailed Ordinance Survey map.

Red hot properties are losing too much heat, while ice-cool blue means a home is energy efficient.

Crouch End Green party campaigner Peter Budge said his street does not yet feature on the heat-sensitive map but he expected his eco-friendly house to be pale in colour.

"Hopefully people will look at this and if they are glowing red, they'll realise how much they are wasting, not just energy but money."

Housing chief Cllr Isidoros Diakides said: "The starting point was that we are very concerned about fuel poverty and people who can't afford to heat their homes, especially vul-nerable and elderly people.

"The second thing is to reduce as much as possible energy consumption as part of our greener borough efforts. It helps us identify empty houses and bring them back into use."

See the images at www. seeit.co.uk/haringey/Map.cfm

broadway@hamhigh.co.uk

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