We have declared a Climate Change emergency and given the go ahead for a wide range of tough-tackling measures intended to reduce the authority’s impact on climate change.
The actions, which go beyond what the government have set, include a push for the reduction in energy consumption and changes to how new and existing developments can become more sustainable.
The measures were approved at a meeting of the Council on Monday 8 July 2019 and had been put forward as part of the Council’s Transformation Programme which looks at improving the sustainability of the Council, delivering excellent services to the community, when and how they want them.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Charlotte Cupit said, “The ambition of this plan is to achieve an 80% carbon reduction measured against our 2014 baseline by 2030. This is an ambitious target but we have the right blend of skill and knowledge across the authority and by working with the local community, we are confident we will achieve it.
“And we’ve already started to make in-roads as we have been talking to schools and have eleven applications to our grant scheme to help them develop their own climate change initiatives.”
The approved measures will also see a reduction in the need to travel and a review of fleet management and young people in local schools will also be encouraged to develop ideas and plans that lead towards a carbon considerate culture.
We will also seek to work with partners and residents to minimise waste and increase recycling and through promotion of energy efficiency more environmentally friendly alternatives will be looked at within local communities and businesses.
Councillor Cupit added, “We need to reduce our reliance on climate damaging energy and change the way we operate so we utilise more renewable energy sources in a move to a lower carbon lifestyle.
“To do this we need to take a long hard look at ourselves. We need to reduce the amount of power we need by properly insulating our buildings, utilise the latest technologies and educate ourselves and others. Put simply, we need to be more careful with our use of resources by finding more efficient ways of doing things.”
The Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2030 will be a dynamic one that can change as new opportunities arise, but it will also be reviewed regularly with a comprehensive review undertaken annually for the lifetime of the plan.