It is vital that the council manages the risks and opportunities related to climate change for example by controlling carbon emissions from our own operations. Reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 is part of the fight against climate change and a priority for the council. It is about getting our own house in order and leading by example. If the council does not monitor and manage its energy usage and subsequent carbon emissions then both are likely to increase year on year subjecting the council to ever increasing fuel costs and potentially carbon taxes. By reducing our energy consumption we also reduce our carbon emissions making a positive contribution to the environment and limiting the council’s vulnerability to rising fuel costs.
The council has reduced its carbon emissions by over a third in the last ten years. It has worked through two Carbon Management Plans and has recently published its third such plan which runs from 2021 - 2026.
To produce its latest plan the council worked closely with the Carbon Trust to re-calculate the council's carbon emissions and to identify key areas to focus on to reduce emissions further. These include council buildings, transport and leisure centres. The Carbon Management Plan takes a strategic approach to understanding our carbon emissions corporately, and will help us to prioritise the most effective actions.
The Carbon Management Plan is incorporated into the council's overall Sustainability, Climate Change and Environment Strategy action plan. Progress will be overseen by Members and Officers and will reported annually.
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