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Council targets being carbon neutral by 2030

  • Carbon Neutral by 2030

Charnwood Borough Council has declared its intention to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The Council backed a motion to aim for carbon neutrality at a meeting on Monday, June 24 after it was put forward by Cllr Eric Vardy, lead member for the environment.

The intention builds on the Council’s current work to reduce its carbon footprint which has seen the increased use of LED lighting, energy-efficient heating systems in its buildings and electric fleet vehicles.

Cllr Vardy said: “I am pleased the motion was supported as we must act now to protect the environment for future generations.

“In 2015, we made our 2020 Carbon Pledge to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint by 15 per cent and we’re on track to exceed that.

“This new target sets the bar even higher and while ambitious, I am confident we can achieve it.

“We will be looking at how to directly reduce emissions related to our operations as well as off-setting some emissions. We are already committed to planting 100,000 trees in the borough over the next four years alone.

“We also want to encourage others within our communities to see how they can make a difference to the environment.

“Behaviour change is just as important as investing in new technology.

“I look forward to developing a plan to achieve our ambition.”

The motion put forward by Cllr Vardy said the Council would aim to achieve carbon neutrality from its own operations by 2030 and officers would be requested to undertake a detailed plan of action.

The motion acknowledged the need to balance competing demands on the Council’s decreasing resources and finances and that further resources would be needed.

It also said the Council would commit to work with residents, businesses and other public bodies across the borough and region to deliver carbon neutrality.

The latest carbon management monitoring report shows the Council has reduced its carbon footprint by 32 per cent since 2012/13 thanks to using less energy, more power from more renewable energy sources and reducing waste. There is also a cost saving. In 2017/18, the Council spent nearly £139,000 less on carbon-related costs, such as energy and transport, than in 2012/13.

More information is available at www.charnwood.gov.uk/carbonpledge.