Council’s greenhouse gas emissions down 35pc over past nine years - The Evesham Observer

Council’s greenhouse gas emissions down 35pc over past nine years

Evesham Editorial 30th Sep, 2019   0

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions have reduced by over 35 per cent in the last nine years, new figures have revealed.

Earlier this year, councillors agreed to work towards the national target set by the Government, aiming to reduce the council’s GHG emissions to as near to zero (net zero) as possible by 2050.

The council has also signed up to the Government’s voluntary Emissions Reduction Pledge committing to a minimum of 30 per cent reduction in GHG emissions from 2009/10 levels by 2020/21.

Whilst the council are currently meeting this target for this year, there is a commitment to maintain this through to 2020/21.

A new plan to achieve net zero emissions across its estate and operations is being worked on.

Cabinet member for the Environment, Coun Tony Miller said: “I’m delighted that our Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction figures continue to improve. We all have a part to play in reducing emissions, and the council is working hard to reduce our direct impact in this area.

“The council will not rest on its laurels. We know we have much more to do to achieve net zero emissions.

“We have a Zero Carbon Board which is working up our plan to reach this stretching target.

“Members are identifying funding options for energy efficiency improvements in our building stock and street lighting assets; have instigated a zero carbon fleet review of our vehicles; and are identifying opportunities for further tree planting in the county.

“We also continue to also work closely with our District Council colleagues to promote household waste prevention,” he added.

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