Council reaffirms its commitment to carbon reduction
Release date: 15 February 2019
Cotswold District Council has reaffirmed its commitment to carbon reduction by pledging to undertake the following tasks:
- Review our carbon management plan with a view to becoming a Carbon Neutral Council and aligning with emerging County plans, including the Gloucestershire Energy Strategy.
- Develop business cases for initiatives to reduce the Council’s carbon emissions and, subject to the availability of funding, implement these plans and measure consequent energy reduction.
- Review energy use and carbon emissions to inform management action.
- Report annual energy use to central government and publish carbon emissions performance on an annual basis.
- Share best practice in the local area and within and across sectors.
Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, believes that the Council can continue positive steps to reduce its carbon usage and take a lead in the community on emission reduction,
“We have already invested in range of measures in our buildings to reduce our carbon usage, including the introduction of LED lighting, gas boiler replacement and swimming pool covers, and we have also installed Electronic Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs) at two of our car parks.
“We also have other projects in the pipeline, such as the development of a procurement framework to simplify the installation of more EVCPs (including extra charging points serving electric vehicles that the Council will acquire); and changes to the waste and recycling service that will reduce emissions later this year.
“The overall aim is to achieve a 30% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020/21 against a baseline of 2009/10, in line with the government’s Clean Growth strategy.”