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Sustainable Council

Protecting the environment


Protecting the Environment is one of the Council's core priorities as set out in our Corporate Plan Shaping Worcestershire's Future 2017 to 2022.

Worcestershire's environment is one of the county's key assets and we, as a council, are acting to maintain and enhance it for the benefit of all who live, work and visit our wonderful county.

The Council has operated a Sustainability Policy (opens in a new window) for a number of years. Within the policy, and through the Corporate Plan, we promote the principles of sustainable development through:

  • green economy
  • action to tackle climate change
  • protecting and enhancing the natural environment
  • fairness and improving wellbeing

We aim to integrate these across all of our work to improve quality of life for all the County’s diverse communities. We will strive to ensure that the decisions we make are for the long-term benefit of Worcestershire’s communities and take into account the impacts on the local and global environment.

Our progress on aspects of our Sustainability Policy is reported through an annual Corporate Environmental Report (opens in a new window).

Under our Sustainability Policy, we will reduce Greenhouse Gas (CO2e) emissions from Council operations and activities and put actions in place to ensure our buildings and services are resilient to a changing climate, and support businesses and residents in Worcestershire to do the same.

We understand that the County Council has a large part to play in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions (opens in a new window). Since 2009/10 we have reduced GHG emissions by 40%.

Earlier this year, Full Council agreed to work towards the national target set by Central 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% reduction in GHG emissions from 2009/10 levels by 2020/21.

The County Council is working with the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to deliver the County's Energy Strategy 2019-2030 to achieve the vision for the future of energy in Worcestershire:

"By 2030, Worcestershire will have a thriving low carbon economy which supports the creation of high value jobs, and stimulates investment and clean growth across the county. We will have high quality energy efficient housing stock and a robust, diverse energy infrastructure, underpinned by low carbon generation which utilises Worcestershire’s unique local resources".

The Council's Sustainability Team also run a number of grant funding programmes. If you are a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) looking to install energy or resource efficiency measures, renewable energy, or looking to diversify into a low carbon technology, we may be able to help you. Please see the Business Energy Efficiency Programme and Low Carbon Opportunities Programme. If you are an SME, parish council, charity, voluntary group and public body in Worcestershire and wish to enhance opportunities for biodiversity on your land, the Natural Networks Programme may be able to support you.

HM Government proud partners of the Emissions Reduction Pledge 2020


Sustainability West Midlands


Website: BBC News - What is climate change (opens in a new window)

Website: WWF - Find out what your environmental footprint is (opens in a new window)

Climate Action Timeline

To find out more about the Council’s activity on addressing climate change over the years, please see our Climate Action Timeline.