Scrutiny Panel assesses progress of Council’s Carbon Management Plan

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On Tuesday 4th August, the Economy & Environmental Overview & Scrutiny Panel came together to assess progress as the Council develop plans to move towards zero carbon emissions.

Scrutiny Panel assesses progress of Council’s Carbon Management Plan

Yesterday, the Economy & Environment Overview & Scrutiny Panel came together to assess the progress being made towards lowering the County’s carbon emissions. 

Since 2002, the council have delivered a series of individual schemes aimed at reducing these emissions and are continuing to work with partners on a range of projects to cut County emissions through the Worcestershire Energy Strategy. 

Following the decision made by UK Government in May 2019, Worcestershire County Council committed itself to achieving zero net carbon emissions for the council by the year 2050. 

Previous plans have focussed on reducing emissions from Council property, Transport and Street Lighting. Emissions from contracts such as Highways Maintenance and Household Waste Management have also been reduced. 

The County Council’s accounted Carbon Emissions have reduced by 36% since 2009/10 and the announcement for this year’s figures is expected next month. 

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said “As a county we are doing a lot to reduce our carbon footprint and the way we treat our environment. 

“It is only with the continued help and support of our residents that we can work together to achieve an overall reduction in our carbon footprint.” 

A new Carbon Management Plan, aiming for net zero carbon emissions for the County Council by 2050 is currently in draft form and pending Cabinet approval later in the year. 

The new Carbon Management Plan will look for technological developments such as cost effective ultra-low HGV’s, decarbonisation of the UK’s electrical grid; investment by the Council into the knowledge and resources to improve energy efficiency in property estate and street lights, transitioning to non-fossil fuelled heating systems & fleet vehicles; and the ability of the Council to offset remaining carbon emissions. 

To see more details about the Panel, including previous meetings and agendas, please follow the link to the Council’s dedicated page for the Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Panel. 

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