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County Council continues to tackle climate change

Published Monday, 26th October 2020

Worcestershire County Council is continuing its commitment to tackling climate change as the Net Zero Carbon Plan was approved in today’s Cabinet meeting.

The Net Zero Carbon plan shows how the County Council will seek to achieve its pledge to make its estate and operations carbon neutral by 2050, aligning with central Government’s target.

Developed by its Zero Carbon and Sustainability Board, the Plan also considers the County Council’s influence over county-wide carbon reduction and response to the impact of climate change.

Worcestershire County Council has a long history of action against climate change, having taken the lead on a wide range of initiatives and according to latest figures, the county’s carbon emissions reduced by 32% between 2005 and 2018.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment said: “As a county council, we have been and will continue to be committed to our pledge to tackle climate change. This Plan and its proposed targets are going to help us on our way to carbon neutrality. However, we can only achieve this with the help of our industry and residents, by working together, we can reach our target.”

The Plan includes ongoing investment into energy efficiency measures and generation of renewable energy sources at County Council properties and moving to 100% LED street lighting.

Also part of the County Council’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions are the approach to moving to 100% Ultra Low Emission fleet vehicles, the inclusion of carbon reduction requirements and the provision of carbon reduction advice sessions with service providers.  

For more information on the County Council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20235/sustainability/1091/sustainable_council

To see the Council’s activity to tackle climate change to date, please visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20798/climate_action_timeline