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Cutting emissions from our own operations

To reach our 2025 target of becoming carbon neutral within our own operations, we are taking the following action:

Creating a culture of sustainability – we are providing information and training for staff and councillors on the climate and ecological emergencies. We have updated our decision-making templates to include climate and ecological implications to ensure they are considered in all our areas of work.

Developing Policy – climate action is integrated throughout policy work, including in the Corporate Plan and Local Plan. We monitor our carbon emissions and will soon be publishing our updated Carbon Management Plan which will outline how we will manage and reduce our carbon emissions. A Climate Action Plan has been developed for 2022-2024. 

Cutting our carbon emissions – we adopted our first Carbon Management Plan in 2009 and have cut our carbon emissions by 47 per cent between 2009/10 – 2021/22. This is a significant reduction and represents continued and sustained long-term progress in lowering greenhouse gas emissions arising from the council’s operations.

We have published our Climate Action Plan which outlines what we are doing to further reduce our carbon emissions to meet our targets of becoming carbon neutral as a council by 2025.  We will continue to monitor our progress on our carbon emissions, reporting annually on them.  See our latest Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions report for more details.

Protecting biodiversity and nature – this a priority for the council.  We have appointed two Tree Champions and have a Tree Policy for Planting Trees on Council Land.  We are working with partners to develop a Nature Recovery Network and Strategy, and we are establishing a Biodiversity Working Group to develop the Council’s approach to nature protection and recovery.