Council sets ambitious target to reduce its environmental impact

June 22, 2020

East Lindsey District Council has this evening agreed an ambitious target for reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2040.

In 2019 East Lindsey District Council made a commitment to reduce its impact on the environment and to produce a Carbon Reduction Plan; and its recently adopted Corporate Strategy identifies this as a specific priority for the Council.

In recent months the Council has been working with the Carbon Trust to fully understand its carbon footprint with a view to developing a detailed plan that aims to achieve the 2040 goal.  By 2027 the Council aims to have reduced its emissions by a minimum of 45% and will continue to track progress towards this with annual monitoring and a formal review in 2023.

The initial review of the Council's operations undertaken by the Carbon Trust found total emissions for January to December 2019 were 2,664.2 tCO2e with the Council's vehicle fleet providing the largest source of emissions, accounting for 50% of the overall footprint.

Cllr Graham Marsh, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, said: "East Lindsey District Council takes the issue of climate change very seriously and we have already implemented a number of measures to reduce emissions, with examples including solar panels on many of our buildings; electric car charging points across the district and all footway lighting upgraded to LED.

"Agreeing a clear target for the Council further demonstrates our commitment and gives us a clear focus on where we need to be in the future."