Carbon Reduction Plan set to reduce environmental impact
November 5, 2020
A Carbon Reduction plan that details the pathway we will take in order to meet our net zero emissions ambition by 2040 has been agreed by our Executive Board.
We made a commitment to reduce our impact on the environment back in 2019, identifying it as a priority in the recently adopted Corporate Strategy. In order to achieve this, we have worked with the Carbon Trust to understand our carbon emissions across all its activities and assets with our vehicle fleet accounting for 50% of the overall carbon footprint between January until December 2019 at 2,583 tCO2e.
The plan sets out reduction opportunities such as energy management and a full LED lighting roll out across all council offices, driver training and performance management across the fleet with a view to exploring electrification of the vehicles also, mileage management, further LED lighting upgrades to public toilets and promenades with longer term ambitions focussed on a more energy efficient head office, exploring alternative fuels for the refuse fleet and electrification of all space heating at council offices and leisure facilities.
Progress will be monitored annually with a formal review in 2023 and we're aiming to have reduced our emissions by a minimum of 45% b7 2027.
Alongside the plan, an Environmental Policy has also been agreed which demonstrates our commitment to improving the natural environment of the District for residents, businesses and visitors.
Councillor Graham Marsh, Deputy Leader of the Council/ Portfolio Holder for Partnerships 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 across the District, with examples including the appointment of a Climate Change Manager, solar panels on many of our buildings; electric car charging points across the district and all footway lighting upgraded to LED.
"As well as looking at how we operate as a Council and looking to reduce our emissions, we've also established a District-wide community orchard initiative and a Climate Change Forum to support our residents and businesses to play their role in tackling the issue."