Climate Change

As we come to the end of Climate Change 2020 we’re launching a consultation which we’d love you to take part in.

It’s about our draft Decarbonisation Action Plan which outlines how we would become a carbon neutral organisation which we agreed to put together when we declared a climate emergency last year.

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The Plan concentrates on four areas:

  • Buildings
  • Transport and Mobility
  • Land Use
  • Procurement (how we get our goods and services)

As well as highlighting the works we have already done in these important areas it also gives details on what we propose to do in the coming months and years in each of the four areas:


  • LED lighting upgrades
  • Heat Pump technology for Large Buildings
  • PV installations and battery storage across our schools, offices and community centres
  • Sustainable and low carbon refurbishment of our offices and schools
  • Incorporation of smart and innovative technologies within our building portfolio

Transport and Mobility

  • Further expansion of our fleet of electric vehicles
  • Continue the expansion of our charging network, and adapt to the growing demand from electric car drivers. Create more charging hubs across the County Borough.

Land Use

  • Investigate sites for tree planting schemes across the County Borough
  • Progress on large scale renewable installation, incorporating innovative technologies


  • A Procurement Platform. To ensure a robust, transparent and defendable solution for the evaluation of ‘social value’ offers made by bidders against key council priorities.
  • Contract Management. A contract management tool used to manage the delivery of contracts and the associated social value commitments associated with them.
  • A solution to reporting the delivery of Social Value at a project, department and overall Council level. This to include access to both non-financial data (e.g. number of carbon initiatives) and financial data (e.g. £ value generated from carbon reduction)

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Transport and Environment, said: “We’ve already undertaken a huge amount of work to reduce our carbon emissions including opening a solar farm, installing electric chargers in car parks, installing solar panels on suitable housing stock and our own buildings and undertaking largescale environmental improvements by planting woodlands and wildflower meadows across the county borough.

“It’s clear we can do more and we’re encouraging residents, organisations and businesses about what we are planning in order to ensure we are working on the most achievable and sustainable options.”

You can take part in the consultation here.

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