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We were recently asked a public question at our Executive Board and we thought we’d share the question and answer with our reader to keep you up to date with what we are doing.

“Question:”

“When will Wrexham Council divest from fossil fuel by, and what has been done so far, specifically relating to this question?”

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“Answer”

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport responded:

“Reply to Public Question to be asked at Executive Board in July Carbon reduction and the drive to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, has long been a central focus for Wrexham Council. Over the past 10 years, through our procurement of energy, we are also proud to announce that 100% of the our electricity supply, is derived from renewable sources, thereby ensuring all the electricity used in our buildings and street lighting is green electricity. This is in turn divesting from the traditional use of fossil fuels.

During the previous 10 years the Council has driven a range of energy saving projects and have embraced new and innovative renewable technologies to reduce the authorities reliance on fossil fuels.

What have we done?

– Installation of 2,675 solar panels on council houses.
– Designed, installed and maintain, Wales first Council owned 2.64 MW solar farm.
– Solar PV on 2 council offices and 17 schools.
– Large scale Biomass boiler installation within one of our large office sites
– Internal lighting upgrades in over 30 schools and offices.
– Electric vehicle charging points in 5 public car parks and workplace charging in two office car parks including adding 5 electric “pool” vehicles into the Council’s fleet
– Council continued to embrace digital technology
– Council have set up a project group to reduce single use plastic across all buildings and schools

In recent years through the advancement of LED technologies the Council has invested in replacement lighting units across the County Borough. This programme of works is continuing and will see over the next two years, the conversion the Councils remaining street lighting 11,000 units in total.

We are aware of the Welsh Government’s recently declared Climate Emergency in Wales which has highlighted ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2030. Looking to the future, I am pleased to confirm that following a decision at our June Council meeting, we recently approved the development of a Decarbonisation Action Plan, within 12 months which documents our work and actions and the supports the Welsh
Govenments Commitment on Climate change.”

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