Carbon emissions, also known as greenhouse gases, which are produced from the council's activities are measured. Since 2005/06 our emissions have reduced by over 60% and we plan to reduce further.
The council measures and manages the carbon emissions from the activities from the following areas:
- energy use in council non domestic buildings
- domestic waste collected from households
- street and festive lighting
- fuel use in fleet vehicles
- staff travel
The first Carbon Management Plan was produced in 2008 and an updated Carbon Management Plan was published in 2012. Further updated Carbon Management Plans were published in 2014, 2016 and again in 2018.
The council has a legislative duty to contribute to national carbon reduction targets which are included within the action plan of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Strategy.
Everyone should think about reducing their carbon emissions, also known as your carbon footprint. To help you achieve this and save money on your bills you could:
- turn off lights and electrical appliances when not needed
- insulate your home to ensure energy is not wasted
- reduce your thermostat and make sure you understand your heating controls
- walk or cycle for short journeys where possible
- plan your meals to avoid food waste and consider home composting
- think about repairing items rather than buying new.
The council supports the global WWF campaigns each year and encourages as many people and businesses to also think about ways to be more sustainable. Please also see our page on what you can do to help the planet.