Draft Plan on the Cabinet Agenda 15th September 2020.

“We have pledged to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030, for those emissions that are
under our direct control. This means having a net zero carbon footprint, and we aim to help the
entire district achieve this goal too, within the same timeframe.
Reducing carbon emissions at this scale – and broadening our net zero work to encapsulate the
district as a whole – will enable the organisation to play its part in contributing to wider local,
national, and international climate change efforts. Furthermore, by showing leadership and
accountability in delivering this critical work, we will hopefully encourage other organisations across
all sectors to address their own climate change impacts, whilst also inspiring and supporting
members of the public to lead more sustainable lifestyles.
The climate change action plan is comprised of 6 workstreams, the first 5 of which address
organisational emissions, with the 6th being dedicated solely to district level work. The workstreams
cover the following core areas: low carbon estate, low carbon fleet, renewable energy, offsetting,
behavioural change and influencing, and place. The programme of work that supports these
workstreams forms the basis for the future delivery of our net zero aspirations.
The council has a leadership structure and organisational hierarchy that recognises the importance
of climate change, which is also underpinned by a skilled programme delivery team. With a suite of
suitable policies, procedures, and strategies now in place, there is a corporate-wide impetus to
embed climate change centric thinking into everything the council does going forward, both
organisationally and within the district.
We believe that this plan provides a solid foundation for sustained and rapid carbon emission
reductions, and that this will enable the council to demonstrate its full commitment to the climate
emergency and to deliver against its net zero promises.”

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