Cllr Harvey CAbR

Council’s Climate Action Biannual Report reveals positive action against climate change

The Council’s latest climate action biannual report shared at full council includes the results of the Land Management Plan community engagement exercise; the launch of its hedgehog highways campaign; and news of its carbon account with progress towards its target of carbon neutral. 

Cllr David Harvey, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Change said, 

“I’m pleased to share the Climate Action Biannual Report, which has been developed by officers working as part of the Council’s climate team. The report provides updates on the actions we have taken in response to the climate and ecological emergency during the last six months July 2021-January 2022.”

“It covers activities within the five themes of our Climate Change Strategy, and it is good to see our activities and plans progressing nicely to continue to protect our environment whilst supporting the local economy.”

Delivering against the first theme of the Council’s Strategy - “Protecting and restoring natural ecosystems”, a baseline assessment of twelve key Council sites, and five-year Land Management Plans (LMPs) have now been completed. These LMPs are now published and delivering action to restore and improve existing natural habitats and biodiversity, creating new opportunities for wildlife.

Cllr David Harvey continued, “The uptake of our hedgehog highways campaign by residents has been gratifying to see. I encourage everyone who can to contribute to taking care of our wildlife, so that collectively we can continue protecting our biodiversity.”

The biannual report highlights positive outcomes of the Better Housing, Better Health (BHBH) service, providing low-income families access to grants for energy-efficiency improvements. Warm and well home energy assessments and energy installations continue to be delivered to residents who are in greatest need.

Plans for reducing carbon emissions at the Council’s Woodgreen and Elmfield offices are also highlighted in the biannual report. These focus on reduced energy and water use, renewables and increased access to forms of active and low-carbon travel. 

To receive more regular updates, you can sign up to the Council’s Climate Action Network to receive the District’s Climate Action bulletins here:

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