A plan to help reduce the impact of climate change is to be discussed by councillors in Stafford Borough next week.
Residents, businesses and organisations across Stafford Borough were invited to give their views as part of a consultation on the ‘Climate Change Strategy’ earlier this year. It follows the declaration of a climate change emergency passed by the Borough Council - with a commitment that the authority would be carbon neutral by 2040.
The new strategy includes a number of successful initiatives introduced by the authority to reduce carbon emissions and sets out proposals for the future including:
- How the council will further reduce emissions from its own activities
- Continue with green recovery plans
- Work with partners to adapt to climate change
Members of the council will be asked to approve the new strategy at a virtual meeting on Tuesday (24 November).
Part of the strategy will see an up to date carbon audit of the council undertaken to identify which areas and activities of the authority need to be targeted as the first steps to tackle the problem.
The Borough Council was recognised as one of the leaders in the region by a national Friends of the Earth survey on how climate friendly local authorities are.
Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment, said it was up to the whole community to help reduce the effects of climate change.
He said: “The authority, and my fellow councillors, have a key role to play in achieving a sustainable climate – but we cannot do it on our own. This is everybody’s responsibility – and we need to work with, and have the support of, our whole community.
“All members of the council have had their opportunity to comment during the consultation for this strategy. The strategy sets out how we aim to achieve carbon neutrality and work with others to create a green, resilient and healthy borough.”
Over recent years the council has introduced new cremators that recycle heat at the Tixall Road crematorium in Stafford, installed solar panels on the roof of its Civic Centre and changed boilers in the building to reduce energy consumption.
The council agenda and how to view the meeting at 7pm on Tuesday (24 November) can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/committee-calendar.
Press Release No 5695