An ambitious new Carbon Management Plan is targeting a 15% reduction in emissions by 2023. The plan to reduce Ceredigion County Council emissions was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 11 June 2019.
[aoa id=”1″]The plan sets out an action plan for reducing carbon emissions over the next five years. This is the third five-year carbon management plan to be carried out by the council.[/aoa]
The latest plan lists a number of projects that the council will carry out in the next five years. They include:
- Building on previous work of making buildings more energy efficient
- Rolling out more energy efficient LED street lighting
- Increase energy generation through more photo-voltaic solar panels
- Improving heating systems in Ceredigion schools and looking at biomass district heating schemes in the county
- Investing in a new more energy efficient fleet of council vehicles.
Councillor Alun Williams is the council’s Sustainability Champion. He said:
“The council has reduced its carbon emissions by 45% since 2007/8, a reduction of over 7,000 tons of CO2. This is a huge achievement but, with continued concern being expressed by the world’s scientists about climate change, it’s important that we continue to push ahead with this work.
“The council has invested £2.1m in renewable energy and energy-saving initiatives over the last five years. This has resulted in cumulative cost savings of £4.2m, demonstrating that, as well as helping the planet, these initiatives can also save a considerable amount of money which can help to maintain council services during this time of austerity.”
The Cabinet decision to approve the Carbon Management Plan helps the council meet a corporate priority of Promoting Environmental and Community Resilience.