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.
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.
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.