A unanimously supported motion put before Full Council by Cllr Steve Count, Leader of the Council, outlined the council’s significant track record of success in this area, leading to it becoming acknowledged as a national leader and recommended steps to move further faster in recognition of the need for urgent action.
Saying that the council had a responsibility as a ‘caretaker’ of the environment for future generations, he said:
“People of all ages, all walks of life and all social and economic backgrounds in Cambridgeshire are becoming increasingly concerned they will leave or inherit an environment that is irreparably damaged, forcing others to live with the consequences of the decisions we make today.”
Cllr Count recommended that the council worked with partners, with the private sector and crucially with representatives of young people who had recently demonstrated their concern about the environment outside Shire Hall, to develop even more ambitious plans and use the council’s significant influence locally and nationally to encourage others to do the same.
We have a number of corporate strategies which deal with specific environmental challenges, including a new Plastic Strategy, and are currently finalising an overarching Climate Change and Environment Strategy.
Some things we are already doing
Cambridgeshire County Council already has significant success in tackling environmental challenges. Notably we have made significant investment into renewable energy schemes, including a 12MW solar farm in Soham. We also purchase 100% renewable electricity for our corporate buildings. These two actions combine to help mitigate the Council's corporate energy-related carbon emissions.
We also work with local communities to establish and manage a number of Local Nature Reserves for the benefit of people and wildlife. All of the reserves are open to the public.
Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are living green spaces which are important for people and support important wildlife. They are places where local residents can study and learn about wildlife, or simply enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of being in nature. All district and county councils can acquire, declare and manage Local Nature Reserves. There are 28 Local Nature Reserves in Cambridgeshire with 8 of these being owned by the County Council.
Read about some of our strategies below.