Following its declaration of a Climate and Environment Emergency, Cambridgeshire County Council has approved its Climate Change and Environment Strategy, Carbon Footprint for 2018/19 and it Action Plan. These set out the Council's ambitious plans to reduce its own and the County’s carbon footprint, and to support others in their efforts.
This outlines how the council plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the Council, and a range of measures to help communities adapt to the change already happening, and enhance nature and the benefits it provides.
Importantly, the Strategy takes into account the Council's sphere of influence, sharing where the Council can act by itself and where we must work with partners and our communities to bring about change. It defines the levels of action that can be taken across Cambridgeshire and highlights where the Council must work to ring our communities with us on this transition to net-zero
“As a council we have done lots already we can be proud of to reduce our carbon footprint – planting 25,000 trees, already investing £22million into carbon reductions and having a further £56 million identified in our business plan to continue to support measures to protect our environment. We are not a council that rests on our laurels. We are looking towards the future and the decisions we must take today to address the urgent changes needed to protect our environment,” said Cllr Steve Count, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council.
“This strategy is how we plan to move forward working together with our partners.”
“The message on climate change is clear - none of us can afford not to do this,” said Cllr Josh Schumann, chairman of the council’s commercial and investment committee who seconded the motion. “This strategy sets ambitious yet realistic targets, based on clear research and highlights how we can achieve them.”