Clear measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to Council activities across the Moorlands have been published in the Climate Change Action Plan.
It’s two years this month since Staffordshire Moorlands District Council declared a climate emergency. Since then the Climate Change sub-committee has been established and a work programme agreed – including the development of an action plan to help achieve the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Part One of the Action Plan sets out how the Council will achieve the net zero target for its own emissions. The key areas of activity for 2021/22 focus on:
- The use of Council buildings – heat and power
- Travel and transport – by councillors and staff
- Procurement – the emissions associated with the products and services bought by the Council
Additional supporting activity includes the development of relevant staff skills; revising the Council’s policies and strategies to ensure climate change is always considered as part of the decision making process; and putting steps in place to measure and report on performance.
Councillor Joe Porter, Cabinet member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that this part of the action plan has been agreed – it’s a big step forward in documenting the practical measures the Council is taking to help achieve the goal of eliminating carbon dioxide emissions across the Moorlands.
“It demonstrates how we’re starting to making a real difference by working to ensure our operations and the activities within our control aren’t increasing emissions and we’re pro-actively moving towards significantly reducing them.
“Climate change and the biodiversity crisis are amongst the biggest global challenges and we owe it to ourselves and future generations to do what we can to mitigate the implications we’re already seeing, and which we anticipate will only increase, on our lives and our environment.”
Part Two of the Action Plan will detail how the Council, working with others, intends to help the whole District achieve net zero emissions. A consultation is planned later this summer for the public and community groups to be involved in this process.
It is due to be published before the end of the year.
Councillor Porter added: “We’ve made great progress already but Part One of the plan is really just the start and we need to work in partnership with our communities, businesses and organisations if we are to meet our targets for the whole District.
“It’s not an easy task but it’s one that we simply cannot afford to ignore. I look forward to the publication of the next stage of the Plan in the coming months and to doing what we can to make sure we are leaving our environment in a better state than we inherited.”
You can read Part One of the Action Plan, and more about climate change, at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/ClimateChange