Becoming carbon neutral

Following the declaration of a 'climate emergency' in July 2019, Elmbridge Borough Council has been taking steps to assess its own carbon footprint. The Carbon Trust audited our buildings (mainly the Civic Centre and seven Centres for the Community) in winter 2019, collecting extensive data and identifying carbon reduction opportunities. The ‘Carbon Footprint Report’, produced by the Carbon Trust, is the first step on our journey to being a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.
 
Councillor Mary Marshall, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for the Environment, recognises the crucial role Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) can play in mitigating climate change,
 
“As an organisation at the heart of the Elmbridge community, we have a real need to show that we understand what it takes to become carbon neutral and that we will do what we can to achieve that long term goal. The Carbon Footprint report has recommended that we reduce gas consumption across our buildings, that we consider electrifying our entire fleet of vehicles (we currently have 3 electric vehicles) and that we continue to monitor emissions, amongst other proactive suggestions. I will continue to work closely with officers across the council in the months ahead to help keep us on track and move EBC towards achieving its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”
 
From the report, a list of recommendations and suggestions will be developed and an officer working group established to produce a ‘Carbon Reduction Action Plan’ for Elmbridge Borough Council. Focussing on our own operations, we will  regularly report on our progress and we will work with our partners to help them to also reduce their carbon emissions.
 
Throughout all of this, we will continue to help our residents understand and improve the air quality in Elmbridge. Residents can sign up for ‘air alert’ which updates them on in air quality in Elmbridge. Our animation also highlights five ways residents can help us have cleaner air:

  1. Turn off your engine at red lights
  2. Keep tyres inflated properly to reduce carbon emissions.
  3. Consider walking or cycling instead of driving
  4. Avoid garden bonfires, recycle and compost instead
  5. If you have an open fire, consider burning less and buy ‘ready to burn’ fuel.
Date published: 5 June 2020

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