KCC accelerates emissions reductions to tackle climate change

Over the last three years KCC is proud that it has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste Mike Whiting

The news comes with only a few days left to take part in the council’s Energy and Low Emissions Strategy consultation.

The consultation sets out the council’s plans to enable all of Kent to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The strategy also aims to eliminate poor air quality, reduce fuel poverty and deliver an affordable, clean and secure energy supply for Kent and Medway.

KCC Cabinet Member for the Environment Mike Whiting said: “Beating our emissions target two years early has far exceeded our earlier expectations.

“Our £40 million investment in upgrading 120,000 streetlights to LED made the largest contribution and heating system upgrades across our buildings and switching our fleet to electric-hybrid vehicles are also reducing our use of energy and fuel.

“With investment in digital technologies, our staff now travel one million fewer miles a year to carry out council business, equivalent to taking 125 cars off the road annually.

“We have committed to setting a net-zero target for the council’s estate and services and are currently preparing a data led proposal including the actions and resources needed to achieve this in the shortest possible timescale.”

These proposals will be presented to Full Council next year, as agreed by councillors at their meeting earlier this year.

KCC is also supporting Kent schools to deliver energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School has new solar panels installed

An example of this can be seen at Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School near Ashford which earlier this year had solar panels installed on their roof which will generate approximately £6,000 worth of free electricity.

The Energy and Low Emissions Strategy consultation is open until September 23.

To take part visit www.kent.gov.uk/energyandlowemissionsconsultation

KCC accelerates emissions reductions to tackle climate change was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Thom Morris