Ahead of the launch of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Kent County Council will discuss its work to proactively take action to address environmental change.
A paper setting out the projects and events planned to bolster our position on improving our environment, will be discussed at KCC’s Cabinet Meeting tomorrow [28th October].
It sets out the things which have been done, or are due to be completed, to improve climate adaptation, countryside access, green infrastructure, electric vehicle charging point access and enhance the low-carbon economy.
The paper also details the activity across Kent linking to COP26 goals.
KCC recognises the climate agenda and understand the role we play, working with partners, in accelerating work to improve environmental outcomes in the future.
Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Susan Carey, said: “I want to wish everyone who will be attending COP26 in Glasgow a successful and worthwhile conference. It’s in everyone’s interests that COP26 is a success.
“In the last decade KCC has reduced its carbon emissions by 73% as well as reducing our energy costs. Now we are making even more rapid progress thanks to winning £20.6 million in funding from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme in March 2021. This is funding projects that will reduce our carbon emissions by a further 40% by March 2022.
“From implementing a network of reliable electric vehicle chargers to upgrading streetlights to environmentally friendly LEDs and creating solar parks, we are making real progress on our commitment to Net Zero.”
In line with Government-led scientific advice, Kent County Council has made a commitment to make its buildings and services Net Zero by 2030 with the rest of the county following by 2050.
Work continues all the time to meet the climate busting target with LED upgrades recently being completed for four of KCC’s buildings, saving an estimated 13 tonnes of CO2 a year.
KCC’s Kent Green Action campaign offers helpful information for people who want to contribute to enhancing their environment. Visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/environment-waste-and-planning/kent-green-action to find out more, or search for Kent Green Action on social media.