Public consultation on the Local Authority’s plan will get underway shortly
He said, “From the very get-go we need to monitor the progress of each of initiatives set out as part of the SDCC Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2019 – 2024. If we have any chance of fulfilling any of the 115 actions included in the plan or meeting the ambitious targets, the general public need to be made fully aware of the significance and importance of being more environmentally conscious in our day-to-day lives. “In that respect I am pleased that the Chief Executive has confirmed to me that there will be public information sessions held during February and March. There are some brilliant efforts already being made in our area to reduce carbon emissions and to introduce better practices for disposing
of waste but we need to kick it up a gear once this plan is fully in place.
“Decarbonising the council’s fleet of vehicles, increasing the programme for tree planting, delivering flood alleviation schemes on our main rivers and upgrading the lighting in council owned buildings in a bid to dramatically reduce energy consumption are just three examples of what can do. “If we are to achieve an over 30% reduction in energy efficiency over the next two years and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, we all need to get behind the council and give it our best shot to secure a healthy, prosperous future for the generations after us,” he concluded.