Wokingham Borough Council's Leader declared a climate emergency in the borough in May 2019 and the Conservatives have been working hard to develop and put into action a bold and ambitious plan.
Our Climate Emergency Action Plan is full of ideas from residents, town and parish councils, council officers and local businesses. An Executive member position was created and Cllr Gregor Murray is leading the team dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint across the borough and achieve a carbon neutral status by 2030.
There are some really exciting projects. Here are just a few:
· We have an electric vehicle trial which we will be rolling out soon
· We’re planting 250,000 new trees right across the borough
· We are creating a green bank to help residents make their homes more energy efficient,
and exploring how, as a borough, we can move away from carbon fuel heating
· The replacement Dinton Activity Centre we are building right now will be our first entirely
carbon neutral building
· We are going to build two solar farms in the next two years which will not only provide us with renewable energy, but will also
generate money which we will re-invest in our carbon neutral projects.
These aren’t just plans – these are real projects which you will be seeing very soon.
Our plan is ambitious, but Conservatives are up to the challenge.
We are off to a good start on our goal of having a carbon-neutral borough by 2030; 20 years sooner than the government’s target of 2050.
We have outlined 8 key action areas and committed £50million over the next 3 years to help reduce our carbon footprint:
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport by reducing congestion, encouraging more electric vehicles and encouraging more sustainable transport options.
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions from domestic and business property by creating a ‘green bank’ to help businesses and residents to convert from natural gas to lower carbon forms of energy.
- Generate more renewable energy in the borough by creating five largescale solar farms in the next five years.
- Create a Local Plan that specifies net zero carbon construction and infrastructure to ensure major new developments are energy efficient and use low carbon energy.
- Increase the levels of carbon sequestration in the borough through greening the environment by planting 250,000 new trees over the next five years.
- Engage with young people and support sustainable schools to promote behavioural change.
- Reduce waste sent to landfill by reaching a 60% recycling rate this year and a 90% recycling rate by 2030.
- Encourage behaviour change by having the council set an example and become net zero carbon on its own estate as well as in its policies,services and investments.