“Sustainability” is most often described as “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs" (Brundtland Commission report, 1987). 

Achieving sustainability means ensuring a quality of life for everyone, now and in generations to come by meeting social, economic and environmental needs. It also involves thinking about the impact our local actions have globally.

Sustainability in Cheshire East Council

Cheshire East Borough Council seeks to achieve sustainability by seeking to follow the principles of:

  • Living within environmental limits
  • Achieving a sustainable economy
  • Ensuring a strong, healthy and just society

In order to achieve sustainability it is crucial that we work in partnership with others. For example, the Cheshire East Sustainable Community Strategy sets out a vision for the area over the next 15 years.

Sustainability covers all areas of the Councils work. These pages combine both information on the work of the Council and other websites.

Climate Change and Securing Service Delivery

All local authorities are expected to provide leadership in anticipating and dealing with extreme weather events and to make plans to avoid or minimise threats on council services delivery. The people most affected in times of extreme weather are the vulnerable, young, infirm, immobile and those people in care. Extremes of heat and cold are a concern but also high winds and storms can disrupt the delivery of essential services.

Cheshire East Council has produced a Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP) report (PDF, 4.1 MB) which is the first step towards identifying the potential threats. Service Plans have been updated to include awareness of risk assessment and business continuity planning; identifying high risk flood areas and gathering information on the drainage network; as well as communicating weather alerts quickly to the public.

Cheshire East Council is working with Cheshire West and Warrington Borough Councils in a project to identify the threats and opportunities presented by climate change on its major development areas (PDF 2.5 MB), so as to minimise any risks and maximise any opportunities presented by the effects of a changing climate. In addition, the Council supports a Local Resilience Forum and a Winter Wellbeing Programme. Through our Highways Service, we are developing a Flood Risk Management Strategy which will tackle issues around flooding of the road network.

Five Year Carbon Management Plan

Cheshire East Council has identified a programme of work that will help to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce energy costs. During the period from 2011 to 2016 a range of practical projects and an embedding strategy has been developed to reduce energy consumption. Supported by the Carbon Trust, the Carbon Management Plan (PDF, 1.49 MB) was accepted and approved by Cabinet on Monday 14th March. The Plan is closely related to the development of the Adaptation Strategy work which describes how carbon reduction will be an integral factor in decisions about service delivery and working with partners to secure a sustainable future for those who live, work and take leisure in the Borough.

As part of our Carbon Management Programme we have produced an Annual Report (PDF 456 KB) to provide information on our progress in reducing our emissions of CO2. There are a number of Appendices to the report which provide more detailed information on the progress of our projects to date (Appendix A, PDF 386 KB), potential new projects we are considering (Appendix B, PDF 263 KB) and progress in embedding carbon management within the Council (Appendix C, PDF 354 KB) - this document is inaccessible for people using assistive technology.