Carbon Neutral Council
Carbon Neutral by 2025
We are serious about taking action to tackle the climate emergency and in May 2019, we committed to becoming carbon neutral in our operations by 2025, and to assist with reducing the borough’s footprint.
Carbon Neutral Action Plan
In our Carbon Neutral Action Plan we focus on actions that we should consider taking in support of the carbon neutral by 2025 target. This includes information on how we could encourage all businesses, residents and organisations to reduce their own emissions.
The action plan details how we aim to:
- Influence behaviour change - by focussing on internal policies, culture and the behaviour of the council
- Reduce energy demand – by reviewing council operations and our assets, taking actions to use less energy and fuel and improve efficiency
- Increase low carbon energy supply – by making use of renewable energy sources, such as increasing supply from district heating and green energy and making more use of solar panels on buildings
- Protect and enhance our natural capital – including initiatives such as tree planting and peat restoration.
To understand more about the evidence base used to inform and support our Carbon Neutral Action Plan, you can read the Carbon Neutrality Support Technical Annex (PDF, 3.3MB). This document details our emissions profiles and provides further information on borough-wide energy system pathways and measures. You can also read more about agriculture land use profiles and scenarios and approaches to carbon neutrality and offsetting.
Support for town and parish councils
We know that our actions alone won’t make Cheshire East a carbon neutral borough. We must work collectively to take positive steps to reduce our carbon footprint.
We have developed a Climate emergency toolkit (PDF, 2MB) to support Town and Parish Councils across Cheshire East to consider their role in achieving targets, delivering change and accelerating their own carbon neutral transition
It can be difficult to know where to start with the scale of change that is required to have a real impact on the climate emergency. We have created an online Activator Hub, to support and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing between Town and Parish Councils, where members can share resources and ask questions.