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.

We know that our actions alone won’t make Cheshire East a carbon neutral borough, and that  we must work collectively to take positive steps to reduce our carbon footprint. We are developing toolkits and resources to support local schools, businesses, residents and town and parish councils to understand what it means to be carbon neutral, both on a global and local level.