“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 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 steadily reduced its Greenhouse Gas emissions between 2009/10 and 2016/17 and exceeded the targets set within the Carbon Management Plan.
The fall in the Council’s emissions was due to the success the Council had with carbon reduction measures and property rationalisation. In corporate buildings the Council reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions by 47%, compared to the 2009/10 base year.
The Council is currently working on a new Energy Policy and Strategy with challenging targets for the coming years. Details of these will be provided when available.