In 2019, the Welsh Government declared a Climate Emergency in Wales, thereby setting ambitious plans for the public sector to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Flintshire Council has been working on decarbonisation for a number of years and its current decarbonisation strategy (2009-2021) ends this year. During this period, approximately 60% of the Council’s carbon emissions from energy sources have been reduced. The Council now identifies that this strategy needs to be widened to encompass all carbon emissions from the Council’s assets and services and has therefore committed to aim to become net zero carbon by 2030. This will look to decarbonise Council operations and promote the protection and enhancement of the county’s natural environment. It is important that any climate change strategy includes the protection of our landscapes, ecology and biodiversity.
Full Council approved a motion to develop a clear Climate Change strategy which will set an operational plan for creating a ‘carbon positive’ organisation. The climate change strategy will focus on the following categories within the Council’s assets and services:
Flintshire County Council owned buildings, transport, land, and the way that we buy and procure goods and services, are the contributors to our carbon footprint, with an integrated theme of behaviour. To achieve our aims it is vital that the Council works collaboratively with others including Welsh Government, neighbouring Councils, and others across the public, private and third sectors.
For more information please email the climate change team at: firstname.lastname@example.org