Further success in reducing ‘carbon footprint’

Published Tuesday 8 October 2019

The district council has continued to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint – reducing emissions by over 40% in the last decade, according to new figures.

The data has been published in Harborough District Council’s Climate Local Annual Progress Report which was considered by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday 7 October 2019.

As part of its commitment to help tackle environment issues, the Council has already taken positive action, through its Climate Local Action Plan, by reducing energy costs and emissions at Council-owned buildings, including The Symington Building, Harborough Market and both leisure centres in Lutterworth and Market Harborough.

Earlier this year, in June 2019, Harborough District Council declared a ‘Climate Change Emergency’ with the aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Following on from this; a Climate Change Working Group was set up to look at how all aspects of Council services being more environmentally-friendly.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet member for climate change said: “Whilst we know it is a big challenge to work towards carbon neutral status; we are delighted that our emission figures have continued to improve and are working hard with the wider community to build on this progress.”

The Council is continuing to look at its own assets, and provide energy-efficiency grants for local residents and businesses, as well as explore opportunities to install more electric vehicle charging points in the district.

For more information about the Climate Change visit the Council’s website.