Commitment to Climate Change continues with significant investment
Nearly £250k was pledged to deliver the Council's climate change objectives and energy management plans at a meeting of the Executive last night.
Most of the sum (£217,000) will be match funded by Salix Finance, a company providing government funding to the public sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills. The remainder (£25,000) will cover officer support, giving a total of £459,000 to spend on projects.
On 23 July, the Council declared a climate emergency. It confirmed its commitment to collaborating with partners to achieve a net zero carbon emissions target goal by 2030, working towards a carbon-free borough and establishing a local Climate Change Partnership. It also vowed to support local initiatives such as Plastic Free Guildford.
James Whiteman, Managing Director said: "Since 2007 we've invested over £8 million on energy saving projects including insulation, boiler replacements, LED lighting in all car parks, air source heat pumps and solar PV panels.
The Council launched a Climate Change and Innovation Board (CCIB) this year to develop an overall strategy for the reduction of carbon emissions within the Council and the borough. Its key priorities are:
- Buildings and Planning
- Trees and green spaces
The CCIB will drive how we can all make living in, working in, and visiting Guildford more environmentally sustainable together. For the first time representatives from key external partners have been invited to join the group, including a professor of innovation and sustainability from the University of Surrey and members of the Guildford Environmental Forum.
Pictured: James Whiteman, Managing Director at the electric charging bays at the Council's offices in Millmead.
Published on Wednesday 27 November.