Sustainability and Climate Change

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It is important to be aware of how we, as individuals and communities, affect the environment we live in and how we can contribute to its sustainability rather than it's deterioration.

As a council we try to use our limited resources as efficiently and as environmentally-friendly as we can.

Over the last few years we have significantly reduced the amount of energy we use to deliver our services and we have saved money, energy and lowered our carbon emissions along the way. We would encourage all our residents to do the same.

Our journey started in March 2009 when we signed the Cumbria Climate Change Commitment.  The Commitment set out a range of actions for members of the Cumbria Strategic Partnership to reduce Cumbria's greenhouse gas emissions, enable people, organisations and business to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change and develop Cumbria as a low carbon economy.

We are a lead partner in Britain’s Energy Coast™, a £2 billion package of regeneration projects that will establish the West Coast of Cumbria as a major national hub for low carbon and renewable energy generation.

In 2010 we  developed a five year Carbon Management Plan with the support of the Carbon Trust.   The plan set out how we were going to reduce the carbon emissions associated with our operations and services.  Since then we have improved the energy efficiency of our buildings, reduced the amount of transport fuel we use, switched to using more recycled products and reduced the amount of  waste we produce.

All local authorities are required to report on their greenhouse gas emissions.  View our greenhouse gas report for 2009/10 - 2010/11.

On the 23rd March 2010 we achieved the Cumbria Business Environment Network Bronze Award for demonstrating awareness and commitment to developing an environmental management system for the Council.  In recognition of our achievements since 2010, in March 2012 we achieved the Gold 'Green at Heart'.  The Award scheme aims to help businesses minimise the environmental impacts of their operations.   Cumbria Business Environment Network offer a range of services from free site visits to identify where energy, waste, water and raw materials savings can be made, to invitations to seminars, workshops and events. 

To find out more about climate change and what it means for you, go to the website.

For advice on reducing energy and saving money, try the Energy Saving Trust. See also our top tips for energy efficiency in the home.


Published: 11 May 2012 - 11:34am