Wokingham Borough Council are set to approve the climate emergency second annual report and next steps at a meeting on Thursday night (22 July). The climate emergency action plan was created as a result of the council declaring a climate emergency in 2019 and outlines the actions needed to help Wokingham Borough on its journey to becoming net zero carbon.
The council has undertaken a number of projects over the past 12 months to reduce carbon emissions. These include installing new electric vehicle charging points, increasing the amount of paper and cardboard recycled by introducing waterproof recycling bags, planning and constructing its first net zero carbon building with the new Dinton Activity Centre and spoken to businesses and schools in a series of online events.
The priorities to be agreed for next year include progressing the plans for the Barkham solar farm, the local plan update which includes ambitious climate change policies, development of the electric vehicle strategy and determining next steps for the local cycling and walking infrastructure.
Cllr Gregor Murray, executive member for climate emergency, said: “The climate emergency action plan is an ambitious, yet necessary one. The last year has seen additional challenges brought on by Covid-19, so to have achieved as much as we have in the past year is a really positive example of how committed the council is.
“Over the coming months, as restrictions lift and the country begins to open up, we are encouraging residents and businesses to keep up the good habits they developed during lockdown, such as reduced car usage and working from home.
“I would also ask that all our residents do as much as they can on our journey to carbon neutrality – we need to do this together by saving energy, recycling as much as possible wherever we are including while on holiday, shopping local and many other small changes that can make a big difference.
“I am confident that as a borough, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint and I look forward to further engaging with those living, working and going to school in the area to work together on tackling climate emergency.”
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