Erewash Borough Council has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero as climate change continues to dominate international headlines.

At a Full Council meeting last week it was unanimously agreed to commit to reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 in line with the Government’s national target.

The council has already completed a number of schemes that have helped reduce its carbon emissions by 28 per cent since 2012/13 including:

• Office LED lighting replacement programmes within Council buildings
• Upgrades to the heat recovery system at one of the Council swimming pools
• Car park LED lighting replacement programme
• Installation of smart meters in the Council’s larger energy-use buildings
• Sports Hall LED lighting replacement programme.
• Introduction of the Fuel-link system to monitor fleet fuel usage
• 300 free fruit trees were given away to Erewash residents last year.

The council is also committed to making the whole borough carbon neutral by 2050 through joint working with its partners and other relevant agencies and will call on the UK government to provide the powers, resources and help to make this possible.

At the meeting Councillor Garry Hickton the council’s Lead Member for Environment stated that strong and well thought out policies were needed to help meet the council’s carbon reduction target.

Councillor Garry Hickton, says:

“All levels of government have to take responsibility and act right now on the very serious issue of climate change.

“This council has long been aware of its commitments and has worked to reduce its carbon footprint over the years. But now is the time for us to step up that work and commit to having net-zero emissions within a realistic time frame.”

The council has also agreed to:
• Use its planning and building control power to make new homes more energy efficient.
• Seek to increase the number and size of land designated as nature reserves and improve and create habitats to support insect life, including bees.
• Encourage and support tree and hedge planting within Erewash.
• Support the transition away from petrol and diesel cars.

The full council meeting was held at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 10 October.