North East Lincolnshire Council became a signatory to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in March 2008. This is a voluntary commitment to address the issues of climate change by working towards reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.
Carbon Management Plan
In 2008, we were selected to take part in the Local Authority Carbon Management programme. In partnership with the Carbon Trust, we identified a range of carbon and cost savings that will enable us to meet our carbon reduction target of 25% by 2013.
In July 2009, a Carbon Management Plan was adopted that includes projects to reduce our carbon emissions from council estate, transport and schools, by involving all employees through awareness raising and behaviour change. In future thisPlan will be part of the Corporate Asset Management Plan.
Since the creation of the Carbon Management Plan, we have achieved carbon reductions:
- We have been able to substantially reduce the waste sent to landfill,
- By providing a comprehensive range of recycling and composting facilities across the area
- By recovering the energy from household waste to produce electricity and hot water.
- The council uses electricity classified as Good Quality Combined Heat and Power,
- It is recognised as a green source of power, producing half the emissions of normal electricity.
- We have worked with local schools to identify energy saving measures during their refurbishment, such as energy efficient lighting, heating control and zoning, efficient boilers, etc.
- A range of driver training has been delivered to drivers of refuse trucks.
- This contributes towards safe and efficient driving,
- Also helps to drive down operating costs, fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
- All new fleet vehicles use the latest engine technology, complying with the stringent Euro V standards.
- Business travel, the council has been advocating the benefits of car sharing, use of public transport, walking and cycling to its employees.
- Innovation in street lighting technology, incorporating energy saving measures, such as light-emitting diodes (LED) in bollards, lanterns and illumination.
WWF Earth Hour
WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple idea that’s quickly turned into a global phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people turning off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the planet. It’s about appreciating the brilliant world we all share – and how we need to protect it. Not just for an hour a year, but every day.
Visit the official website to sign up, and get ideas on taking part.
North East Lincolnshire Council joined the 10:10 Campaign in January 2010. It promoted one simple idea: that by working together we could achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions. The 10:10 Campaign's annual report for 2011 can be found listed with our document downloads . The campaign continues in 2012.
Please join the council in this campaign by signing up as a person, a company, a school, organisation or business, on the 10:10 website.
The Big Society Network
The Big Society Network has been set up by frustrated citizens for frustrated citizens, to help everyone achieve change in their local area.
- It aims to create a new relationship between Citizens and Government in which both are genuine partners in getting things done.
- Using real democracy using all the human and technological tools which are now available.
- The partnership aims to include business and the voluntary sector.
- It is an enormous tool-box of advice, case histories, links to people and resources, using the power of the Internet, Mobiles and face-to-face action.
Greenhouse Gas Monitoring
As part of the Council's continuing commitment to understand it's environmental impact, this year we have for the first time measured our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide amongst others and contribute to global warming. We have reported three years of data, including a baseline, of 2007/8, 2009/10 and 2010/11. The report can be viewed by clicking on the link under document downloads.