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Climate Change Strategy

CCS

The Climate Change Strategy 2012/13-2015/16 sets out the Council’s aim of influencing and empowering residents, community groups, schools and businesses in the Borough to help them to mitigate climate change by reducing their carbon emissions and also aims to implement carbon reduction projects to reduce the carbon emissions of its own buildings. The Council will also work to increase the resilience and capacity of the Council’s services to a changing climate and will support the residents and businesses of the Borough to adapt to climate change by helping them to prepare and increase their resilience to the possible impacts of climate change.

 

The strategy has a number of objectives:

 

Priority One: Tackling Climate Change:

Energy Efficiency

  • Reduce the carbon emissions from the Council’s buildings (including schools).
  • Support the communities and businesses of Bedford Borough to reduce energy consumption and mitigate climate change.
  • Advise and support residents of the Borough to help them to affordably heat their homes.

Renewable Energy

  • Increase the use and provision for renewable energy within the Borough.

Emissions from Transport

  • Reduce greenhouse emissions from vehicles through transport planning and the use of alternative fuels and technologies;
  • Improve and promote a safe and convenient walking, cycling and public transport network; and
  • Ensure that new developments are located and designed to encourage the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

Adapting to Climate Change

  • Prepare and adapt the Council’s services to the possible impacts of climate change.
  • Support the residents and businesses of the Borough to prepare and increase their resilience to the possible impacts of climate change.

 

Priority Two: Using Resources Efficiently:

Waste

  • Minimise waste sent to landfill from the council, and the residents and businesses of the Borough.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waste disposal.

Water

  • Reduce water usage and conserve water where possible within the Council and encourage residents and businesses to be water efficient.

Purchasing

  • Seek to minimise the Council's impact on the environment when procuring, by ensuring the optimum levels of sustainability are achieved.

Sustainable Building Development

  • Promote the construction of carbon neutral building developments in the Borough
  • Encourage the installation of measures to new and existing buildings to improve their energy efficiency, sustainability and adaptability to climate change.