The borough’s climate change strategy for the next 3 to 4 years, which details plans to make Bracknell Forest carbon neutral by 2050, was signed off by the council’s Executive last week.
The strategy outlines how Bracknell Forest Council will achieve the government’s target of carbon neutrality by 2050 through two key strands:
- to reduce carbon emissions that are under the council’s control - this focuses on the emissions that the council generates itself, through its own activities
- to address the changes needed by the wider community - some of these the council can enable, but most require behavioural change within the community
The action plan that accompanies this strategy is already underway, with key projects like the food waste collection service coming into effect from 1 March. This will see around 3,900 tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill, and instead, made into energy that powers homes and fertiliser that helps crops grow.
The council is also carrying out improvements on poor energy efficient homes via the Government’s Green Home Grant Scheme, such as external cladding, loft or wall insulation and underfloor heating.
In addition, public sector decarbonisation funding will help deliver an oil-to-gas heating conversion for Sandhurst School, with work starting imminently.
Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Executive Member for Environment, said:
“I am delighted that our approved climate change strategy has been shared with all members. The strategy sets out how the council is currently performing, and what steps we will take over the next three years to achieve our goal.
“This is no new task to the council; we have already achieved a lot. Last year we started the A3095 Wild Way project that focused on replanting areas of felled pine along the roadside with native broad-leaved trees and creating biodiverse habitats by removing invasive Rhododendron and creating ponds in wet areas.
“In 2019, we also finished phase one of the streetlight upgrade that saw 14,500 streetlights upgraded to more efficient LED technology, providing energy savings of 55% between April 2016 and April 2019.”
Read more about the councils fight against climate change on our climate change page.