Since setting the goal to become carbon neutral by 2050, Bracknell Forest Council has developed a new climate change strategy and action plan that is already well underway.
In recent months the council has hit some crucial milestones on many projects in the action plan, including:
- securing a further £274k green homes grant funding to help improve energy efficiency of the least energy efficient homes in the borough
- planting of over 5,500 new trees across the borough, many of which are part of the highway re-greening scheme
- completion of new walking and cycling crossing points on Binfield Road and Forest Road to encourage greener ways of travel
- securing a £425k grant to conduct thermal improvement projects in schools across the borough to make them more energy efficient
In addition to these achievements, the launch of the food waste recycling service and changes in refuse waste collections has been a huge success, with residents working hard to recycle over 1500 tonnes of food waste from April to June 2021. As a result, 976 tonnes of Co2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) has been diverted from entering the atmosphere, and instead used to make electricity and fertiliser. There has also been a significant decrease in the amount of refuse waste generated by residents, with approximately 30% less refuse waste collected than before the new service came into effect.
Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Executive Member for Environment, said
“Despite the challenges of the past 16 months, we have made excellent progress on our climate change action plan and I’d like to thank our officers and partners who have been involved in this crucial work.
“In order to achieve our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, we will need everyone in the borough to take responsibility for their own actions and have climate change at the forefront of their day-to-day tasks and behaviours.
“Residents have set a fantastic example so far with how they’ve adopted food waste recycling, so let’s keep up that good work and look at what we can all do to reduce our carbon output.”