Media release - issued 11 Nov 2020

Council steps up action to tackle climate change

An ambitious set of local actions, aimed at making a real difference to tackling climate change, has been approved by Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet.

The actions have been drawn up in response to the council's declaration of a climate emergency, which won the full support of councillors of all parties.

In doing so, the councillors pledged to make the council carbon neutral, and Aldershot and Farnborough greener and more sustainable, by 2030, funded from £250,000 set aside for climate change initiatives.

At its meeting on Tuesday (10 November) , the Cabinet approved the council's Climate Change Action Plan 2020-2030 and agreed to target five key areas of work initially.

A major focus of climate change work for the council will be to increase recycling rates and reduce waste. One of the biggest ways to make a difference is to introduce a weekly food waste collection service so the Cabinet committed to doing this in 2021/22 - ahead of the anticipated national introduction of food waste collections in 2023. A Cabinet working group, made up of councillors from across the parties, will now be set up to guide the introduction of the new service.

The Cabinet also agreed to explore how the council can make the most of the opportunities offered by the regeneration of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres, including designing in energy-efficient buildings, ways to generate energy and options to encourage people to use green transport more.

The council recognises that local people have an important part to play in helping to address climate change and in making Aldershot and Farnborough more sustainable. So one of the actions is to look at schemes such as community gardening, volunteering, and helping people to get more involved in their local neighbourhoods.

In addition, the council will consider how it can make its own buildings more energy-efficient, moving to green energy where possible and looking for energy-generation opportunities. The pandemic has seen many staff working away from the office, reducing the council's carbon footprint by making fewer journeys. So it will explore how it can build upon this experience to establish future ways of working that are more efficient and better for the environment.

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Deputy Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "Climate change is such an important priority for us, and we know it is of great concern to many of our residents. We hope this action plan will show that we are committed to doing our bit to tackle climate change and to being an example to others. More importantly, we hope that our actions help our residents to do likewise in their daily life, by taking decisions that will bring a difference now and for future generations."

The council will publish the action plan on its website and update it annually.

 
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