The council's commitment to climate change

Our commitment to saving energy and tackling climate change

In March 2007 the council signed up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.  The declaration sets out that the council “acknowledges the increasing impact that climate change will have on our community during the 21st century and commits to tackling the causes and effects of a changing climate on our district”.

The document commits the council to reducing its own energy use and carbon dioxide emissions and to encouraging other businesses and individuals in the Vale of White Horse to do the same.

Rising to the challenge of climate change is also an objective in the council's Corporate Plan for 2009-12 which sets out our objectives and priorities for the next three years, and outlines, among the other things, how we intend to take action, by:

  • Minimising our impact on the causes of climate change
  • Responding to the effects of climate change, particularly flooding
  • Minimising the waste we produce and maximise recycling

As well as the above the council agreed a Climate Change Strategy in October 2008 which has provided the framework for the council to set about reducing the carbon footprint of its own activities and of the local community. The strategy has led to collaborating with the Energy Saving Trust on the development of a strategy to reduce area wide carbon emissions, as well as with the Carbon Trust, to produce a Carbon Management Plan which sets out how the council will reduce energy and fuel use in its own buildings and vehicles.

Last reviewed: 04 - 11 - 2014

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