How are we responding

Logo for the Carbon TrustSince the declaration of a climate emergency in Newark and Sherwood, we have been working to:

  • audit existing environmental practice within the council
  • establish data to determine our carbon footprint – working with The Carbon Trust
  • consider our contribution to the district carbon footprint more widely, according to national data from reputable sources
  • engage with stakeholders
  • coordinate a Climate Emergency Strategy
  • produce an accompanying Carbon Reduction Action Plan to mitigate our carbon emissions

We intend to report back on the above via the future committee cycle. 

Our Community Plan

Our Community Plan includes a number of key objectives and actions that will help us respond to the climate emergency: 

  • improve the cleanliness and appearance of the local environment
  • protect, promote and enhance the district’s natural environment
  • improve the health and wellbeing of local residents

Read more on our key council objectives in our Community Plan

Update on progress April/May 2020

Our collective corporate response to the climate emergency has certainly not stopped. However, many of us are working differently at the moment (including committees) and with additional responsibilities as part of the Covid pandemic. We thought a brief update of the ongoing (but slightly delayed) work with the Carbon Trust might be helpful at this time:

  • We’ve been looking at data associated with the council and how electricity, gas and water are used in council buildings. The Carbon Trust has used this data to help calculate the council’s carbon footprint. We’ve been ambitious in our footprinting – including as much data as possible to ensure a broad understanding and scope for emission reduction. We’ve also looked beyond our own estate to include consideration of services supplied to us and the associated carbon footprint.
  • It was originally planned that the Carbon Trust should have been finishing their work with us at this time and we would have presented a completed strategy and action plan to committee in April. Completion of the strategy and action plan is now intended for the summer, subject to committee arrangements.
  • The Trust are looking carefully at potential projects that will best help us reduce our emissions and that could form part of the action plan. These suggestions are likely to include looking at reducing emissions relating to housing, our corporate buildings, and transport.
  • As part of the work to date (and we’ll look forward to more in the future), we’ve also been delighted to speak with individuals and organisations from across the district with expertise in health, land management, business, community groups, and more, to learn about their environmental concerns and actions. We’ll intend to include a summary with the planned strategy.
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