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Green team to do more to tackle climate change

2 March 2018

We are redoubling our efforts to help reduce climate change.

Although we have impressive green credentials for recycling and are committed to reducing energy costs and lowering carbon emissions, the authority has pledged to do more. 

Our Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, said: “Climate change is potentially a disaster in waiting if we don’t take action. The council needs to show leadership and take a forensic look at the way this authority can reduce the greenhouse gasses that cause global warming.

“More use of solar panels on council buildings, the use of alternative electric vehicles and the planting of more trees across the district are just some of the ways we can help. Now we need to look at all options and ask what else we can do to reduce our energy consumption and protect our environment before it is too late.”       

We are now re-establishing The Green Team, a designated group of council officers who will be led by Councillor David Fletcher, Portfolio Holder for Environment.

“The Green Team achieved real results by identifying how the council could make energy efficiencies internally, promoting alternative sustainable travel and looking at ways of supporting the community to reduce energy and help protect the environment. 

“Significantly, this council became the first local authority to introduce a Community Energy Scheme which encouraged households to switch their energy supplier.        

“Now our task is to re-evaluate and see what other things the council can do to lead by example,” said Cllr Fletcher.

Meanwhile, our commitment to becoming a single-use plastic free council by the end of 2018 has been welcomed by environmental campaigners.

Mary Edwards from Zero Waste Kendal said: “It’s a huge step forward in our fight against plastic pollution for the district council to pledge its support by phasing out single-use plastics and encouraging others to do the same.”