Climate change strategy
We are committed to tackling climate change.
Our policy on climate change looks at how we can lead the way, and encourage others to take action, by raising public awareness and promoting community projects that encourage low carbon and renewable energy.
We monitor our own carbon footprint and are committed to working in a way that has a positive impact on climate change.
Our climate change policy commitments
Our Climate Change Policy commits us to:
- work with central government and neighbouring Councils to contribute, at a local level, to the delivery of the target for carbon dioxide reduction set out in the UK Carbon budget by 2022
- participate in local and regional networks for support
- develop plans and support projects with our partners and local communities to progressively address the causes and the impacts of climate change, according to our local priorities, securing maximum benefit for our communities
- publicly declare, within appropriate plans and strategies, the commitment to achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from our own authority's operations, especially energy sourcing and use, travel and transport, waste production and disposal and the purchasing of goods and services
- assess the risk associated with climate change and the implications for our services and our communities of climate change impacts and adapt accordingly
- encourage all sectors in our local community to take the opportunity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to make public their commitment to action
- monitor the progress of our plans against the actions needed and publish the result
Action we're taking for a positive impact on climate change
SLDC Green Team
The 'Green Team' is a group of dedicated SLDC officers that looks at what we are doing to use energy efficiently, promote alternative sustainable travel and support our community to reduce energy and protect the environment. Their work includes:
- investigating the installation of solar panels on as many council buildings as possible
- supporting schemes which promote energy efficiency and renewable energy
- continuing to monitor our operational carbon footprint
- promoting cycling and walking as an alternative to travelling by car
- maximising the use of social media to inform residents of best practise, including weekly tips on waste minimisation and energy efficiency changes to make around the home
Our carbon footprint
Our council plan includes a commitment to make progress in reducing carbon emissions and becoming more energy efficient. In particular:
- we will reduce the council’s carbon emissions by reducing our energy use through the efficient management of our land and buildings and be an exemplar to others
- in protecting South Lakeland we will influence and encourage others to reduce their carbon footprint.
Our measure of success is that between 2015 and 2019 the council will, year on year, have reduced its operational carbon footprint by 100 tonnes of carbon, from a baseline of 3,162 tonnes.
We monitor our performance in relation to our carbon target.
Sustainability support and advice
We run, and support, a number of initiatives offering advice and tips to local people and communities that want to tackle climate change:
- Cold to Cosy Homes service offers free advice, energy-saving equipment and other practical help to householders
- Burn Right's guidance to ensure you are using your wood or coal burning appliance efficiently
- The ‘Go Easy’ campaign believes that everybody can make a positive difference to Kendal’s environment by making small but simple changes to their travel routines
- Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) are partly supported by us. They give advice and run projects and events to help you save money, use less energy and cut your carbon footprint