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26 September 2022

County Council takes big step forward to reduce carbon footprint

At a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet on Thursday 22 September, members agreed the Council’s 2022 Carbon Management Strategy.

The Strategy sets out the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Council’s operations and the services it delivers. 

The County Council is one of only a small number of local authorities in the country to undertake such an extensive piece of work, measuring not only direct emissions but also indirect emissions for the whole council.

The total emissions reported by the County Council is 139,663 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e), with buildings, transport, and supply chain making up the main sources of emissions.

To address these core areas of emissions, four delivery strategies are being developed: buildings, transport, supply chain, and residual emissions. Measures identified to mitigate these emissions include building improvements, energy reduction, engagement with suppliers, and investment in renewable energy.

Development of solar farm sites in Barrow-in-Furness are already underway as part of the Council’s 2020 Carbon Management Strategy (Corporate Estate), with planning applications submitted by the Council last week. These sites, subject to approvals, will start construction in 2023.
 
As part of the County Council’s baseline study, reports were also commissioned to break down the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for what will be the two new successor councils in Cumbria as of 1 April 2023 - Cumberland Council, and Westmorland and Furness Council. The data from these reports will be available to the new authorities.

Councillor Celia Tibble, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“I am delighted that Cabinet have agreed this Strategy. It is a comprehensive and important piece of work which has involved a lot of hard work and is a significant step forward for the Council. I’d like to thank all the staff involved.

“Reducing our carbon footprint remains a priority for the Council and by taking into account our Scope 3 emissions as well as Scope 1 and 2, it allows us to develop a deeper understanding of our carbon footprint and how we can reduce it.

“It is also fantastic that this in-depth study will continue to be valuable in helping the two new local authorities inform and shape their climate action plans going forward.”


The Carbon Management Strategy 2022 is available to read and download from: 
https://cumbria.gov.uk/eLibrary/Content/Internet/536/4482617525.pdf



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At a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet on Thursday 22 September, members agreed the Council’s 2022 Carbon Management Strategy.