Views sought on new carbon reduction plan

Published on 09 December 2015

A RANGE of actions that will help Leicester hit ambitious carbon reduction targets in the next ten years have been outlined for public comment.

The city council is inviting people’s views on a new sustainability action plan for the city.

Actions and ambitions outlined in the draft plan include support to encourage low carbon businesses, increasing the number of energy-efficiency homes and promoting more use of sustainable transport.

It also includes plans to extend and improve the district heating network and explore the potential to establish a local energy company offering fairer tariffs to city residents.

Along with ongoing work to cut the council’s own carbon emissions, improve air quality, increase everyday cycling numbers and protect the city’s biodiversity, the draft plan sets out ambitions to improve links between the city’s open spaces and nature areas and encourage even more people to cut their own carbon footprints.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, said: “In working towards our aim to be a low carbon city, we are also helping to make Leicester an even better place to live and work in.

“This draft action plan broadly sets out how we can reduce carbon emissions by improving our built and natural environment and by taking measures which will reduce fuel bills for both homes and businesses. 

“It’s vitally important that the issues we are trying to address are consulted upon – I’m very much looking forward to receiving the responses and seeing how they influence what goes into the final plan.”

Leicester has until 2025 to hits its target of cutting by half the citywide levels of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) recorded in 1990. The baseline was set at 2,386 kilotons.

The latest figures show that 1,720kt of CO2e were generated in Leicester in 2013, a 28 per cent reduction on the 1990 baseline.

To take part in the consultation of Leicester’s sustainability action plan visit www.leicester.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Hard copies are also available in local libraries and the Visit Leicester Centre on Gallowtree Gate,

Closing date for responses is Thursday 14 January.

To further support action on climate change, Leicester City Council is now a signatory to the Compact of Mayor's. This global initiative was launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit. In becoming a signatory, the city council has committed to setting ambitious targets, developing a plan of action and using a more robust reporting system to assess progress.

It has also recently signed up to the Local Government Association's Climate Local initiative.