Published: 16 January 2020
West Berkshire Council statement on draft Environment Strategy
Date: 09 January 2020
Have your say on
our draft Environment Strategy
West Berkshire Council has developed a draft Environment Strategy in response to its declaration of a Climate
Emergency in July 2019. The draft Strategy details the different ways the
Council, with the help of the local community and businesses, can contribute
towards tackling the climate crisis and achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.
The Council will lead by ensuring it is doing all
it can within its own operation, and continue the initiatives we have already
committed to making a start on since last year. These initiatives will make a
positive contribution to protecting and preserving our natural environment as
well as assisting us to become carbon neutral by 2030. These include:
- installing more solar panels across our
estate, aiming for a significant contribution from solar energy towards
the Council’s energy consumption and beyond;
- continuing to increase the number of charging
points for electric vehicles in West Berkshire; and
- conducting a Council carbon audit so we
understand our challenges and are better placed to become carbon neutral
We have reviewed and analysed relevant data and
engaged with a range of stakeholders over the last six months to gain insights
into the priorities, challenges and opportunities related to our carbon neutral
target and wider environmental concerns.
Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for the
Environment for West Berkshire Council, said: “The Environment Strategy is a
significant focus for us and while we want to lead on this important issue, we
know the Council cannot deliver this strategy alone: everyone across West
Berkshire has a role to play.
“The changes we can make will vary in size but all
are important as we work towards our shared aspiration. The publication of this
strategy, we hope, will act as a catalyst to residents, businesses and
interested groups that we all need to adjust our own priorities and behaviours
if we are to rise to the challenge that climate change presents to us
all. Please therefore read the strategy, respond to the consultation and,
crucially think about what action you can take to make its aims a reality.”
The climate presents us all with a challenge that
we must meet to secure a safer, greener environment for the generations that
follow us. We recognise the Council needs to engage more with the local
community, schools, town and parish councils, local environment groups and the
business community. We will be holding various focus groups and drop-in
sessions across the district in local libraries during February - more
information will be announced on the website soon.
The consultation on the strategy will begin on Thursday 9 January
2020 and will be open for 6 weeks from this date, closing on 21 February 2020.
To read the strategy and take part in the
consultation, please visit our website: www.westberks.gov.uk/draftenvironmentstrategy.